Deuteronomy – Part 2, Deu 1:2 We Enter The Promised Land Through Judgment

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Deu 1:2 – We Enter The Promised Land Through Judgment

[Study of Nov 24, 2017]

Last week we learned that we are standing at the precipice, surrounded by the five ways God has used to chasten us. We are being presented with a second reading of the law, to be seen inwardly instead of outwardly as in the days of our wilderness walk. We are then told what seeing the law outwardly did for us. It caused us to wander around in the dry, hot wilderness for 40 years instead of just ELEVEN DAYS!

Deu 1:2  (There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of mount Stir unto Kadeshbarnea.)

Entering the promise land is entering it THROUGH judgment.

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

I had always pictured entering the promise land was entering a place of no problems; like entering the Garden of Eden where there are no problems, we just float around in this place of serene peace with no trials. But that is not what the promised land is. It is not a promise of a land with no trials. It is a promise of peace in a land of many trials.

Joh 16:31  Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
Joh 16:32  Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
Joh 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Understanding why this verse is here is very important in understanding what lies ahead in the promised land we are to enter. Below I have copied a piece from the study on the number eleven, which covers the verse we are studying;


This eleven-day journey is important to understand when trying to comprehend why they couldn’t enter the promised land. They couldn’t enter because they were not yet ready to face death. They could not enter because they thought they would be fighting on their own strength, that they would be doing the fighting themselves instead of God doing their fighting. Standing here at the precipice we must count the cost, we must understand that to enter the promised land is to enter a land flowing with milk and honey from the daily death of our old man. It is both bitter and sweet.

Pro 27:7  The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

And the hungry soul is the same as those who are blessed by God to hunger and thirst after righteousness,

Mat 5:6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

This hungry soul is hungry because it sees nothing in itself upon which to feed. It finds nothing in itself that provides meat to the soul. This hungry soul is standing at the precipice surrounded by nations, and the only thing it has left is to either go back into the wilderness or trust in God that He is faithful to carry him through it all.

It is when we are given the little book to eat, which is bitter in the stomach but in the mouth it is sweet as honey that we begin to enter the promised land.

Rev 10:1  And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
Rev 10:2  And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

His foot is standing on the sea and on the earth. Israel is standing at the Red sea and on the earth. This book, is my book, it is the life that has been written for God’s glory, not mine. That thought is bitter to my stomach, but it becomes sweet to my mouth.

Rev 10:9  And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
Rev 10:10  And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
Rev 10:11  And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

This is the prohesy! This is the testimony of Jesus Christ; This message is SWEET as Honey to our mouth in words only, but it is bitter as wormwood to my stomach, which is a symbol of who I am and what I desire.

Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Having a bitterness of wormwood is the same as seeing it as a hard thing to follow all the things The LORD tells us to do. Not giving a 100% but withholding some, and in that withholding we serve other gods of Egypt that we came out of and the religions around us that we still are some what attracted too.

Deu 29:10  Ye stand this day all of you before the LORD your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel,
Deu 29:11  Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water:
Deu 29:12  That thou shouldest enter into covenant with the LORD thy God, and into his oath, which the LORD thy God maketh with thee this day:
Deu 29:13  That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
Deu 29:14  Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath;
Deu 29:15  But with him that standeth here with us this day before the LORD our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day: (this is us)
Deu 29:16  (For ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which ye passed by;
Deu 29:17  And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:) (the worldly babylonian religions)
Deu 29:18  Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;
Deu 29:19  And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst:

Basically, we are saying, “I’ll be all right. I’m not doing anything wrong. Everyone else around me is doing it.” When the world in us accepts our new man as one of them and see no difference between them and us, we are already in drunkenness. We must see these hidden places in the nations within ourselves, when God reveals them and then we must kill them with a vengeance, as Paul said.

2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2Co 10:6  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Deu 29:20  The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven.
Deu 29:21  And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law:
Deu 29:22  So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up after you, and the stranger that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses which the LORD hath laid upon it;
Deu 29:23  And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:
Deu 29:24  Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger?
Deu 29:25  Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt:
Deu 29:26  For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them:
Deu 29:27  And the anger of the LORD was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book:
Deu 29:28  And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.
Deu 29:29  The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

We are entering the promised land that is filled with giants. The wilderness did not have giants. We are preparing to enter a land flowing with milk and honey AND WITH GIANTS.

Num 13:33  And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

The giants are the religious doctrines which are in our land and in the land around us which we must fight against – the trinity, once-saved-always-saved, Catholicism, Islam, speaking in babbling tongues, baptisms, ceremonies, Buddhism, Hinduism, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and any other thing exalts itself against the knowledge of God. These are just a few of the giants that we must fight as we enter the promised land. It was pointed out to me that we are not possessing the promised land but entering in to it. We are called out of Egypt to go into Babylon.

Hos 11:1  When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
Hos 11:2  As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.
Hos 11:3  I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.
Hos 11:4  I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.
Hos 11:5  He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.

We could have made it to the promised land in 12 days, symbolizing the foundational government of God. But we did not believe Him on the eleventh day. We did not believe in the completion of our flesh on the tenth day. We did not believe that the works were done outside us before the foundation of the world, the twelfth day. So He swore in His wrath that we would not enter His rest in the flesh. As long as there is confusion or turmoil on any subject in my life, it is because I am not resting. I am not resting in that area of my life because I still believe there is something in me that is separate and independent from God that can fight that battle or rather that the battle is to big to fight because it’s a giant.

Psa 95:11  Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

Heb 3:17  But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
Heb 3:18  And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
Heb 3:19  So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

How did they sin? They did not, we do not, believe that God would be their/our sword to defeat the giants in the land. We say, “I cannot stop celebrating Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, people will think I’m nuts and I will be ostracized from the world.”

But we who are the called, chosen and then Elect do believe because He is our belief, and we do begin to enter that rest. We are given the privilege to begin to conquer the nations within us, little by little (Deu 7:22).

Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Eph 1:20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Eph 1:21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Eph 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet (the feet that were on the sea and on the earth, that held the little book), and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Far above ALL GIANTS IN THE LAND is what these verses are saying. Far above anything that may stand as a giant in our land. The promised land is a symbol of the true promised land, but in our discussion on this subject, we must see it as the earnest of the purchased possession. It is an unbreakable promise to us who have the first fruits of the Spirit. While in this body/earth and still flesh we have it in down-payment form in the sealing of the Spirit, in the knowledge of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2Co 4:3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:(because as we were, they are happy to live in the land and not see the giants as giants in land, but as gods. We serve them and do not even know we are serving them as gods. We think we are just living our lives, not knowing we are slaves to them – touch not, taste not, ceremonies, holidays, superstitions, and wordly customs that are so embedded in us we don’t even know they are there. [Col 2:21])
2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
2Co 4:5  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
2Co 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

There are still many giants to fight and many nations within us to conquer in this land of ours. However, the fight is the LORD’S not ours. He is the Head. We will lose many battles, but we will win more and more than we lose, because He Who created us, created the giants ALSO. He created them for our molding process, for our learning, who are the called, chosen and the few faithful.

Next week, LORD willing, we will cover the following verses;

Deu 1:3  And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them;
Deu 1:4  After he had slain Sihon the king of the Amorites, which dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, which dwelt at Astaroth in Edrei:
Deu 1:5  On this side Jordan, in the land of Moab, began Moses to declare this law, saying,

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