Deuteronomy – Deu 10:6 – The Power of God Led us into Egypt to be Saved by Slavery

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The Power of God Led us into Egypt to be Saved by Slavery

Deu 10:6  And the children of Israel took their journey from Beeroth of the children of Jaakan to Mosera: there Aaron died, and there he was buried; and Eleazar his son ministered in the priest's office in his stead. 

We have learned previously that all power comes from God. He and He alone is the supreme power and Creator of all things. This is brought out further in our study today out of this one verse. God will not be mocked, nor will He allow us to share His glory in any way, shape or form.

Gal 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

When we think God has forsaken us and the trials are too much for us to handle, we are as the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah. We come out of Egypt/the world with great fanfare, hands lifted, praising God for His power. Shortly thereafter the serious trials begin, and we are set back. We discuss the sovereignty of God, His power, His might, and then we grumble at all these trials in the wilderness we are going enduring. We get a little water here and there, but most of the time we are feeling parched and dry. We wonder within ourselves if we are the elect, "Is all this really true or have I believed ANOTHER lie?" Then we get some refreshing from the word, and it takes us until our next trial. I am speaking again from a heart of experience, from a heart that has yelled at God, screamed, begged, haggled and then finally just collapsed in frustration hoping every morning this day will be better than the one that went before and was written in the books. We forget the power of God that first led us into Egypt to be saved by slavery.

Gen 15:13  And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
Gen 15:14  And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

Then we forget the power of God that brought us out of slavery, freeing us by the parting of the waters of Babylon that we have lived our whole lives away from the waters of the Word. God is showing us that the nation which lived in us cannot cross with us, and all that we were in Egypt must be destroyed. In one stroke, the man of sin/Pharaoh is exposed and destroyed in the parting of his waters from the the water of the Word. We forget that everything is, was and will be to God. This is our lesson today at the waters of Meribah; to learn to trust in God at all costs. It is a lesson we will hear today, tomorrow, and every day we draw breath, for the waters are the Word, the Rock is Christ, the power to make the water flow from The Rock and quench our thirst comes from the power of God, not from our works.

Num 20:2  And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.
Num 20:3  And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!
Num 20:4  And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?
Num 20:5  And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.

Is this not a perfect discription of our attitudes against Christ when we are in trials? This describes me to a tee. This is my attitude, not only against Christ but against His creation when I don't feel I am getting a fair shake. I gripe and complain, I throw tantrums, and I get rebellious toward Christ. This is me, this is who I am in the flesh, this is what is being destroyed in the wilderness so that when I cross the Jordan in Christ, I will be prepared to fight the giants in the land. This is that "wretched man" from whom only Christ can deliver me.

Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

I often have considered that the fowls of the heavens have flown in unison around the thoughts of everyone "out there" being the problem; that they are the ones that are wretched, not me. I have lived years looking down at them and yet smiling at them at the same time, while inwardly I was thinking they were headed to a literal burning fire of hell to torment them for being the wretched creatures they made themselves. However, once the truth has come, those thoughts have turned inwardly at myself, and I see myself as the problem. I see the man of sin, the wretched man who lies, kills and steals from God on a daily basis. What do I do? I cry for mercy, I beat my chest and merely ask for mercy.

Luk 18:9  And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
Luk 18:10  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
Luk 18:11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
Luk 18:12  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
Luk 18:13  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 
Luk 18:14  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

You see, I am both of these men. I cannot be the Publican unless I am first the Pharisee. I cannot get water from the Rock unless I see myself as both, witnessed by me striking the Rock twice. Both strikes represent me bruising Christ as I am the beast.

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Num 20:6  And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.

It is here on our faces the glory of the LORD appears. We start off humbled.

Num 20:7  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Num 20:8  Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.
Num 20:9  And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.

Did God instruct them to strike the Rock? No, He did not, but He still had them take the rod they would use to strike the Rock. Should we interpret this as Babylon does and say, "God had them take the rod because He foreknew what they would do and He did not want to disrupt their freewill?" Or do we see that God Himself put the idea in their head to take the Rod because the water would come out after being struck by us. Unless we see ourselves as disobeying God at all turns, in talking to the Rock then striking the Rock, we cannot drink the waters of Meribah. We must see ourselves as both and see ourselves as the law and priest, as Moses and as Aaron, the two horns of the beast that speak as a dragon. Listen to the dragon speak out of us:

Num 20:10  And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? 

Not God, not Christ, not the Creator, but must "WE FETCH YOU WATER OUT OF THIS ROCK?" This is the arrogance of my man of sin. I believe it is me who has made myself thirsty by my own actions. It is I who must correct my own ways to quench the drought I have brought to my own life. I must yield the rod of iron upon myself and you, if need be, to bring everything into a right place where we are quenched.  This is why neither what I am in the law or as a priest in the man of sin, can enter the promised land, the kingdom of God. I am both the Publican who steals from God and the Pharisee who believes he is better than the Publican.

Num 20:11  And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.
Num 20:12  And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
Num 20:13  This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them.

"Because you believed ME not, to sanctify ME in the eyes of the children of Israel". We take the credit for everything because unless we can see ourself as both, we will take credit for all things. We will never give God the credit for creating us as the Publican and as the Pharisee. We are in the process of being created into the image of Christ by both horns of the beast. It takes both horns to witness to what we are that makes us speak as a dragon, having a forked tongue.

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Job 20:16  He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.

All of it is in "twos", witnessing to what I am in the flesh and what I am in the spirit. From this witness we are killed and resurrected.

Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Rev 11:4  These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Standing before the God of my earth and your earth:

Rev 11:5  And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
Rev 11:6  These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
Rev 11:7  And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
Rev 11:8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Rev 11:9  And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
Rev 11:10  And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

Inwardly, this time of sending gifts to one another is our time of lasciviousness after coming to the knowledge of truth. Throwing off all law, all sacrifices by our priestly beast to make up for our sin and relishing in what we think is freedom from all restraints. This is a time where the nations in me sends gifts to one another, and will drink, eat, be merry, because the torments of the law and  priest are dead. The two witnesses witnessed to me and tormented me by the law and by the sacrifices to show me there is nothing in me that can obtain righteousness by either of these. This is only the second woe. The third woe will come on this man of sin who is living in licentiousness. The law could not make me right with God because it testified, witnessed to what I am. No sacrifice I can make will make me right with God, because as was Cain's sacrifice, it is tainted with flesh. This is the two witnesses that testify against me and torment me day and night. Once I am given over to lasciviousness it seems I have overcome the two witnesses, until they are resurrected in Christ and all the world in me experiences the greatest earthquake it has ever known;

Rev 11:11  And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
Rev 11:12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
Rev 11:13  And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
Rev 11:14  The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

Now let's relate this back to our scriptures in Deuteronomy and Numbers. The name "Meribah"H4809 means "strife or contention". When we have been given the witness to what we are as a law bearer and as a law breaker, we have come to the waters of contention, and it here we are put to death.

Num 20:22  And the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, journeyed from Kadesh, and came unto mount Hor.
Num 20:23  And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying,
Num 20:24  Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah.
Num 20:25  Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor:
Num 20:26  And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there.
Num 20:27  And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.
Num 20:28  And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount.
Num 20:29  And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

Moses and Aaron could not enter the promised land because of what happened at Meribah because they rebelled against the Word at the waters of Meribah, the waters of contention. We see this in verses 23 and 24 above. It cannot be by your or my sacrifice or by our trying to keep the law that we get the thirst-quenching waters. It is through much tribulation we enter the kingdom. We must be driven into the desert and parched with thirst before we are given the water of The Word.

Act 14:22  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. 

It is when we are thirsty, in darkness, alone, at our lowest point, that Christ open our eyes to truth. However, we must see Him in all these areas. When I am in darkness the light comes, when I am thirsty He gives me a drink. It is in these moments of torments He says, "Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit" like the man on the island of the Gadarenes;

Mar 5:8  For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
Mar 5:9  And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

It is witnessed that no law can bind me in fetters and chains. No sacrificing myself by cuttings can save me. Only The Truth can save the elect from the tormenting fire of Hades, make us sit down in our right mind and be clothed in the righteousness of Christ.

Mar 5:3  Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
Mar 5:4  Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces:neither could any man tame him.
Mar 5:5  And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

Mar 5:15  And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

When we are going through this great earthquake, the light of our religion is darkened and Babylon does not give us her light. All the things that we thought were stars, messengers in our world are fallen with the Dragon.

Mat 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Rev 12:4  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

The waters of Meribah, the waters of contention, are the waters of great tribulation that bring me through the desert and then finally into the promised land. The two horns of my beast witness against me that I speak as a Dragon when I think I can keep the law and that I can sacrifice myself to God independent from the sacrifice of Christ. All things are by Him and for Him and by Him do all things consist. We must drink the waters of Meribah, the waters of great contention, before we can make it through the desert and into the promised land.

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