103 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 2 - Part 3 - Book 9 - Deuteronomy 26-34 - Joshua 1-4: Rahab

103: Lesson 2 Part 3 Book 9 – Deuteronomy 26-34 – Joshua 1-4: Rahab

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Through the Bible with Les Feldick



Let’s get right back in Deuteronomy Chapter 28 starting at verse 63. Last lesson we were talking about the conditions of blessings or curses that God puts before the Israelites. If they would be obedient, he would richly bless them. But, on the other hand, if they would turn their back on Jehovah, and be disobedient, then God listed the curses that would befall Israel. Now verse 63:

Deuteronomy 28:63

“And it shall come to pass, that as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to naught; (or to nothing) and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.”

Remember they are still sitting out here on the plains of Moab, just east of the Jordan River and east of Jericho. These are in the final days of Moses’ life and he is passing this on, now, to the nation ere they go into Canaan. Now let’s look at verse 64.

Deuteronomy 28:64a

“And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other;…”

As we read this, keep reminding yourself, isn’t this exactly what happened? This is written almost 1,500 B.C., and here we are almost 2,000 A.D. 3,500 years and it has come to pass to the exact word. Now I don’t know how many of you are acquainted with the author, James Michener, but I remember reading the forward of his book, “The Source” that he wrote several years ago. “The Source,” you remember traced Jewish families from all the way back. Michener is great on research, there’s no doubt about it. He usually doesn’t even start a book until he lives in the area. But in that forward, if I remember correctly, he made the statement that, as he researched that book, he found evidence of Jews in every culture around the globe, including (and this surprised me) the Eskimos. That’s why I remember it so definitively because he mentioned it. The Book said that they would be scattered from one end of the earth to the other. Now verse 65:

Deuteronomy 28:65

“And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:” Can you imagine this? I’ll give you a statistic in a little bit that will bear this out.

Deuteronomy 28:67

“In the morning thou shalt say, `Would God it were even!’ And at even thou shalt say, `Would God it were morning!…'”

In other words what were they doing? They were wishing their life away. It wasn’t worth living. Now I want to show you the other side of the coin; the better part. So skip over to Chapter 30:

Deuteronomy 30:1

“And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,”

Do you see what God is telling them before it ever happens? Because of their disobedience, and unbelief, they are going to end up scattered from one end of the earth to the other. But God says.

Deuteronomy 30:2,3

“And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; That then (when Israel has gone full circle through the blessings and curses, then God will finally remember them) the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.”

This is then called the Palestinian Covenant. It is still a part of the Abrahamic Covenant, but it is a Palestinian Covenant; that the area of Palestine, the land of Canaan is still going to go back to the Jew. If only our politicians could understand this. That regardless of what they may try to do, regardless of how they may try to pacify the other nations of the Middle East, they might as well get it straight, that God has mandated one day the Jew is going to have her land back. Now you have to know history, and we know that after the destruction of the temple by Titus in 70 A.D., not only did God permit the Temple to be totally destroyed, but He permitted the Nation of Israel to be dispersed again. That was an act of God. A Sovereign act whereby He scattered them into every nation in the world.

But in our own time, what are we seeing? We are seeing God fulfilling His Word. He’s bringing them back. And they are going to have it. No one is going to drive them into the sea. They are there for good, because The Book says they are. We will be looking more at that when we get into prophecy in about one or two more lessons. Let’s go to Deuteronomy Chapter 31. This is in the final 30 days of Moses’ leadership. Now we come to the very end:

Deuteronomy 31:14

“And the LORD said unto Moses, `Behold, thy days approach that thou must die (you know when I read these things, I try to put myself in their shoes. How would you feel, if all of a sudden the Lord could just somehow speak to you, and say, “Now Les, get ready. You have about 3 more days and that’s it. I’m going to bury you.” You see, that was Moses. He was just as human as we are. This is what God told him, and he is writing it before it happens. So the LORD told Moses to): call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that I may give him a charge,’ And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation.”

Deuteronomy 31:15,16

“And the LORD appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud (God is approving of this event): and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle. And the LORD said unto Moses, `Behold thou shall sleep with thy fathers; and this people (watch this; this is God telling it before it happens) will rise up and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land,…” Now the Bible uses that word quite liberally. And it is not so much the physical as it is the spiritual. Always remember that adultery in the physical is that which brings together that which has no business being brought together. In the spiritual realm, you are bringing two religions together that have no business being together. In this case it is Judaism, or the Mosaic system, and any kind of pagan system. When they commingled, then it was a spiritual adultery, and God hated it.

It’s no different today. When the true Church, the Body of Christ, begins to commingle with other doctrines (and here again the New Age Movement is going to come into the picture; you can’t help it) and when the true church starts embracing these New Age things, then it becomes spiritual adultery. And God is going to judge it. He will not let it escape, so never forget that. God already knows that they are not going to literally destroy them. They will become soft hearted, some of them will trick them, but by hook or by crook, Satan, with all his power, is going to cause Israel to do what God said they would do. “…whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.”

Deuteronomy 31:17

“Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them,…” Now come down to verse 21:

Deuteronomy 31:21,22

“And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware. Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.”

I told you I was going to give you a shocking statistic. I’ve shared it with some of my classes already. I just read it in a national magazine, and again I have to trust the people who write these things, that they know what they are talking about. In the last 800 years, one out of every two Jews have been murdered; have faced a violent death. That is 50%. Think about that. It is hard to believe. But nevertheless, God had foretold before they even crossed the Jordan River, that all these things would happen to them:

Come over to Chapter 32. Moses now quits his speech, and has given his song for Israel to remember. Now God says in verse 48:

Deuteronomy 32:48-50

“And the Lord spake unto Moses that selfsame day, saying, `Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession; And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people.'”

After all that Moses has gone through, why in the world can’t he lead them into the Promised Land? He’s not old so far as his activity is concerned. It says that his eye wasn’t dimmed, and his physical strength hadn’t wavered. He still had everything going for him, I suppose, like a 40 year old. So it wasn’t because he was getting decrepit. Let’s read on and see what happened. Verse 51:

Deuteronomy 32:51

“Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel.

Then he tells him in verse 52 that he could see the land from Mt. Nebo. It is up here just east of the Dead Sea. And so he’s going to get a glimpse of the whole area which is now the land of Israel. He’s going to get a glimpse of it but look at what he says:

Deuteronomy 32:52

“Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land, which I give the children of Israel.”

Let’s go back to Exodus Chapter 17 and see what happens. This has been one of the questions that has come up over the years, “What was it that kept Moses from going into the Promised Land?” It wasn’t a big thing. It certainly wasn’t worshipping an idol or being part of the golden calf or having any immoral activity. But it went deeper than that. Let’s look at Exodus 17. And in this Chapter, of course, they have just come out of Egypt. They are out there in the desert with all their multitude of people and flocks and no water. And they begin to murmur and complain. You remember the story. Now let’s look at verse 5:

Exodus 17:5,6

“And the Lord said unto Moses, `Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river (remember when he had the Nile turned to blood), take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock (he was to strike it one time), and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.”

Go back to the New Testament, in the book of Corinthians. All through the Scripture, any reference to the Rock refers to Christ, unless the text definitely indicates something else and that of course is possible. Look at I Corinthians Chapter 10 and verse 1:

I Corinthians 10:1,2

“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; (what’s he referring to here? Going through the Red Sea; the Exodus) And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; (that’s usually a half hour lesson on the word “baptism.” This is not water baptism in any way. The word indicated a placing of the nation of Israel under the leadership and authority of Moses) And did all eat the same spiritual meat (manna); And they did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”

When Moses took that shepherd’s rod and smote the Rock, who was he smiting? Christ! Absolutely he was, because, you see, it’s the smitten Christ. Now, a verse just comes to mind and it’s in Isaiah and I think it’s Chapter 53. What does it speak in Isaiah 53 concerning Christ? “He was smitten for our transgressions.” That’s referring to the Cross. Now then, as a result of the work of the Cross, what can God now pour out on the human race? Living water! But how many times was he crucified? Once! And the book of Hebrews says that so emphatically. “For this he did ONCE;” never more than once. And the lesson is, those high priests did this over and over again. But Christ entered in ONCE. Let’s read that scripture over in Isaiah 53, and I like the terminology. It’s the same word:

Isaiah 53:4

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”

This whole Chapter 53, of course, is a prophetic statement concerning the work of the Cross. Now I always have to qualify that. Do you think Isaiah knew, and could picture, the crucifixion as he wrote this? No way! Now a lot of people like to say that he did, or that the Old Testament believers saw the Cross out there in the future. No, they didn’t. But God had Isaiah write this so, after the fact, we could go back to it, especially for the benefit of the Jew. Even today, the best place to start is Isaiah 53, and show to him (the Jew) that out of his Old Testament, God had the work of the Cross in mind all along. So now, let’s go back to Exodus just a second. Chapter 17 again:

Exodus 17:6b

“…smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it,…” Not only for those millions of people, but for all their livestock. In fact, as we pointed out, it was shortly after that river of water began coming out of the rock, that even old Amalek came and tried to make war over that water.

Let’s go to the thing that brought Moses down and kept him from going in. Let’s go to Numbers, Chapter 20. Now this is many years after their coming out of Egypt and they are in their 40 years wilderness journey. They are down in that area of the Sinai, which is just that, it’s just wilderness and it’s a lot of desert. Sometimes in the rainy season, they may have the waddies full of water, but usually it was dry. They had to depend on wells. But at this particular instance, there was no water. Now, again, with all that livestock, everything was crying, bellowing, and bleating for a drink of water. Let’s look at verse 2 of Chapter 20:

Numbers 20:2,3

“And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people chode (complained) with Moses, and spake, saying, `Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the Lord!'”

Numbers 20:5-10

“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. 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. And the Lord spake unto Moses saying (watch it carefully), `Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou and Aaron thy brother, and speak (not smite. Underline that word) to 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.’ (now remember, this Rock is Christ) And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. 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 (what is Moses’s attitude here? Well, he’s angry.)?'”

What’s the pronoun here? Who is he leaving out? He’s leaving God out. He’s not saying, “now look, God has instructed me to speak to the rock and you will have all the water you need.” That’s what he should have done. But instead in his anger, and wrath, he says, “Alright, you want Aaron and I to bring you water? Watch us!” What does he become? I think he becomes arrogant. This is unlike Moses. He was the most meek man that ever lived. But here in a moment of weakness, and listen, we can’t condemn him. Because we would have probably done the same thing. We would have run out of patience long before this. But here Moses finally reaches that breaking point. Now let’s look at verse 11:

Numbers 20:11

“And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice:…”

Now what was he destroying? The type, the picture that Christ was smitten once. And after the finished work of the Cross, how do we approach Him? Not with another smiting, but by communicating. We beseech Him, talk to Him, ask Him. The word in Romans 10:13 is “call upon the name of the Lord and thou shalt be saved.” Do you see the picture? And Moses destroyed that. And so let’s look at verse 12:

Numbers 20:12a

“And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, `Because ye…” What’s the next word? “Faith.” Isn’t it amazing that it always comes down to that same one word, “faith,” What faltered? His faith. What faltered? His obedience. And isn’t it the same with us. We can be so stalwart and strong and yet in a moment of weakness, what fails us? Our faith! Every time a sin besets us, what’s the problem? A lack of faith. Because if we know what God has said to us then we’re not going to let these things befall us. But it’s a lack of faith. Let’s go on:

Numbers 20:12b,13

“…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. This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the Lord, and he was sanctified in them.”

Come all the way back to that last Chapter of Deuteronomy now where it says that Moses was 120 years old, and he died, and God buried him there in Mt. Nebo. What did I say at the end of Genesis? God buries His servants, but never His program.

102 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 2 - Part 2 - Book 9 - Deuteronomy 26-34 - Joshua 1-4: Rahab

102: Lesson 2 Part 2 Book 9 – Deuteronomy 26-34 – Joshua 1-4: Rahab

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Now let’s turn to Deuteronomy Chapter 7. And for those of you who are waiting for prophecy it will be about three more weeks before we get out of the goings on in Israel. We will be going through their history in the next lesson or two, then we will be ready for the Book of Daniel. And when we teach Daniel, we teach Revelation, Matthew and the whole nine yards as they say. But for now, let’s turn to Deuteronomy 7. The Nation of Israel is sitting out here in Moab, on the east side of the Jordan River, and east of the city of Jericho.

The King of Moab, as we saw last lesson has tried to hire a false prophet to curse the children of Israel. He didn’t totally succeed but he did to a certain extent, because he had advised the Moabites to put their prettiest young ladies and best looking young men right out there next to the Israelites and seduced them. And they did! At least several thousand of them. And then God had to do some cleansing, so quite a few thousand lost their lives as a result of their losing their separated position. But nevertheless, the Nation of Israel remained intact, so the Moabites will just have to put up with them until they cross the Jordan River.

So now in short order they will go in and occupy the Promised Land. They won’t have the easy go they could have had at Kadesh. At Kadesh they could have gone right in, and could have had the whole land without losing a single soldier. But because of their unbelief (the twelve spies) they just didn’t believe that God meant what He said. So God, in His wrath, turned them back into the wilderness for 40 years of wandering. When they cross the Jordan River and get on the other side, they will stop for Passover. And do you know, that Passover they will celebrate will be exactly 40 years from the Passover in Egypt. That is how meticulous God is with His timing. Now the Book of Deuteronomy is written in that final two months, while they are sitting here opposite the Jordan River. But as Moses writes from that time frame, he’s going to reflect back, and review everything that has taken place from the coming out of Egypt. So remember Deuteronomy is a lot of recap. Now in Chapter 7, Moses is dealing with the here and now. They are about ready to go into the land of Canaan. However Moses is going to give some strict commands from God of course:

Deuteronomy 7:1

“When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;”

Deuteronomy 7:2-4a

“And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them (now don’t get shook up that God is being cruel and unkind. I’ll show you in just a little bit why he gives these kinds of instructions.); thou shalt make no covenant (or treaty) with them, nor shew mercy unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with them(they have already been guilty of some of it); thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.” Now here is God’s reason. For they will turn away thy son from following me,…”

Stop and think for a moment. Who was the classic example in Israel’s history that did this to the extreme. On the one hand he was a righteous Godly man to the extreme. But on the other hand he followed other women and their gods to the extreme. Who was he? King Solomon. When I read the account of Solomon, here as he dedicated that new temple that he had built (or least had been the architect and master builder of), and God so honored that man, that as he stood there to dedicate the temple, the Shekinah glory again came into the picture. That is how God felt about Solomon. And yet by the end of his life where is he? Do you know that he was guilty of offering little Jewish babies to the fires of the god of Molock. Don’t think for a moment the average Jew wasn’t faced with that kind of a temptation. And it is no different for us today. But we will discuss that a little later. Reading verse 4 again:

Deuteronomy 7:4

“For they will turn away thy son from following me that they may serve other gods:…”

When we talk about serving other gods, and idols, the first thing we think of is the cultures, probably in the orient, who actually worship the idols of Buddha, and so forth. But listen, there is another idol that is sneaking in on the American scene faster than we can shake our finger at. And do you know what it is? The idol of materialism. Things can become an idol just as fast, and just as much as wood or stone. I was talking to someone the other day who had just read an editorial in one of the major newspapers in the northwest. This secular paper was literally decrying Christianity, and it’s influence, saying it was an enemy of our nation. Because after all we are living in different times than Bible times. This is 1994 they like to say. And we’re not under that kind of a culture. Listen, do you know what I say to that? Yes people change, economies change, societies change, but there is one who never changes.God does not change! God hates the same thing today that He hated back here in Israel’s history. We don’t stand here and try to shove this down people’s throats, but I think the American people have to be made aware once again that the God that made our nation what she is, is the same God that laid down these requirements.

To follow up this concept in Deuteronomy Chapter 7, come all the way over to Chapter 20. I hope you take the time to read the chapters in between. Beginning in verse 1, Moses is explaining to the Jews how they are to operate in warfare. However I want you to come down to verse 17. This is beyond ordinary warfare of occupation. Now he is talking about how they are to deal with the people who occupy the Promised Land at that time. Remember this is a Holy, Righteous, Just and Fair God that is speaking.

Deuteronomy 20:17

“But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee: (don’t spare one! Why?)

Deuteronomy 20:18

“That they teach you not to do after all their abominations (an abomination back then to God is an abomination today) which they have done unto their gods; (notice small `g’ meaning their idols and pagan worship), so should ye sin against the LORD your God.”

Isn’t that exactly what King Solomon did? It says it so plainly that after Solomon had married those 900 wives out of all the various pagan cultures, in order to satisfy the demands of those pagan wives, he built shrines, and places of worship to those pagan gods. And then he actually condones the sacrifices of little Jewish children in the fire. To me that is just unreal. Let’s come back to Genesis 15. And this is another reason to follow me all the way from Genesis 1. I have said so often, unless you have a good understanding of The Book of Beginnings (Genesis), a lot of these things are hard to comprehend. But back here in Genesis 15, God has just called Abram out of Ur of the Chaldees in Chapter 12. And He has given him the Abrahamic Covenant. In that Covenant He has promised the man Abram, that out of him would come a nation, a race of people totally different than anything that has been on the scene. And that race of people, when they would become a nation, He would put them in a geographical area of land. He pointed it out here in Chapter 15. And then in some point in the future, He Himself would come in the flesh and be their Messiah and their King. That is the whole concept of the Abrahamic Covenant. In Chapter 15, as God is dealing with this man Abram, and has given him the Covenant, and all these promises. But in spite of all of his faith, what does Abram (he will become Abraham a little later in Scriptures) say in verse 8?

Genesis 15:8

“And he said, `Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?`”

In other words, what’s the proof that I will inherit this land that you are promising? What happens now in these next few verses is the then typical means of transferring real estate, according to the ancient Babylonian rules, as Hammurabi had laid them out. And again the pagans, remember, did everything based on a blood sacrifice, so even in transferring of real estate they took these animals, killed them, parted the carcasses, and left a walk way down between them, and then the two men who were transferring real estate would make a blood covenant by virtue of a cut in the hand, then shake hands and thereby make a contract. Now God is going to come down and do the same thing. So this is what He says:

Genesis 15:9,10

“And he said unto him, `Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.’ And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.”

Then in verses 11 and 12 in order for this covenant to be as all covenants are from God and God alone, to make sure that Abram has nothing to do with this covenant responsibility, God puts Abram to sleep like He did Adam a long time before. Come down to verse 13, and I always say this is probably the beginning of genuine prophecy. God is telling Abraham things that will happen in the future, and they will come true exactly as He says they will.

Genesis 15:13,14

“And he said unto Abram, `Know of a surety that thy seed (your children and your children’s children) shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs (Egypt), and shall serve them; and shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation (Egypt), whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance (and we know that’s exactly what they did).

Genesis 15:15

“And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace (Abraham will die a physical death), thou shalt be buried in a good old age. Verse 16 is where we tie in Deuteronomy Chapters 7 and 20. Why does God tell Israel to utterly destroy the Canaanite people? Here is the reason:

Genesis 15:16

“But in the fourth generation they (the children of Abraham) shall come hither again (why does God wait almost 490 years from the time of Abram’s call till Joshua leads them in?): for the iniquity (or wickedness) of the Amorites (that is indicative of all the Canaanites tribes) is not yet full (hasn’t reached the full mark).”

God has now given these Canaanites 490 years in all to turn from their iniquities, but they don’t turn from it. Rather, they go deeper and deeper into their wickedness, immorality, and abominations until they finally get to the place where God can now tell Joshua to instruct the children of Israel that they are not to spare a one of them. They are so rotten, that unless you totally cleanse the land of them, it won’t be long until your sons and daughters will be just like them.

A good example is potatoes and apples. If you have a nice container full of either one, would you think of putting one in with them that is half rotten? Of course not, because it wouldn’t be very long before the whole container is rotten. And this is the exact lesson that God is trying to teach Israel. You have to remove the rot. Because unless you do, it’s going to infect you and destroy you and then He’ll have to deal with you. And isn’t that exactly what happened?

Come back to the Book of Deuteronomy and I’m going to leave you with this to read in your spare time. Read Deuteronomy Chapter 27, verses 15 through 26, especially if you are an adult; and I will make the statement that you cannot take for granted that the God of Israel is any different than the God of today. So you can read that at your leisure. But for now let’s look at Chapter 28. And again don’t forget the setting. Israel is ready to go in and occupy the land of Canaan under Joshua. And we are going to see that God is going to tell Moses to write his own obituary while he is still alive. But that is what Moses does. He writes the whole thing as if it was in the past, and yet this is the beauty of Scripture. God is leading every word, and this is what we call the inspiration, so that Moses can literally write the account of his own death. But here we read:

Deuteronomy 28:1

“And it shall come to pass, if (this is a conditional word, so God is going to leave it up to them, to use their free will. He won’t make robots out of them.) thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:”

That is quite a promise isn’t it? Here they will be the greatest nation on the face of the earth, if they are just obedient. I know that under law it was far more demanding than what you and I have to be responsible for. But nevertheless it wasn’t impossible. He wasn’t asking them to live a life of misery to keep His commandments. They would have been blessed to the hilt. They could of been the happiest and most contented nation of all. Then He lists all the blessings that would come their way. Now I always qualify this by saying that we want to remember that in the Old Testament economy, God rewarded obedience with material blessings. This is all through the Old Testament. That is why so many of these great patriarchs were wealthy. God rewarded them.

Now we are being deluged today with prosperity salvation. And that is if you just get saved, then God will pour out all kinds of wealth on you. Have you heard it? Sure you have. Some of you have given me brochures from some of these outfits, where they tell you to just send them $50 or $100 and tomorrow your debt will be gone, and within a short time you will be a millionaire. They can preach it they can scream it, they can do what they want with it, but that is not according to This Book. All God has promised the believer in the Age of Grace is a roof over our head, clothes on our back, and food to eat. Beyond that it’s just his Grace and blessing. There is nothing wrong with material blessings, and accumulating wealth. But if it becomes a priority, then God will frown upon it. But, here in the Old Testament, God is promising that if they are obedient He will bless them in every way. But go to verse 15. Look at that very first word. Here comes the flip side, one of the most crucial words in Scripture:

Deuteronomy 28:15

“But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:”

Now verse 16 and following, instead of the word blessed, what word is used? Cursed. And He spells out how Israel is going to receive the wrath of God because of their disobedience. And do you know, all of these things in the remaining verses have happened to the Jew? I remember reading, I think from the Jerusalem Post, where one of their most popular talk show hosts had an elderly rabbi on his program. This rabbi made the statement that the reason the Jews had been under such adversarial attack, including the holocaust, was because of their sin. And you know what happened? The phone just rang off the wall with angry Israelis maintaining that had nothing to do with it. Listen, it has everything to do with it.

I know that Satan is doing everything he can to thwart the work of God and, consequently, he does attack God’s chosen people. But, on the other hand, they are responsible for their actions. And so he lists them all here. I’d like to have you go to verse 37, which is part of these curses. This is exactly what the Jew experiences in almost every nation on earth. Look what it says now in verse 37:

Deuteronomy 28:37a

“And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword,…” A slur word.

People will just use a word on you that they wouldn’t dream of using on anybody else. Has the Jew gotten there? Of course he has. And it’s all because of their rejecting the love and mercy of their Jehovah God. Now verse 38:

Deuteronomy 28:38a

“Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in;…”

And so it was all the way through with these curses and these blessings, but it was up to them.

101 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 2 - Part 1 - Book 9 - Deuteronomy 26-34 - Joshua 1-4: Rahab

101: Lesson 2 Part 1 Book 9 – Deuteronomy 26-34 – Joshua 1-4: Rahab

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We’ll pick up where we left off last lesson, and hopefully these next four lessons finish up to the end of Israel’s history. And she goes into the Babylonian captivity. And that will bring us up to the Book of Daniel. And then we will finally begin to teach prophecy. But for now, we don’t want to skip too much. I’m already skipping a lot for sake of time. So go with me now to Numbers Chapter 22. I have drawn a make-shift map on the board. I don’t claim that this is according to scale, but it gives you a rough idea of the Mediterranean Sea coast.

The little land of Israel, between the coast and the Sea of Galilee, and the Dead Sea. Of course just off the corner of the Dead Sea is the city of Jericho, and Jerusalem is just a few miles inland. So this is all real close together. It’s only about 40 miles from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan Valley. Israel is a tiny little strip of land. Down here at the southern part of Israel is Kadesh, where they sent in the 12 spies. And as a result of their unbelief God sends them back into the Sinai for 40 years of wandering.

If you want to get an idea of how many times they took down that Tabernacle, packed it up and moved out, you read Numbers Chapter 33. That Chapter gives the whole list of their stops. But remember that was 39 years plus. As you will see in the next four lessons, they will come out of the Sinai, and come around in circuitous route, through Moab, and they will end up coming into the Promised Land, not from the closest route, but clear around the Dead Sea just opposite Jericho. There they crossed the Jordan River, and just five miles from that river is the city of Jericho, which was their first conquest. There are very few average church goers who understand that Israel did not come in from the south.

But for now, they are in this area of Moab, and they have just come out of their 40 years of wandering. And when the King of Moab saw that multitude of Israelites, he knew there was nothing he could do militarily, so he said there is only one way that I can defeat these people. He had heard of what their God had done for them, so he knew it would have to be in the area of a spiritual curse. He knows he can’t do it; his armies can’t do it. But he must somehow put a curse on these people. As a result, he knows that there is an enchanter, a man of divination, out there in Mesopotamia, to the east. And he is known for his enchantments. So he called him, to put a curse on the children of Israel.

Now the main reason I stop and take an hour or two in teaching Balaam, is to point out two basic facts. Number one, I wasn’t kidding when I said there was from 3-7 million children of Israel. We will see that in the text. Secondly, to see how Balaam is the perfect example of false teachers. And if ever there has been a day that we need to be aware of false teachers, it is today. We are just being overwhelmed by it from every direction. People who spout off at what they think The Word says. And too many people are just simply being brainwashed without realizing that a lot of this stuff does not come from The Book. And so that is why I’m going to stop and take these moments of time to study Balaam.

Now Numbers 22. I know that I read more than other teachers do, but I’m not going to apologize for it. Because even in our mail, we have lot’s of people comment how the Scriptures have been opened to them even while I read. I don’t know why that is, but it even happens in my classes. I’ve had people over and over say, “I had just read that this afternoon, yet when you read it, I understood what it says.” But remember that is not my doing. For some reason the Lord has seen fit to bless that aspect. Someone will say, “How can you teach classes two hours a night, five nights a week from different areas of the Bible.” My stock answer is, “You don’t know how much time I spend reading.” I don’t have to have a lot of notes when I read to people.

Numbers 22:1,2

“And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side (east of) Jordan by Jericho. And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.”

They have already fought battles down in the Sinai, one of which was with the Amorite Tribe which they utterly destroyed. They didn’t have radio, television or telephones back then; just word of mouth. As the camel caravans went from Egypt to Mesopotamia, don’t think they were any different from people today. They gossiped, and told everything they knew and had seen. So, by the time the Israelites get to Moab, the Moabites had heard all the things that had happened to these children of Israel. All the way back to their exodus, really, as we will see when we get into Joshua.

Numbers 22:3

“And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many (many of you may think maybe 5000 or so would look like many in that day in time. Don’t you kid yourself.): and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

Numbers 22:4a,5

“And Moab said unto the elders of Midian. `Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field….'” He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam (Balaam is this false prophet we will be talking about) the son of Beor to Pethor (that was out to the east of Moab), which is by the river of the land of the children of his people(Euphrates. He is going to call Balaam saying), `Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and abide over against me:'”

When he said “they cover the face of the earth,” he meant as far as the eye could see, there was nothing but Israelites. Now what is the average distance to the horizon? Thirteen miles? But as far as old King Balak could see, he saw nothing but the children of Israel. Let me show you another verse. Drop down to verse 11:

Numbers 22:11

“Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them (so I can defeat them); peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out.”

So, Balak makes this offer to Balaam of tremendous wealth. He will give him almost anything if he will only curse these Israelites; and by virtue of the curse, God will turn His back on them. Balak just wants to somehow bring the Israelites to a place where God would destroy them. We are going to find when we go to the New Testament there were some things Balaam just didn’t understand. In spite of her wickedness and sins, Balaam didn’t understand that the Grace of God would always overcome Israel’s shortcomings. He thought God should curse them. We will look at it in a bit.

Let’s go to Chapter 23. Remember King Balak is still working on old Balaam to bring about the curse, and Balaam is having some difficulty. I like to point out as you read these verses that just because the LORD Jehovah is dealing with Balaam and speaking with him on a face to face basis, that does not mean Balaam is a valid prophet. He is a false prophet. I have to emphasize that because I can remember back several years ago I had Sunday School material which was trying to hold Balaam up as a prophet that had been misguided a little bit, but that he was a true believer. I can’t agree with that one bit. He was a false prophet from day one. He used enchantments, and divination, and depended on the power of Satan to do what he did. He was not an Israelite, and not a valid prophet. So Balak takes Balaam up to a high place:

Numbers 23:13,14a

“And Balak said unto him, `Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt see but the utmost part of them (you still can’t see them all),and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence.'” And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah,…”

That was a very high mountain, and even then he could not see the end of the children of Israel. Remember when we were back in Exodus, and they came out of Egypt. I told you all you have to do is look in the Book of Numbers, and see how many men of war this little nation would be able to put in the field, and that was over 600,000 and remember that was a very small percentage of the total. If you start figuring there were 600,000 young, single men between the age of about 20-30 years of age, you would have to have a population of about 3-5 million to bring about that number of young men. I want you to see that we are not dealing with just a few thousand people, but rather a multitude of Israelites. So God is bringing them around opposite the Jordan River and no wonder old King Balak thought he needed help. But instead of Balaam staying home, when he received the message, he goes to King Balak, because he can see all the wealth of Moab that is being offered to him just for putting a curse on these Israelites.

Let’s go back to the New Testament for a little bit. We haven’t had time to read all that went on between Balaam and Balak. But Remember the King had offered old Balaam just about anything he wanted. But God immediately told Balaam, “Don’t do it!” And old Balaam converses with Jehovah. And finally Balaam tells Balak, that he can’t curse them because Jehovah is blessing them. And Balak gets all upset. But remember old Balaam has another plan. Now the New Testament gives us a perfect description of the man in three separate categories. The first one is here in II Peter Chapter 2, and the whole Chapter, as does the little Book of Jude which deals with false teachers. We are being warned that they will come on the scene in the last days. And believe me we are seeing them. They are coming from every direction and every hue and color. The average believer and church member today is totally confused. they don’t know what is right or wrong. How can they sift out all this rubbish. I think that is one of the problems with our beloved nation, is that the people of our nation have just lost all concept of the truth of God’s Word. Now let’s look at how Balaam is described back here in II Peter Chapter 2:

II Peter 2:13

“And (the false prophets) shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceiving while they feast with you:” See what they are doing? They are fellowshipping with church people, but they are filled with false teaching.

II Peter 2:14

“Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling (confusing, deceiving) unstable souls (when the Scripture uses adultery, it does not always mean physical, sexual adultery. Many times it is mixing paganism with true Biblical truth. That is adulterating the Word of God. And these people are masters of that. Do you see why I’m always emphasizing that people have to be taught? Otherwise they’re going to be blown away like Paul says, “With every wind of doctrine.” ): an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:” Now verse 15:

II Peter 2:15

“Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness:

Remember what I said? Why couldn’t he refrain from going back to Moab and cursing those people? He saw the wealth he could gain by confusing the issue. And aren’t we seeing the same thing today. How many people are using the Word of God to line their own pockets. I think it is just as much an abomination in God’s sight as anything else you can think of. They are using God’s Word for profit. That’s why I maintain to this day, that I won’t take a dime out of this ministry. I know pastors and preachers are due their salaries, and I’m not taking that away from them. I’m talking about people who use the Word of God for no other reason but to enhance their own financial state. That is Balaamism. Balaam was in it for one reason and that was to line his own pockets. That is the way of Balaam. He wanted to cash in on his particular gift, which happened to be divination and enchantments.

Now when you get to the New Testament, you have the same thing. Paul had to confront more than once the workers of Satan, who were constantly confronting the apostle as he was going into those pagan areas with the Gospel. Now let’s also turn on over to the little Book of Jude. And here we have a second description of Balaam. The Book of Jude is almost a carbon copy of II Peter, and he too warned about false teachers:

Jude 1:3

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation (in other words Jude had intended to write just a little letter concerning the plan of salvation. But the Holy Spirit forbade him to do that. Instead he says), it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith (the one and only. And we are to earnestly contend. We are not to be obnoxious, but we are to take a stand on what we believe, and help people to see that this is the Truth, the Word of God. I never try to shove it down peoples throat. We can’t do that. But on the other hand we must stand for what we know The Word is telling us.) which was once delivered unto the saints.'”

Jude 1:4

“For there are certain men crept in unawares (nobody knows what they are up to. They can come into a denomination, or local church, and they are so deceptive that the average church member doesn’t know what they are doing.) who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” He is going to explain how these false teachers are going to operate. Now skip down to verse 10:

Jude 1:10,11a

“But these (false teachers) speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beast, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain (remember Cain’s problem was no faith), and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward,…”

What was this error of Balaam? He thought that if he could get Israel to lose her separated position with Jehovah, and get them to sin openly, what would God have to do? Curse them. We are going to see that he succeeded. That was the error. Let’s turn to Revelation Chapter 2. Here we are in the seven letters to the seven churches, and here in that letter to the church at Pergamos Jesus is speaking and he says in verse 14:

Revelation 2:14

“But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine (Peter called it the way, Jude called it the error, and here Jesus calls it the doctrine, or the teaching of Balaam. And what does Balaam teach? That they could commit fornication and lose their separated state, and it wouldn’t hurt them) of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.”

Now let’s go quickly to the Book of Numbers again, Chapter 25. Now some time has gone by and God hasn’t permitted Balaam to get away with it. But on the other hand he did get away with it.

Numbers 25:1

“And Israel abode in Shittim and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.” Do you see what they were doing? They were breaking down the separated state. And now to Chapter 31. Why did the Israelites begin to commit immorality with the Moabites? Moses tells us here in verse 16:

Numbers 31:16

“Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.”

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Exodus – Deuteronomy

I’ve had many people writing and calling; admonishing me to hurry up and get into prophecy. So I am skipping a few things, that I don’t really like to skip, but only for the sake of time, not that they are not important. But I want to take us up to the Book of Numbers. A couple of weeks ago we mentioned that seven weeks after the Tabernacle was raised up the first time, the cloud lifted, and it directed the children of Israel all the way up to the border of the Promise Land, the land of milk and honey. Now here we are in Numbers 14, and a lot has taken place in the mean time. We have had the episode of leprosy with Miriam because of her complaints. God dealt with it, but fortunately He also healed her. We also had the episode of the quails. Remember Israel was complaining because they didn’t have the flesh pots of Egypt. But now as we come to this chapter, it’s a sad, sad state of affairs:

Numbers 14:1,2

“And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses (this wasn’t anything new was it?) and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, `Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!'”

Always remember the setting. Here in the last thirteen months of time, they have experienced the miraculous exodus out of Egypt. Their task masters were thrown off their backs. They’ve walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. They’ve seen the appearance of the Cloud by day and the Pillar of Fire by night. They saw all of the thunder and lightening and the fire on Mount Sinai. They saw how God could institute a plague and kill 20,000 people and He could also come back, in mercy, and stop it. They have just seen miracle after miracle after miracle, haven’t they? And yet, here they come upon the very borders of the Promise Land; the land of milk and honey; the land that God said He would use hornets, as well as other means, to drive out the Canaanites, and He says, “All you have to do is occupy it.” Now He says, “I won’t drive them all out at once where you can’t keep up, because then the wild animals might take over before you got there.” But He said, “I’ll drive them out just fast enough so that you can occupy the homes that they’ve built, use the wells that they’ve dug, tend the vineyards that they’ve planted. It’s all yours. All you have to do is take it.” But as I pointed out several weeks ago, go ahead to Deuteronomy because you have to see this from Scripture or you might not take my word for it. Deuteronomy Chapter 1, and Moses, of course is kind of rehearsing here, everything that has gone on before. And so after the fact, he is now writing a synopsis of it you might say, and you come down to Chapter 1, Verse 19 where Moses writes:

Deuteronomy 1:19a

“And when we departed from Horeb, (that’s Mount Sinai. After that Tabernacle had been constructed, taken down, and the Cloud moved them.) we went through all that great and terrible wilderness,…”

And the Sinai Peninsula is just exactly that. It is the most awesome geographical area that you can imagine. It’s not flat desert. It’s just tremendous mountains and canyons. How God kept track of between 3 to 7 million people and all their livestock, I don’t know. That, in itself, was a miracle. But nevertheless, Moses writes:

Deuteronomy 1:19-21a

“…we went through all that great and terrible wilderness, which ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as the Lord our God commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea. (that’s on the border. The Promised Land is just ahead.) And I said unto you, `ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which the Lord our God doth give unto us. (now is there any hint of problem in there? No, but it’s there.) Behold, the Lord thy God hath set the land before thee; go up and (spy it out? No:) possess it…'”

What I like to emphasize and I think a lot of people miss. Did God intend those twelve spies to go into Israel? No. God intended for the nation of Israel to go right on in by faith. Knowing that He would take care of the inhabitants, because He said He would. He said that He would drive them out. Now, how did they cross the Red Sea? By faith. Now you say,“Yes, but that was on dry ground.” But you wait a minute, they knew that water was walled up somewhere. I don’t think it was like Cecil B. De Mille’s movie, just a narrow cavern. I don’t think the people really knew where that wall of water was. I think it must have been a wide area. But nevertheless, it was there. Now, would you have liked to just glibly walk though? So how did they do it? By faith. Here they come to the same kind of a situation. Granted, they don’t know what to expect. But God has told them that He would have everything ready for them. He would drive out their enemies and all they would have to do is occupy. Now this is what I want you to understand, that the sending in of the twelve spies was not God’s idea. It was that weakness of the flesh. And Israel said, “But, oh, we don’t know. Can’t we send in spies?” And God, in His goodness and graciousness, what did He do? He said, “Alright, I’ll let you send in spies.” But that was not His intention. So, verse 21:

Deuteronomy 1:21b,22

“…go up and possess it, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged. (now read the next verse. But what happened?) And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, `We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come.'”

What are they really doing? They are saying, “Now listen Moses, we don’t really believe that God is going to do what He says He’s going to do. But let us send in men that can confirm, and they can tell us what to do.” Isn’t that awful? That’s literally awful. You see, they were taking things out of God’s hands and putting it into the hands of mere mortals. Had those twelve spies come back and said, “We can take it.” Then what would they have done? They would have said, “Okay, we’ll go.” But when the twelve spies came back – let’s go back over again to Numbers Chapter 14. And like I’ve already said, it was a sad, sad setting. Here the land of milk and honey was sitting there in front of them. Everything was ready, and they could have had it all, without one ounce of work. Of course, the picture here is that Israel could have entered into what the Bible calls; what’s the word? His rest. See, they wouldn’t have had to labor, they wouldn’t have had to dig the wells and so forth. They could have just walked in and it was ready for them. That’s why He called it “The land of milk and honey, the place of God’s rest.” But here they are. They’re crying and murmuring:

Numbers 14:3a

“And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey?…”

What a hypocrisy. Is that who they were really worried about? No, these guys were scared to death of the giants that might be up there in the Promised Land. You know, it’s almost amusing and yet it isn’t because it was such serious business. Go to verse 28:

Numbers 14:28,29a

“Say unto them, `As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: 29: Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness (now remember, they could have had the Promised Land); and all that were numbered of you,…'”

See, we skipped all that. They were all counted and from those numbers is where I get the number that there were anywhere from 3 to 7 million of them. All you’ve got to do is a little computing, because all together there were over 600,000 men of war. That’s young men, unmarried, and then you compute all their relatives and families, and you can easily get 5 million people. That’s why I make it a round figure of 3 to 7 million. I can’t imagine it, and I’ve used the analogy more than once. The whole megaplex of Dallas and Ft. Worth, Dallas and Tarrent County together is a little over 3 million. Can you imagine Dallas and Fort Worth, out there in the wilderness of Sinai? See, most of us have got a few hundred or a few thousand at the most. Listen, there’s millions of them and that in itself is miraculous. Now finishing 29:

Numbers 14:29b,30

“…according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.” Remember that I’m always saying that one of the most important words in Scripture is b-u-t, and what does it say here.

Numbers 14:31

“But your little ones (all the ones that they were so concerned would die in the wilderness. God comes back and almost like a comedy of errors, tells them), which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.”

Isn’t that something? I always have to tie this in to today. Isn’t that exactly where the human race is today? Everything that God has put out there for the human race, what do they say? For one reason or another, they’ve got a million excuses, “I don’t what any part of it. I don’t want it.” And yet look what they’re missing. That which God has promised and has made available, they have despised it. We’re no different. We can’t look down our nose at the Jew and say, “Well, you know we would have done things different.” No we wouldn’t. The human race is the same from start to finish. Come back to Numbers 14, verse 4:

Numbers 14:4

“And they said one to another, `Let us make a captain, and let us (what?) return into Egypt.'”

Now, that’s a short memory, isn’t it? You remember what the conditions were in Egypt? What were they belly aching about? They would say, “Oh our task masters, they’re cruel.”And they were. They worked from sun-up to dark and they got just enough compensation to keep them alive to work the next day from sun-up to dark. And yet, when they are on the very threshold of the land of milk and honey, they look back and think Egypt was heaven on earth. And again, aren’t people the same way today? Sure they are. I mean it’s stark; what’s the word: unbelief. That’s all their problem was. Now, we’ve used it before, but I’m great on repetition. Go to Hebrews Chapter 3. In fact, we used it just a few weeks ago, but I’m going to use it again because I think it’s just so appropriate for you and I right now, today, at this present time. Remember, when Paul wrote the book of Hebrews, he was writing primarily to Jewish believers. And, consequently, he’s going to use an awful lot of the Old Testament contact and experiences in order to make his point. Here he is in verse 7, and he’s going to be quoting from the book of Psalms:

Hebrews 3:7-9

“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted [or tested] me , proved me, and saw my works forty years…)”

Do you see the setting? Paul is making reference to that forty years wilderness experience that followed their rejection of going in at Kadesh-barnea.

Hebrews 3:10-12a

“Wherefore I was grieved with that generation,(the generation that said, `Oh we’re going to lose all our women and children’) and said, `They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So (God’s speaking now), I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into (here’s the words) my rest. (they could have had it) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you (remember, this is for us as well) an evil heart of (covetousness? No. Immorality? No. Anything else ? No, but what’s the word?) unbelief…”

Turn with me a couple of pages to Hebrews Chapter 11; to what I call one of the two absolutes that we have to confront. You cannot detour around them and you cannot compromise them. They are absolute. Now there are a lot of things in Scripture that I will tell people I don’t get all shook up if you don’t agree with me because there is room for disagreement. But there are some areas that there is no room for disagreement. And here’s one of them:

Hebrews 11:6

“But without (what’s the word?) faith it is impossible (that means exactly what it says. That’s why I say you can’t compromise this; you can’t skirt around it) to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe (see, that’s faith. You’ve got to believe) that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

I said that there were two, so I might as well hit the other one while we are here in Hebrews. And that would have to be back in Chapter 9, verse 22. Now you know, there are liberal circles that don’t have very kind words about the blood bought way of salvation. They comment about it. And a lot of denominations over the past 10 years have taken every song out of their song book that has any reference to the blood, whether you know it or not. Some of our major denominations have removed all of the hymns with any reference to the blood. Well, the reason is that they don’t like it. But look what the The Book says. Here again is an absolute that you cannot compromise:

Hebrews 9:22

“And almost all things are by the law (going back again to the Old Testament) purged with blood (but here’s the part of the verse that applies to every human being today); and without the shedding of blood is no remission.”

There is no forgiveness. Again go back to the Tabernacle, what did the High Priest have to do every year? He had to present the blood. It was the only way for man to approach God. There is no other way. There is no approach to God other than the blood-sprinkled way. So without faith we can’t please Him. Without the shedding of blood we can’t please Him.Back to Hebrews Chapter 3 then, it all rests on their lack of faith. They could have had the very rest of God. The could have had the land of promise. But they turned because of their unbelief. Now down to verse 13:

Hebrews 3:13

“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day (while we still have this kind of an opportunity); lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

Always stop and think. How do we recognize sin, and how do we deal with sin? I want it in only one word. Faith. Because, unless we can believe what God says about certain activities or certain acts, we don’t know that it’s sin. But when God says it and we believe it, then we know what it is. Our whole daily walk is prompted by faith in God’s Word. Think about it. When Romans 3:23 says that “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” I always said that’s the first step to salvation, to believe that I am what The Book says that I am. And that is, short of the glory of God. It’s taking God at His Word concerning myself, concerning you. So faith is that which guides us not only into salvation, but all through our Christian experience. It’s all based on what The Book says. Not what someone else says. People have told me and I appreciate it, “You know, you don’t condemn this and you don’t condemn that. Do you notice that?” I don’t have to. I don’t have to tell people, “Stop doing this and stop doing that” because as soon as they get into The Book and see what The Book says, by faith, then they’re going to take appropriate action. I still maintain that if you get people into The Book, you get them to believe in what God says, and all those things that a lot of people scream about; they’ll take care of themselves. So then verse 14:

Hebrews 3:14

“For we are made partakers of Christ (now remember, it’s His righteousness and it’s on that basis that He justifies us), if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;”

I know that a lot of people jump on that and say, “See, it says `if, and that’s conditional.” Well, in spite of the word “if” in this case, I’m still going to maintain that we are going to partake, we are going to remain steadfast. And then Verse 15:

Hebrews 3:15,16

“While it is said, `To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

And remember, how many escaped? Joshua, Caleb, Moses and Aaron. But for the most part, that nation that was old enough to respond was totally in unbelief. This is hard to comprehend. Only a few survived that judgment in their unbelief.

Hebrews 3:17

“But with whom was he grieved forty years? Was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?”

Again, I always remind people of this. It was only a few months previous to this that they had that horrible, immoral setting around that pagan, golden calf. But is that what God is concerned about? No. Because why did they worship and why did they dance at the golden calf? Unbelief! Had they believed in the God that Moses was dealing with up there in the mountains, would they have asked for an idol? No. Had they believed in the Holy and Righteous God, would they have had lascivious dancing? No. See what I’m saying? Okay, but what was their problem?

Hebrews 3:18

“And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that (what?) believed not.” And you know that’s the problem today, just as much as it was then. People will not, and for some reason, cannot believe the Word of God. Oh the intellectual community will try to argue it away from their highly educated position. But they just can’t bring themselves to say, “But this is what God says.”

Hebrews 3:19

“So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”

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99: Lesson 1 Part 3 Book 9 – High Priest Work: Kadesh-Barnea: Exodus – Deuteronomy

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Exodus – Deuteronomy

Let’s start again in John’s gospel, Chapter 20, where Mary confronts Jesus outside the tomb early on that resurrection morning, where she is supposing him to be the gardener:

John 20:15b,16a

“…She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, `Sir, if thou has borne him hence, (if you’ve taken the body away) tell me where thou has laid him and I will take him away.’ Jesus said unto her, `Mary…'”

Now I’ve made this so plain over the years as I teach this. How many times have you heard the voice of some famous character from radio or television or movie, out of sight in the next room and immediately you know who it is, without seeing them, only by what? By voice. And the same thing here. Now you want to remember that Mary was so close to the Lord Jesus during His earthly ministry. She had probably heard Him call her “Mary” many, many times. And as soon as He speaks the word, “Mary”, she knows Who it is. Even though she can’t recognize Him, yet she knows Who it is. Now I’ll pick it up in verse 16:

John 20:16b

“…She turned herself, and saith unto him,`Rabboni;’ which is to say, Master.'”

Now what do you suppose she was ready to do? Oh, she was just ready to give Him a bear hug. An enthusiastic one. But look what He says in verse 17:

John 20:17

“Jesus said unto her, `Touch me not;….'”

Now that’s unusual, because you get down the line into verse 27, which is probably a little later in the day:

John 20:27a

“Then saith he to Thomas, `Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side…'”

What’s that? It’s touching. He was for real. And yet to Mary He says immediately “touch me not.” Now look at the reason. Come back to Verse 17:

John 20:17

“…Touch me not; for I am not yet (what’s the next word?) ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren (that would be to the eleven), and say unto them, `I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.'”

I call this the first ascension. The second ascension, of course being in Acts Chapter 1, when He left from the Mount of Olives as the disciples watched Him go. Now let’s go to the Book of Hebrews. I think this will complete the record of what took place early that Sunday morning in time, yet also in eternity, as Jesus left the confines of this earth. Now those of you who have been with me ever since Genesis 1, you will remember when we got to about Genesis 17, that Abraham had a confrontation after defeating the kings that had overrun Sodom. He had this confrontation with a man who came from the then little known village of Salem, the city of peace, which is today Jerusalem. And who was this man? Melchisedec the High Priest. Remember that Melchisedec was a High Priest forever. And Christ was a High Priest after the order of Melchisedec, and not after Aaron.

I showed you back in Genesis that Melchisedec was not a priest under the Law, or the tribe of Levi. He was a priest of all. He covered the whole spectrum of the human race. That means that Christ is not just the High Priest of the Jews but the High Priest of whomever we might be. So I think early that Sunday morning when Jesus would not let Mary touch him, He still had to immediately go into the very presence of the Father. Jesus told Mary that He would ascend to the Father. Now verse 11:

Hebrews 9:11

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;”

Remember when Moses was instructed by Jehovah up there in Mount Sinai to build this Tabernacle? What did He give him? A pattern of the Tabernacle in heaven. Here it is again, and the secret of this whole context is that the Tabernacle was not made with hands. This Tabernacle was not made by Jewish craftsmen, it was untouched by human hands. (The last word in the verse, “building” could have been better translated “creation”) So this is not on the earth, or this creation, but in heaven.

Hebrews 9:12

“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

Now let’s break that verse down: “Neither by the blood of goats and calves (as the High Priest of Israel did.), but by his (what? By His ) own blood he entered in once (not once a year like Israel’s High Priest did. The key word in the Book of Hebrews is “ONCE” ) into the holy place (what’s the holy place? The very presence of God at the mercy seat of God, and there He sprinkled His own blood on the mercy seat), having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

Now you say “Les it ran down Golgotha Hill, it ran down that old rugged Cross.” Now wait a minute. Is anything impossible with God? Granted it ran down to the earth, and I think the picture there is, it was taken up by that which was cursed. But is it hard for God to bring that blood back into a container that He could present in heaven? I don’t think so. My own idea is that He presented His own blood there in the very throne room of heaven. It’s going to be there for all eternity. And every time one of us may be confronted by (and I doubt that we will be, but if we were confronted), “Why are you here?” Our stock answer should be “There sits the blood.” It will be an eternal testimony of why we are going to be in Glory.

A lot of people may go to a funeral of a believer, and come away disgusted because the preacher preached that this man will be in heaven. How in the world do they know that, because nobody knows. But do you know that’s not what The Book says. The Book say that “You are to know” and the reason we can know is not based on what you and I do in good works, or anything else. It is based all upon that finished work of Christ. The fact that He is my propitiation. He is your propitiation. He is the one who was the sacrifice. He was your brazen altar, He is your laver of cleansing, He is your candlestick, He is not only the mercy seat, but He is the blood of the mercy seat. He’s not only the God of mercy, but the sacrifice.

So that’s what I like to put on that word propitiation. Everything that was pictured in type here in the Tabernacle was fulfilled by Christ to the very last jot and tittle, Who became our High Priest. He presented His blood. And remember when we looked at I John where it says “…And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” So the moment we sin, God expects us to just simply confess it, you don’t have to beg for forgiveness. I’ve told people for 20 years “Quit putting that cliche at the end of your prayer, asking God to forgive us for our sins. That is from habit. Our sins are forgiven. But what does He want us to do? Confess them. Call it what God calls it. And the moment we confess it, the Lord Jesus the advocate, points to that blood, and says “Father, he or she is under the blood” And Paul says “Nobody dare accuse us.” And it is for that reason.

Let’s go back, and pick up Leviticus Chapter 16. The only reason I want to touch on this Day of Atonement is that it so beautifully pictured, just as we saw from John’s gospel and Hebrews, how that Christ fulfilled in every detail this Day of Atonement. I think it is unfortunate that our translators called it the Day of Atonement. Because it was not a Day of Atonement for the Nation of Israel. There was no Day of Atonement for Israel until Christ died. This should have been called the day of covering. And the word in the Hebrew is kaphar, which meant to cover. But we will have to stick with it, because it’s the term we have all became acquainted with. And even the theologians who know better, do what I do, they keep on using it rather than upset the apple cart. But it is really a misnomer. In Leviticus 16 we will start with verse one:

Leviticus 16:1,2

“And the LORD spake unto Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered before the LORD and died; (remember they took strange fire) And the LORD said unto Moses, `Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.'”

What is under the mercy seat? The demanding Law, and there is no mercy in the Law. Always remember that. The Law can do nothing but condemn you. The Law can’t save anybody:

Leviticus 16:3,4

“Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering. He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments, therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on.”

We skipped over these garments because of time, not that they were not important. And before he could begin that Day of Atonement, here it comes again. How did he have to start? He had to wash, and wash, and wash. In fact when we get a little further, they had to wash in running water, much the same as surgeons do when they prepare for surgery. But it had to depict a complete physical cleansing. And then he could put on those linen undergarments, and then he put on the holy garments.

Leviticus 16:5,6

“And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering. And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house.

In other words, even though he was a High Priest of Israel, he was a sinner. He sinned just as well as anybody else. In order to began this role of the High Priest (and here again is where Christ of course went in sinless, even though He took our sins upon Himself), Aaron had to kill this first sacrifice for himself and his family. He would take the blood and make his way, and no doubt stop at the laver of cleansing; he would then come on through and then he had to take the coals from off the brazen altar, and he would bring them in and put them on the altar of incense, and the smoke would be more or less his protection or covering. And as he would take the blood of that offering, and would come through the sanctuary, and once a year he would come behind the vail. And he would sprinkle the blood of his sacrifice (the bullock) upon the mercy seat for himself and his family:

Leviticus 16:7,8a

“And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats…”

Now he starts with two animals, the bullock and two kid goats. He has used the bullock for his own sacrifice, for himself and his family, and now he comes to the two goats and he casts lots. In other words I guess we would say that he drew straws to see which goat would be killed and which would be left alive:

Leviticus 16:8

“And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for a (what?) scapegoat.”

You know, we still use the word today, don’t we. A scapegoat is somebody who takes the blame for somebody else. Continuing on:

Leviticus 16:9,10

“And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD’S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.”

Now he takes the goat that is designated by lot to be put to death (and I should have used the bullock the first time) and he takes the blood of the goat and he goes through this same process and he again comes behind the vail and he sprinkles it upon that beautiful, golden, mercy seat of the cherub. II know a lot of people think, “That must have been just filthy with dried blood.” But now listen, they didn’t just sprinkle gobs of blood around. You know how they did it? The took their finger and dipped it in the basin and just touched on it. So there wasn’t gobs of blood upon that gold. I’ve had that question come up more than once. But he would just simply take his finger and thereby present the blood. Then after he had presented the blood of the goat on behalf of the children of Israel, he would make his way back out.

And now then, we pick up his act on the scapegoat, where he lays his hand upon it. Come down to verse 20. Now again, I’ve got to make another comment. I’ve had this question before also. I bet you’ve all heard that the High Priest went in with a rope tied to one of his feet, and that in case he died, they could drag him out. Now listen, that may be according to legend,but it’s not in The Book. Now he did have bells around the bottom of his garment. And if the bells stopped tinkling, then Israel would have known that he was in trouble. But there’s nothing in the record that a High Priest ever lost his life behind the vail. But it was serious business. Had they done anything one bit wrong, God would have stricken them dead. Had anyone other than the High Priest tried to go behind that vail, he wouldn’t have come out alive. And so the High Priest actually did have bells around the hem of their garment. And as long as those bells were tinkling, those outside knew he was still getting along okay. But, let’s get back to this goat that has been left alive. Down to Verse 20. When he has finished his work in the Holy of Holies:

Leviticus 16:20,21a

“And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, (in other words, he had finished all the ritual within that little tent)he shall bring the live goat: And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel….”

Don’t lose sight of Who is pictured even in this scapegoat? Christ is. See, He has become not only our sacrificial goat, the One Who’s blood was sprinkled, but now He becomes the scapegoat. Now there’s a tremendous lesson here. There’s a Hymn that says Buried, he carried our sin, where? Far away. Well, the Hymn writer picks it up here from the scapegoat. Let’s read on:

Leviticus 16:21

“And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man (where?) into the wilderness.”

Into the wilderness where there was no record, where there was no geographical pinpoint, where nobody could go back and bring it back. I think that’s a picture of exactly what Christ did. Now very few people are aware of this, while He was on the Cross, there were three hours of time in which nothing was spoken. Now He made several statements from the time he was put on the Cross until high noon. And then at high noon, what happened? Absolute darkness fell upon the earth. And then at three o’clock in the afternoon, He speaks again the final statements from the Cross. The final ones. And that’s when He gave up the ghost, then of His own volition and he died. But what happened in that three hours? Absolute silence. The earth is enveloped in darkness. Well I think that is when Christ took our sins as far removed, the Scripture says now, as East is from the West. They have been buried in the deepest sea. I think in that three hour period of time, not in time, but perhaps in the eternal state, He literally suffered all the hell, all the judgment that every human being deserved. And after stepping out of eternity back into time, now on the Cross, He can say what? It’s finished.

You know I love to teach kids. I’ve got a couple of fourteen-year-olds in one of my classes and one of them came up the other night, and we were talking about this very same thing, and the statement one of them made shows that they were thinking. One of them said, “Now Les, I like this, you know it’s finished from the Cross.” But, then he said, “It wasn’t really finished until he was resurrected.” And I said, young man, your thinking is true But, what Jesus was really referring to was the business of obliterating our sin. Of suffering the sin penalty that was finished. And naturally, our salvation could never be complete until he rose from the dead. That’s why I’m always emphasizing Paul and his writings. Because Paul says, “We know only Christ, crucified and risen from the dead.” And remember, that’s our Gospel. That was revealed to Paul from our crucified and risen Savior in heaven. Oh, so many people are hanging on Jesus’ earthly ministry. A book came out awhile back by a famous author, “The Gospel According to Jesus,” and the minute I heard the title I knew the guy was out in left field. Because you cannot be saved by the Gospel according to Jesus tonight. Because that is speaking of His earthly ministry. We have salvation only by virtue of His death, burial and resurrection. That’s our gospel. And you people know it, but there are a lot of people out there that don’t know that. They just can’t comprehend that there is a difference.

Anyway, the high priest then fulfilled, or he pre-typed that which Christ fulfilled as our high priest. And as I’ve pointed out now in all the aspects of the Tabernacle program, those priests were human. They died. There had to be others come in and take their place. It was exercised year after year after year. But the finished work of Christ, the word in Hebrews as I’ve said so often is what? ONCE! For this He did ONCE! And He obtained what? Eternal redemption for us. Oh never lose sight of it and help your friends and neighbors who may know nothing of this, to understand.

Come back with me for just a moment to that verse that we looked at earlier in Romans Chapter 3. Because I think once you get the picture of how that all the aspects of Tabernacle worship were for the children of Israel, a burden. It was a yoke. I mean everything had to be done just exactly right. But, oh I want people today to understand how free we are from all of that, because Christ has done it all on our behalf. And now coming back to Romans 3 verse 26 and 27. Where now after showing that He is our propitiation, if we will just believe it:

Romans 3:26a

“To declare, I say at this time his righteousness (He’s done it all. He’s the whole Tabernacle)that he might be just, and the justifier…”

He’s done it all, from both directions. He is not only the just one, who was the perfect sacrifice who fulfilled all the demands of a Holy God, but He is also what? The Holy God. And then he says:

Romans 3:26b

“…the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

Or, as Paul normally puts it, “In Jesus the Christ, the Resurrected one.”

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