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Volume 1, Sermon 20
According to his
age, the person of Jesus, the Christ, first appears in Scripture written
by Dr. Luke the physician who accompanied the Apostle Paul in much of
his travels. The other three Gospel writers (Apostles) are much to the
point of Christ's descending and then quickly on to Jesus' ministry-work for the
Father. Yet with different background and perhaps with a more
"professional" bent in his character, Dr. Luke in his
gathering data for his letter to his friend Theophilus he tells
of a unique
young Jesus several days among the Doctors of Theology in their
It is Dr. Luke who also gives the account of the
Abraham-like experience of the priest Zacharias and his wife
Elisabeth, the parents of John the Baptist, who if anything could
appreciate even more than Joseph and Mary the entire episode of the
God-connection between their son and the Son.
But let us continue.
40 And the child (Jesus) grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
41,42 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover (traveling with a large company of believers from their local). And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast (much later as Jesus and his disciples did in Luke 19:28-48 ... especially 47,48).
43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child
Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not
44,45 But they, supposing him to have been in the company (heading to Nazareth),
went a day's journey; and (in the evening) they sought him among their kinsfolk and
acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to
Jerusalem, seeking him.
The passover-feast ends at
midnight of the second sabbath of the first month of spring (read the
first account of it in Exodus 12 especially verses 42-51). The
all-day-feast-of-all-the-people ends at evening of the following
sabbath. Thus, the between week-days are a holy remembrance of the
to the place chosen by the Lord for a joyful day of worship
service (per the agreement with Pharaoh). These remembrance days of the
week are holy within each Israelite's heart
even while he or she performs normal duties. All ... beginning with the
preparations for the
passover and the week-days through the next sabbath ... are referred to
in scripture as the 'days of unleavened bread
Please note that Israel's twenty-four day begins at sundown and ends the next sundown. Thus, the beginning of this twenty-four hours is darkness (i.e. 'night') until 'dawn' and then the daytime hours until sundown (i.e. 'day').
On this occasion and after each family's togetherness in that holy
week, many families joined
together for their return to Nazareth (as in Exodus, the Israelites
thought they would be returning to their homes in Goshen). However,
young Jesus ... aware of his Lordship ... even when as the Lord he had arranged all of it in
Exodus ... now at least somewhat aware of his descended mission for the Father ... was curious; and so he joined the
master-teachers in the temple while they taught interested persons about the details
of the overall importance of the holy 'days of unleavened bread
' (as it occurred first in Exodus and commemorated every year since at the Commandment of the Lord God.)
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feast-day was the third sabbath; thus, afterwards Jesus' family joined
their group heading home
while Jesus joined the master-teachers (this day would have been like
on our Sunday).
Please note that Luke was writing mostly to Jews who well knew all of
this, but in his spirit he sensed that they (us) needed to know of
young Jesus' experience ... also such a unique experience to those
doctors of theology.
Their return to Jerusalem was their second day of journey and Jesus was
still with the master-teachers in the temple rooms (much like in Luke 19:47,48).
46,47 And it came to pass, that after three days (with the masters) they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors (of theology), both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48 And when they (the parents) saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto
him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I
have sought thee sorrowing.
That which is normal to the flesh of human beings comes first to the mind
when operating in the flesh, as were Jesus' worried parents. Usually it
is the mother who will scold the child, yet do so in the name of the
child's father ... and so Mary said, 'thy father and I'.
49,50 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist (i.e. understand) ye not that I must (i.e. 'must, ought to') be about my Father's business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
Here we see a hint that Jesus was not always the wonderfully polite and thoughtful son ... nor to others when
he was operating in his Spirit (which to my mind must have been always);
and later in his ministry we see the same ... that Jesus always had first things first ... was he not involved in his Father's business? I do not imply that Jesus was rude; quite the contrary. As he walked before the Father, his Father typically was very kind;
and we see this when Jesus' mother pushed him toward changing water
into wine at a marriage feast ... something the Father would instruct His
Son to do simply for his mother (read of this in John 2). Yet, at other times we know that Jesus refused his mother's wishes.
51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
I find it interesting that surely Mary kept all such things 'in her heart'
and yet neither Dr. Luke nor any of the apostles seemed to have questioned Mary in regards to
Jesus' life before his ministry-work for the Father began ... or perhaps they did
question Mary, or Jesus himself, but the Holy Spirit forbid them writing
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour (i.e. 'grace', same as in verse 40) with (i.e. 'from, of, at, by, beside, near') God and man (i.e. 'human, whether male or female', or 'mankind' in general).
In verse 40 above we see an emphasis for the following verses and so I will repeat it here, 'And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him'. With this in mind, we surely realize that the 'grace' in this verse had to do with being (i.e. 'from, of, at, by, beside, near') God and also being with (i.e. 'from, of, at, by, besides, near') mankind. Though mixed in among mankind, we know that Jesus was not blessed by mankind even as he 'grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him'.
Let me repeat it: The uniqueness
of Jesus when mixed in among mankind is (in my words), "Here we see a hint that Jesus
was not so polite when operating in his Spirit
(which to my mind must have been always) and later in his ministry we
see the same ... that is, first things always first."
We are going to compare the above three days of Jesus with the master teachers to three days shortly before Jesus' crucifixion.
In verse 50 above, what was young Jesus' business regarding 'my Father's business'? It is the very thing we now discuss regarding Jesus and his twelve disciples in Luke 19:28-48 ... especially 47,48.
The time of the year is the beginning of spring (as in our March).
in Exodus, the passover
lamb was slain by the head of the family near sundown of the proceeding
day. Then beginning at sundown it was roasted and with other items ...
specifically unleavened bread ... the family with perhaps friends ate the
nothing and all not eaten had to be burned and it must be accomplished by midnight.
You will notice that the terms 'three days' and 'eight days'
are special time-periods in both the passage of young Jesus and of the
cross, and in all of Scripture. Some folks think the slaughter of the
passover-lamb in the evening of the thirteenth day was included in the holy 'days of unleavened bread'; and yes, the slaughtering of the lamb was commanded. Nevertheless 'the passover' was not during that evening (thus not included). Instead, it was the eating of the slaughtered lamb, along with other items, especially unleavened bread, that was 'the
passover'. The obedient partaking of the meal inside along with the blood on the door posts was the reason for the obedient Death Angel to 'passover' each family's home.
In Exodus, leaven used to rise bread, several days earlier had been commanded by the Lord to be removed from each home in Goshen, such that bread could not be made with
leaven (i.e. 'flat cakes').
Only later would Israelites understand the 'unleavened bread', which would become a sacred part of the 'feast of passover' ... but also a sacred part
of the seven following days leading up to the joyful
feast of the people in their remembrance of their day of joyful and holy worship to their God in Egypt's wilderness ... whereupon several days later they were attacked
by Pharaoh ... whereupon their Lord God ushered them as freed slaves out
Therefore, the Lord's commandment was in two
connected, though separate, parts: 1) the passover meal which ended at
memory of the passing over of the Death Angel, and 2) the beginning of
a holy week known as 'days of unleavened bread' in memory of the march into Egypt's wilderness ... toward that sacred day of worship to their Lord God ... per the agreement with Pharaoh.
Therefore, in Luke 19:28-48 the holy season was for remembrance of the deliverance by the Death Angel ... which was but a beginning for the connected remembrance of the days of deliverance to follow. It was within those five holy days that Jesus was crucified.
Every child of God sees deliverance only as
it is right in front, staring him or her in the face. Even Moses and
Aaron, knowing it would happen, were astounded when the destruction of Pharaoh unfolded
This is a good
thing in that within our desire to help the Lord we would mess things
up. What a mess if Moses and Aaron tried to help; but they wisely kept
their actions and mouths shut. The Lord's deliverance, therefore, saves us
from the Lord's becoming upset with us. Here is 'the fear of the Lord'. Already
he has to put up with our many mess-ups amid our many-helps for him. Sometimes
I wonder if we (I) realize that he truly is God.
The commandment in Exodus of this holy week had to do with what Israelites were to do within their remembrances. That is, for a great many years in Israel's history each family had to kill a lamb chosen by them so as to smear its blood on the door posts. Please note that God did not kill the passover-lamb.
I repeat, at first and for a great many years, each family did it. Yet, later the Commandment changed for when in the
Holy Land of Israel all the families were to come to the holy city
of Jerusalem for this sacred week of 'the passover' and 'days of unleavened bread'.
Thus, the priests in Jerusalem were required to kill the passover
lambs for each family or group ... as we see in the Luke text.
Now let us consider the three days of young Jesus
with the master-teachers as compared to the three days just before the
cross. In your Bible review Jesus and his twelve disciples in Luke
19:28-48 ... especially 47,48. We know passage was Jesus' entry
into the holy city of Jerusalem as he rode in on the colt and cast out the
money changers from the temple.
In that second week of the new month we also see Jesus teaching; and in 20:1 'in those days'
(i.e. for 'several days')
we see the weekdays are passing as he continues
teaching and preaching in those same temple rooms as above in his
youth. In this Jesus was blessing some and tormenting others that want
to kill him.
In other words, several days passed from when Jesus entered Jerusalem
on the eight day of the month (our Sunday) until verse 22:1 when only a few days of that week remain until verse 7 (the
thirteenth day of the month). And we see in n 22:8 that Jesus sent out Peter and John to acquire the 'guestchamber' where they would eat 'the passover', and also they were to buy unleavened bread and wine (according to the commandment) along with other items for the passover meal and thus they were to arrange with the priests for that evening a slain (yearling) lamb ... which after sundown Jesus and the
twelve disciples would roast and set the table with the other
items and set up the unleavened bread and the wine.
In all of this, then, we have described the full second week of the new month ... from the eighth day unto the thirteenth day evening when lambs would have been slaughtered by the priests. And now we come to after sundown ... when Jesus and the twelve eat 'the passover'.
(Did Jesus and the disciples roast the meat as had been done in Exodus or
did they buy it already roasted by the priests? I do not know.)
Considering the Gospel of Mark, we see Jesus and disciples working their way toward Jerusalem where according to the commandment they would eat 'the
passover' and then (usually and normally) they would observe the holy 'days of unleavened bread'.
In Mark 10:1 they had crossed the
Jordan River from east to west and in Mark 10:46 they came to Jericho east and below Jerusalem. In Mark 11:1 they worked
their way up toward and near Jerusalem, which is when Jesus sent out two
acquire the colt for Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.
Then in Jerusalem 'over several days' he taught and proclaimed the kingdom of
is at hand. And it was then that he sent out Peter and John to prepare for 'the passover'. And then during
the night, after the passover meal, Jesus was arrested and taken to a
high priest's house (there were two high priest, a father and his son).
Then as daylight
came on he was taken to the judgment counsel ... all in secret.
Jesus was condemned by this court and then taken to
Pilate. In the course of being presented to Pilate ... and Pilate
him to Herod for what he would do with Jesus and then back again to
... and a time of the unique meeting of minds between Pilate and Herod
... and, too, the travel of troop guards marching back and forth
city with Jesus ... several days passed. During all this, the highest
of Israel ... including high priests, Doctors of Theology, scribes,
of the Sanhedren, etc. ... all of them accompanied the transporting of
ruler to ruler and back so as to continually present their complaints
must be crucified.
days of judgment matched the three days when young Jesus was with many
of these same men who now were condemning him and crying "crucify him".
Now also let us consider Matthew 12:40 when Jesus said, 'For as
Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall
the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.' Jesus the 'Son of man' was in a physical 'body', but also known in heaven as the 'Son of Man'. Ah, but when he dismissed his Spirit from that 'body', he in his Spirit continued elsewhere to 'preach' unto 'the spirits in prison' whom (very early in God's Plan of the Ages as the Lord God) he had destroyed in the Noah Flood -
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust,
that he might bring us to God, ... being put to death in the flesh, but
quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and
preached unto the spirits in prison;
Which (at) sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God
waited in the days of Noah, (even) while the ark was a preparing, (so that) wherein few, that is, eight
souls were saved by water. Who (i.e. now as Christ Jesus) is gone into
and is on the right hand of God; (all) angels and authorities and powers
being made subject unto him.
I shall not even touch any theological concepts
about this; but we should know that Jesus spent some days preaching 'unto the spirits in prison' ... whereupon he reentered that 'Son of man-body', and thus he rose from the grave victorious over death and victorious in every aspect of God's Plan of the Ages.
consideration see John 11 and 12 when Lazarus died, and four
days later Jesus raised him from the tomb. Lazarus' sister (11:34-44)
tells Jesus 'Lord, by this time he tinketh', which ordinarily would be true. Yet, Lazarus came forth with no stink on him or on the wraps around the 'body'. In fact, tightly wrapped in such linens, Lazarus could not have walked to 'come forth'
as commanded ... except that the power of heaven brought him forth.
The body of Jesus
was in his burial tomb 3 days. Lazarus was in his burial tomb 4 days. Neither 'stinketh' upon immerging. What was the real condition of Lazarus when assumed 'dead'? Jesus
fully knew all of Lazarus' condition and purposefully he
getting to the funeral ... that had been going on for several days per
Jewish custom. Many people were in attendance because Lazarus and his
sisters were well liked and respected ... making for many more people
attending when Jesus raised Lazarus simply by speaking to him. Could
hear Jesus? Well ... that and so much more is very interesting.
three days with the master-teachers: At that time did he have some sense or did he
know that he would meet some of them again ... not to be 'amazed' at him, but to be hating him?
Jesus was born
in the City of David, Bethlehem ... and in a dream the angel ordered Joseph to quickly take
the child and his mother to Egypt ... and then when Herod had died the angel in a
dream ordered Joseph to return to to Israel ... and then in another
dream Joseph was ordered to take them north into Galilee where they
settled in the town of Nazareth such that prophesy would be fulfilled that the Messiah
would be called 'a Nazarene'.
2:19-23 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord
appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying, Arise, and take the
young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they
are dead which sought the young child's life. And he arose, and took
the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But
when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his
father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being
warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:
And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be
fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a
We see Jesus in the Gospels next when he approached John
the Baptist baptizing in the Jordan River in the wilderness of
Judea not far from Jerusalem -
3:13-15 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be
baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be
baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto
him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all
righteousness. Then he suffered him.
At this moment in history, in God's Plan of the Ages, these individuals
of The Plan both put great store in baptism. Jesus made it clear that
regarding himself being baptized by John was to 'fulfil all
John was sent to baptize a great many Israelites, preparing them for
the Christ; and Jesus, after being baptized, was preaching 'the kingdom of God has come' to those same Israelites.
3:16,17 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out
of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the
Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a
voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well
Thus, it has something to do with 'fulfilling righteousness' ... which first and foremost had more to do with Christ Jesus having come than with the individuals prepared by John's baptism. Many were "saved"after
John's death and a great many more after Jesus' death even though these
two could no longer baptize anyone; and though we read of people
believing and being baptized it is very plain that no baptismal
services were held as earlier had been by John and by Jesus' disciples.
We see in the Gospels times of huge gatherings for
being taught and miracles of feeding the hungry, but with no mention of
baptisms. (In fact, we see no large gatherings for healings either.)
The Mosaic Law had everything to do with righteousness by God for His people and Jesus was being used by the Father for the same purpose. I am not trying to develop here a teaching about 'righteousness' ... only to emphasize that all of it had to do with righteousness from God unto His people. The Law and its blood sacrifices pointed the way toward the 'law of Christ' and 'Christ's Blood' which forever made possible 'righteousness from God unto any person'. Without being a child of God there is no righteousness available, but 'the Law' and 'the law of Christ' is all about continuing in righteousness.
It is not the
time or place to get into baptizing and righteousness ... of which
varied teachings exist. I only wish to emphasize the importance John
and Jesus place upon them.
Jesus said that this baptism of John unto Jesus 'becometh'. The word means 'to stand out, or be conspicious, and also 'be pleasant'. These verses together make clear that God the Father was 'well pleased'. A great deal more is implied here ... probably most of which is above my mental ability to grasp, much less to express.
Jesus' Temptation -
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted
of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he
was afterward an hungred.
when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God,
command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (see Deuteronomy 8:3).
Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a
pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God,
cast thyself down: for it is written,
He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands
they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a
stone. (Then) Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God (see Deuteronomy 6:16).
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and
sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And
saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall
down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
'From the mouth of Jesus, 'It is written' shows us just how great was the Law's
Instruction (as is emphasized in these Sermons, that Christ was
the very Lord quoting Instruction to Moses ... and here he is Christ quoting
Instruction unto the devil.
All along in this Sermon we have been comparing
things said in the Gospel of Matthew about Jesus which were 'prophesied of these things' in the Old Testament. Now we will take these things Jesus
himself said to
the devil ... that is, the commandments he quoted out of Deuteronomy,
and we will
consider the context of those quotes.
The devil tempted according to
Jesus' physical condition and Jesus responded to the devil's
temptation. However, to consider
the wider text of Jesus' quotes we shall begin our consideration of
them in the order of their being given by our
Lord for the Mosaic Law .
Bear in mind, at the time of these Old Testament Commandments
Christ was the Lord God of Israel, Christ yet to come. The
devil well knew this, but now at this time the devil with Jesus tried to tempt,
test, or trick Jesus ... because: if Jesus was in fact as a man in his flesh then perhaps the devil could manipulate Jesus as even the best of men often had fallen at the devil's expert hand.
Here is more than a hint that the devil was hoping that Jesus was 'the flesh of man', as has been so often mistakenly taught through the ages. I wonder how humiliated the devil became as the
very One who issued to Moses the Commandments quoted them at this time to the devil ... right
out of the
Ancient Commandment Record.
these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the
LORD your God commanded (so as) to teach you, that ye might do them in the land
whither ye go to possess it: That
thou mightest (rightly) fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his
commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's
son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
Note that the Law was given 'that ye might do them in the land
whither ye go to possess it'. The Law was for God's people to live rightly upon the God-given land (as promised and delivered).
Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well
with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy
fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the
LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in
thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of
them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the
way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
6:8 And thou shalt (figuretively speaking) bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
That is ... mentally write as a sign on your hands to keep them doing only
the right, and make them like sunglasses to see the good and
necessary so as to reject the bad and hurtful.
6:9 And (for your coming and going) thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
Some Israelites actually physically did this on
their hands with tiny boxes holding the commandments, and fringes bound to the forehead to
look through. They did it to let everyone know how "super spiritual" they
were above their brethren.
it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the
land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to
Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, And
houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells
digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou
plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; ...
... Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
The Lord caused the Israelites to conquer the land such that all of
6:10-11 was true. When all would work out well as promised would they
forget? Far too many did forget it was God's doings far more than their
doing. Interesting how Christians count as "blessings" what the Lord
actually has done for them. We give sincere lip-service to God while
too often forget because we do not have "the sign on our hands" and
"the glasses on our eyes".
6:13 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear (i.e. 'oath') by his name.
6:14,15 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; (For
the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD
thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of
the earth (i.e. 'ground, land', their promised land).
Here is one of Jesus' quotes ... and note the 'among you' which Jesus did not include in his quote because the devil would have no understanding of the meaning.; but to Jesus it was absolutely essential.
6:16 Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.
Here is another of Jesus' quotes. The phrase 'as ye tempted him in Massah'
refers to the Israelites when (by God) they left Egypt, passed
through the red sea (the Gulf of Suez), and entered the Sinai Peninsula.
shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his
testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee. And
thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD:
that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess
the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.
Yet, as Jesus quoted it, I suspect it was a dire
warning to the devil that someday he will answer for having tempted (tested) the Israelites before the Lord
when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the
testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our
God hath commanded you? Then
thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt; and
the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand: And
the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon
Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes: And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.
Dear reader, the commandments apply when having been brought in.
the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our
God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at
it (i.e. the commandments) shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these
commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.
before the Eye of our God brings to His Face far more than just a
smile. Indeed, Jesus Christ now, and Christ before he descended, has
always been ... to God's people and to all mankind ... the Very Face of
God. And must I say it again? It is all about the ongoing righteousness of individual children of God.
the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do,
that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which
the LORD sware unto your fathers.
thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God (has) led thee these
forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to
know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his
commandments, or no.
he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna,
which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might
make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word
that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
Here is the other commandment, the first one quoted by Jesus to the devil. Right after the Father had glorified His Son by the Spirit descending and
continuing to abide upon him, the Father ordered the same Spirit to 'humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, ... ,
which (ever before) thou knewest not'; for 'that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word
that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live'.
information: Below I have included all of the rest of Deuteronomy 6-8
dealing with the commandments and dealing with all that the 'Lord thy God' included in the Mosaic Law always for Israel, but specifically for all of Israel's ancient history before being allowed to conquer the Promised Land.
In other words, commandments are for walking righteously by God and before God in preparation for ... 'something that is on His mind'.
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;
when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite
(i.e. 'to strike, smite, hit, beat, slay, kill') them, and utterly destroy (i.e. ' to ban, devote, destroy utterly, completely destroy, dedicate for destruction, exterminate') them; thou shalt make no covenant with them,
nor shew mercy unto them:
Verse 2 and verses 3-5 make it clear that 'killing' was very much included in the command; yet, 'killing'
each and every person of them was not the command (even though it was
commanded regarding the large fortress of Jericho).
Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt
not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For
they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve
other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and
destroy thee suddenly.
Historically speaking, these
people-groups were not eradicated from humanity. Those not killed in
war ran from the land that had been theirs, but in time they began
returning in smaller numbers. And sadly when the Israelites had cleared
the land to comfortably take over and possess all that those people
owned, the Israelites did much more to settle into the land than to continue to clear the land ... per the commandment.
Later in Israel's history, incompletion of the commandment affected
Israel by means of these people-groups and turned Israelites from their
relationship to the Lord their God often bringing upon Israel
In this command, 'destruction' was the intent of total clearing of the land
such that no person left in the land was of these very sinful people-groups.
Clearing of the land had two purposes: 1) all would be defeated in battle
so completely that the surrounding nations would come into a great fear of
chosen Israel and their powerful God,
and 2) the land would have been throughly
cleansed as a long-lasting protection for God's people. Other
reasoning of the Lord in this command did not come to mind as I write
this, but surely the Lord always has reasons that do not easily come to
the mind of men.
Obviously 'destroy' did not include "the Lord 'killing' all the Israelites". In fact, later in Israel's history the Lord did 'ban'
the tribes of Israel from the land ... for the tribes of
Simeon, Judah, and Benjamin temporarily... but permanently for all the other
thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break
down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven
images with fire (thus clearing and cleasning). For
thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath
chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that
are upon the face of the earth.
The tribe of
Simeon's land was within the overall boundary of Judah, and
the tribe of Benjamin was very close to and was included with the
Judahites that had been taken off their land and then were returned
from Babylon ... these returned tribes make up 'Judaea' in Jesus' day.
Nevertheless, the Lord has Promised to bring into the
Promised Land all Israelites just prior to (i.e. as part of) the Day of
LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were
more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But
because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he
had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a
mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the
hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God,
which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his
commandments to a thousand generations; And
repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not
be slack to (i.e. 'to delay, hesitate, tarry, defer, remain behind') him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the
judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.
Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and
keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the
covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers: And
he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also
bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and
thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of
thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or
female barren among you, or among your cattle. And
the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of
the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay
them upon all them that hate thee.
thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver
(unto) thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve
their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.
7:17-19 If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them? (Nevertheless) Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt; The
great temptations (also testings) which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders,
and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD thy
God brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy God do unto all the people
of whom thou art afraid.
Thank you Lord for 'fear' of the enemy, such that your child can determine to walk always in 'the fear of the Lord'; for surely You are a 'Help in Time of Need'.
Moreover the LORD thy God will send the hornet among them, until they
that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed. Thou shalt
not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy God is among you, a mighty
God and terrible.
(also know that) the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and
little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the
field increase upon thee.
While the Israelites are
together busy fighting the enemy, the beasts of the land might somewhat increase so as
to be an annoyance when the Israelites return to their new possessions.
Through the ages, farmers away from their land for a while know firsthand of this.
the LORD thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them
with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed. And
he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy
their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand
before thee, until thou have destroyed them.
graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not
desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest
thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.
Neither shalt thou bring (such) an abomination into thine house, lest thou be
a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou
shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.
After each battle every piece of gold and silver was turned over
to men sanctified for the task of keeping them unto the Lord
were used for things like the temple and serving utensils for the
priests' work in the temple.
Read of Achan in Joshua 7 who in a battle
came across gold and silver and buried them in his tent; and see how
badly this affected all the Israelite men in battle.
Before rising this morning I was reading John 17, and verses 17-19 caught my attention. 'They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify (i.e. 'consecrated separation')
them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into
the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their
sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.'
The words 'sanctify' are present tense verbs, meaning an ongoing action. The words 'might be sanctified' are future tense of an ongoing action.
We see that when having crossed the Jordan River to conquer the Promised Land, a very few men had been sanctified to the task of keeping all of the conquered gold and silver 1) separated away from the people and 2) for sanctified
use in the temple work ... i.e. cups and other such utensiles. [There
is a unique and important sermon in this, which if the Lord is
willing might be inspired at some later date.]
raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these
forty years. Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man
chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee. Therefore thou
shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways,
and to fear him.
the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of
water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; A
land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates;
a land of oil olive, and honey; A
land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not
lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose
hills thou mayest dig brass.
When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy
God for the good land which he hath given thee.
Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his
commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee
this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And
when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is
multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then
thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which
brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery
serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who
brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; Who
fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that
he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at
thy latter end;
8:17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee
power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware
unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after
other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you
this day that ye shall surely perish. As
the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye
perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD
That which is normal to the flesh of human beings comes first to the mind
when operating in the flesh
as were Jesus' worried parents ... indeed, as were all Israelites when, for
their own reasons, they thought otherwise and did otherwise than the clear
commandments of the Good and Gracious 'Lord thy God'. I am familiar with this.
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