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  1. We believe in plenary verbal inspiration of scriptures of the Old and New Testament in original in writing, their inerrant and infallibility and their supreme authority in faith and practice.
  2. We believe that the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are Co-eternal, Co-equal and Co-essential (the doctrine of Trinity). We Know That Jesus was Fully God and Fully Man -The Deity of Christ.
  3.  We believe in the Essential, eternal and full Deity of the LORD Jesus Christ, His incarnation by the Virgin Birth ,Absolute Holiness, Vicarious atoning death, Bodily resurrection, ascension to heaven and His uniqueness as the Lord and Savior of Mankind.
  4. We believe in the  Holy Spirit, indwelling- sealing of the anointing in the birth. Necessity of the filling of the Spirit, for sanctification and service. The Gifts of the Spirit are active, not to be abused, fruit is more important than gifts, but we need the power of the Holy Spirit, and the Gifts -Fruit, to live a holy life. All is to be done decent and in order.
  5. We believe in the Universal sinfulness of man by birth and by choice his total inability in the matter of Salvation.
  6. We believe that Salvation is by God’s sovereign grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  7.  We believe in the Second coming of Christ, Imminent return of the Lord, Resurrection of the dead, eternal blessedness of the saved in Heaven and eternal domination of the unsaved in hell.
  8. We believe in the two Christian Ordinances i.e. Baptism by immersion and The Lord’s Supper
  9. We believe in the millennial reign 
  10. We believe in the unity of true born again believers
  11. We Believe salvation is by faith alone, and not works, or taking of Sacraments


Kept in Custody

Monday January 9, 2017

Gal 3:23-25 But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. (24) Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. (25) But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

I was actually studying Deuteronomy Chapter 30, verses 15-18 when I cross referenced to the above verses in Paul’s letter to the Galatians. The apostle Paul originally planted Christ’s church in Galatia in the region of Asia Minor. It was not long before these planted churches became apostate.

Gal 1:6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;

False teachers had made their way into the churches in Galatia and began to alter the truth of the Gospel of Christ. Paul returned to Galatia to prove that justification is by faith alone and not the deeds of the law.

Let’s go back for a moment and look at the verses I started with in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy:

Deu 30:15-18 “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; (16) in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it. (17) “But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, (18) I declare to you today that you shall surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess it.

I especially like verse 17 and the first sentence of verse 18:

  1. “But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, (18) I declare to you today that you shall surely perish.

Let’s return to Galatians 3:23:

Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.

What is meant by “custody under the law”? Let’s look up the Greek:

custody:

φρουρέω

phroureō

froo-reh’-o

From a compound of G4253 and G3708; to be a watcher in advance, that is, to mount guard as a sentinel (post spies at gates); figuratively to hem in,protect: – keep (with a garrison). Compare G5083.

Law:

νόμος

nomos

nom’-os

From a primary word νέμω nemō (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle): – law.

So we can see that prior to being justified by faith (when Christ came as the sacrifice for our sins) man was kept in custody-or protection under the law of Moses. The ancient Israelites were “shut up”. In modern English the term “shut up” has a negative conotation in telling someone to be quiet in a rather nasty sort of way. We have all had the need to instruct our children not to use this term “shut up” But what does this term really mean in the Greek?

συγκλείω

sugkleiō

soong-kli’-o

From G4862 and G2808; to shut together, that is, include or (figuratively) embrace in a common subjection to: – conclude, inclose, shut up.

In verse 23 (being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.) it is telling us that they embraced and were in common subjection to the Old Testament law as revealed by Moses up until the time in which Christ was revealed as our Savior and the ultimate sacrifice for our sin.

Matthew Henry states that “The law did not teach a living, saving knowledge; but, by its rites and ceremonies, especially by its sacrifices, it pointed to Christ, that they might be justified by faith.”

Galatians 3:24:

Gal 3:24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.

The law became our tutor. What exactly do we mean by that?

παιδαγωγός

paidagōgos

pahee-dag-o-gos’

From G3816 and a reduplication form of G71; a boy leader, that is, a servant whose office it was to take the children to school; (by implication [figuratively] a tutor [“paedagogue”]): – instructor, schoolmaster.

The law became our servant whose office it was to take us to school, to lead and instruct us. Christ was to become the sacrificial lamb for our sins.

Gal 2:16 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.

Act 13:39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.

Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

I am not sure who stated this but I like it and will include this without giving proper credit:

God does not reward me for good efforts, or even good performance. God blesses me because He loves me. And He loves for me to just trust in Him. And He loves it when I seek to please Him. But even that is not the basis for what God gives to me. The basis is God’s love and grace for me. He bestows upon me His blessings, His love, as I simply believe in Him to do it and trust Him to do it.

The following quote is from the late Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel:

You see, God does not reward us for our works, for our efforts, for our goodness. Whatever God gives to me, He gives to me on the basis of my believing in His grace. And these men have learned to believe in the grace of God. Not really looking at their own selves, weaknesses, failures or whatever, and they have learned how to inspire people to look to God through faith. And God honors the faith of the people who have come to receive from God.

Our last Galatians Chap 3 verse for the day:

Gal 3:25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

In our day we no longer have need of a παιδαγωγός (pahee-dag-o-gos’) tutor. Faith has come and we receive freely the gift of eternal salvation by the completed work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 7:14 kind of gives a summary of this transition from the sacrifice under Mosaic law to the New Covenant:

Rom 7:4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.

We are no longer under the law, but under the covenant of grace.

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

As we conclude today let’s look at this final excerpt from Chuck Smith:

So I stand in the grace of God. I walk in the grace of God. Now, does that mean then that I can just go out, and you know, live any kind of an old lascivious life? No, no, no, no, no. The love of Christ constrains me to walk a life that is pleasing, and when I use that as the criteria for my activities, I find that I live a more strict life than when I try and use right and wrong as the basis for my particular activity. Is this right to do? Is this wrong to do? I so often hear that question. That should not be the consideration. The consideration should always be, “Is this pleasing to God if I do it?”

We are getting off subject a bit at this point, but this is such an important point that I would be remiss if I did not bring it up. We will cover so called “backsliding” extensively at another time. But let’s not take grace for granted and as license to sin.

If I indeed believe, my belief will be demonstrated by my actions.

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Dinner Invitation

Proverbs 9:1-6

Pro 9:1-6 Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars; (2) She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table; (3) She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights of the city: (4) “Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks understanding she says, (5) “Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed. (6) “Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding.”

Let’s begin today with the following excerpt just to give us a kind of picture of this mansion-or palace as it describes:

The Palace of Wisdom is very attractive; well-built and well furnished, it rings with the sounds of hospitality; and, with its open colonnades, it seems of itself to invite all passers-by to enter in as guests. It is reared upon seven well-hewn marble pillars, in a quadrangular form, With the entrance side left wide open. This is no shifting tent or tottering hut, but an eternal mansion, that lacks nothing of stability, or completeness, or beauty. Through the spacious doorways may be seen the great courtyard, in which appear the preparations for a perpetual feast. The beasts are killed and dressed: the wine stands in tall flagons ready mixed for drinking: the tables are spread and decked. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary

As these 6 verses in the Proverbs are kind of poetic, or perhaps lyrical in nature I thought I would refer to a few excerpts which really bring these verses to life for us.

The banquet described in this chapter has some interesting parallels to the banquet Jesus described in one of his parables (Luk_14:15-24). Many may intend to go, but they never make it because they get sidetracked by other activities that seem more important at the time. Don’t let anything become more important than your search for God’s wisdom. Life Application Study Bible

Let’s go to Luke:

Luke 14:16-24 But He said to him, “A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; (17) and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ (18) “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused.’ (19) “Another one said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please consider me excused.’ (20) “Another one said, ‘I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.’ (21) “And the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ (22) “And the slave said, ‘Master, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ (23) “And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled. (24) ‘For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.'”

The above verses in this parable closely parallel Proverbs 9:1-6 as we will show in a verse by verse breakdown in the Proverbs.

Christ and sin are both seeking to have the uppermost place in the soul of man. We are therefore concerned to put a value upon our own souls and to sit down at the rich feast provided at Wisdom’s table. There is no true wisdom but in the way of Christ and there is no true life but in the end of His way. Summarized Bible

Verse 9:1

Pro 9:1 Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;

In order to understand the context of this verse let’s look up 3 words in the original Hebrew:

house:

בּית

bayith

bah’-yith

Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.): – court, daughter, door, + dungeon, family, + forth of, X great as would contain, hangings. home[born], [winter]house (-hold), inside(-ward), palace, place, + prison, + steward, + tablet, temple, web, + within (-out).

Notice the word “temple” in this definition; our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Seven:

שׁבעה שׁבע

sheba‛ shib‛âh

sheh’-bah, shib-aw’

From H7650; a primitive cardinal number; seven (as the sacred full one); also (adverbially) seven times; by implication a week; by extension an indefinite number: – (+ by) seven ([-fold], -s, [-teen, -teenth], -th, times). Compare H7658.

Pillar:

עמּד עמּוּד

ammûd ‛ammûd

am-mood’, am-mood’

From H5975; a column (as standing); also a stand, that is, platform: – X apiece, pillar.

Let’s analyze “7 pillars”:

Seven pillars – The number is chosen as indicating completeness and perfection. God revealing Himself in nature, resting in His work, entering into covenant with human beings – these were the ideas conveyed by it. Barnes

Bible scholars have offered various suggestions about the meaning of these seven pillars (e.g., the six days of Creation and God’s seventh day of rest; or the sun, moon, and the five planets that were known at that time). It seems preferable to say the seven pillars suggest that the house was large and spacious. This is consistent with statements in Proverbs that relate wisdom to a high station in life. Bible Knowledge Commentary

Using these excerpts as a basis let’s now look at what Gill says:

she hath hewn out her seven pillars; ministers of the Gospel, compared to pillars for strength and stability, and for their being instrumental in supporting the interest and church of Christ; in allusion to the pillars in Solomon’s temple, Jachin and Boaz; see Gal_2:9. These are said to be “hewn”, being polished, beautified, and adorned with the gifts and graces of the Spirit by Christ, and thereby fitted for their work and service; and said to be “seven”, because there is a complete and sufficient number of them, which Christ has provided, and always will provide for his churches, as long as they continue in the world. Though it may be these seven pillars may denote in general the firmness and solidity of this spiritual building, the church, and the continuance of it by the power of God; or they may have respect to the seven states of the church in so many periods of time, to last to the end of all things, signified by the seven churches in the book of the Revelation; Gill

Her house has been prepared for her many guests. This is a picture of the beauty and stability of the church where her ministers may serve invited guests.

Heb 3:3-6 For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. (4) For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. (5) Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; (6) but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.

Gal 2:9 and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, so that we might go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

Verse 9:2

Pro 9:2 She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table; (NASB)

In the King James:

Pro 9:2  She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. (KJV)

In the NASB it says in this verse “she has prepared her food”. The Hebrew word for food is “something slaughtered”.

טבח

ṭebach

teh’-bakh

From H2873; properly something slaughtered; hence a beast (or meat, as butchered); abstractly butchery (or concretely a place of slaughter): – X beast, slaughter, X slay, X sore.

Isa 25:6 The LORD of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, And refined, aged wine.

By mingling her wine we mean to mix the wine with myrrh and other spices, sometimes the wine is diluted with water to make it more drinkable in the hot climate.

1Co 5:8 Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Here is a very informative excerpt from Gill:

She hath killed her beasts,…. Or, “her sacrifice” (d): a crucified Christ, the principal of the provisions in Wisdom’s house, or the church of Christ. The death of Christ was prefigured by the slaying of beasts for sacrifice under the old law; was foretold in prophecy, and is expressed by “killing” him in the New Testament; and which shows his death not to be natural, but violent. It is commonly ascribed to the Jews as a wicked action of theirs; but was not without the counsel and determination of God, and the will and consent of Christ; and this death was as a victim to justice, by way of sacrifice and satisfaction for sin, and was vicarious; was offered up in the room and stead of his people, to make atonement for their sins;

The Gospel of Christ is also compared to wine, Son_7:9; to old wine, for the ancient doctrines of it; and to neat wine, for the purity of it; and to generous wine, for the pleasure, joy, and comfort it gives: the blessings of grace which it exhibits may be so called from their comforting and refreshing nature, which are had freely, Isa_55:1; and so are the joys of heaven, Mat_26:29. Now the “mingling” of this wine is in allusion to the mixture of wine, either with something richer, as spice, Son_8:2; or rather with water, as Jarchi observes, which was usual in those hot countries Gill

Verse 9:3

Pro 9:3  She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,

Note: arnes)

Wisdom and the “foolish woman” Pro_9:13 speak from the same places and to the same class – the simple, undecided, wavering, standing at the diverging point of the two paths that lead to life or death. Barnes

She sent out her maids to invite people to attend the dinner-from the highest point in the city. As they lacked communication devices, this location is where messages and invitations would be sent from. From this high point a message from the “foolish woman” was also sent out

Pro 9:13-14  A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.  (14)  For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,

When we speak of women-both wise and foolish we are not making a gender specific statement. It is just a matter of prose.

…feminine attendants are in strict harmony with the rest of the apologue. By them are represented the apostles and preachers and ministers, who go forth to win souls for Christ. Pulpit

Mat 22:9 ‘Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’

Maidens – Her servants to invite the guests, ministers of the word whom he calls maidens for the decency of the parable; for wisdom being compared to a great princess, was fit to be attended upon by maidens. Highest places – From such high seats as those from which judges delivered their sentences, and officers made proclamations. Wesley

Here is the entire point of verse 9:3:

John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.

Verse 9:4

Pro 9:4 “Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks understanding she says,

Whoever is simple (naive) let him come in here.

Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither,…. Into Wisdom’s house, so well built and furnished; the church of Christ, as a house of instruction; a school, where such who are “simple”, weak, and foolish, may learn. Here are many instructors; saints instruct one another; ministers of the word are teachers; yea, Father, Son, and Spirit, here teach and instruct, and none teach like them. Here many lessons are to be learned concerning themselves, concerning Christ, and concerning their duty to God and men; all sorts of persons may learn here, such who know ever so much or ever so little. Gill

Pro 1:22 “How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?

Pro 8:5 “O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom.

As far as the education of the apostles is concerned, anyone who spent three years with the Lord Jesus Christ was not uneducated. They learned a great deal from the greatest Teacher the world has ever seen. And, of course, the apostle Paul was well educated in the schools of his day. No one could say that he was an ignorant man. Let’s remember that wisdom is the Lord Jesus Christ, and He can give you a complete education. J Vernon McGee

From the Psalms:

Psa 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

Psa 119:130 The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.

I talked at some length yesterday with a Brittish fellow who was well spoken, and well educated. He had not a clue about things “revealed to infants”,

Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.

Verse 9:5

Pro 9:5 “Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed.

Come, eat of my bread,…. Which stands for all the provisions of Christ’s house; it designs the Gospel, which to a believer is more than his necessary food; and the ordinance of the supper, one of the symbols of which is bread; and more especially Christ himself, the bread of God, the living bread that came down from heaven, which is to be eaten by faith; and this only, for everything else is that which is not bread; and this daily, as the Israelites ate their manna; this is the believer’s daily bread; and largely and freely, to which they are welcome by Christ; and with gladness and singleness of heart, joyfully and with sincerity; Gill

Christ gave bread and wine symbolic of His presence:

Mat 26:26-29 While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” (27) And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; (28) for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. (29) “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

Joh 6:58 “This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

Joh 6:27 “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”

Verse 9:6

Pro 9:6 “Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding.”

Forsake the foolish,…. Foolish men and their company; not men of weak abilities in things natural and civil, or who are reckoned foolish by the world; for so the saints are, whose company is not to be neglected and forsaken; but such who are wickedly foolish, who are ignorant of divine things, and make a mock at sin and at religion; such company is very unsuitable for Wisdom’s guests; such as turn in to her house ought to forsake these; Gill

Pro 4:14-15 Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evil men. (15) Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on.

Here is the choice we must make:

Pro 13:20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Therefore:

Psa 26:4-6 I do not sit with deceitful men, Nor will I go with pretenders. (5) I hate the assembly of evildoers, And I will not sit with the wicked. (6) I shall wash my hands in innocence, And I will go about Your altar, O LORD,

There are those who will not hear. They are the scorners. There is no use wasting your time with them. In practically every church you will find a little group that will resist the Word of God. Are we to keep on giving the Word of God to them? No. The Lord Jesus said not to cast our pearls before swine. Now notice the next three verses. Some Bible expositors think they do not belong here, that they have been inserted. But, my friend, this is exactly where they do belong. McGee

Let’s conclude today with this verse penned by Luke:

Act 2:40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!”

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Remember The Lord Your God

Part 4

Deuteronomy 8:18-20

Good Evening. Welcome to Grace Wins! Sunday night Chapel Service. Tonight we complete the four part series in Deuteronomy Chapter 8.

As we read the following verses from Deuteronomy Chapter 8. let us take a moment to consider them in the context of our American presidential election just two days away. Our nation is indeed in tremendous turmoil in this day, the very root of the problem is that as a people we have forgotten the Lord our God. To this, we the faithful remnant of the body of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have little to no influence or control as our nation literally collapses before our eyes at the certain judgment of God upon unbridled sin in our land. As conditions deteriorate, we who are counted as true brothers and sisters in the Lord have been granted forgiveness for all of our sins as Jesus stands before us, taking that penalty upon Himself. We know better than to conform to the ways of this world, as this is only a temporary existence for us as we look forward to eternity in heaven. Lives lived apart from Christ in our nation, and indeed the lost of the world are scheduled to spend eternity apart from Christ.

Deu 8:18-20 “But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. (19) “It shall come about if you ever forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish. (20) “Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you would not listen to the voice of the LORD your God.

Just as failure to praise God would lead to forgetting Him, so forgetting Him would lead to worshiping other gods. That in turn would result in certain destruction (death). If Moses’ audience wanted an example of national destruction all they needed to do was to remember the nations the Lord destroyed, namely, the kingdoms of Sihon and Og (2:26-3:11). Bible Knowledge Commentary

Deu 8:18 “But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Let’s bring a proper definition to the word “wealth” in the Hebrew:

חיל

chayil

khah’-yil

From H2342; probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength: – able, activity, (+) army, band of men (soldiers), company, (great) forces, goods, host, might, power, riches, strength, strong, substance, train, (+) valiant (-ly), valour, virtuous (-ly), war, worthy (-ily).

While we may think of wealth mainly as a vast amount of money, there are several other aspects of what this verse speaks of regarding wealth. These would include things which are worthy, virtuous, strong, and powerful.

Pro 10:22 It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it.

a. Remember the LORD your God: In times of abundance, it is easy to forget the LORD, or to at least no longer seek Him with the urgency we once had.

b. It is He who gives you power to get wealth: We often thinking highly of our own hard work and brilliance. Yet we must see that God gives us the body, the brain, and the talent. It is all of God. Guzik

Hos 2:8 “For she does not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the new wine and the oil, And lavished on her silver and gold, Which they used for Baal.

Paul, centuries after Moses, said, “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1Ti_6:17). The more kindly God deals with us, the more we ought to remember and thank Him; but the depravity of our nature too many times causes us to be insolent under God’s indulgence. Preacher Commentary Series

Deu 8:19 “It shall come about if you ever forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish.

Just as failure to praise God would lead to forgetting Him, so forgetting Him would lead to worshiping other gods. That in turn would result in certain destruction (death). If Moses’ audience wanted an example of national destruction all they needed to do was to remember the nations the Lord destroyed, namely, the kingdoms of Sihon and Og (2:26-3:11). Biblee Knowledge Commentary

The reason we are seeing such national destruction in America today is because of our failure to praise God. This nation worships other gods; the god of self, the god of state, the god of “progressivism”, the god of “mother earth”, the god of materialism, and the god of acedemia and intellectualism-just to name a few. And there are many other little “g” gods being essentially worshipped today.

And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God,…. Either the mercies they received from him, not acknowledging they came from him, but ascribing them to themselves; or their duty to him, to whom they were so greatly obliged: and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them; which would be to forget him indeed, forsaking his worship, and giving homage and adoration to idols, which is what is intended by these expressions: Gill

What exactly does this verse mean by “perish”?

אבד

‘âbad

aw-bad’

A primitive root; properly to wander away, that is lose oneself; by implication to perish (causatively, destroy): – break, destroy (-uction), + not escape, fail, lose, (cause to, make) perish, spend, X and surely, take, be undone, X utterly, be void of, have no way to flee.

We can see that “perish” does not necessarily mean to die, but to wander away, to lose oneself. Eve in the Garden of Eden did not die physically, but perished on a spiritual manner. A nation, or an individual who forgets God may not die an immediate physical death, but will suffer from perishing in the sense of wandering away from God.

1Sa 12:25 “But if you still do wickedly, both you and your king will be swept away.”

Luk 13:3 “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish; by one judgment and calamity or another, as the sword, famine, pestilence, and captivity; there being nothing more provoking to God than idolatry, which so much detracts from his honour and glory: and which besides, in such a people, so highly favoured of God, it argued the basest ingratitude. Gill

Zep 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold Will be able to deliver them On the day of the LORD’S wrath; And all the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy, For He will make a complete end, Indeed a terrifying one, Of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Zep 3:6 “I have cut off nations; Their corner towers are in ruins. I have made their streets desolate, With no one passing by; Their cities are laid waste, Without a man, without an inhabitant.

These words are sobering!

So you shall perish: Pride is the greatest danger in the Christian life. It is the most Satanic of sins, because it was by pride that Satan himself fell. Satan prizes a proud believer over the most notorious sinner, because he looks at the proud believer and says, “Now there’s a man just like me!” Guzik

Deu 8:20 “Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you would not listen to the voice of the LORD your God.

As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish,…. Be cut off by the sword, or cast out as they were, the same sins, particularly idolatry, being committed by them. This is to be understood of the seven nations of the land of Canaan, which the Lord would be gradually destroying when Israel came into the possession of their land; and they might righteously expect the same treatment, should they be guilty of the same sins: Gill

2Ch 36:16 but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy.

Welcome to America 2016!

…One of the basic themes of Deuteronomy is the demand for covenant allegiance. In emphasizing this loyalty, Moses had to expose the danger of unfaithfulness to God’s covenant. The Israelites needed to learn that if as a nation they dishonored their covenant with Yahweh, they would cease to have a claim on Him. If this ever happened, Israel would be judged, the same as other nations who had disobeyed and therefore perished. Each new generation needed to grasp this fact and decide for themselves to be obedient to God. This was not a thing to be treated lightly; it was a life or death decision… Preacher

Now, I ask you this: Is our nation under judgment?

Dan 9:12 “Thus He has confirmed His words which He had spoken against us and against our rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great calamity; for under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what was done to Jerusalem.

Have you not seen anything like these days?



Remembering The Lord Your God

Part 3 of 4

Deuteronomy 8:15-17

Deu 8:15-17 “He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint. (16) “In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end. (17) “Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’

In the third part of this series entitled “Remembering The Lord Your God” we continue to talk about the perils of a prosperous nation and relate that concept to our individual lives. We live in such amazing times here in America. We have a first hand witness to examine the once most prosperous nation on earth literally falling before our eyes. Therefore, though there is nothing we can do to avoid the certain judgement of this nation, we can, we must as individuals who claim to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ do as is commanded in the Word of God.

It is harder to walk with God in the sunshine of success than in the nipping frosts of failure. When Paul said, “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound,” he put the hardest last. The one secret is to give all the glory to God, and to look always to the Cross, where we were crucified to the pride of the flesh, Php_2:7-11; Php_4:12. “I lay in dust life’s glory dead!” F.B. Meyer

Php 4:12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

Let’s look an another excerpt:

Moses directs to the duty of a prosperous condition. Let them always remember their Benefactor. In everything we must give thanks. Moses arms them against the temptations of a prosperous condition. When men possess large estates, or are engaged in profitable business, they find the temptation to pride, forgetfulness of God, and carnal-mindedness, very strong; and they are anxious and troubled about many things. In this the believing poor have the advantage; they more easily perceive their supplies coming from the Lord in answer to the prayer of faith; and, strange as it may seem, they find less difficulty in simply trusting him for daily bread. They taste a sweetness therein, which is generally unknown to the rich, while they are also freed from many of their temptations. MHCC

Both of these excerpts set the stage for this four part teaching in Deuteronomy. Let’s now look at one last excerpt before breaking down verse 15.

The land on which they were about to enter is described as a good laud, fertile and well watered, and yielding abundant produce to its cultivators; and they are cautioned against forgetting, in their enjoyment of the gift, the bounty of the Giver, or congratulating themselves on having achieved the conquest of such a land, instead of gratefully acknowledging the grace which had sustained them during their protracted wandering in the wilderness, and by which alone they had been enabled to take possession of that favored land. Pulpit Commentary

Deu 8:15 “He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint.

What is this verse talking about-fiery serpants. There are all kinds of critters where I live, but I don’t know what a fiery serpent looks like. In the Hebrew:

שׂרף

śârâph

saw-rawf’

From H8313; burning, that is, (figuratively) poisonous (serpent); specifically a saraph or symbolical creature (from their copper color): – fiery (serpent), seraph.

This fiery serpent is a little hard to identify more specifically. I looked in several dictionaries and this is perhaps the best description I have found:

throprobably literally “theburning one,” from saraph “it burned.” Seraphs were traditionally regardedas burning or flaming angels, though the word seems to have someetymological sense of “flying,” perhaps from confusion with the root ofArabic sharafa “be lofty.” Some scholars identify it with a word found inother passages interpreted as “fiery flying serpent.”

The scorpion mentioned is described in the Hebrew as a knotted whip. The term “ flint” seems to translate well as a hard rock. This desert wilderness the Israelites were “touring” was so awful as to be almost unimagineable. Verse 15 says this wilderness was “great” and “ terrible”. Of course the word “great” is notgreat as in good, but rather a better word to translate would be the adjective “insolent”-meaning boldly rude, disrespectful, insulting, contemptuous.

Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness,…. The wilderness of Paran, which was great and large, reaching from Sinai to Kadesh, eleven days’ journey, and terrible to the sight, nothing being to be seen but dry rocks and barren mountains; see Deu_1:19, and especially for what follows: wherein were fiery serpents and scorpions; fiery serpents, such as bit the Israelites, of which see Num_21:6 and scorpions, a kind of serpents, venomous and mischievous, which have stings in their tails they are continually thrusting out and striking with, as Pliny says (u); and have their name from their great sting; for Aristotle (w) says, this alone of insects has a large sting: John Gill

This desert was an awful place, dry and barren. The biting stings of these creatures may have produced a fatal thirst.

Jer 2:6 “They did not say, ‘Where is the LORD Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, Through a land of deserts and of pits, Through a land of drought and of deep darkness, Through a land that no one crossed And where no man dwelt?’

and drought where there was no water; a dry and barren place where no water was to be had; see Psa_63:1 or it may be rather another kind of serpents may be meant, which is called “dipsas”; and so the Vulgate Latin, Septuagint, and Samaritan versions render it; the biting of which produces such a thirst as proves mortal, and which must be intolerable in a wilderness where no water is; and from whence it has its name, which signifies thirsty, as does the Hebrew word here used: John Gill

Num 21:6 The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.

The Lord brought them through this land where there was no water. God performed a miricle for them-He brought water out from the flint rock, something which can only be explained as the hand of God.

Num 20:11 Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation and their beasts drank.

Psa 78:15 He split the rocks in the wilderness And gave them abundant drink like the ocean depths.

Psa 114:8 Who turned the rock into a pool of water, The flint into a fountain of water.

Here is something interesting:

who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; which was done both at Horeb and Kadesh, Exo_17:6 and was very extraordinary; by striking flint, fire is ordinarily produced, and not water. Dr. Shaw observes (x), that it may be more properly named, with other sorts of graphite marble here to be met with, “the rock of amethyst”, from their reddish or purple colour and complexion. John Gill

I remember being fascinated as a child watching the reddish colored rock called a flint produce a spark in the old type cigarette lighters common back in those days. Dad would replace that flint every so often.

What did they eat in such a harsh land? It is not like they could hunt deer or go fishing.

Deu 8:16 “In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end.

The first question becomes this: what is manna? Well, the answer is literally “what is it”?

manna

H4478

מן

mân

mawn

From H4100; literally a whatness (so to speak), that is, manna (so called from the question about it): – manna.

Exo 16:15 When the sons of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat.

Deu 8:3 “He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.

Verse 16 goes on to say that He might humble you,and that He might test you, that discipline seems to be the thing here.

Deu 8:2 “You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

That he might humble thee – By keeping thee in a constant dependence upon him for every day’s food, and convincing thee what an impotent, helpless creature thou art, having nothing whereon to subsist, and being supported wholly by the alms of divine goodness from day to day. The mercies of God, if duly considered, are as powerful a mean to humble us as the greatest afflictions, because they increase our debts to God, and manifest our dependance upon him, and by making God great, they make us little in our own eyes. To do thee good – That is, that after he hath purged and prepared thee by afflictions, thou mayest receive and enjoy his blessings with less disadvantage, whilst by the remembrance of former afflictions. thou art made thankful for them, and more cautious not to abuse them. Wesley

Verse 16 finishes out by saying “to do good for you in the end”. The end spoken here is not the end of life, but rather the end of this period of discipline. None of us like to be disciplined, but in the end it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

Heb 12:11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

Jas 1:12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

The reason for discipline: to keep pride in check. We go to verse 17:

Deu 8:17 “Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’

And thou say in thine heart,…. These words are in connection with the former part of the Deu_8:14,

and thou forget the Lord thy God; the author and giver of all the good things enjoyed, and think within themselves, though they might not express it in words at length:

my power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth; so ascribing that to themselves, their labour, and diligence, which ought to be ascribed to the bounty and blessing of God; see Hos_12:8. Gill

Reality check (pride check):

Deu 9:4 “Do not say in your heart when the LORD your God has driven them out before you, ‘Because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land,’ but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is dispossessing them before you.

Hos 12:8 And Ephraim said, “Surely I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself; In all my labors they will find in me No iniquity, which would be sin.”

Can we say they may have been a self-righteous people?

in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin: here again Ephraim, or the people of Israel, vainly ascribe all their wealth and riches to their own labour, diligence, and industry, and take no notice of God and his providence, or of his blessing upon them; and pretend to be very upright and honest in their dealings, and that what they got were very honestly got, and would bear the strictest scrutiny; and that if their course of trade was ever so narrowly looked into, there would be nothing found that was very bad or criminal, that they could be justly reproached the; only some little trifling things, that would not bear the name of “sin”, or deserve any correction or punishment; so pure were they in their own eyes, so blinded and hardened in sin, and fearless of the divine displeasure; like the adulterous woman, wiped their mouths when they had eaten the sweet morsels of sin, and said they had done no wickedness, Pro_30:20; or which was involuntary, and not done knowingly, as Kimchi and Abendana: or rather, as Ben Melech renders it, “no iniquity and sin”; and so others: or, best of all, “no iniquity or sin”, as Noldius (a); no iniquity, or any kind of sin at all. Thus, as Ephraim was charged before with idolatry and lies in religion, so here with fraudulent dealings, and getting riches in an illicit way in civil things; and of whose repentance and reformation there was no hope. Gill

In conclusion let’s think upon these things as they apply to our own lives, that we may not become foolish and so arrogant that we do not gove God the glory for His blessings.


Deuteronomy 8:11-14

Remembering the Lord Your God (Part 2 of 4)

Today we will switch back to Deuteronomy where we left off a couple weeks ago. Previously we covered Deut. 8:1-10. At that time I had planned to divide chapter 8 into two parts, since then I have decided to divide the second half of this chapter into three parts-making for a total of four parts. Let’s start by reading the text of verses 11-14.

Deu 8:11-14 “Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today; (12) otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, (13) and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, (14) then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Moses then spelled out the danger inherent in abundant prosperity. Whereas in the wilderness they had to depend on God for the necessities of life, their newfound prosperity might conceal their need for the same dependence. Moses prescribed a sure antidote for this danger: praise the Lord your God. In fact failure to praise Him for His blessings was a step toward forgetting God and then disobeying His commands. Bible Knowledge Commentary

Verse 11:

Deu 8:11 “Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today;

It is so easy for us to become forgetfull of the great things God has done for us! We may even seek God earnestly for the things we need-or even for the things we want. Out of His great love for us and according to His will for us He will grant us our requests made before Him. Yet how many times have we neglected to be thankful to God?

Psa 106:21 They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt,

And God will oftentimes just put us through tests to prove us, to show to us our areas of weakness that we would not have confidence in our flesh but that our confidence would be in the living God. So God’s purpose was to humble them and to prove to them whether or not they would keep the commandments through the forty years of wandering in the wilderness. Chuck Smith

Hos 2:8-9 “For she does not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the new wine and the oil, And lavished on her silver and gold, Which they used for Baal. (9) “Therefore, I will take back My grain at harvest time And My new wine in its season. I will also take away My wool and My flax Given to cover her nakedness.

The following excerpt is by John Gill:

Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God,…. The Father of mercies and fountain of goodness, the author and donor of every good and perfect gift. Plenty is apt to induce a forgetfulness of God, when on the contrary one would think it should keep him in continual remembrance, and engage to daily thankfulness to him:

in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day; gave a repetition of, and in the name of God afresh enjoined them, even laws moral, ceremonial, and judicial, which, when not observed, God is forgotten. Gill

Verse 12:

Deu 8:12 otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them,

Remembering that in the previous 40 years the Israelites had wandered around the wilderness living in tents and moving about frommplace to place all the while enduring unforseen circumstances. Finally there became what we may consider some stability in their lives. They began to build a community, they had plenty to eat, and their physical eeds were being met. And yet:

Pro 30:9 That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the LORD?” Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.

Hos 13:5-6 I cared for you in the wilderness, In the land of drought. (6) As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, And being satisfied, their heart became proud; Therefore they forgot Me.

Ecc 2:4 I enlarged my works: I built houses for myself, I planted vineyards for myself;

Wealth is apt to engender in the possessor of it a spirit of self-gratulation and pride, and abundance of good things to induce men to be luxurious, “to trust in uncertain riches,” and to be forgetful of the bounteous hand from which all that they enjoy has come. Against this the people are hero cautioned and warned. Pulpit Commentary

Amo 5:11 Therefore because you impose heavy rent on the poor And exact a tribute of grain from them, Though you have built houses of well-hewn stone, Yet you will not live in them; You have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will not drink their wine.

Luk 17:28 “It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building;

Verse 13:

Deu 8:13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies,

And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply,…. Having good pasture for them in so fruitful a land:

and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied; by trading with other nations:

and all that thou hast is multiplied; children, servants, and substance John Gill

The sin of greed. We certainly see a lot of that going on today. Let’s look at one verse in the Psalms, then two verses in Luke:

Psa 39:6 “Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.

Luk 12:13 Someone in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”

The words of Jesus as recorded by Luke:

Luk 12:15 Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”

Verse 14:

Deu 8:14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

I grieve as I remember a person, one whom I used to be close to, who once claimed Jesus as Lord and Savior at a time in the past when times were more difficult. While this is a complex story and I shall only give generalities let’s just state that there was an abundance of sin involved and a forsaking of the Lord. This person who had been rescued from slavery by Jesus (the bondage of living for oneself) had forgotten his/her God, became so arrogant and nasty that very few would choose to associate with this person.

then thine heart be lifted up,…. As the heart is apt to be when riches increase; hence the advice in 1Ti_6:17.

and thou forget the Lord thy God; from whom all good things come, and who can take them away when he pleases, and therefore should be ever kept in mind, for ever looked to and trusted in for the continuance of them; yet such is the evil heart of man, and such the stupefying nature of riches, that they bring on forgetfulness of the author of them, lead off from dependence on him and obedience to him; in order to prevent which, an enumeration is given of wonderful instances of divine goodness to Israel, as follows:

which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; into a land abounding with all the above good things, and therefore it must be the highest ingratitude to forget such a God, and disobey his commands. John Gill

2Ch 26:16 But when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the LORD his God, for he entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.

Just like the person I referred to above. There is nothing new under the sun.

Psa 106:21 They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt,

Jer 2:6 “They did not say, ‘Where is the LORD Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, Through a land of deserts and of pits, Through a land of drought and of deep darkness, Through a land that no one crossed And where no man dwelt?’