As many of you know, the church Bible study group I am a part of has been going for several years now and together we have read the entire New Testament and once finishing that, we started reading the Old Testament together. This week, we finished reading all of the books of Moses (Genesis through Deutronomy). I have in some expanses written up blog entries about a various week’s study and actually this past week’s was so amazing I decided to do a brief write up about it.
Last week we read Deutronomy 28-31 and it was fantastic! Here are some of the highpoints from our discussions and meditations:
Chapter 28 was super long, and basically it layed out the blessings and the cursings that would be upon the covenant people given various scenarios of their behavior. From a certain perspective, the Israelities wanted to put God in a box and their relationship with God was one of fear and trembling, making sure that they crossed every “t” and dotted every “i” so that they’d know that they were ensured of being “blessed.” As such, they surrounded themselves with a titanic array of rules so that they would “know” that if they kept them all, they would with surity be blessed. This is the place of the “little man.” When Jesus came along, ze told hir disciples that they would do even greater than ze did. Essentially ze was trying to raise them up to understand that they were Gods, had the God powers themselves and need not function as though God were something in a box any longer — that each of us are basically the word made flesh.
So yes, this chapter was all about how the little man functions shaking in fear in subjection to God. For those though in their power, this chapter was fascinating in that it shows us that our words are the creation power in our individual universes, we should simply let our words do the work, and as for anyone or anything that stands in the way of the word, it will literally shrivel up into obscurity and die.
And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought
.... (Deutronomy 28:63)
This verse was actually quite impressive to me in that it shows that no matter what God says, the word fulfills and no matter what happens in the process of that fulfillment, that God rejoices in that fulfillment. Sure people may die, the earth or ocean may swallow up vast cities, but the process and end fulfillment of the word is a great pleasure and joy for God.
Another fascinating verse along these same lines is chapter 29, verse 20 which reads:
The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven.
Here we witness another level of the God power, the ability to not only lay upon one the very deadliest of curses, but literally to blot them out from existence as if they never existed. Erased and forgotten by all forever if they oppose God. By the first verse quoted, no doubt God experiences great satisfaction not only in their destruction, but also in their erasure.
(For those unaware, you may have noticed quite an unprecidented number of people lately dying of this thing or that; have no fear, this is a natural culling and cleansing as the new heaven and new earth are coming into your noticing.)
Chapter 30 goes on to continue this message of obedience, that if they fall away, they can be restored to being blessed by God, but if they keep going against God, they will surely continue to fall into demise and be destroyed.
Several verses at the beginning of chapter 31 also were quite inspiring:
And the LORD shall do unto them as he did to Sihon and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed.
And the LORD shall give them up before your face, that ye may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you.
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. (4-6)
From the God place, this is about knowing that one’s word is fulfilled and to not be afraid in the least. In a lessor place of fear, one simply trusts in the rules they feel are imposed upon them, and by knowing and keeping all those rules, they are ensured of victory. For a creator being, their words are the only rules, they speak and it is fulfilled, and they pleasure in it’s fulfillment. And that fulfillment is not by anything they physically do with their flesh body, but by the words they utter.
Trust not in the flesh, but “by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Deuteronomy 8:3 & Matthew 4:4).
It is the wellest! It’s the new heaven and the new earth now! Yay!!!!!!