Deuteronomy 23:9 In Times of Crisis

Deuteronomy 23:9 (KJV)
When the host goeth forth against thine enemies, then keep thee from every wicked thing.

There is never a right time to do a wrong thing. The thing that is wicked is wicked every day, at all times, in any place and under any circumstances.

Do not do wrong.

But there are, in the Bible, certain times when a special sanctification to the Lord is called for.

  • Moses need only put off his shoes while at the burning bush
  • Israel need only cleanse their homes of leaven during the Passover season
  • Fasting is not necessary for answers to every prayer

But in some extreme cases, answers can only be gotten through fasting and prayer. And in times of national crisis, such as when our armies are in combat, a time of national cleansing, confession of sin and revival is in order.

Not sense WWII has the United States rallied behind our troops in sacrifice and prayer.

Not until we return to that will we experience God’s intervention in those crises.

 

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Deuteronomy 22:1-4 Finders Is Not Keepers

Deuteronomy 22:1-4 (KJV)
Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.
And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again.
In like manner shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt thou do with his raiment; and with all lost thing of thy brother’s, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise: thou mayest not hide thyself.
Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again.

Cowboys honor the spirit of this passage to this day. They do it in two ways:

  • They return livestock when it escapes and finds its way to his property
  • They assist one another whenever someone’s livestock gets loose

They do not assume a loose animal is free for the taking.

Notice that the passage applies to more than livestock. Anything that is not ours is to be returned to the owner. If the owner is not readily known, he may take to himself but with the provision that when and if the owner is discovered he will restore it.

It relates to a value of ethics that should exist yet today.

  • No animal is ours unless we purchase it
  • No thing is ours if someone else has a rightful claim to it
  • No church member belongs to a church unless the previous pastor approves it

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Deuteronomy 22:1-4 Finders Is Not Keepers

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Deuteronomy 21:1-3 Revival In Government

Deuteronomy 21:1-3 (KJV)
If one be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath slain him:
Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain:
And it shall be, that the city which is next unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take an heifer, which hath not been wrought with, and which hath not drawn in the yoke;

The city officials took responsibility for the loss of life if the guilty party could not be found. Our cities would be better places if those in authority took responsibility before God for the crimes of the city.

Notice that they didn’t write new laws to restrict the freedoms of their citizens. Such an action ultimately puts the blame on the citizens rather than the officials. What they did was appeal to God for mercy. Here is our country’s great problem. Our leaders are:

  • Moving farther away from God
  • Refusing to accept spiritual accountability and therefore
  • Blaming the problems on everyone other than those God made accountable

We need a spiritual revival in government. We need officials who:

  • Confess their sins
  • Own the sins of their citizenry and
  • Seek God for mercy

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Deuteronomy 21:1-3 Revival In Government

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Deuteronomy 19:4-5 Just Read Your Bible

Deuteronomy 19:4-5 (KJV)
And this is the case of the slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoso killeth his neighbour ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past;
As when a man goeth into the wood with his neighbour to hew wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slippeth from the helve, and lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die; he shall flee unto one of those cities, and live:

More modern versions of the Bible change the Ten Commandments to read, “Thou shalt not murder” rather than the King James, Thou shalt not kill.

Invariably they will claim the more modern version is more accurate. They will also likely point out that the newer translation solves a problem with the King James; that being that “kill” includes other times when the Bible approves death such as in war or in the case of the death penalty. No such problem exists for the one who will but read all of God’s Word. Thou shalt not kill is completely appropriate. No modern improvement is necessary. All we need to do is compare Scripture with Scripture. Here we have but one example where the Word of God defines that sort of “kill” that is against the commandments and that which is not.

Just read your Bible. The King James Bible will make plenty of sense if you will do that.

 

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Deuteronomy 12:8-10 No Rush

Deuteronomy 12:8-10 (KJV)
Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.
For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you.
But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;

It was in the vicinity of four hundred years after these words were spoken before David brought the Ark to Jerusalem. Then it was only after David had died that God allowed for Solomon to build the Temple.

God had told David he could not build the Temple because he was a man of war. Specifically, it wasn’t because of David personally, but because they were still at war in David’s lifetime. It was under Solomon that Israel had rest from their enemies and dwelt safely.

We must not rush the things of God. His plan is sound and true and right but it is His plan, not ours. No good thing will come from forcing what is right. Only when God does His plan through us will eternal work be accomplished.

 

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Deuteronomy 10:12-13 With God, We Can Do This

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (KJV)
And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

Of all the six hundred and some laws of the Mosaic system, Moses boils it all down to these. Nothing but:

  • Fear the Lord
  • Walk in His ways
  • Love Him
  • Serve Him with all the heart and soul
  • Keep his commandments and statutes

I am reminded that we are told, 1 John 5:3
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

This isn’t tough. It’s nothing but a few key things God is expects of His children. If we aren’t obedient it is because we love the world too much or we depend upon our own strength instead of the power of the Holy Spirit.

With God, we can do this. No excuses.

 

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Deuteronomy 8:10 Be Biblical

Deuteronomy 8:10 (KJV)
When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.

I remember years ago preaching in Bakersfield, CA at a church there. When the offering was received the pastor leaned over and, with great pleasure, informed me that they pray after the offering and not, as is traditional, before. I had never seen that before but there is certainly nothing with that.

Conversely, I remember sitting down to eat with an evangelist (a meal, I might add, I was paying for) at a steak restaurant in Oklahoma City that served peanuts before the meal. I took a peanut out of the basket when the evangelist, with the command that only an evangelist presumes he has, demanded, “Are you going to pray for that before you eat it?” The last thing a host preacher wants to do is offend an evangelist before he preaches, so I asked the Lord to bless our meal before I ate the peanut.

Frankly, I might just as Biblically thanked the Lord for the food we had been privileged to eat as to ask him to bless the food we were about to receive. There are Biblical mandates for both.

Praying before our meal is taken from the example of Christ and further instructed upon by Paul to Timothy. But neither represents a clear command. It just goes to demonstrate how easy it is for us to turn our own habitats into spiritual commands.

When I am for praying for our meals. I prefer to pray before I eat. My point has little to do with when we give thanks for our food.

I just want to be reminded to be Biblical, not necessarily traditional in my Christianity.

 

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Deuteronomy 7:17-18 Remember. And Trust Him

Deuteronomy 7:17-18 (KJV)
If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?
Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt;

When they were afraid Israel was to remember what God did in Egypt:

  • The plagues he put upon the Egyptians
  • The afflictions he set even upon Pharaoh
  • The destruction that happened at the Red Sea

This was a new generation that had not seen those things with their own eyes. They had happened forty years previous. They were only stories their parents had passed down to them. But they still applied.

Whenever we face:

  • Fears
  • Anxiety and
  • Overwhelming circumstances

the way to move passed them is to remember what God has done for His people before.

Certainly we ought to reflect on our own past victories but we don’t have to rely on them alone.

  • What God did for Israel was just as much for us.
  • What God did in the New Testament churches He did as if we were there.
  • What God did for Christians in all ages, he did on our behalf.

We may remember them and realize this God is our God.

When we are afraid, or anxious or struggling with doubt, remember.

And trust Him.

 

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Deuteronomy 6:1-2 What, Why and What If?

Deuteronomy 6:1-2 (KJV)
Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:
That thou mightest 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.

The Mosaic Law is generally divided into three groups:

  • Moral
  • Civil and
  • Judicial

We can see each of these represented in the terms:

Commandments
What we are to do.

Statutes
Why we are to do them.

Judgments
The consequences, good or bad.

We are to learn these commandments, statutes and judgments and we are to live them and teach them to our children so that there will come a day when they ask us about them.

Notice that there is a change in terminology between verse one and verse twenty. The commandments we were given become testimonies for our children. They have witnessed us, as their parents, living out these commandments.

For the Christian family, obeying the Bible is not a “have to”. It is simply what we do. Our children grow up with them. This is no excuse to be lazy about them. When our kids ask, “Why” we ought to know the reasons and we ought to be willing to teach them.

 

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Deuteronomy 5:3 Something Old, Something New

Deuteronomy 5:3 (KJV)
The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.

God did make a covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but it was different than this Mosaic covenant. God never annulled His promises to them but added to and refined them for Israel. He did the same thing in the New Testament. By giving us a new covenant God did not dispose of the previous. He fulfilled it in Jesus. Our covenant is predicated upon the other.

There is, I think, an application to be made to the individual. What God wants to do in our lives is:

  • Current
  • Personal and
  • Unique

but it is not isolated. Neither does it depart from what was accomplished in our brethren of the past. It builds upon it. It has its foundation in God’s work in the Old Testament, New Testament and church history.

We have:

  • Our own call
  • Our own challenges and
  • Our own culture in which we serve the Lord

but in addressing those differences we must not abandon what our fathers laid for us.

 

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