|Deuteronomy 12 |
1 [Moses speaking]. "These are the statutes and judgments, which you shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of your fathers gives you to possess it, all the days that you live upon the earth.
2 You shall utterly destroy all the places, in which the nations which you shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree.
3 And you shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and you shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.
4 You shall not do so to the LORD your God.
5 But to the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even to his habitation you shall seek, and you shall come there.
6 There you shall bring your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the heave offerings [the first of the dough] of your hand, your vows, your freewill offerings, and the first born of your herds and of your flocks.
7 There you shall eat before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice in all that you put your hand to, you and your households, in which the LORD your God has blessed you.
8 After all the things that we do here this day, you shall not do whatever every man thinks is right in his own eyes.
9 For you have not yet come into the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God gives you.
10 But when you go over the Jordan, and dwell in the land that the LORD your God gives you to inherit, and when he gives you rest from all your enemies round about, so that you dwell in safety;1
11 Then there shall be a place that the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; there shall you bring all that I command you: your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which you have vowed to the LORD.
12 And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite priest that is within your gates; forasmuch as he [the tribe of Levi] has no part nor inheritance [was given no land like the other tribes] with you.
13 Take heed to yourself that you do not offer your burnt offerings in any place that you see and choose,
14 But only do so in the place that the LORD shall choose in one of your tribes; there you shall offer your burnt offerings, and there you shall do all that I command you.
15 Despite the fact that you may kill and eat flesh in all your gates, whatever your soul lusts after, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you. The unclean and the clean may eat of it, as of the roebuck and as of the hart.
16 Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour the blood upon the earth as water.
17 You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your corn, or of your wine, or of your oil, or the firstlings of your herds or of your flock, nor any of your vows which you vowed, nor your freewill offerings, or heave offering of your hand.
18 But you must eat them before the LORD your God in the place that the LORD your God shall choose. Eat with your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, and the Levite who is within your gates; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God in all that you put your hands to.
19 Take heed to yourself that you do not forsake the Levite as long as you live upon the earth.
20 When the LORD your God shall enlarge your border, as he has promised you, and you shall say, 'I will eat flesh,' because your soul longs to eat flesh; you may eat flesh, whatever your soul desires.
21 If the place that the LORD your God has chosen to put his name is too far from you, then you shall kill of your herd and of your flock, which the LORD has given you, as I have commanded you, and you shall eat in your gates whatever your soul desires.
22 Even as the roebuck and the hart is eaten, so you shall eat them; the unclean and the clean may eat of them alike.
23 Only be sure that you do not eat not blood. For the blood is the life, and you may not eat the life with the flesh.
24 You shall not eat it; you shall pour it upon the earth as water.
25 You shall not eat it, so that it may go well with you and with your children after you, when you shall do what is right in the sight of the LORD.
26 Only your holy things which you have, and your vows, you shall take, and go to the place which the LORD shall choose.
27 And you shall offer your burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon the altar of the LORD your God; and the blood of your sacrifices shall be poured out upon the altar of the LORD your God, and you shall eat the flesh.
28 Observe and hear all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God.
29 When the LORD your God shall cut off the nations from before you, where you go to possess them, and you succeed them to dwell in their land;
30 Take heed to yourself that you are not snared by following them, after that they are destroyed from before you; and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How did these nations serve their gods? Even so will I do likewise."'
31 You shall not do so to the LORD your God because for their gods they have committed every abomination to the LORD, which he hates; they have burnt even brunt their sons and their daughters in the fire as a sacrifice to their gods.
32 Whatever I command you, observe to do it, and do not add to it or diminish from it."
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1 You have not yet come into the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God gives you. But when you go over the Jordan, and dwell in the land that the LORD your God gives you to inherit, and when he gives you rest from all your enemies round about, so that you dwell in safety; [THE REST!]
We sit down in Christ to enter the rest, to enter the rest from fighting our enemies, like Israel entered the rest from fighting and purging their land of the surrounding heathen peoples; only our enemies are spiritual: lust, rage, pride, selfishness, envy, greed, covetousness, jealousy, lying, cheating, stealing, sexual immorality, profane language, and evil thoughts, etc. Salvation is to be delivered from sin and to be protected from evil, (sanctified), from our enemies of sin. But you who would be a Christian, to be freed from sin you must believe and hope in God's promise to set the captives free, to become free of sin; otherwise, you too will perish in the spiritual wilderness without ever entering the promise land — heaven. Don't be like the Jews who said they could not conquer the giants and refused to cross the Jordan to do battle, even with God fighting for them; don't say sin can't be conquered, even with God's promised help; don't say who can war with the beast? Because victory over sin, our enemies within our heart, is the promised salvation.
That he would grant to us,
that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. Luke 1:74-5
This is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest, and this is the refreshing; yet they would not hear.. Isa 28:12
Therefore, since a promise of entering into his rest still stands, let us fear, lest any of you should come short of it. Heb 4:1
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Mat 11:29
For he who has entered His rest, has himself also ceased from his works, as God did from His. Heb 4:10
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