Monday, June 20, 2011

WHEN YOU GO OUT TO WAR AGANIST YOUR ENEMIES...

dEUTERNOMY 20



In Deuternomy chap. 20, Moses continues to prepare the children of Israel for what lies ahead in the promised land (the land of Canaan). As we approach the last 3 Holy days of God's calendar namely the Memorial of the Blowing of Trumpets, Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), and the feast of Tabernacles (In gathering), we look to Christ whom created all things. Among other things these   last "High Sabbath days" point to the 2nd coming of Christ, how, when, why, and to whom.
Since we will at that time stand before our Creator, King and Judge of all life, we too should prepare for battle. Battle to improve our ways, to show fruits meet for repentance.

"In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand... But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come
 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:"
(Matthew 3:1-8)


As we continue to engage the Bible and disregard the sermon we can begin to see that the instructions for the children of Israel, and their preparation for war can enlighten us on our battle for self improvement?
According to the stipulation of the Holy days, this represents a time when God has emerged from His distant and all but inaccessible palace. He will have returned, and renewed, His presence on the earth. It was of course the most High, who withdrew to the 3rd heaven because of the sins of the people. Shortly after the 10 commandments were given the Lord had to lead the people by the hand of an angel because of their harden hearts:
"Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him." [sounds just like the Holy Spirit]

"But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off."
(Exodus 23:20-24
Wanting to make a personal change just isn't enough. 1st we must identify the enemy. Even world events show us that if we do not properly identify our enemy we cannot successfully overcome it. Oftentimes, the adversary is within ourselves. We therefore need to be able to take a clear look at ourselves, confess our sins, move away from them, and then we can draw up a plan of attack.



Even when our shortcomings are to great to overcome, we must remember; "the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you." (v.4)

Just as the Most High brought us to freedom from bondage in Egypt, He will aid us as we individually free ourselves of our own self-imposed shackles, if we lean not to our own understanding.




THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER: The battle of our lives, Is also the battle for our lives!

May the Lord add a blessing to the reading of His Word...


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