Our Teaching will continue in Torah, The Law of Moses, from Deuteronomy 6.10-15.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, WHY GOD DROVE THE CANAANITES OUT OF THE LAND OF CANAAN.
And with that said, let’s read Deuteronomy 6.10-15.
The Book of Deuteronomy begins as The Children of Israel are camped in the plains of Moab, current-day Jordan, prepared to enter The Promised Land, the land of Canaan that GOD will rename The Land of Israel.
And Moses, at the time, was reviewing GOD’S Laws, Teachings and Instructions, called The Law of Moses that The Jewish People Documented in the first five Books of The Bible for all the families of the earth to follow.
And here is part of Moses’ teaching.
DEUTERONOMY 6.10-12 The teachings of Moses are positive. Never doubting GOD, but assuring The People that when The LORD YOUR GOD brings you into the land that He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you great and good cities that you did not build. GENESIS 17.8
And houses that are full of all good things which you did not fill, and wells that are dug that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant.
When you shall have eaten and are full, Moses said, then Beware lest you forget The LORD Who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.
So my question is, What happens when you forget The LORD your GOD?
When you forget The LORD your GOD, you fall into sin. You don’t think about The LORD. You neglect Him and disregard The LORD your GOD.
The Prophet Jeremiah says, Those who forget The LORD pervert their way. That is, they fall into sin and do wrong. JEREMIAH 3.21
Perverted their way means they fell into sin.
GOD brought His People into the land of Canaan that was an established civilization. The Canaanite houses were filled with all good things. Food, clothing, furniture, and much more. And the Canaanite cities had wells and vineyards, and olive trees.
But the problem for the people of Canaan, the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Gergashites, and the Jebusites, peoples who lived in Canaan from a River in Egypt to the Euphrates River was, as GOD says, a Wicked People. DEUTERONOMY 9.4-5
The LORD said to The Children of Israel through His Servant Moses that they should not think in their heart that The LORD their GOD drove the Canaanite nations out of their land and their houses for you to possess because of your righteousness, but because of the Wickedness of the Canaanites.
WICKEDNESS COMES FROM THE HEBREW WORD REE’SHAH MEANING, MORALLY WRONG.
MORALLY WRONG MEANS THAT THE WAY THE CANAANITE PEOPLE LIVED THEIR LIVES WAS WRONG. THEY WERE WRONG BECAUSE THEY WILLFULLY DISOBEYED THE LAWS OF GOD. THEREFORE THE CANAANITES LIVED THEIR LIVES IN WICKEDNESS IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
TODAY, THE LAWS OF THE LORD GOD ARE WRITTEN IN THE TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES IN THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE.
So you might ask, How could these Canaanite people know GOD’S Laws 3,400 years ago when there was no Bible to teach them?
They, along with all the ancient peoples should have known because GOD announced certain of His Laws some 2,000 years before He established The Jewish People who wrote The Bible that includes His Laws that are written in the Law of Moses.
I understand that the story of Adam and Eve is taught throughout many religions. It’s a simple story. When you obey GOD you live. When you disobey GOD you die.
Did the Canaanites know the story of Adam and Eve? I don’t know. But today, we in America and much of the world know The Biblical story of Adam and Eve that shows what happens to people when they disobey GOD. GENESIS 2.15-17, GENESIS 3.1-6, 22, GENESIS 5.5
Today we have Atonement for our sins in The Messiah Yeshua. But still, GOD requires us to obey His Written Word in The Bible that includes His Law of Moses to have our Atonement Accepted. ISAIAH 56.6-7
Paul shows great insight and understanding of GOD with a statement he wrote in The Book of Romans.
Paul writes, Because that which is known about GOD is made plain to them. For GOD has shown it to them. ROMANS 1.19
People who do wrong have no excuse because GOD has revealed to them what is right, and what is wrong. When people do wrong, whether they know GOD or not, they know they are doing wrong. Because The Light of the world Who is GOD ALMIGHTY, THE SPIRIT OF GOD is the life in all humanity.
And THE SPIRIT OF GOD living in everyone reveals right from wrong to every person. JOHN 1.9, GENESIS 2.7
HOWEVER GOD GIVES THE HOLY SPIRIT TO THOSE WHO OBEY HIM. THOSE WHO OBEY HIS WORD AND HIS LAW OF MOSES. ACTS 5.32
The Canaanites worshiped idols which is an abomination to GOD. Add to that abomination, they sacrificed to their idols as did much of the world. JOSHUA 24.2, EXODUS 20.1-5, ROMANS 1.18-25
GOD REVEALS RIGHT AND WRONG TO ALL PEOPLE.
The origin of Easter is the false goddess Eastre. That too is an Abomination to GOD. Yet many celebrate Easter and roll eggs.
IN GENESIS CHAPTER 2, IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CREATION, THE LORD SPOKE THE WEEKLY SABBATH INTO LAW ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF THE WEEK, OUR SATURDAY. GENESIS 2.1-3
The Canaanites then, as most of the world today outside of Judaism did not, and do not observe GOD’S Commanded Sabbath on Saturday.
Add to that, much of the world is taught by their Religious leaders not to observe The Seventh Day Sabbath on Saturday, but rather observe another day such as Sunday or any day they choose for their sabbath. But GOD says, Not keeping the Sabbath is polluting the Sabbath. ISAIAH 56.6
Then there are GOD’S Food Laws that GOD established even before Abraham. Even before The Flood.
Noah obeyed GOD’S Food Laws. And the days of Noah were well before GOD chose The Jewish People to be His witnesses and His servant.
But the Canaanites, like most people today, did not, and do not obey The Food Laws of GOD. GENESIS 7.1-2
GENESIS 12.1 Years later, GOD took Abraham out from the Gentiles to establish His Jewish People.
DEUTERONOMY 14 Explains GOD’S Food Laws.
AND BECAUSE OF MAN’S DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD, REJECTING HIS LAWS, THE LORD DESTROYED THE EARTH AND ALL THE PEOPLE LIVING ON EARTH BY HIS FLOOD OF WATERS. BUT GOD SAVED EIGHT PEOPLE. NOAH, HIS WIFE, THEIR THREE SONS, SHEM, HAM, AND JAPHETH, AND THEIR WIVES. GENESIS 6.5-9, 17-18
AND GOD WILL DESTROY THIS WORLD IN THE FUTURE FOR THE VERY SAME REASON. DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD. THE PEOPLES HAVE TRANSGRESSED GOD’S LAWS, CHANGED HIS ORDINANCE, AND BROKEN HIS EVERLASTING COVENANT. THAT IS HIS LAW AND HIS WORD. ISAIAH 24.4-6, PSALM 105.8-10
The Canaanites practiced magic. And GOD calls magic an Abomination. We have magic shows down on the Strip continually. DEUTERONOMY 18.9-14
There is Only ONE GOD. Worshiping idols as the Canaanites did is worshiping false gods. And GOD hates that because He is GOD alone and there are no other GODS beside Him.
Enoch knew there was ONLY ONE GOD because GOD said, Enoch walked with GOD and he was not. For GOD took him.
Noah knew there was ONLY ONE GOD because GOD said, Noah was a Just and Perfect man in his generations. And Noah walked with GOD.
Abraham obviously knew there was ONLY ONE GOD because GOD took him out from the Gentiles to be The father of The Jewish People. GENESIS 5.24, GENESIS 6.9, EXODUS 20.3-5, DEUTERONOMY 6.4, MARK 12.29
So GOD drove the Canaanite people out of their houses, and out of their land. And their houses and land became the possession of The Children of Israel because the Canaanites were wicked in The Sight of GOD. They disobeyed GOD.
The Canaanites, like most people today, did not, and do not live by The Rules of GOD.
Yeshua The Messiah said, Man should live by Every Word that proceeds out of The Mouth of GOD. And I will add to that. From Genesis through Revelation. DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4, MATTHEW 7.21-23
DEUTERONOMY 6.13 GOD tells us how to live our lives. And GOD speaks to all the world in The Bible, not only to The Jewish People.
GOD says, You shall fear THE LORD YOUR GOD. MATTHEW 10.28
Fearing GOD is being Frightened of GOD, and holding Him in Awe, and Honor, and Great Respect.
When you fear GOD, you begin to obey GOD. You begin to obey His Written Word in The Bible, and His Written Word in The Law of Moses.
Obeying GOD prevents you from sinning against GOD.
Then you will reject the false teaching that you are no longer required to obey The Law of Moses because The Law of Moses was valid up to the cross.
THE BIBLE NEVER SAYS THAT, ANYWHERE.
DEUTERONOMY 6.13 also says, You shall serve The LORD Your GOD. Serving THE LORD YOUR GOD is Working for GOD. And Working for GOD is living your life according to every Word GOD Speaks in The Bible that includes His Law of Moses.
Isn’t it interesting that false teachers teach that The Works of The Law of Moses are useless and can only result in GOD’S curse and condemnation. Wow.
Some false teachers even teach that you will lose your Salvation if you obey The law of Moses.
The Law of Moses only happens to be The Word of GOD and The Laws of GOD.
So I checked to see what The Servant of The LORD is required to do according to a certain Christian Bible Dictionary. And this is what I read. The Servant of The LORD is to worship GOD. And they should be humble, and express an inferior position. That’s it.
No where in this Christian Bible Dictionary is The Servant of The LORD required to Obey GOD. No where is it said that The Servant of GOD must live by every Word that proceeds out of The Mouth of GOD as Jesus teaches in MATTHEW 4.4, and LUKE 4.4. And certainly no where does this Christian Bible Dictionary say that The Servant of The LORD must Fear GOD and Keep His Commandments that includes GOD’S Law of Moses. JOHN 14.15
THE BIBLE TEACHES US HOW THE SERVANT OF GOD IS TO SERVE GOD. THE SERVANT OF GOD SERVES GOD BY LIVING ACCORDING TO EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE.
DEUTERONOMY 8.3, DEUTERONOMY 10.12-13, DEUTERONOMY 13.4, ECCLESIASTES 12.13, JOHN 12.26, 1 PETER 2.21-22
DEUTERONOMY 10.12 GOD DIRECTS THESE WORDS TO ISRAEL BECAUSE AS GOD’S WITNESSES AND SERVANT THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE REQUIRED TO OBEY GOD, AND MAKE KNOWN TO THE WORLD THE VERY SAME REQUIREMENTS OF GOD FOR ALL MANKIND.
JOHN 12.26 JESUS/YESHUA IS GOD ALMIGHTY.
1 PETER 2.21-22 THE EXAMPLE MESSIAH LEFT US IS TO OBEY GOD’S LAW OF MOSES. BECAUSE OBEYING GOD’S LAW OF MOSES PREVENTS YOU FROM SINNING. FOR SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW. 1 JOHN 3.4
GOD also says in DEUTERONOMY 6.13, And you shall swear by My Name.
Be very careful with this. Because if you do swear by The Name of The LORD, do not break your word but do exactly what you promised. And do it quickly. Because if you do not perform your oath, you are lying to GOD. For The LORD YOUR GOD will surely demand it of you. And you will be in sin if you don’t perform your promise. NUMBERS 30.2, HEBREW BIBLE DEUTERONOMY 23.22, CHRISTIAN BIBLE DEUTERONOMY 23.21, MATTHEW 5.33-37
MATTHEW 5.33 The correct translation is, Again you have heard that it has been said to the ancients, You shall not forswear yourself, but you shall perform to The LORD your oaths.
FORSWEAR YOURSELF IS LYING, SWEARING FALSELY.
YESHUA THE MESSIAH WHO IS GOD ALMIGHTY SAYS, DO NOT SWEAR AN OATH AT ALL, BUT LET WHAT YOU SAY BE YES, YES, OR NO, NO. ANYTHING MORE BRINGS EVIL.
DEUTERONOMY 6.14-15 This Commandment is something you must consider very carefully.
GOD says, You shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you. For The LORD YOUR GOD is a Jealous GOD among you. Lest the Anger of The LORD YOUR GOD is kindled against you and destroy you from off the face of the earth.
Let me say this. When you diligently follow The Written Word of GOD in The Bible, you will be following The GOD of Creation.
When you turn away from The WORD of GOD and follow teachings that deceive you, teachings that teach you not to obey The Law of Moses, and there is a trinity of three different GODS, you are going after other gods of the gods of the people round about you.
THE TEACHING OF THE BIBLE MUST LINE UP WITH, AND AGREE WITH ONE SCRIPTURE. AND THAT SCRIPTURE IS, HEAR O ISRAEL, THE LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE.
MEANING, YOU MUST OBEY EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE. AND KNOW THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD. DEUTERONOMY 6.4, MARK 12.29, DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4
SO IN CONCLUSION, WHY DID GOD DRIVE THE CANAANITES OUT OF THEIR LAND? BECAUSE THEY SINNED AGAINST GOD. THEY SINNED AGAINST THE LORD THEIR GOD BY DISOBEYING HIS SPOKEN WORD.
AND THAT IS AN EXAMPLE WE SHOULD NOT FOLLOW.
BUT THE EXAMPLE WE MUST FOLLOW ARE THE STEPS OF THE MESSIAH YESHUA.