Our teaching continues in Torah, The Law of Moses, from Deuteronomy 10.6-11.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, HOW DO YOU RECEIVE FAITH FROM THE LORD YOUR GOD?
And with that said, let’s read Deuteronomy 10.6-11.
After spending nearly forty years in the wilderness from the time of their Exodus out of Egypt, The Children of Israel were about to enter The Promised Land.
The Promised Land was the Land of Canaan. The borders of Canaan were from a River in Egypt to the Euphrates River. And the land of Canaan became The Land of Israel after The Children of Israel conquered and possessed all the Canaanite nations at The Command of The ALMIGHTY GOD. And The Children of Israel renamed Canaan The Land of Israel.
But before entering Canaan, some three million Jewish People, including a mixed multitude then and now called The Children of Israel, Moses reminded The People of their history. All that GOD did for them. And The Laws, Teachings and Instructions they must live by as GOD’S Chosen People.
GOD completed the Torah, The Law of Moses before The Children of Israel entered The Promised Land.
GOD’S Chosen People are also non-Jewish People who Live by GOD’S Laws, Teachings, and Instructions that are written in The Bible including The Law of Moses.
And GOD’S Chosen People have Atonement for their sins in The Jewish Messiah Yeshua Who is GOD ALMIGHTY, HA SHEM ELOHIM.
And Moses reminded The People of GOD’S Judgments in which The LORD punished them for their sins against The LORD Their GOD.
And Moses reminded them that it was The LORD Their GOD Who gave them the Land of Canaan for Their permanent Homeland.
DEUTERONOMY 10.6 The Children of Israel were in a place called Beeroth where a people called Jaakan lived about one mile from the border of Canaan in current day Jordan. And they moved on to a place called Mosera, also in current day Jordan. And there Aaron died.
Earlier, GOD had told Moses and Aaron that they would not bring The Congregation of The Children of Israel into the land which GOD has given them because they rebelled against GOD.
Rebelling against GOD is disobeying GOD.
They, especially Moses, had a momentary lapse of Faith by not doing what The LORD told them to do. NUMBERS 20.1-12
GOD told Moses to speak to the rock before the eyes of The Children of Israel, and the rock will give forth its water.
But Moses scolded the people, and he took credit for bringing water out of the rock for the millions of people and their animals when he said, Must we bring you water out of this rock? And he hit the rock twice with his staff.
GOD never told Moses to yell at The People or slam the rock with his staff. GOD told Moses to speak to the rock and it will bring forth water for the people and their animals.
Therefore GOD said to Moses and Aaron, Because you did not Believe Me, to Sanctify Me in the eyes of The Children of Israel, you shall not bring this Congregation into The Land which I have given them.
And later on Aaron died in Mount Hor. Mount Hor is located in what was known as Mosera in current day Jordan by the coast of the land of Edom. Deuteronomy 10.6
And as GOD said, Aaron did not bring The Children of Israel into the land that GOD had given them. NUMBERS 20.22-29
The lesson here is this. When Jewish People and non-Jewish People disobey anything that GOD says in The Bible, GOD says, You do not Believe Him, nor do you Sanctify Him, and you rebel against Him.
The Word Sanctify in Hebrew is Kah’dash, meaning Holy.
GOD Teaches all mankind that when we disobey GOD, we do not Believe Him, nor do we Sanctify GOD.
When we disobey GOD, we do not Sanctify GOD. That is, we do not recognize GOD’S Holiness. GOD’S Holiness is that GOD is Perfect, a GOD of Truth, Without Iniquity, Just and Right. DEUTERONOMY 32.3-4
And because they disobeyed GOD, Moses and Aaron were punished by The LORD. GOD did not allow them to bring The Congregation of The Children of Israel into The Promised Land, the Land of Canaan.
And because Moses and Aaron rebelled against The Commandment of GOD, we learn about Faith.
PAUL WRITES, IS GOD THE GOD OF THE JEWS ONLY? IS HE NOT ALSO THE GOD OF THE GENTILES? YES, HE IS THE GOD OF THE GENTILES ALSO. ROMANS 3.29
SINCE GOD IS THE GOD OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND THE GENTILES, (GENTILES ARE NON-JEWISH PEOPLE) GOD HAS ONLY ONE LAW FOR ALL MANKIND. THAT LAW IS THE LAW OF MOSES, FOR GOD IS THE GOD OF THE JEWS AND THE GENTILES.
PAUL CONTINUES HIS TEACHING IN ROMANS 3.30.
SEEING IT IS ONE GOD WHICH SHALL JUSTIFY THE JEWISH PEOPLE BY FAITH, AND THE GENTILES THROUGH FAITH.
PAUL TEACHES THAT BOTH JEWS AND GENTILES ARE JUSTIFIED, THAT IS, DECLARED RIGHTEOUS BY FAITH.
SO WHAT IS FAITH? ESPECIALLY FAITH IN GOD?
AND HOW ARE WE JUSTIFIED BY GOD THROUGH FAITH?
FAITH IN GOD IS A STRONG BELIEF IN GOD, AND A STRONG BELIEF IN HIS TEACHINGS THAT ARE TAUGHT IN THE BIBLE. AND GOD’S TEACHINGS INCLUDE THE LAW OF MOSES. DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4
MOSES AND AARON MOMENTARILY LOST THEIR FAITH IN GOD WHEN THEY DISOBEYED THE LORD THEIR GOD.
BUT LET’S TALK ABOUT US.
HOW ARE WE JUSTIFIED THROUGH FAITH?
REMEMBER, FAITH IS A STRONG BELIEF IN GOD, AND A STRONG BELIEF IN THE TEACHINGS OF GOD THAT ARE TAUGHT IN THE BIBLE THAT INCLUDE TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES.
HOW DO WE RECEIVE FAITH FROM GOD?
PAUL TEACHES THAT FAITH COMES BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD. ROMANS 10.17
THE HEBREW WORD FOR HEARING, AS IN, FAITH COMES BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD, COMES FROM THE HEBREW WORD SH’MA THAT MEANS, HEARING AND OBEYING. HEARING GOD, AND OBEYING GOD.
SO FAITH COMES BY HEARING WHAT GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE, AND OBEYING WHAT GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE.
GOD GIVES YOU FAITH WHEN YOU OBEY THE WORD OF GOD. AND THE WORD OF GOD INCLUDES TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES.
PAUL ALSO WRITES, DO WE THEN MAKE VOID THE LAW THROUGH FAITH? GOD FORBID (ABSOLUTELY NOT). YES, WE ESTABLISH THE LAW. ROMANS 3.31
WE MAKE THE LAW OF MOSES PERMANENT IN OUR LIFE.
PAUL, NOR ANYONE ELSE IN THE BIBLE EVER TEACHES THAT THE LAW OF MOSES IS ABOLISHED. GOD FORBID. BUT RATHER THAT THE WORD OF OUR GOD SHALL STAND FOREVER. ISAIAH 40.8, 1 PETER 1.23-25
DEUTERONOMY 10.6 Tells us that Aaron died in Mount Hor, and was buried there before The Children of Israel entered The Promised Land. And his son Eleazar took his place as High Priest.
As GOD had said earlier, Aaron will not bring The Congregation of The Children of Israel into The Land that GOD has given them because of Aaron’s disobedience against GOD.
DEUTERONOMY 10.7 From the place called Mosera, The Children of Israel journeyed to Gudgodah, then to Jotbath that The Bible describes as a land of rivers of waters.
The location of both places is uncertain, but certainly in the wilderness in current day Jordan not far from the border of Canaan.
DEUTERONOMY 10.8-9 This is a huge ministry for The Levites. GOD separated the Tribe of Levi to Carry The Ark of The Covenant of The LORD, to Stand Before The LORD to Minister to Him, and to Bless in His Name, even to the time of this writing in Torah.
THE LEVITES ARE ALSO ORDAINED BY GOD TO TEACH THE JEWISH PEOPLE TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES. DEUTERONOMY 33.8-10
AARON WAS A LEVITE ORDAINED TO TEACH THE PEOPLE ALL THE STATUTES WHICH THE LORD HAD SPOKEN TO THEM BY THE HAND OF MOSES. LEVITICUS 10.8-11, 2 CHRONICLES 17.8-9
AS THE WORD OF OUR GOD SHALL STAND FOREVER, THE LEVITES ARE ORDAINED BY THE LORD OUR GOD TO TEACH ALL THE STATUTES FOREVER WHICH THE LORD HAD SPOKEN TO THEM BY THE HAND OF MOSES. ISAIAH 40.8, 1 PETER 1.23-25
THE LEVITES WERE COMMANDED BY GOD TO JUDGE ACCORDING TO THE SENTENCE OF TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES. DEUTERONOMY 17.8-13
THE LEVITES ARE HOLY TO THE LORD. 2 CHRONICLES 35.1-6, EZRA 7.1-10, NEHEMIAH 8.1-9, MALACHI 2.1-9
IN THE FUTURE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM DURING THE ONE THOUSAND YEAR REIGN OF THE MESSIAH YESHUA IN ISRAEL, THE LEVITES WILL MINISTER TO THE LORD AND STAND BEFORE HIM TO SACRIFICE, FOR THE SACRIFICE WILL BE REINSTATED BECAUSE THERE WILL BE A TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM. EZEKIEL 44.15, 16, 23, 24
EVERYONE IN THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM, AND IN HEAVEN WILL KNOW THE LORD, THE MESSIAH YESHUA, HA SHEM ELOHIM. JEREMIAH 31.31-34
DEUTERONOMY 10.9 MOSES REVIEWED GOD’S COMMANDMENT THAT THE LEVITES SHALL HAVE NO PART NOR INHERITANCE WITH HIS BRETHREN, FOR THE LORD IS THEIR INHERITANCE. NUMBERS 18.20-24
THE LEVITES DID NOT INHERIT ANY LAND IN ISRAEL AS THE OTHER TRIBES DID.
THEIR INHERITANCE FROM GOD IS THE PRIESTHOOD THAT DESCENDS FROM THE MALE OFFSPRING OF AARON WHO ARE LEVITES.
AND THE LEVITES WERE ASSIGNED TO THE OTHER TRIBES THROUGHOUT ISRAEL TO SERVE GOD AND TEACH THE PEOPLE TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES, AND ALL THE WORD OF GOD.
THEIR INHERITANCE IS GOD HIMSELF. GOD PROVIDED THEIR EVERY NEED. AND ALL THE TITHES OF ISRAEL WENT TO THE LEVITES. AND THE BULK OF THEIR FOOD CAME FROM THE DAILY SACRIFICES. AND THE FOOD OF THE SACRIFICES WERE THE MOST PURE OF ALL HAVING NO BLEMISH. DEUTERONOMY 18.1-2
DEUTERONOMY 10.10-11 THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL HAD MADE AN IDOL, THE GOLDEN CALF. AND THEY WORSHIPED IT, AND SACRIFICED TO IT, AND SAID, THIS IS YOUR GOD O ISRAEL THAT BROUGHT YOU UP OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT. AND IN GOD’S WRATH, HE THOUGHT TO DESTROY HIS PEOPLE.
BUT THE LORD TOLD MOSES WHEN HE WAS IN THE MOUNTAIN FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS THAT HE WOULD NOT DESTROY THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. AND GOD SAID TO MOSES, ARISE, TAKE YOUR JOURNEY BEFORE THE PEOPLE, THAT THEY MAY GO IN AND POSSESS THE LAND WHICH I SWORE TO THEIR FATHERS TO GIVE TO THEM.
AND AS GOD SAID, MOSES DID NOT LEAD THE PEOPLE INTO CANAAN BECAUSE OF HIS MOMENTARY LACK OF FAITH IN THE LORD HIS GOD.
THE LORD CHOSE JOSHUA TO LEAD THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL INTO THE PROMISED LAND.