DEUTERONOMY SEVEN, lesson 1
Moses is still introducing, or preparing, the way for explaining the law. He really doesn't get down to business until about chp. 12. Up to then he is repeating the same warning over and over; the warning of the judgment or result of refusing to obey God's law. Over and over throughout this entire book he repeats and warns. You would think he knew human nature and how easy it is to be led astray. I have heard preachers give this as the "secret" of success, "repeat the obvious", and Moses surely does that here. He also re-emphasizes many times the blessings of God which are in store for His people who will obey their God.
V. 1 "When," He is giving instructions of what to do when they go in. This is close to the same as 6:1 and 4:1. There are seven nations to be utterly destroyed.
VV. 1 and 2 seem to be very harsh. As we have already pointed out, these Canaanites knew better from past history for this wasn't that long after the flood. Sodom was a Canaanite city which was destroyed while Shem was still alive. The judgment of God against sin would have been well known, yet they refused to be diverted from their wicked ways by this knowledge. They had been given plenty of time to repent, yet they refused, even though they knew the results. They had at least forty extra years from the time of the Red sea, Joshua 2:9-12. We see in this that knowledge about the result of sin (or knowledge about sin in the law) has never and will never deliver anyone from their sin. This is one reason the current "AIDS EDUCATION" programs will FAIL to stop its spread. Only deliverance from the sin can stop the results. Christ alone is that deliverance.
"Utterly destroyed" -- As we have pointed out, even the heathen are covered by God's law. The heathen can prosper here on earth by it, or be judged by it, just as God's people can. Let's look at a list of actions which God identifies for destruction in the form of death. (Institutes of Biblical Law, Vol. 1, pg. 402.)
1. Adultery: Deut. 22:20-25; Lev. 20:10.
2. Rape: Deut. 22:25, 26.
3. Incest: Lev. 20:11, 12, 14, 17.
4. Homosexuality or sodomy: Lev. 20:13 (18:22).
5. Bestiality: Ex. 22:19; Lev. 18:23; 20:15; Num. 35:16-21.
6. Premeditated murder: Ex. 21:12, 14; Num. 35:16-21.
7. Smiting father or mother: Ex. 21:15.
8. Death of a woman from miscarriage due to assault and battery: Ex. 21:22, 23.
9. Sacrificing children to Molech: Lev. 20:2-5. (My note: If you will follow Molech worship through, you will find that today this would be sending our kids to government schools. Passing the children through the fire to Molech was passing them over a small fire, or even incense, show&SHY;ing their dedication to the state. Seldom was it actually death to the child.)
10. Cursing father and mother: Ex. 21:17; Lev. 20:9.
11. Kidnapping: Ex. 21:16.
12. Being a wizard or witch (Sorceress). (cf. Deut. 13:1-5; 18:20.)
13. Being a false prophet or dreamer: Deut. 13:1-5; 18:20.
14. Apostasy: Deut. 13:6-16; 17:2-5.
15. Sacrificing to other gods: Ex. 22:20.
16. Refusing to follow the decision of judges: Deut. 17:12.
17. Blasphemy: Lev. 24:16.
18. Sabbath desecration: Num. 15:32-36 (This appears, not as a part of the legislation, but from a special instance in the wilderness).
19. Transgressing the covenant: Deut. 17:2-5.
20. Unchastity before marriage: Deut. 22:21.
21. Prostitution by a priest's daughter: Lev. 21:9.
As you can see, this is the list for God's people. Any one of these would apply to these Canaanite nations. Therefore, they were under the death sentence just as sure as Sodom and the cities of the plain were, Gen. 19:25-29. Israel did not go in as a "blood thirsty" warring people, but went in as a group of people who exercised God's judgment against sin. History shows that these Canaanite nations were totally corrupt with VD uncontrolled among them. Any and every vile thing which could enter into the heart of man was being practiced by these people. Their iniq&SHY;uity was now filled, Gen. 15:16.
They had been in the land from Noah until now. This would have been probably 400-500 years before Israel was used by God to judge their sin. Israel was in this land maybe 1,000 to 1,500 years before Assyria and Babylon was used to judge them for their sin. The Canaanites did not escape God's judgment here (vv. 1-2) and neither did Israel, v. 4.
1. These laws listed above are the only ones which will work
in preserving a godly society or God wouldn't have given them.
Civil government alone has the authority to carry these out. Notice
these laws. They will fall into two, and only two, categories.
___________________________ and sins against_________________________________________.
Notice also there are no penalties against "sins against the state". The one concerning the judge (#16) would have to be the godly judge who judges righteous judgments. When this righteous judgment is ignored, it is God which is being ignored. Of course, when the state sets itself up as god on earth then the most horrible crime of all would be any "crime" against the state.
Since these penalties cannot be enforced by God's people, the church, then the church is to treat these violations as a dead person, I Cor. 5; Titus 3:10.
2. VV. 2-3 Israel was commanded to do five things; what were they? (1)__________________________________ (4)__________________________________ (2)__________________________________ (5)__________________________________ (3)__________________________________
a. All of these are confirmed in the NT. Even though the church cannot enforce the "utter destruction", we have already seen what she can do. Let's look at the other two. II Cor. 6 is very clear on this. Paul, there leaves no doubt concerning these two.
(1) What is absolutely forbidden in vv. 14-16? ______________________________________
(2) What is commanded in v. 17? ______________________________________________________
(3) What is the result in v. 18? _____________________________________________________
b. What will be the result if II Cor. 6:14-16 is violated (actually there are two results here), Deut. 7:4? (1)_________________________ (2)____________________________________________
I know of very few times this has not happened. Very few can hold up under this pressure.
VV. 5-6 Here we see that one of the marks, outward signs, of being a holy people unto the Lord is the removal and total destruction of everything which even resembles heathen worship from among God's people. Anything which speaks of service to the world, flesh and the devil is to be destroyed that we might be a holy people unto the Lord our God who chose us, I Pet. 2:9. Also, compare II Cor. 6:16-18 with Deut. 7:5-6. No doubt this is what Paul is referring to.
3. Judges 3:1-7 is well worth looking at here. The Lord left some nations in the land of Canaan. These nations were to prove Israel. There were new generations growing up which did not know war. These nations would be used by God to do what in v. 2?___________________________
a. We see they were to prove Israel. In what manner were they going to prove Israel, v. 4? ________________________________________________________________________ ___________
b. They proved Israel, all right, but what did they prove,
vv. 5-7? __________________
c. What was the result, v. 8?_________________________________________________________
4. A perfect illustration of this principle is found in the life of Saul. In I Sam. 10:8 he was commanded by God to wait at Gilgal seven days. In I Sam. 13:8-10 we see that Saul did not wait. He allowed the circumstances (Philistines) to cause him to get ahead of God. What was he to do, 10:8?___________________________________________________________________ ______________
a. What did he do, 13:9-13? __________________________________________________________
b. What was the result, v. 14? _______________________________________________________
Something which we need to realize is if we follow Saul on through, we find that he still had great victories, and, in this, I believe there is something for us to learn.
The command of God in 10:8 was in secret, 9:27. No one knew about 10:8 except Saul and Samuel. Therefore, the people would have said concerning 13:9, "My, look how Saul loves God." Yet Saul was in rebellion against God when he made this "wonderful" sacrifice. Following on, as you read chp. 14, we see that the Lord provided a great victory over the enemy in v. 23. On down, in vv. 47-48, we see Saul enjoying many victories over the enemies of God.
5. Here is what we need to see. Do great victories for the cause of God mean that the person is right with God? _______________________________________________________________________
a. How did God prove Saul? ___________________________________________________________
b. What came out of this "proving"? __________________________________________________
We can rest assured that God will have the "Philistines" there to "prove" His people today. What will come out of this trial of our dedication and love for Him, I Pet. 1:7? The important thing for us to see is that Saul's trial was only between him and God. All the rest of God's people thought he was all right. More often than not, only we know where we stand with the Lord and it may take 38 years for it to catch up with us, but it will. In the meantime, we may see great victories for the cause of God and everyone may think we are great, but God knows the truth and is keeping record.