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Pastor Ovid Need
We have seen that pleasing our God begins in the mind and heart. We have also seen that no matter how loudly a person weeps or wails before the Lord or before the pastor, if he isn't will&SHY;ing to do Ps. 119:11 (Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee) all of his words are empty and hollow.
The Word of God holds NO answers for the person who is not willing to take this most basic area of the mind and bring it under control to the obedience of Christ. This definitely will sort out those who mean business with God and those who don't. The outward actions may be correct, but God sees the heart, for out of it are the issues of life, Prov. 4:23.
Notice Matt. 7:20. In its context it says that no matter how good the fruit may look, if the root (foundation) is corrupt then the fruit is corrupt. God knows what the foundation is like. For the principle contained in Matt. 7:20 see THE AXE - "Salvation".
1. Let's move on in Deut. 10. Here is an important point. Why did (does) God place the require&SHY;ments of 10:12-13 upon His people, 13b? _______________________________________________
2. VV. 14-15 The Lord points out that it all belongs to Him
to do with as He pleases. He chose in His Sovereign grace, and
on no merit of their own, to exalt their fathers. He chose to
show Himself strong through them; therefore, what do they (we)
owe Him, vv. 12-13 and v. 16?
There is far to much in v. 14 to skip over lightly. This principle is given many times over in places such as Ex. 9:26; Ps. 24:1; I Cor. 10:26, etc.. Now, this brings something up which we need to look at in terms of God's law. A TAX ON THE LAND IS DIRECTED AGAINST GOD AND AGAINST THIS LAW. The tithe is God's tax on the land because He owns the earth and man is to render to the Land&SHY;owner the "rent" on His land. When man fails to do this, then God will force it from him through ungodly men, I Sam. 8. God's tax on the land, though, is in the form of a tax upon the increase which man gets off of the land. If no increase, no tax. This is quite different than men's tax. Therefore, the only legitimate tax is an income tax. The tithe is an income tax. If we have no increase, then there is no tithe.
As a side note, we noticed that the movement which promotes not filing Form 1040 usually does not stand against paying the unBiblical tax of the land tax. There is not much "teaching" on how to avoid this ungodly tax. A Biblical based tax structure will protect private property. The tax on property destroys the independence of every area of life. The family, school, church, work place, everything. It is far more destructive than the income tax because if there were no property tax, then there would not have to be an income to tax. Income is needed to keep the property.
Also, property tax is used to support government education which is doing its "dead level best" to undermine Christian values in EVERY area. This is far more destructive to a culture than the abortions which the income tax finance. The attitude toward abortion is developed in the educational system which is supported with the property tax.
Answer? Christians must run for the local offices of school boards, town boards, county trustees, tax assessors, etc., also work toward abolishing the ungodly property tax. Taxation today is to re-order society. Through the tax system, wealth is taken from those who earned it and given to those who did not earn it. There is a tremendous little book on this called "The Law" by Frederic Bastiat, written around 1848. It deals with this exceptionally well. (The Foundation For Economic Education, Inc. Irrington-on-the-Hudson, New York, 1972 printing. It is still in print.)
"The OECD Observer," Dec., '38. No. 37, pg. 6 (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development). They declared that the number of people working in farming must be decreased, and, at the same time, "The average size of farm enterprises has to be increased." They gave two methods on how to do this. First, price support favors the big farmer rather than the small farmer. Second, taxation can be used to wipe out the small farmer and make room for the large farm operations alone. ( As quoted in "--Institutes--", Vol. 1, pg. 283, 84).
We see both of these methods being used extensively today and they are having their desired effect of undermining and destroying the small independent family farm, and thereby destroying a society, while we Christians allow them to do it.
The earth belongs to the Lord as does everything in it. Any laws which do not reflect this are laws of death.
3. Now we come to circumcision. What has been, is and always will be the true mark of the people of God, v. 16; Rom. 2:28-29? __________________________________________________________
See Jer. 4:4; 6:10; Gal. 6:15. We see, then, that the physical circumcision was only the outward sign of the inward heart. The physical circumcision did not make anyone a "people of God" anymore than does baptism today. This was the big issue in our Lord's day. The Jews thought they had the kingdom locked up because they were of the physical circumcision, Matt. 3:9; Jn. 8:33-39 (see Gal. 3:29; Col. 2:11, also).
4. He gives the reason for obeying vv. 12-16. There are several
here in vv. 17-18. How many can you find?
Notice a couple of the reasons here in v. 17 are that He regards not persons and doesn't take rewards. Check I Pet. 1:15-17. There He calls upon His people to be holy and follows this call with v. 17. Why? We are so used to a perverted justice which is available to the highest bidder that the Lord reminds us that justice must be in terms of HIS TRUTH.
a. How will the Lord our God judge, Rom. 2:2, 6, 11? _________________________________
5. The justice of God extends to who, Deut. 10:18? ___________________________________
Again, we are used to these persons getting the short end of the stick. Society had better do right toward these people or they will have the God of v. 14 to answer to.
a. The same promise of food and raiment which is made to God's
people is also made here for the stranger, and to those who cannot
take care of themselves and have no one to take care of them.
God says here that He will do right toward them. Now the question,
how does He do that which is right toward these? How does He provide
for these of v. 18, Matt. 25:40?
b. What will this prove, Ja. chp. 2? _________________________________________________
c. V. 19 is the command which is given by our Lord to love
the stranger (our neighbor). We have already talked about love.
How do we love our neighbor or the stranger, v. 18?
V. 20, our Lord answered the devil with this verse in Matt. 4:10. Here is the temptation to act apart from God and His Word. This is the temptation to act independently of God. This is a study all in itself which we'll get to later on. Here in v. 20, Moses describes the fear of the Lord, the true reverence of God. 1."serve" in deed. 2. "cleave" in heart. 3. "swear" in words. We covered this "swear" back in chp. 6, lesson 2.
In v. 21, He is the praise of His people. Everything we do is to have ONE and only ONE reason behind it, for the praise of His glory, Ps. 22:3. Moses goes on here with the reason to praise the Lord. Because of all the wonderful things which we have seen Him do. Ps. 148 and 150 would be good passages to finish this chapter with.