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February 18, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Numbers 16-17
Audio: Numbers 16-17

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Deuteronomy 29 (ESV)

These are the words of the covenant that the Lord commanded Moses to make with the people of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant that he had made with them at Horeb.

 And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them: “You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, and those great wonders. But to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear. I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn off your feet.You have not eaten bread, and you have not drunk wine or strong drink, that you may know that I am the Lord your God. And when you came to this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon and Og the king of Bashan came out against us to battle, but we defeated them. We took their land and gave it for an inheritance to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of the Manassites. Therefore keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.

10 “You are standing today, all of you, before the Lord your God: the heads of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, all the men of Israel, 11 your little ones, your wives, and the sojourner who is in your camp, from the one who chops your wood to the one who draws your water, 12 so that you may enter into the sworn covenant of the Lord your God, which the Lord your God is making with you today, 13 that he may establish you today as his people, and that he may be your God, as he promised you, and as he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 14 It is not with you alone that I am making this sworn covenant, 15 but with whoever is standing here with us today before the Lord our God, and with whoever is not here with us today.

16 “You know how we lived in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the midst of the nations through which you passed. 17 And you have seen their detestable things, their idols of wood and stone, of silver and gold, which were among them. 18 Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit, 19 one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’ This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike. 20 The Lord will not be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the Lord and his jealousy will smoke against that man, and the curses written in this book will settle upon him, and the Lord will blot out his name from under heaven. 21 And the Lord will single him out from all the tribes of Israel for calamity, in accordance with all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law. 22 And the next generation, your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, will say, when they see the afflictions of that land and the sicknesses with which the Lord has made it sick— 23 the whole land burned out with brimstone and salt, nothing sown and nothing growing, where no plant can sprout, an overthrow like that of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in his anger and wrath— 24 all the nations will say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land? What caused the heat of this great anger?’ 25 Then people will say, ‘It is because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them out of the land of Egypt, 26 and went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods whom they had not known and whom he had not allotted to them. 27 Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, bringing upon it all the curses written in this book, 28 and the Lord uprooted them from their land in anger and fury and great wrath, and cast them into another land, as they are this day.’

29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

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  1. Poisonous and Bitter Fruit

    We live in an unprecedented time of false teaching. Just as the Internet has given sound Bible teachers a platform to proclaim the truths found in Scripture to people all over the world, it has also paved the way for false teachers to deceive people in record numbers. 

    Unless you know the Word of God through in-depth personal study, you will be easily led astray by deceivers who twist the Word of God to fit their own passions and perspectives.

    In 2 Timothy 4:1-6 it says, "I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

    Not all deceivers are motived by deception. Some are just blind and deaf to what the Bible actually says and don't have the discernment to keep their unbiblical views to themselves. 

    Someone I know emailed me last week with an invitation to an obvious false teacher's seminar who uses modern, progressive/liberal talking points with some new-age mysticism to interpret the "true" meaning of Jesus' teaching. 

    I replied to this person and said, "I appreciate you sending me this but I bowed out at the introductory paragraph." His response to me was that he felt sorry for me as I must believe in false doctrine if I did not ascribe to what this person was teaching. Talk about the blind leading the blind!

    I find it hard to believe that someone who less than a year ago told me that we can't trust the Bible as it is full of errors and contradictions, and that we have evolved since the Bible was written, is now able to discern false teaching from sound Biblical teaching.

    One of the areas many false teachers like to exploit is redefining (modernizing/humanizing) Biblical terms and principles. But the best method for interpreting Scripture is other Scripture and John 15:1-17 is an incredible exposition by our Lord Jesus on the issue of fruit. I commend this to you for further understanding.

    What specifically is this poisonous and bitter fruit mentioned in Deuteronomy 29:18? The following verse tells us (Scripture interpreting Scripture) – "One who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.'"

    The consequences of this false belief is outlined in Deuteronomy 29:20-21, "The Lord will not be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the Lord and his jealousy will smoke against that man, and the curses written in this book will settle upon him, and the Lord will blot out his name from under heaven. 21 And the Lord will single him out from all the tribes of Israel for calamity, in accordance with all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law."

    Many people will read this and say, "This is the Old Testament. God is different now."

    But in John 15:6, Jesus says, "If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned."

    Let's not follow false teachers who hate the God of the Bible and explain away verses which speak of the wrath of God and the consequences of sin.

    Let's not allow ourselves to be self-deceived to think that we can be stubborn in our hearts towards God and be safe from God's judgment! 

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