DEUTERONOMY 27:11-26

Those who have spent time in the study of Gods word, never cease to be amazed at what can be found when the time is spent mining out the gold with in. Those who have not done so are missing out on a great experience with God. Whether you study or whether you don’t, the following is for you to use and meditate on so as to see what God has given us in his word.

Moses instructs the nation of Israel, that upon entering the land of promise, they were to send different tribes to the top of 2 different mountains, Mt. Gerizim & MT. Ebal to pronounce Blessings & cursings upon the people who were under the covenant relationship of God based upon the law of God written on the tablets of stone, and upon a pile of rocks that would be deposited on the side of the Jordan they will cross over to enter the land. Looking at this passage naming the different tribes on the 2 mountains, I could not help to wonder WHY THESE TRIBES on THESE MOUNTAINS. We see on the top of Mt Gerizim the following tribes: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, & Benjamin. On top of Mt Ebal: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, Naphtali Four of the six were born to a bondwoman, one of the handmaidens of Leah & Rachel Jacobs wives. Here is the picture; we know from scripture, Sarah’s handmaiden from Egypt, Hagar, gave birth to Ishmael. It was Sarah who told Abraham, Cast out the bondwoman and her child. Paul tells us in Galatians chap 4

the child of the handmaid, (Hagar) is a picture of those under the law leading to bondage, as Hagar herself is a picture of Mt. Sinai where the law was given. As Israel was under the curse of the law, for he says in Galatians 3:10, For as many as are under the works of the law are under the curse. So it is only fitting those born of a bondwoman would be the ones to pronounce a curse. Also, we see after each curse pronounced, all the congregation said, AMEN! WHY? because all the people were under the works of the law which brings a curse upon them just because of that , never mind the curse for breaking the law, ( Galatians 3:10) Further James confirms for us in James 2:10 whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend in one point, is guilty of all. We also remember it was the children of Israel, who, prior to hearing the law said, All that LORD has said we will do”. So again it is only fitting they should say AMEN to the pronouncing of all the curses.

What does this mean to the Christian, who Paul says is not under the law but under grace? In the church today there are professing believers who still try to have a relationship with God based upon works, even the works of the law, or some moral code that by doing these things will improve their standing with God and even leading to a reward for all the good he has done. The idea attached to this is, “I have lived a good life, and did the best I could” they do not realize the put themselves under the curse of the law. To these people we hear Paul say, You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. So Paul poses the question to us today, (Galatians 3:19) wherefore then [serveth] the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; [and it was] ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Jesus came and became a curse for us when he hung on the cross, for the scripture says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree: Again we must ask, if you are delivered by Christ from the curse, why do you want to put yourself back under it? And this means to place yourself under ANY form of legalistic relationship with God to be accepted by him. For example; Lent! So you are going to give up something, as a sacrifice on your part to please God? Will this trump or enhance the sacrifice of Christ on the cross? Oh that we might guard our hearts against this foolish teaching. Instead, let us hear Paul once again as he says, ‘I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.The writer to the Hebrews says, ’’ Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: If the Holy Spirit dwells with in, producing the fruit of the spirit which is love, and if love is the fulfilling of the law, those who are led of the spirit need not the law, grace is sufficient.

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