We are going to start in the Old Testament with a New Testament scripture. We’re going to randomly look at just a few scriptures concerning the Word. One thing we need is a greater understanding of the Word.
What is it? What is the Word? We often think the Word means the Scriptures, but the Word means more than the Scriptures. It is Christ.
Deuteronomy is the fifth book of the Old Testament. It is the last book of the Pentateuch. What does Pentateuch mean? The prefix “penta” means five, so the five books of Moses is called the Pentateuch. They are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy means “the second Law.” I love the Pentateuch, but Deuteronomy is special. It is Moses recapping the events that have happened. It is his second main address to the people. We are going to read a few verses from chapter 30. As soon as we start reading, you will recognize this portion of Scripture because it is found again in Romans 10.
Deuteronomy 30:14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
That is an important scripture: The word is very nigh unto thee. In other words, it is near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart that you might do it.
Deuteronomy 30:15-16 See I have set before thee this day life and good, and
death and evil;
16 In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply…
That’s what we want to do – multiply. Not multiply in numbers so much, but multiply – grow spiritually.
Deuteronomy 30:16-17 …and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land
whither thou goest to possess it.
17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them …
Earlier we talked about Psalm 1: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. What is the counsel of the ungodly? “I haven’t let any ungodly people counsel me.” Yes, you have. It comes from up here in your head. Your ungodly mind has been counseling you until you really learn to recognize and to know the Word of the Lord, and you learn to reject what the mind would tell you and learn how to hear, to receive, and to obey what the Lord is speaking. It is not talking about a counselor or someone else. It’s talking about your mind. Depart from the evil (Proverbs3:5-7). What evil? The evil of your own thinking.
Deuteronomy 30:18-19 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely
perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
The Lord says, “I have set before you life and death.” What is it that the Lord has set before you that is life and death? He is talking about the Word, the Scriptures.
“These Scriptures can be death?”
Yes, Paul talks about it, and we will listen to what he has to say in a few minutes. But how you relate to the Word of God determines whether you receive life or whether you receive death. Like I said, Paul explains it a lot better than Moses does here.
Deuteronomy 30:20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey His voice…
That is important. God doesn’t say that you might obey what He says, but that you might obey His voice. When God uses the word “voice,” He is not talking about the words He is saying, but He is talking about the Spirit that is in those words. So you not only need to obey what the Lord is saying, but you need to obey the Spirit of the Lord that is in what He is saying.
Now, let’s go to Romans. This is where Paul talks about the very same thing and he makes it plainer.
Romans 10:7-8 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up
Christ again from the dead.)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.
Paul takes that right from Deuteronomy 30 that we just read. Now, go to II Corinthians 3.
II Corinthians 3:1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
A lot of churches do that today. A member may leave the area and join another church. The new church likes to have a letter of commendation from the previous church to speak well of them. So Paul is saying, “Do we need an epistle of commendation or a letter of commendation from you?”
II Corinthians 3:2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.
You know what? God is creating a Kingdom Bible made up of people. He is writing the Word upon their hearts so that we are becoming the Word. Isn’t that wonderful?
II Corinthians 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.
“The Word that I have been speaking to you,” Paul says, “has been written upon your heart so that you have become an epistle.” So not only this letter written to the Corinthians here, but those in the Corinthians church itself had become epistles and letters. This is what the Lord wants us to be. He doesn’t want us to merely learn Scriptures with our mind, to agree with them in that way and try to discuss them. He wants the Word to be written upon our heart so that we become the Word; not upon the mind, but upon the heart. One thing I have never done is try to memorize Scripture. I’m not good at memorizing and I prefer not to memorize. I prefer for the Lord to write the Word upon my heart.
In John 4, Jesus meets the woman at the well. She is coming to draw water out of the well of Jacob. He talks about the water He has, the living water. The Lord wants to make a well in us, pouring that spiritual water, the water of His Word in, and then at the right time the Holy Spirit can draw up the Word that you need because it is within you.
II Corinthians 3:4-5 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God…
Now, look at verse 6 because this is important.
II Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
What did Moses say back in Deuteronomy 30? I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. He is talking about the Word of God. Paul says, “The letter kills,” the letter of the scripture and what it is saying in a literal sense that you would understand with your mind. That ministers death. But the Spirit of the Word ministers life. There are a lot of preachers, who can minister from the Bible and bring messages and sermons from the Scriptures that sound real good, but it may be coming from his mind where he just studied a book or something, and he is preaching what he learned rather than it being something that the Lord wrote upon his heart. We have to learn that the letter itself kills.
What you read in the Bible and you interpret with your mind will minister death to you. What you read in the Bible that becomes a revelation to you and ministers the presence of the Lord to you ministers life to you. That is what Paul is saying. Saints, it is important that we understand that the Scriptures set before us are life and death, and how we relate to them makes the difference.
You know what I’m talking about. There are those in some churches who get so locked in to a mental understanding of the Scriptures that when they hear the truth, they cannot accept it. That was the way it was with the scribes and Pharisees. They studied the Scriptures meticulously. There were scribes who could rewrite the Pentateuch – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy – all five of those books, they could rewrite them and not miss a jot nor tittle. The scribes and Pharisees knew the Word that way, but when the Word of God was standing before them, they could not recognize Him. So, it’s not knowing the letter of the Scriptures that is most important, but to be able to learn the Spirit of the Scriptures and receive it.
Now go to John 6. This is the chapter where all the people started walking away from Jesus and He turned and asked the disciples, “Will you go also?” Don’t forget – that word “quicken” means to make alive.
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth (makes alive); the flesh… which involves your thinker, your humanistic reasoning powers …profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
The Word that the Lord speaks is Spirit and Life. The Word that is in these scriptures is Spirit and Life. You cannot see spirit in the natural. You cannot hear it; it is life. The life that Jesus is talking about you cannot see it with your natural eyes. You cannot hear it with your natural ears. They are words of Spirit and Life. The Word of God is Spirit and it is Life. So what do we need to do? We need to become spiritual enough that we can discern the Word of the Lord without using our thinker, our mental understanding. When you use your natural, humanistic understanding, you will not get the truth that way because that ministers death.
How do you get to that point? We learn these things and then you have to work on it and make it real to you. Your spirit has all the qualities, your natural senses – touch, sight, hearing, smell, taste – those same senses are found in your spirit, but your spirit is dead until you come to the Lord. Just because you have repented and accepted Christ as your Savior does not necessarily mean that your spirit has come alive to God. But you are in the process. As you learn and as you grow, your spirit is beginning to come alive in these areas so that your spirit can see. How does that happen? Go back to the Beatitudes. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8. You have a lot of people who say, “When Jesus comes, I’m going to see Him. He will be standing there in mid-air.” If you see the Lord, you will see Him with your heart and your heart is your spirit.
Your spirit has the ability to hear. Do you know what resonance means? I used to work on televisions and had a resonance circuit where the frequency that was coming in had to be in resonance or in tune with the frequency that needs to come out. When you get those two resonated so that they are working together, that’s when the television works right. We have to learn to get our spirit in resonance with the Spirit of the Lord. It’s like turning the dial of a radio; everything is trying to come in. But you fine tune it until you hit on that one radio frequency that you want and then it comes in clearly. That’s what we do. We learn how to fine tune our spirit so that we can tune it in to the voice of the Lord. That is important. Then you get like Elijah. Elijah hears thunder, but the voice of the Lord wasn’t in it. Lightning takes place, everything, but the voice of the Lord wasn’t in it. Then Elijah stands there in the mouth of the cave and it is a still small voice. Lo and behold, it’s the voice of the Lord. He was able to discern and know the voice of the Lord. We can do that, too. There isn’t anything that Elijah did that we cannot come into. In fact, we are to walk in more than what those Old Testament prophets walked in.
Can you imagine Peter, James, and John up on the Mount of Transfiguration? “We’re the disciples of the Lord.” They get up on top of that little mountain and then there is a voice from heaven, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him” (Matthew 17:5). Suddenly, there is Moses and Elijah. Now, they had not lived long enough to see Moses and Elijah and recognize them, but somehow they knew it was them. Jesus didn’t do any introductions, “Peter, I want you to meet Moses and this is Elijah. Moses, I want you to meet Peter and this is James and John.” They just knew and bless Peter’s heart; he did not know what to say. “Lord, we can build three tabernacles here.” Can you believe for something like that? Let me tell you, you get up on a mountain top with Jesus and there is no telling what other prophets and apostles and men of God that will appear.
If you study these Scriptures long enough, spiritually I’m talking about, you’ll get to the place where you know Isaiah. I have studied that book of Isaiah, I’ve read it so much, I feel like I am beginning to know him. All of a sudden, you begin to be aware of his presence. See, they are not off somewhere else. They’re just on another level, another realm, but they are here. That is why Moses and Elijah appeared on that Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus. Suddenly, they were there. Suddenly, they were visible and Peter, James and John were able to see them.
Over in Revelation it talks about the coming of the Lord with ten thousand of His saints. As He appears, He is not appearing alone, but there are a lot of others appearing with Him. Jesus said, “Don’t you remember that God said, ‘I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ He is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matthew 22:31-32). Jesus tried to tell them, “Those guys are still living. You can’t see them, but they are living.” But what if He opened your eyes and you could see them? They are not afar off.
Hebrews 11 talks about that great cloud of witnesses that surround us. They are all about us. Have you ever been worshiping and you could feel the presence of the angels in the service worshiping with you? We have many times.
Believe! Believe for God to meet your heart. Believe for Him to open the eyes of your heart that you might know the hope of His calling. Believe for Him to open the awareness of your spirit so that you can begin to sense things. I feel the anointing and the blessing of His life in my hands, and I sense it and feel it when it goes forth out of my hands and is ministered to someone else. You can do the same thing. You can come into the same thing. God is not limited except by your unbelief. The only thing that will limit Him is your unbelief.
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth (makes alive); the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
If you think you can understand those words with your natural understanding, you have another think coming, because I don’t care what you come up with, you are wrong. You do not understand the Word of the Lord with your natural understanding. I tell you though, when it is revealed to your spirit and is written upon your heart, it doesn’t make any difference what anyone else says, you know what the Word is. You have heard it with your spirit and it has been witnessed to your heart, and you know that it is God and no one can change your mind on that because it has been made life to you.
I want this Word written upon your hearts so that you begin to see it and to witness it and that it becomes so alive within you, that you begin to speak the same thing. You listen to the Word and give yourself to it and pretty soon you find yourself speaking the same thing. What happens? If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:37-38.
I Thessalonians 2:12-13 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you
into His Kingdom and glory.
13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
How you hear the Word makes a difference. Jesus told His disciples on one occasion, “Take heed how you hear” (Mark 4:24). Be careful how you hear. You want to hear what the Lord is speaking and he says, “Now, this Word was coming through Paul,” and a lot of people listened to Paul, “Well, the man is mad,” and they just considered it Paul speaking. They did not consider that it was God speaking through him. But Paul is telling these Thessalonians, “I thank God because when you received the word that we spoke, you received it not as the word of man. But you received it as it is in truth, the Word of God.” And that causes it to effectively work within you. You can have people sitting here at this table listening to what is being said and if they regard it just as someone’s opinion, just as the word of man, they will not get anything. But if they can hear and it ministers to their spirit, it is the Word of God.
“Well, when God speaks to me I want to know it’s Him speaking to me and not some man.”
Have you ever heard anyone say that? Well, if God speaks to you, He will speak through man probably. Be sure when you receive the word, you receive it as it is – the Word of God. You never know who might be speaking the Word. You might know what they sound like. They may not speak well. They may have a lisp. Their English may not be good or may not know any English at all. The Scriptures say that many men have entertained angels unawares. There have been those who have entertained the Lord unawares, not knowing who He was and missed the day of their visitation. We want to know.
How will I know when I’m hearing the Word? How will I know if I am hearing the Word of God? How will I know when there is something in me that’s of me and needs to be taken out? Well, this scripture will tell you.
Hebrews 4:12 The word of God is quick… That doesn’t mean it's fast; it means it is sharp. It makes alive.
…and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword… Now, if it’s a two-edged sword, I wonder what it is going to be chopping. What is it going to be cutting?
…piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit… The Word of God is like a two-edged sword and it will divide between your soul and your spirit. The soul is the you-person, the self, and that Word is going to start dividing asunder between soul and spirit. And to what extent?
…and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. There are times that you cannot even discern your own heart and the intentions that are there. But that Word of God is sharp, quick, powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, and it begins dividing between soul and spirit.
“Oh, I’m hearing the Word from God!” Listen, when you hear the Word from God, it is going to cut. It is going to cut; it’s going to take you to task. It is going to cut out some things that are a part of you that need to go and you will say, “God, what are you doing to me?” But you have to realize that God loves you and He wants you to be clean, He wants you to be holy, and He doesn’t mind being that two-edged sword that divides between soul and spirit.
Hosea 6:1-3 Come, and let us return unto the Lord…
What has the Lord done? … for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath
smitten, and He will bind us up.
2 After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight.
3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
After the Lord has torn you and then healed you, after He has smitten you and then bound you up, and after these two days and you will rise on the third day – in other words, there is going to be a resurrection – after all this happens, then you will live in His sight, and then shall you know.
“Well, what must I do to know the Lord?”
Well, you must be torn, and then healed. You must be smitten and then bound up. You have to die out to self and then be raised up, and then you live in His sight. Then shall you know IF, at this time, you continue to follow on to know the Lord, because you’re just getting started.
Copyright ©2012 by Henry DuBose