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January 11, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Genesis 32-34
Audio: Genesis 32-34

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Numbers 27 (ESV)

Then drew near the daughters of Zelophehad the son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, from the clans of Manasseh the son of Joseph. The names of his daughters were: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. And they stood before Moses and before Eleazar the priest and before the chiefs and all the congregation, at the entrance of the tent of meeting, saying,“Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah, but died for his own sin. And he had no sons. Why should the name of our father be taken away from his clan because he had no son? Give to us a possession among our father’s brothers.”

Moses brought their case before the Lord. And the Lord said to Moses, “The daughters of Zelophehad are right. You shall give them possession of an inheritance among their father’s brothers and transfer the inheritance of their father to them. And you shall speak to the people of Israel, saying, ‘If a man dies and has no son, then you shall transfer his inheritance to his daughter. And if he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 And if he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father’s brothers. 11 And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to the nearest kinsman of his clan, and he shall possess it. And it shall be for the people of Israel a statute and rule, as the Lord commanded Moses.’”

12 The Lord said to Moses, “Go up into this mountain of Abarim and see the land that I have given to the people of Israel. 13 When you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, 14 because you rebelled against my word in the wilderness of Zin when the congregation quarreled, failing to uphold me as holy at the waters before their eyes.” (These are the waters of Meribah of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.) 15 Moses spoke to the Lord, saying,16 “Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation 17 who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be as sheep that have no shepherd.” 18 So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him. 19 Make him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation, and you shall commission him in their sight. 20 You shall invest him with some of your authority, that all the congregation of the people of Israel may obey. 21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the Lord. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he and all the people of Israel with him, the whole congregation.” 22 And Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and made him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation, 23 and he laid his hands on him and commissioned him as the Lord directed through Moses.

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  1. The Wages of Sin

    The man who wrote the first five books of the Bible; the man who spoke to God "face to face" and was considered God's "friend" (Exodus 33:11); the man who led the people of God out of Egypt and who Jesus affirmed saying, "For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me" (John 5:46), like us, he had clay feet. While there is much to admire about Moses, he was human and God made that clear to him (and to us) by not allowing him to enter into the Promised Land. 

    Moses' life was devoted to leading God's people to a place that he will see but not possess; a land on the horizon. Does it seem "unfair" that after a life of obedience and intimacy with God, "one sin" would cause God to withhold the blessing to Moses of entering into the Promised Land? What may look insignificant and a "minor offense" to us was anything but to God. 

    In Exodus 17, the people of Israel were grumbling because they had no water. The Lord told Moses to strike a rock with his staff and water would come out of it. He did and the people drank. 

    In Exodus 20, the people of Israel gathered themselves together against Moses and Aaron because there was no water. Instead of remembering the miracle of God providing water out of a rock, they quarreled with Moses and accused him of bringing them into the wilderness to die. 

    In response, the Lord told Moses to speak to the rock and water would come out of it for them to drink. If the miracle of striking the rock for water wasn't enough for them to trust the Lord, maybe Moses speaking to the rock to provide water would be enough for them to know the Lord is with them and providing for them in miraculous (humanly impossible) ways, and to trust Him and those the Lord called to lead them into the Promised Land.

    Did Moses obey God and speak to the rock? No. 

    Numbers 20:11 says, "Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock." 

    Did Moses not realize that its as God who cause water to come out of the rock and not him? 

    Did Moses not realize that he was also a rebel for disobeying God?

    Because of this, the Lord said, "Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them."

    This is why the Lord said to Moses in Numbers 27:12-13, "Go up into this mountain of Abarim and see the land that I have given to the people of Israel. 13 When you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was."

    There are two verses from James that I'm reminded of this morning:

    James 2:10, "For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it."

    James 1:17-18, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures."

    May we listen careful to what the Lord reveals to us from His Word.

    May we not be careless about following the Lord's leading and direction.

    May we never take credit for anything good and godly in us.

    May we never look at other people as rebels without looking at the rebel in ourselves.
     

  2. I prayed for those very things this morning: thanking God for all of His blessings, knowing I don't deserve them, and that these gifts are straight from Him. 

    I asked that He would keep me humble and not allow my pride to ever stand in the way of doing His will, as it often had in the past. 

    I notice changes in myself, good ones, and I know that these changes never would have come about if I didn't have God in my life 

    It completely blows my mind that the Creator, Owner, King and Ruler loves ME, and wants ME. WHAT?????? Who am I to deserve this? 

    He is in my heart and mind always, and it's the most incredible, awesome, beautiful relationship I have ever had. 

     

     

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