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Responsibility and Accountability

   2 Bring your fellow Levites from your ancestral tribe to join you and assist you when you and your sons minister before the tent of the covenant law. They are to be responsible to you and are to perform all the duties of the tent, but they must not go near the furnishings of the sanctuary or the altar. Otherwise both they and you will die. They are to join you and be responsible for the care of the tent of meeting—all the work at the tent—and no one else may come near where you are.

(FROM GENESIS TO REVLATION: NUMBER 18 IN FOCUS)


The hymn writer, Charles Wesley,  feeling the onus on him wrote,

“A charge to keep I have, a God to glorify, a never dying soul to save,   and fit it for the sky. To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill, O may it all my pow’rs engage to do my master’s will. Arm me with jealous care as in Thy sight to live, and now Thy servant, Lord,  prepare a strict account to give! Help me to watch and pray, and still on Thee rely, O let me not my trust betray, but press to realms on high. “

God chose them and He gave them a responsibility; responsibilities that come with accountability and it is the times of our time to mind our true responsibilities with our end accounts to give in mind. God said to them,

“You are to be responsible for the care of the sanctuary and the altar, so that my wrath will not fall on the Israelites again. I myself have selected your fellow Levites from among the Israelites as a gift to you, dedicated to the Lord to do the work at the tent of meeting. (Numbers 18)

We may forget who we are and the true responsibility and the accounts we are obliged to give, but it is written, “… you are a chosen generation a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9)

On the 18th day of December, 1828 four missionaries arrived in the Gold Coast (Ghana). with a vision of establishing the gospel of Jesus Christ and of the Sovereign Lord God Almighty on a land where non of the people knew the gospel and they were fully grounded in a different belief. The missionaries could not live long, but the quest to still make known the word of God to the people made the Basel mission never give up and sent yet another  group of people  to accomplish the responsibility for a good end accounts to present to God. With love, patience, understanding, selflessness,  perseverance and tenacity, the word of God gained grounds and many believed in the gospel of Jesus Christ to date.

The missionaries embarked on an arduous errand  leaving their ‘comfort zones’ to lands they had least been there before; lands without electricity or things we would prefer for comfort today; lands without means of transportation but to walk through the thick and thins of the forest of the then, (1828), climbing hills and mountains,  and  the people also believed when they had neither see mansions nor air crafts as what they shall get for accepting the Word. They felt the responsibility and they knew there would be an accountability.

God gave them a responsibility in Numbers; a  responsibility to keep the offerings and settle all disputes and offenses. It was a duty to perform. Today, we also have a duty; a duty of our whole offering of service unto the Lord to make known the Word and to ” rescue the perishing. care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; Weep o’er the erring one, Lift up the fallen, Tell them of Jesus the mighty to save”

There were issues to mind, but the then disciples said,   “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables” (Acts 6:2).

The word and the souls to touch were of much priority to Jesus Christ than money or monies worth. He did not want to be a custodian of money, but souls! “When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowd followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ” Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man, “I am willing.” he said. ” Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed from leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone, But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them”  (Matthew 8)

He did not want to exchange His true duty for ‘kingship’ or ‘honor’. ” Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself” (John 6:15).

The beauty of mansions were not all that beautiful to Him as the beauty and joy of fulfilling His commission and responsibilities for a good end accountability to His Father. ” As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ” Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another, every one will be thrown down” (Mark 13 — NIV).   20 The Lord said to Aaron, “You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any share among them; I am your share and your inheritance among the Israelites. (Numbers 18)

36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36). Jesus Christ said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your lifee ?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

He felt the responsibility  and He knew there would be an end accountability! Jesus said, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. ” (John 9:4). Apostle Paul said, “when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16 — NIV)

30 “Say to the Levites: ‘When you present the best part, it will be reckoned to you as the product of the threshing floor or the winepress. 31 You and your households may eat the rest of it anywhere, for it is your wages for your work at the tent of meeting. 32 By presenting the best part of it you will not be guilty in this matter; then you will not defile the holy offerings of the Israelites, and you will not die.’”

May God be our strength and may the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard our hearts and minds as we present the totality of our lives as a living offering and a sacrifice unto Him, knowing our responsibilities, it’s true dos and don’ts,  and bearing in mind our end accounts to give to our Master!

 

There is a charge for us to keep; let us keep it well for a good accounts to give


HYMN

A charge to keep I have

Author: Charles Wesley (1762)

1 A charge to keep I have,
a God to glorify,
a never-dying soul to save,
and fit it for the sky.

2 To serve the present age,
my calling to fulfill,
O may it all my pow’rs engage
to do my Master’s will!

3 Arm me with jealous care
as in Thy sight to live,
and now Thy servant, Lord, prepare
a strict account to give!

4 Help me to watch and pray,
and still on Thee rely,
O let me not my trust betray,
but press to realms on high.

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Behind the man…

10 The Lord said to Moses, “Put back Aaron’s staff in front of the ark of the covenant law, to be kept as a sign to the rebellious. This will put an end to their grumbling against me, so that they will not die.” 11 Moses did just as the Lord commanded him.

FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: NUMBERS 17 IN FOCUS)


They thought they were dealing with Moses, least did they know that there was a Man behind the man! They saw the wrongs of Moses; least did they know that there was a Right Man behind the wrong man. “Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite.” (Numbers 12 ) Then the grumbling continued in Numbers.

The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and get twelve staffs from them, one from the leader of each of their ancestral tribes. Write the name of each man on his staff. On the staff of Levi write Aaron’s name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe. Place them in the tent of meeting in front of the ark of the covenant law, where I meet with you. The staff belonging to the man I choose will sprout, and I will rid myself of this constant grumbling against you by the Israelites.” (Numbers 17)

Sometimes we may see the wrongs of people far more than the right Man behind them. God is not just a man and His marking scheme is not as the marking scheme of men. God sent Moses to Pharaoh; ‘So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. 11Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said.”.

Pharaoh did not consider the Man behind the men they were seeing! The brothers of David ‘knew him very well’, and so they could tell ‘who he was’. least did they know the man behind him who knew David better than ‘they knew him.’

28When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.” 29“Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” ( 1 Samuel 17)

Moses was not on a mission on his own account and so in all things he remembered who was  behind him. He would always refer all issues to God Almighty and would wish the will of God be done! Remember David and Goliath. ‘David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.’

The Israelites’ saw the difference and they dared not asked any question again!

So Moses spoke to the Israelites, and their leaders gave him twelve staffs, one for the leader of each of their ancestral tribes, and Aaron’s staff was among them. Moses placed the staffs before the Lord in the tent of the covenant law.

The next day Moses entered the tent and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the tribe of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds. Then Moses brought out all the staffs from the Lord’s presence to all the Israelites. They looked at them, and each of the leaders took his own staff.

10 The Lord said to Moses, “Put back Aaron’s staff in front of the ark of the covenant law, to be kept as a sign to the rebellious. This will put an end to their grumbling against me, so that they will not die.” 11 Moses did just as the Lord commanded him.

12 The Israelites said to Moses, “We will die! We are lost, we are all lost! 13 Anyone who even comes near the tabernacle of the Lord will die. Are we all going to die?”

Numbers 17

They grumbled against Jesus Christ; they doubted Him; they questioned Him and they plotted to bring Him down, yet, He understood them and worked with love and compassion.

” And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply.

But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”

Again,

36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Luke 7 (NIV)

Whose Son Is the Messiah?

41Then, surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question: 42“What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They replied, “He is the son of David.”

43Jesus responded, “Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Spirit, call the Messiah ‘my Lord’? For David said, 44‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.’45Since David called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?” 46No one could answer him. And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Jesus Christ knew who was behind Him, ” he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began . (John 17)
David would always turn to who was behind him. He prayed and said  “17 Show me a sign of your favor,  that those who hate me may see and be put to shame  because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me” (Psalm 86:17 English Standard Version (ESV)
Just as Moses did, may we constantly remember the Living God who is always behind us! May we not fight for ourselves, but trust in the Sovereign power and utmost authority of our Lord Jesus Christ to give answers to all reproaches so that people will dare not ask any more questions, and so that honor and adoration shall be unto the Lord! Always and always, remember  the Council behind you! May we be careful not to be fighting God Almighty always.

13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13 King James Version (KJV)


HYMN

I am trusting thee, Lord Jesus, Trusting only Thee!

Author: Frances Ridley Havergal

 I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
Trusting only Thee;
Trusting Thee for full salvation,
Great and free.

 I am trusting Thee for pardon;
At Thy feet I bow,
For Thy grace and tender mercy
Trusting now.

 I am trusting Thee for cleansing
In the crimson flood;
Trusting Thee to make me holy
By Thy blood.

4 I am trusting Thee to guide me;
Thou alone shalt lead,
Ev’ry day and hour supplying
All my need.

5 I am trusting Thee for power;
Thine can never fail.
Words which Thou Thyself shalt give me
Must prevail.

6 I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus;
Never let me fall.
I am trusting Thee forever
And for all.

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Insolence …

Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—became insolent and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council. They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?”

(FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: NUMBERS 16 IN FOCUS)


 There is always something we do  not know and that is why it is very important we tread with caution in all our endeavors, especially when it comes to God and His elect! Apostle Paul asked, “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?”  and he stated “It is God who justifies” ( Romans 8). Oppose not His elect! Oppose not His true servants! God said, “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.” He knows how everybody He has redeemed functions for Him. All trees don’t have the same height! How are you leading people against they that are after the heart of God? Be careful you do not attract the anger of God!

Many people shall  find ‘good’ and ‘awesome’ reasons to justify their oppositions against the servants of God, because of how fit they feel they are to occupy same position, “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”. ( 2 Timothy 2:19)


” in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work

‘After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ (Acts 13). Michal, however, thought David was a mere man, and she received a ‘mere’ mans reward,

 

“When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”

21David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”

23And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.” 2 Samuel 6

Remember what Jesus Christ told His disciples’, 21  … Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20.

Stephen had a forgiven heart even in the midst of torture,” 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.”

19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”Matthew 27).  The Lord Jesus Christ, on the cross when men were humiliating Him thought of forgiveness.”Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”

The silence of God must however not be taking for granted. Apostle Paul wrote,

I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete. — 2 Corinthians 10

Remember what God said concerning His servants, “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,  and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord”

The servants of God might be like all other people, but they are not all that like all other people. John the Baptist looked ordinary but Jesus Christ speaking about him said,

“What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. 9Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10This is the one about whom it is written:“ ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’c  11Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Our ways are not the ways of God! Our understanding cannot match the understanding of God! Our choices cannot be as that of God!

28 Then Moses said, “This is how you will know that the Lord has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea: 29 If these men die a natural death and suffer the fate of all mankind, then the Lord has not sent me. 30 But if the Lord brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the realm of the dead, then you will know that these men have treated the Lord with contempt.”

31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions. 33 They went down alive into the realm of the dead, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community. 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, “The earth is going to swallow us too!” (Numbers 16)

Psalms of David verse seventy five says,

1We praise you, God,

we praise you, for your Name is near;

people tell of your wonderful deeds.

2You say, “I choose the appointed time;

it is I who judge with equity.

3When the earth and all its people quake,

it is I who hold its pillars firm.b

4To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more,’

and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.c

5Do not lift your horns against heaven;

do not speak so defiantly.’ ”

6No one from the east or the west

or from the desert can exalt themselves.

7It is God who judges:

He brings one down, he exalts another.

8In the hand of the Lord is a cup

full of foaming wine mixed with spices;

he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth

drink it down to its very dregs.

9As for me, I will declare this forever;

I will sing praise to the God of Jacob,

10who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked,

but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”

BE CAREFUL WITH GOD!!!

will you be there?


HYMN

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more

Author: James M. Black (1893)

 When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound,
and time shall be no more,
and the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
when the saved of earth shall gather
over on the other shore,
and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

Refrain:
When the roll is called up yonder,
when the roll is called up yonder,
when the roll is called up yonder,
when the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

 

 On that bright and cloudless morning
when the dead in Christ shall rise,
and the glory of his resurrection share;
when his chosen ones shall gather
to their home beyond the skies,
and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there. [Refrain]

 

3 Let us labor for the Master
from the dawn till setting sun,
let us talk of all his wondrous love and care;
then when all of life is over,
and our work on earth is done,
and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there. [Refrain]

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Supplementary Offerings

The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘After you enter the land I am giving you as a home and you present to the Lord food offerings from the herd or the flock, as an aroma pleasing to the Lord—whether burnt offerings or sacrifices, for special vows or freewill offerings or festival offerings—

(FROM GENESIS TO REVELATIONS: NUMBERS 15 IN FOCUS)


Serve God; serve Him in truth and in spirit! Offer something to God; let it be a pleasant aroma to the Lord God Almighty! Where is your sacrifice? Go the extra mile with a supplementary sacrifice unto God, for He gave as an example “16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV). God is good all the time. He always deliver us from the woes of the world, and always give us new life each new day. What must we do in response to the goodness of the Lord?

They had to walk for three days so as to make a sacrifice unto the Lord God Almighty. Moses said, “27We must take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, as he commands us.” .  Go the extra; do the supplementary for God. Peter wondered the cost, and all that he should have been doing with the time offering to follow Jesus Christ

28 Then Peter said, “See, we have left all  and followed You.”

29 So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.” Luke 18

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Matthew 16:24

 

Where is your supplementary offering to God? How are you offering your precious goodies from a free will and as an aroma pleasing to the Lord.

God said,

6“I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.

“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’

8“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.

“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’

“In tithes and offerings. 9You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12“Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty

Jesus Christ said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill ”  (Matthew 5)  He puts forward a supplementary offering; an absolute self denial in pursuit of righteousness, in truth and in spirit; worshiping God with our all and not a part of our all; serving God inside out and not only showing something to please the eyes of men. He said,

23“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

25“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

27“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. (Matthew 23)

We ought to always remember that in the end, many shall be called, but few shall be chosen. Let us not forget what our Lord and savior Jesus Christ said,

True and False Disciples

21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

 

The Sheep and the Goats

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Matthew 25

The hymn writer wrote, Take my life, and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee; Take my moments and my days, Let them flow in ceaseless praise, Let them flow in ceaseless praise!

Where is your supplementary offering? What is holding you from a supplementary sacrifice unto the Lord?

God needed the all of Ananias and Sapphira, but they wanted to give just a portion

 

“…a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”

Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him.

Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?”

She said, “Yes, for so much.”

Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. 11 So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.” (Acts 5)

Apostle Paul wrote,

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3


HYMN

Hark! the voice of Jesus crying,

“Who will go and work today?”

Author: Daniel March (1868)

1 Hark! the voice of Jesus crying,
“Who will go and work today?
Fields are white and harvests waiting;
Who will bear the sheave away?”
Loud and long the Master calleth;
Rich reward He offers free;
Who will answer, gladly saying,
“Here am I; send me, send me”?

2 If you cannot cross the ocean,
And the heathen lands explore,
You can find the heathen nearer,
You can help them at your door.
If you cannot give your thousands,
You can give the widow’s mite;
And the least you give for Jesus
Will be precious in His sight.

3 If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,
You can say He died for all.
If you cannot rouse the wicked
With the judgment’s dread alarms,
You can lead the little children
To the Saviour’s waiting arms.

4 Let none hear you idly saying,
“There is nothing I can do,”
While the souls of men are dying,
And the Master calls for you:
Take the task He gives you gladly;
Let His work your pleasure be;
Answer quickly when He calleth,
“Here am I; send me, send me!”

 

Amen.

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Know yourself!

24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it

(FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION : NUMBERS 14  IN FOCUS)


Who are you in Christ Jesus? “One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” -(Acts 19). You cannot accomplish anything by your own might or strength; know your self and know your source of strength! Let God be your anchor; let the Holy spirit be with you,  then you can be different and be empowered to overcome!  “It is not by strength that one prevails;” 1 Samuel 2

40 Early the next morning they set out for the highest point in the hill country, saying, “Now we are ready to go up to the land the Lord promised. Surely we have sinned!”

41 But Moses said, “Why are you disobeying the Lord’s command? This will not succeed! 42 Do not go up, because the Lord is not with you. You will be defeated by your enemies, 43 for the Amalekites and the Canaanites will face you there. Because you have turned away from the Lord, he will not be with you and you will fall by the sword.”

44 Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up toward the highest point in the hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the Lord’s covenant moved from the camp. 45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and attacked them and beat them down all the way to Hormah.

A good knowledge of yourself will make you  know what exactly to do and where to source your strength from! When you know yourself better you do not just go anywhere and you do not just stand anywhere; you know what to respond to and how to respond to what; you know what to mind and what not to mind; when you know your authority in the Lord Jesus Christ, you know how to use your authority, and you also get a very good knowledge that you cannot do it without the Holy Spirit; you rejoice in all things and you do not grumble against the living God nor His servants because of your circumstances!

That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”

Paul and Silas faced the “wilderness”, but they rejoiced even when they were in chains and they never allowed circumstances to make them regret their walk with the Lord Jesus Christ and their service to the Kingdom of God. Follow God whole heartedly!

20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household. (Acts 16 -NIV)

Let the Holy Spirit richly dwell in you. Jesus Christ knew who He was, and so He did not neither allow circumstances to dictate to Him nor the unbelief and oppositions of the people to make Him speak against His Father. “Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raven mad. Why listen to him?” (John 10). How the world  tags you don’t really matter as how you know the Spirit you are of.  Jesus Christ said to James and John, “Ye not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” (Luke 9:55 -KJV). Know your self; know the spirit ye are of; let the presence of God be with you each moment of time; cling to the Holy spirit, then you can overcome the world by the Word! First John four verse four says ” But you  belong to God, my dear children. You have already won victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world” (NLT).

Knowing the Spirit ye are of brings Godliness with content that makes one rejoice even in the face of the perplexities of life, and also remember the source of your very being so you may not allow the comforts of life to make you feel God has no authority and that you can do all things by your own strength because of the highest point you stand to see things just as some of the Israelites did.

Apostle Paul wrote, ” Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8

God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, but Romans six asks “Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? “. For how long must we  continue to grumble and  sin against God because of our circumstances? Jesus Christ said,

For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. (Matthew 24)

Know yourself! Be careful not to fall on your way to heaven just as some of  the Israelites did and they could not get to Canaan! “Philippians 2:12 says, “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed– not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence — continue to work on your salvation with fear and trembling.” HEAVEN IS REAL!!! JESUS CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN!!! BE PREPARED!!! Remember John 3:16.

” For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”   (Philippians 1:21)


HYMN

Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide

Author: Charles Wesley

 Captain of Israel’s host and guide
of all who seek the land above,
beneath thy shadow we abide,
the cloud of thy protecting love;
our strength, thy grace; our rule, thy word;
our end, the glory of the Lord.

2 By thine unerring Spirit led,
we shall not in the desert stray;
we shall not full direction need,
nor miss our providential way;
as far from danger as from fear
while love, almighty love, is near.

3 We’ve no abiding city here,
but seek a city out of sight;
thither our steady course we steer,
aspiring to the plains of light:
Jerusalem the saints’ abode,
whose founder is the living God

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Believe: a little evidence is enough!

 “They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land.”

(FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION : NUMBERS 13 IN FOCUS)


How can this happen? Sarah wondered! “Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old” Genesis 17:17. … Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After  I am worn out and my lord is old, will  now have this pleasure?” Genesis 18:12. ‘The things which are impossible with men are possible with God’, Jesus Christ said! Zachariah could not believe  God could do something amazing as it happened to Sarah, “Zachariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well in years” — Luke 1

The Israelites had been through the ups and downs of their journey and now, they were closer to the promised land. Reports from the long awaited destination is filled with “impossibilities”!

31  … the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

The angel asked Sarah, ‘Is anything too hard for the Lord?’. Don’t ever kill your hope; hold on to your faith! The evidence of an existing land (Canaan ) was the most important thing; those occupying the land were nothing before the living God! “30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

You do not need to have a great sign to know how sure and true God is! Sometimes, present  situations can make all things seem very impossible for a wonderful tomorrow, with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.  Sometimes, the gigantic evidence of impossibilities can make you have a great doubt about the true ability of God! Sometimes, you may have that small “fruits” from the “promised Land” depicting that yes, God is working and the ‘land’ exists, but then, certain “great” evidence shows up to question your faith and ask if it is possible! Sometimes, though vision and aspirations might  be in the tunnel of realization,  the ‘Sanballats’ and the ‘ Tobiahs’ (Nehemiah 4, 5, 6) of life would arise with their direct and indirect oppositions to prove how hope, vision and aspirations would never get to the promised land, but that is when you must increase your faith, and soldier on regardless! We have not yet see tomorrow, but today can make us feel that tomorrow is full of hopelessness! Have faith! ‘Trust and obey’

Remember in all things that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow! The same sun that did shine on them is the same that is shining on us! The same day and night that made them count their days is the same that is making us count our days. Jehovah Nissi is still a God of War!

Elijah did not need a great evidence to know what God Almighty could do; in the midst of the drought, he had absolute faith in the ability of God!

41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!”

42 So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.

43 Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.”

The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, “I didn’t see anything.”

Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. 44 Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.”

Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’”

45 And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. 46 Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt[a] and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel. 1 Kings 18

Our journey today is not to Canaan, but Heaven! There are several promises God has made to us as we journey to the awesome land, but many are the obstacles and challenges to face in the journey, however,  hope and believe that  He is a can do God, ” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. ” 2 Corinthians 1:20.

Remember John Newton’s (1725 – 1807) words, ” Begone, unbelief, My Savior is near, And for my relief  Will surely appear; By Prayer let me wrestle, And He will perform; With Christ in the vessel, I smile at the storm. …”

Be courageous, have faith and be faithful; don’t let the tomorrow you have not seen kill your today’s hope! And whatever we need, God will supply: faith!


HYMN

Onward, Christian soldiers,

Marching as to war

Author: S. Baring-Gould

Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
see his banner go!

Refrain:
Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
going on before!

2 At the sign of triumph
Satan’s host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
on to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver
at the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
loud your anthems raise! [Refrain]

3 Like a mighty army
moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine,
one in charity. [Refrain]

4 Onward, then, ye people,
join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
in the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and honor,
unto Christ the King;
This thro’ countless ages
men and angels sing. [Refrain]

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Divine Authority!

At once the Lord said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of you.”

(GENESIS TO REVELATION  : NUMBERS 12 IN FOCUS)


He who is authorized has the authority of He who authorized and anything done against the authorized is anything done against the Author of the authority! Oppose not the divine authority of God, oh mortal man! Oppose not men after His heart oh mortal man! God is Sovereign; God is mighty; God has all authority! Humble yourself before the living God! Who has ever seen the back of his own body before without the use of a mirror? Who has ever seen the very apex of his or her own head before with the two eyes? God knows and understands what He does and He chooses who to lead and who to support! Oppose not the divine authority of God! Don’t just judge what you do not truly know.

“Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard this.

(Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)

At once the Lord said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of you.” So the three of them went out. Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them stepped forward, he said, “Listen to my words:

“When there is a prophet among you,
    I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions,
    I speak to them in dreams.
But this is not true of my servant Moses;
    he is faithful in all my house.
With him I speak face to face,
    clearly and not in riddles;
    he sees the form of the Lord.
Why then were you not afraid
    to speak against my servant Moses?”

The anger of the Lord burned against them, and he left them.

10 When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam’s skin was leprous[a]—it became as white as snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease, 11 and he said to Moses, “Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed. 12 Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother’s womb with its flesh half eaten away.”

13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, “Please, God, heal her!”

14 The Lord replied to Moses, “If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back.” 15 So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on till she was brought back.

16 After that, the people left Hazeroth and encamped in the Desert of Paran.”

 God does not choose a crowd to lead a person, contrarily, He choses a person to lead a crowd! Just because a person may have abilities that seem equal to the one God has chosen never makes one equal to whom God chooses! Give reverence to God divine authority! It is written,  “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.” (1 Chronicles 16:22)

Michal thought she knew better and so she could speak any how to a man after the heart of God, When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”

21David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.” 23And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death” (2 Samuel 6)

Proverbs thirteen verse three gives a simple, but precious and weighty food for thought, “Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.”. He who is authorized has the authority of He who authorized and anything done against the authorized is anything done against the Author of the authority!

 You may have the same abilities, but mind the divine authority! John the Baptist said, “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11)

Jesus Christ said, “And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” ( Luke 12). Oh mortal man, do not judge what you do not truly know! Oh mortal man, do not raise yourself more than you are against the divine authority of Gods chosen! Who are you? Jesus Christ is the Lord Most high, Amen!


HYMN 

Gerard Moultrie (1864)

1 Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly minded,
for with blessing in His hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
as of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture –
in the body and the blood.
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food

3 Rank on rank the host of heaven
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth
from the realms of endless day,
that the pow’rs of hell may vanish
as the darkness clears away.

4 At His feet the six-winged seraph,
cherubim, with sleepless eye,
veil their faces to the Presence,
as with ceaseless voice they cry,
“Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, Lord most high!”

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Complaints

“Is the Lord’s arm too short?

(GENESIS TO REVELATION :  NUMBERS  11  IN FOCUS)


The Israelites could not get understanding of what was happening to them, and so they chose to grumble against God !  “Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. When the people cried out to Moses, he prayed to the Lord and the fire died down. So that place was called Taberah,[a] because fire from the Lord had burned among them.

Quail From the Lord

The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”

Sometimes the walk with God becomes a paradox, but that is exactly when we need to understand that He who created our eyes sees better than our eyes; He who created our ears hears better than our ears, and He who created our minds understand better than our understandings, thoughts and thinking! David wrote, “Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?” Psalm 94:9.

No matter what, remember that not your will, but the will of your Father who is in Heaven! “Is the Lord’s arm too short?” Jesus Christ, knowing what He was about to face prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”  — Luke 22:42.

The Israelites could not understand the will of God, and they wanted their own heart desires! They remembered their days in captivity and thought those days were even better than where God had led them to so far! “the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”. They attracted the anger of God, because they meant to undermine the power of God and all that He had done for them. Oh mortal man, count your blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!

 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ( 1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV) . How are you living the life the Israelites lived? In what way or manner are your actions and inactions trying to question the integrity of God? Be careful to do what is right in the sight of God, “17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit ”  ( Romans 14:17) “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”  God is faithful and merciful; even in the sinful state of His people, He found reasons pardon them and provide for them, however, we must not take the kindness and patience of God for granted!

16 The Lord said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. 17 I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone.

18 “Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The Lord heard you when you wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat it. 19 You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, 20 but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected the Lord, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”

When the cross was becoming ‘too heavy to carry’ for Jesus Christ, a man was introduced to help! “As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.”  Matthew 27:32

Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost,

“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

10While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’a For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” — Matthew 9

God is faithful, He will never let you down! Turn your complaints into praise! Turn your complaints into prayers! Turn your complaints into thanksgiving! Don’t let your circumstances make you sin against God! Apostle Paul wrote, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” There is a reason to give thanks to God! Get understanding and always give thanks! Always and always  have a reason to thank God, for He is good and His mercies endure forever and ever, Amen!


HYMN

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed 

Johnson Oatman Jr. (1856-1926) 

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
    And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold.
Count your many blessings, money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your Lord on high.

So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

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Jealousy!

28 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”

29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” 30 Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

(GENESIS TO REVELATION  :  NUMBERS    11    IN FOCUS)


There are different motives for the different actions we see each day, and people do what they do daily because of different reasons!

49“Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.” 50“Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.” — Luke 9 : 49- 50

It is everywhere: at church, in the family, in friendship, at the work place, in competitions, in business, in schools, in governance, in leadership and administration … Jealousy is almost everywhere! It can be for good, and it can be for bad!

God said,

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me”

Apostle Paul wrote, indeed you do bear with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity[a] that is in Christ (2 Corinthians 11)

Because of jealousy, Daniel, a man of prayer, was sent into a den, but God was with him!

10 When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. 11 Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God. 12 Then they came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, “O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked.” 13 Then they answered and said before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or the injunction you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.”

14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was much distressed and set his mind to deliver Daniel. And he labored till the sun went down to rescue him. 15 Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.”

16 Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared[b] to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” 17 And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. 18 Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.

19 Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.” 23 Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24 And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions—they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.

25 Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: “Peace be multiplied to you. 26 I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel ( Daniel 6)

Our jealousy today  must be for the very reason why we live on earth: to do our masters will and do it well and distinctively! We must pray for God to arm us with jealous care; caring for the dying and rescuing the perishing; encouraging the slumbering and correcting the erring; teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and protecting the flock with a true jealousy! It is written, “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.”

 

” Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth” probably thought he was the best deserving person for the gift of God because he had served Moses for a long period of time, but the grace and gift of God is not limited to long service, appearance, stature or a mans wisdom, but whom God chooses!

The brothers of David thought David was not qualified ‘yet to do the job’

26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 27 They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.” 28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.” 29 “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” 30 He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. 31 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him. 32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”  1 Samuel 17

You have a charge to keep! You have a soul to save; arm yourself with a Godly jealousy to seek, save and protect the flock, in truth and in spirit, with wisdom and understanding! The message of Jesus Christ and the second coming of the Kingdom of God must be our watch word! People are preaching the word because of different reasons “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice” Philippians 1:18 . Let the true workers arise, teaching the truth in truth and in spirit and falsehood will be ‘an expensive commodity’! Where there is light, darkness cannot shine brightly! Oh saints of God,  channel your jealousy to the right direction! Oh saints of God, know what spirit ye are of! Oh saints of God, control your emotions! Oh saints of God, get understanding! Fight a good fight!


HYMN

courage brother do not stumble

Nor­man Mac­le­od,

1857

Courage, brother, do not stumble,
Though thy path be dark as night;
There’s a star to guide the humble:
Trust in God and do the right.
Let the road be rough and dreary,
And its end far out of sight,
Foot it bravely; strong or weary,

Refrain

Trust in God, trust in God,
Trust in God and do the right.

Perish policy and cunning,
Perish all that fears the light!
Whether losing, whether winning,
Trust in God and do the right,
Trust no party, sect or faction;
Trust no leaders in the fight;
Put in every word or action,

Refrain

Some will hate thee, some will love thee,
Some will flatter, some will slight;
Cease from man, and look above thee:
Trust in God and do the right.
Simple rule, and safest guiding,
Inward peace and inward might,
Star upon our path abiding,

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I am the Lord your God.”

The Lord said to Moses: “Make two trumpets of hammered silver, and use them for calling the community together and for having the camps set out. When both are sounded, the whole community is to assemble before you at the entrance to the tent of meeting. If only one is sounded, the leaders—the heads of the clans of Israel—are to assemble before you. When a trumpet blast is sounded, the tribes camping on the east are to set out.

NUMBERS  10  IN FOCUS


“… the people who do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. (Daniel 11:32)” Do you know your God? Do you know the God you have trusted? Whose work do you do daily? Whom do you assemble before? Who is your God? Which God are you serving?

Oh what a great commission He left for us: to know Him and to do His will! Oh what a privilege it is to serve in the army of God! Oh how wonderful it is for us to note that as mortal as we are, we have the noble opportunity to assemble before the ever living God Jehovah: I AM THAT I AM! Oh what an amazing grace it is the have the Lord Jesus Christ as a commanding officer!

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”                      (Matthew 28: 18-)

We are not on our way to Canaan, but Heaven; we must not go alone! We must go with somebody! We must understand our work as we journey to the end! Now Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place about which the Lord said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Numbers 10.  They knew their God, and they assembled for a purpose! They were grouped for a purpose! They were dispatched for a purpose, and they listened to command for a purpose! Are you on the Lord’s side?

NUMBERS 10

11 On the twentieth day of the second month of the second year, the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle of the covenant law. 12 Then the Israelites set out from the Desert of Sinai and traveled from place to place until the cloud came to rest in the Desert of Paran. 13 They set out, this first time, at the Lord’s command through Moses.

14 The divisions of the camp of Judah went first, under their standard. Nahshon son of Amminadab was in command. 15 Nethanel son of Zuar was over the division of the tribe of Issachar, 16 and Eliab son of Helon was over the division of the tribe of Zebulun. 17 Then the tabernacle was taken down, and the Gershonites and Merarites, who carried it, set out.

18 The divisions of the camp of Reuben went next, under their standard. Elizur son of Shedeur was in command. 19 Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai was over the division of the tribe of Simeon, 20 and Eliasaph son of Deuel was over the division of the tribe of Gad. 21 Then the Kohathites set out, carrying the holy things. The tabernacle was to be set up before they arrived.

22 The divisions of the camp of Ephraim went next, under their standard. Elishama son of Ammihud was in command. 23 Gamaliel son of Pedahzur was over the division of the tribe of Manasseh, 24 and Abidan son of Gideoni was over the division of the tribe of Benjamin.

They had been divided under various leaders just as we are under various leaderships; they were moved under one commanding officer: Moses, just as we are under a commanding officer: the Lord Jesus Christ! Know the God you are serving; know the commanding officer you need to please: the Lord Jesus Christ. Second Timothy 2: 4 says,  ‘No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer’! Obey your God and seek to please Him; do His will no matter what! You can’t do it on your own; obey commands just as Moses did! Jesus Christ, knowing that He had a Father to please said,  “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

A soldier needs to be armed to defend and rescue well, therefore, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities” (Ephesians 6)

The hymn writer,  Frances Ridley Havergal knowing that she could not do it on her own wrote,

 I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
Trusting only Thee;
Trusting Thee for full salvation,
Great and free.

 I am trusting Thee for pardon;
At Thy feet I bow,
For Thy grace and tender mercy
Trusting now.

 I am trusting Thee for cleansing
In the crimson flood;
Trusting Thee to make me holy
By Thy blood.

 I am trusting Thee to guide me;
Thou alone shalt lead,
Ev’ry day and hour supplying
All my need.

 I am trusting Thee for power;
Thine can never fail.
Words which Thou Thyself shalt give me
Must prevail.

 I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus;
Never let me fall.
I am trusting Thee forever
And for all.

He is the Lord your God; know Him! He is the Lord your God; please Him! He is the Lord your God; obey Him! He is the Lord your God; work for Him! KNOW YOUR GOD! KNOW YOUR GOD! KNOW YOUR GOD!


WHO IS ON THE LORD’S SIDE?

HYMN

 (1836-1879)

Who is on the Lord’s side?
Who will serve the King?
Who will be His helpers,
Other lives to bring?
Who will leave the world’s side?
Who will face the foe?
Who is on the Lord’s side?
Who for Him will go?

By Thy grand redemption,
By Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side;
Savior, we are Thine

Not for weight of glory,
Not for crown and palm,
Enter we the army,
Raise the warrior psalm;
But for love that claimeth
Lives for whom He died;
He whom Jesus nameth
Must be on His side.

Jesus, Thou hast bought us,
Not with gold or gem,
But with Thine own life-blood,
For Thy diadem;
With Thy blessing filling
Each who comes to Thee,
Thou hast made us willing,
Thou hast made us free.

Fierce may be the conflict,
Strong may be the foe,
But the King’s own army
None can overthrow.
Round His standard ranging
Victory is secure,
For His truth unchanging
Makes the triumph sure.

 

Chosen to be soldiers
In an alien land:
Chosen, called, and faithful,
For our Captain’s band;
In the service royal
Let us not grow cold;
Let us be right loyal,
Noble, true, and bold.