Saturday, December 30, 2017
Moses charged the Israelites not to bring the rites and usages of idolaters into the worship of God, but destroy totally the idols and altars of the Canaanites. Remove all superstitious beliefs, erroneous traditions, bad habits, carnality, or any self-rightesouness that exalt itself against the knowledge of God. But seek first the place given by God (or local community), where the Lord chooses for His people to put His name, and there you shall go (v5). As you go, bring your tithes and offerings for the Lord, use your skills, serve and worship Him with all your might. Do not go in every place that you see, but in the place which the Lord chooses for you (v13). Don't go from one church to another, for it is not desire of God for His people to loiter, hang around and be watchers only in the ministry. God wants us to be productive and fruitful in Him. The true people of God are willing to sacrifice their best for the exaltation of theLord Jesus Christ. God bless and happy new year to all.
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Friday, December 29, 2017
Moses sets before the people of Israel about their future; life and death, blessings and curses, according as they did or did not keep God's law. The Lord will bless them with abundance of all good things if they would love and serve Him, or the exact opposite for disobedience. Be careful that their hearts be not deceived, for men cannot serve God and mammon at the same time. So Moses charged the people to choose which they would have. He appointed a public and solemn proclamation of the blessing and cursing to be made upon two mountains of Gerizim and Ebal. In order to do and apply this warning, they need to fill their hearts with the word of God, focus their eyes to the Savior, and use their body as instrument for God. The Bible tells that Israel had broken the law and they are under its curse. In God's mercy, the Gospel again sets before us a blessing and a curse. Let us welcome this good news with great joy, and do not harden our hearts to hear and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit. God less.
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Thursday, December 28, 2017
Moses reminded the Israelites of God's mercy to them, and the law itself is His grace given not to any other nation except the Israelites. God appointed a ministry among them for holy things, with Moses as their advocate. Similarly, God had entrusted us with the Holy Spirit and the knowledge of God through the Bible, His kingdom and His plan as token of grace and love, with Christ as our Advocate. Therefore, we must fear the Lord, love Him, commune with Him, and walk in His ways. This can be done by loving neighbors, building up relationship, and helping those that are in need. Our highest goal in life is Christ-like image, and the only way is heart circumcision, casting away all corrupted affections which hinder us from fearing and loving God. By nature, we do not love God because of our carnal attitude. But praised be to Him who gives us new life and opportunity to serve the God of gods and Lord of lords forever. God bless.
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If giants were the enemies of the Israelites in ancient time, the devil and fallen angels are the enemies of the Christians in our time. As the Israelites had to believe and rely on the power of Yahweh, Christians must look up to the power and strength of the Holy Spirit. Moses cautioned his people not to think of their own righteousness, as if they had earned this favor from God. They should always remember that God brought them to Canaan that He may fulfill the word which He swore to their forefathers. In fact they were stiff-necked people, and God was about to destroy them for their unbelief, idolatry, and disobedience. So, it is good for them to remember against themselves, with sorrow and shame for their former sins, that they may see how much they are indebted to God’s free grace. Therefore, let us refer all the victory, all the glory, and all the praise, to Him who alone brings salvation in our lives. God bless.
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Moses directs them to look back, and tells them to remember all the ways, both of God's providence and grace, by which He has led them through this wilderness, that they may serve and trust Him cheerfully. They must remember the miraculous supplies of food, because God is able to to feed them, and that they should not distrust the Lord. They should also remember in time of prosperity to give thanks to the Lord, because it God who gives them the ability to produce wealth and power to be rich. For some people, when they began to engage in profitable business, they find the temptation of pride, forgetfulness of God, and carnal-mindedness. Pride is natural to the human heart, that’s why Moses repeats the warning ha had often given of the tragic consequences of forsaking God. Today’s reading may be applied spiritually, for the word of God is the food of the soul, that breaks all stony hearts and souls. Christ is the word of God and in Him we live. God bless.
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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Hearing God's word and obeying it is a demonstration of our love to God; the first and greatest commandment. It is highly desirable that not we only, but our children, and our children's children, may fear the Lord. We should (1) teach them to our children, (2) talk of them in and out of the house, (3) bind them as a sign in our hands, and (4) write them in our door and gates. Religious education should be taken seriously not only for our own benefits, but also of the people around us. When the children ask about the meaning of these laws and decrees, we should answer them with great care to bring them to their humble beginning. Then, beware of tempting God by despairing of His power and goodness, or by discouraging others through our speeches and actions. Negligence will ruin God's people, and it is our duty to be diligent and obedient to God. Christ came to help and empower us to love the Lord with all our hearts. God bless.
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Friday, December 22, 2017
The Ten Commandments were once again proclaimed by Moses to remind the younger generation of the importance of these commands. He demanded attention, and to put into practice everything they heard and learned. Though there are some variation, but the main point is the same; God should be the priority, no idolatry, respect of parents and family, and love of human beings. Moses added not to forget their humble beginning, that they were once slaves in Egypt, and God had rescued them from their bondage. The appearance of spiritual being like God or angels have always been terrible to all human beings ever since the fall. Our tendency is to hide, like what Adam did, or be scared. But Christ, having taken away sin, invites us to come boldly to the throne of grace. He came to redeem us, gave the Holy Spirit that will guide us to obey God's words carefully, and do the will of God as the Lord commanded us to do. God bless.
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Thursday, December 21, 2017
Moses narrated the judgment and conquest of the kingdom of King Og in the northern part of Jordan including Gilead, and these lands were given to the tribe of Reuben, Gad, and half of Manasseh. Consider what God had promised and done, in their lives and in our lives. If God be for us, who can be against us. Moses repeated the conditions that they should see their brethren in time of peace, and help them in time of war. Then Moses prayed, that if it were God's will, he might go before Israel, over Jordan into Canaan. But the Lord refused his requests, and it shows that it is good to deny many things we desire for our own good, and for the completion of God's plan. God may accept our prayers, yet not grant us the very thing we pray for. So, let us submit to the Lord's will, and speak no more to Him of matters which He sees good to refuse us. God bless.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The Israelites were in the wilderness for forty years, because God had chastised them for murmuring and unbelief. They were humbled by God for their sin, teaching them to mortify their lusts, to follow God, and to comfort themselves in Him. While ready to possess the land, God taught them to forgive their enemies, and religion should never be used by God's people for injustice and evil doings, but promote equality and peace. They should spare the Edomites for they were descendants of Esau, and the Ammonites and Moabites, the descendants of Lot, their relatives. But they should destroy the giants, the Anakim, or Emim, or Zamzummim, and the Canaanites, Amorites and Horites. If they keep from what God forbids, they shall not lose by their obedience. Let us reflect in God's dealing with His people, by looking back and see the great things God has done in our lives, and in the future for more great things to be possessed. Indeed, happy are those whose hearts are focus in the Lord. God bless.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017
The book of Deuteronomy is a collection of the history of Israel for the past forty years, and a repetition of God's laws for the next and coming generations. Moses reminded the new generation about their fathers' bad conduct, and the importance of understanding the obedience to God's command. They must go forward, even in time of afflictions, because the land had been given by the Lord to their forefathers. Moses brought them back to God's covenant to Abraham, and how they had been multiplied as the stars of heaven in multitude. However, many of them had failed to enter the promised land because of their unbelief, and even Moses was forbidden to enter. The unbelieving heart was the bottom of all this, and all disobedience to God's words and distrust of His power flow from disbelief of His word, a total reversal of true obedience and faith. It is important to remind ourselves of our past disobedience, but give thanks always to God for the mercies we have received in the presence. God bless.
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Monday, December 18, 2017
The heads of the tribe of Manasseh came to Moses and raised up the issues of the daughters of Zelophehad when they got marry into other tribes. They sought to preserve the inheritance, so as to avoid quarrels for the next generations. According to the commandments of God, the daughters of Zelophehad were to keep their own inheritance by uniting one to their own tribe. They should understand that their intentions and inclinations ought to be subjected to the will of God, especially in contracting marriage. Although God allows affections and preference in this important relationship, however, every believer are to be very attentive in the near and tender relationship of life, to be united only to such as are united to the Lord. The New Testament tells God's people not to be joined together with those who do not belong to Christ, for light and darkness cannot be in the same place together. God bless.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
God provided no land inheritance to the priests and Levities, for the Lord is their inheritance. However, He gave them cities not only to accommodate them, but to place them as religious teachers in various parts of the land. Each tribe should participate to have the benefit of the Levites who would preach and teach the words of God, lead the people in prayer and in praise and worship, and other activities. Also, cities of refuge shall be assigned to those who accidentally killed a person. The man-slayers might flee there for refuge, and be safe, until they had a fair trial. The death of the High Priest is the only means whereby sins are pardoned, and sinners set at liberty (v25). This is shadow of the works of Christ, that at His death at the Cross, our sins are forgiven, and we have been set free from curses and eternal punishment. The kingdom of God is the only safe city in this world, our refuge where we can meet our Lord, who teaches and helps us in all our spiritual and physical needs. God bless.
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Friday, December 15, 2017
The promise land was of small extent, about 160 miles in length, and 50 miles in width, yet this was the country given by God to Abraham and his descendants. This land was a little spot of ground in this planet for many ages, and said to be the vineyard of the Lord. Though it is small, but it was a fertile ground, a fruitful soil, a land flowing with milk and honey. Then God appointed leaders and responsible men who should be entrusted with the dividing of the land to them. The Bible said that the earth is the Lord's and all its fulness (Psa 24:1), yet only few know this truth. Also, imagine how little the share God gives to Abraham and his descendants, compare to the vast lot area of many nations in this world. Let us appreciate and give glory to God, for entrusting us the keys and knowledge of the kingdom His Christ. God bless.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017
This chapter is the brief summary of the travels of the children of Israel through the wilderness for the past forty years. God's way to bring His people to Himself is always the best way, though it does not always seem to us the nearest way. The Lord reminded them about the events that happened in the past, including His provisions and goodness, and how He fed and led them on this long journey. As they enter the land, God told them to demolish all the graven images and idols, and never to worship their gods. At the end, He told them to drive out all the inhabitants of the land, because if they would not, these Canaanites shall be irritants in their eyes and thorns in their sides, and they shall harass them. If the Israelites learned their wicked ways, the Lord shall put them out of the land too. Let us understand this lesson and fear, because if we don't drive out sin from our lives, sin will drive us out from all the blessings. God bless.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half of the tribe of Manasseh proposed that the land of Gilead on the east side of Jordan river might be allotted to them. At first, the proposal showed disregard to the land of Canaan, and unwillingness to encounter the difficulties of driving out the inhabitants of the land. Moses reminded them of the fatal consequences of unbelief of their fathers when they were in the wilderness so that they failed to enter the promised land. By showing this sin, the leaders of these tribes promised to help their brethren without murmuring. Moses grants their request, but he warns them of the danger of breaking their words. If they fail, they sin against the Lord, because God will certainly reckon with them for the promise they made. Let us be aware of the Lord's teaching about the sin of selfishness. We ought to consider not only our own interest but of others as well. God bless.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
God commissioned the Israelites to execute judgment against the Midianites, killing all men and women, including five kings and their prophet Balaam. They took the young girls and children captives, and burnt their cities and castles. The women and children were not kept for sinful purposes, but for slavery, a custom every where practiced in ancient times. Now, their wars to conquer the land had started and carried on by Divine direction. The Canaanites deserved judgment for several reasons; they were very evil, hate the God of Israel, with a culture of wickedness and immorality, and God abhors this. After the war, the Lord told the men of war to purify themselves and stay outside at the camp seven days. God would like to tell all men that it is dreadful and detestable to shed blood, and they should know that only the guilty one deserves judgment. In our case, Christ was executed at the cross to save those who are guilty from their sins. God bless.
Monday, December 11, 2017
A vow is a promise to God in order to be fulfilled, not to be broken. We can make a promise to God because of some blessing received, or we may desire to make a promise because we want a specific request from the Lord, or serve Him because of God's kingdom. Such a promise must then be carried out. However, no one can be bound by his or her own promises to to do what he/she is already forbidden to do. We must submit to our parents or spouse, otherwise we should not change our words but fulfill them. Because the Divine law consults the good order of families, it is fit that every man should bear rule in his own house, and have his wife and children in subjection, rather than that this great rule should be broken. Jesus also gave a commandment concerning making a vow: “Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord” (Matthew 5:33-37). Therefore, we should not rush to make vows because we don't know what the future will bring. God bless.
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Saturday, December 9, 2017
There are three more sacred holidays to be celebrated when they enter the promised land, particularly on the seventh month. On the first day is feast of trumpet, then on the tenth is the day of atonement, and on the fifteenth is the feast of tabernacles. The Lord directed them what sacrifices to offer on each of the holiday. The feast of trumpet is a new day, the day of atonement is the most solemn day of the year where the Israelites has to inflict their souls, and the feast of tabernacles is the most joyful day. They must rejoice before the Lord because of new life and the forgiveness of their sins. The sacrifices of each day are appointed, with sin-offering always. It reminds us of humanity's sinfulness, and the life that we live on earth must be by faith to the Lord until we go to be with Him in eternal glory. God bless.
Friday, December 8, 2017
The daily sacrifice is called a continual burnt-offering, one lamb in the morning and another in the evening. This is similar to a solemn prayers to our Lord when we wake up in the morning and before we sleep at night. Every Sabbath, there must be more offerings, which is similar to our weekly worship service. The Sabbath is a day of rest from all works in order to observe our devotion to God as a congregation of the Lord. We bring our selves, tithes, offerings, songs, prayers, and hearts to God inside the church. Then the monthly offerings is another type of sacrifices to God, plus the yearly offerings on feast of Passover and feast of Weeks. As Christians, we are reminded of the continued power of the sacrifice of Christ, and our continual need to depend thereon. We remember the body of the Lord at the Cross, and His blood that was shed for the gift of salvation and the forgiveness of our sins. Indeed, Christ is able to supply our needs every day, every week, every month, every year, every ordinance, every case. God bless.
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Thursday, December 7, 2017
God’s law for inheritance is, first to the sons, if no sons to daughters, if no daughter to his brothers, if no brother to his uncles, if none then to the closest relative. It is alright to seek for our inheritance, but the Lord told us to seek first our inheritance in the kingdom of God, for God will provide our needs in Christ Jesus. God is the true giver and rightful judge, and He knows all the affairs in this world and in our private families. This time, Moses is about to die, so God appointed Joshua and inaugurated him the next shepherd of Israel. We should not be afraid to die, because we are still alive in God, if we have Christ’s spirit in us. Always remember that God appoints a successor, and His first criteria is the attitude of our hearts. Then He will make that person qualified by His Spirit. God bless.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Before entering the promised land, the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron to take census of all the children of Israel, for land distribution, per tribe, from twenty years old and above, and who are able to go to war. No one on this list had been among those listed in the previous registration, because they all died in the wilderness, except Caleb and Joshua (v65). The children of Korah were still alive because they did not partake in their father's rebellion against Moses, therefore they had been spared from God's judgment. It tells that if we don't partake of the sins of sinners, we shall not partake of their plagues. The Levites were not numbered and had no land inheritance because they belong to God and their inheritance was the Lord. The sad story is that, the previous generation moved from one place to another for thirty eight years, but at the end they failed to make it in the promised land. May the Lord give us the grace and strength to make it in heaven through Christ our Lord. God bless.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
In the previous chapter, immediately after the blessing pronouncement, Balaam left the place and returned to his house. Then, the daughters of Moab and Midian enticed the children of Israel to commit sexual immorality and sacrificed to their gods. God was offended and His anger arose to the children of Israel. The book of Revelation said that Balaam advised Balak to entice the people of Moses to eat food sacrificed to idols and commit sexual immorality (Rev. 2:14). Though he could not curse Israel directly, he came up with a plan for Israel to bring a curse upon themselves. Balak followed Balaam’s advice, and Israel fell into sin, worshiping Baal and committing fornication with Midianite women. For this, God plagued them, and 24,000 men died, but God punished the Moabites and Midianites with the sword (v17). Be vigilant always, because Satan will do everything to destroy us, and keep us away from the plan of God in our lives. God bless.
Monday, December 4, 2017
The Spirit of God came to Balaam, and saw a vision of the Almighty. He spoke not in his own sense but in the language of the Spirit that is upon him. Balaam is similar to some Christians whose eyes are open but hearts are not enlightened and sanctified. He blessed Israel and spoke fruitfulness, advancement, power, victory, courage and security. "Blessed is he who blesses you, and cursed is he who curses you" (v9). Balak was very angry and expressed great displeasure. But Balaam replied that he could say only what the Lord says! Balaam foretold the future prosperity and dominion of Israel, "a Star shall come out of Jacob, a Scepter shall rise out of Israel." He pointed out the promised Messiah, who will rule not only Israel but the entire world, and all shall be governed by His golden scepter, or dashed in pieces by His iron rod. Balaam, a non-Israelite prophet of the old, blessed the people of God instead of cursing them. May all the nations in the world bless God's people and worship Him who is Christ and Savior. God bless.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Israel is a blessed nation, and the curse of Balak was turned into a blessing by the overruling power of God, in love to Israel. God met Balaam in order to serve His own glory. If God put a word into the mouth of Balaam, no one can defy God and His people. Balaam pronounced Israel safe, and happy in their distinction from the rest of the nations. “How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?” (v8). Balak was angry with Balaam, and was so confused. Since Balaam cannot say what he would have him, Balak wished him to say nothing. But though there are many devices in man's heart, God's counsels shall stand. The words of the Lord will always happen, we only need to believe and obey Him faithfully because we are blessed in this world and in the world to come. God bless.
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Balak the king of Moab formed a plan to curse the Israelites by God. And no one can do that in the entire region except Balaam, the greatest prophet in ancient time. So he invited Balaam to come, and showered the prophet with diviner’s fee and abundant gifts (v7). Balaam knew the people of Israel, and God instructed him not to go with Balak’s messengers, and speak only what God wanted him to say. So he sent them away. When Balaak sent another group of delegations, Balaam consulted God the second time. It shows that he was unfaithful to God’s original words, but interested so much in gifts. This is the mark of Satan’s temptation, to go against God's word, and tempt us again and again. Along the way, the Angel of the Lord blocked their way, only his donkey could see the Angel, but the seer could not see. At the end of the chapter, Balaam was negotiating with Balak, the agent of darkness. This is why Jesus taught us pray always, live by grace, and lead us not into temptation. God bless.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017
The children of Israel were tired by a long journey from the wilderness to the land of Edom. As usual, they spoke against God because there was no food, no water, and they hated eating manna everyday, "this worthless bread" (v5). Consequently, God sent fiery serpents among them, which bit many to death. Therefore, the people came to Moses and sought God's forgiveness. So God made a provision for their relief telling Moses to make a brass snake and put up on a long piece of wood. If a snake bit any man, he would live when he looked at the brass snake. When Nicodemus went to Jesus at night, the Lord declared that as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so the Son of man must be lifted up, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish. Sin bites like a serpent, and sting like an adder. The only remedy is to look unto Jesus, and we shall live forever. Christ should be so valued, that all things else would be accounted loss for Him. God bless.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
After many years of wandering in the wilderness, the children of Israel advanced towards Canaan, but there was no water again for the congregation. They spoke the same absurd language of complaint and distrust against God and Moses. So Moses brought this issue up to God, and the Lord told him to speak to the rock so that water may come out. But Moses and Aaron acted wrong by striking the rock two times. And they took much of the glory of this miracle to themselves, instead of God. As a result, they were forbidden to enter the promised land. Lesson: Disobedience, neglect of work, misuse of gift, or abuse of power are some of the mistakes that we may commit while serving the Lord. A good servant of God should desire to know the perfect will of God, than to do one great thing that is unpleasant in the eyes of the Master. God bless.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
The red heifer, a reddish-brown cow, without blemish, was to be sacrificed as part of the purification rites of the sanctuary. The purpose of the red heifer sacrifice was to provide for the water of cleansing (Numbers 19:9), another term for purification from sin. After the red heifer was sacrificed, the blood was to be sprinkled at the door of the tabernacle. The ashes are said to be laid up as a purification for sin, because they were to purify from ceremonial uncleanness. It was also a foreshadow of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross for the sins of many, as sacrificed "outside the camp" (v3). In the same way, Jesus was crucified "outside the gate" of Jerusalem (Heb. 13:11-12), to make the believers holy through His own blood. The blood of Christ is laid up for us in the word and ordinances, as a source of merit, to which by faith we may have constant hope for cleansing our guilt and conscience. Therefore, let us cling with Christ, but avoid evil forces of uncleanness. God bless.
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Monday, November 27, 2017
The priesthood ministry was a gift of God to the tribe of Levi (v7), particularly to Aaron and his sons. Since the Levitical priests did not have land of their own (v20), God promised to provide for them via the sacrifices of the people, in the form of tithes (v26), and He called this promise of provision a “salt covenant” (v19). Salt has always been known for its preservative properties, and it is also possible that God instructed the use of salt so that the Levites should depend upon God's grace, and not to be proud of their position. In fact, they should be more careful in their service, not high-minded, but fear God. It tells that the greater the trust of work and power that is committed to us, the greater danger there is of betraying that trust. All Christians are spiritual priests, and God has promised to take care of them and provide their spiritual and physical needs. They are to be devoted to their assignments, not diverted or disturbed by worldly care, but be a good example of living by faith in Christ our Lord. God bless.
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Saturday, November 25, 2017
God told Moses to bring twelve rods, one from each tribe, and probably these were the rods which the head of the tribes used as ensigns of there authority. These rods are old and dry, and had no sap in them. They were to expect that the dry rod whom God had chosen from among the twelve should bud and blossom. As a result, Aaron's rod became a living branch miraculously, while all other rods remained as they were. It shows that Aaron was manifested to be under the special blessing from the Lord. Spiritually, it tells that the fruitfulness of the ministry is the best evidence of a Divine call, because only the Lord can produce heavenly fruits. Christ said to His disciples, "Apart from you can do nothing." The secret is to remain connected with Christ and His people with humility, so that we can produce more and better fruits in our service to Him. God bless.
Friday, November 24, 2017
Korah opposed Moses for position and priesthood issues, and it was displeasure in the eyes of God. They accused Moses and Aaron with taking honor to themselves, whereas they were called by God to it. Moses sought instruction from God, a true heart of the wise man of God. Then Moses shows their privileges as Levites, asks them to appear the next morning at time of incense offering. Then the glory of the Lord appeared before the congregation, asking all people to separate from sinners. Indeed it is dangerous to have fellowship with sinners, and to partake with them. But for Moses, he remained faithful shepherds of Israel, despite rebellion. Then God caused the earth to open and swallow the rebellious Korah and His people, and fire went out from the Lord to consume those that offer incense illegitimately. Service to God is exclusive to His chosen and devoted people. Note, there is an infection of sin in the world, and only Christ can erase sins. God bless.
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Thursday, November 23, 2017
All local residents and strangers are placed by the Lord on the same level of obedience to the law, no one is excuse. It was an advance teaching for the church that Jews and Gentiles, male and female are equal in the eyes of the Lord. If the law should be followed by all, the gospel should also be followed by all, and without preference. Violating the Sabbath is deadly, but there is provision for unintentional sin. Notice that the tassels on the corner of their garments had been required by God throughout their generations, with blue thread in the tassels of the corners. The Jews were distinguished from their neighbors in their dress and diet, and taught not to be conformed to the way of the heathen nations. This is to remind them that they were chosen by God to spread the law and introduce Yahweh into all the earth. As God's people, we are holy, set apart from many for special task. God bless and happy thanksgiving to all.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Joshua spoke to all the congregations that the land is an exceedingly good land. If they would not rebel against the Lord, He will be with them and be their protector. But the leaders rejected their appeal, stoned them with stones, and wanted to return to Egypt instead. The Lord was furious, but Moses made a humble intercession. He argued that with God's character of long-suffering and abundant in mercy, He could forgive the Israelites. The Lord answered the prayer of Moses not to destroy the people, and "granted their wish" to die in the wilderness. Only the little ones and twenty years old below shall be brought in into the land. Then the ten spies died one by one, and God let them stay in the wilderness forty years. The people repented, but the sentence had been announced. In hell many souls are crying and repenting for their sins, but tears could not quench the flames, nor cool the tongue. Let us take warning from this narrative; go forth, move on to our promised land, with God's mercy, power, and truth because He is with us always and forever. God bless.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Moses selected twelve spies from each tribe to spy out the promised land, and see what the land is like. So the spies went. After doing their mission, they returned and made a report, but they had two kinds of report. The first report was a good one, that in this land flows with milk and honey, and very fruitful land. They also told the about the fortified cities, and different groups of people. Caleb stood up and encouraged the people to go and possess the land, for they were able to overcome it. But the second report was a bad one, they told them the giants that devours their enemies, and they were like grasshoppers in their own sight. They did not see that Yahweh had already given them the land, and they need only to act. Thus, the people who heard the bad report believed it, instead of listening to the Divine revelation. This is one of the saddest narratives in the Bible. That's why we need to pray to God always to help us to believe in His words, because all things are possible with Him. God bless.
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Monday, November 20, 2017
Moses was very humble, a man with no pride, more so than any man on the earth. Then his patience was tried in his own family, Miriam and Aaron. He had married an Ethiopian woman, and oppositions from them arose. With this situation, his pride probably was hurt, and their envy stirred up. Immediately, God appeared and not only cleared Moses but praised him. This trial shows that Moses was fitted to the work he was called for. When the cloud departed, Miriam became leprous. She was shut out outside the camp seven days. Now, we have the reason to be afraid of saying or doing any thing against the servants of God. If Miriam was punished for speaking against Moses, what will become of those who sin against Jesus Christ? Like Moses, Jesus asked God's forgiveness to those who insulted Him. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." Truly, many things and people oppose us, but nothing can hinder us on the way to heaven, except sin. God bless.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017
When the Israelites left Egypt, a mixed multitude (non-Israelites) joined them to go to the promised land. But along the way, they incited God's people to complain and crave for Egypt's food. They were discontent unless they had meat to eat. This provocation was too much for Moses, and he knew that he could not have gone through it in his own strength. Jesus Christ taught His disciples to pray, "lead us not into temptation," because there are people, like the mixed-multitude, that are not helping the ministry but destroying it. God, in His own power and miracles can provide everything that His people need, "Has the Lord's arm been shortened?" Indeed, God is able! When Eldad and Meldad prophesied in the camp, Moses did not forbid them to do so, but wished that all God's people were prophets, that God would put His Spirit upon them all. It means that if all God's people shall be matured and helpful in God's work, it is easier for all to call sinners to repentance and believe in the Lord. God bless.
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Friday, November 17, 2017
The Lord commanded the Israelites to make two trumpets, to call their attention and to direct the movements of the camps. This signifies the preaching of the gospel to sound the alarm to sinners, to call them to repent, to proclaim the liberty to the captives and slaves of sins, to gather the worshippers of God, and to show the Lord's presence for their protection. The sounding of the trumpet is God's ordinance, and demands the attention of all to whom it is sent. Then the Israelites began their journey according to the commandment of the Lord, and as the cloud leads them. Those who will give themselves to the direction of God's command and Spirit shall find their destiny, but those who will remain stubborn and disobedient shall die and bury in the desert without reaching their final destination. This world is the place of our journey, we shall never be at rest, never at home, till we come to heaven, the place of eternal peace with Christ. God bless.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
On the second year after crossing the Red Sea, God told the Israelites to celebrate the Passover in the wilderness of Sinai. It was being celebrated on the fourteenth of the first month, but those that are ceremonially unclean can celebrate on the fourteenth of the second month. It means that those whose minds and consciences are defiled by sin, are unfit for communion with God, and cannot partake with comfort of the gospel, till they are cleansed by true repentance and faith. Then the cloud was appointed by God to be the visible sign and symbol of His presence with Israel. It is very safe and pleasant going when we see God walking before us, and resting where He appoints us to rest. The gospel tells that Christ's presence will be with us always. All the children of God shall be led by His Spirit to direct the paths, to give light in time of darkness, to protect in time of danger, and to provide wisdom in decision making. Christ will be with us, till we reach our everlasting peace. God bless.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
This chapter tells the direction for the solemn ordination of the Levites. The Levites are God's gift to Aaron, the High Priest, to help him in the ministry of God. Moses shall dedicate the Levites unto the Lord, and all the congregation of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites. All who are employed for God must be dedicated to Him, according to God's rules. Jesus Christ is our High Priest and we are like Levites, given by the Father to Christ to do the works of the ministry. Christians belong to Christ. They all must be baptized, ministers must be ordained, and all servants must first give themselves unto the Lord, and then to the services. Levites and Christians must be cleansed, for they are the clean vessels of God. As Moses sprinkled the water of purification upon them, the blood of Christ must cleanse and forgive the impurities of the believers by faith. All who expect to share in the privileges of the ministry of God, must resolve to do the service of kingdom of God. All whom God owns, He also employs from here to eternity. God bless.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The offering of the people in each tribe was not made until they had been prepared and well arranged, and fully set up accordingly. The heads and leaders of the tribes were the most active in the service of the Lord. This is an example to those in authority, that the Christian leaders ought to use their influence to promote Christianity and the service of God in the places where they live. In this chapter, an occasion to celebrate God's goodness, yet still, in the midst of their sacrifices, we find the importance of sin offering. It tells that we should be conscious that there is sin, and there should be repentance even in the most joyful services. In this kind of service, it was done with order, no confusion, no delay and without misunderstanding. All things are done in the proper way. All their offerings were the same, all the tribes had an equal share in the altar, and an equal interest in the sacrifices offered upon it. It means we are all equal in the eyes of the Lord. God bless.
Monday, November 13, 2017
What is a Nazarite vow? The Nazarite vow is taken by individuals who have voluntarily dedicated themselves to God. It was a vow of separation from the world and devotedness to the services of God, for a limited time, and under certain rules. The vow has five features; voluntary, can be done by either men or women, has a specific time frame, has specific requirements and restrictions, and at its conclusion a sacrifice is offered. The Nazarites were to eat nothing that came from the vine; this may teach the utmost care to avoid sin. They must not cut their hair, nor shave their beards. All the days of their separation they must be holy to the Lord. Our acceptance to Christ and commitment to His church is similar, but our loyalty to Him is without end. Then, the priest were solemnly to bless the people in the name of the Lord, called "Priestly Blessing." To be under God's protection, to enjoy His favor and supply our needs, and to grant peace all the days of our live. God bless.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
God demands cleanliness, and the camp has to be cleansed. Every leper, everyone who has discharge, and those that defile by a corpse shall be put outside the camp. Every polluted Israelites must be separated. Similarly, the purity of the church must be kept as carefully as the peace and order of it. Anyone who lives in sin must be cleansed, confess their sin to God, through the blood of Jesus Christ. The law of jealousy would make the women of Israel watch against giving cause for suspicion. It tells that all secret sins are known to God and could be brought to light in this life. Though we have no more water of jealousy, but we have the word of God and the Holy Spirit which ought to be as great a terror to our conscience. Paul said that there is a day coming when God will judge the secrets of all men according to the gospel (Rom. 2:16). Praise God because we have Christ who is our Advocate and Mediator even to day and forever. God bless.
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Friday, November 10, 2017
This chapter is all about the services and duties of the Levites; from the group of Kohathites, Gershonites, and Merarites. All of them, from thirty years old to fifty were to be employed in the service of the tabernacle. They should serve God with the best of their strength, and the portion of their time should be spent to the honor and glory of God. Thirty to fifty are the ages when people are most lively and active. For many people, they consider spending their best age in the world, then spend the worst of their time to God, when they reach the old age, and ready to die. It tells that while we are still strong and active, let us spend the remaining part of our time with God, and make the final hour of our lives the best hour with the Lord. Though we are small in number, but we can serve God and be great in His eyes. The grace of God is sufficient, and through Christ, we can do all things to devote our time to Him. God bless
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There was much work belonging to the priests' office, and there were now only two sons of Aaron to do it; so God appoints the Levites to attend them. Those whom God selects to work with Him will receive help and strength. Do not be afraid to do the works of God, because it is exciting, awesome and eternal. This will be your job even in the second life, only if we will be faithful till the end of life. The Levites is the smallest tribe, yet God chose them to minister unto Him; instead of the firstborn of the Israelites. The church is called the church of the first-born, redeemed not by silver or gold, but with the precious blood of the Son of God. For that reason, Christians should know their own post and duty; and remain faithful to His only Redeemer, Jesus Christ. God bless.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Moses counted only those that were able go to war, while the Levites had different job assignments. Each tribe was to be encamped around the tabernacle, symbolizing God's presence in the midst of them. The children of Israel put themselves in their posts according to what the Lord required, without complaining and murmuring. It is their duty to be contented with the place allowed to them, and to endeavor to occupy it in a proper manner. This is parallel to the Christians' spiritual gifts and assignments in the church, that the Holy Spirit puts us in the right place at the right time. We have our individual assignments to be accomplished till the Lord returns. God bless.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
This book is called Numbers because it contains the numbering of the people who are able to go to war in Israel. God is faithful to His promises to Abraham that He will increase his seed, along with the land in each tribe. The total number on men of twenty years old and above is 603,505. They were all provided for by God every day, however in the next 38 years, only Caleb and Joshua made it to the promised land. The census is also a preview of our names to be written in the book of life in heaven, and that we should be able to withstand the enemies of our lives, both physical and spiritual. Care is taken to distinguish the tribe of Levi, that to them was committed the care of the tabernacle and its treasures, and all services for the Lord. It was for the honor of the holy things that none should see them, or touch them, but those who were called by God to the service. Like the ministry of Levites, Christians are also called for the glory of the Father through Christ. God bless.
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Monday, November 6, 2017
This chapter is about the vows or promises made by the Israelites to their God. Some people are zealous for the service of God, and they wanted to dedicate themselves or their children to the service for life. Sample for this was Hannah dedicated her son Samuel to God (1 Sam. 1:24). It is good to be dedicated and disposed to the Lord's service, but this matter should be weighed, and wisdom should direct as to what to do. Many people are making a rash or hasty vows but later hesitate to continue. That kind of action will dishonor God, and create trouble in his or her own life. Our houses, lands, cattle, and all our substance, must be used to the glory of God. It is acceptable to Him that a portion be given to support his worship, and to promote his cause. But God would not approve such as degree of zeal that will ruin a person's family. Devoted things were holy unto the Lord, including the tithes, and could neither be taken back nor applied to other purposes. That's why when we say yes to God, it must be forever. God bless.
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Sunday, November 5, 2017
This chapter contains a general enforcement of all the laws given by Moses; reward if they obey, but severe punishment if they disobey. Plenty and abundance of the fruits of the earth. Peace under the Divine protection. Victory and success in their wars. Increase in numbers. The Lord will be their God, and they shall be His people forever. On the other hand, God will set a curse before them, and the evils would make them miserable, if they disobey. Israel has to be faithful to His law and His corrections, or else they shall be punished seven times more. They shall be defeated in time of war, shall eat the flesh of their children, shall be scattered in many nations, and God shall walk contrary on them. But God will remember His covenant withAbraham if they shall humble and acknowledge their sins and disobedience. Our Lord is a compassionate and forgiving God, only that He requires obedience and loyalty unto His words. God bless.
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Friday, November 3, 2017
The Israelites should work six years continuously, but on the seventh year, all labor shall cease. To remind them of total dependence on God's providence for support. Then on the 50th year, it shall be a Jubilee, a year of redemption and salvation, in order to preserve their properties, land and inheritance to its original owner. Those that had been sold for slavery shall return to their homes, and if the land were not redeemed, it then returned to him that sold or mortgaged it. This is a symbol of a free grace of God through Christ, by which salvation is not by any merit or our own, by the the mercies of God. So God remind them that poor must not be oppressed, because all that received mercy should also show mercy. At the coming of the Christ, all servants of darkness should return to Him, who alone can give freedom from their sins and bondages. Jesus is the liberator of all humanity. God bless.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017
The Lord asked the priests to light the lamps burn continually as a sign that Israel was to serve the Lord continually. In return God will be their Light to illuminate their path as a nation and even guide them in all plans and decisions. By this light, the people shall discern the food prepared for their physical body and souls, feed thereon in their hearts with thanksgiving. The light and the bread typify Christ as Bread of Life and Light of the world. As man shall not live by bread alone, spiritual food from the Bible will cause us to remain faithful with Christ, and enlighten our path as we continue to walk in our journey. It is deadly to blaspheme the name of the Lord, because great stress is laid upon this law. If those who will despise the law of Moses should die without mercy, of what punishment will they be worthy, who despise and abuse the gospel of Jesus Christ. God bless.
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This chapter spoke about the feasts of the Lord, the appointed time which God has shared with His people. The Israelites and strangers should celebrate these feasts to be holy convocations, to offer an offering to the Lord. On that day they must withdraw from all business of the world. They are; (a) the Sabbath, a weekly holy day every end of the week. (b) the Passover, fulfilled by Jesus at the cross. (c) the offering of first-fruits, Jesus is the first-born among the dead. (d) the Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit to the first group of Christ’s followers. (e) the feast of Trumpets, the announcement of the gospel to the world calling all to listen to the good news from God. (f) the day of atonement, asking all people to humble their souls, repent for their sins and make peace with God through the blood of the Lamb. (g) the feast of Tabernacles, a remembrance of men’s dwelling in tents in the wilderness. Similarly, all people are dwelling temporarily in their own physical bodies. But in God’s appointed time, we shall be changed to obtain glorified body to be with Christ forever. God bless.
This chapter is concerning the priests and sacrifices; to preserve the honor of the offering and the sanctuary of the Lord. God requires His servants to revere His name, His truths, His ordinances and commandments. God hates hypocrisy and double standard, so the servants are to be careful about sinful defilements from dead and unclean objects. As the servants serve God, they should be willing to offer their lives, time, money, skills, wisdom, and anything that may be acceptable to God. Any service that is not done out of gratitude and willingness shall be defiled and unacceptable, and putting their souls to a dangerous position. They must come at the Lord’s table with purity and sanctity, He is our Lord. As ministers of the gospel of Christ, it is our duty to tell people to repent for their sins and forsake them all, but put their trust in the atoning power of the blood of Christ. Indeed, Jesus Christ is our Lord! God bless.
This chapter is concerning the priests of God. The priests of God should be without blemish, separated from common people and sinners. Any descendant of Aaron with defects, in physical body; blind, lame, with marred face, any limb too long, has broken foot and hand, a hunchback, dwarf, with eye defect, eczema, or scab, eunuch, or any sickness, are disqualified to come nearer to offer sacrifice unto the Lord. When Christ came to fulfill the Old Testament prophecies, all things has changed. All followers of Christ, physically fit or unfit cannot now shut out from God’s service. It is a great privilege and grace given from above. Since priesthood is a type of Christ, all followers should imitate His examples, to edify the brethren and glorify the Lord. God bless from JFK.
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Saturday, October 28, 2017
The penalty for breaking the law of God is death. The wages of sin is death, literal and spiritual. Death to idolaters and worshippers of Molech-the god of Canaanites, death to sexually immoral, adulterers, and evil doers of all sexual acts. Death to those who cursed their father and mother, death to those who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, death tho those who shall not keep the commandments of the Lord completely. Death to those who shall walk with the ways of the Canaanites. But let the Israelites and all God's people sanctify themselves in the holiness of God, to separate themselves from the people of the land, because they are God's special people. Be thankful to the Lord who gives us the grace to know Him and to understand His precepts. God bless.
Friday, October 27, 2017
It is required that Israel be a holy people, because the God of Israel is a holy God. To apply the real separation from the world and the flesh, the entire devotion to God is a must. Children are to be obedient to their parents (v3), only God is to be worshipped (v4, 12), love their neighbors (v9, 18), be honest in all dealings with people (v11, 13), judgment should be made without partiality (v15), put off all malice, but put on brotherly love (v18), avoid divination and soothsaying (v26), keep physical body clean (v28), respect the elderlies (v32), strangers, widows and fatherless are to be regarded kindly (v33), justice in weight and measures are to be implemented (v35), and others. With all of these laws, they must have a conscience of obeying God properly. They should not to pick and choose their duty, but must aim to completely obey the will of God. It shows to us that the better we obey the law, they happier we shall be with our Creator. God bless.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
The law about sexual sins are against all conformities to the corrupt practices of the Canaanites and the surrounding nations. These include incest, lust, rape, bestiality, homosexuality, and all forms of idolatries. The people who had lived in this land were doing all such sinful things, making the entire land unclean, therefore God had decided to remove them out. And so, the Lord warned the Israelites not to do these things, or else, the land itself will spit them out when they make these sinful things (v28). God here gives moral precepts, knowing that the law is the grace of God to the Israelites. The Canaanites didn't understand the meaning of moral and immoral. That's why when they offer their children through the fire to their god Molech, for them it was an act of worship (v21). Thanks be to God, because through the grace of God, we are protected and secure in Christ's mighty hand. God bless.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
God requires the Israelites that all sacrifices are to be presented before the door of the tabernacle, and the animal to be returned to the offerer to be eaten as peace-offering. Today, our offerings should be presented in our hearts where Jesus Christ dwells. Through Christ our offering become acceptable to God, when Christ redeemed us from our past. Then God forbids both Israelites and strangers to eat blood because the life of the flesh is in the blood (v10, 12,14). For pagans, they also used blood for sacrifices, then to be eaten. But God requires His people to pour out the blood to the earth and cover with dust (v13). In New Testament, the blood of Christ makes atonement genuine and effectual. Therefore we must regard His blood sacrifices with awe and respect, and not consider it as a common thing, or treat it with indifference. God bless.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The day of atonement is a command to be followed forever, till the dispensation be at the end. As long as the people of God are continually sinning, we need atonement. Two goats are needed, one to be killed and offered unto the Lord and another as scapegoat, where the priest shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess all sins of Israel. Then the live goat will be sent to the dessert carrying the sins of the people of Israel (v22). This should be done every year. The New Testament tells that the repeated sacrifice is a proof that the ceremony cannot take away sin, and cannot cleanse the conscience of men. Unlike the work of Christ, it was done at the cross once and for all. Jesus has figured the two goats; the slain goat was His dying at the cross, and the scapegoat was His entrance to eternity bearing the sins of many. By believing at the atonement of the blood of Christ, we obtain rest for our souls, and all the blessings from our heavenly Father. God bless.
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Monday, October 23, 2017
God enforces this law as essential to the physical health and well-bing of His people. It also teaches the nature and evil of sin, and the need of being continually cleansed in the precious blood of Jesus Christ. The unclean soul spreads uncleanness, and whatever he or she touched, used, or sat on, was considered unclean and defiled. That's why God warns His people not to associate with unholy or unclean people. But, if our works, jobs or business are associated with their company, let us seek cleansing for ourselves as we return to our homes, that all form of germs may be removed. With this law, we have the reason to be thankful to Christ, that we don't need to be afraid of spiritual defilement, except that of sin. God sees all things even those which escape the notice of men. The great gospel duties of faith and repentance are here signified that through the blood of Christ, all things are possible. God bless.
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Saturday, October 21, 2017
If we apply the law of leprosy to spiritual leprosy of sin, we should admit that all of us have this kind of uncleanness. When God by His grace has brought us to repentance, we ought to rejoice with gladness and accept all people with sincere affection. The two birds (v4-6), one killed and the other dipped in the blood of the bird that was killed, and then let loose, may signify Christ shedding his blood for sinners, and rising and ascending to heaven. The leprosy in a house can be equated with the troubles in many families nowadays. We must be aware of the appearance of sin and wickedness in our homes, and put it away, whatever it may be. The leprosy of sin ruins families and churches. when we have been forgiven and cleansed, let us follow after holiness, and pray for the uncle spirit that loiters around our surrounding. God bless.
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Friday, October 20, 2017
Leprosy was the result of uncleanness. Jesus cleansed the leprosy of a certain man in the gospel (Mt 8:3). Leprosy was common in ancient Egypt and Canaan, simply because of their environment. Yet, it was a plague inflicted by the Lord to those who had committed sins. The judgment of it was referred to the priests and not to doctors, because it was a figure of moral pollutions of men. Leprosy has been compared to sin, and the priest must take time in making judgment. By doing this, it teaches all men not to judge anyone before the time. If a person suspected were found to be clean, he still must wash his clothes, because there had been ground for the suspicion. In the gospel, we have need to be washed in the blood of Christ from all our spots and marks, though not leprosy, but sin separates us from the presence of the Lord. Indeed, Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin on the world, including our sins. God bless.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017
After the laws concerning clean and unclean food, come the laws concerning clean and unclean persons. A woman that borne a child shall be unclean, 7 days for son, 14 days for daughters. But, there was no difference between the value of a male or female child, because parents should bring the same offering to God; a lamb, or two-turtle doves for poor. It proves that the Lord held male and female children equally precious in His sight. In the time of Joseph and Mary, they fulfilled the Mosaic law carefully by presenting the baby Jesus at the temple, and to offer a sacrifice, a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons (Luke 2). Paul said that though Christ was rich, He made himself poor for our sake. Christ is rich in His status as Savior and Redeemer of the world. Women who received mercy and salvation from the Lord, should always be thankful to God by obeying His words faithfully, for this shall please the Lord better than sacrifices. God bless.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The laws for clean and unclean animals are intended as a test of obedience to the Israelites. The categories are animals in the land, in the seas and rivers, the birds, flying insects, and those that crawls in its belly. The Israelites should keep themselves pure concerning these things, for the Lord their God is holy. They should not defile themselves by touching dead animals, and they should distinct between the holy and unholy in their companions and intimate connexions. While we enjoy our Christian liberty, we must also be careful to distinguish the clean and unclean people, plans, thoughts and ministries. We have been redeemed by the Lord from the world, therefore we must come out from ungodly people and all needless connection with the company of immoral and corrupt mind. God bless.
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Monday, October 9, 2017
The peace offering is God's requirement for His people as a token of friendship and unity with the Lord and with one another. If a man were in pursuit of any mercy, he should add a peace-offering to his prayer with supplication. In the offering of Aaron's sons, they should remove the blood and fat, they are forbidden, because they belong to the Lord. Christ is our peace-offering, and through His finished works at the cross, all believers had obtained mercy and forgiveness from the Father. As we offer the fruit of our lips by giving thank unto God, we must praise Him continually so that we can obtain mercy for our prayers. The truth is, our thanksgiving offering is much better than an ox or goat, or any other animal sacrifices. May the Lord multiply grace, mercy, and peace, to all who desire to bear the Christian character. God bless.
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Saturday, October 7, 2017
Aside from burnt offerings (animals), God requires the Israelites to bring grain offering, cooked or uncooked in a oven or pan. The grain should be of fine flour, mixed with oil and salt, and put frankincense on it. It could not have yeast, or must be unleavened. Leaven is a symbol of sin, pride, malice, or hypocrisy. Fine flour represents first-class and admirable character of God's people, oil is Holy Spirit, salt is covenant of God to His people, frankincense denotes the mediation and intercession of Christ. Without Christ, our prayers are unacceptable to God. For this reason, incense was one of the gifts to infant Jesus at Bethlehem. Those observances were just shadows of the good things to come that had been fulfilled by Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer. God bless.
God ordained divers kinds of sacrifices, to assure His people of the forgiveness of their sins, if they offered them in true faith and obedience. The offering was a commandment of God from the fall of humanity to the coming of Christ. Here, there are three types; a burnt offering from the herbs like bullocks, a sheep or goat from the flock, and a bird. The animal sacrifice is a type of Christ, and the believers' duty as they commune with the Lord. God assumes that people would be willing to bring offerings to honor his Maker, as his Lord. When the offerer put his hand upon the head of his offering, it signifies the exchange of life, hoping that it might be accepted to make atonement for himself. The burning body of an animal was a representation of the suffering of Christ, which we all have deserved. He bore the sins of man's soul when He died under the load of our iniquities. We must be thankful to Jesus Christ for His willing sacrifice for our salvation. God bless.
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Thursday, October 5, 2017
One year after the Israelites had crossed the Red Sea, the tabernacle of the Lord was raised up. It's a new beginning in the lives of God's people. They bring in the ark of testimony, set up the partition curtain, including the table of show bread, lampstand, altar of gold, laver, anointing oil and other utensils. The priesthood was in the family of Aaron, and continued till the Messiah came, because in Him the substance of all these are shadows, and it continues for ever. Then the cloud covered the tabernacle, a token of God's presence to be seen by all Israel, that they might never ask again if God is among them or not. The cloud guided the camp of Israel through the wilderness in the next forty years. In Christian experience, our Guide in this world is the Holy Spirit, who gives light, that we may be kept from losing our way, till we come to heaven, the final habitation of God's holy people. God bless.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The priestly garments were rich and splendid. God used these distinctive garments to set His spiritual leaders apart from the other Israelites. Each piece had significance related to the work they performed. The Israelites lived with a continual reminder of the importance of the priestly work. But they had a foreshadowing of Jesus, the “great high priest”, who would carry out God’s plan of atonement in true holiness and perfection. True believers are spiritual priest of Christ, and the fine linen that we use daily is the righteousness of Christ in us. The tabernacles was a type of Jesus Christ, as God dwelt visibly within the sanctuary, even so Christ dwelt in the hearts of all His followers. In the soul of every Christians is the object of worship, where God inhabits the praise of His people. God bless.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017
In this chapter, God continued His works with the artists, engravers, and designers so that they can do all the furnishings and design of the tabernacle according to His commandments; altar of burnt offering, bronze laver, court of the tabernacle, and the materials for tabernacle. In all ages, there have been some people more devoted to God's work, more constant in their attendance upon His ordinances, and more willing to be part even with lawful things for the sake of the Lord's name, and His people. Both men and women expressed their zealousness for the worship of God. The types of materials used in God's tabernacle were high class materials that shall fit for the master's use. And as we look at these materials, let us look unto Christ who is the personification of all these things. In Him, all righteousness and salvation is a full and sufficient offering for the sin of the world. Let us be ready to be part of any thing, and count all but loss to win Christ. God bless.
Monday, October 2, 2017
The ark of the covenant, the table for the showbread, the golden lamp stand, the altar of incense, and the anointing oil were all parts of the service of Israel. They were emblems of spiritual and acceptable service unto God. The ark of the covenant represents the hearts of men and women where the word of God is being put. The showbread and the pot of manna is God's provision for those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, which Christ's gospel bestows. The golden lampstand with light teaches and enlightens us through the Holy Spirit; Christ is the light of the world. The incense represents our prayers to God. The anointing oil is the the empowerment of the Holy Spirit for every believer, so that we may be able to do the works of God. And the entire service is about God and His Messiah who is to come and reign in our hearts forever and ever. God bless.
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Bezalel and every gifted artisans were ready and zealous to do the work of the Lord. God gave them wisdom to accomplish the exact project He Had desired them to do. Also the people are willing to give free offering to Moses every morning, more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord had commanded. As a result Moses stopped them to bring more for they are indeed too much. Today, we can learn two important things: first, Christians are so blessed for the sufficiency of the ministry of Christ for our salvation. Second, church members are blessed because there are believers who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the love of Christ. God bless.
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Sabbath is a day of rest, a day to remember God's goodness for the past week for every thing that He has done in our lives. It could be literal and symbolic, since God requires His people to stop from working at least one day in a week and serve Him on that very day. As we serve God, His rule is, whosoever is of a willing heart, let him or her serve and bring their offerings unto the Lord. Without a willing mind, costly offerings would be abhorred, but even the smallest will be accepted, if the heart is true and sincere. Our hearts are willing, when we cheerfully assist our brethren in promoting the cause of God. Women are important in the ministry of God, for they too can make great things for His glory. If we are called by God in His ministry, He filled us with the Spirit of the Lord. So don't be afraid to be part of God's ministry, because He is faithful to establish us even for His own glory. God bless.
The Lord descended by some open token of His presence and manifestation of His glory in a cloud, and then proclaimed his NAME; that is, the perfections and character which are denoted by the name YHWH. The Lord God is merciful; ready to forgive the sinner, and to relieve the needy. Gracious, kind, and ready to bestow undeserved benefits. Long-suffering, slow to anger, giving time for repentance, only punishing when it is needful. He is abundant in goodness and truth, even sinners receive the riches of his bounty abundantly, though they abuse them. All He reveals is infallible truth, all He promises is in faithfulness. Keeping mercy for thousands; he continually shows mercy to sinners, and has treasures, which cannot be exhausted, to the end of time. Forgiving iniquity, and transgression, and sin; his mercy and goodness reach to the full and free forgiveness of sin. And will by no means clear the guilty; the holiness and justice of God are part of His goodness and love towards all his creatures including us. Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. God bless.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
The most dreadful moment that could ever happen to God's people is when the spirit of God departs. Sin makes God and men separate. In this chapter, though God had promised to give the land of Canaan to the people of Israel, yet He denies them the token of His presences they had been blessed with. This promised land would be an unpleasant place for them without the Lord's presence. Similarly, this world would be a dangerous place for us if God is not in our homes and ministries. As the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, Moses pleaded earnestly that it is better for them to stay in the wilderness if His presence would not be with them. He meant that it is indeed horrifying of going forward without the Lord's presence. God's goodness is His glory, and He will have us to know Him by the glory of His grace and mercy. The cleft of the rock that covers Moses upon the presence of God is the symbol of Christ. Christ is the Rock of our salvation, Who forgives our sins and mediates between God and men. God bless.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
While Moses was on the top of mount Sinai receiving the tablets of Ten Commandments, the Israelites made a molded calf at the foothill. They offered sacrifice to this idol, breaking the second commandment; "Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image." Aaron was set apart by the Divine appointment to the ministry of priesthood, but made himself unworthy of the honor to attend at the altar of God. They soon forgot God's works of wonders and mighty acts. God said to Moses, that the Israelites had corrupted themselves, and Moses acknowledged it a great sin, so he interceded for God's mercy. Here we can see the power of prayer, and at the same time, the importance of purity of heart in a moment of prayer. "Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book." From this story, we can see that no carnal and unhumbled heart can long endure the holy precepts and the spiritual ministration of God. It is true that all men had sinned, but the atonement that Christ made for our souls in the only way to get rid of sin and destructions. God bless.
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Monday, September 25, 2017
God's requirement for the tabernacle should be according to the pattern which was shown to Moses on the mountain (25:40). Though the Israelites were formerly masons and bricklayers in Egypt, they were not qualified for such a heavenly workmanship. Therefore God filled Bezalel and all the workers with the Spirit of the Lord, in wisdom and understanding, and all manner of workmanship to accomplish God's plan and design. Indeed, to be employed for God is high honor, and if we have been called to any ministry, God will put His Spirit in our hearts to make fit for it. Then the Lord told them the importance of Sabbath, signifying rest or ceasing from labor. It is a sign of God's covenant between the Lord and the Israelites, and it must continue forever. Then God gave Moses two tablets of stones written with the finger of God, by His will and power. Today, the law of God has been written in the hearts of all believers, that we may be able to obey Him in all eternity. God bless.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
The altar of incense was required by the Lord to place before the veil that separates the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. Aaron was instructed to burn incense on the altar each morning and at twilight (v7-8), that typified the high priest's pleading of his people. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wise men from the east brought incense as gift, to signify the intercessory works of Christ for our salvation. Then, God instructed Moses to ask the ransom money, half shekel for each, signifying equality of soul in God, for the service of the temple. A large vessel of brass, holding water, was to be set near the door of the tabernacle for cleansing. And the holy anointing oil should be made to anoint Aaron and his sons to minister unto the Lord. Here, God's detail requirement in His service tells us to be careful, and not to follow anything or counterfeit by using "any other like it according to its composition" (v32). Our service and activities for the Lord should be according to the leading of the Holy Spirit, congregationally, not according to our individual interests. God bless.
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Friday, September 22, 2017
The priests of Israel, Aaron and his sons, were to be set apart for this ministry, with ceremony and solemnity. Animals sacrifices like bull and ram were to be offered at the altar according to the commandments of the Lord. Blood shall be put on the tip of the right ear of the priests, on the thumb of the right hand, on the big toe other right foot, and the rest shall be sprinkled at the altar. Two lambs were to be offered daily, one in the morning and one in the evening throughout all generations. These sacrifices signified the suffering made by Jesus Christ at the cross, being the High Priest and the sacrificial lamb at the same time. Though He offered Himself but once for all, it becomes a continued offering throughout all generations. Daily sacrifices also teaches us to offer ourselves to Christ, being in communion with Him in our daily prayer and devotion every day, morning and evening. This is the most needful and most pleasant comfort in our daily spiritual nourishment from the Lord. God bless.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
The priestly garments distinguished the priests from the people, signifying the holiness of God which should be the glory and beauty of the ministry, and without these, their ministration will be had in contempt. Their work is to present the concerns of people unto God, including the worship and offerings. Christ as our High Priest presents the Christians before the Father for eternal communion. Our adorning in the gospel is not of gold and costly array, but the garments of praise and salvation. The Urim (light) and Thummin (perfection) are God's special stone or device, by which the will of God was made known to His people. Today, Christ is the true light and perfection, and without Him, people are lost forever. "Holiness to the Lord" is a reminder that God is holy, His priests must be holy and devoted to God, including the entire nation of Israel, and all followers of Christ. If the priest enters the Holy of Holies without wearing the holy garments, he shall die. In the day of judgment, without having Christ in man's life, they shall die and separate from the presence of God eternally. Blessed be the name of Jesus Christ, our High Priest forever. God bless.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The altar should be made of acacia wood, overlaid with bronze, and having horns in its four corners. In here, they must bring their sacrifices, on which the priest must offer them to the Lord. The altar is to be hollow, similar to heavenly vision that was shown to Moses on the mountain (v8). God also told Moses to make the court of the tabernacle, formed by curtains hung upon brazen pillars, fixed in brazen sockets. Within this enclosure, the priests and Levites should offer the sacrifices, and to that place the Jewish sacrifices were admitted. This distinction shows the separation between those with and without access from God. Then pure oil should be brought to the altar to light the lamps and tend them. It represents the continuous works of the Lord that shines amidst His people. Blessed be our Lord who gives light to lighten the path of all men, for the salvation unto the ends of the earth. God bless and Shana tova.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The Lord manifested His presence in a tabernacle or tent, while the Israelites were in the wilderness. The curtains of the tabernacle were to be made with much details and elaboration, covering one after the others, and were defended by covering of skins. The materials were very costly, and they represents the heavenly things; though outwardly are earthly but inwardly are glorious and precious in the sight of God. This is similar to our physical bodies, though weak and imperfect, but the inner strength in the Lord is growing every day. Then the veil or curtain should be made to separate the holy place from the most holy place. Though the Lord is in their midst, there is still separation between God and His people. Life and eternity lay hidden until they were brought to light when the Savior was manifested in the person of Christ. Now we have boldness to enter into the most holy place through Christ our Redeemer. God bless.
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Monday, September 18, 2017
The ark of Testimony, the table for the showbread, and the golden lampstand are all made from acacia wood, but overlaid with gold. The cherubim of gold looked one towards another, and both looked downward toward the ark. It denotes the presence of the angels among God's people, ready to do His will. Inside the ark, the law of God written in tablets were to be kept, as a testimony in them about His will. God told Moses to make sure that everything must be done according to the pattern God had shown him on the mountain (v40). The ark of the covenant is the symbol of man's hearts, where the commandments of God were to be kept too. Always remember that we are the temples of the Holy Spirit, and we have the law of God in our hearts, so that we are to live a life of communion with God forever. May the Lord help us to to be faith unto Himself, and to walk according to His perfect will and direction. God bless.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
A solemn covenant between God and Israel was made. Moses told the people all the words of the Lord, and the people accepted and confirmed that they would obey all the words which the Lord had said. The blood of sacrifice was sprinkled on the altar, on the book, and on the people. The covenant would only be accepted by shedding and sprinkling of the blood. This covenant is an act of grace from the Lord. They were unworthy people like us, but by His mercy, God made them His chosen people of God. The elders of Israel saw the glimpse of God's glory, something of which no image or picture could be made, yet enough to satisfy them that the true and living God was in the midst of them. At the same time, the people saw the glory of God rested on Mount Sinai, a token of God's special presence there. In the near future, Christ will appear in the sky, and we shall see Him face to face, not a few days only, but through eternity. God bless.
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Friday, September 15, 2017
God told the Israelites to be fair to all men, and execute equal treatment both to rich and poor, and neither parties should move them to lessen the faults, excuse offenders, or misrepresent any thing by accepting bribes. Every 7th year, the field was to rest, no sowing and reaping, in order to teach them to rely on God's Providence totally. They should also appear in God's presence as they celebrate the 3 feasts of the Lord; Unleavened Bread-Passover (April), Harvest-Pentecost (June), and Ingathering-Tabernacles (October). But should not to come empty-handed, and their soul must be filled with holy desire toward Him. Then the Lord had promised that they should be guided and kept on their way by His Angel. The entire land should be subdued little by little, they are to keep their guard always in continual dependence on God. On personal level, sin and corruption must be driven out from our hearts too, slowly but surely. Because the greatest danger in our lives is from those that would make us sin against Christ. God bless.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
The 8th law on the Ten Commandments is not to steal the property of others, and God had detailed this law. Stealing other's property is deadly to God. None can see how a person does it, but God can. Stealing an ox or a sheep shall be restored five times (v1). This shows that if Satan and his agents had stolen God's sheep from the church, they has to restore them five times. People must answer to God, not only for what they do maliciously, but also for what they do carelessly. Therefore when we had done harm to our neighbors, friends, brothers or sisters in the Lord, we should make restitution, and compensation. This chapter leads us to remember that it is the grace of God that brought us unto Himself, teaching and enabling us to conduct by God's holy power to deny ungodliness, worldly lust, and covetousness. Indeed, the Lord is our portion, and He alone can satisfy the desire of our souls. God bless.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The laws in this chapter is about the moral law and the rules of justice to all people; master or servant, workers or employers. A willful murderer shall be taken even from God's altar, however, God provided cities of refuge to protect people that cause accident, or without intent of hurting or killing someone. Ungrateful children shall be put to death, illegal slaves trade or "man-stealing" is a crime punishable by death. The 16th century slave trade in Africa, Europe and America was a crime against God's law. The cases mentioned in this chapter give rules of justice to all men and women, regardless of status in the society. It was taught by God so that all must be very careful not to do wrong, either directly or indirectly. And if men have done wrong, they must be very willing to make it good, and promote the spirit of loving their neighbors. Christ came to lead His followers into the right directions. God bless.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The Ten Commandments can be divided in two parts; first four is our duty to God, and the second six is the duty to ourselves and to one another. The first commandment concerns the object of worship of YHWH, and Him only. The 2nd refers to the objection of making any image or picture of the deities. The 3rd is about the oath and promises we made using the name of the Lord. The 4th is the command to worship God on the Sabbath day, or Lord's day. Six day are allowed to worldly business, but not so to neglect the service of God on this day. The 5th concerns the duties to honor our parents. The 6th requires that we regard life and safety of others, with the spirit of kindness and forgiveness. The 7th is about purity and sexual immorality. The 8th is the law of love, not to steal the property of others. The 9th concerns the bearing of false witness against our neighbors. The 10th is about covetousness, all wrong desire of having what will gratify ourselves. The knowledge of law was written in men's heart, to show the need of repentance. The Holy Spirit enables a believers to hate sins and flee from them, to love and keep God's law in sincerity and truth. God bless
Monday, September 11, 2017
The covenant that God made with the people of Moses is God's act of mercy and grace. God has chosen them to be special treasure above all people of the earth. Though the Lord requires obedience and works, this is the natural expectation of Him when He calls and chooses someone even in our time. He looks for good works, obedience, fruits and results. The Israelites answered as one man saying, "All that the Lord had spoken we will do." When we say "yes" to God, we should fulfill our vows, or else, we will be in trouble. Though He is a loving Father, but He disciplines His disobedient children as well. Consecration is part of our relationship with God, and we cannot stand in His presence with dirt and uncleanness; outward and inward. Christ came to fulfill these requirements in us, through suffering so that He can redeem us, forgive us, justify us, and soon glorify us to be with Him in eternity. God bless.
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Sunday, September 10, 2017
Jethro, Moses' father in law came to rejoice with the happiness of Israel, and worshipped Yahweh together with them. Using his wisdom and skills in leadership and administration, he advised Moses and the Israelites to manage the people in simple and better way. This may avoid too much work for Moses to undertake the job alone. Like Jethro, a good person should make themselves useful, and impart their knowledge in order to make others useful too. However, care must be taken in the choice of the persons admitted into such a trust. Men of piety, fear of God and honesty should be taken into consideration. Like Moses, we should not despise this kind of advice, for they may lead us in a better direction. God bless.
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The children of Israel journeyed, and as usual, they question whether God was with them or not. This is called their "tempting God," which signifies distrust of Him after they had received many proofs of His power, blessings and goodness. God graciously appeared to help them by asking Moses to strike the rock so that water may come out. Paul commented saying that this Rock was Christ. Then Israel engaged with Amalek by defending themselves. While Joshua and his men fight, Moses intercedes. But Moses' hands became heavy in praying so that Aaron and Hur supported his hands. This story tells how important the unity of God's people is in His service. The church goal is more or less successful, if the believers are united in spirit, strong in faith, and fervent in prayer. That's why we should not neglect our devotion to God, so that we can attain His intent for us. God bless.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017
The food they had brought from Egypt had gone, and the people began to complain against God. So the Lord heard their murmurings, and spoke to Moses that He will rain bread from heaven, and bring meat. God promised a speedy and constant supply, despite the ungratefulness they had shown unto Him. Moses said, "Your complains are not against us but against the Lord" (v10). So the bread or Manna fell from heaven every morning except Sabbath, and the quails came up at night. They were pleasant and wholesome food; and the children of Israel ate manna forty years until they they came to the border of the land of Canaan. This shows that God is the Source of all our needs, and He is able to provide our necessities on daily basis. God told Moses and Aaron that the remembrance of Manna was to be preserved. Today, the word of God is the manna by which our souls are nourished in the person of Christ our Savior. God bless.
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
The Song of Moses is said to be one of the most ancient songs ever written, it describes the power of God, and the redemption of the Israelites from the bondage of Egypt. In every part of it depicts God as holy, righteous, a man of war, and matchless in perfection. His holiness appears in the hatred of sin, and His wrath against stubborn sinners. Then Moses brought the Israelites to the wilderness and found no water, except the bitter water in Marah. Here begins the never-ending complaints of the people, quickly forgetting the miraculous crossing in the Red Sea. So Moses cried out unto the Lord, so God provided graciously, making the bitter water sweet. Then God told them that He is the great Physician. Here tells that if we keep well, it is He who will keep us, and if we do well, it is He who will recover us. God is our life and the length of our days, so let us not forget that we are protected from any destruction in His mighty Hand. God bless.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
There was no open road to the Israelites, and the armies of Pharaoh were pursuing then. The only way to do is to look upward and cry out to God. But others cried out against Moses and murmured against the Lord, as if God is not able to perform miracles. "Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord!" When we are caught between the enemies and death, Christ alone is the answer. If God allows His people into trials, He will find a way to bring them out. God divided the sea, and the waters were a wall to the children of Israel as they walked in it. But the armies of Pharaoh were destroyed and buried in the midst of the sea. Such a difference shows the inheritance of God's people, and that utter destruction will be the portion of the nonbelievers. Both Moses and Pharaoh were instruments to show His power, and that the people may know that the Lord is God (v4). While we see God's work in this story, and feel the benefits of it, let us fear Him more and trust in His power. God bless.
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Monday, September 4, 2017
In remembrance of God's destruction for all the firstborn of Egypt, the firstborn males of the Israelites were set apart to the Lord. They shall be redeemed by offering animals. At the first month of the year, Abib, Israel shall celebrate the feast of unleavened bread, and this must be taken to teach the children of the knowledge of God. It shall be a sign in their hand, and as frontlets between their eyes (v16). In the same way Christians are children of God, and had been redeemed through the sacrifice of the Lamb at the cross. The law of God must be in their heart and speak of it to affect themselves and teach others also. As the Israelites went up to the land of Canaan, the Lord went before them in the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night to protect and give them light. It was a great comfort to God's people that they are under Divine guidance and protection. Surely, if we make the glory of God our goal and the word of God our rule, the Holy Spirit will be our guide in every affair of our lives. God bless.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
The Lord makes all things new to His people, by releasing them from the bondage of sin and Satan, and takes them to Himself as His people. Passover is a everlasting feast of the Lord. The lamb as to be presented on the tenth of the first month, killed on the 14th day, and the blood to be sprinkled on the door-posts, to mark the houses of the Israelites from those of the Egyptians. The angel of the Lord would pass over the houses marked by blood, and those without blood, he shall destroy the firstborn. The Egyptians were in total darkness for three days and three light, and they were in anxiety and fear for the coming days. Suddenly, the plague struck their firstborn, leaving not a house in which there was not one dead. In fear, the Egyptians released the Israelites, giving them favor and gifts, just to leave the entire land. This first passover-night was a night of the Lord, much to be observed, and be remembered for generations. Strangers are welcome provided they must be circumcised. In the New Testament, Christ is the Passover Lamb, and open to all that are willing to be circumcised in heart. God bless.
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Friday, September 1, 2017
At last, the final plague that God shall perform is the death of the firstborn of Egypt. The firstborn is the strength of the family, and if they shall be destroyed, the strength of the entire nation shall be weakened severely. From the palace of Pharaoh to the lowest citizens of Egypt, all their firstborn shall sleep the sleep of death. The angel shall slay the Egyptians, but not so much as a dog should bark at any of the children of Israel. The Lord makes a difference between the Israelites and Egyptians; between His people and the people of the world. God made Moses great in the eyes of the Egyptians that people may know that YHWH is the true and living God. The Scripture tells that God used both Moses and Pharaoh to show His power, one for the positive side and the other in the negative. If you will be used by God for His plan, make sure to be in the positive side. Unfortunately, many people chose ignorantly to be in the destructive side. The key is humility and obedience to the word of Christ. God bless.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Pharaoh had continued to harden his heart, so the plague of locust is threatened, worse than any kind which had ever known. At first, Pharaoh agreed to the demand of Moses, but later on changed his mind and refused to let the people go. Jesus said that when we say yes, it must be yes, for a double-minded person will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea, driven by the wind without direction. So the Lord allowed the locust to destroy fully the plants and the field throughout all the land. Then the plague of thick darkness brought upon Egypt in three days, so that they cannot see one another. But there is light in the dwellings of the Israelites. Spiritual darkness is worse than literal darkness, and it is spiritual bondage. Blind people sit in darkness, work in darkness, walk in darkness, and live in darkness, being controlled by the price of darkness. Jesus came to give us light that we may have life in Him. Now, we can see and appreciate His goodness in our new life. God bless.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
The hand of the Lord is upon the cattle, they all died and this was greatly loss to the economy of Egypt. Pharaoh and all Egypt had made Israel poor, and now God's judgment would make them poor. Spiritually, the Egyptians worshipped cows and bulls, and God had to punish these supposed 'gods', telling them that only the God of Moses is worthy of worship and adoration. And because Pharaoh was not affected by the death of their 'gods', so the Lord sent a plague that seized their own bodies. All Egyptians including the magicians themselves were struck with these boils. Then God pronounced a dreadful message that if Pharaoh would not yield, thunder with hail and fire shall fall from the sky that would kill both men and animals, but the land of Goshem shall be preserved. Indeed, there is no safe place when God began to bring down His dreadful judgment. It is only in the Hand of God that we can find peace and protection. God bless.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
God could have plagued the whole land of Egypt with lions or wolves to kill and erase them all, but in His sovereign will, He plagued them with frogs, lice, and flies, and their vast numbers made the people sick. It is the same thing that He can destroy all the disobedient and wicked people, but He first warned them to repent and humble themselves before Him. The curse of the Lord will follow men wherever they go, and it lies heavy upon them whatever they do. The only solution is to be redeemed from the curse of God. Egypt was under a curse; it comes from God, and only God can remove it. Pharaoh had made promises that he will obey the Lord, however, when he saw that there was a relief, he hardened his heart. This is common to human being, that in time of sufferings, they promise to change their ways, but afterwards, they forgot their promises. Unless their hearts is renewed by the grace of God, all their thoughts and promises will always be forgotten. Let us be faithful to our vows and commitment to Christ, because our eternal salvation with Him is at stake. God bless.
Monday, August 28, 2017
Moses is the Lord's spokesperson, and without fear stood in the presence of Pharaoh, calling his attention to release the Israelites. God sends His words and He proves them with Divine authority. When Aaron cast down his rod, it became a serpent. But the magicians were able to do the same with their knowledge of arts of sorcery. But Aaron's serpent swallowed their serpents. The Lord pointed out to Moses that Pharaoh's heart shall be hardened and he would continue to refuse to let the people go. Then, the first plague was announced, turning water into blood. The Egyptians must either drink blood, or die for thirst. Egypt was a pleasant land, but the dead fish and blood made the entire land very miserable. Egyptians depended upon the Nile River, but were warned of the destruction of all the produce of their country. The plague continued but the proud heart of Pharaoh would not humble, so as God's anger would not turn away. Our lesson: when trials or stress in life come, be humble in the presence of God, and He will lift you up. God bless.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
The Lord had promised that He will bring Israel out under the burdens of the Egyptians, rescue them from the bondage, redeem them with outstretched arm, and take them out as His people and be their God (v6-7). God will show them what He would do, and they shall witness these great works of wonder. God would now be known to Israelites by His name YHWH (LORD), which He did not reveal to their forefathers. This name is more intimate and personal, a God performing what He had promised, and finishing His own work. In time of Abraham, God had been called Elohim, in time of Moses, YHWH, and in time of Peter and Paul, the name is Yeshua/Jesus. It is not contradiction but a progression of revelation. Moses' family was mentioned here in order to prove that He was a descendant of an Israelites, not by an Egyptian. He descended from the tribe of Levi, and his parents were Amran and Jochebed. Though our names cannot be found in the Bible, but we understood that they are written in the book of life in heaven. God bless.
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