Come Up 3

Exodus 24:1-2, “And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.  And Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him.”

I was thinking about our thought of “Come Up”.  I began to wonder about some things.  One thing I thought about is that the children of Israel were not invited to approach.  I wondered why.  Maybe it was God’s infinite foreknowledge.  He knew that they would soon sin against Him.  Maybe it was the He knew their hearts so He just kept them at arm’s length so to speak.

The children of Israel could have kept themselves clean and ready to approach; but, for some reason that God knows they were not invited. I wish I knew the reason.  God does not share that with us.  So, we must look at their example and just simply try to learn from their failures and short comings.

Even better than that we now have an Advocate in Jesus Christ.  When He died on the cross He made it possible for us to have constant access.  The only limitation is our sinfulness.  If we are in a right relationship with our Father then we can come into His presence with confidence.  Praise His name!

So, how are you doing?

 

 

Come Up 2

As I was thinking about this experience today I thought about Aaron, Nadab and Abihu.  It is not too long that we find Aaron falling.  In Exodus 32 we find the chapter opening with Aaron commanding the men to take the earrings of their wives, sons and daughters and to bring them to him.  He takes this gold and forms a golden calf and tells the children of Israel that this is now their god.  What?

What happened to Exodus 24:1-2, “And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.  And Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him.”?  Aaron was one of the chosen to approach the LORD.  Moses was asked to come into His presence; but, Aaron was called up to a certain point.

It is no guarantee that we will always be obedient.  We have a sin nature and sometimes we allow it to reign in our lives.  Aaron experienced a huge failure.  It not only cost him; but, it cost the children of Israel too.

When Moses came back down the mountain and found the deplorable, spiritual condition of the people he threw the ten commandments down in anger and broke them.  Then in judgement the calf was ground up and the ashes mingled and the Israelites made to drink the mixture.  God dealt harshly with His people after they failed in a major way.

Now, you and I have failed deeply too.  Yet, if we know Christ as our Saviour He has taken our judgement.  God dealt harshly with His Son on our behalf.  He has take our judgement for us.  In order to be exonerated we must put our faith and trust in Christ and receive Him as our Saviour.

If you need to trust Christ as your Saviour please contact me and let me show you how you can do just that.

So, how are you doing?

Come Up

I was reading my Bible the other day and I came across these two verses.  They arrested my attention.  Then the rest of the chapter began to speak to me.  Unfortunately, I did not take the time to write my thoughts down (again).  I need to break this horrific habit.  Anyway, I was really encouraged when I finished reading them.

Look at Exodus 24:1-2, “And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.  And Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him.”  The first thing I noticed was that Moses; the man of God, was called as well as seventy-three others.  They were all called by God to come closer to Him.  Well, so are you and I.  All of God’s children are called to be continually moving closer to Him.  We cannot settle for stale Christian lives.  We must; as a Preacher friend says, be moving”onward and upward”.  This is so true.

Moses was called up, Aaron and his two sons were called up also.  Then we have the seventy elders that were called up also.  God was calling the leadership to come to Him.  To draw nearer   Our prayer as God’s children should be “Draw Me Nearer O LORD!”

There was one catch to all this.  Only Moses was called to come to the top of the mountain and meet with God.  What a privilege!  Notice what God Himself says, “And Moses alone shall come near the LORD”.

How do you approach God?  Do you run in and say, “Hey” and that is it?  Maybe you are content to just stay in the crowd and “worship” Him from afar.  Maybe, it is time to reevaluate your approach to God.  We must approach God like an airplane approaches the runway.  We must line up with Him and go on in.

So, how are you doing?

Psalm 1 Wisdom – 6

Today will be our last installment of “Psalm 1 Wisdom”.  As I was reading this last verse I could not help but think of so many people that live a life of pain and suffering.  My last thought is as follows.

A Woeful Life – vs. 6, “For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”  The word woeful means affected by or full of grief or woe, of very poor quality or condition.

Far too many people are living woeful lives today.  They seem to have nothing to live for.  They place their trust in things of this earth and they are disappointed almost constantly.  I cannot imagine if I thought that you just lived like a dog and died.  That was it.  The end.  This would be “A Woeful Life” for sure.

Some see our God as a big meanie waiting to crush them with the blow of His almighty fist.  This is not true.  God is allowing this into their lives because He loves them.  He allows it to drive them to Himself.  The problem is that we get it all mixed up and run from Him.  We need to run to the LORD!

Today; my dear reader, are you running from God?  Maybe you see your life as “A Woeful Life”.  Here is the thing.  God will not make everything better if you trust Him today.  He will make you better equipped to face the storms and trials of life.

So, how are you doing?

Psalm 1 Wisdom – 5

There are a lot of people in life that are just living moment to moment.  This is sad.  They have no purpose in life.  They just exist.  This does not have to be such.  When Jesus comes into a person’s heart things change for sure.  Their purpose is found and things change.  The sad reality is that there are those who live just the opposite.

A Wasted Life – vs. 5, “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.”

There are people in this life the do good things trying to earn favor.  Some are trying to earn Heaven.  This is sad.  Everything has been taken care of for people to go to Heaven.  All a person has to do is to trust Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Heaven is their eternal home.

I think of the parable of the lost son or as some call it the parable of the prodigal son.  We are told that he wasted everything on “riotous living” which means wasteful living.  It is sad to see people that come down to the end of their lives and it has been wasted.  They have nothing to show for their lives.

The Christian on the other hand should be just the opposite.  We should slide into home plate with a dirty, tattered uniform shouting, “What a ride!”.  Someone once said, “Only one life twill soon be past.  Only what’s done for Christ will last.”  I don’t know who said that; but, they are painfully right.  Don’t waste your life.  Live for the glory of God!

So, how are you doing?

Psalm 1 Wisdom – 4

As a dispatcher and police officer I took many calls for suspicious people.  One thing that made these people suspicious was that they were often wandering around in an area they were unfamiliar with and that made them look suspicious.

A Wandering Life – vs. 4, “The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.”  Too many people; Christians especially, are just wandering around through life.  These kind of Christians are just aimlessly wandering.  They seem to have no purpose.

This verse tells us that they seem to have no purpose.  They are moved by every wind that blows by.  In order to separate the chaff from the wheat someone would take a pitchfork and scoop up a bunch of wheat and throw it into the air.  The wheat would fall to the ground.  The chaff would fly away in the breeze.

This is how life works sometimes.  There are times when God takes His “pitchfork”; if you will, and throws us up into the air to let the impurities blow away in the winds of life.

The problem is that we are prone to wander.  We get blown off course really easy.  Then one day we look around and we are in the middle of this difficult trial and we wonder how we got there.  It is simple.  You just drifted there with no effort at all.

So, how are you doing?

 

 

Psalm 1 Wisdom – 3

I have some good friends that live in California.  They talk a lot about the water shortage out there.  It is a real problem.  The politicians are enacting laws and ordinances that are so far out to try to combat the problem that it is almost unbelievable.  I just shake my head and say, “It’s California.”

As I was contemplating this series I read Psalm 1:3 which caused me to think about my friends and their water woes.  Let’s take a look at the next bit of wisdom from Psalm 1.

A Watered Life – vs. 3, “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”  So, if we follow the counsel in the first two verses in this chapter then we see the results.

First of all we see, “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water;”.  Trees that are planted by rivers can send their roots to that water and get all they need to grow and flourish.  It is the same for your and I.  If we seek to grow and get our “roots” planted deep into the Word of God then we will begin to grow.  We have seen that over the past couple days.

Secondly, we see, “that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;”.  This is what God wants from you and I.  He wants us to bear fruit.  This can be souls or it can be good works.  Too many people get into the ditch on this issue.  They think that souls are fruit and they don’t think of the good things we do as fruit.  When we take steps of faith it is the fruit of our walk with God.  We become stronger in our faith as we spend time with God in prayer and His Word.  Then we begin to bare more fruit.

Thirdly, we see, “his leaf also shall not wither; “.  What happens when water is scarce?  We see leaves and flowers begin to wilt.  If they receive water then they will thrive.  So, a Christian who is planted by the river with his roots running into that water will not worry about leaves that whither.  They will not dry up and blow away.

Fourthly, we see, “and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”  If you and I want to accomplish something for God then we must get planted, rooted and drawing “water” from our Saviour.  It is that simple.  Far too many Christians are just wandering around aimlessly through life.  They could be living that abundant life that the LORD has for them; but, they just will not surrender to Him.

So, how are you doing?

Psalm 1 Wisdom – 2

So many people are just miserable with their lives.  We see all the time of different people that try to take their own lives through suicide.  We see others trying to drown their lives in drugs.  Some try alcohol.  The list is too vast to try to reach the end of.

What is everyone looking for?  They are looking for “A Wonderful Life”.  As we continue this series on Psalm 1 we will look at verse 2.

A Wonderful Life – vs. 2, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”  What is a wonderful life anyway?  Well, right here we have it explained.

First of all “A Wonderful Life” is a life that has his delight put into “the law of the LORD;”.  The law of the LORD is His Word.  So, “A Wonderful Life” is a life that is spent reading, studying and obeying God’s Word.  You say that you cannot understand the Word of God.  Have you tried to pray before reading and asking God to teach you from His Word?  Try it consistently for 21 days and I think you will be surprised.

To “delight” in something means to have pleasure in something.  We desire whatever we delight in.  We also put value into it.  This needs to be our attitude toward the Word of God or “the law of the LORD”

Secondly “A Wonderful Life” is a life that is centered around God’s Word or the “law of the LORD”.  So much so that you think about it all the time that you are awake.  This goes even further.   “A Wonderful Life” is a life filled with pondering God’s Word.  We are not just reading to check off something on our “to-do list”.  I mean taking a Bible dictionary and looking up words and meanings and really studying.

“A Wonderful Life” is far more than an old black and white movie from the past.  “A Wonderful Life” is a life centered around God’s Word and obeying that Word.

So, how are you doing?

Psalm 1 Wisdom

I love to read the Psalms.  They were the hymn book from the temple.  What I like the most is that you can find one that fits your current mood and begin reading and by the end of the chapter your mood has changed like the writer.  At least this is what happens to me.

As I look at Psalm 1 I see some different lives listed.  We will take a look over the next few days at these.

I. A Wise Life – vs. 1, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”

The Bible tells us that “Blessed” or happy (as an interjection how happy!) is the man that engages in certain things.  First of all the “Blessed” man does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly.  There are people that you can get advice from and there are people that you should never get advice from.

When you need counsel where do you go?  The first place a Christian should go is to our Father in prayer.  Then second place we need to go is to the Bible.  Then the third place we might go is to a fellow Christian that is mature in the faith.

Next we are told that “A Wise Life” is the life that “nor standeth in the way of sinners,”.  I was confused by this for many years.  Then upon further study and counsel from more mature Pastors I learned what this means.  This is telling you and I that this person is in the way of the sinners going the same way.  This is dangerous.  The only way that you and I should be standing “in the way of sinners” is to try to stop them from going to hell.

Then we see that “A Wise Life” is a life that “nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”    This is telling us that we must be careful not to get so far away from God that we begin to scoff at the way of the LORD.  In other words we get so far away from our God that we begin to make fun of the things that we once held dear.  This is dangerous ground.

Now, if you and I are going to live “A Wise Life” we are going to have to heed the counsel of God’s Word.  We know that wisdom comes from God and it is all through His Word.

So, how are you doing?

Cover Up 4

As I was thinking about this theme of “Cover Up” I began to recall many people in the Bible who are guilty of this very thing.  Abraham asked Sarah to conceal her identity in order to save his life (so he thought).  This pattern continued in the family too.  Adam and Eve tried to cover up as we have already seen.

How about Ananias and Sapphira?  Their cover up was deadly to both of them.  Remember they lied about the amount of money they gave in the offering.  They wanted people to think they gave more than they really gave.  Their deceit cost them their lives because they lied to God the Holy Ghost.

Some of us might know of or remember a man named Achan.  His cover up is recorded in Joshua 7:21, “When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. ”  Because of his cover up his sons, daughters and animals were taken into the valley and burned.

These are all serious consequences from what people today would consider a “minor offense”.  Wrong!  When you look at it from God’s perspective you see it totally different.  You see it as sin against a Holy God.  This cannot be.  Sin will be dealt with  It might not bring the house down upon you at that moment; but, rest assured it will come back one day.  Then you will regret it possibly for eternity.

So, how are you doing?