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?