Do we make the choice that Moses made?

“He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward” Hebrews 11:26.

He had the perfect cover. Rescued from the Nile and raised by Pharoah’s daughter, Moses had all the perks of growing up in the royal household of the world’s superpower at that time.

This just made the choice he had to make all the more difficult. Coming across one of his fellow Israelites being beaten, he killed the Egyptian attacker and then had to flee for the next forty years into the desert to endure the poor life of a shepherd.

Instead of enjoying the temporary pleasures of sin, he gave everything up to identify with God.

The book of Hebrews says that he did that “by faith” and that he was “looking ahead to his reward.

Do we make the same choice? There is no doubt that this postmodern culture we live in offers all “the treasures of Egypt.” We live in an unparalleled time of luxury and opulence with all the world’s lures of sin, sensuality, and stuff. We just need to reach out and take it.

Will we? Or, by faith choose to be mistreated along with the people of God, regarding disgrace for the sake of Christ of greater value?

Doug Kashorek

douglaskashorek.com

#choices, #faith, #moses

The Proper Response (Word to the Wise)

In Numbers 20, we are reminded that one can do the Lord’s work and still be accused of self-serving motives in their doing of it. This is what happened to Moses and Aaron as the children of Israel were on the cusp of entering into the land of promise, having traveled a long journey from Egypt to what we know is the land of Palestine today. Moses and Aaron responded to the murmuring going on with a segment of the Israelite community, but their response was not received well by the Lord. Already, the Lord was displeased with the larger community, but now His displeasure rested on the actions of Moses and Aaron. In this scenario (Numbers 20:1-13), there is a lesson for us. I suppose there is not a single reader of the Old Testament story that can’t relate in one way or another with Moses/Aaron, but whether one can relate or not, the proper response (lesson) is not to allow the one’s anger and emotion to control, but for the Lord to control. Not easy, but necessary.

 

#aaron, #egypt, #moses, #murmuring, #word-to-the-wise

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10-7-2016 There Are No Judeo-Christians

“Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law” (Galatians 5:2-3 NKJV). Clearly, Christians must not go back to Moses for their religious duties.  There are people who claim to preach Jesus, believe in Jesus, and obey Jesus, but add the obligations of Moses.  They must: 1) be like Jews, keeping all of Moses: 10 commandments, fleshly circumcision, animal sacrifices, religious feasts and days; and 2) know their “Christian faith” amounts to nothing!  Paul said, “if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21 NKJV).  Jesus took Moses’ Law “out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14 NKJV).  Celebrating any of that “old law” today rejects the cross of God’s Only Begotten Son!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#christians, #jews, #moses

Moses had choices and so do we

By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” (Hebrews 11:24-26)

Kick back and relax? Moses could have chosen to kick back and relax with the best of today’s social media celebrities!

Live it up? Moses could have chosen to live it up with the best of today’s children of powerful politicians.

Don’t get distracted with religion? Moses could have chosen to go with the grain and follow his adopted culture’s popular polytheistic ways.

Live for today? Moses could have chosen to see this world as the end all be all when it comes to achievement.

Plain and simple – Moses could have chosen a lot of different things, but he chose a “life for good” over “the good life”, and such is the call that God’s anointed has given us today.

Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:43-39)

#calling, #choices, #christianity, #following-jesus, #moses

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2-2–2016 Moses Proves Jesus

Jesus told Jews in His day: “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:46-47 NKJV). (1) “And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD” (Exodus 24:4 NKJV). This was more than 10 Commandments. The original writings of Moses’ had been copied, but Jesus had complete confidence in those copies. (2) “The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear” (Deuteronomy 18:15 NKJV). Moses’ prophecy was specifically fulfilled only in Jesus Christ. (3) Teaching that the Old Testament is only myths and fables denies the truthfulness of Jesus Christ! The Devil denies the Word of God!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#10-commandments, #jesus-christ, #moses, #myths-and-fables, #prophecy

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2-3-2016 Find Jesus In Scripture

“Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph'” (John 1:45 NKJV). (1) The Jews in Jesus’ day knew God had predicted a Messiah through the Prophets who had written the Word of God. God would give His New Law through this Messiah, which we call the New Testament. “He takes away the first that He may establish the second” (Hebrews 10:9 NKJV). (2) Nothing in the Old Testament predicted any other Prophet, like Jesus, who should be followed. These specific prophecies could not have been fulfilled by anyone but Jesus Christ, not: Abraham, Moses, David, Muhammad, Joseph Smith, Edgar Cayce, or any others who claim God is speaking through them today. (3) Only “Jesus of Nazareth” is identified in Scripture. Have you found Him? He said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#edgar-cayce, #messiah, #moses, #muhammad, #prophets

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1-11-2016 Can Moses Save

Jesus was asked: “‘Which is the first commandment of all?’ Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is: “Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these'” (Mark 12:28-31 NKJV). No one has ever received authority to raise any other of Moses’ commandments over and above these first two. The 10 Commandments do not include these two, and therefore, cannot save anyone, then or now. Keeping Moses’ 10 Commandments today is to reject Jesus Christ, for He said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15 NKJV). Jesus, not Moses, saves today.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#10-commandments, #jesus-christ, #moses

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1-12-2016 What Law Did Jesus Fulfill

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17-18 NKJV). Jesus, then, gave 6 quotes from the Law of Moses which He contrasted with His own Laws (Matthew 5:21-48). After He was raised from the dead, “He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures” (Luke 24:44-45 NKJV). Once fulfilled, the Law of Moses was removed by Jesus’ cross. “He takes away the first that He may establish the second” (Hebrews 10:9 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#cross, #fulfill, #jesus, #law, #moses

December 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (The Messiah in Prophecy II)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Deuteronomy 18:15-19—A Prophet Like Moses (Bryan Hodge)
  • Genesis 49:10—Until Shiloh Come (Cody Westbrook)
  • Jeremiah 23:5-6—A Righteous Branch (Steven Lloyd)
  • Psalm 40:6-10—I Delight to do Thy Will (Bill Burk)
  • Psalm 22—The Cross (Troy Spradlin)
  • Psalm 16—The Resurrected Christ (Tom Moore)
  • Zechariah 13:1—The Fountain for Sin and Uncleanness (Rob Whitacre)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

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#christian-worker, #cross-of-christ, #forgiveness-of-sins, #jesus, #jesus-as-king, #jesus-relationship-with-the-old-testament, #messianic-prophecy, #moses, #resurrection-of-christ, #types-and-shadows

You did not believe me

How in the world could the Lord possible say to Moses that he (Moses) did not believe Him (the Lord) in Numbers 20:12 (NKJV)? For 40 years Moses led the Lord’s people through the wilderness toward the promised land; for 40 years Moses taught the people the Lord’s way; for 40 years Moses prayed and sought guidance from the Lord—how could the Lord say that?

That Moses did believe and trust in the Lord is obvious to any reader of Scripture, but it must have been the case that in Moses’ frustration with the rebellious people of Israel, in his weakness, he exhibited a degree of rebellion (unbelief) himself. It has been suggested elsewhere that Moses was unsatisfied with the Lord’s remedy of the situation, and he expressed it in his actions before the people.

Whether this is the case or not, one thing that can be learned is this: to him whom much is given much is expected. Moses was given much, very much. The Lord expected better of him, and Moses failed Him on this occasion. How much have you been given?

#expectations, #frustration, #moses, #responsibility, #unbelief

More Glory

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house.” (Hebrews 3:1-3)

You can’t technically count on one hand the number of individual people that God used as “book markers” as he brought his plans for humanity to fruition, but regardless of that, Moses still stands amongst the tallest of those that the holy scriptures make mention of. God used Moses to reveal heavenly glories that were previously unknown as a whole to the people of God. He stood as a model of humility, meekness, wisdom, strength and faith. If one were to actually read Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy you will see that Moses led the people of God in jaw dropping ways. But all this being said, this same Moses was quick to fall on his face whenever he came before the glory that was to come!

If we were to say that Moses stands head and shoulders amongst the builders of God’s people when it comes to glory (and he does) then it’s just as right to say that Jesus’ feet are off the ground that Moses removed his sandals for (because he did). A refusal to acknowledge the glory revealed through Moses didn’t do away with the glory, and a refusal to acknowledge the greater glory of God revealed through his son doesn’t diminish the results of his work – a house of God built upon a foundation that stands as strong today as the day that it was built (1 Timothy 3:14-16). Jesus entered the world with a proclamation of glory and he left the world with a glory to be proclaimed. And glory still be to his name for it!

Living as the patriarchs and living under the law of Moses will not do what the son of God has done – revealed a more glorious way through a more glorious house built by a more glorious name that leads to a more glorious land. And when we get to that place through all of that glory, there will be even more glory to consider and behold.

For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.” (Hebrews 3:4-6)

#book-of-hebrews, #glory, #jesus, #moses

incessant grumblers

Being a teacher requires a certain resolve. It doesn’t matter how intriguing or boring your lesson topic is for the day, there will be students who just won’t open up to it. Sometimes I say, before giving instructions for an assignment, “Everyone listen closely, because I am only going to explain this once.” By the end of the day, on a good day, I have explained it at least four or five times. This holds true no matter how simple the task–even writing down notes I am speaking verbatim. At times it can be exasperating, leaving you exhausted after a simple activity.

Exodus 16 makes me think of my classroom. It shakes out like this: In verse 2, the people grumble against Moses and Aaron. In verse 4, God says He is going to test them to see whether they will follow His instructions. In verse 14, they see the first manna. In verse 19, Moses tells them not to leave it til morning. In verse 20, they leave it til morning. In verse 25, Moses told them they would not find any manna because it was the sabbath, so don’t go looking for it. In verse 27, the people went looking for it. At this point the Lord seems exasperated, for He exclaims, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My instructions?” Finally in verses 29 and 30 they get it right.

Lord, sometimes it takes us a little while to catch on. Please be patient with us while we learn to walk in Your instructions.

#christianity, #classroom, #exodus, #instructions, #israelites, #manna, #moses, #obedience, #test

brought out

Then all the sons of Israel did so; they did just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron. And on that same day the Lord brought the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts. (Exodus 12:50-51)

What a beautiful, succinct portrait of the dynamic relationship between God and man! It’s like a Scripturized “gif.” God’s relationship with man has always involved three steps. 1) God issues a command with a promise, 2) man obeys, 3) God delivers. We see it in this passage; we see it at Jericho and so many of the military victories over cities of Canaan, we see it in the judges, we see it with the kings, we see it occasionally in the prophets, and most importantly, we see it in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

1) Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).

2) So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls (Acts 2:41).

3) For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

#acts-of-the-apostles, #baptism, #christianity, #deliverance, #god, #jesus, #moses, #obedience, #promise

Respect, Anguish, and Confusion

     When Moses was called upon by the Lord to stand before Pharaoh to lead His people out of the land of bondage, Moses had to convince the people to hear the Lord. It is interesting in early portions of Exodus to note the struggle the people had in this regard.

First, they bowed their head in respect and worship of the Lord when they learned what the Lord was going to do for them (Exodus 4:31). When you have become accustomed to do a certain thing you become comfortable in doing that certain thing. What is now routine is not easily disrupted without resistance; one hopes that if disruption come, that disruption is toward something better. This is the occasion with regard to the Israelites and their respect and worship toward Moses and the Lord.

Second, they refused to hear Moses because of the anguish of spirit (Exodus 6:9). The routine was upset and the upset routine did not turn out as a result of something better, but more anguish. This can easily oppress one’s soul. Thus, when Moses told the people what the Lord would do—they did not want to hear! In fact, they were not hearing much of anything if it was going to be worse!

Third, to add to this struggle, you will recall that Moses was a reluctant leader. It is evident that Moses had to contend with his own insecurities and anguished spirit as a result of his first experience with Egypt’s king (Exodus 5:1-11); now he must go to the people and speak to them about what the Lord was going to do that was positive for the nation. This seemed a bit much to him (Exodus 5:23).

A couple of lessons we can learn, I think. First, let us take inventory with regard to our own routines. Routines are, by nature, habits and habits become comfortable for each of us. Routines, however, that are in the Lord’s way need to be upset—even when it causes us anguish. Second, it is very easy from the underneath (incomplete) side of knowledge to judge something harshly. The Israelites did, and we are no different in that regard. The lesson they learned, however, was that when the Lord called upon a change of circumstance (and heart), it was Him who had full knowledge and the judgment made by any and all people that was underneath that full-knowledge was out of place. Important lesson to learn, don’t you think?  RT

 

#anguish, #moses, #routine, #worship

Three ways Christ is superior to Moses

Would you agree with this overview of Heb. 3:1-6?

First, the builder of a house has more glory than the house. Christ is the builder and Moses is the house; therefore, Christ is superior to Moses in glory (3:3-4). Second, the son in a family is superior to a servant. Christ is the Son and Moses is a servant: therefore, Christ is superior to Moses in rank (3:5-6). Third, one over the house is superior to one in the house. Christ is over the house and Moses is in the house; therefore, Christ is superior to Moses in position (3:5-6).

Quote is from James R. Allen, writing on Hebrews in Don Shackelford, ed., New Testament Survey (Search, AR: Resource Publications, 1987): 398.

#bible-study, #hebrews, #jesus-christ, #moses