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

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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.

 

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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