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Peter’s Fall.


 

Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said therefore to him, “You aren’t also one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it, and said, “I am not.”John 18:25

 For our own sakes we should mark the steps which led to Peter’s fall.

One was his self-confidence.

When forewarned, he resented the Master‘s foretelling, and declared that though others might deny Christ he never would.

 When we grow boastful we are in great peril.

Safety lies in a consciousness of our own weakness, and in implicit trust in God.

The next step toward Peter’s fall was his sleeping in the garden when he should have been watching and praying.

 That hour was given for preparation for temptation, but was not improved.

Another step was his rashness in drawing his sword in the garden.

 This act made him liable to arrest, and this fact made him nervous and afraid of recognition.

 He tried to hide his connection with Jesus, lest he should be arrested for his assault in the garden.

Rash acts are sure to make trouble for us afterward.

Another step toward denial was Peter’s following Christ afar off.

 This showed timidity and failing faith.

His courage was leaving him.

 Following Christ at a distance is always perilous.

It shows a weakening attachment and a trembling loyalty.

It is in itself partial denial.

The only worthy and the only safe discipleship is thorough, unwavering devotion and whole-hearted consecration.

Then here is the answer which came:-

This apostle took another step toward his fall when he sat down among the servants of the high priest.

He went among them to hide his relation to Jesus .

The only safe thing for a Christian is unequivocally to declare his discipleship wherever he goes.

When Peter had taken these steps he could scarcely do otherwise than openly deny his Lord.

The time for us to guard ourselves is at the beginnings of defection.

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By Vine.


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The Voice Of The Dead Staff.


Numbers 17:1-2,4-5,7-8,10,12-13 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the people of Israel to bring you twelve wooden staffs, one from each leader of Israel’s ancestral tribes, and inscribe each leader’s name on his staff… Place these staffs in the Tabernacle in front of the Ark containing the tablets of the Covenant, where I meet with you.

Buds will sprout on the staff belonging to the man I choose. Then I will finally put an end to the people’s murmuring and complaining against you.”… Moses placed the staffs in the Lord’s presence in the Tabernacle of the Covenant.

When he went into the Tabernacle of the Covenant the next day, he found that Aaron’s staff, representing the tribe of Levi, had sprouted, budded, blossomed, and produced ripe almonds!… And the Lord said to Moses: “Place Aaron’s staff permanently before the Ark of the Covenant to serve as a warning to rebels. This should put an end to their complaints against me and prevent any further deaths.”… Then the people of Israel said to Moses, “Look, we are doomed! We are dead! We are ruined! Everyone who even comes close to the Tabernacle of the Lord dies. Are we all doomed to die?”

It is hard to understand this God of Moses and Abraham who punishes 14,950 people with death just a chapter ago and now shows grace upon a hard-hearted people. What are we to understand of God’s character from this?

The story told in this chapter is one of much hope versus the one yesterday and we need to remember that the characters involved are the same.

Man’s brokenness was visible for all to see and God’s wrath was justified because of the rebellion, at least in God’s estimation.

We might be quick to state that the killing of nearly 15,000 people was way too much for the sins of just 250 but God sees our heart and because He created us, has the right to take our life away if we disrespect or disregard Him.

The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. Genesis 6:5 (NLT)

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT)

And then Jesus added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.” Mark 7:20-23 (NLT)

We have to note here that the dead pieces of wood used as staff by the leaders of the 12 tribes had nothing in them to bring forth new life. They were not special in any way just in and of themselves.

However, God used them to speak His truth and that is a reminder to us that God is more than able to work all things out for His glory.

If there was fruit from the dead staff of Aaron whom the people despised, imagine how much fruit there is in us when we submit our broken bodies to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and follow His leading?

In those times past, the people lived by following the law whereas today we live by being filled by the Holy Spirit, God’s own spirit sent to all those who put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)

The fruits of the spirit referred to by the apostle Paul in the passage above are so vital for you and me and they come to us not because we earn them but because God gives them to us as a gift when we submit ourselves to the lordship of His son Jesus Christ.

Nothing we do or not do earns us favor from God but it is because of Jesus, who willingly and lovingly sacrificed His life for you and I, that we see God’s grace upon us.

The Israelites realized their fallacy and regretted their words and actions because God had shamed them through mere dead pieces of wood.

Are we able to see the brokenness in our words and thoughts or do we need God to correct us in order to submit to His leading?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy.

Moses – Giver of the Law.


Profile of Moses the Old Testament Bible Character

Michelangelo's MosesMichelangelo’s Moses in Rome, Italy 

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Moses stands as the dominant figure of the Old Testament.

God chose Moses to lead the Hebrew people out of slavery in Egyptand mediate his covenant with them.

Moses handed down theTen Commandments, then completed his mission by bringing the Israelites to the edge of the Promised Land.

Although Moses was inadequate for these monumental tasks, God worked mightily through him, supporting Moses every step of the way.

Moses’ Accomplishments:

Moses helped free the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt, the most powerful nation in the world at that time.

He led this huge mass of unruly refugees through the desert, kept order, and brought them to the border of their future home in Canaan.

Moses received the Ten Commandments from God and delivered them to the people.

Under divine inspiration, he authored the first five books of the Bible, or the PentateuchGenesis,ExodusLeviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Moses’ Strengths:

Moses obeyed God’s orders despite personal danger and overwhelming odds.

God worked tremendous miracles through him.

Moses had great faith in God, even when no one else did.

He was on such intimate terms with God that God talked with him regularly.

Moses’ Weaknesses:

Moses disobeyed God at Meribah, striking a rock twice with his staff when God had told him just to speak to it to produce water.

Because Moses did not trust God in that instance, he was not permitted to enter the Promised Land.

Life Lessons:

God supplies the power when he asks us to do things that seem impossible.

Even in everyday life, a heart surrendered to God can be an irresistible tool.

Sometimes we need to delegate.

When Moses took his father-in-law’s advice and delegated some of his responsibilities to others, things worked much better.

You don’t need to be a spiritual giant like Moses to have an intimate relationship with God.

Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, every believer has a personal connection to God the Father.

As hard as we try, we cannot keep the Law perfectly.

The Law shows us how sinful we are, but God’s plan of salvation was to send his Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins.

The Ten Commandments are a guide for right living, but keeping the Law cannot save us.

Hometown:

Moses was born of Hebrew slaves in Egypt, perhaps in the land of Goshen.

Referenced in the Bible:

Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy,JoshuaJudges, 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Micah, Malachi, Matthew 8:4, 17:3-4, 19:7-8, 22:24, 23:2; Mark 1:44, 7:10, 9:4-5, 10:3-5, 12:19, 12:26; Luke 2:22, 5:14, 9:30-33, 16:29-31, 20:28, 20:37, 24:27, 24:44; John 1:17, 1:45, 3:14, 5:45-46, 6:32, 7:19-23; 8:5, 9:28-29; Acts 3:22, 6:11-14, 7:20-44, 13:39, 15:1-5, 21, 21:21, 26:22, 28:23: Romans 5:14, 9:15, 10:5, 19; 1 Corinthians 9:9, 10:2; 2 Corinthians 3:7-13, 15; 2 Timothy 3:8; Hebrews 3:2-5, 16, 7:14, 8:5, 9:19, 10:28, 11:23-29; Jude 1:9; Revelation 15:3.

Occupation:

Prince of Egypt, shepherd, prophet, lawgiver, covenant mediator, national leader.

Family Tree:

Father: Amram
Mother: Jochebed
Brother: Aaron
Sister: Miriam
Wife: Zipporah
Sons: Gershom, Eliezer

Key Verses:

Exodus 3:10
So now, go, I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt. (NIV)Exodus 3:14
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.” (NIV)

Deuteronomy 6:4-6
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (NIV)

Deuteronomy 34:5-8
And Moses the servant of the LORD died there in Moab, as the LORD had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over. (NIV)

The Burning Bush – Bible Story Summary.


God Speaks to Moses from a Burning Bush

The Burning BushGod spoke to Moses through a burning bush. 

Photo: Morey Milbradt / Getty Images

Scripture Reference:

Exodus 3 and 4.

The Burning Bush – Story Summary:

While tending his father-in-law Jethro’s sheep in the land of Midian, Moses saw a baffling sight on Mount Horeb.

A bush was on fire, but it did not burn up.

Moses went over to the burning bush to investigate, and the voice of God called to him.

God explained that he had seen how miserable his chosen people, the Hebrews, were in Egypt, where they were being held as slaves.

God had come down from heavento rescue them.

He picked Moses to carry out that task.

Moses was terrified. He told God he was not capable of such a huge undertaking.

God assured Moses he would be with him.

At that point, Moses asked God his name, so he could tell the Israelites who sent him.

God replied,

“I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.

‘” God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God ofAbraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.

This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3:14-15, NIV)

Then God revealed that he would perform miracles to force the king of Egypt to let the enslaved Israelites go.

To show his power, the Lord turned Moses’ staff into a snake, and back into a staff, and made Moses’ hand white with leprosy, then healed it.

God instructed Moses to use those signs to prove to the Hebrews that God truly was with Moses.

Still afraid, Moses complained that he could not speak well.

God was angry with Moses’ lack of faith, but promised Moses that his brother Aaron would join him and speak for him.

Moses would tell Aaron what to say.

After saying goodbye to his father-in-law, Moses met Aaron in the desert.

Together they went back to Goshen, in Egypt, where the Jews were slaves.

Aaron explained to the elders how God was going to free the people, and Moses showed them the signs.

Overcome that the Lord had heard their prayers, the elders bowed down and worshiped God.

Points of Interest from the Burning Bush Story:

• The names Mount Horeb and Mount Sinai are used interchangeably in the Bible.

Several sites in the Sinai Peninsula have been proposed by scholars, including Jebel Musa (Mount Moses) and Jebel al-Lawz, but the Bible does not give a specific geographic location.

• Scientists have tried to deny the miracle of the burning bush with various theories.

Some say it was a “gas-plant”, vegetation which emits a flammable substance.

Others claim the fire was caused by a volcanic vent near the bush.

Still others say it was merely a plant with red flowers and there was no fire at all, but the Bible clearly states the bush burned but was not consumed.

• God’s name, “I AM”, reveals his independent existence and eternal nature, unbound by past, present or future.

Jesus Christ used this term to express his divinity: “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58, NIV).

The Jews picked up stones to kill Jesus, claiming he committed blasphemy.

• After Moses completed his assignment of leading the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt, he returned to this same holy mountain, where God gave him the Ten Commandments.

Question for Reflection:

God promised Moses from the burning bush that he would be with him throughout this difficult ordeal.

In predicting the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah said, “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

(Matthew 1:23NIV) If you take hold of the truth that God is with you every moment, how would that change your life?

God The Artist.


Exodus 3:1-2,18-22 Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush.

He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed…

And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.

’ But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand.

So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go.

And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing.

You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters.

So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”

We come to the point in Moses’ life where he is being called into God’s service, and like I was once reminded, this was the third of his life. The first forty years were spent as royalty in Egypt, the next forty as a shepherd in the land of Midian and the last forty as leader of a nation as he led the captive Israelites away from Egyptian bondage.

We note God’s amazing way of getting a shepherd’s attention, the forward covenant God makes with Moses to show He will see him through, the great promise of delivery, the leadership role Moses would be given, the acceptance of the elders of Israel, the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart and finally the plunder of the Egyptians after their women give their riches.

God heard the mourning of the Israelites who had to toil day and night for the oppressive Egyptians.

This was foretold to Abraham, came to pass and now we wonder why God would permit such suffering.

Four hundred and thirty years of oppression is what the Israelites had to undergo before they were led out of Egypt and does that not seem a bit much of suffering?

When we gaze at the thousands of years recorded in the Bible across millions of lives over a small geography, we see the realities of this God which are sometimes hard to digest.

This great God who chose to be referred to as the great ‘I AM’ or ‘eh-yeh works on an agenda that certainly is not of human bent.

I like to think of God as a painter with an open canvas and his paints are our choices, actions, relationships, emotions, etc.

and God works through these volatile and dynamic elements to bring together the perfect picture He had in mind.

I do not mean to picture God as a tyrant or someone who is heartless but I mean to picture God as gentle and caring, yet mighty and awesome, who feels for each of us individually yet works for all of mankind holistically to ensure that all goes to plan, a perfect and righteous plan.

Moses questioned God’s plan just as we do when situations crop up in our lives but God who is sovereign over all works beyond our doubts and fears to establish His perfect will.

How long are you going to fight God’s will that was not quashed by slavery, torture or even the cross of Calvary?

Are you willing to give Jesus Christ the reins to your life and your challenges and permit Him to lead you to His father’s throne?

Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy.

Having A Quite Time With God.


You must believe God to have more time with Him.

Exodus chapter 34 verse 1 – 10.

Moses spend time with God.

Steps Moses Took In Having A Quite Time With God.

1, When you are coming to God, come with something to record the information.

2, Be ready in the morning to have a quite time with God.

3, You need to be alone to have qualite time with God.

4, You hear the voice of the Lord when you are alone.

5, When you are alone that is when you can concentrate in your quite time with God.

6, You must learn to worship the Lord.

You must learn to appreciate God early in the reign of worship.

7, Moses was a man of worship.

8, Moses understood the revelation of worship.

That was why he understood the revelation behind the staff.

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