Short of the Promise land

Numbers 32:5-7

Wherefore, said they, if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan.And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here? And wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the Lord hath given them?

Becoming prosperous and obtaining all the goodies this life can offer is tempting.

Today, we have the opportunity to acquire riches that at other times were unreachable. Back in the 80’s the minimum wage was about $3.35 per hour, and today we can find jobs with the minimum of $12.00 per hour. Only the rich could offer cell phones back then, and today anyone even homeless people can obtain one. Riches of this world are becoming easier then ever to get. Jesus taught us that this world’s riches choke the word of God (Mt13:22). It is easy to fall in love with today’s riches, I mean who does like to speak to another person over a video from thousands of miles away. In fact, two young men were playing a game thousands of miles apart, one was in the US and the other was in London, and the one in the US started to get seizures. The young man in London was able to find the address of his friend and send first responders to save him. So, falling in love with today’s riches is easier to do then ever, but the bible tells us not love this world otherwise the love of the Father is not in us (1Jhn2:15-17). Paul tells us that through the craving of the riches of this world many have gone astray (1Tim6:10).

Now, the people of Israel were promised a land which flowed with mild and honey when they came out of Egypt. They wondered through the wilderness many years trying to get to this land. And, when they were getting close to the land, the land became tempting to keep them from continuing their journey. The children of Gad and of Ruben became enticed with the land and decided not to continue to land God promised; they found the land better then the one God had promised. Now, what is better then what God promises? God’s promises are true and they are precious (2Pt1:4), they enable us to escape the world’s corruption. Gad and Ruben fell into the trance of this world and did not experience the promises of God. The riches of this world are temporary Solomon tells us that they will make themselves wings and fly away (Pro23:5). But, God’s promises bring about a promising future and hope (Jer29:11). And, when we choose the riches of this world rather then his promise land, well it brings a distaste savoir to him, and God was not happy with the children of Gad and Ruben. 

Settling for something short of the promise is not what God expects from us. We are to press forward for towards God’s promises, because they are true and faithful (1Cor1:9). They are yes and Amen, God’s promises (2Cor1:20).

 


God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Num23:19.

 

A change always comes about when God selects one for his purpose. The bible teaches us that many are the called but few are the chosen (Mt22:14), and when one is chosen it is because of some great impact is going to happen. Every once in a while there comes someone whom God chooses to do something extraordinary. The preparation process at times may seem odd or a bit strange for this chosen for the extraordinary. Luke the writer of Hebrews shares this desire that God equips us with every good thing for the work of the ministry or purpose (Heb13:20-21). Paul the apostle states that God has ordained apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors, evangelist for the edifying and building of the saints for the extraordinary (eph4:11-12). There is a process that the chosen need to go through before what God has called to us to do becomes a reality.  One thing is for sure and that is that once God has chosen someone there is no turning back, he will complete it till the end (Ph1:6).  

Daniel 4:36-37

At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

Nebuchadnezzar was a young man whom took after his father and became the greatest king in Babylonian times the people ever seen. He began his military career and moved quickly to becoming the greatest captain the Medes army every seen. His military skills were superior to anyone and everyone in those times. After his fathers death he became king and took Babylon from it being almost in ruins to becoming the city of lights. The city became famous for arts, philosophers, educators and engineers. Nebuchadnezzar married a Medes princes and created for her the hanging gardens in the back yards of their castle, which are known today as one of the seven wonders of the world. He was seen by the people of Judah as a favorable light, because he set Jeremiah free along with the poor when he conquered Judah (Jer39:11-12). 

This king’s favor towards God’s people brought favor from God to him and made him a chosen one(Jer27:6-7). God’s plan with Nebuchadnezzar (Neb) began with the revelation of his chosen via a dream; the dream of a statue and his kingdom the head of gold. Then God deals with the images or idols in his life when he sends the three young men into the fiery furnace. And, after, God deals with Nebuchadnezzar’s priorities of belief when sends Daniel into the lions den. And, finally God deals with Neb to humble himself and recognize who the Lord is when he sends him to seven years of a mad life with the animals of the fields. In order for the extraordinary to happen one needs to be a chosen, and to be a chosen one needs to go through a process of change.   

Ambassadors of Christ

The Lord said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” (Nm20:7-8)

FAith

In a shadow

Believing that God can do and does on our behave is both a benefit for us and for others as well. People feed of our faith, for instance four friends were taking their friend who was paralyzed to see if Jesus would heal him in Mark 2:3-5, and He did just that because of their faith.  Jesus spoke that our faith has to be like the mustard seed that when it grows it grows to be a tree where birds take refuge in (Mt13:31-32). Faith is something that has to be articulated, with our tongue we tell mountains to move and they have to obey(Mk11:22-23). Jesus said that whatever we ask the Father in his name he would do it (Jhn16:23). 

Now, all the people that were with Moses were waiting to see what he would do to get them water, and so his action would whether they would believe God or not. And, all that Moses needed to do was to follow the instruction given by God to speak to the rock, but he did not. Moses instead of speaking to the rock, which would have cause a faith movement with the people struck the rock with his rode (Nm20:9-11). People believe when they hear the faith things we speak, and see God do according to what we ask. When people see us do the work, they do not need to believe in God. Hebrews 11:1 tells us “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” The word of faith is in our heart (Ro10:8), but we need to speak it otherwise it cannot come to a reality. Moses’ faithless act caused the people not to believe in God and he nor Aaron could not enter into the promise land(Nm20:12). There is a price to pay for those in the shadow of our faith see no faith.