WHO’S ON THE LORD’S SIDE (Pt. 2)

“As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it….David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”   (1 Samuel‬ ‭17‬:‭23, 26‬ NIV).

PERILOUS TIMES

We are in times like the time of David. The battle lines have been drawn and there is no place to turn and hide. Our world has chosen to oppose God’s laws and ignore His moral codes of conduct. Like the giant Goliath of the Philistines they have said, mockingly, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man that we might fight together”(See 1 Samuel 17:10). “Winner takes all!” was the terms of the battle.

The question comes from King Saul, “Who will fight this man?” In essence, “Who is on the Lord’s side?”

GOLIATH OF GATH

Goliath was indeed a menacing foe. There is a mystery hidden in his description. He is named “Goliath of Gath”…”a champion”. He’s six cubit in height, clothed in brass armor, welding an iron spear weighing 600 shekels (See 1 Samuel 17:4-7). His height and weight seem to hint prophetically at Mr.”666″ in John’s Revelation; one who is “seemingly” invincible(See Rev.13).

Goliath is from “Gath” which in the original means “wine press”. He is the embodiment of all that is Anti-God/Anti-Christ; all that is destined to be judged, “tread upon in the wine press of the wrath of God”(Revelation 19:15).   Many will compromise with the Anti-Christ figure, jeopardizing their own soul’s eternal destiny. “A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name”(‭Revelation‬ ‭14‬:‭9-11‬ NIV).

NO COMPROMISE

David did not consider the size or reputation of Goliath. Nor did he go to meet his foe in his own armor or strength. He went in the armor of the LORD. “David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied”(1 Samuel‬ ‭17‬:‭45‬ NIV).

David sized up his opponent and realized that as big as Goliath was…And although armed only with his sling shot…”I can’t miss!” Someone said, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. But the size of the fight in the dog!”

DESTINED TO REIGN

David was very courageous. He did not considering his odds in the fight. Rather he considered the size of his God in the fight. By faith, he knew he was born for battle! He was not called merely to conquer. He was “more than a conqueror through Him who loved him” (Romans 8:37). His destiny was to reign over ALL God’s enemies.

We too are destined to reign through Jesus our Messiah. “Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years”(‭Revelation‬ ‭20‬:‭6‬ NIV).

It’s time to choose sides and decide what armor you will choose for the battle. Paul exhorts us, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes”(‭Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭10-11‬ NIV).

David’s example of faith and courage can help us decide, “Whose on the Lord’s side?”

 

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WHO’S ON THE LORD’S SIDE (Pt.1)

There is an interesting Scripture portion (Parashat) from the Old Testament reading this week (See Numbers 25). It is regarding a man God chose to honor named Pinchas (or Phinehas). He rose up to “Stop the plague” of death that began to spread through the Camp of Israel. Recall that children of Israel had fallen prey to the idolatrous practices of the Nations around them while on their way through the wilderness to the “Promise Land”.
Because of Phinehas’ love and zeal for the LORD, God gave him a special blessing; a “Covenant of peace” upon he and his family line. As a result of God’s blessing, his sons would be included as priests, ministering perpetually in God’s presence.
CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES
Phinehas’ decision to stand with the Lord God teaches a basic law or principle. Choices in life have consequences. Paul states it thus, “Whatever a man sows that shall he reap”(Galatians 6:7). What we choose today will determine outcomes for tomorrow. God says, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them” (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20 NASB).
PATRIARCHAL VISION
Do we realize that the dignity of being human is choice and that it can alter the course of our life, that of our children and the course of a nation? I remember a dream I had some time ago. In it I saw the Revolutionary Army come out of the forest with General George Washington at the front on his beautiful white horse. His men came out of the forest behind him, in perfect military fashion with the rifles and so forth. “What an awesome scene!” I thought as I witnessed his Army step onto the battlefield. Suddenly! The scene changes…I am now placed with another Army. King David and his men are leading it. They have the Ark of God on the battlefield. Although I did not see the enemy (In either vision), I could feel the atmosphere charged with anticipation of a great battle about to unfold. As I watched this scene, the day was moving toward evening. David and his mighty men lay down in the open field with no sense of fear or dread of the fight that was ahead. The Ark of God’s presence was in their midst. I was invited to join them as they lay down to rest for the night, which I did. When I awoke early that morning. David and his men and the Ark had already gone! It was at that moment I knew I was faced with a dilemma. I could join General Washington’s Army, which had come onto the field of battle. Or I could catch up with King David, his men and the Ark of God. What should I do? I knew that the first represented a natural battle that had brought great blessings bringing to birth a new nation. The other represented a spiritual battle that could results in great blessings for many Nations. I chose the latter, knowing that the only hope for our Nation is a true invasion of the kingdom of God in our Land.
We as a nation are faced with great and difficult challenges. The choices we must make in this hour will determine the course of the destiny this Nation and no doubt others. To borrow the words of Winston Churchill, “This could be our finest hour!” as a nation or our worst! Like Phinehas, you get to choose…”Who’s on the Lord’s side?”

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THE PATH OF LIFE (Pt. 2)

“The path of the righteous shines more and more until the full light of day”. (Proverbs 4:18).

When God wanted a people with whom He could fellowship He shows Moses a pattern in heaven. This pattern given was what has become known as Moses Tabernacle. It was really “God’s Tabernacle” shown to Moses. One of the most important pieces of furniture shown was the Menorah or Lampstand which was to be placed in the Holy Place or the Tabernacle of the Congregation.”The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you set up the lamps, see that all seven light up the area in front of the lampstand.’ ” Aaron did so; he set up the lamps so that they faced forward on the lampstand, just as the Lord commanded Moses. (Numbers 8:1-3 NIV)  

Aaron as the high priest was directly responsible for the Lampstand (Candlestick). He was to both carry it and care for the light or flame upon it. God spoke to him to see that the light not go out.  Today, we have a great high priest, Yeshua (Jesus) who sees that the Lampstand burns in the holy place of our hearts continually. The scriptures tell us that “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord”. In other words, when we receive the life of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God makes our spirit alive.  We come alive(Born again) by His Spirit (See John 1:12-13).   

CARRY THE LIGHT

No matter how many times Israel moved about in the wilderness, Aaron was responsible to see that the light travelled with them. Yeshua, both our great high priest and the true Lampstand goes with us on our journey.   He said,”I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness”(John 8:12).  We need not fear that the darkness of this world will overtake us as long as we follow Yeshua (Jesus) the true Light source.  Paul wrote, “We are children of the light, children of the day not of the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:5).

PURE OIL

Aaron and his sons were to make sure that the lamps on the top of the Lampstand were clean, with trimmed wicks and supplied with fresh, pure olive oil.  When (Yeshua) Jesus ministers to us it is by the agency of the Holy Spirit in our spiritual being.  There is a reason He is called the “Holy Spirit”.  It is because He does not represent man’s carnal interest, foremost, but  the primary interest of the Father and the Son’s (See Philippians 1:6; 2:13; John 16;12-15).  The more we walk in the fullness of His Holy Spirit the purer and brighter the flame shines.  This is the applied meaning of the Candlestick having buds, blossoms and fruit” on each of its golden branches (See Exodus 25:31-35).

The apostle Paul wrote, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:22-25 NASB).   If we are true carriers of His light we are true bearers of His fruitful character and nature.

EVENING AND MORNING

Aaron was to see that the flame was burning “evening and morning”.   Note the order. God’s order in creation was “The evening and the morning was the first day….The evening and the morning was the second day”,etc.(Genesis 1)  So, too, it is in the order of redemption.  Evening proceeds the morning, darkness is before the light.  Remember the children of Israel waited until night engulfed Egypt before they were liberated from their bondage.  So this applies to today.

There may be darkness around you, which suggests that you have to submit to its power. But never forget that evening proceeds morning. Light shines forth to swallow up the darkness and lead us to the perfect day. The captain of a seafaring vessel doesn’t hope that the Lighthouse is dimly lit when coming through thick midst and darkness.  He hopes that it is shining a brilliant light in order to bring the vessel safely into harbor!  So…Keep the pure oil in those lamps and keep the holy fire burning!

 

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THE PATH OF LIFE (Pt.1)

“The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, it shines brighter and brighter to the perfect day”(Proverbs 4:18).

Like a father who heroically rescues a captured son, so the LORD God likens Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage. But we must understand that the end goal was not just deliverance, it was an invitation to a people to enter into a new relationship with God (See Exodus 19:1-6).

Moses met God on the Mount in the desert and brings back words of His intent to take this people unto Himself in “the covenant of marriage” as it were. They would become His own special treasure and possession for a special purpose in the earth. Later on, the prophet Isaiah reminds them of the Lord’s purpose. “I will make you a light to the Gentiles, that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth”(Isaiah 49:6 NIV).

THE PATHWAY

Perhaps, no Bible illustration better portrays what God had in mind for His people to make them “a light to the nations” as is found in the Tabernacle in the wilderness. God gave Moses a heavenly “Blueprint” that would allow God to remain in the midst of His people. “Let them build Me a sanctuary that I might dwell among them”(Exodus 25:8).

The Tabernacle was to be positioned in the middle of Israel’s encampment with a distinct directional “path”. When set up, as God instructed Moses, there were three distinct compartments: The Outer Court, the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. Each of these contained their own respective furniture (which is not our focus here). The thing I’d like us to be reminded of is that the pathway of each compartment was illumined by different light sources.

SUN LIGHT

The Outer Court area was dependent upon the light of the Sun. Here the priests ministered at the Brazen (Brass) Altar and the Brazen (Brass) Laver by the natural light. It was necessary for the priest to function and minister to the people who brought their respective sacrifices. But the priests could only function by the NATURAL Sun light.  When the Sun light was eclipsed by darkness, the Outer court function ceased.  Perhaps, this is one of the meanings of that which John experienced in heaven. “I was given a reed like a rod and was told, ‘Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with it’s worshippers. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles…’”(Revelation 11:1-2a).

In a world, which is moving into greater moral darkness, we must be reminded that the “natural light of reason” can only bring us so far into a true relational understanding of God. Furthermore, Yeshua (Jesus) warned His disciples saying,” We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work”(John 9:4 NAS). 

THE LAMPSTAND

Beyond the Outer Court was the Holy Place. It was there that the Lampstand (Candlestick) was positioned across from the Table of Shewbread and to the right of the Altar of Incense. The Lampstand (Menorah) in the original Hebrew root word means “light”. It was made of one beaten work of gold with seven oil filled lamps positioned on the top of the Lampstand. With the thick covers over the tabernacle structure, the Candlestick was the only source of light by which the priests could fellowship and function.

The Lampstand according to the Scriptures speaks to us of several things. (1) God, Who is our only true Source of Light. “The LORD is my light and my salvation”(Ps. 27:1;See also 1 John 1:5)). (2) It speaks to us of God’s Word. “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path”(Ps. 119:105;See also Psalm 119:130). (3) Again, the Menorah was to remind Israel of their sovereign calling and destiny. “I have made you a light to the nations”(Isaiah 49:6). (4) In the New Testament, the Candlestick further speaks of Yeshua (Jesus) who declared, “I am the light of the world; he who walks with me shall not walk in darkness”(John 8:12;See also John 1:1-5). Finally, the Candlestick speaks of the community of the faithful followers of Yeshua (Jesus), the Messiah. “You are the light of the world…No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven”(Matthew 5:14-16; See also Revelation 1:12-13,20).

The image and meaning of the Lampstand is consistent right throughout the Scriptures. Therefore, we must pay attention to its message for us today. If we are on the Path of Life, we are moving closer in our fellowship and walk with God (And one another). God is illuminating our darkness. But if we are not facing His light in this hour we are moving further away and into greater darkness. In other words, I believe this is an hour in which God’s Candlestick is “being restored” or it is “being removed”(See Revelation 2:5). There are no grey zone areas in His presence. Today, we are being invited to “Come…And let us walk in the light of the LORD”(Isaiah 2:5).

 

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FIRST RESPONDERS (Pt.4)

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses” (2 Corinthians 10:3, 4 NASB).

TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES

 Through Joshua’s leadership and obedience the moment had arrived for the overthrow of Jericho (See Joshua 5&6). For Joshua, the victory was assured the moment he took his rightful position as God’s servant-leader.

“Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the Lord.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?”(Joshua 5:13, 14 NASB).

 There is no ultimate victory or success until we acknowledge the rightful rule of the Lord in all our endeavors. Taking our “shoes off” is to acknowledge the Holy in Whom we trust. “Wait for the Lord and keep His way, And He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it”(Psalms 37:34 NASB).

CONQUEST!

God’s orders (albeit unorthodox to carnal reasoning mindset) were clear. The priest bearing the Ark, the seven priests with seven shofar-trumpets, the soldiers marching ahead of them was the strategy. On the seventh day, they were to shout.

Three observations I note:  (1) The Ark of God was in their midst. The will and the presence of God are critical to our victory. We as priest of the Lord (1 Peter 2:5,9) must learn to lift up the Lord in our prayer and praise above our enemy. “Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. In You our fathers trusted; They trusted and You delivered them”(Psalms 22:3, 4 NASB).

(2) It was the 7th day that brought the defeat of the enemy. Seven is a very important number in scripture. It speaks of completion or that which is finished. For example, God created 6 days (Space & stars, plants and trees, birds and animals. And finally human beings.) He called his work “Good”. But He placed His seal upon the 7th day, setting it apart for something noble. He “blessed it” and “set it apart as holy”(Genesis 2:3). God “sanctified a Day” in Time. God created human beings on the 6th day so they could enter their work and labor WITH Him without the “sweat” of their human effort.

 Again, Joshua in all his conquests is but a shadow of what Yeshua (Jesus) has done for us over all our enemies! (See Hebrews 4:1,8-11). God proceeded Israel BEFORE Jericho was taken. Furthermore, He goes ahead of us to bring ultimate triumph over all the enemies today (See Colossians 2:13-15).

 (3) The conquest was proclaimed before it was manifest. The blast of the shofars and the shout were in advance of the walls of Jericho coming down! God exposed the stronghold of their enemy and the people of God went straight head unto victory! So it will be true for you today.

“O clap your hands, all peoples; Shout to God with the voice of joy. For the Lord Most High is to be feared, a great King over all the earth. He subdues peoples under us and nations under our feet. He chooses our inheritance for us, the glory of Jacob whom He loves. Selah. God has ascended with a shout, The Lord, with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm. God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne. The princes of the people have assembled themselves as the people of the God of Abraham, for the shields of the earth belong to God; He is highly exalted”(Psalms 47:1-9 NASB).

 As “First Responders” let us be bold to pray and sing and shout the victory over our enemy and over all God’s enemies. May the shout of the victory of our King be heard in our land!

 

 

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FIRST RESPONDERS(Pt.3)

“The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding” (Joshua 6:9 NIV).

 WHO…ME?

I was walking from the kitchen into the living room when I heard the Lord speak to me, “I want you to start blowing the shofar.” I was startled by these words! I neither owned a shofar-horn nor did I know how to blow a horn! As a matter of fact, whenever a Prayer event required that a shofar be blown I’d contact a precious friend who blew and taught others how to blow the ram’s horn. Whenever she blew her shofar everyone could sense the presence of God come in such a real and tangible way.

THE BREATH OF GOD

God confirmed that He wanted me to blow the shofar (My non-experience was not going to be an excuse!). Within two days someone felt to give me a small ram’s horn (Not knowing about my encounter with God). A few days later, another friend gave me a huge Shofar!  The Lord had my attention. But I had an immediate problem. When I tried to blow the shofar, I could not get a squeak out of it (no matter how hard I tried!).  Then something happened!… While talking with a friend about my consternation of not being able to produce a sound, they gave me the key that resolved my frustrating attempts.  They said, “You know, I heard that it is only by the breath of God that the shofar can be blown.”  That was the answer I needed!  When I returned home, I humbly bowed and prayed, asking the Lord God to give me “His breath” to blow the shofar. The results? I have been blowing the shofar ever since! And I have been invited to blow the shofar at various gatherings which have brought great blessings.  Now I understand that I was not only being called to merely “blow the shofar” but I was called to be “A shofar blower” for Him.  Which brings me to the point of the story.

NEW STRATEGY

When Joshua was chosen by God to lead His people into battle for their promised land, it would require a different strategy than the one given to Moses.  As a matter of fact, every spiritual battle you face will require a new and personal understanding of the “God- weapons and strategy” needed.  As previously suggested, Joshua was leading a new army for a new generation who had not experienced war.  They were God’s “First responders”, standing on the edge of their inheritance.  Apart from the priests and the Ark of God, they were given a Ram’s horn to blow, at a certain moment in time, in the face of the stronghold of their enemy.  From this incident(and other occasions in the scriptures) we learn of the shofar’s significance.

WEAPON OF WAR

The shofar was not being given to be used as a musicical instrument.  It was weapon of war in God’s army! The sound of the shofar sends both confusion and terror into the heart of the enemy’s camp (See Judges 6:34;7:17-21).  Again, some rabbinic scholars teach that the enemy knows and understands that one day the shofar will sound  to announce his final defeat(See 1 Corinthians 15:51-55).  So…Whenever he hears the blast of a shofar he doesn’t know if it is “a dress rehearsal” or the real thing!

 A CALL AND MEMORIAL

During the time of the biblical Feasts of the LORD(still observed today) God’s people were to lay aside their personal priorities and concerns. They were to leave them all behind, as it were, and come together at a designated time and  a designated place to seek the Lord and celebrate in His presence.  This was in order that they never forget His deliverance and goodness, love and favor over their lives.

Someone else with further biblical insight wrote(I don’t know the source), “The shofar is memorial of the time when God provided the ram as a substitute for the sacrifice of Isaac. The shofar is the biblical trumpet that calls God’s people to repentance and to service in his kingdom”.

 The psalmist wrote, “Fortunate are those who know the voice of the shofar; O LORD, they walk by the illumination of your countenance”(Psalm 89:16 KCB).

With this insight and the relevance of this mighty weapon, Let us have faith to agree with the apostle Paul who wrote,”The weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds”(2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV).  We need the Holy Spirit’s breath upon us once again.  And  we need to hear the sound of HIS shofar in our land today.

 

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FIRST RESPONDERS(Pt. 2)

Joshua was given the task of taking some “first responders” into the new land which God had promised their forefathers. Leading a new generation would take a new dedication as well as discipline. We see this in chapter five of the Book of Joshua.

CONSECRATION

Through Joshua’s leadership, God brought the people across the Jordan River as the priests bore the Ark of God ahead of the people of God about 2000 cubits ahead of them. Why the distance out front? They had never been this way before. And God was taking the lead. From that distance they probably did not see which particular priests were bearing the Ark…But they, no doubt, could see the golden crowned chest with the spread winged cherubim covering it.

 What’s the point? If you are going to crossover into your land of inheritance it is because you’ve learned to follow leaders who are lifting King Jesus higher than He’s ever been lifted before in this final hour first responder(“first fruit”) army. (See James 1:18). He said, “If I be lifted up I’ll draw all men unto Me”(John 12:32). We must recognize that “In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority”(Colossians 2:9, 10 NIV).

He is the Head of the Body.

 GILGAL

Apart from the distance to see which way to go, the young men who had grown up in the wilderness needed a stop-over at a place they named Gilgal. These young military men had not yet been circumcised. Apart from putting themselves in a vulnerable position there was the need to consecrate themselves in covenant condition. They had not entered into the covenant which God had made with their patriarch, father Abraham. Thus they could not represent the family of God before their enemies.

Gilgal was the place where “God rolled away their reproach”. Circumcision was a personal sign between these men and God as they represented their tribe and family. It was a sign that they were the LORD’s.  Thus God removed the reproach of Egypt (& Egypt’s mentality in the wilderness!).

A carnal mindset produces death. The nature of the flesh is to oppose the will of God and therefore cannot please Him (See Romans 8:1-2; Romans 12:2).

CELEBRATE LIFE!

Deliverance from death must never to be forgotten. Life in Jesus our Lamb must be celebrated!(See 2 Corinthians 5:7). Never forget the value of the Cross, the price of our redemption was the Blood (the life of the innocent for the guilty)of the Lamb. “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God”(1 Peter 1:18-21 NIV).

This Passover was celebrated on the other side of the Jordan. They did it not to BE delivered but because they HAD BEEN delivered from the power of the enemy. “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14, 15 NIV)

They were to take time to remember and celebrate together what was done for them(personally & as a family). The words of Yeshua, “Do this in remembrance of Me”(1 Corinthians 11:24-25).

TASTE OF THE NEW

 This new venture of faith brought new experience for these first responders.  God’s people tasted of the old grain of the new land. And from that day the manna ceased that had sustained them in their wilderness wanderings(Joshua 5:11-12).

What was the lesson of this new experience in the land?   They were no longer to live on a “survival” diet. The wilderness was testing ground. They , learned to live daily (saving for the double portion on the 6th day) from God’s hand to their mouth. God had tested their hearts and taught them the new economy of faith, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”(Deuteronomy 8:3).

God’s people must look in faith for the “new grain” of His Word. The apostle Paul wrote, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ”(Romans 10:17 NIV).  Jesus, our Messiah, is the Spirit-Word we are to feed upon daily. The prophet Isaiah declared, “The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed” (Isaiah 50:4 NIV).

He gives those who are “First Responders” words from His Word that both sustain and cause our souls to grow up in Him in all things in every way.

 

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