Sunday, 03 November 2019 21:20

The Ten Commandments, Ten Golden Rules for Living, Murmuring of people and Jethro’s advice to Moses

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Grumbling or Murmuring

Only if the Israelites had this as their Moto Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me they never would have grumbled.

 Grumbling is an attitude that reveals an ungrateful heart. Lack of faith, confidence and trust in a great and awesome miracle working God is the cause for grumbling.

 Grumbling and murmuring removes the peace and joy from one's heart. An attitude of gratitude will surely keep anyone from grumbling or murmuring.

The Israelites had been miraculously brought out of the bondage of Egypt. The awesome miracle working power of God brought them safely across the Red Sea and they saw their enemies totally destroyed. Still, they were not filled with the fear of God or had a grateful heart towards the miracle working God.

The first time they grumbled in the desert of Shur at the waters of Marah which was bitter. Our compassionate God was so patient with the attitude of his people. He miraculously changed the water into sweet water.

 Next in the desert of Sin the whole community grumbled that they were starving to death without meat and food they had in Egypt. They were in truth grumbling against the Lord.

 The Lord worked a great miracle again. In the evening quails came and covered the camp. In the morning manna was poured down from heaven. They were provided with manna till they reached the border of Canaan.

⛺ Next they camped at Rephidim and they put the Lord to the test again. They grumbled again for water. They said that the entire community would die of thirst. They never thought of the great miracles of the Lord.

⛰ Moses cried unto the Lord.The Lord asked him to strike the rock at Horeb .At once water gushed out and quenched their thirst.

Self check for the day:

We who have received countless blessings from the Lord, do we have a murmuring spirit which displeases the Lord?

Do we murmur over things we covet for ourselves?

Thanking the Lord with a grateful heart even for small things will keep us from grumbling.

Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. Let this be our prayer.

Mrs Caroline Chellappa 

Blessed to be a Blessing to the Blessed People

Ten Golden Rules for Living

The Ten Commandments recorded in Exodus 20 are not only the basis of conduct , both moral and spiritual but also the basis of peace and prosperity for the individual and the world. The way we live is more important than what we have .

Someone said , " No man break God's law , he breaks only himself ". The way in which God stated His laws is amazing. The first four deal with man's relationship with God and the last six deals with man's relationship with man. Before a man can live rightly with each other , he must first get right with God.

1) No other gods before Him 
There are five objects of worship which often comes before God : Wealth , Fame , Pleasure , Power & Knowledge

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2) No graven Image 
We know that " God created man in His own image ". Instead of being like God, we seek to create Him in our image. 
3) Do not take His name in vain 
In what way we are likely to profane God's name . 
> By our language. 
> We admit there is God but our belief is merely a lip service.

4) Remember the Sabbath Day 
God used 93 words to tell us to remember the Sabbath Day and to keep it holy . In the first place God tells us to remember because He knew our tendency to forget things.

5) Honor your parents 
Parents are the greatest social influence on the life of the child. It is in the home that a child first learns to respect the personalities of others and so on . Parents must be honorable.

6) No killing 
The foundation of this commandment is that God values every man as He values me . So He made us to live with each other with love and respect.

7) No adultery 
It is wrong because 
~ God said it is wrong. ~ It is violation of marriage vow.

8) No stealing 
It is the foundation of our entire economic system , because it recognizes the fact that one has right , a God given right to work , earn , save and own . Thus, it is wrong to steal. Malachi said that we are robbing God in tithes and offerings.
Are we?

9) False Witness.
This involves our talking about other people - a part of gossip. 
There cannot be a noise unless there is an ear to hear.

10) You shall not covet 
To covet means having a desire over something with evil motives. Be content with what you have is our signpost.

As meditate upon the Ten Commandments, we have not lived up to God's rules ; in so many places we have failed (James 2:10).

The best summary of the Ten Commandments is the one Jesus gave , " Love the Lord your God with all your heart ... Love your neighbor as yourself.." Mark 12: 30-31

Glory to God
 Mark Boje, ArP

Crisis after crisis...Don't give up, strengthen your prayer

Exodus 17:8-16

And so, completely unprovoked, without any warning, as we read in verse 8: “Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim”. The Israelites probably didn’t know what had hit them.

Actually, life can be like that for all of us: every now and again, without any warning at all, when it seems to be all clear sailing, life throws up yet another major battle for us. Maybe someone we love becomes ill and dies. Maybe we are made unemployed. Perhaps we contract an illness – or our marriage hits the rocks…

It happens, doesn’t it? Without any warning at all, our lives become inflicted by a major catastrophe the size and might of the Amalekites. And we are left reeling in shock and distress and we look at the problem that faces us and we think: “How on earth am I ever going to cope with this one now?” And we are tempted to think, “If I was a spiritual giant like John Wesley or Hudson Taylor, I’d be OK – I could pray my way out of this one…” But I’m not John Wesley. I’m not Hudson Taylor. I’m just me: frail, vulnerable, fragile me: tattered and torn at the edges, not knowing which way to turn.

And this passage from Exodus 17 gives us real encouragement. It’s an amazing story about how Moses dealt with the problem of the Amalekites who came to attack the people of Israel.

The way Moses handled the situation, and the example he leaves us here, gives us some direction on how to cope prayerfully with the crisis we face in our lives today. And there’s three points I want to pick up from this passage

1. Perspective
Moses put his crisis into perspective.

First, we need to make some practical planning.
In verse 9, Moses says to Joshua: “Choose some for us and go out; fight with Amalek tomorrow”. Now that seems to me a sensible thing to do. The Amalekites are out there, ready to attack, so the logical thing to do is to prepare an army to defend. And so Moses takes Joshua to one side:And Moses tells him to make plans to sort the situation out.

If your finances are in a mess: you need to do something positive about the situation.

If you are ill or someone you love is ill: you need to see a doctor.

The Bible does not approve lack of practical activity as a sign of godliness.
And when we face our crises in life too, practical planning just isn’t enough…

We need to back our activity up with serious prayer: Moses knew that Joshua was the military man and that he, Moses, was the prayer man. So he goes off to pray whilst the battle commences.
But there’s something very important to notice here: that when Moses prays, he doesn’t do it from the front line but backs off some distance and goes up a hill to pray.

And this is where perspective comes into things. Because if we want to pray for a solution to the problems we face, we need to be prepared to back off a bit, try to distance ourselves a bit so that we can get a proper perspective. The secret to praying for a solution to a particular crisis in life, I think, is having the ability to stand back from the problem so that we can see things a bit more clearly.

2. Power
Verse 11: “Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed.”

The truth is – there is real power in prayer: it’s not some fairly-tale, it’s not make-believe, it’s not fate, or luck or co-incidence. When we pray, things happen: people are healed, situations are altered, churches grow, grief is dealt with spiritual battles are won.
But for some mysterious reason that I can’t explain, the other side of the coin is true as well.
When we cease praying, we hinder the power of God at work in our lives.

But, as I said at the beginning, the beauty of this story is that it shows Moses not as a prayer warrior but, like us, as a frail, vulnerable and weak human being. Moses got tired – and his arms dropped but God could handle that - and what solution did God provide? Two wonderful companions – Aaron and Hur – to help him along. Verse 12: “But Moses hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side.”
First, if you bring those burdens to God, he will lighten your load and give you the strength you need to carry on. Jesus loves each one of us so much, he longs for us to turn to him in prayer for help and he will never let us down.

Secondly, whatever cares and worries you are carrying today, your church, fellowship will have Aarons and Hurs who will help you carry the load. If we share our problems with each other, we will be sure to find support and strength from other people who will love you and accept you just as you are. We must not despise the love and acceptance which is on offer today from God and from each other.

So then, in praying for strength in times of crisis, we need to get a right perspective: planning for all eventualities, backed up with serious prayer - and we need to understand the power of prayer and the power of a community of Aarons and Hurs who will stand with us.

Perhaps we are all weak in our prayers - but God still loves us and still honours us when we pray and he will bless our efforts

Prayer is real. Prayer is powerful. Prayer works.

3. Praise
Verse 13: “And Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the sword”: not a temporary setback but total defeat.

And what does God tell Moses to do after this? Verse 14: “Write this as a reminder in a book and recite it...”

When God answers our prayers, we need to remember his goodness to us. And what is important about living in community together is sharing our experiences of God answering prayers so that we can encourage one another with the victories that God has won in our lives. If God is answering your prayers, share the news with one another. Then, in our darkest hours, we can all remember and be encouraged.

And that encouragement will lead us to praise God, which is the only appropriate response to answered prayer: verse 15: “Moses built an altar and called it, ‘The Lord is my Banner’”. Answered prayer results in praise and praise builds the Kingdom of God.

So the lessons from this passage are clear:

Moses and the Israelites were facing an enormous crisis - bigger than anything they had faced before - and their prayerful response claimed the victory God had for them. Perspective. Power. Praise.

And the same is true for us today. What burdens do you carry today? What is the emotional baggage that weighs you down? Follow the example of Moses: put the problem into perspective, experience the power of God, praise God for his goodness. That is the way for us to live out our lives as new creations in God.

We need to rest in the promise that God has for us - whatever our personal situation, whatever Amalekite-sized problem we face. Moses’ final words in this passage, in verse 16, says it all: “The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation!”

That is God’s promise to each one of us today: that no matter how big your crisis, or the depths of your suffering, God will not allow you to be swallowed up by it. He fights for you each and every day and, in the strength and power of God, our victory over life’s struggles is secure.

V V Samuel

The record of the Ten Commandments can be found in the Bible, both in Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21.

Ten Commandments :

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
  2. You shall make no idols.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  4. Keep the Sabbath day holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet.
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