Tuesday, 19 November 2019 20:14

Fiery serpent bite and kill who refused to repent

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Numbers 21 tells of the wonderful victories that Israel won against king Arad of Canaan, king Sihon of the Amorites, and King Og of Bashan, who contended with Israel, even though Israel sought to pass through their land peaceably, vs 1,23,24,33. It all began when the Canaanite king fought against them and took some of them as prisoners, because of which Israel vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If God would indeed deliver this people into their hand, then they would utterly destroy their cities, and God hearkened to their voice, vs 2,3! This teaches us that when we seek the way of peace with all men and yet, people misunderstood our intentions and come against us, then as we cry out to God, in faith, for grace and wisdom to handle the situation, He will surely enable us to win a victory over the lusts of our flesh that show up in those situations, as well as, conquer new ground for His glory!

In the midst of these conquests there were still some among them who continued to complain with regard to their lack of food and water. God settled the issue once and for all by  ‌sending fiery serpents to bite and kill those who refused to repent! However, for those that responded in repentance, God gave Moses a solution, and they were restored to health by just looking upon the brass serpent that Moses set up on a pole - a picture of how, we too, could experience total redemption as we receive Christ death for us on the cross of Calvary, provided we respond in repentance and faith! In view of Israel's victories and conquests, the king of Moab begins to fear them, and on visualising himself being defeated by them, he seeks to use the service of Balaam, son of Beor, to curse them!

Numbers 22-24 tells an interesting story of how God uses supernatural means to ensure that Balaam only ends up blessing Israel and not cursing them at all, because Israel was walking in obedience to the Lord at this point in their journey! And important statement made in Numbers 23:23 is applicable to us too, provided we walk in obedience to the Lord's commandments! It says, 'For there is no spell against Jacob, nor is there any divination against Israel. At this time it must be said of Jacob and of Israel, ‘Look at what God has done!’. We, therefore, need not fear any form of evil that threatens to prevail against us, provided we walk in obedience to the Lord's commandments!

Finally, it is interesting to note how God uses a donkey to speak to Balaam and subsequently opened his eyes to see the angel standing before him with a drawn sword, thus ensuring that no matter how much King Balak of Moab sought to bribe him in order to curse Israel, Balaam simply would not do it!

This ensures us that God will go to any length to strongly support those of His people whose hearts are completely His, 2 Chronicles 16:9! It also teaches us that when it appears that some 'donkeys' seem to be causing us trouble, it may actually be the angel of the Lord who is trying to get our attention, with an aim to keep us from doing something drastically wrong that would bring us much regret in the future, had we gone in that wrong direction! So, there are battles to be fought and victories to be won, but these must be approached with a 'knowing' that the victory is already ours in Christ Jesus, and that, as we abide in the secret place of the Most High, 'no power of hell or scheme of man' will ever be able to stand against us or overcome us! Let us rest in this blessed assurance!

Rowena Thomas
Mumbai,
India

 

The Lord brought the Israelites out of Egypt with great signs and wonders, and gave them the wealth of Egypt. He even divided the sea for them! but when trials and hardship came their way, they complained against Moses, and questioned God. They were like children demanding to be fed and taken care of all the time. They depended on Moses faith in God and his relationship with the Lord. They lacked faith and a grateful heart. Instead of a 40 day journey in the wilderness they spent 40 yrs. Like the Israelites..we too

Came out of spiritual Egypt with joy, but when trials come our way, we too like them wonder if it would be better if we go back to Egypt, and question why God would bring us out only to face trials and persecution and so on. But like Moses, if we will go into the Sanctuary and seek His face, and hide in the cleft of the Rock "the living Word" we will see the Salvation of our God, and the wonders of His hand. May we all walk a deeper walk with Him.

Blessings
Jacquie, Australia

I am very much interested and enjoyed in the reading and studying of God's word through this programme. Even though I was regularly reading the passages from the Holy Bible, I wasn't interested in reading the books like Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers etc. By participating in this Scripture study course I could understand the correlation of those books with the New Testament. The Old Testament focuses light to the New Testament.

Moses just obeyed the Lord without any hesitation which made him trustworthy to God. Moses was very sincere to God and the things we have to study from him is that if we are also sincere to God in obedience, we will also be under the guidance of God as Moses was.

The obedience to God is the full surrender to the Almighty. Partial obedience is disobedience and God does not forsake it from who ever it may be, and that was why Moses could not enter the Promised Land.(Number:20/12b

So with our whole heart we should love and obey our Lord. Obedience always brings Blessings and on the contrary disobedience always brings consequences.

May the Holy Spirit guide and help us to be always trustworthy to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

M.A.Pappaachan 
Vaikom,Kerala,India.


♨ Spiritual Warfare ♨

Are your afraid of Black Magic, Satanic Band's?
Many Christians businesses, finances, family life etc is destroyed because of Black Magic and other Witch craft performed by Enimies.

No Divination, Black Magic etc can touch a person who truly believes in Jesus Christ.

For there is no enchantment against Jacob, no divination against Israel; now it shall be said of Jacob and Israel, Numbers 23:23 RSV

Now, you may say this is Old Testament. See the authority of Jesus Name and Why Christians are Destroyed. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge Hosea 4:6

I have already explained about fear in earlier Insights

We simply don't know what Jesus has done for us and what the authority of Jesus is. Most of the Christians follow the religion Christianity and not learning to be a Disciple of Jesus that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you , what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe, according to the working of his great might which he accomplished in Christ when he raised him from the dead and made him sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come; and he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:17‭-‬23 RSV

If you need the Immunity Given to you by Jesus, first you must be knowing and trusting him

Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy ; and nothing shall hurt you. Luke 10:19 RSV

AS A CHRISTIAN YOU ARE NOT A SITTING DUCK TO LIVE AGAIN IN FEAR BUT WE ARE AT WAR AND WELL EQUIPPED

As a Christian you must be aware there is a Spiritual Warfare and learning the Bible will equip you To Stand Your Ground and Resist the Devil.

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God . Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:12‭-‬18 NLT

All Glory to God 
Antony Roshan


 

King of Arad Is Going Down

So, Israel is making its way through the wilderness when the King of Arad hears they'll be close by him and sends his army to attack. How rude?

The Israelites tell God that if he'll be on their side they can take down the king and his army and then "utterly destroy" their attackers. 
Cheery, that's exactly what they did! 

Once Bitten, Twice Die

Despite their victory, the people are whining again.

They wonder why God took them away from Egypt (and slavery) just to have them starve to death in this Yahweh-forsaken wasteland.

In other words, there's no food.
This time, God is not so forgiving of their gripes.

He sends a whole bunch of poisonous snakes to bite them. 
Try snakes on a plain...? in the middle of the desert?.

The people pretty quickly realize they've been naughty and sinful and ask Moses for help.
Moses goes to God, who tells Moses to make a "serpent of bronze" and put it on a pole.

If anyone gets bitten by a snake, they can look at the bronze serpent and they won't die.

Wait, so there's still snakes all around and they're still biting, but at least no one's gonna die.

Gee, thanks, God 

At War With The Amorites

The Israelites keep on travelling through the wilderness (and get some more divine water delivered to them) when finally they come to the place where the Amorites live.

Again, Moses asks the king if they can pass through. He gets a big fat, "No!" for his trouble.

But this time, when the Amorites attack, the Israelites get the better of them… and all their lands. Hooray for the spoils of war! 

Same thing happens when they run up against the King of Bashan. Israel kills "him, his sons, and all his people, until there was no survivor left."

No grumble,
Selvin Brother


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