“He asked the Lord, Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? ………. I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.” Num 11:11-14
It is obvious that this prayer is filled with a great deal of self-pity, disappointment and bad tempered.
Moses was so depressed that he asked God to take his life.
He wanted to quit..
It may be the poorest prayer he ever prayed.
When we say “depression,” what do we mean?
“A FEELING OF HELPLESSNESS AND HOPELESSNESS THAT LEADS TO SADNESS.”
Moses got in deep frustration,when he heard people complaints against the provisions and the goodness of God.
So … what did Moses did when he was in depression?
He recognized his own personal insufficiency, and
Trusted in the incredible resources of God.
Therefore God honored his prayer and answered it.
That is what prayer is, …………
..... a reliance on God, which brings forth great possibilities.
Like Moses, ….
……. When we reach our limit.......
……… Do not fear,
……………….. go to God,
…. God is ready and willing to take our pain… and turn it into something great.
Qualities of the Servant of God
Numbers 8:14 God separated Levites for Himself:
From all the tribes of Israel why God separated only the tribe of Levi for Himself?
When we are zealous for God, He will not only bless us, but He will make use of us. When Moses asked, who is on the Lord's side? All the Levites gathered unto him.(Ex32:26) Since then the Lord separated them to do His service. Even today we can see the literal Levites performing the duty of priest hood in Israel, but God separated a group of people as spiritual Levites amongst us. These are separated for the service of God in the order of Melchizedec.
All the Servants of God those who have consecrated themselves for the service of God are the spiritual Levites. The first and foremost quality of the servant of God is standing on the Lord's side, means standing for the Truth and having zealous for the Truth. As we know the law without Holy Spirit has got its own limitations so also the priesthood of Aaron has its limitations (Heb7:11) Then came the order of Melchisedec the Holy Spirit. The true servant of God should serve the God in the order of Melchisedec.
Serving the Lord in the order of Melchizedec means.(read Hebrews chapter 7) Melchisedec have no possession on this earth, Jesus Christ has no possession on this earth. The servant of God should not possess any thing for himself on this earth. No marriage for Melchisedec and Jesus. A true servant of God should not marry (hard to digest?). Can we find such people on this earth, without possessions and without marriage? Read (Luke 14:26,33)
Your desire for the Truth will lead you to that place.
I'm married, God blessed me with 3 kids. I'm not against the marriage or having possession. But I can boldly say the servant of God under whom I am, has the above qualities. What about yours?
The truth is always bitter. But it is good
The Passover was celebrated on the first month of the New Year. The designation of the month as Israel's religious New Year reminded Israel that her life as the people of God was grounded in God's redemptive act in the Exodus.
The Passover Lamb
Each family had to take a lamb without blemish or defect to be slaughtered for Israel's redemption. Similarly, Jesus was the Spotless Lamb without blemish who gave His life on the cross shedding His blood for our redemption.
♦ The Blood ♦
The Blood symbolizes a sacrifice offered as a substitute. One life laid down for another. Thus Israel escaped the judgement about to fall on Egypt only through a mediation of a sacrifice of a lamb without blemish. Without the shedding of the blood of Jesus there is no remission (Heb 9:22).
None of the bones of the Passover Lamb should be broken. When Jesus our Passover Lamb was crucified it was reported that none of His bones were broken in fulfillment of scripture (John:19:36).
The lamb had to be eaten with bitter herbs to recall the bitter years of servitude. Jesus Christ was wounded, bruised and chastised. Because of these bitter experiences, we sinners have forgiveness through His blood. And by His stripes we are healed (Isa 53:5).
Bread Without Yeast
The Israelites had to eat the bread without yeast along with the roasted lamb. Yeast is a symbol of sin, malice and wickedness.They had to cleanse themselves before the Passover. Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, the Lamb without blemish was perfect and sinless as He gave Himself for us on the cross of Calvary (Jn.6:35).
JESUS is our Passover Lamb, ( 1Cor 5:7) Sacrificed once for all for us (Heb 7:27).
Passover means that the Lord would pass over and not destroy the occupants of the houses that were under the sign of the blood which was a pledge of God's mercy.
WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD OF JESUS THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS (Heb 9:22)
When we receive the Holy Communion we always remember with gratitude the body of Jesus broken for us and the precious blood shed for us.
Mrs Caroline Chellappa
How many of you reading the Old Testament Felt... Why God is having such long and detailed conversations with Moses? God is being Partial with Moses?
(1) Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite.
(2) “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked.
(3)“Hasn’t he also spoken through us?”
(4) And the Lord heard this.
Numbers 12:1-2 NIV
Now, Miriam and Aaron felt why Moses is so highly considered among the Israelites. Haven't Lord also spoken to us... and Lord has also spoken through us...
This similar thought would definitely be coming to people in various Ministries of God... Why is this preacher considered highly... has not God worked also through us...
Now, Here we see God immediately takes note of the voice against his beloved Moses!!!
At once the Lord said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of you.” So the three of them went out.
Numbers 12:4 NIV
He said, “Listen to my words: “When there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord . Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”
Numbers 12:6-8 NIV
REASONS WHY GOD LOVED MOSES ABOVE OTHERS
1) Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.
Numbers 12:3 NIV
2) He is faithful in all my house.
Numbers 12:7 NIV
1) We need to humble ourselves before God. Every element of pride in us should be shed away
2) We need to be faithful to God. Obedience to God's Word is utmost importance.
3) God himself comes forward to defend his Beloved. When we are standing for God and we are falsely accused, rejoice and trust God to change it into a blessing
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12 NIV
All Glory to God
Numbers Chapters 9:15-22 and Chapter 10 speak about God using the pillar of cloud and fire, as well as, different sounds made by the trumpet to lead his people into understanding His heart and moving forward or staying back as the need may be! In Old Testament times this was an external means by which God spoke to His people, while in New Testament times, He speaks to us through the inner witness of the Holy Spirit, Romans 8:14. Even when we hear a message or read the Word of God or receive an exhortation from a believer or unbeliever, it is the Holy Spirit who abides in us who is able to bear witness to or against what we hear, and accordingly lead us in the right direction, provided we maintain a clear conscience before God and man.
While exiled on the island of Patmos, Apostle John was able to hear the Lord's voice speaking to him, so loudly, as if a trumpet had been blown, Revelation 1:9,10! Thus, even in the midst of persecution, it is possible for us to hear the Lord speaking to us loudly and clearly, as if a trumpet had been sounded! Numbers 11 makes it amply clear that a complaining spirit over our lot in life and a lusting after things that we don't possess in comparison to what other have, only invites the wrath of God upon us!
Numbers 12 speaks about Moses being the meekest man that lived during that time! His meekness became evident in a setting, wherein, when Miriam and Aaron felt that Moses had done wrong by marrying an Ethiopian woman and spoke against him for the same, reasoning that even they were used by God too, He did not justify himself at all! Instead God intervened and gave Moses such an amazing commendation before them and left their presence by striking Miriam with leprosy!
Further, as Aaron acknowledges their sin, Moses pleads with God to forgive and heal Miriam, and God graciously does so, though not instantly! This shows us that a meek person does not justify his sin when confronted about the same, no matter how greatly the Lord may have used him/her, but leaves his vindication into the Lord's hand and instinctively prays for his accusers to be healed, the moment they repent, without any animosity or grudge in their heart whatsoever! Indeed, a high standard to attain to and which can be reached only as we honestly judge ourselves in this regard.
As we read through these incidents, may we quieten our hearts to hear God speaking to us clearly, so as to lead us to repent of all complaining and lusting after things that we don't possess, as well as, any harshness of spirit that becomes evident to us even as we walk from day to day in the midst of trying people and uncomfortable circumstances!