Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel. Malachi 4:4
Laws are always put in place for a reason. Every law has one of two purposes in its being enacted. One is to prevent someone from doing something, the other is to get someone to do something.
Most people accept the laws that have been given them and do not fight against them. In every group there are some who fight or ignore the laws, doing what they want. There are consequences to obeying and not obeying the laws that were given.
As God finishes the Old Testament, He reminds the people to remember the laws Moses had given.
At the point God had made this statement, He was going to become silent for about 400 years, until Jesus arrives on the scene. He wanted the people to remember the Law. This law was to guide them in how He wanted them to live their lives.
People are often quick to forget important things that they do not see as important. One of the greatest things a person must know is how to live for God. The believer in God will want to know how God wa
People are often quick to forget important things that they do not see as important. One of the greatest things a person must know is how to live for God. The believer in God will want to know what God expects of Him. God never left His people without some guidance.
However, for that guidance to be of any value, one must remember what it is and then apply it to his life. Every believer needs to live by God’s standards of living. Ignoring His laws will bring about death, following them will bring about an abundant life.
If you do not know the laws of God, you must take time to read the Bible to become familiar with them. As you do this, do not allow yourself how God has told you to live your life.
Obeying the laws of God will not save you, only believing in Jesus can do that. The obedience is accepting what Jesus has done and then living for God in gratefulness for what He did.
Do not allow yourself to forget or put aside God’s guidance and laws on how to live. It will only bring about death. Remember and live.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know and understand God’s commands; that you will obey God’s law for you; and that you will know the abundant life God has for you.
But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” Numbers 20:12
It is easy for a person to claim to honor someone, but it is a different thing to actually show that honor at all times. In order to show honor to someone, one must trust that person completely.
Most people will trust a person to a point, they do not trust completely in all things, at all times. There is usually a point of question where that trust breaks down. At that point honor for that person is dropped, there is no longer any trust.
After God had done many things in and through Moses in the process of bringing the people out of Egypt, Moses lets his trust down. God had told him to speak to the rock to bring water out of it. The people had been complaining about no water and that they were brought there to die. In anger at the people Moses struck the rock, rather than speaking to it as God had commanded.
Since he did not trust God enough to obey Him and honor Him in front of the people, there would be a price to pay. Moses would no longer be able to lead the people into the new land God had promised them.
While believers claim to believe in God and obey Him, there are times some will choose not to follow out all of God’s commands. They will allow their own feelings to rise up and not trust God, then choosing their own way to do something. Fear or anger often causes these actions.
As that is done, there can be consequences to the action of not honoring God’s word. God will take the person off of the path intended.
You must know that God always has your best interest in mind when He has you do something. No matter what you are feeling, you must act according to what He says.
God has great plans for you, but you can derail those plans by taking things into your own hands. Doing it your way, will dishonor God. Show the world that God is great, by doing what He asks you to do. This is the greatest honor you can give God.
I pray today that you will know what God asks of you; that you will trust God’s plans for you; that you will honor God with your trust and obedience; and that the world will see Jesus in and through you.
So Moses cried out to the LORD, “Please, God, heal her!” Numbers 12:13
Humility is something that is not seen a lot in this world. People often think that they are the best. It is found in individuals, groups and even nations. Everything is about self and being seen as the best, regardless of others. Every one likes to take pride in himself. Children are always told to take pride in themselves, in who they are and what they do.
Along with that being rare, is grace. Grace is not seen a lot among most people. Grace is not giving someone what they deserve when it comes to punishment. Most people are very quick to dole out punishment or correction upon someone else when that other person does wrong.
Mariam and Aaron had been complaining against Moses. They wanted to know why Moses thought that God only spoke to them through him and they challenged his authority.
When God heard this, He immediately questioned them and pointed out that Moses was the most humble man on the earth. God, then, strikes Mariam with a skin disease.
When Moses saw this, he could have been like most people and state that she only got what she deserved. He could have stated that it was God’s doing, not his. Yet, he did not do that. He immediately cried out to God to heal her, pleading with Him for her life. This shows great humility and grace.
Even in the church, many people are quick to ‘throw the book’ at a person who has made a mistake. They want the person locked up and the key thrown away. They are fast to say that the person only got what he deserved and that it was God’s punishment for doing wrong.
Humility and grace will plead with God for healing and restoration, not destruction and punishment.
At some point someone will do something wrong against you. You will see that person fall into a difficult time, whether by his own doing, or by God’s hand. At that point you will have a choice to make, will you plead for the person before God? Or will you pick up a stone and throw it at the person?
Jesus did not go around condemning, but was full of grace. He had grace upon you, when He saved you. Will you have grace upon others who have messed something up?
I pray today that you will know the grace God has given you; that you will know the humility of Jesus in your life; that you will show God’s grace to others; that you will plead for others before God; and that you will be known as humble in God.