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Month: November 2016

“Moses” Part 1

“Moses” Part 1

We have been following Moses for so long and through so many experiences; it’s hard for me to say goodbye to him!  I  have been reading some reference books about the life of Moses and I realized what an extraordinary man he was.  “So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend”  (Exodus 33:11)   It’s important to me to have the highlights of this prophet’s life as part of my blog’s record for future reference whenever I should need it.

  • Moses was in the lineage of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Levi.  Four hundred and thirty years had passed since Levi moved with his brothers and his father, Jacob, to Egypt (Genesis 46) until the Exodus from Egypt led by Moses. According to Exodus 6:14-27; Moses and Aaron were from the tribe of Levi and the branch of Amramite (their father, Amram) was from the Kohath clan (Levi’s third son, Kohath)!  Note: The tribe of Levi were chosen by God to be the priests!
  • Moses first 40 years were spent as an Egyptian.  As a baby, Moses was hidden in an ark to save his life and was discovered and adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter.  (Exodus 2:3-10)   He learned from the wisdom of the Egyptians.  (Acts 7: 22)  But, he always stayed loyal to his own race and when he witnessed a Hebrew slave being beaten; Moses killed the Egyptian. (Exodus 2:12)
  • After killing the Egyptian, Moses flees to Midian where he spends the next 40 years.  He marries and has two sons.  (Exodus 2: 21-22, 18:3-4).   While Moses was taking care of his father-in-law’s flock, God spoke to Moses in a “burning bush”  and told him that he was to deliver the Hebrew children from Egypt and lead them to the land He had promised to Abraham. (Exodus 3)
  • The last 40 years of Moses’ life was leading the Israelites (the name given to the descendants of Jacob in Genesis 49:16, 28) from Egypt to the Promised Land.  It was through Moses during those years in the wilderness  that God  set up the tribes of  Israel with the names of the sons of Jacob; gave them the Ten Commandments; “dwelt among His people” in the Tabernacle; and renewed the covenant He had made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Moses is credited for writing the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.  In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses “reveals to the people that the LORD  is the only God (4:39, 6:4), and that He is jealous (4:24), faithful (7:9), loving (7:13), merciful (4:31), yet angered by sin (6:15).  This is the God who called Israel to Himself.  Over 250 times Moses repeated the phrase, “the LORD your God” to Israel.   Israel was called to obey (28:2), fear (10:12), love (10:12), and serve (10:12) her God by walking in His way and keeping His commandments (10:12, 13).  By obeying Him, the people of Israel would receive His blessings (28:1-14).  The Book of Deuteronomy is directly quoted in the New Testament over 40 times (exceeded only by Psalms and Isaiah.”  The MacArthur Bible Commentary page194

I am so grateful to study and learn from Moses, the greatest Old Testament Prophet!  To God be the Glory!!

 

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The Book of Deuteronomy: Moses’ Sermons to the People of Israel

The Book of Deuteronomy: Moses’ Sermons to the People of Israel

God’s people are finally ready to enter the Promised Land!  The land God had promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob with a covenant. The people have traveled forty years after Moses led them out of the land of Egypt, where they had been slaves.  It took them forty years of wandering in the wilderness instead of just a short journey because of their failure to trust God.  Now the generation that left Egypt have all died, except Moses, Joshua and Caleb.  The new generation that was born and raised up while in the wilderness is ready now to conquer and inhabit the land.

Israel is camped east of the Jordon River at the plains of Moab.  Like the book of Leviticus, Deuteronomy takes place in one location and appears to cover the last month or two of Moses’ life.  Leviticus basically is concentrated on the Levites;  the sons of Levi were to be the priests and they were given God’s regulations for their positions. The book of Deuteronomy on the other hand is for the people.  Moses tells them again how much God loves Israel, “His chosen people”!  He reminds them of how God has provided for them; and how they were blessed when they walked with God and the consequences whenever they didn’t.

“Now it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spoke to the children of Israel according to all that the Lord had given him as commandments to them,” (Deuteronomy 1:3)

“On this side of the Jordan in the land of Moab, Moses began to explain this law” (Deuteronomy 1:5)

“So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord” “And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days”. (Deuteronomy 34: 5 & 8)

“If the Israelites were going to be established as Yahweh’s faithful people, their relationship with Him had to be more than religious formality reserved for special days on the calendar.  God’s Word needed to become an integral part of everyday life.”  (The Jeremiah Study Bible page 226)

Moses told them:  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.   And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.   You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9

This happens to be my life’s verse!  Ever since the first time I studied this passage, it has been on my heart to spread God’s Word to everyone that I know and meet!  David Jeremiah says it so well:  “Pondering God’s Word is not just for Sundays, a weekly Bible study, or morning devotions.  It needs to be part of our thinking and reasoning, part of our conversation, part of our household activities, and part of a thousand decisions large and small that we make every day.  God wants to be involved in our daily lives–and the more we include Him, the more we will find those lives worth living.” (Jeremiah Study Bible, page 226)

May your find your life “worth living” because of your relationship with  “HIM”!

 

 

 

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Senior Adult Fellowship: Priceless

Senior Adult Fellowship: Priceless

There is so much to be said about Senior Adult Activities in the church!  If your church has an area for senior adults,  I would encourage you to check it out!  It’s not a deep secret that there are generation gaps in our world!  My son recently told me about a chart describing the different generations!

I checked out a few Internet sites on “generation descriptions”; and while they differ a little on descriptions and dates, they look something like this:

  • Greatest Generation born between 1910-1924
  • Silent Generation ..1925-1945
  • Baby Boomers.. 1946-1964
  • Generation X.. 1965-1980
  •  Y Millennium..1981-2000
  •  Z Post Millennial .. 1996-210

Now, I’m not really sure what you can take from that information, but I can tell you what my experience has taught me!  Different generations have different ideas as to what is important to them and how they choose to live!

I say this because I spent Sunday with a group of Senior Adults from our church on a road trip to a dinner theater in Virginia!  It was such a wonderful experience!  (And the dinner theater was great, too!)  But the best part was being with people my age that share the same life values that I feel!  Add to that the most important thing we share….our love of Jesus and what our faith means to each of us!

I love to witness small children, youth and young adults that have experienced the saving grace of Jesus!  It’s so innocent, so free and so real!  I love it!  I’m excited for them and anticipate their own experiences as they grow in their faith!

But, when I am with my Seniors, the bond is so strong as we share our valleys and mountain top experiences!  It’s such a comfort in knowing they  understand and we can help each other whenever one of us needs it!

Yes, sharing time with Senior Christian Adults is priceless!

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