Keep Loving – The reason for our ALL, IJMN Amen

Some of the many God-storical facts (out of so very many favorites) in The Word) is:

1. Abraham had a son at a 100 years of age? He was then led to sacrifice that child! Faith now had roots. How does God speak to us? A voice? Or in the quiet of our spirits? See why it is awesome to have ‘quiet time’?

(Genesis 12;13;15)

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country and your people. Leave your father’s family. Go to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation.
I will bless you.
I will make your name great.
You will be a blessing to others.
I will bless those who bless you.
I will put a curse on anyone who calls down a curse on you.
All nations on earth
will be blessed because of you.”

So Abram left, just as the Lord had told him. Lot, his nephew, went with him. There were many people in this family. In these days, families always stayed and moved together. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran. Genesis 12:1-4

Again, I ask: “Did he hear a voice?” We read and see that beings were sent to him in ‘body’, knowing that they were ‘supernatural’, a hundred year old man lay prostrate before them before scurrying his old self to ask Hannah to prepare food for them.

Their message? That Hannah would have a child! Hannah laughed! In my old age? Yeah right! Not only old age, but ripe old age! Yet, the messengers of The Word did as they were told.

A huge question loomed at my first reading, which is made clear now in the Medical sense ‘older individuals can be intimate’ in even deeper ways than we realize in our youth!

Anyway, Sarah conceived and she bore a son! At what age?

Natural or supernatural?

2. David! Where do I start? Goliath? Nah! He started as a shepherd. Lessons! Fought wolves, bears… What did this set him up for? Goliath! You have it right!

Music! He played while watching the sheep! Not only that, but it stimulated his shares in the book of Psalms. We see how many times the term is used in The Word. https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/God,-As-Shepherd

That is just the beginning! He played the harp for king Saul! It served to calm him down. Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave.
1 Samuel 16:23

We are just getting started! David was cheated by Saul; in his absence, Saul gave his wife to another man; he
was labelled a trouble causer and outlaw, pursued by Saul and his army. Saul tried to kill David and even asked others to kill him, but God always protected David. In the face of this injustice, David always put his absolute trust in God and behaved in an exemplary manner to Saul. Even when God gave Saul into David’s
hands, he still would not ‘touch the LORD’S anointed’.
Why did David live this way and how did he manage to keep behaving in this God honouring way to a tyrannical oppressor?
What was the secret of David’s life and how can this help us to behave in relation to the injustice we experience.

We started off pointing out Examples that we strive to utilize as examples.

3. Elijah. How was he chosen? What did he do? https://bible.org/seriespage/8-elijah-gods-humble-prophet-2-god-who-wants-our-hearts-be-completely-his

One reason I mention these examples is because they lived in the way they should. Our examples!

4. We would not be ‘complete’ without mentioning Moses. Where do I start? Moses had a temper! And a stammer. Where do I start? His temper? He ran from Pharoahs palace because he murdered the Egyptian guard.

just before Moses descends Mt Sinai after being absent from camp for 40 days and 40 nights. It is a scene filled with anticipation and excitement on one hand and disillusionment, disappointment, and agony on the other hand.

Exodus 32 makes plain what is going on on top of the mountain where Moses is, and what is happening back at camp due to Moses’ long departure. Moses went up to Mt Sinai to meet God. It was a spiritual journey to a holy place where, for 40 days, Moses encountered the divine presence of God. During their time together, God wrote His Law, The Ten commandments, to be taken by Moses and delivered to the Hebrew people.

During Moses’ time away, the Hebrews become anxious for their leader. His absence had been long, and there was no sign of his return. The people grew tired of waiting, fearful of who and what might lead them if Moses did not return. Exodus 32:1 outlines the Hebrews’ solution to the problem, “And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.”

These people were basically asking Aaron for new leadership. Note that the Hebrew word translated ‘gods’ in this verse can mean civil leaders or magistrates. God is not capitalized in these verses ruling out the meaning of God as deity. The people are asking Aaron to provide them with a new governor, and new administration. They might even be asking Aaron to appoint them to these positions.

This is an interesting insight to me given that while Moses is on top of the Mountain, God says in Exodus 32: 7 – 10 “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’ “I have seen these people,” the LORD said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”

Moses then pleads with God not to destroy the Hebrew people in the following verses of Exodus 32. He pleads for compassion and mercy. However, when Moses descends Mt. Sinai with tablets in hand, he begins hearing the sounds of people shouting, the sounds of defeat, the sounds of singing. In Exodus 32: 19 -20 we read what happend next, “When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.” A few verses down we read where Moses commanded the Levites to kill three-thousand people because they remained against The Lord.

Why exactly did Moses lose his temper and smash God’s law? Why after pleading for the lives of the Hebrew people, did he order some of them killed? Was the worship of a false idol (golden calf) really the problem here?

In the course of time Moses grew up. Then he went to see his own people and watched them suffering under forced labor. He saw a Hebrew, one of his own people, being beaten by an Egyptian. He looked all around, and when he didn’t see anyone, he beat the Egyptian to death and hid the body in the sand.

When Moses went there the next day, he saw two Hebrew men fighting. He asked the one who started the fight, “Why are you beating another Hebrew?”

The man asked, “Who made you our ruler and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought that everyone knew what he had done.

When Pharaoh heard what Moses had done, he tried to have him killed. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian.

Exodus 2:11-15

We learn in Numbers that “Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman” (Num. 12:1). A Cushite is from Cush, a region south of Ethiopia, where the people are known for their black skin. We know this because of Jeremiah 13:23: “Can the Ethiopian [the same Hebrew word translated “Cushite” in Numbers 12:1] change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then also you can do good who are accustomed to do evil.” Attention is drawn to the difference of the skin of the Cushite people.

In his book From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race, Daniel Hays writes that Cush “is used regularly to refer to the area south of Egypt, and above the cataracts on the Nile, where a Black African civilization flourished for over two thousand years. Thus it is quite clear that Moses marries a Black African woman”

But, hold on! Interracial dating? And it was looked down upon then!

Zipporah (/ˈzɪpərə, zɪˈpɔːrə/; Hebrew: צִפוֹרָה‬, Tsippōrāh, “bird”) is mentioned in the Book of Exodus as the wife of Moses, and the daughter of Reuel/Jethro, the priest or prince of Midian and the spiritual founder and ancestor of the Druze. In the Book of Chronicles, two of her descendants are mentioned: Shebuel, son of Gershom, and Rehabiah, son of Eliezer.

Many reasons I point this out. A temper? Interracial relationship?

We can see about the temper of Moses:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.gotquestions.org/amp/life-Moses.html

I would not bring this up without cause. Control emotions:

https://sermons.faithlife.com/sermons/32097-exodus-32-and-numbers-20-4-ways-to-control-your-anger

Another reason I give these as examples is Matthew 17:2 states that Jesus “was transfigured before His disciples who accompanied Him; His face shining as the sun, and His garments became white as the light.” At that point the prophets Elijah and Moses appear and Jesus begins to talk to them.

The lesson in this share is that we have examples. But each and every example went through trials riddled by personalities that are unique.

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