Posts Tagged ‘Call’


Deuteronomy 5 Moses called all the people of Israel together and said, “Listen carefully, Israel. Hear the decrees and regulations I am giving you today, so you may learn them and obey them! “The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Mount Sinai. The LORD did not make this covenant with our ancestors, but with all of us who are alive today. At the mountain the LORD spoke to you face to face from the heart of the fire. I stood as an intermediary between you and the LORD, for you were afraid of the fire and did not want to approach the mountain. He spoke to me, and I passed his words on to you… “The LORD spoke these words to all of you assembled there at the foot of the mountain. He spoke with a loud voice from the heart of the fire, surrounded by clouds and deep darkness… They said, ‘Look, the LORD our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice from the heart of the fire. Today we have seen that God can speak to us humans, and yet we live! But now, why should we risk death again? If the LORD our God speaks to us again, we will certainly die and be consumed by this awesome fire. Can any living thing hear the voice of the living God from the heart of the fire as we did and yet survive? Go yourself and listen to what the LORD our God says. Then come and tell us everything he tells you, and we will listen and obey.’… So Moses told the people, “You must be careful to obey all the commands of the LORD your God, following his instructions in every detail. Stay on the path that the LORD your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy.

A rehash of Exodus 20 made me wonder if I should actually skip this chapter altogether because I wondered what we could draw from a passage we already studied not too long ago. What is Jesus speaking to us through this passage? (more…)


Numbers 12:1-4,9-11,15 While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because he had married a Cushite woman. They said, “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he spoken through us, too?” But the Lord heard them. (Now Moses was very humble—more humble than any other person on earth.) So immediately the Lord called to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam and said, “Go out to the Tabernacle, all three of you!” So the three of them went to the Tabernacle… The Lord was very angry with them, and he departed. As the cloud moved from above the Tabernacle, there stood Miriam, her skin as white as snow from leprosy. When Aaron saw what had happened to her, he cried out to Moses, “Oh, my master! Please don’t punish us for this sin we have so foolishly committed… So Miriam was kept outside the camp for seven days, and the people waited until she was brought back before they traveled again.

If there is one recurring theme that has been common this far in the lives of the Israelites being led to the promised land, it is the theme of God taking offense at others who try to act as judges.

We live under the new covenant and therefore are in a period of grace. How then does this chapter minister to us? (more…)


Leviticus 1:1-9 (NIV, @2011) The LORD called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting. He said, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When anyone among you brings an offering to the LORD, bring as your offering an animal from either the herd or the flock. “‘If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you are to offer a male without defect. You must present it at the entrance to the tent of meeting so that it will be acceptable to the LORD. You are to lay your hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on your behalf to make atonement for you. You are to slaughter the young bull before the LORD, and then Aaron’s sons the priests shall bring the blood and splash it against the sides of the altar at the entrance to the tent of meeting. You are to skin the burnt offering and cut it into pieces. The sons of Aaron the priest are to put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. Then Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, including the head and the fat, on the wood that is burning on the altar. You are to wash the internal organs and the legs with water, and the priest is to burn all of it on the altar. It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.

In today’s day and age, digesting this instruction from God is impossible with the big thrust on animal rights and all the attention that is poured on the issue.

Was this God’s instruction or man’s smart thinking that produced a culture of blood and gore? (more…)


Exodus 36:2-7 Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the LORD had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work. They received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning. So all the skilled workers who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left what they were doing and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the LORD commanded to be done.” Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.

If anyone doubts God’s ability to know the hearts of His people, this passage clearly shows evidence that what God directed through Moses actually came to pass. God asked the Israelites to give specifically and they did, without ceasing, so much that Moses had to forbid them from giving anymore.

Is the purpose of today’s passage not clear and why then do we need Jesus if God the Father was all sufficient Himself? (more…)


1 Corinthians 7:17, 19, 23
Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.… Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts… You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.

I’ve spent most of my day thinking about these verses and trying to understand what my place is where our Lord Jesus has assigned me to? I am a husband, dad, brother, son, friend, neighbour, tenant, colleague, subordinate, immigrant, national, foreigner, etc. Am I better off in each role and am I bad at any? Does my culture differentiate me, does my faith necessitate that I amend my relationships, am I subservient to others or am I too forceful? What is God instructing us?

It is the duty of every Christian to be content with what the Lord has blessed them with. Our comfort and happiness depends on what we are to Christ, not what we are in the world. No one should try to make his faith or religion a reason to break any natural obligations like marriage. We should quietly and happily deal with the situation we are placed by God’s grace and seek ways to glorify Him. Our lives are not our own but His who gave His life to save ours. He has placed us in our situations to glorify Him and become more like Him. Hope you agree with me and are willing to be slave to Christ rather than a slave to the world?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


1 Corinthians 5:9-11
I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.

Before I started this book, I was concerned about how I would deal with these rather difficult topics Paul addresses. A big reason for my keenness to avoid it is that I myself am guilty of many of these sins or have once been guilty of them and talking about them publicly would be rather difficult for me. Today Paul focusses on adulterers and specially those who are believers in Jesus Christ. It would be easy to sit where I am and point a finger elsewhere but I cannot for I have to deal with my conscience when I sit before God. Therefore I believe this lesson is first for me before being preached to the rest of the world. In my brokenness, may the Lord be glorified!

My sin could be in the form of being a lay participant to crude jokes, watching television programs or movies that prescribe to broken values, thinking thoughts that could never be spoken aloud, etc. I don’t know about anyone else but these are issues I face regularly and I feel horrid standing before the cross when I have done this. As I prayed before I started reading today’s chapter, I was just talking to God about how broken I am and how I need His intervention in my life to transform me completely. As Paul cried out, I cry and ask the Lord to take away this thorn in my flesh and I know the solution is for us to walk away from such situations when we know we are getting into them and He will keep us safe. As a believer in Jesus Christ, are you grieving God’s heart by living a life contrary to His will and if so are you willing to ask the Lord for His forgiveness and help to put that sin behind you? Lets not be the yeast that ruins the entire batch!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Acts 2:37-39
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.

After reading through the gospels, the first thing that strikes me about Acts is that the disciples have suddenly matured and are a different set of people. No longer do they seem silly, doubting, tense or confused but they seem to be transformed and the obvious reason is not alcohol as some locals witnessing this change commented it might be. Peter stood up to speak and the 10 other disciples stood up with him and there seemed to be no bickering or doubts about what he spoke. What was happening here? What happened to these local uneducated fishermen that they suddenly grew wise?

All along the Bible, people have held onto the prophets and the disciples as significant. The Jews hold onto Moses’ law, some Christians look up to the disciples as special but the reality of the matter is that everything is about God, his son Jesus Christ and the ministering of the Holy Spirit. The change the disciples encountered was not of their own accord, not because they suddenly understood and certainly not because they were a special set of humans. They were empowered by the Spirit of God that was at work in and through them. Today we are called to submit our lives to Christ and to let the Holy Spirit work in and through us, not to be called great but to direct the world to Jesus Christ, the savior!

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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