Posts Tagged ‘Fulfill’


Exodus 33:1-3,5,11,13-14,17-20 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I will send an angel before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way”… For the LORD had said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go with you even for a moment, I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments and I will decide what to do with you’”… The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent… If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest”… And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

God’s anger is intense as is evident from His instructions to Moses regarding His presence with the sinful Israelites on their journey to the promised land. It is a righteous anger and scares the living daylights out of the Israelites who have taken God for granted this far.

However Moses, who seems to share a wonderful relationship with God, continues to find favor in God’s sight and grows in love and respect of God. Is God so biased towards those who love Him and what then would become of those who don’t know Him or love Him yet?

One of the great realities of God is the fact that He does not go back on His promises. God kept His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as we know from History and therefore is faithful to His word.

We can hold God to His word but can God hold us to ours? We make great promises in times of strife with the hope of getting out of our painful situations but when things come to pass, we are quick to forget and slow to acknowledge God’s hand of favor in our lives.

The Israelites who were there witnessed God’s favor on Moses and realized their guilt and put away their ornaments to show God their mournful hearts.

Is it not such a reflection of our lives when we live in the path we believe we know best and often stumble, are picked up, claim to learn from our mistakes and get back on the same path only to stumble again?

Brokenness is such a reality of our lives that we don’t see an issue with being broken. Our sinfulness has grown to a point where we are comfortable in our brokenness and can explain it away as just a yin in the yang of life!

Today it seems easier to make an idol and appease a God more to appease the inner need in ourselves to make peace with this unknown God. Is that the God we follow and can we find favor with God as Moses did?

With the unpredictability of life these days, death is the only constant we live with and that is not comforting. Would we rather live in the painful certainty of death or do we want hope that is beyond this physical life itself?

Jesus Christ, the only son of God is the hope God gave us. He lived among us, led a pure and sinless life, was betrayed, flogged and killed, was raised up from the dead to live again and all of this was for the sole purpose of bringing us back to God again.

God provided through Jesus a way back to Him and all we need to do is humble our prideful selves before Jesus, submit our sinful lives to Him, ask for His total forgiveness and the rest is His work in our lives.

Like Moses, every person who submits themselves to Jesus Christ is transformed by God for His glory and used to transform the lives of others by leading them to the cross.

Are you transformed by God’s love and leading others to this ocean of love or are you still trying to live life blindfolded?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

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John 13:2,18,26-28
The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus… “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture: ‘He who shares my bread has lifted up his heel against me’… Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. “What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him, but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him.

Up to this point in Jesus’ ministry, he avoided being caught by the Pharisees and Sadducees because his time had not yet come and nothing they did resulted in his capture, either physically or verbally. However, when Jesus realized it was time for him to be glorified, he seems to make elaborate preparations for his own murder and that is so mysterious. He washes the feet of Judas, an act that is considered so lowly for anyone, feeds him from his own plate and then sends him off to betray him. We can never understand the mind of God because the last thing on our minds if we knew we were going to be murdered would be to accommodate our murderer. Worse still, if we knew who was going to murder us, we would certainly not be cordial to the person, forget showing love like Jesus did. Does this give you an insight into how God’s love is pure and perfect and he loves like no man can?

God is love and this love is not anything we can describe. God’s love is so amazing that the likes of Saul who tormented God’s own was called into his own service. This amazing love is available to all who seek to reform their lives but cant. Are you guilty of sins you committed, however big or small? Do you like Macbeth see blood on your hands of the sins you committed and are constantly battling it? Jesus is willing to forgive and to forget even the worst of sinners if they are willing to call on his name. My life has been a tragedy of sorts and only because God was gracious do I sleep a restful night anymore. Are you washed in the blood of the lamb of God? What’s holding you back? For those of us who are washed in his blood, are we loving the lost like he did or are we staying in our comfort zones? When was the last time we tried to love the lost like Jesus did?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Matthew 8:3,10,14-15,26,32
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy… When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith… When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him… “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm… He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water.

The passages I chose today may not make sense in a single read but I hope you will read the entire chapter 8 to make sense of it. The reason I took snippets is to show you the thought I had when I read this chapter. First observation is that Jesus performed so many miracles and that’s no surprise. It says in verse 17, ‘this was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”’ I am certain there were so many touched and healed that the writers of the gospels couldn’t record everyone of them but the ones we read have something in common.

Jesus dint walk up to every sick and demon possessed person and heal them. He healed those in need of healing when they displayed their faith in his power and the need for saving. The leper, the centurion, Peter’s mother (Even though not shown but her service later shows her faith), the storm (This was to show those in the boat their lack of faith in him) and the demon possessed men. Again we learn today that what Christ wants from us is that we entrust our all to him and he will work through our brokenness. When we come to realize that it is not us and our medicines and our wisdom but that we are helpless without him, then our call to him is answered, if it is his will. Following Christ is to loose one’s self and if you are willing, then only should you call him Master or Adonai.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet