CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 51

KEY SCRIPTURE: Numbers 21:6 ” And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.”

(Read Numbers 21:1–35)

Numbers 21:4 reads “And they journeyed from Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea to compass the land of Edom and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. “To compass means to go round”. They went round the land of Edom. They were not going forward. They failed to learn the lessons of obedience and trust, and so they could only mark time at one point, to make them learn their lesson of obedience and trust

 Lack of advancement in life is almost always a sign that one is living outside the will of God. The scriptures say the carnal minded is enmity with God, for it is not subject to the law of God; neither indeed can be.  It is not God who caused the lack of advancement and fulfillment in their lives. It was their attitude to refuse the word and way of God that kept them going in circles. What a pain to live by the flesh.

 Numbers 21:6 reveals that the Lord sent fiery serpents into their midst and they killed a great number of them. The proper way to say the above statement is that, the Lord allowed fiery serpents into their midst and it killed a great number of them. Satan has always sought to attack and destroy mankind. It is the power of God that restrains him. When a people walk out of the will of God, He lifts His restraining power and the enemy has a fields day.

These people cried unto Moses to call on God to take away the serpents. Moses did as he has always done. Moses never for one moment refused to intercede on the behalf of these Israelites, although they constantly offended him. Be patient with all men. The Lord did not take the serpents away but asked Moses to make a brazen serpent and put it on a pole. He asked him to tell the host that anyone who was bitten must look at the brazen serpent and be made whole. Anyone who looked was healed. This event depicted the work of our Lord Jesus on the cross. The Lord told Nicodemus that as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so would he be lifted up. (John 3:14). Jesus was lifted on the cross and anyone bitten with sin should turn to Him. There is much power on the cross to break the power of the devil whether it be sin or sickness. The lamb will save any condition that is destroying any man. All you need to do is to believe on Him who died for our sins and carried away our sicknesses in His body. (Isaiah 53:4-6)

 PRAYER

Lord Jesus I accept the offer of your sacrifice, taking away my sin and sicknesses through your death. In the name of my Lord Jesus I am free from every control of the devil.

FURTHER STUDIES

John 3:16 ” For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:18-19 ” He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 50

KEY SCRIPTURE: Numbers 20:8  “Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.”

In the course of the journey of the children of Israel they got to the desert of Zin. This was a place without vegetation and water. Once again, the children of Israel started murmuring, against Moses. They complained about a lot of things asking for water to drink on a desert

Moses and Aaron went to the tabernacle of meeting and prostrated before the Lord. The presence of the Lord descended and He spoke unto Moses. The Lord asked him to take his rod, get to the rock and speak to the rock to give out water. Moses did as the Lord commanded. He went with the congregation and the rod of the Lord in his hands. When he got to the rock, he said “….ye rebels must we fetch you water out of this rock”. He then lifted the rod and smote the rock twice. Water gashed out of the rock and the people drank.

Although water came, out for the people to drink, the Lord was not pleased with Moses. He told Moses, you have not sanctified me before the people and because of this you would not enter the promised land although you would see it.

This was a very sad development to Moses story. He had achieved so much, suffered so much and was poised to enter the promised land but this turn of events. Moses was a very meek man yet the continual pestering of the people built in him an anger and dislike for them. This could happen to anyone if we do not learn to depend on the Lord and cast all our cares and hurts unto the Lord. Certain marriages or relationships may break up after so many years, and people may not understand why it got to that end. There are hurts that have not been resolved over all these years. If hurts are not thrown away, they would soon create a feeling of pain anytime you see that partner. The only taught that would make you feel satisfied is to get him or her out of your life. Do not keep hurts. Talk over issues and forgive in sincerity. If huts are not properly dealt with, they would always result in a violent reaction, causing much pain and destruction.

 The other lesson is that, the end does not always justify the means. Water came but God said he was not pleased with Moses. The Lord asked him to speak to the rock to release water, but he hit the rock twice. Make sure what you are doing is according to divine instruction. Don’t look for results at the expense of due order. The Lord would not break His eternal principles. Fame, money and even miracles does not justify God’s approval. Always remember, not all who say Lord are accepted with him.

 Only those who do the will of God.

 PRAYER

I pray for all marriage couples to learn to forgive in truth and that every child of God would do things according to God’s order.

FURTHER STUDIES.

2 Timothy 2:5 “And if a man also strives for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully”.

Ephesians 4:31-32 ” Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

CHARACTER STUDIES: MOSES 49

KEY SCRIPTURE: Numbers 16:15 ” And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them.”

The children of Israel in the midst of their murmurings against Moses decided this time to oppose him without any cause. Korah, a Levite, Dathan and Abiram who were from the tribe of Reuben gathered about two hundred and fifty renown men to oppose Moses and Aaron. They said to them in Numbers 16:3…. “Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are Holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Wherefore then lift ye up yourself above the congregation of the Lord”. The scripture said, when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face”. Moses was alarmed at their action and knew these people were calling for trouble. He bowed before them and before God as a sign that they were acting abominably and must stop. Moses was not swift to call on curses on the people. He exercised a lot of restrain. Just consider the fact that he bowed before them. Every leader, especially anointed men whose words are always followed with something spectacular must restrain themselves. Take a clue from Moses.

What will make other leaders oppose a man of God with grace as Moses? These people have been complaining and murmuring since they crossed the red sea. Now they rise up against Moses. They had made up their minds not to consider any mighty work God did. Since they were not considering the dealings of God and his power in their midst, a spirit of destruction rather took control over them. Every child of God must endeavour to reflect over the word of God and yield to the influence of the word. When men ignore the influence of the word of God, He gives them up, to a reprobate mind. (Romans 1:18-35). Everybody, no matter who you are, do not stop giving attention to the word of God, less an evil influence dominates you. (Hebrews 3:13).

Moses was wrought with them because they did not repent. These men were ultimately consumed, as they were swallowed by the earth. Every other person who was associated with them was also swallowed up. In Numbers 16:35 a fire came from the Lord and consumed the two hundred and fifty. After the death of these people the congregation of the children of Israel, said Moses had killed the children of Israel. They were also plagued with a terrible plague, killing about fourteen thousand seven hundred people. Be careful how you speak against God’s delegated authority.

 PRAYER

O father, help your children to respect your delegated authority, and relate with them as you want, in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Romans 13:1 ” Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

1 Peter 2:13-14 ” Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.”

CHARACTER STUDIES: MOSES 48

KEY SCRIPTURE: Numbers 14:5 ” Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.”

Numbers 14 is a follow-up to the story of the report of the twelve spies to the promised land. Ten gave an evil report and two who were Joshua and Caleb gave a good report.

The children of Israel believed the evil report instead. Why were they prone to believing the negative report than those who gave the positive report? The answer is in verse three “And wherefore has the Lord brought us unto this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a a prey? Listen to what. they said ” God has brought US here to fall by the sword, OUR wives and OUR children” They were inward looking, and so judged God to be planning their destruction. They believed a lie. These people fell to the original deception of the devil. In Genesis 3 Satan speaking through the serpent told Eve in effect that ‘ God does not want you to be like Himself ‘.  This is the root of all unbelief. Believing a lie of the devil

According to John 8:44 Satan is a liar and every word he says is a lie. Revelation 12:9 reminds us that Satan has deceived all men. He has succeeded in making men believe an untruth about God. Well, the root of such a deception lies in placing self before God. Dear child of God decides one’s and forever that you would always place the WORD of God before self. Do not be deceived, GOD IS BOUND BY HIS WORD, AND WILL DO EXACTLY AS HE HAS SAID

These people spoke of returning to Egypt. This was an abomination. This caused Moses and Aaron to fall on their faces. That act was a sign of absolute faith in God and also a demonstration of humility. They fell before the people. Moses was a man of great faith and humility. This was the secret to his greatness. May we learn from his example

The people also spoke of stoning them. These Israelites were so stubborn to the point that, they wanted to stone Moses and Aaron. The bible said the cloud of glory representing God’s presence descended. God will always manifest His glory anytime men stand for Him against the popular view of the multitude that are unbelieving and rebellious. Take a stand for the Lord no matter how much everybody and everything is opposing the word of God. God will not fail you. He will honour his word.

CONFESSION

I believe the word of God. I place God’s word above every situation I face. God honors His word always. His word is a delight to me

FURTHER STUDIES.

Hebrews 13:5-6 ” Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me”.

Psalms 119:89-90 ” Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.”

CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 47

KEY SCRIPTURE: Numbers 13:30 “And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.”

The Lord asked Moses to send leaders from each tribe of the children of Israel to spy on the land that God had promised to give them.

They spent forty days going across the land and afterwards they brought their reports. Ten out of the twelve men said although the land was a good and fertile land, the inhabitants were too great and therefore they must abandon the project. This reaction contradicted what God had promised them, making God a liar. It was a serious inditement on the faithfulness of God. Two men, Caleb and Joshua stood with God and said they could possess the land.

Why these two different positions. One group were approaching the issue in the light of their own physical strength. They had also forgotten all that the Lord did to the Egyptians and the many miracles that He had done in their midst. The other two gentlemen, Caleb and Joshua did not lose sight of what God had done for them and who the Lord was. They did not consider their physical handicaps but fully trusted in the almightiness of God.

The bible said these other ten men brought an evil report. Many of us have failed to obtain many great promises in life because we faced those challenges in our human strength with all the limitations that go with it.

The real issue is, who is God to you? You can do a great good to yourself by taking time to meditate on the word of God as well as on the awesomeness of God. He would always respond according to how you see Him.

Please note that these men who brought the evil reports were leaders of their tribes. One’s knowledge and submission to God is never by titles or position. It is purely an individual affair. Your position or tiles is in the realms of men, your faith or trust in God depends on your response to His word.. Decide to always exalt God and His word above everything, including yourself and your interests. We are his children and servants as well. We live to bring honour to His name.  It’s His interest that matters. Our glory and blessings are subjected to what brings him glory. It is when we seek His praise and glory always that brings us blessings.

 CONFESSION

My delight is in doing that which pleases Him. I will stand for whatever God has promised irrespective of the opposition that I may face. I possess every promise of God I claim.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Numbers 14:9 ” Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not”.

Numbers 13:30 ” And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.”

CHARACTER STUDIES: MOSES 46

KEY SCRIPTURE: Numbers 12:1-2 “And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it”.

Aaron and Miriam are the elder siblings of Moses. They spoke against Moses because he had married an Ethiopian woman. They also claimed God had not only spoken by Moses but spoken through them too.

We see two things playing here Miriam had known Moses at birth and was the very one who watched over him when he was put in the Nile river. Aaron was also an elder brother of Moses. These people had become familiar with Moses. They also rebelled against spiritual authority. We see

1. Familiarity

2. Rebellion against spiritual authority.

God’s calling is not an issue of age or association. It is purely by his choice. Romans 13:1 says “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God. The powers that be are ordained of God”. God ordains all the powers or authorities that function on the earth. These are delegated authorities standing in for God. Anyone who wrongly challenges these authorities’ challenges God. (Note; There are some imposters who have not been appointed by God)

There are two things about God that men may act against. Man may sin against God’s holiness, or rebel against His authority. God may easily forgive a sin against His holiness, but will not tolerate a rebellion against His authority. King David sinned against His holiness and was forgiven but King Saul rebelled against His authority and was rejected as the King.

Examples of such authorities are, rulers of nations, fathers at home, institutional heads, heads of churches and various leaders that we have in various aspects of our life.

The question is, what should be done when a man supposed to be in authority is breaking the laws of God, and acting in ways that is against the proper order that He has instituted? There are various ranks of authority in this life. If you happened to be under an authority that breaks the principles of God, you can find a way to express the error to that authority. If he or she disregards your concerns, appeal to a higher authority to bring him or her to order.

This was not the case in Moses issue. The Lord said Moses was the meekest of all men and had a very great favourable standing with God. It was God who saw His authority on Moses to be challenged, and so, He reacted. We must be careful how we speak against certain authorities. Romans 14:4 says “who art thou that judges another man’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Yea he shall be holden up for God is able to make him stand. A lot of people are fast to judge and even condemn some men of God and certain authorities. You must be very careful. You may be treading on a “naked wire”. This warning goes more to people in ministry and Christians as a whole.

PRAYER

I pray for all those in authority to act appropriately and also for all men to be very circumspect in attacking such people in authority.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Numbers 12:9-10 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.

And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

1 Samuel 24:6 ” And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.”

CHARACTER STUDIES: MOSES 45

KEY SCRIPTURE:

Numbers 11:11 ” And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?”

Read Numbers 11:1-35

The children of Israel kept their complaints along the way. This caused the anger of the Lord to kindle against them, and fire from God consumed most of them who were at the outskirts of the camp. They cried unto Moses to pray to God for them. He did and the fire ceased.

They kept complaining. This time thy wanted meat. They even added that they did not know why they should be brought out of Egypt. At this point of the complaints Moses was very distressed. He asked God why has he placed all the burden on him as if he conceived them. In verse 12 Moses asked the Lord where can he get flesh to give them. Moses even asked the Lord to kill him. Now for the first time in all their journeys Moses doubted God whether He could be able to feed the thousands of people with meat. Numbers 11:21 “And Moses said the people among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month?

Why was Moses expressing such doubt? Dearly beloved, faith in God is not an automatic fixed stuff in a servant or child of God. If one allows the cares of this life to gradually take over his heart, his faith no matter how strong or agile it may be, will start dwindling. Moses had allowed the problems of the people to gradually overtake him. He was even asking God to take his life because he could not bear them. The Christian must not allow the flesh to take the lead in his or her life.

The flesh must remain dead so the spirit would continually lead. In the spirit every yoke is easy and every burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30)

In the spirit it is God who does the work through us. Everyone must take time to feed his/her faith. Keep reading the word of God. Keep listening to inspired messages. Anything that distresses and makes you doubt must be discarded. Stay fresh in the spirit to be able to endure every challenge that comes your way.

CONFESSION

God’s word is my necessary food. I give no place to the flesh, neither do I allow the cares of this life to weigh me down, for I daily feed on the word acting on it always. My faith is strong and I ‘m always a winner.

FURTHER STUDIES

Mark 4:19 “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful”.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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