THE PATH OF LIFE

January 20, 2019

 

TEXT:  Numbers 10-12
 

Every journey begins with a departure
    (Numbers 19:11-35)

They arrived at Mt Sinai after escaping Egypt  

              A trip of about three months

They settled there for about a year.

         (During that time: God met with them. They built the tabernacle

          and the ark of the Covenant God came into covenant with them 

          God provided water, quail, and manna. We are all called to leave

          our comfort zone. If you want to see the promised land you cannot

          stay where you are.)

The cloud (the sign of God) lifted from the Tabernacle

They set out to the promise land.

     YOU CANNOT STAY WHERE YOU ARE  

                   AND GO WITH GOD

 

Expect Adversity

      (Numbers 11:1-3)

The People complain

The Lord hears it

The Lord’s anger is kindled

      The fire of the Lord consumes some folks along the edge of the camp

Moses intercedes for the people

      The fire died out

GOD DOES NOT REMOVE ADVERSITY,

           HE TAKES US THROUGH IT

 

Choose your companions carefully

      (Numbers 11:1-9)

Some folks are never satisfied and always want more

They have a depth of greedy desires

Embracing their company has risks

      Breeds ingratitude

      Breeds dissatisfaction

      Breeds rebellion

WHO YOU TRAVEL WITH AFFECTS THE JOURNEY

 

Every Journey will have Challenges

      (Numbers 11:10-17)

The People are weeping and complaining making God angry

Moses:

       Is broken, “I cannot do this by myself, it is too much for me.”

       Is discouraged, “If this is the way it is going to be, just kill me.”

       Is despondent, “If You want to be kind, don’t let me witness my failure.”

God responds:

       Get seventy quality men to help you lead.

       I will handle the people’s complaint, I will feed them for a month

GOD WILL TEST YOU TO INCREASE YOUR FAITH

 

Criticism is a part of everyone’s journey

     (Numbers 12:1-16)

Miriam and Aaron criticize Moses

      They don’t like his choice of a wife (racism?)

      They are jealous of his friendship with God

      They are envious of his leadership

The anger of the Lord burned against them

Miriam was struck with leprosy

       Moses interceded for Miriam’s healing

GOD WILL VINDICATE HIS OWN, VENGENCE BELONGS TO HIM

 

                                  HOW’S YOUR LIFE?

               Is God calling you to a greater adventure?

              Are you disheartened by adversity?

              Are you travelling with the right people?
 

         GOD’S INVITATION ALWAYS REQUIRES FAITH!

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