Saturday, October 5, 2013

Lesson 5-Deuteronomy 8-11

Since July settling the estate of my father has consumed my time and my thoughts; especially when I try to sleep at night. It is easy to say “Give it to the LORD,” but when others question your intentions and speaks negatively of your character, it becomes a test of your patience. Misunderstanding and confusion over what is said is becoming a constant issue.

Alan Greenspan says is best. “I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant”

Our teaching tonight must be for me. My Sunday bible study lesson this week was responding with patience instead of retaliation. As I read the lesson to Miss Nellie, my sinful flesh desired to defend my name and honor. We laughed together as we studied what James taught “Behold the judge stands at the door.” Laying my burden down again for the LORD to set right, ladies I ask for your prayers this Sunday afternoon my sisters and I meet. Pray for understanding, peace, and calmness.  I am claiming this quote by Andrew Murray.

Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord where I can go in and shut the door and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace as in a deep sea of calmness when all around is trouble. 

The key to the right relationship with God is the right attitude. 

Deuteronomy 8-11 Choice of the People
·        Humility (chapter 8)
·        Pride/Rebellion (chapter 9)
·        Obedience (chapters 10-11)
Attitude is everything!
HUMILITY: God desired the children of Israel to be totally dependent on him. They left Egypt with little. They were to depend totally on Him for direction and provision. Humility was the focus of God’s teaching the forty years they walked the desert.
Deuteronomy 8- that He might HUMBLE you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he HUMBLED you and let  you hunger and fed you with manna, …

"Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself one way or the other at all." William Temple

Jesus is our perfect example of Humility. When he took the role of a servant and washed the feet of his disciples, he was teaching them about humility.
 Philippians 3 Have the mind of Christ Jesus, who was equal to God, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant. In human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death on a cross.
Proverbs 22:4 The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.

Philippians 2: Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Lack of humility may be the greatest problem for Christianity today. We want our churches to be the biggest and the richest with the largest numbers.  God just wants us to acknowledge His power and control. Once we understand “Who” is in charge we realize how little control we really have. Trust Him to know what is best for you, then let go and let God. Humility is the foundation of our relationship with God; your attitude is everything!
PRIDE The Center of Sin and Pride is I.
Deuteronomy 9:23b “you rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God and did not believe him or obey his voice. 24 You have been rebellious against the Lord from the day that I knew you.”
Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Pride leads to Disobedience. Slide 9 recounts the incidence of rebellion in chapter 9-11. We are greatly aware of the episode of the Golden Calf and Kadesh Barnea. The other confrontations listed, were briefly mentioned earlier. A link from our Webpage will connect you with past teachings.
·        Exodus 17: Details the first time Moses strikes a rock Massah and Meribah, the quarreling of the people over water
·        Taberah Numbers 11 when the Lord heard the people grumbling, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.
·        Kibroth–hattaavah Numbers 11:31-33 a plague stuck the people while meat was between their teeth.  They buried the people who had the craving.
The body of my teaching tonight will focus on the issue of pride in Korah - Dathan and Abiram. Our Attitude toward God is everything!
Levi the priestly tribe was responsible for many different tasks around the temple. Sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
·        Gershon tribe was in charge of tent, coverings and curtains,
·        Family of Merari was in charge of framework, pillars, courtyard of the temples.
·        Levi’s second son Kohath was the father of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
Kohathites were among the most important Levitical clans. They were in the charge of the sanctuary, carrying the Ark of the Covenant, changing the showbread. Sons of Korah wrote Psalms 42, 44-49, 84-85, 87, Aaron and his sons were priests.
On the map you can see the arrangement of the tribes around the Tabernacle. The red arrow shows the tent of Aaron and his sons beside them is the tent of Moses. Their position is directly in front of the gate into the area of the Tabernacle.
To the left (Actually the South side) you will see a yellow arrow and the tent of Korah grandson of Kohath.  In his pride went to Dathan and Abiram in tribe of Reuben (green box), his neighbors in the camp and stirred up dissension. Korah marched 250 leaders in the camp to accuse Moses and Aaron
"You take too much upon yourselves, for the entire congregation are all holy, and the Lord is in their midst. So why do raise yourselves above the Lord's assembly?" (Numbers 16:3)
Moses replied “Hear now, you sons of Levi: is it too small a thing for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself, to do service in the tabernacle of the Lord and to stand before the congregation to minister to them”
Moses instructed all the men to return tomorrow with their censers, put fire in them and put incense on them to bring before the Lord, and the man whom the Lord chooses shall be the holy one.
12- Dathan and Abiram displayed insolent attitude they said, “We will not come up.” Moses and the Elders approached the two in an effort to convince them to repent of their sin. However, it was in vain.
Dathan and Abiram and their families stood in front of their tents, and in a defiant mood continued to abuse Moses. Their attitude showed their heart!
Moses ordered the rest of the people to move away from the men and their tents.
28 Moses said “Hereby you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works, and that it has not been of my own accord.”
31  …the ground under them split apart. 32 And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, their households, the people and all their goods who belonged to Korah35  and fire from the Lord consumed the 250 men who challenge Moses and Aaron
Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest took the bronze censers, of the rebellious men and hammered out as a covering for the altar, 40 to be a reminder to the people of Israel, so that no outsider, who is not of the descendants of Aaron, should draw near to burn incense before the Lord, There was more grumbling about God’s judgment and 14,700 more died in the plague.
James 4:6 “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Obedience Deuteronomy 10:12
 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
The word “command” or “commandment” was used 24 times in these four chapters.
God commands our obedience. In Ch.10 he tells Israel to execute justice for the fatherless and the widow, and love the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.

“17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.
He explains: 19 Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. 20 You shall fear the Lord your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear.
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That is still the commission of the Church today to provide shelter, food and clothing to those in need. This was Jesus response as He travelled the regions surrounding Jerusalem.
James 1:27 : to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, 

Are you making an effort to provide for the fatherless, widows, and sojourners? Our area has hundreds of organizations to care for them. There will be many opportunities to offer aid during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. What is your Church doing to obey God’s command to care, love and provide justice for the “least of these”?
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Ch. 11 22 For if you will be careful to do all this commandment that I command you to do, loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him, 23 then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you. 24 Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours.
 Have an Attitude of Gratitude. When it comes to serving God your attitude is everything!