FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 6/26/2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 6/26/2012
THE BLESSINGS OF A REDEEMED PEOPLE, Lesson 7b
v. 7 THE “I WILL” OF UNEQUALED SATISFACTION
The Satisfaction Of His Adoption – God promises Israel that He will take those old slaves and transform them into His people. They will be His “peculiar treasure”, (Ex. 19:5; Duet. 14:2; 26:18; Psalm 135:4). That is, of all the people who lived upon the earth in that day, they alone would be His people. He would have a special relationship with them. There would be a closeness and a state of blessedness that no other people would know. Why this special standing? Why this choice of this people? Because, He chose them to follow His plan of redemption to the letter. They would have to trust their future to the blood of a little lamb. They would have to believe God by faith, and He had accepted them on those grounds! That is why they were special! That is why He adopted them as His people.
By the way, that is still how it works today! If a person wants to be in a relationship with God, it will not come to pass through joining a church or doing some religious calisthenics. The plan of salvation has never changed. Heb. 9:22 says, “…without shedding of blood is no remission.” Old sinners are made into saints of God by placing faith in the blood shed by Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. The sinner comes into contact with that blood in Baptism (Rom 6;3-7; 1 Pet 3:21). When a person trusts and obeys the Word and blood of Jesus, that person enters into a special relationship with God. Just as Israel is called a “peculiar” people in the Old Testament, the redeemed are called a “peculiar” people in the New Testament (Titus 2:14; 1 Pet. 2:9). Are you part of the chosen people? Are you involved in a special relationship with God the Father through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ?
The Satisfaction Of His Approval – Not only did He promise to accept these people in Himself, He also promised to prove His acceptance of them by demonstrating His power on their behalf. As they journeyed toward the Promised Land, they received blessings that could have only come to them from the hand of God, pillar of cloud and fire, Red Sea, Manna, water from the Rock, victory over all their enemies, etc. His approval of Israel as a people was demonstrated to them every day!
Such is the experience of those who have trusted Jesus as well. Every single day of our lives, we enjoy the manifestation of His approval in the blessings we enjoy as His children, this is His promise, (2 Cor. 6:16) and this is what He does, (Psa. 68:19). That is why those who know Him and walk in close communion with Him are a happy, satisfied people. God is so good to us every day of our lives! The needs He meets, the prayers He answers, the burdens He lifts, the glory He bestows, the gifts He extends, the grace He passes out, etc.
v. 8 THE “I WILL” OF UNENDING SECURITY
Promised A Habitation – Here were people that God had promised to deliver. He promised to free them from their burdens and to deliver them from their bondage. However, His promise extended way beyond the simple idea of bringing them out. His promise to them was to bring them in as well. He did not deliver them to leave them wandering in a wilderness forever. He delivered them from bondage that He might bring them into the place of blessing. He set them free in order to set them up! His promise carried the idea of keeping them safely as they journeyed and of delivering them safely to the land of promise. And, that which He promised He delivered!
Friend, we enjoy the same precious security today! God did not save a single one of us to lose us along the way! He saved us from this world to deliver us to that promised Home and He will see to it that it is done. He will not cast out a single one of His sheep along the way home, (John 6:37-40; John 10:28; 1 Pet. 1:5). If you are saved, you are going home! If you are not, then you need to give serious consideration to getting right with the Lord. If you started this journey through faith in the shed blood of Jesus, and have gone astray, then friend come back because He has prepared a place for you.
Promised A Heritage – God’s promise to Israel was of a land where they would enjoy the best of God’s blessings. They knew the Promised Land as a land that was “flowing with milk and honey”, (Ex. 3:8). His purpose in redeeming them was not finished with them being delivered from bondage. It was not finished when they left Egypt for the wilderness. It was not finished until they stood on the ground that He had promised to their fathers. God’s plan for them was not complete until they were safely home!
He saved us to take us to a place He was preparing in Heaven, (John 14:1-3). It is a place called Heaven, where He makes His home, (Rev. 22:1-5), and where we will enjoy an eternity of unending glory in His presence, (Rev. 21:4). He didn’t just save us so that we would miss Hell and enjoy victory over sin; He saved us so that one-day we would step out of this life and into His presence in a place called Heaven. He brought us out of a hopeless situation to bring us in to an eternal heritage! Just think about how good God is today as we enjoy the “earnest of the inheritance”, (Eph. 1:14). What will it be like to experience Him face to face (Rev. 4:1-11!)!
Conc: I thank God for the blessings of the redeemed today! How about you? Are you in a position to honestly say that you are enjoying the best God has to offer you today? Are you saved? Are you walking with Him like you know you should be? Are the shackles of sin firmly clasped around you life this morning? Jesus is the Key to getting them off! If you experience doesn’t line up with what I have been teaching today, then you need to get that thing settled with the Lord now. I know He is speaking to you if your heart is not where it should be. The question is, how will you respond to His call?
He Touched me” By William J. Gaither (1963)
Shackled by a heavy burden, 'Neath a load of guilt and shame. Then the hand of Jesus touched me, And now I am no longer the same.
He touched me, Oh He touched me, And oh the joy that floods my soul! Something happened and now I know, He touched me and made me whole.
Since I met this blessed Savior, Since He cleansed and made me whole, I will never cease to praise Him, I'll shout it while eternity rolls.
He touched me, Oh He touched me, And oh the joy that floods my soul! Something happened and now I know He touched me and made me whole.
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