12.5 Moses 12, Day 5

God’s Jealousy

We often confuse jealousy and coveting and treat them as the same thing.  They are not.  Both have to do with being in possession of something.  Coveting is wanting to take possession of something that belongs to someone else.  Jealousy is wanting to retain possession of things that rightly belong to you but are at threat of being taken away.

Coveting is a sin.  It violates the 10 commandments.  Righteous jealousy is not a sin.

I use the term righteous jealousy because it assumes the item for which you are jealous rightly belongs to you.  If you are in possession of something that rightly belongs to someone else, then desiring to retain possession of it isn’t jealousy, it is coveting and theft.

All of this is based on the item being held as valuable.  No one, in their right mind, would covet or be jealous of a rock.  It is immaterial, without value.  But if the rock is a gemstone, then that changes.

And there in lies the precious gift of God’s jealousy for us.  Everything belongs to God.  He created the entire universe.  All matter, anti-matter, time and space belong to God.  But God looks at you and me, a collection of molecules and synapses, carbon and water, and He sees a precious gemstone.  Every soul born as a human belonged to God before life entered their cells, even the free will that enables us to choose to turn away from God is from God, and He is jealous for us.

What an amazing blessing.  You are a thing of beauty, of great wealth, precious, desired, something that God, who has everything, wants to possess because you rightly belong to Him.  God is jealous for you!  That should make your face shine with some radiance!

Write that fact on your mirror and look at it in the morning!

 

My Answers:

10.
a.
They had been forgiven for their wickedness and for breaking their covenant and commitment to do everything God had commanded

b.
I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the Lord, will do for you.

c.
Through the children I have helped teach.  Through their ministry.

11.
a.
“A strong feeling of possessiveness, often caused by the possibility that something which belongs, or ought to belong, to one is about to be taken away.”  Everything belongs to God, help comes from Him alone

b.
All of this is a prophecy and foreshadowing of the sins they would be tempted to commit in the future.

12.
a.
He was with God

b.
Because he had spoken with the Lord

c.
my face, heart and hands, my voice. my writing and actions all reflect God’s glory – (still a work in progress)

12.4 Moses 12, Day 4

God’s grace

God is eternal and knows everything.  That doesn’t mean He just knows everything in the past, but He knows everything in the past, present and future.  Not only that, but He is control of all of those events.

When we think of God’s grace, we think of it from a human view of time and events.  The Israelite people messed up big time and Moses threw the tablets that God had written with His finger to the ground.  We see the grace in the fact that God gives them a second chance and that he has Moses participate in the construction of the 2nd set of tablets.

But, here is the deal: God knew they were going to mess up and Moses was going to break the tablets and, yet, He gave Moses the first set of tablets anyway!  That is true grace.

When you look at your life and the ways you have sinned and you wonder can God make anything out of me, remember, He knew before you were born you were going to commit all of those sins, but He gave you life anyway.  He gave you life because of what He knows you can become and the way you can serve and honor Him and walk in a relationship with Him.  His grace doesn’t start at the point of forgiveness, His grace in your life started before you were ever born.

 

My Answers:

8.
The law was to bind the people with God on a path to holiness – even as it was given, it was broken.  God gave them another chance in grace

9.
a.
The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.

Remind me of God’s depth and power.  His willingness to forgive, but His preservation of justice

b.
bowed to the ground at once and worshiped, asked for forgiveness for the people

c.
God is a person – not an idea or impersonal force, He has a mind and a will.  He is willing to meet with me face to face and I should talk with Him every day and long for His presence

 

12.3 Moses 12, Day 3

God’s Glory

Have you ever traveled away from home for an extended period of time?  Whether being separated by work, school or service, your heart tugs to connect with your loved ones.  You can write letters, talk to them on the phone, even video conference with them, but it isn’t the same.  You want to be physically in their presence.  That isn’t a logic thing, but it is a heart thing.

Today we see Moses speaking to God from his heart.  He isn’t asking for special honor, his heart is longing to be with God.  He is homesick for a heavenly home that he doesn’t even know about, yet.

And, God does not turn him away or say no.  Instead, God cautions him, but finds a way to provide the connection Moses seeks.

Moses can’t see God in all His glory.  “God’s glory” is the sum total of all of His attributes.  It is simply too much for a human to experience fully.  Too much power. Too much presence.  Too much eternity. Too much.  But God doesn’t hide his glory from those who seek it, He reveals it Himself in measured ways – not to hide Himself back from us, but to give us the ability to experience Him.

Think of it this way.  You are sitting in a totally dark room for several minutes, when all of a sudden someone flips on extremely powerful flood lights.  What do you do?  You squeeze your eyes shut and cover them with your hand.  Did you long for the light?  Do you want the light? Yes to both.  Can you handle that much light?  Not at that moment.

But each day we walk with God, we move farther out of the darkness and farther into the light.  Each day God reveals more of His light to you if you continue to seek Him.

 

My Answers:

5.
a.
Teach me so that I may continue to know you and walk in the path you have divined for me

b.
earlier this year I asked God to show me how and to whom I should minister and in 2 weeks time he brought the leader of house churches in a communist country and dozens of foreign nationals to my house for a 5 hour lunch and prayer and praise meeting

c.
Remember that this nation is your people

d.
I pray for the children in our school program – their willing acceptance of God helps teach me how complicated I make things that are actually very simple

6.
Honors God’s servants, Honors God, Approaches God, Tries to reflect His glory, Tries not to be an enabler of others sin

7.
a.
A glimpse into Heaven

b.
I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you and proclaim my name, have mercy and compassion

c.
No one may see me and live

 

12.2 Moses 12, Day 2

Face to face, as one speaks to a friend

As Moses’ faith and understanding of God increased, he entered into a deeper personal relationship with God.

When Moses first encountered God, God was a voice in a burning bush.  While that reveals parts of God’s character (especially in the way the bush burned but was not consumed). It is hard to have a relationship with a burning bush.  God repeatedly talked with Moses during the plagues on Egypt.  God was present in a cloud and pillar of fire leading them out of Egypt.  He was present in the cloud descending on the mountain top.

But, in the tent of meeting God meets with Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.  This may be a figurative description explaining the relationship they had formed or it may be a literal description.  God has the ability to take on human form (Jesus Christ), and there are instances of the preincarnate Lord appearing to people.

But, here is the key thing to keep in mind.  God didn’t change.  Moses changed.

Moses has grown and matured from obedience, respect, honor, fear to love and longing and friendship and joy.  He didn’t set those other things aside, they are still appropriate responses, but he has grown and matured.

Where are you in your relationship with God?  Is He a distant being? Words in a book? Or is He real and substantial and someone he long to talk with every day as your best friend (BFF!)?  If you aren’t there, yet, do you recognize that you are the one who needs to change?  God is there already – He is waiting with open arms.  He doesn’t just consider you to be a friend, you are family.

 

My Answers:

3.
a.
The people of Israel had chose to remove themselves from God’s presence when they worshiped the golden calf

b.
They inquired of the Lord, they honored Moses (rose and stood at their tent entrance), when saw cloud, stood and worshiped each at the entrance to their tent

4.
a.
God presented Himself to Moses in human form, not in His full heavenly glory

b.
Through Jesus He did and still does