God Is Working Behind The Scenes of This World

Providential Provision for Israel (God Has This Plan)

Book of Genesis Chapters 41 through Chapter 45

We do not have to study the Scriptures long, until we will realize that the Lord is working behind the scenes in His created world to make sure there is a positive ending.

The plan of God is amazing!
The plan of God is sure!
The plan of God is unstoppable!

God knows what is best for each of us and He will actively work in our lives if we are willing to allow Him to do so.

Why does God do these things? Because He cares!

1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

If something is bothering you, then you need to go to the Lord!

He wants to hear about it even though He already knows what is going on in your life.

You want to be in the family of God? Then you need to be in the will of God!

Mar 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

We cannot be a part of this world and be in the will of God!

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The Lord will never give you something to do without He goes before you to prepare your way!

We know that Jehovah had told Abraham that Israel would spend 400 + years in a foreign nation and leave that nation with a great substance.

We now know that these things began when God moved Joseph into position.

Now we may not agree with everything Joseph had to go through, but we do know the Lord was with him and kept him safe while He trained Joseph to be second in command of Egypt the most powerful nation of that day.

Joseph is now in prison because he would not give in to temptation from the wife of Potiphar.

These things began with dreams and it would be dreams that would bring Joseph before Pharaoh.

*Gen 41:14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.

If we do not see anything else, we had better see the power of God behind the political world and the governments of the world.

Rom 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.

Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

God never puts rulers in place to do bad things!

Joseph had now waited a long time for his deliverance, but he knew it was coming, he just did not know when.

It is the same for the Church today. We are bought and paid for by the blood of the Lamb of God. We are awaiting on the Lord to take us home!

We should also be able to see that it was not for Joseph’s sake that he was called out of prison, it was because a mighty Pharaoh had a need that he did not understand.

Joseph recognizing this made himself presentable. As God’s children we should never look like the world.

Joseph was not recognizing the Pharaoh’s power he was recognizing God’s power!

The world of that day needed the blessings of God to survive just as it is for the world today. We live in a dying world!

Pharaoh does not beat around the bush, he needed answers to these dreams that he did not understand.

Notice also Joseph is just as calm in the presence of Pharaoh as he was in the prison.

*Gen 41:15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.
Gen 41:16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

Joseph listens calmly as Pharaoh make his case, and the reason he had asked to see Joseph.

There was no one in all of Pharaoh’s council who could interpret this dream of Pharaoh and this man had enough sense to not let it go.

To Pharaoh this thing seemed too important to let go and he was right.

In this dream was not just the plan to feed the family of Israel, but to feed all of Egypt and much of the world of that day.

We should understand that there is never a day that God does not make sure there is enough food to feed the world.

It is the governments and rulers who allow for people to starve to death!

Joseph takes only a moment to tell Pharaoh that he does not have the ability to interpret dreams, but it is the God of the Hebrews, who only can interpret these type of dreams!

In other words there was no false god that could have such an ability!

Psa 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

Pro 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
Pro 3:32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.

The world simply cannot see nor understand the truth!

Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

2Co 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

Joseph clearly understood things that many Church members do not understand today!

Pharaoh then tells Joseph his dream and the Lord gives Joseph the proper interpretation.

*Gen 41:28 This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh.

This message was for Pharaoh not Joseph or the children of Israel.

It would be Pharaoh who would have to make the right decision after he heard the interpretation of his dreams!

By showing Pharaoh the answer to these dreams, Joseph is now accepted as a Prophet of the Hebrew God, Elohim.

It was only later that God said He was the Great “I Am”.

We must also understand that there is no “science” in interpreting the Word of God.

God says what He means, and God means what He says!

This is the message Joseph gave to Pharaoh as did Daniel.

Dan 2:27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
Dan 2:28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;

No government leader should be swayed by his councilors until he knows he has the truth. If he is not satisfied with their answers then he will need to go outside that group of people and there is no better man to go that the true man of God.

I do not need to know what my government says, I need to know what my God says!

For all those who think that “science” must confirm or agree to the Word of God for the Word of God to be true are only foolish.

Just accept a literal translation of the Word of God, “rightly divided”!

Science changes as time goes by but the Word of God never changes because the truth will always be the truth.

*Gen 41:29 Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:
Gen 41:30 And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land;
Gen 41:31 And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.

Remember how Moses became God’s Prophet to Pharaoh well we see that Joseph had set the example as Joseph was now God’s Prophet to Pharaoh.

It is a fact that God has the power to give His servants understanding and insight!

God still does this today, but He uses His written Word to tell us of our future so there is no need for prophets.

God tells us to study the Word of God.

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

If our new president needs some insight of the things of our world, and he does, then he should just study the Bible just as God told all the kings of Israel and all rulers then and today.

It is not enough to swear upon a book you have never read!

What was soon coming to Egypt? A famine such that has never been seen by the people of Egypt and the surrounding lands but before this occurred there would be seven years of plenty above what was normal.

Decisions have to be made in the good years because bad years always come.

In other words, we need to prepare for that bad day because it is certainly coming!

Again God had to get Jacob and his family to come to Egypt and it would never have happened without this famine!

Did God cause this famine? No, God does not do bad things! He does allow them to take place!

We must repeat this over and over. God does not do bad things, but He does allow many of them to take place!

It is Satan the Deceiver who caused this bad thing to happen.

Now do not get me wrong, God does have some rules as God told the children of Israel.

Deu 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
Deu 11:17 And then the LORD’S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

Could God have stopped this thing? Yes, and He will explain it all to us one day!

Again, it was Satan trying to destroy the path to the Messiah and he will try many more times before the Lord is born in Bethlehem.

Seven years is nothing in the plan of God and remember God has written it all down for us to see that the only path to eternal life with Him is through and by the Lord Jesus Christ!

When God takes the time to tell us what is about to happen, He does this so we can prepare for the worse.

Today God tells us what will happen if we do not believe what He says, and we are fools if we do not take the Word of God serious!

When God repeats Himself, then we can expect things to happen soon!

The famine that was coming would wipe away all the good thoughts of those years of plenty.

These things were certain!

*Gen 41:32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

Notice how the Holy Ghost now gives us a Biblical study tool.

When God has to repeat Himself then we can be sure these things will happen soon!

God repeats Himself because of His “Mercy”. If God warns us one time then that is enough, but because God loves His creation, He repeats Himself many times.

Joseph could speak boldly because he was speaking the truth!

It is the same with every true Prophet in the Scriptures. They speak boldly because they speak the truth! The Word of God is that truth!

Joseph was so sure he then goes on to teach the most powerful man in the world of that day just what to do.

We will see that this Pharaoh was a pagan, but he did have some intelligence.

*Gen 41:38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

Joseph had told Pharaoh that he needed a man who knew how to get Egypt through these 14 years.

Obviously, this wisdom came by the Lord, but we can see this young man named Joseph was certainly a special young man.

This man in charge would buy up one-fifth of all the grains that were harvested in those seven years of plenty.

Remember these were seven years of plenty so the crops would be greater than in a normal year.

All this grain would be stored in many cities safe and secure from the elements and with the seal of Pharaoh.

It would be much easier to handle the distribution of this food when the time came to do so.

This food would be held in reserve, unused for anything else, but those seven years of famine.

By this Egypt would be secure from economic collapse during the coming famine.

God has the power for our voices to be heard at His timing!

God will provide the wisdom that we need as He promises!

Psa 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

Psa 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Pro 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

If we belong to the Lord and are following in His Will, He will give us understand and wisdom and speak through us, but we must have “faith”!

if we make ourselves available to the Lord, He will use us! God loves volunteers, ask Isaiah.

Joseph did not shy away though he stood before the earthly ruler of the world on that day.

Joseph knew that it was Elohim who was the God of all power and we are all puny in any power we think we have.

*Gen 41:39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:
Gen 41:40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
Gen 41:41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.

This free advice, given to Pharaoh was sound advice, in fact, so sound that even if the famine did not come the government of Pharaoh could not lose have control of such a valuable commodity.

Joseph was a man with the gift of God, the spirit of wisdom.
Joseph was free of selfishness.
Joseph was not plotting for advancement.
Joseph was pure used of the Holy Spirit.

Pharaoh was the sinner.
Pharaoh was rich and had need of nothing, or so he thought. (Reminds us of the last Church Age)
Pharaoh began to see that there was a God that he did not know about.

If Joseph had just interpreted the dream and said nothing else, Egypt would not have survived because Pharaoh lacked the wisdom to do the right thing.

If Joseph had not been selected to make sure these things were handled properly then Egypt would not have survived.

God was not so much set on the survival of Egypt as he was the survival of Israel, and this will never change.

The world needs to wake up to this fact today!

God knows what will take place at all times now and all future times, as long as time last!

Joseph had come out of the prison one day because he was requested by the Pharaoh of Egypt.

Before this day was over Joseph was wearing the signet ring of Pharaoh that was used to for signing public documents.

Joseph then began to wear a coat of fine linen. See even the coat made by his father Israel was a picture of prophecy!

He also wore a gold necklace, a badge of rank, indicating his rank and authority.

Joseph also had the privilege of riding in the state chariot.

A Pharaoh would have two chariots. One the state chariot, the other a war chariot.

There would be someone crying before him which said, “bend the head, bow the knee”.

Joseph would be treated as royalty, as long as this Pharaoh lived and maybe longer as long as the family of this Pharaoh lived.

We know it was over 400 years before a wicked Pharaoh wanted to destroy Israel by making them all slaves.

*Gen 42:6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph’s brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.

Joseph was now Governor over all the land of Egypt.

All merchantmen from every nation had to appear in person before Joseph to buy or to sell.

Remember Israel (Jacob) was a very rich man, who sent his sons to do business in Egypt, but Joseph had no responsibility to sell them anything.

After 22 years Joseph and his brothers were again face to face and according to the early dreams of Joseph, they bowed the knee with their faces toward the earth.

Gen 37:6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:
Gen 37:7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.
Gen 37:8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
Gen 37:9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
Gen 37:10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
Gen 37:11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

His brothers did not yet know this was Joseph and they did not recognize him with his new coat and position.

And Joseph did speak roughly to them as they had to him.

We see that nothing can stop the plan of God for He influences many rulers of this world and sets them all in power, though we may not understand why certain men become rulers or why they do what they do.

The survival of the nation of Egypt and maybe many other nations depended upon Joseph, but also the survival of Israel and his family was now in the hands of Joseph.

The world thinks things just happen by accident because this is the teaching of evolution!

The pure fact is, that all the things of this world happen according to the “providence of God working in our lives”!

There are no accidents!

Very seldom if any at all, does things happen to people unless someone breaking some law or someone involved was breaking a law.

Even trips and falls happen because we are reckless and stubborn.

Think about it and you will know this is true.

It is God who holds all life in His hands, and He knows what will happen to each of us daily and in our future.

God is under no obligation to extend the life of any of us!

God and God only, knows those who will return to Him!

Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Isa 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

God knows those who will return to Him just as well as He does those who will never turn to Him!

Joseph finally had to tell his brothers the truth.

*Gen 45:3 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.

When you have been concealing the truth for 22 years and the reality of that truth confronts you, you will not know what to say.

Num 32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

It is by the providence of God that the truth will surface and lies will be exposed.

Yes, it will happen in our own government sooner, or later, not because I say so, but because God says so.

Joseph could no longer hold back his emotions.
Joseph had received “Grace” so now he offered “Grace”.
Joseph understood why all things that happened to him, happened.
Joseph never took his eyes off of the Lord God Almighty.
Joseph understood what forgiveness really means!

Rewards can happen upon this earth, though most of our rewards will take place when we meet Jesus in the clouds.

Joseph’s rewards were not his position nor his riches in Egypt.

Joseph’s reward was being reunited with his family!

In this instance, by typology, Joseph is a type of our Heavenly Father!

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

God did not create Hell for humans, Hell was created for the Devil and his fallen angels.

Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

2Pe 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

Jud 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

If you end up in Hell, it will be because you have rejected the truth! There is a place called Hell!

Joseph must yield to his love for his family.

*Gen 45:4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

Joseph had always loved his brothers and never understood why they did what they did.

It took 22 years and a great distance for these 10 men to know love for their brother.

Joseph forgave his brothers because Joseph realized that the hand of God was involved in his purpose.

Joseph was treated badly by his brothers because of envy, jealousy and hatred because that this is what they had seen all their childhood days.

They had now spent 22 years seeing how this thing had affected their father and they were more mature.

If we study the Scriptures, we see that Joseph had reacted with love toward his brothers just as the Bible teaches.

God had not caused these men to mistreat their brother Joseph.
God had not caused Joseph to be sold into slavery, but God used it to further His plan for Israel.
God had not caused all the things that had happened to Joseph while he was in Egypt, but God had been with Joseph every moment of his life and caused him to prosper in all the things he had done.

Joseph wanted his brother to come closer to him because there were some things the Egyptians did not need to know, and Joseph wanted to put them at ease.

God wants us all to be just as forgiving as He is!

Mar 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Mar 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
Mar 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Joseph had forgiven them.

They knew what they had done and after reminding them just to show he was Joseph, not much more needed to be said.

Forgiveness shows love!

*Gen 45:5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

When we realize that we are in the plan of God, and He has His hand upon us, we get to see the bigger picture. Somewhat like God sees His plan in action.

These brothers needed to establish some trust now that they had been reunited and the first step was forgiveness.

Jealousy, envy, bitterness and hatred had to be put aside for God’s plan to become real.

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

When we look back at all the foolish things and serious sin, we have done all our lives, we can become discouraged, but Joseph did not want his brothers to feel this way.

God can bring good out of every mistake and God has more forgiveness than we have error.

But we must repent and repent still means much more than saying “I am sorry”.

There must be some action in our repentance.

These ten brothers were forgiven by Joseph and it was time for them to get together and save this family that God intended to build a nation from.

They were just a small part of the nation of Israel that exists today.

Joseph was sent before his family to make preparations, by the hand of God!

Psa 105:16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.
Psa 105:17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:
Psa 105:18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:
Psa 105:19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.
Psa 105:20 The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.
Psa 105:21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:
Psa 105:22 To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.
Psa 105:23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
Psa 105:24 And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.

One of these days we will wake up and see that God knows what He is doing.

He has given us a purpose.
He has given us commandments.

Our one and only duty is to obey!

Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecc 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Lets let God be God and stay out of His way, while we are obedient to do what He has called us to do!

Joseph told his brothers that this famine had just begun, and it was going to get worse.

This is the same message we have today.

The persecution we see today is going to get worse before the Lord takes us home!

Amen

God Provides Comfort When We Suffer

Comfort In Suffering

Book of 2 Corinthians Chapter 1

In this epistle we get to see some of the personal side of the Apostle Paul. Paul may have been the greatest Christian that ever lived but Paul was just a human and a servant of the Lord.

Paul underwent the strain and the stress of his ministry just as every minister of the “faith”.

Troubles within any of the churches troubled the Apostle Paul and the troubles in this church at Corinth nearly crushed him.

The message of this wonderful book of the Bible is to endure the trials and tribulations of being a Christian and proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ even more than before!

So lets begin:

*****2Co 1:1  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
2Co 1:2  Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 

It’s important for us to realize that God has a will and a purpose for each of us. Therefore God has an intelligent and free personality.

God’s will is the “Force” behind all forces.
God’s will is the “Law” behind all laws.
God has a will in relation to each of us and it is on an individual level!

In other words God has a purpose in relation to our existence!
God has a purpose in relation to our mission in life!
God has a purpose in relation to our conduct in this life!

It is God’s will that we live without immorality in our lives!

We must consider that immorality is anything that goes against the commandments of our Holy God.

Injustice, dishonesty, fraud, slander, intemperance(which is due restraint), lewdness(which is indulgence in lust; fornication or adultery and other such things), idolatry and all crimes are immoralities!

We also see that God is the source of the believer’s call!

Joh 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 
Joh 15:17  These things I command you, that ye love one another. 

Paul was called to be an Apostle (messenger) sent from God.

Paul was called to be an ambassador, a witness, a teacher, a preacher, a missionary, a minister of the Word of God.

We as believers do not serve because we choose to serve the Lord.

We serve God when we answer His call, then God will provide us with the necessary tools for His purpose to be fulfilled!

God is the source of all things and God is the source of our brotherhood and sisterhood in the Church because He is our Abba Father!

We should also clearly understand that the call of God does not make us superior to any other person, lost or saved, it just makes us “one who has answered the call “of God!

We serve not because we are better persons, we serve simply because God has a work for us to do. If He did not have this work then He would take us all home the moment that He saved us!

God gives us opportunities, to reach out to our loved ones, our friends, and anyone who crosses our paths!

This is because of His “Amazing Grace”!

So then God is the source of the Church!

It is brothers and sisters, all called of God, all on equal standing, all with individual gifts of God’s choosing, all called the “Saints” of God, who make up the Church!

Because it is only God who is the source of “Grace” and “Peace”!

1Co 1:4  I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 
1Co 1:5  That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; 

It is this wonderful God of Grace, that we owe our blessings!

*****2Co 1:3  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 
2Co 1:4  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 

You see God does not just call us and provide the things we need to serve but God knows being a Christian is not always an easy thing to do.

God then is also the “Father” of Mercy, and Compassion, and the God of Comfort!

These are the Scriptures from which we get the title of our lesson today.

We should understand the gifts and the tools God gives us for His service are not a one time thing and if we use those things wisely God will continue to provide.

Our blessings come from the Ones we bless!

After all, a stream flows from the fountain!
A beam of light, emits from the Sun.
Our blessings, come from the One who is our Blessor!

Mat 13:12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 

God is the “Father of Mercies” because His nature toward us is as a “Father” and not as a God!

And mercies is plural because God’s mercies will be continuous throughout all our lives.

God is truly the God of “Comfort”.

In our Scripture the Greek word used for “comfort” is “parakleseos”.

In Bible Study we know that the Holy Spirit(Holy Ghost) is the “paraklete” which is the same word as “parakleseos”.

What does the Lord Jesus say to us?

Joh 14:16  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 
Joh 14:17  Even the Spirit of truth; “whom the world cannot receive”, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 
Joh 14:18  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 

Here we have the Lord Jesus speaking of the Father, and the Comforter which is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity is always involved in our comfort.

Joh 14:26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 

This is why He is the God of Comfort!

From the “Comforter” comes the strength, the relief, the support, the solace, the consolation, and the encouragement, among all the power of a Holy God.

How do we know these things are true?

Joh 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. 

Rom 5:8  But God “commendeth his love toward us”, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 
Rom 5:9  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

God gave His Son to die for His enemies, no greater sign of mercy is known to man!

It is God’s nature to be as a “Father” more than a God!

The word “tribulation” means to be weighed down and eventually pressed and crushed.

This is a picture of a burden being much to heavy for us to carry.

God knows all these things and as Creator, The Holy Spirit can create “Comfort” out of nothing!

God does not ever ask us to bear His burden alone!

God does not keep us from “tribulation” but He comforts us in that tribulation!

God is never off in the distance, or some place far from us, but is actually walking along side of us as we go through this life, if we will walk with Him!

Here again we have Jesus Christ as our example!

*****2Co 1:5  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 

Many people read this Scripture and do not take it very serious!

The truth is there is no one that suffered more than Jesus Christ. Some may suffered some things the same but no one has suffered all the things that Jesus suffered in His short life time.

What we know about Jesus?

**Jesus was born to an unwed mother who never one time thought about aborting Him, even though she was uncertain about her future husband.

**Jesus was born in a smelly stable, in unsanitary conditions.

**Jesus was born to parents who where very poor.

**Just as soon as Jesus was born, an evil government searched for Him to destroy Him.

**Because baby Jesus escaped by His parents, babies in a whole region were slaughtered, He had mental anguish all His life beginning with this thing.

**Jesus could not be settled in a safe home until there was a change in the leaders of government.

**Jesus was finally raised in a place that the entire world despised.

**Jesus lost His earthly adopting father at an early age and was raised by a single mother.

**Jesus had to support his entire family until they grew able to support themselves.

**Jesus began His ministry having no home, not even a place to lay His head.

**Jesus was hated and opposed by all religionist.

**Jesus was considered insane.

**Jesus was considered to be demon possessed.

**Jesus was opposed by His own family.

**Jesus was rejected, hated, and opposed by most all who heard His message.

**Jesus was betrayed by a friend.

**Jesus was forsaken by all His friends.

**Jesus was tried and convicted of treason even though He was innocent of all charges.

**Jesus was executed by crucifixion, the worst possible death.

**How about the mental anguish of know all these things would happen to Him all His days.

These are just some of the things we know about!

Jesus Christ knows exactly how we feel at any given moment because He personally experienced every situation!

The cross we bear in this life cannot compare to the cross that Jesus bore yet we are still to bear our own cross.

The sufferings we suffer are not the same as Christ’s, yet we will certainly suffer.

God takes great pains in teaching us His salvation plan.

We truly do not have a careless Father!

The truth is, in the Book of Ephesians God tells us to put on our armor. Having once been a soldier I know that when I put on my armor I am preparing for war!

Before we buckle on our Christian armor, we need to understand some of the things we will face.

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, “that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”. 

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, “that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day”, and having done all, to stand.

The Lord Jesus Christ designed the armor we are to wear and without it we will fall to the enemy!

*****2Co 1:6  And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

We must remember we carry the most important message that this world needs to hear and the enemies of God will do all they can to stop us from doing this!

This is not for our own good but for theirs!

AND, God has a specific purpose for allowing our suffering.

In this Scripture we see that suffering and being comforted serve the same purpose. They are both for consolation and salvation!

God uses these things because they work, they are effective in the work that God has called us to do!

Salvation is freely given and only requires our faith. Even that faith is provided by the Lord!

Just as Jesus Christ suffered and died to be raised to new life, then we must realize we will go through some of these same things.

Being “Born Again” also means we will suffer in many of the same ways Jesus suffered.

Paul also wrote:

Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 
Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 

Certainly it will bring some fear to see how our Lord suffer and knowing we will also, but the benefits of our salvation far out weigh our suffering.

Remember it is because God is working in us for His own pleasure!

Paul explains that he also has suffered.

*****2Co 1:7  And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. 
2Co 1:8  For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

As Christians we will not go through the 7 year Tribulation Period but that does not mean we will not suffer some tribulation in our own life time.

We should clearly understand God uses our suffering to see if we have made a real confession of faith!
Our suffering unites us in fellowship with all other Saints of God who are also suffering.
Our suffering will mold us more and more into the character of Christ Jesus.
Our suffering will stir up other believers.
Our suffering will encourage other believers who are also suffering.

The Apostle Paul explained this to the Philippians:

Php 1:29  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 
Php 1:30  Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

God uses our suffering to stir up “consolation”!

We as Christians certainly cannot bless God for our salvation and then curse God when things are going against us.

As true believers, we must “trust” the Lord no matter our circumstances!

Jesus said part of the work of the Holy Spirit(Holy Ghost) was for our “consolation”.

It is the Holy Spirit that brings “spiritual refreshment” when it is needed!

Rom 15:13  Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. 

God will never forsake us, He will be with us in good times and bad times!

He will be with us in our suffering and in good health.
He will be with us when we are rejected and when we are accepted.
He will be with us through our tribulations as well as when we are honored.

Rom 8:16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 
Rom 8:17  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 

When others see us endure our suffering it can be a great encouragement to them!

When all these things are considered, God insist that we suffer with the right attitude.

As the “Body of Christ” we are all to be busy in sharing God’s comfort with each other

Php 2:1  If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 
Php 2:2  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 

What is a lifetime of suffering compared to an eternity of joy!

And we should understand, when our pastor just cannot seem to be everywhere we think he needs to be, we should understand that it is not really his fault, as like Paul, he is sometimes “pressed out of measure”.

The Apostle Paul suffered even times thinking he would die before his work was finished.

*****2Co 1:9  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 
2Co 1:10  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; 

We know that God is not the cause of our suffering but sometimes God does allow great suffering but never more than we can handle or He will provide a means of escape.

There truly are some great missionaries today and we have been blessed by those that come from our own church but the Apostle Paul was also a great missionary.

BUT, It is wrong for us to measure greatness as only God would know such things!

When we look at the life of the Apostle Paul we see a man who suffered greatly just because he preached the Word of God!

We may ask why does God allow these things to happen but one thing is sure. When we understand the need of salvation we also understand that we cannot save ourselves.

Suffering is the proof of that. None of us would suffer if we could somehow avoid it but we cannot!

Suffering teaches us all that we are helpless to save ourselves!

Just as Paul said, we all have the sentence of death within ourselves because “the wages of sin is death” and there is only death when we trust only in ourselves for our salvation!

We must have the presence and the help of God if we want to conquer our sufferings. God has already given us the victory!

The Lord Jesus proved that He and only He, had the power to raise the dead. If we think back to the time of Abraham and Isaac, this is the only reason that Abraham even considered killing his own son because God had made such a promise that He would have had to raise Isaac from the dead to fulfill that promise. Isaac was Abraham’s only son.

Gen 15:3  And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. 
Gen 15:4  And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 
Gen 15:5  And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 
Gen 15:6  And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. 

You see if we do not have the “faith” of Abraham then we will worry to much about our own suffering and be useless to God, but knowing that even if we perish in our suffering our God has the power to raise us back to new life our suffering can be overcome!

You our suffering allows us to trust daily in God’s deliverance!

Read again verse 10:

2Co 1:10  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; 

There is another great thing that our suffering accomplishes.

It shows our need to pray for each other!

*****2Co 1:11  Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf. 

There is no doubt that our “closet prayers” in “faith” are the most powerful tools we have as Christians but the second most powerful tool maybe “corporate prayer”.

Corporate prayer is when the “Body Of Christ” is united in prayer!

The Apostle Paul stated “by the means of many persons” thanks may be given on our behalf.

God is well pleased when He sees His church praying but He is also well pleased when He sees those that have received His help acknowledge that fact.

The greatest result of all these things is the fact that the message of God continues to be preached in our world!

*****2Co 1:12  For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. 

We should remember that the Apostle had been criticized and accused of many things and he will address most of those things in this and the following Scriptures.

Many had said that Paul was not an Apostle at all.
Many had said that Paul damaged the image of the church to much to be a part of the church.
Many had said that Paul only preached for money.

There are a long list of accusations of the Apostle Paul.

BUT, Paul said because of all these things, he could rejoice!

The Apostle Paul had kept the “Gospel” simple!

He had preached the “Gospel” in sincerity and not as some Bible scholar, even though Paul possessed much knowledge for he was also a Bible scholar!
He had preached the “Gospel” consistently no matter where he had been.
Paul had preached the whole council of God and not some butchered up version of the “Gospel”!

There can be no doubt that Jesus Christ had chosen Paul to be an example for all those that would follow him in the ministry!

Jesus explained these things to another servant Ananias.

Act 9:15  But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 
Act 9:16  For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. 

What is the truth of all those that are called into the ministry of the Lord?

They are called by the “Grace” of God.
They should realize to be in the ministry, is their duty.
They can live the happiest of life above all others in this world.
They must never be afraid to do their duty in serving the Lord.
They are to realize that God is well aware of their shortcomings and imperfections!
They should know that they will be hated, and accused by most of this world.

Who are those who are called?

1Pe 2:3  If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 
1Pe 2:4  To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 
1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 

These things are all our duty!

Ecc 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 
Ecc 12:14  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. 

And Paul continues:

*****2Co 1:13  For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; 
2Co 1:14  As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus. 

The Apostle Paul had a pure conscience.
The Apostle Paul was not nagged by the guilt of sin.
Paul lived a simple life, he was not a hypocrite.
Paul wrote the truth of God and not some fable nor some made up doctrine.
Paul was just as much an Apostle as the other 11.
Paul knew it was by the “Grace” of God that we are saved and then shown how we must live righteously!

God’s Word teaches us how to live!

God sent His Son, Christ Jesus, to show us a living example of how we are to live!

Paul lived by these things and Paul knew all our joy would be fully realized at the return of Jesus Christ!

*****2Co 1:15  And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit; 
2Co 1:16  And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judaea. 
2Co 1:17  When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay? 

Paul did not say one thing and mean another. Paul had written a harsh letter to answer some questions in what we call 1 Corinthians.

Paul had intended to go to Corinth to appear in person rather than write 2 Corinthians but as we all know God by the Holy Spirit is to be our Guide and Paul spent more than 2 years in Ephesus.

We should clearly understand, we must guard against making promises that we cannot keep. When we do not do what we say we will do, we will be looked upon as being indecisive, wavering, and untrustworthy which will certainly harm our testimony.

James wrote: “Jas 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways”. 

This is the way the world will look upon us when we do not do as we say or as the Word of God says.

This may be the one of the main faults of Christianity today, we do not walk the talk!

*****2Co 1:18  But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. 
2Co 1:19  For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. 
2Co 1:20  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 

None of us can do everything we say! We say things in the flesh, meaning well but we do not know what tomorrow will bring.

The one thing Paul was most consistent in, was his preaching and in God’s message.

This is an absolute must for us all!

The truth is the Lord Jesus Christ was always consistent throughout His life time on this earth.

Joh 19:6  When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.

The Word of God is consistent through it’s entirety!

Rom 3:4  God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. 

The Lord Jesus Christ was and is the absolute truth!

All the promises of God are sure!

All the promises of God are “Amen” because “Amen” glorifies God! Amen means “yes indeed”!

Paul was just as much in Christ as all the other Apostles!

*****2Co 1:21  Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 
2Co 1:22  Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 
2Co 1:23  Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth. 
2Co 1:24  Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand. 

What are the facts?

1) We are “saved” by God’s Grace!

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast. 

2) We are also “established” by God’s Grace!

Php_1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

The truth is we are saved by “faith” and we must live everyday in “faith” because we must depend on God for protection and strength,

God accomplishes this when we fills and seals us with His Holy Spirit!

In most every case an anointing means consecrated with oil, set apart for God’s use.

The Book of Revelation speaks of those that wear the number 666 but once saved, we will wear the seal of the Holy Spirit and that seal can never change!

The oil used in the Temple was set apart for God’s use!

Pure olive oil was used in the lamps of the Temple and it was obtained by “beating” the oil out of the olives.

BUT, The Holy Spirit can be grieved:

Eph 4:30  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 

AND, The Holy Spirit can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities:

Heb 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

AND, The Holy Spirit can be vexed by our rebellion:

Isa 63:10  But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. 

BUT, the Holy Spirit will always remain the Oil of our own light!

Exo 27:20  And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.

The Holy Spirit is our anointing and He will guide us in this life and He will always lead us to Jesus!

Joh 14:26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, “and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”. 

That word “earnest” means this is our guarantee, our down payment, our security deposit, our first installment, on the promises of God!

The Holy Spirit, (Holy Ghost), they are the same, is our personal guarantee from God of eternal life!

Paul had been under a personal attack by this church and he was the center of the controversy that had been going on in this church.

It had broken Paul’s heart to inflict such censure to this church so he knew he stood no chance of ministering to this church in person and instead wrote this great epistle.

You see a good preacher is a helper of people and not a lord over them. He is also not a substitute for their pain!

You see it must be the Church, “the Body of Christ” that must be the enforcer of God’s discipline but only according to the Word of God.

This church was not to take a stand because of Paul, they were to take a stand by their “faith” in the Word of God!

Paul was saying unless this Church stood firm in the “faith” then he could not be a minister to this church.

No pastor or preacher can do their job in a church that ignores the Word of God!

We as Christians are to seek the “joy of the Lord”!

1Th 2:19  For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 

Our Pastor is our “helper of joy” not our helper in salvation!

Jesus Christ is the only Savior and He does not allow helpers!

Pastors are helpers in the application of salvation and helpers of our joy in Jesus Christ, by unfolding the Word of God to us all!

Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 
Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, 
Rom 9:24  Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

Questions?

Lets Pray!

God Provides All Our needs

God Will Always Provide For His People

Our Text: Exodus Chapters 16,17,18

It is a shame when the people of God can ride high on the mountain with joy and shouting but when things get just a little bit tough "faith" cannot be found. These children of Israel had been delivered from the bondage of slavery but that was now overlooked.

When our "faith" is weak then our testimony to the world is deplorable!

Jesus had these words:

Luk 18:8  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. [Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?]

We can look in America and around this world and we will see that true "faith" in the One True God is not on the scale that it should be. As a Christian we have been delivered, "our home is now Heaven" we are no longer slaves to the Devil. He can still cause problems and he will, but he can not cause us to loose our salvation.

So, Why do we murmer every time things don’t go the way we think they should?

It is still a Holy God that sits on His Throne. If we have the fear of the Lord that we should have, we will know that every thing God sends through our lives is the exact right thing we need at that time. God "will" provide for His children.

The daily gift of "Manna" was one of the most important provisions God gave to the people of Israel during their wilderness journey.

Jesus used "manna" to teach that He was the true bread from Heaven. In the Book of Revelation the angel promises all that are saved access to the hidden "manna".

The word "Manna" means "What is it". Manna was a raw material and not the finished product. We must put feet on the Word Of God and take it to others.

This "manna" did not exist in the wilderness, it was God sent for the occasion of Israel’s time in the wilderness.

They may have gotten tired of eating the "manna" but God never stopped supplying it until they reached the "Promised Land".

The leading of Israel into the Wilderness of Sin will bring out the strength of Moses’s "faith". These children of Israel were in full view of the road they had to travel and it was not a pleasant site. Every step they took led them away from the carnal world they had known and into a spiritual world they would find.

Moses was not ignorant of these things because he had spent forty years in this area tending sheep. He knew full well it would take a daily miracle to sustain these estimated at least two million people. God had trained him well but still his task was very great.

*****Our text:

Exo 16:1  And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.
Exo 16:2  And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:
Exo 16:3  And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
Exo 16:4  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
Exo 16:5  And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.
Exo 16:6  And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt:
Exo 16:7  And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us?
Exo 16:8  And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.

After Pharaoh’s army was destroyed in the collapsing of the Red Sea and these redeemed of the Lord had made it to Elim(among the palms) an oasis, God had given Israel the rest of a month to prepare for the remaining journey. It had been thirty days since they had left Egypt.

Exo 12:6  And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

Exo 12:10  And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
Exo 12:11  And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover.

What is the next thing we see?

They had been looking into the Wilderness they now had to travel and:

1.) They had forgotten, the whips and chains of bondage.
2.) They had forgotten the taskmasters.
3.) They had forgotten how evil that Pharaoh had been.
4.) They had forgotten all the "miracles of God".

ALL THEY COULD THINK OF WAS "SELF"!

Notice it was not just a few of the people but it was "all the congregation".

How many of our churches are filled with these "type" of people.

1.) People who have forgotten the slavery and bondage of Satan.
2.) People who have forgotten the Work of Jesus on the Cross.
3.) People who have forgotten how evil this world truly is.
4.) People who have forgotten the "miracle of Salvation and the Saviour"

In both cases when these sort look at the journey God has chosen they immediately "murmer and complain".

Remember it is God that must choose our path.

Exo 13:21  And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
Exo 13:22  [He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people].

It is God who promises to never leave us.

Heb 13:5  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].

When we refuse to travel the path God has chosen, then we have chosen our own path to destruction.

These people then said something they should never have said:

"Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt"

This is taking the "Word Of God" in VAIN.

1.) God promised deliverance and He had done so.
2.) God promised they would be led safely to a place of worship and He was doing so.
3.) God had promised to be with them and He was still there.

There will be many of them, and those in this world that would fall by the hand of God and He will continue to do so.

Pro 29:1  He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

All these could show was the signs of "unbelief":

"for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger"

What we know is that it was impossible for them to die in the wilderness because they had the Word of God to Moses:

"When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain" (Exo 3:12)

What we should see as Christians is that this  "Manna" is in fact a "type" of food for our "souls"!

I.) The Manna represents the Word of God:

The "manna" represents the "Word of God", the true bread of life. It was the Apostle John, through the Holy Spirit that said the entire Word of God is fulfilled in Jesus.

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

1.) The "manna" was a supernatural gift from God:

"Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you" (vs 4)

This "Manna" was not a product of this earth! This "Manna" was not made by man! This "Manna" was not something that Israel brought out of Egypt!

Though some teach that this "Manna" was something that was already in the wilderness they cannot explain how it grew all twelve months for 40 years and has not been seen since! How it was in every location of Israel’s travel no matter where they camped.

HOW THERE WAS ALWAYS ENOUGH TO FEED OVER 2 MILLION PEOPLE!

It is foolish to question the Word of God!

All these things can be said of the Word of God which is the "Spiritual Manna", food for our souls!

The Bible is our miracle "manna" given by Divine inspiration. The Word of God came down from Heaven as a gift of God.

To get a picture of the amount of "manna" gathered dailey:

a.) At least two million people.

Num 1:45  So were all those that were numbered of the children of Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel;
Num 1:46  Even all they that were numbered were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.
Num 1:47  But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.

This did not count women and children under twenty and those over fifty and the entire tribe of Levi.

b.) An "omer" is equivalent to six pints. In a grain this would be 12 million pints or 9 million pounds of grain gathered every day. (4,500 tons of grain)

It would take 10 trains each having 30 cars just to supply one day of food to these redeemed of God. This is over 1,000,000 tons a year for 40 years.

2.) This "Manna" came right to where the people were:

Exo 16:13  And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.
Exo 16:14  And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.

There was no travel involved in gathering this food. It was right at hand, just outside the tent.

The same is true of the Word of God. It is right at hand to most people and if not God will send it to you.

Though it was sent the people of Israel had to leave their tent and go out to gather it. To the Christian believer, God will put His Word in our hands but We Must Take The Time To Read And Gather It Into Our Souls.

Many that do not believe and some that say they do will trample God’s Word under their feet!

3.) The "manna" was small in size.

"upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground"

The Apostle John wrote:

Joh 21:24  This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
Joh 21:25  And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

God has given us the sum total of His Word that if we read and believe will give us eternal life in Heaven. This wonderful "gift from Heaven" can be carried around in your pocket.

a.) It will make us wise to salvation.
b.) It will sustain our souls throughout our own wilderness travels.
c.) It is all that is needed to make us perfect in the eyes of God.
d.) It will lead us in the path of righteousness.

This "manna" was a small round thing with no angles and no rough edges.

The Word of God is perfect, whole and complete. There is nothing that can be added to God’s Word to make it more complete.

4.) The "Manna" was white in color.

Exo 16:31  And the house of Israel called the name there of Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

White is the emblem of purity. (The Word of God is Pure)

Psa 12:6  The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Psa 119:140  Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

Pro 30:5  Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

There are no mistakes in God’s Word.
There are no contradictions in God’s Word.
There are no blemishes in God’s Word.
There is nothing that can be added to God’s Word to make it more pure than it is!

5.) The "Manna" was eaten.

The Word of God is not given for us to simply look at.

THE WORD OF GOD MUST BE EATEN AND DIGESTED!

WE MUST LEARN HOW TO FEED ON "THE WORD OF LIFE"!

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The Word of God must be personal to us all:

Mat 7:7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Mat 7:8  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

I must ask!
I must seek!
I must apply God’s Word to my own self!

Rom 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, [how shall he not with him also freely give us all things]?

Php 4:19  But my God shall supply all your(Bobby Mayfield’s) need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

When I come to a place in the Bible that condemns my ways, I MUST NOT SKIP OVER IT!
It is also written for me!

I must chew on the Word of God. I cannot just read it one time and say I understand it. I must continually chew on it and take it in to my heart or it will not nourish me.

Psa 1:2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; [and in his law doth he meditate day and night].

Does His Word not give you delight?

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

How can we not get delight from this scripture?

Psa 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

How can I not be delighted by the fact that I can "walk", not run, not be afraid, through this life in the shadow of death and fear no evil.

My physical death is my door way to Heaven, my doorway to the Glory World!

6.) The "Manna" was gathered daily.

The manna that was gathered the day before would not be sufficient for today. A new supply must be gathered daily.

We cannot neglect the daily feeding of our soul just as we have to daily feed our bodies! To most believers they go to their local church on Sunday to be fed and then try to live off that for the entire week. We cannot do this with food for our bodies and we cannot do this with God’s Food for our souls.

7.) This "Manna" was gathered in the morning.

It was first thing in the morning before other things could interfere that the manna was gathered or it would have been gone.

We cannot allow God’s Word to take a second place to anything in this world. We must begin our day with God!

Remember it is not the amount of time spent in God’s Word but it is the amount of "Heart" which is put into that time!

8.) This "Manna" was obtained by labor.

Exo 16:21  And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.

Jesus said in His own words:

Joh 6:27  Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

The Bible says:

1Ti 4:9  This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
1Ti 4:10  [For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach], because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
1Ti 4:11  These things command and teach.

Heb 4:11  [Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest], lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Our labor for ourselves cannot provide the things that only God can provide, but we must labor as a worker for the things that God teaches. We must put forth an effort in the service of God.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

9.) The "Manna" was gathered by stooping.

We must humble ourselves before God!

Psa 119:18  Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
Psa 119:19  I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

10.) Some gathered more manna and some gathered less manna.

Exo 16:17  And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.

Some people take in the Old Testament or just parts of it. Some take in the New Testament or just parts of it.

We must take in the entire Word of God!

2Ti 3:16  [All scripture] is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

11.) What was gathered must be used.

Exo 16:19  And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.

The Word of "truth" must not be hoarded up! As the Lord gives us opportunities in our walk with Him we must pass His Word on to others.

12.) The "Manna" cannot be understood by the natural man.

Exo 16:15  And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, [It is manna: for they wist not what it was]. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.

The word "Manna" means "What is it".

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

God gave us a commandment to live by:

Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20  [Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you]: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

What God has commanded us, He gave to us in His Holy Word, The Bible.

13.) This "Manna" was despised by many in the multitude.

Num 11:4  And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
Num 11:5  We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:
Num 11:6  But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

There are more in this world that despise the Word of God than love it.

Mat 13:30  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, [Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them]: but gather the wheat into my barn.

14.) The "Manna" was preserved in the Ark.

Exo 16:33  And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept for your generations.

The New Testament tells us:

Heb 9:4  Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, [wherein was the golden pot that had manna], and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;

The "manna" was not to be stored up in the tents, not even for one single day. It was preserved in the House of God, the Tabernacle, for almost 40 years. It was to be kept till the Promised Land was reached.

This tells us that the Word Of God will be preserved throughout all the ages. Then when we face Christ Jesus we will facing the true Word of God. We will then and only then not need the written Word of God.

15.) The "Manna" was gathered until the Promised Land was reached.

Exo 16:35  And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.

God has an inexhaustible supply for His people.

1Pe 1:24  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
1Pe 1:25  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

We must have a daily feeding of the Word of God and God will make sure that His Word will be there for all who seeks Him!

Jeremiah said:

Jer 15:16  Thy words were found, and [I did eat them]; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: [for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts].

We should become more like Jeremiah and less like this world we live in.

II.) The "Manna" is a "Type" of Christ:

The Bible says:

Psa 40:7  [Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me],
Psa 40:8  I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

John wrote:

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God.

John wrote these words of Our Lord Jesus:

Joh 5:39  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

If we feed off God’s Word then we are feeding on Jesus Christ!

Jesus explains this "Manna":

Joh 6:32  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
Joh 6:33  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
Joh 6:34  Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
Joh 6:35  And Jesus said unto them, [I am the bread of life]: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

There could be no doubt to Israel and there can be doubt to any that study the Word of God!

1.) God gave this "Manna".

It is hard to believe that after all the miracles that were seen by the new nation of Israel that they could have such unbelief in the Word of God. Instead of judgment God sent them the "Manna".

To make a comparison, after some more than two thousand years later even though the world had forgotten the Word of God.

Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Rom 1:24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

God sent the true and "Living Manna". Instead of judgment God sent His Son!

2.) The "Place" the manna was sent.

God had sent the manna when Israel arrived in the "Wilderness of Sin".

Exo 16:1  And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the [wilderness of Sin], which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.

There could be no more fitting place.

What is a wilderness? It is a homeless place. No one would think of building a house there. What do we see at the birth of Christ?

Luk 2:6  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
Luk 2:7  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; [because there was no room for them in the inn].

In the Word of Jesus:

Mat 8:20  And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

Jesus also came to the "wilderness of Sin".

Joh 1:5  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

3.) The "Glory Of The Lord" was linked to the giving of the manna.

Exo 16:10  And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, [the glory of the LORD] appeared in the cloud.

This is the very first time in scripture we see the phrase, "Glory of the Lord".

And the Living Manna, (the Word became flesh) and the Glory of God was shone to the world.

Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The "Glory of God" is seen in the "face in the face of Jesus.

2Co 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

4.) The "Manna" came down from Heaven.

Exo 16:4  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

Our Lord Jesus was not a part of this earth.

Eph 4:10  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

5.) The manna was a "Free Gift" from God.

Exo 16:15  And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.

The manna was a token of God’s love. It could not be bought by wage or deeds, and it was not some prize that had to be won. God made no demand of repayment.

And Our Lord Jesus:

Joh 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.

2Co 9:15  Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

God makes no demand for payment!

6.) The manna was sent to the Israelites.

Exo 16:4  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, [I will rain bread from heaven for you]; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

The manna was for the elect of God.

And Jesus said:

Joh 17:19  And [for their sakes] I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

Jesus is given to all he has ordained to eternal life.

Joh 10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Jesus is the bread of life to the Church.

Mat 1:21  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

7.) The Manna was sent to the place it was needed.

The children of Israel were in danger of starvation. They only had to step outside their tent to get their meal.

"and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. " (Vs.13,14)

And to the "believer" God says:

Rom 10:6  But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Rom 10:7  Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
Rom 10:8  But what saith it? [The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach];
Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

8.) Each individual must gather his own manna.

"Gather of it every man according to his eating" (Vs. 15)

To the believer, receiving Jesus Christ is a personal matter:

Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Those that believe not will be ashamed:

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

The Apostle Paul said and every believer should say:

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, [who loved me, and gave himself for me].

9.) The manna fulfilled a daily need.

Exo 16:4  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and [gather a certain rate every day], that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

And to the believer:

We need a daily dose of Jesus Christ!

Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread.

That daily bread being the Word of God and the Living Word, Jesus Christ Himself!

Jesus said:

Joh 6:47  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
Joh 6:48  I am that bread of life.

10.) The appetite determined the amount of manna gathered.

Exo 16:16  This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.
Exo 16:17  And the children of Israel did so, [and gathered, some more, some less].

As believers, we can all have as much Christ as we desire. If we choose to feed the flesh more then the flesh will dominate our behavior. If we feed the Spiritual side more WE WILL BE MORE LIKE CHRIST!

11.) The manna was despised by all those that were not the Lord’s people.

Num 11:4  And [the mixt multitude that was among] them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
Num 11:5  We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:
Num 11:6  But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

Isaiah prophesied this of Jesus:

Isa 53:3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

We know this was true of Our Lord and still is today. Those that are blinded by the Devil are incapable of seeing the Beauty of Jesus Christ. They neither come to Him nor desire Him!

12.) The "Manna" fell upon the dew and not upon the dust of the ground.

Num 11:9  And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.

Man is made from the dust of the ground!

Gen 3:19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

We know that because of the curse all flesh was in sin.

But Our Lord Jesus Christ came in a prepared body of flesh that was not from the dust of the ground and so not of the curse of sinful flesh.

Heb 10:5  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, [but a body hast thou prepared me]:

The angel said:

Luk 1:35  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

13.) The Manna was white.

Exo 16:31  And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, [white]; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

This speaks of the spotless purity of Jesus Christ!

2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, [who knew no sin]; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Heb 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet [without sin].

Heb 7:26  For such an high priest became us, who is [holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners], and made higher than the heavens;

1Pe 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, [as of a lamb without blemish and without spot]:

Only Jesus Christ could touch the leper without becoming contaminated!

I was a leper wrapped in filthy rags until I met the pure, sinless Saviour!

14.) The manna was sweet to the taste.

"the taste of it was like wafers made with honey" (Vs 16:31)

In The Song of Solomon we find a description of Our Lord:

Son 2:3  As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. [I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste].

Rev 22:1  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Rev 22:2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

15.) The manna was ground and baked.

Num 11:8  And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.

This speaks of the sufferings of Our Lord:

Isa 53:4  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isa 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

16.) The manna was preserved on the Sabbath.

Exo 16:23  And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
Exo 16:24  And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.

Our Lord Jesus Christ has been the only one preserved through death. Jesus lay in the grave on the Sabbath day and was kept from corruption.

Psa 16:10  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

17.) The manna was laid up before the Lord.

Exo 16:33  And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and [lay it up before the LORD], to be kept for your generations.

And Christ Jesus:

Heb 9:24  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

18.) The manna was called angel’s food.

Psa 78:25  Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.

And of Our Lord:

Heb 1:4  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Heb 1:5  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
Heb 1:6  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

The angels also worship Our Lord Jesus Christ.

19.) The manna was given in the night.

Num 11:9  And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it. 

This is a picture of man’s helplessness.

Joh 1:5  [And the light shineth in darkness]; and the darkness comprehended it not.

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

20.) The Manna is now hidden.

Rev 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; [To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna], and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

When Jesus Christ ascended back to Heaven He is unseen to the eye.

Joh 14:19  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

Joh 14:19  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

*****Chapter 17

The Smitten Rock:

Exo 17:1  And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.
Exo 17:2  Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?
Exo 17:3  And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?
Exo 17:4  And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.
Exo 17:5  And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.
Exo 17:6  Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
Exo 17:7  And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, Is the LORD among us, or not?

What we should be learning from these scriptures is that in our journey on the path of "Faith" we are going to encounter things that our flesh just does not like. God will try to wean us from this carnal world so we will need to rely totally on Him.

We will see these things as failures but the proof of them is Our Longsuffering God and His Patience in training us for the work ahead.

Satan will use the same old things to discourage us until they don’t work anymore and he will then try something else. HE WILL NEVER QUIT!

1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1Pe 5:9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
1Pe 5:10  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

God uses these same things to make us strong!

Remember it was God that led the children of Israel to this place of Rephidim, where there was no water.

It is a true saying that "IF GOD WILL LEAD YOU TO IT, THEN GOD WILL LEAD YOU THROUGH IT!

That word "chide" means "to blame" and Moses asked them "why blame me?" and then he said "why do you tempt the Lord"

Moses had only followed the cloud and the cloud had stopped but the cloud was still there providing the comfort of shade to all.

Exo 13:21  And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
Exo 13:22  [He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day], nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

You know God does not work on our schedule but He demands that we have "Faith" in Him:

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

God will fulfill every "promise" that He makes!

Moses did not fall into the trap of arguing with these people this time but went straight to the Lord.

This is to be more like Christ.

1Pe 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1Pe 2:22  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
1Pe 2:23  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

It is the Lord that has all the answers:(Vs 17:6)

"Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel"

There can be no misunderstanding of this passage because God explains what it means:

1Co 10:1  Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
1Co 10:2  And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
1Co 10:3  And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
1Co 10:4  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
1Co 10:5  But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

God says Himself that this "rock" is a "type" of Christ!

The "Rock" is one of the titles of Jehovah God!

Deu 32:15  But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed [the Rock of his salvation].

Samuel wrote by the Holy Ghost these words of David:

2Sa 22:2  And he said, [The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer];
2Sa 22:3  The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
2Sa 22:4  I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

1.) My rock
2.) My fortress
3.) My deliverer
4.) My shield
5.) My salvation
6.) My high tower
7.) My refuge
8.) My Saviour

This "Rock" is worthy to be praised! This is MY LORD! This is MY MESSIAH! This is My CHRIST JESUS! This is MY GOD!

Jesus said:

Mat 16:15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Mat 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, [Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God].
Mat 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

That "Rock" is Christ, the Son of the Living God.

We cannot be confused the "Rock" was not Peter!

a.) This is the "Rock" that cannot be moved!

Job 18:4  He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? [and shall the rock be removed out of his place?]

b.) This the solid ground, the solid foundation of the Church!

Mat 7:24  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Mat 7:25  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Mat 7:26  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Mat 7:27  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

c.) This the "Rock" that will ground all that is evil and all false religion into powder!

Mat 21:43  Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
Mat 21:44  And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

d.) This is the "Rock" that is elevated above all others!

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

*****But What do we see of this "Rock"?(Vs 17:6)

"thou shalt smite the rock"

This of course tells us of the Cross that Jesus bore by Himself!

Isa 53:4  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, [smitten of God], and afflicted.
Isa 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

This "Rock" would now be come the "Fountain of Life"!

"there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink"

The Bible say the Holy Spirit will be "poured out" on the Church:

Act 2:18  And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will [pour out] in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

Jesus Christ said:

Joh 4:10  Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
Joh 4:11  The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
Joh 4:12  Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
Joh 4:13  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
Joh 4:14  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Remember what the Bible said?

1Co 10:4  [And did all drink the same spiritual drink]: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Remember there is no such thing as a believer who has not received the Holy Ghost!

Rom 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

The water, the Living Water, that flowed from this smitten "Rock" is the sign of God’s "GRACE" to a dry and thirsty Soul.

And where sin abounds, "Grace" will much more abound.

There was no flow of this "Living Water" until after this "Rock" was smitten!

There was no flow of the "Living Water" until the death of Jesus on the Cross!

And what should we say?

2Co 9:15  Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

*****We do find one more thing to be mentioned at this time:

Num 20:7  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Num 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.
Num 20:9  And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.
Num 20:10  And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?
Num 20:11  And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.
Num 20:12  And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

We see that the "Rock" was not to be smitten a second time! This took away from the "type" the "lesson" God was teaching. This gets deeper than we will go into at this time but just to mention:

Once Christ was raised from the dead, He will never die again.

Rom 6:9  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Rom 6:10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

The Son of God will only be offered once for our sin.

Heb 9:25  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
Heb 9:26  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

What we see is that God’s man Moses, God’s servant, failed because there can only be "One Perfect Servant"!

Isa 42:1  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

Moses lost his temper with the children of Israel and could not then lead them into the Promised Land.

God is very jealous of even of "His Own Typology"!

All Moses had to do was to speak to the "Rock" to be obedient to the Lord!

"speak ye unto the rock before their eyes" (Numbers 20:8)

The Bible says:

Jas 4:1  From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Jas 4:2  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Jas 4:3  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

*****Amalek

Our text:

Exo 17:8  Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
Exo 17:9  And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.
Exo 17:10  So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
Exo 17:11  And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
Exo 17:12  But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
Exo 17:13  And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
Exo 17:14  And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
Exo 17:15  And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:
Exo 17:16  For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

In the study of "types" there is no better place in the Bible to find this story of Amalek. Just after the "Rock" and the gushing out of the "water".

We can believe that the Rock is in "type" Christ Jesus and the Water is in "type" The Holy Spirit then when they are put together in our lives comes Salvation.

What does Paul say by the Holy Spirit?

Gal 5:16  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Gal 5:17  {For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh}: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

We must not be ignorant. This battle with Amalek is in "type" a picture of a Born Again child of God and his battle with his own flesh.

The title Amalek means "warlike".

The Apostle Peter tells us:

1Pe 2:11  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, [abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul];

What do we know of this Amalek?

Moses said:

Deu 25:17  Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;
Deu 25:18  How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and [he feared not God].

When did Amalek come to fight against Israel?

When Moses had smitten the Rock twice and the waters were given. Israel was now called on to fight. Now we know Israel had not had to fight in Egypt during their bondage nor at the Red Sea against Pharaoh’s army.

Now just after the "type" of the Holy Spirit was given to them warfare commenced.

What do we know?

It is not until a Christian has been Born Again and filled with the Holy Spirit that we will begin our war with "our own flesh".

2Pe 1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: [that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust].

Until the Holy Spirit begins to shine His light upon our wicked hearts, we do not realize the power of the evil that lives within us. To be saved we had to realize we were sinners.

Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

That same sin nature is still with us even after we are saved and washed in the blood of Jesus.

To be honest most new Christians will be astounded to discover the tendencies and desires that are within him that he never knew he had.

The lost man is entirely under the dominion of the flesh! He serves his lust and does its will. The FLESH DOES NOT FIGHT ITS SUBJECTS, NO, IT RULES OVER ITS SUBJECTS!

Just as soon as the lost is Born Again the war begins. Remember God does not change people. GOD MAKES A NEW CREATURE!

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

As we have said, Moses wrote Amelek did not fear God. Galatians 5:17 says: "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

1.) What we see is in this passage is that Israel’s success was determined by the uplifted hands of Moses.

Exo 17:11  And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

The uplifted hands then symbolized Prayer:

Psa 28:2  Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

1Ti 2:8  I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

2.) Moses hands grew heavy.

Luk 18:1  And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

How sadly we fail in such things even our prayer life.

3.) Moses was not alone.

In "type" Aaron, the head of the Priesthood of Israel represents Our great High Priest Christ Jesus.

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

In "type" Hur, means light which represents the Holy Spirit in which our strength comes.

Rom 8:26  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Rom 8:27  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

And together:

Rom 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

4.) It is not by prayer alone that we can fight our own flesh.

"And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword"

We have to be washed in the Word of God:

Heb 4:12  [For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword], piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

If we feed our Spiritual side more than our fleshy side we will win these battles!

Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Rom 6:7  For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Rom 6:8  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Rom 6:9  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Rom 6:10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Rom 6:11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Paul teaches us this way:

1Co 9:26  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
1Co 9:27  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

5.) Amalek was not destroyed.

We will have to battle our flesh until the day God takes us home.

Paul writes again:

Rom 8:13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

We must Spiritually put our flesh to death and not allow our flesh to rule our lives!

6.) God warned Israel:

Deu 25:17  Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;

We should learn from Isaiah:

Isa 40:30  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
Isa 40:31  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

It is God that sits on the throne!

Remember without Jesus Christ we can do nothing:

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: [for without me ye can do nothing]. 

*****Our text Chapter 18:1-27

Mose’s Wife:

Exo 18:1  When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt;
Exo 18:2  Then Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her back,
Exo 18:3  And her two sons; of which the name of the one was Gershom; for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land:
Exo 18:4  And the name of the other was Eliezer; for the God of my father, said he, was mine help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh:
Exo 18:5  And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God:
Exo 18:6  And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.

Again in these scriptures we see that the Book of Exodus is not in chronological order but it is in God’s order.

In chapter 16 we know that the "Manna" is a type of Christ.
In chapter 17 we know it speaks of the "Cross" of Christ.
In chapter 17 we know that "Amalek" is a type of the believers own battle with his flesh after salvation.

We know this will go on until the "Rapture" of the Church and the end of the Church Age.

In chapter 18 we will see that Zipporah is a type of the return of Israel to the Lord after the Church Age has ended.

So we are not confused, Zipporah has been separated from Moses. As we know Jesus said "I will never leave you nor forsake you". Therefore the Church has never and will never be separated for Our Lord. Therefore this wife of Moses cannot be in "type" the Church!

Zipporah is the figure of Israel, the "Wife" of Jehovah God:

Isa 54:6  For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.

Jer 31:32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although [I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD]:
Jer 31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

We know that Israel is now alienated from God during the Church Age:

Hos 2:2  Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;

We know that Israel will be restored during the Millennial Kingdom which happens after the Church is called out of this world.

Isa 54:4  Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: [for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more].
Isa 54:5  [For thy Maker is thine husband]; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
Isa 54:6  For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
Isa 54:7  [For a small moment have I forsaken thee]; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
Isa 54:8  [In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment] but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

If we go back to Exodus 4 we find that Zipporah separated from Moses because he was a bloody husband:

Exo 4:25  Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.
Exo 4:26  So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

This in "type" points to the failure of Israel under the Law given to Moses.

This point we need to understand because we need to understand the separation and differences of the return of Christ to Israel at the second coming of Our Lord and the Rapture of the Church when Christ returns to get His Church. This is two separate events on God’s calender!

We know that Israel was alienated from God through the offence of the Cross!

BUT THAT SAME BLOOD:

The Blood is the Life-line of the Church!

Paul explains it this way:

1Co 1:22  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
1Co 1:23  [But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock], and unto the Greeks foolishness;
1Co 1:24  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Israel stumbled at the "Blood-shedding". This was the stumbling block to Zipporah!

We can also see that Zipporah bore unto Moses "two" sons. This happen to Joseph and also to Isaac. This in "type" represents the divided kingdom (Judah and Israel) when the "Wife" was succeeded by her two sons.

This has never happened to the Church.

Even the names of those two sons are significant:

1.) Gershom:

Which means "a stranger there". This speaks of the dispersion when Israel was away from her land. This land was not restored until May 14, 1948 and has been a matter of world news ever since.

2.) Eliezer:

Which means "God is my helper". Though Israel has been and still is scattered all around this world God has not forgotten them and He has helped them throughout all these years. Even they know this to be true!
But they will not realize the full truth of it until they have been restored to God and this only after they go through the "tribulation Period of seven years. This will not be a part of the Church which will be in Heaven by this time.

We must also notice that these two sons were not restored to Moses until Moses had become Israel’s leader and was by then the "Lawgiver".

Israel can not be restored until their rejected Messiah has returned to Earth as their Lord and King.

In "type’ the Mount of God ":

Exo 18:5  And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God:

speaks of God’s Kingdom:

Psa 2:6  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

Isa 2:2  And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

This is where the Lord will return at His second coming:

Zec 14:4  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, [upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever]. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

What we see next to the astonishment of many non-believers is this wife of Moses(Zipporah, in type Israel) was delivered to Moses BY A GENTILE.

Jethro was a Midianite!

This speaks of the Book of Revelation:

Rev 12:14  [And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place], where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Rev 12:15  And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
Rev 12:16  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

Isaiah said it like this:

Isa 18:7  In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.

Moses became a witness to Jethro of all the things God had done:

*****Exo 18:8  And Moses told his father in law all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the LORD delivered them.

This is in type represents the Gentiles of the Millennium who will then learn fully how the Lord had preserved Israel, not only through all these centuries since their dispersion but also through the Tribulation Period.

Rev 21:24  [And the nations of them which are saved] shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

In the Millennium all hatred of the Jew will be removed:

Mic 4:1  But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
Mic 4:2  And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Jethro said these words:

Exo 18:11  Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.

All the people on earth will have this same story at the beginning of the Lords reign on this earth!

Isa 2:3  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Isa 2:4  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

In the scripture from Exodus 18:13-27 shows us the failures of Moses.

When Moses listened to the words of Jethro without consulting God he was wrong. God had placed Moses in his position and had told Moses that He(God) would travel with Him and tell him what he needed to do in every situation.

Jethro showed no concern for the things of God but thought only of the welfare of Moses:

Exo 18:18  [Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee]; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

Though some people we know try to tell we are working too hard for Christ Jesus and going to Church to often, they are only looking out for our flesh. We must let God look after out flesh. It is He that provides our strength to be about His work.

You know the family and friends of Christ Jesus said the some things of Our Saviour:

Mar 3:20  And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
Mar 3:21  [And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside ]. himself

I am sure glad Jesus did not listen to His friends but continued in the Work of God!

In our own service to God we must mortify our flesh because our flesh is weak:

Rom 8:13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

WE CANNOT SERVE GOD IN OUR FLESH AND NEITHER COULD MOSES!

Even the Apostle Peter confronted Christ Jesus about His "flesh":

Mat 16:21  From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
Mat 16:22  Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
Mat 16:23  But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

We can see the rebuke of Our Lord. Moses should have rebuked Jethro also.

We can learn but one lesson in our service to Christ:

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

The world will try its best to hinder the work of the Lord.

Exo 18:19  [Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel], and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:

Sounds just like Satan talking to Eve in the Garden.

Exo 18:22  And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: [so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee].

The burden of Our Lord is light because He carried and still carries the heavy portion:

Has God not said?

Isa 41:10  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Did God not say?

Psa 55:22  Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

This is where we also fail in our service for the Lord. God never intended for us to be so burdened by the work that it would cause our own failure in doing it. That is not the testimony God would show the world of us!

God does not call us to the work because of our own abilities!

GOD CALLS US TO HIS WORK BECAUSE OF HIS POWER AND HIS ABILITIES!

When Moses complained to God, the Lord removed it but the honor of doing the work under God’s power was lost to him.

Num 11:16  And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.
Num 11:17  And I will come down and talk with thee there: [and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them]; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.

What we need is a daily filling of God’s Holy Spirit. We certainly do not want God to take of His Spirit and give it to others!

We should never want to be set aside in the work of the Lord. We should strive to be used of the Lord. He will never ask us to do unreasonable things:

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is your reasonable service].

We can see that Jethro would not travel with God’s People. He did not trust that Moses was going to a better place:

Num 10:29  And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the Midianite, Moses’ father in law, We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the LORD hath spoken good concerning Israel.
Num 10:30  [And he said unto him, I will not go; but I will depart to mine own land, and to my kindred].

It seems that Jethro(Hobab) like so many others trusted in the things of this world rather than the things of God.

The Bible says:

Psa 18:44  As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
Psa 18:45  The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.

We will see the fulfillment of this when Satan is released after one thousand years to gather an army for his last battle:

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

To fulfil God’s Word we must then be planted like a post in concrete, steadfast and unmovable:

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, [that ye may be able to stand] against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, [and having done all, to stand].

AND HAVING DONE ALL, TO STAND!

Let’s pray!