God’s Covenant

Obeying God’s Covenant

Book of Nehemiah Chapter 12

A “covenant” is an agreement between two parties.

A covenant is used in many ways in the Scriptures, but we must know that God has made a covenant with all mankind.

God has not only has made a covenant with all mankind, He is also the true witness to all covenants that we make with each other.

Even the marriage between one man and one woman is a covenant witnessed by God!

What was a part of God’s covenant with Abraham?

Lev 26:42 Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.
Lev 26:43 The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes.
Lev 26:44 And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God.
Lev 26:45 But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.

God will never forget the covenants He has made!!!!

Deu 4:31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

The covenant that effects the church the most is, the Covenant of God’s Son the Lord Jesus Christ!

Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

So let’s continue in the Book of Nehemiah:

*****Neh 12:27 And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings, and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps.

These Levites were not in Jerusalem nor were they in Persia, they had returned to their cities that had been assigned to them from the time of Joshua.

We must know that God has intended all along for Jerusalem to be the most holy city in all the world, but that will not take place until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Even so, the wall was built according to the plan of God, and it should be dedicated to Jehovah God who had blessed its reconstruction!

When we see the things that only God could have accomplished, we are foolish to not praise Him for those things, also knowing, there are many things that we do not recognize that God has accomplished, according to His plan, that moves ahead every day.

The Levites had been set apart for the priestly duties, including the work of the Temple, including the handling of sacrifices, but also arranging for the things of worship.

Remember the Nethinins were responsible for the care of the Temple.

It was also the Levites job to purify all the instruments of worship, including the musical instruments and by singing praises to the Lord.

The Levites were a gift of God to the Hebrew people and they still are today!

We must always understand that the city of Jerusalem is a special place set aside for the use of God!

The world could help to make this happen now instead of rejecting the plan of God or God has already said He will solve this problem Himself!

All those who claim the Lord Jesus Christ, should know all these things!

We as Christians must be dedicated to the Lord. This is the act of consecration, setting apart ourselves for the Lord.

*****Neh 12:28 And the sons of the singers gathered themselves together, both out of the plain country round about Jerusalem, and from the villages of Netophathi;
Neh 12:29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields of Geba and Azmaveth: for the singers had builded them villages round about Jerusalem.

Netophathi was the home city set aside for the Levites, but these particular Levites were singers.

Most of the singers for the worship in the Temple lived there, but some did also live in what is called the plain country, round and about Jerusalem.

That word plain is where the term Palestine comes from!

Although the Temple, the City of Jerusalem and homes were already dedicated to the Lord, this may be the first time that the walls of Jerusalem were dedicated to the Lord God Jehovah.

We might understand by this act of dedication, that the walls of Jerusalem were useless without the strength of God to protect them from His and our enemies.

The wall we build around ourselves, is the wall of salvation, and this wall is protected by the Divine Will of God, if we have dedicated ourselves to the will of God!

We need this wall of salvation, because within our house (our soul) dwells the Holy Spirit (Ghost) of God!

How did these Levites purify themselves?

Num 8:7 And thus shalt thou do unto them, to cleanse them: Sprinkle water of purifying upon them, and let them shave all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean.

*****Neh 12:30 And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, and the gates, and the wall.

Notice that all these things were meaningless, unless they were purified!

We must understand to be purified, is to put away all false gods and the idols of this world, and give ourselves to the Lord.

We must repent of our evil ways and walk in the ways of the Lord!

We cannot do this unless we have accepted the work of Jesus Christ to save us and the truth of our Creator!

We cannot be used of God to reach others, until we our saved and separated from this world of sin, pure in mind, (the mind of Christ), and sincere in the work the Lord has given us to do!

Why was the wall purified, because it was in fact a “type” of the power of God to defend Israel.

We must remember Solomon’s Temple, the city of Jerusalem, and these walls would never have been broken down had the previous generation been obedient to Jehovah.

It was disobedience to the Word of God that had caused all the problems of the nation buy God will never forsake the nation of Israel.

2Ch 36:14 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.
2Ch 36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:
2Ch 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.
2Ch 36:17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.

With all these things now in the past, it was now time to look forward.

The Temple was rebuilt, the City of Jerusalem was rebuilt, the Walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt, and it was time to rededicate these things to the God who had allowed these things to happen.

*****Neh 12:31 Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and appointed two great companies of them that gave thanks, whereof one went on the right hand upon the wall toward the dung gate:
Neh 12:32 And after them went Hoshaiah, and half of the princes of Judah,
Neh 12:33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam,
Neh 12:34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremiah,

Nehemiah brought the princes up on the wall because they were the descendants of the royal family of King David, but they were not the government at this time because Nehemiah was the governor assigned by King Artaxerses.

It was important that all the people see that the royal family were in agreement with these things Nehemiah had set his heart to accomplish.

The one thing the people needed to see, was that this wall that had been built so quickly was a sound wall and able to protect them and it was truly a work of God.

The walls of Jerusalem were wide enough for many people to walk upon.

We should remember, that the Dung Gate would show all of them the place where the filth of the city could be seen.

One half of these groups of princes would be led by Hoshaiah which means (Jah has saved), who we know nothing more about.

Azariah could possibly be the leading prince of the tribe of Benjamin.

We already know that Ezra was a descendant of the High Priestly family and a scribe of the Word of God.

This Meshullam, was also one of the chief men of the tribe of Benjamin.

Judah was a man who Nehemiah had made to be over one half of the city of Jerusalem.

This Benjamin was one who had to give up his Gentile wife, and a high-ranking man of the tribe of Benjamin.

This Shemaiah was one who was the head over certain of the priests.

This Jeremiah was also over certain of the priests.

This group on the wall had the princes from the royal line of King David, the two men assigned by Nehemiah to be in charge, each over one half of Jerusalem, the princes of the tribe of Judah, the princes of the tribe of Benjamin. and the heads of all the Levites and the priests.

If these people were convinced that the walls were safe and part of the dedication ceremony, then they could encourage all the other Jews, who we can be sure were watching as these men made their trip around the Walls of Jerusalem.

Since this was a joyous occasion, then there was a need for music.

*****Neh 12:35 And certain of the priests’ sons with trumpets; namely, Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph:
Neh 12:36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God, and Ezra the scribe before them.

We know that Asaph had been appointed by King David, to be over all the music of the worship services and even in the time of Nehemiah, this family still provided the music for worship and at this dedication of the walls of Jerusalem.

We should understand that in typology, these walls represented the Divine protection of God.

Psa_5:12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

This Zechariah was the descendant of Asaph, and all these others were part of that family.

Those musical instruments would include:

The harp or better known as the lyre.

The psaltry another type of harp.

The sackbut another type of harp that had only 4 strings.

The lute which was a type of guitar.

The gittith another type of string instrument.

The timbrel a form of tamborine.

The toph which is a drum.

There would be bells.

There would be cymbals.

And of course there would be trumpets of different types, possibly including bagpipes.

We can see that it was an orchestra that was upon that wall this day of dedication.

Music should always be a part of our own dedication to the Lord!

It was Ezra, the Priest and Scribe, who led this group of musicians.

This group climb onto the wall at the house of David.

*****Neh 12:37 And at the fountain gate, which was over against them, they went up by the stairs of the city of David, at the going up of the wall, above the house of David, even unto the water gate eastward.

We know that Jerusalem is built upon a hill with the Temple upon a hill of Mount Moriah, so certainly there would be many steps in the city.

By dedicating the walls of Jerusalem in such a manner, Nehemiah was hoping that the people would be encouraged to complete the reconstruction of the City of Jerusalem.

The city of Jerusalem was under the control of Persia for more than 200 years and then about another 150 years, a part of the Greek empire.

Then came Herod and the Roman Empire.

It will be the Lord, when He returns, who will build the city of Jerusalem to His specifications, and then about 1000 years later or a bit more we that love the Lord will see the New Jerusalem.

In this world it seems all we see is destruction and rebuilding then rebuilding walls for protection.

It amazes me, that many of the well to do, will build walls around their own homes, but deny that we need walls to secure our nation.

They will have armed guards, but try to deny all other the right to defend their homes and families.

They will confine others to limited health care, while they legislate themselves a total free healthcare system.

They will confine many to small wages, while they insist on grand monies while they work and a grand retirement.

We do not live free as our forefathers planned, we are ruled by reprobates who reject the Word of God, and seek only power and prestige.

Shame on us for allowing this to happen in our nation!

The other half of this company after giving thanks to the Lord God Jehovah, went in the opposite direction.

*****Neh 12:38 And the other company of them that gave thanks went over against them, and I after them, and the half of the people upon the wall, from beyond the tower of the furnaces even unto the broad wall;
Neh 12:39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, and above the old gate, and above the fish gate, and the tower of Hananeel, and the tower of Meah, even unto the sheep gate: and they stood still in the prison gate.

We have Nehemiah who represented the Government of Israel, and Ezra representing God’s people, speaking in one voice this day in Israel.

These people realized what could happen when they all worked together and according to the Word of God.

When we have been thru the valley of contention and made it to the crest of truth again, we should take a moment to look back where we came from and how the power of God had brought us again to the hill top.

We need to remove all negativity from our minds, and just trust the Lord to lead us.

Look back and see how history could have been changed, had the tiny nation of Israel remained true to the Word of God.

We could also say the same thing for our own nation!

One day we will live in a world where no one will be against the Word of God, and it will be a perfect world!

There will be no fish gate, and certainly no prison gate, no sheep gate and no old gate.

They will all be gates of pearl!

Rev 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

In the New Jerusalem there be 12 foundations and each name had inscribed with the names of the 12 Apostles.

Those 12 men who obeyed the Lord Jesus Christ, and did cause the Gospel to begin its trip to all the world!

*****Neh 12:40 So stood the two companies of them that gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and the half of the rulers with me:
Neh 12:41 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets;
Neh 12:42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the singers sang loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer.

What do we know? We know that the work that God has given us to do is not druggery. It is a very satisfying thing to lead someone to the Lord.

It is a joyous thing to spread the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We know that God wants all things done decently and in order.

What do all evolutionist miss along with most people of this world? They miss the fact that every living creature, every landscape, and every plant, every solar system and every process in God’s Creation are done decently and in order.

The truth of our universe is that it is orderly going about what God intended it to do.

The only thing where problems come is mankind!

These two groups in one voice gave thanks to God, not because they had returned to the Promised Land, but because they knew the Word of God was true and it will always be true!

God will fulfill every promise He has ever made to the Church and to the nation of Israel and its people.

We can open the Word of God and see a loving God who will do exactly what He says He will do.

Some will say that a loving God would never send anyone to Hell, but they have not understood the Word of God which teaches us how to avoid Hell, so if we end up in Hell then the blame is entirely on ourselves!

To be a Christian is a serious thing, because our goal is to be like Jesus Christ. He is our example and He teaches us, we cannot be perfect while we remain on this earth. This is still or goal and it is a happy and peaceful thing to accomplish.

There is still time for all the things concerning mankind to be accomplished!

Ecc_3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

This time grows shorter each day and God does not do things on our schedule but only on His schedule and His schedule will never change.

We can rejoice in the Lord and in our salvation, or we can give up on the Lord and be failures as Christians.

We see the failures of Christians in our nation every day. There are enough Christian in our nation to put good and righteous people in our government, but we sit at home and refuse to vote!

Either way, God’s plan moves along at His pace and we know the Lord will return when we lease expect it, and He will still be right on time no matter what is going on in this world.

Are we in a severe climate change? The Lord promised we would have the four seasons until He returns.

Will this world end drastically? The Church will be in Heaven well before this thing could ever take place!

God says to quit worrying about these things, and get busy serving the Lord.

Then stand upon your own personal wall, and give God the praise and worship that we should give Him every day!

Amen

Let’s Pray!

David’s Loyalty

David’s Loyalty

2 Samuel 8; 9; 1 Chronicles 18

Last week we saw how God had extended His covenant to Abraham through David but also how God had made a new covenant with David.

Making a covenant with His people characterized God.

In fact this is just one of the ways that Jehovah God distinguishes Himself from the false gods of all religions!

Jehovah God makes sure covenants and then keeps them all!

Psa 105:8  He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

This promise made to King David only depends on the “faithfulness of God”!

There was nothing David nor his any of his successors could do that could change this promise that God had made!

What is the “Omniscience” of God?

The characteristic of God, that means He knows all things that will actually take place and all things that can possibly take place, whether past, present, or future!

This why God can keep His covenants when we fail in most of our own covenants.

All these things had reminded King David of some things that he had also promised to others aho had crossed his life path.

Let’s begin:

In chapter 8 we can see how the kingdom of David and the Nation of Israel grew in riches and renown.

In none of these wars was Israel the aggressor as David reclaimed the land God had given to Israel and taken by these nations.

We also get to see how the government of Israel was set up.

*****2Sa 8:15  And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people.

Notice David showed no favoritism to any one tribe of Israel, not even to Judah.

Psa 145:9  The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

God is good even to the lost of this dying world.

The Lord Jesus had these words:

Mat 5:45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

But God does requires every government to execute judgment and justice according to the 10 commandments.

Not only does God require every government to to execute judgment but this judgment was to be done equally to all.

We already know this judgment was to be based upon the Word of God.

Not only does God require justice but that justice was to be equal justice for all of mankind!

*****2Sa 8:16  And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder;

King David had one “General of the Army”.

Joab was the son of David’s sister Zeruiah.

It is said in America, not only do we have too many generals but it was said the other day we had over 1000 Admirals. We could put an Admiral on every ship and not have enough ships for each to have one.

This seems to be a good place to save taxpayer’s dollars.

Jehoshaphat was recorder.

A recorder was the chancellor for the king.

In other words he would bring the weighty matters to the king that were important enough to require the kings attention.

A recorder would also draw up papers for the king’s guidance and also prepare drafts of the king’s wishes to the scribes to be recorded, such as treaties, national archives, and records that needed to be kept for the future.

A recorder would also document the day by day actions in the kingdom, in other words record history as it happened.

*****2Sa 8:17  And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and Seraiah was the scribe;

Zadok was High Priest and a direct descendant of Eleazer, whose son was Phinehas. God had also made a covenant with Phinehas.

Num 25:11  Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Num 25:12  Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: Num 25:13  And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even “the covenant of an everlasting priesthood”; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.

In Zadok the line of Phinehas resumed the dignity of High Priest and held that position through his seed until the fall of Jerusalem.

It would be through Mary the virgin mother of Jesus, a descendant of Nathan, King David’s son and also a descendant form the line of Phinehas.

Seraiah was the scribe.

In a sense, this position would be similar to what we call a “Secretary of State”.

This man would prepare and issue the decrees of the king.

This person would also have considerable authority under the guidelines set forth by the king who was to use the Word of God for his own guidelines.

When the Word of God is not in it’s place in all governments that government will be corrupt and fail to care for God’s creation but they will still fulfill God’s purpose!

*****2Sa 8:18  And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David’s sons were chief rulers.

The Cherethites were King David’s personal body guard and they may not have been Jews but they would also perform executions by order of the king only and also the kings couriers.

These Pelethites were probably known better as the the king’s mighty men.

Benaiah was a mighty warrior who David placed over his personal security because he was an honorable man.

2Sa 23:22  These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among three mighty men. 2Sa 23:23  He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.

So while the nation of Israel was at rest, King David began to remember a covenant that he had made with Jonathan a son of King Saul.

This scripture is a special rewarding “type” in the Bible, of the lost being saved for Jesus sake.

And since the Lord had been so gracious to David, King David was in a position to spread that “grace” to others!

When God blesses us, it is His intent that we use His gifts to bless others!

*****2Sa 9:1  And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for “Jonathan’s sake”?

What David already knew:

David knew that King Saul and his three sons had all died in the war with the Philistines.

1Ch 10:2  And the Philistines followed hard after Saul, and after his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, the sons of Saul.

1Ch 10:6  So Saul died, and his three sons, and all his house died together.

What David did not know:

David did not know that a son of Jonathan had survived and escaped the hands of the Philistines even though during that escape his caretaker, while running carrying him, fell causing the child to be lame the remaining days of his life.

2Sa 4:4  And Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.

Why was David so concerned?

God had just made a great covenant with David and his seed and God said He would keep this covenant.

King David remembered a covenant he had made with Jonathan the son of King Saul and wanted to make sure he also kept that covenant.

1Sa 20:14  And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not: 1Sa 20:15  But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for ever: no, not when the LORD hath cut off the enemies of David every one from the face of the earth. 1Sa 20:16  So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the LORD even require it at the hand of David’s enemies.

How can we expect God to keep His covenants, when we do not keep the ones that we make with each other?

The pure fact is that The Lord God of Creation will keep His covenants regardless of our own actions!

Psa 105:8  He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

So, David knew he needed to make sure his covenant with Jonathan.

*****2Sa 9:2  And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. 2Sa 9:3  And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet. 2Sa 9:4  And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar.

In verse one, David said he wanted to show “his kindness” but now we see David wanting to show the “same kindness that God had shown to him”.

It is not stated here but Ziba, though he honored King David, he did not care much for Mephibosheth, but Ziba did have knowledge of this grandson of King Saul and son of Jonathan.

Lodebar means “a place of nothing”, a place where grass would not even grow and there was no place to pasture animals.

Compare this place to Psalms 23:

Psa 23:1  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psa 23:2  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Amos describes Lodebar in this manner:

Amo 6:13  Ye which rejoice “in a thing of nought” which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

The family of Machir were loyal to King Saul and had taken in Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, when he had no other place to live.

Saul’s own servants had ignored this grandson!

Machir would now become loyal to King David after seeing the king’s kindness to Mephibosheth.

Mephibosheth had lived for a considerable time in obscurity and we should now get the picture, or a “type” of a lost soul being found by the King of Kings.

And King David said:

*****2Sa 9:4  And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar. 2Sa 9:5  Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.

1) The first picture we should have is the picture of that lost soul in no man’s land, poor, and with no means to improve his own conditions. His name was Mephibosheth.

Because of his condition Mephibosheth hated the God of Israel as his name means in the Hebrew, he had “a reproach for God”.

Mephibosheth did not feel the need for a Savior because he could not realize such a thing was possible!

Mephibosheth did not possess the means to have much of a future!

Most people living in this world do not even know they need a Savior because they do not realize that they are lost!

They feel that if there is some god, then why are they in such a precarious situation, as did Mephibosheth.

2) The next picture we should see is that King David sent for Mephibosheth, not for his own kindness, but for “Jonathan’s sake”.

God’s children are called and saved, not because we deserve anything from God but only for the sake of God’s Son, Jesus.

Eph 4:32  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God “for Christ’s sake” hath forgiven you.

Jesus Christ is not the cause of God’s love but “Jesus Christ is the channel in which God expresses His love for us all”!

We are not asked to understand the love of God, we are only asked to accept that love as being the same as the love for an “only-begotten-son”.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: “it is the gift of God”:

3) The next picture we see is that King David sent someone to fetch Mephibosheth.

This a picture of the Holy Ghost but it is a fact of the purpose of Jesus.

Jesus Christ came to seek and to save the lost.

Luk 19:10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

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:

Today God uses the Holy Spirit to do all the calling. It is the Holy Spirit that brings conviction upon hearing the Word of God!

*****2Sa 9:6  Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!

Throughout the Bible we can see how God truly cares for the fatherless orphan. There is no better example in the Bible than Mephibosheth who had lost not only his father and grandfather but also all his uncles in war.

The greater the wars, the more that are left behind like Mephibosheth!

Mephibosheth had no earthly family!

But, God especially cares for the children of those who love Him!

We already know that there are only two kind of people in this world.

1) Those that reject God.

1Sa 15:23  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

2) Those that accept God.

1Jn 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 1Jn 5:2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

Mephibosheth is an example of that lost soul who had accepted the world in a humanistic way, but now realizes the truth of God.

Mephibosheth cannot understand why the king would look upon such a man as he and he fell on his face and reverenced King David.

Mephibosheth could have never gotten into the palace of the king on his own account!

But, Mephibosheth was allowed to come before King David because it was for “Jonathan’s sake”!

To each saved soul, we are only allowed into the throne room of a Holy God but only for Jesus sake!

If we are to move God, it can only be by the sake of Jesus Christ!

No Prayer, no request, and and no answer can ever come from the Living God if not for Christ Jesus sake!

This world can only be redeemed for Christ Jesus sake!

And then listen as God will know your name!

Isa 43:1  But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: “for I have redeemed thee”, “I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine”.

And David said.

*****2Sa 9:7  And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.

That phrase “Fear not” is used 62 times in the KJV Bible.

How does God respond to request made in Jesus name sake?

Isa 41:13  For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, “Fear not”; I will help thee.

And God never changes.

Rev 1:17  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, “Fear not”; I am the first and the last:

Mephibosheth truly had much reason to fear!

In the customs of that day it was customary for the victorious king to slay all the family of the previous king.

But here we see how David acted in “Grace”!

Now David had “not stolen” Saul’s land just because he was the new King.

We should remember David was married to Michal the daughter of Saul and was the legal owner of all the things of King Saul. David had every right to this land and these possessions of Saul and he could give them to anyone he wished to.

Num 27:8  And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.

This ownership took place at the death of Ishbosheth the last son of King Saul.

Now we see the kindness again for Jonathan’s sake!

We can see how Mephibosheth is adopted by King David!

It would have been easy to just restore the things to him that his grandfather Saul had owned and sent him on his way but that is not the way of God.

This is the way of God.

Eph 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

To be adopted by Our Father in Heaven even has a much greater meaning!

Rom 8:15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 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.

King David showed Mephibosheth that he was serious about fulfilling the promise, the covenant, he made with Jonathan, the true earthly father of Mephibosheth.

BUT, God shows every believer that He is serious about fulfilling His promise to His Son Jesus.

Joh 6:39  And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. Joh 6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

This is a very humbling experience.

*****2Sa 9:8  And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?

What is the “Grace of God”?

Grace may be defined as the unmerited and undeserving favor of God to those who are under condemnation.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Mephibosheth realized that he had done nothing to be receiving such a gift and he reached that point that every sinner must reach.

Do I accept this gift or do I reject it?

What would you do?

No, What Will You Do!

When Mephibosheth was sitting at the Kings table, even his lame legs were out of sight before the King.

He had the appearance of a man made whole!

Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be “born again”, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

And the king made all the arrangements.

*****2Sa 9:9  Then the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master’s son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house. 2Sa 9:10  Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master’s son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master’s son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.

Mephibosheth was now a land owner of a great estate that would require many to care for it. We can see that Ziba who had been over the servants of King Saul now had a great opportunity to restore that land to it’s glory and his own family be provided with home, food, and welfare.

Mephibosheth himself had a son named Micha and it would he who would need to be provided for, but Mephibosheth would eat from the King’s Table.

*****2Sa 9:11  Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons. 2Sa 9:12  And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth. 2Sa 9:13  So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.

Ziba agreed to do as King David commanded but Ziba was never sincere and never intended to be a servant to Mephibosheth. Ziba would never honor Mephibosheth and later accused him of treason.

2Sa 16:3  And the king said, And where is thy master’s son? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, To day shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.

Based upon this lie, King David gave all the property of Mephibosheth to Ziba.

2Sa 16:4  Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.

Ziba may have deceived both Mephibosheth and King David.

2Sa 19:26  And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and go to the king; because thy servant is lame. 2Sa 19:27  And he hath slandered thy servant unto my lord the king; but my lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is good in thine eyes.

King David being unsure of either one divided the land of Saul between the two, but Mephibosheth said let him have it all.

It would be far better to remain at the table of the King.

An adopted son or daughter cannot ever be left out of the inheritance!

2Sa 19:30  And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace “unto his own house”.

The Apostle Paul gave Timothy these words:

2Ti 2:20  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 2Ti 2:21  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

We must make a choice when we choose the Lord Jesus over this world!

We must also make choices after we are saved!

If we purge ourselves of the things that do not honor Our Savior, then and only then can we be made into something useful for the Lord!

Mephibosheth remained in Jerusalem at the king’s table but was still lame and of little use to the king, but the king did not reject him but only because of the covenant he had made with Jonathan!

It is only for “Jesus sake” only that we can stand before Our Holy God!

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Once we believe this truth with all our heart, we can never be rejected!

Questions?

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God Always Remembers His Covenant

God Remembers His Covenant

Exodus Chapters 5, 6

We have seen that even before Moses was born God had a plan to use him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. We have seen that God has patiently trained Moses for 80 years. This was not because God needed this but it was Moses that had needed this time in his life to reach a point where he understood the Words of God.

God had heard the cries of His children. God had prepared His deliverer. It was now time for the doing of it.

We should have the correct understanding of a Pharaoh. The title "Pharaoh" means "great house". The Egyptians applied this title to their kings going back to about 1500 BC. These Pharaohs were absolute monarchy and considered to be gods by the people of Egypt. These Egyptians had many gods but not one of them had any power until the existing Pharaoh prayed to them to give them this power. For instance, "Ra" the sun god had no power until a Pharaoh woke him up with a morning ritual and prayer. We can see how arrogant this could be.

I think we have men, especially in America but throughout this world, that believe the world would end without their knowledge and their means, as they are also full of such arrogance.

Jesus said to Pilate:

Joh 19:11  Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

And Paul added:

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.

God always knows the situations of all His people. Their deliverance from Egypt was already in progress. God had chosen His man through which these things would be accomplished. Moses would communicate the "will" of God to these people.

We now have the written Word of God that communicates "His will" to us and we are expected to obey.

The Bible says:

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.

Moses became the hero of Israel so much so that God would not allow the place of his burial to be known as many of Israel would have tried to make a god out of Moses. Satan knew this and tried to take advantage of this.

The Bible says:

Jud 1:9  Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

The Bible proves that God works through those He calls. We should hang our head in shame when we know God has called on us to do something but we have refused. God’s plan does not stop as He will always choose and call some one else.

The Apostle Paul knew this to be true:

1Co 9:16  For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
1Co 9:17  For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

Jesus tells us:

Luk 9:62  And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

God is pleased with those that serve where they are called:

Heb 10:38  Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Heb 10:39  But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

God always keeps His word now we will see how these things unfold.

*****Our Text:

Exo 5:1  And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.
Exo 5:2  And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.
Exo 5:3  And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.

Moses introduces the God of Israel to Pharaoh. Pharaoh would not accept that such a people as slaves could have much of a god. He simply would not consider this as fact and he would not be impressed very easily. Remember Pharaoh considered himself a god. It took a lot of courage for Moses and Aaron to stand before such a cruel and heartless man as this king.

He says:

"Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go"

When we see the word "LORD" with all capitol letters in the Bible(KJV), we can be sure that Moses had said Jehovah(Yahweh).

The meaning of the word Jehovah is “the unchanging, eternal, self-existent God,” the “I am that I am,” a covenant-keeping God.

Pharaoh had never heard of such a god but he would soon know Him very well!

Moses immediately tried a different approach by saying:

"The God of the Hebrews"

This title would mean "The Elohim of the Hebrews" for Israel was not a nation in the eyes of Pharaoh. Moses made this king aware that this Elohim was the supreme and the only God of the Hebrew nation.

Pharaoh reacted to this by showing who had the real power over the Hebrews. He made them work even harder an in more harsh conditions.

God had told Moses that these things would happen and Moses was not surprised by the actions of this king.

We should understand, when we serve the Lord Jesus, we will not be treated much different than how the world treated Him.

God was gracious in extending this opportunity to this king but when God’s "grace" is refused, the only thing left is the "judgment" of God.

God will accomplish His will in the face of all opposition.

A real example of this is to reach down and pluck a sinner out of his road to Hell and through His "grace" save a lost soul. Our strength being made perfect in weakness!

Most people besides the Atheists and the Muslim, believe that people should have freedom of religion, a freedom to worship the god of their choice. It was a perfectly reasonable for Moses to ask Pharaoh for permission to do so. With this denial by this king it opened the door for the return of the "Living God" to exact His own punishment at His own will.

Notice it is Jehovah God who chose this battle. This battle would not only be to redeem God’s people from bondage. It was not fought only for Israel to possess the "promised land" but it was fought so Israel could dwell in God’s Tabernacle! Israel was redeemed to be God’s People!

As this Pharaoh was saying these people were his, God was saying these people are Mine! Israel would not have existed without God’s deliverance from Egypt! This conflict was waged over the destiny of a race of people.

Can we not see that as Christians we can see a "type" in this of the conflict that Jesus is waging over the destiny of the Church and the lost who are in the bondage of Satan the Devil.

*****Our text:

Exo 5:4  And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens.
Exo 5:5  And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.
Exo 5:6  And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,
Exo 5:7  Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.
Exo 5:8  And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.
Exo 5:9  Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.
Exo 5:10  And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.
Exo 5:11  Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not ought of your work shall be diminished.
Exo 5:12  So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.
Exo 5:13  And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.
Exo 5:14  And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as heretofore?
Exo 5:15  Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?
Exo 5:16  There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.
Exo 5:17  But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.
Exo 5:18  Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.
Exo 5:19  And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, Ye shall not minish ought from your bricks of your daily task. 

This Pharaoh then ask Moses and Aaron who gave them the authority to stop the work of the slaves. It seems clear that this king had heard of the conference which Moses had held with the elders of Israel. He had probably even heard of the signs God had given to Moses to show these people. (The rod and the leprous hand). These children of Israel may have even gotten lax in their work expecting God to move quickly to free them.

We can see in "type" that this has some resemblance of the time of Jesus when certain people expected Him to sit on the throne as King and destroy the Roman power. God would do this to the nation of Egypt but this king would first be humbled.

This Pharaoh said:

"get you unto your burdens"

Pharaoh then increased that burden on Israel.

These hand made bricks used in construction were made of clay moistened with water and mixed with chopped straw. These were different from oven baked brick. For those that do not know the quality of this material, the evidence of it can still be seen in Egypt in many pyramids that were built with this material and still stand the test of time.

To add the task of gathering this straw(probably chopped barley and wheat) and deliver it to the place of of the clay and water added tremendous burden to these Hebrew.

If the quota was not met then the elders of Israel were beaten and we know the purpose of this was to make these elders ignore the Word of God. You see Moses had God’s Word and it was time for these Hebrew to place their "faith" in God and not in the world. They would receive no mercy from the world.

Only God has "Mercy" and thus "Grace".

Satan will never cease to oppress and will always make things harder for the child of God!

The Bible says:

Pro 13:13  Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
Pro 13:14  The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Pro 13:15  Good understanding giveth favour: [but the way of transgressors is hard].

Pharaoh had twisted God’s Word to mean that the these children of the Most High God just wanted to go and worship a God. This has never been the truth!

The pure fact is the it is God that made the request and not the people!

Once we are redeemed we should want to assemble in the House of God!

Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

But while we were lost we did not want to assemble, it was God who requests us to come. It was God who reached out to the children of Israel! Moses had God’s message, not his own.

Any true Pastor or Preacher should be preaching God’s message not their own!

We can see that these elders of Israel held true to form when they went to Pharaoh to plead their case instead of going to God who is in control of all things.

If they expected this king to have pity, then they were most disappointed.

We find this in our assemblies today as many lean on the arms of government to show them mercy but longstanding mercy will never come from this world.

It is only God who is merciful and He proved it when He sent the Lord Jesus Christ!

God will again have mercy on these of Israel one day soon but only after the Church is in Heaven:

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
Rom 11:28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
Rom 11:29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
Rom 11:32  For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Rom 11:33  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

*****Our text:

Exo 5:20  And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh:
Exo 5:21  And they said unto them, The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.
Exo 5:22  And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me?
Exo 5:23  For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.

Why is it that when things go wrong we always try to lay the blame on someone else? Israel had been in slavery to Egypt since the time of the death of Joseph. The Pharaohs were wary of the children of Israel. These elders would have had to know this yet they had remained under bondage without even attempting to escape and more important they had only just recently called on God.

Moses knew what God had told him that this Pharaoh would do(harden his heart) but maybe Moses had not expected this ridicule from his own brethren.

There would come a real testing of Moses, God’s servant, for it is far more trying to be criticized by our own brothers and sisters who we are trying to help, than it is to be persecuted by the people of this world.

We can see again in "type" the comparison with the Lord Jesus as He was persecuted by His own brethren before He was crucified by the world.

Moses returned in prayer to the Lord but he tried to dictate to the Lord which really just showed his unbelief in the Words of God.

When we look back from where we are we can see that there was no need for God to hurry. God’s people would be delivered but in His Own Time and He would not fail.

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

Many things needed to be accomplished before Israel would be run out of Egypt:

1.) God wanted the world to see, especially Egypt, just how evil this Pharaoh was.

2.) God wanted the world to see His patience and longsuffering not wanting any to perish, even this Pharaoh.

3.) It would show the world that God will judge in "righteousness".

4.) It would show to Israel and the world that we need to be "Humble" before this Almighty God. (they were also a stiffnecked people)

5.) It would at last show that the more we are persecuted by the devil, the more we will appreciate the redeeming power of God and the salvation that can come only through Our Lord.

This Pharaoh in fact is a "type" of the Anti-Christ!

*****Our text:

Exo 6:1  Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.
Exo 6:2  And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:
Exo 6:3  And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
Exo 6:4  And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.
Exo 6:5  And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.
Exo 6:6  Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:
Exo 6:7  And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
Exo 6:8  And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.
Exo 6:9  And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.

Moses had been right to trace the increased afflictions back to the hand of God:

Rom 11:36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Moses was wrong in murmuring against the counsel of God:

Psa 103:4  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Psa 103:5  Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psa 103:6  The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
Psa 103:7  He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
Psa 103:8  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
Psa 103:9  He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
Psa 103:10  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

Notice that at this time God did not chastise Moses but gave him encouragement.

Pharaoh had to be given the opportunity to accept the will of God and he had rejected the existance of Jehovah God.

This Pharaoh would now meet Jehovah God!

Amo 4:12  Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.
Amo 4:13  For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

God said:

"Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land"

God says he will do His pleasure:

Isa 46:9  Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Isa 46:10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

For the Church(the Bride of Christ) we need only know that no matter how much our enemy may roar and rage against us he cannot stand up to the Lord God Almighty!

What would happen to Egypt and this king at this time was so certain that there were no "ifs", there were no "maybes" and there were no "perhaps" . There was only the certainty of God’s Word.

God has not changed:

Isa 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

God’s Word still does exactly like He says it will do!

As Christians we sometimes and most of the time, focus on the battle when we should concentrate on the task at hand(Matthew 28:18-20) and look past the battle unto the Sure Promise of Victory in Jesus Christ Our Lord(Revelation 22).

The gap in between, much like that dash between the day we are born and the day we die is our time to shine for Jesus while we are yet in this world.

"I must ask myself, will I just be twattling my thumbs the day rewards are passed out in Heaven. Will I even have a crown to throw back to the feet of Jesus"?

I already have victory over death:

1Co 15:55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
1Co 15:56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
1Co 15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

These Divine titles of God have much importance in these scriptures.

1.) God (Elohim) speaks of the Creator the absolute King and Governor of this world.
2.) Jehovah (The Lord) is the title connected to His people by "Covenant" relationship.

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob new of Jehovah but they had not seen what this title meant to God’s people.

The Bible tells us:

Heb 11:13  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Heb 11:14  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
Heb 11:15  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
Heb 11:16  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

You see it was time for Jehovah to begin showing Israel the fulfillment of that Covenant.

Israel would see first hand the faithfulness, the power and the deliverance of Jehovah God.

God is faithful:

To Israel:

Deu 7:9  Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
Deu 7:10  And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.

To the Church:

1Co 1:9  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
1Co 1:10  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

If Jehovah established this covenant, then it must be fulfilled because this was an unconditional covenant. It did not rely on anything from the children of Israel. God had to fulfill His Covenant. He is the performer of His own Word!

The Bible says:

Isa 55:3  Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church:

Act 13:33  God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
Act 13:34  And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.

We have proof that the saints of God are also related to God by His own unconditional covenant, though some teach in error the opposite.

Heb 13:20  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Heb 13:21  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

God made this promise from the beginning:

Tit 1:2  In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Tit 1:3  But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

Our entire faith is based upon the promises of God!

Our covenant comes through the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Heb 7:22  By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

1Pe 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Pe 1:4  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
1Pe 1:5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Jehovah God makes seven promises to Israel at this time:

1.) "I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians"

2.) "I will rid you out of their bondage"

3.) "I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments"

4.) "I will take you to me for a people"

5.) "I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God"

6.) "I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob"

7.) "I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD"

We have seven "I Wills" of God.

Notice that there are seven and seven is God’s number.

God gave seven "I Will" statements to Abraham:

Genesis 17: 6-21

God gave Jeremiah seven "I Will" statements:

Jeremiah 31:33-34

All these were covenant promises.

Lets look closer:

1.) I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians:

God was fulfilling a promise to Abraham.

Gen 15:13  And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
Gen 15:14  And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
Gen 15:15  And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
Gen 15:16  But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

We can also know there was a purpose from verse Gen 15:16.

What we realize is that God does this very same thing to every Born Again child of God. We are delivered from the burden of our lost condition, of our conscious guilt and prepared to die in peace.

We can also realize that since God does not take us straight to Heaven then He has a purpose for leaving us here. [the sin of the Amorites(Gentiles) is not yet full]

2.) I will rid you out of their bondage:

God does not say He will relieve His people but He will completely separate them for their previous condition.

For instance a slave may be sold to a kinder master yet they would still be a slave.

This is not God’s way!

God would bring this people out into the wilderness in communion with Him.

Just as that lost one who receives Jesus Christ as his Saviour is delivered from sin, Satan, and the fear of death.

The Apostle John wrote:

Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

That word "make" means to totally liberated!

3.) I will redeem you:

To redeem means to purchase to be set free.

To the Christian this means God paid a price for our freedom. That price was the atoning blood of Jesus Christ.

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:

1Co 6:20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

4.) I will take you to Me for a people:

This meant that He was forming Israel into a nation.

Psa 135:4  For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

As the Church is built on the foundation of Jesus, we too belong to God as His peculiar people.

1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, [a peculiar people]; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1Pe 2:10  Which in time past were not a people, [but are now the people of God]: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

5.) I will be your God:

Only the one true God could have done the things that were shone in Egypt. Only God could part the Red Sea. He truly was a God to Israel and He has not changed.

But to the Church He says:

2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and [I will be their God, and they shall be my people].

6.) I will bring you into the land:

God brought Israel out of bondage into the land he had promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

To the Church, God promises He will bring all those He has purchased in to Heaven.

2Co 5:7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
2Co 5:8  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
2Co 5:9  Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

Not one of God’s sheep will perish:

Joh 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Joh 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Joh 10:29  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Joh 10:30  I and my Father are one.

7.) I will give it you for an heritage:

This was the goal God had promised to Abraham and to David and has not been completely fulfilled at this time. This fulfillment will come after the "rapture" of the Church, during the Millennial reign of Christ at His second coming.

To the the Church the full enjoyment of our heritage is still future. We have been given what could be said is the down payment:

Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

And this is the gift that we "cannot" work for:

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.

What do we see after these words God had spoken to Moses were given to Israel?

Just as all the lost, they were ignorant of the "Grace" had had in store for all that believe!

Moses was God’s man and it was time he stood before Pharaoh in boldness, speaking plainly the Word of God.

This is exactly what every called out servant of God should do. Every preacher, pastor, teacher, and servant!

As Moses brought up again the fact of his speach impairment maybe he thought God should remove this obstacle.

We are reminded from the Apostle Paul:

2Co 12:7  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
2Co 12:8  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
2Co 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2Co 12:10  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

God does not respond to Moses just as He did not respond to Paul.

God’s answer will always be:

Php 4:11  Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Php 4:12  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Php 4:13  [I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me].

We cannot do these things alone!

When we are reluctant to step forward and speak for the Lord we must not forget that He promised to be with us:

Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Let’s Pray!