God in His wisdom chose Moses to be the leader of the Exodus. He was consistent with His Word. For the Word comes to the prophet.
Korah, Dathan and Abiram had other ideas. They challenged Moses. Surely he was not the only holy man. All the congregation of Israel (Israel was the church in the wilderness) were holy.
This was true. For all of Israel was under the blood of the atonement. The lamb/heifer/bullock died for them.
But the same God that provided an atonement also specified a prophet-leader. To reject that under any guise was to reject the leadership of God in that age.
Korah et al, discovered the consequence when the ground opened and they and their entire families (followers) were buried alive never to be seen again.
Those who hide under the umbrella of the Atonement and reject the Word-prophet, will find themselves soon buried in the earth’s bowels.
While Israel trudged through the wilderness, they encountered their cousins – the Moabites who were descendants of Lot.
Israel had a prophet called Moses who had a message. His message was timely for he arrived on the scene at the time prophecy said he would – 400 years later.
Moab, had a prophet too. A true prophet. He saw visions. God spoke to him regularly.
Both prophets knew how to approach God. Both would offer same sacrifices, speaking of the coming Lamb. Both built seven altars.
But Balaam opposed the Exodus. He sought to derail it. Moses was for it. He could see that it was the vindicated Word for that age.
Balaam had the form of godliness but not the revelation of the prophetic truth. Greed blinded his eyes. Today his name is mentioned in infamy. Be like Moses. Believe the prophecy for your era. Join the exodus.
Call it a fulfilled prophecy. Four hundred years after God told Abraham that his descendants will leave their land of captivity, Moses appeared on the scene.
His message was clear. The time of deliverance for Abraham’ seed had come.
He had two signs to go with his prophetic message. He was not the only miracle worker though.
Jannes and Jambres could create snakes too. Pharaoh was enthralled by their wonders. Why would they then believe the message of the Exodus?
Though they could make miracles happen, they failed to see that only Moses had the prophecy of God for that age.
As anointed but blind guides, they led their convert – Pharaoh to a watery grave beneath the Red Sea.
When Moses lifted up the brass serpent
It was a sign for all of Israel to repent
They had murmured for the perils of the way
God’s wrath sent fiery serpents to them that day
In pain and distress they cried out for forgiveness
God’s simple solution was ‘look’ – no more or less
Those that looked at the pole serpent became whole
Now we must ignore pain’s strain to look at this
The serpent represented sin judged – in Genesis
Now Brazen – sin had come under the Divine Altar
Judged sin, divinely extirpated frees the sin-sufferer
The Son of Man was lifted up like the brass serpent
He took the Divine judgement solely upon Himself
He became an ensign-for sins past and perils present
He offers the same remedy to all dying in shame
Dote not on the symptoms but look at the antidote
While Israel sojourned in the dreary wilderness
They lacked water as they marched through dry land
They asked and received – God of the faithful band
Filled the thirsty throats from a flinty Rock
This Rock was ever present through the journey
Ever merciful, ever bountiful and always on cue
Paul tells us this ambulatory Rock was Christ
Smitten in type in the wilderness, He gushed to bless
O Fountain that saved millions of souls in distress
There He was struck that we be not dumbstruck
There He was smitten that we may never be beaten
He has since been crucified and then glorified
Speaking is the only way of accessing the Fount now
Say your need and make requests on any matter
Be not silent in the weary mode of a wary doubter
Speak to The Rock and He will bring forth His water
Caleb was the son of Jephunneh of the tribe of Judah
He has little introduction in the books of Moses
But at the end he emerges with the scent of the roses
He was a hero of Israel who stood for the Word
Gallant he was as he put all God’s enemies to the sword
When Israel neared the frontiers of the promised land
God instructed that they send a reconnaissance band
A band of twelve men, one from each tribal ken
They would stealthily enter the land, survey it and report
Whether it was truly blessed as God had promised
Only noble men were chosen, it was a matter of great import
The information gleaned would be useful for the invasion
So the spies had to appraise the people of the land
Were they many or few, did they live in strongholds?
Could they be defeated by Israel and God’s mighty hand? Continue reading
Joshua was the son of Nun, from the tribe of Ephraim
He must have had a humble beginning
Born as many others to slaves in Egypt
A servant first, a leader next, a tale worth reading
Joshua was a loyal, trusted aide of Moses
Not for him the duplicity of two-faced eye service
He was content to be a footman to a great man
And for forty years he was a prophet’s apprentice
When Moses went to the Holy mount to receive
The commandments written by God’s hand on tablets
Aaron, Hur and many of the noble elders waited
Outside the camp where Israel was billeted
Joshua went with Moses to where God gazetted
His laws for Israel, while Joshua stood behind his lord