Numbers


Numbers 14:21  But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.

 The earth will be filled with His glory He says. He is angry, Moses has warned God that people are watching Him and will say that He couldn’t take care of His people  if He destroys them.  God hears the prayer of Moses but immediately replies: the world will be filled with His glory.  He earnestly desires that the world be filled with His glory yet the church that claims to love and worship Him seems unconcerned about something He so desires.  The church is more preoccupied with making sure the members are happy and comfortable.  Most of our church plans are internal.  What is good for us but not so much what does He want and what about the world He loves so much and has sent us to preach to.

Numbers 11:16-17 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. 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.

God told Moses to gather 70 men. He told Moses that He would take of Moses’ spirit and put it on them so that they could help bear the burden of the people since Moses had already acknowledged that he could not bear the people alone.

Numbers 11:14  I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.

If from the early days of Moses ministry we see that he couldn’t bear the burden alone why is it that we do not take the time to consider that God’s work today requires that we train men to do the work. Discipleship

Matthew 28:18-20  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 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.

is just a repeat of what God told Moses to do. If you are to have a successful ministry and really reach and impact the world you will have to perfect the saints for the work of the ministry for the edification of the body or church.

Ephesians 4:11-12  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Commit now to train men and women to carry the load with you so that we can more effectively reach the world with the gospel message.

Numbers 11:14  I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.

No pastor, missionary, or leader can bear all the people in his ministry.  God fully intended for you to train other men to help you.  That is what happens in

Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

when the apostles choose men to help them.  That is what happens when Moses later chooses men to divide his responsibility.  Also

Ephsians 4:11-12  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

we are taught to train men and women to do the ministry.  Get out from under so much burden.  Train some people to help you.  You are not a success until you have made another a success.

Numbers 14:40

He is the God of the second chance but not always. The people have heard the message of Moses. They know that they are going to die and that their children are going to waste 40 years of their lives. They repent. Surely God will give them a second chance but He doesn’t. You can sin away your day of grace. You can lose it and even do great harm to your family. Listen, obey, and believe. Be careful to stay close to the Lord and be ready and able to go where He wants when He wants. We do not want to lose His power, His hand, and His blessing on our lives and ministry.

Num_30:2

Commitment! What a strong word! Many people have a real problem with their level of commitment. Since much of what we do as Christians today revolves around how it makes me feel we often will flippantly commit to God to do something that will be forgotten in the coming moments. Some of our commitments do not last from the altar to the church door. God expected a man to keep his word. We are not to lightly promise things. Jesus said that our yea should mean yea and our nay nay. Mat_5:37. The Psalmist said that we should swear to our own hurt and change not. Psa_15:4 That requires maturity and character but we will never reach the gospel message until God’s people can be all of that. We must put our hand to the plow and not look back. Luk_9:62

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Num_11:1

Complaining is a common disease among all people but seems especially prevalent among missionaries. Our God is looking for a thankful people. People who realize what a privilege it is to serve God. Things maybe different on the mission field where God called you but He knew that when He called you and He wants you to be thankful for what He is doing in your life. Complaining will soon kill your spirit and the spirit of all those around you. You are definitely getting more and better than you deserve.

The Sin of Complaining or Murmuring

 

1Co_10:1-11

Num_14:1-4,11-12

 

I. It is an attitude

a. Resentment=We think that someone has done us wrong

b. Dissatisfaction=We do not receive what we want

c. We aren’t happy

d. We accuse others of having done something wrong

II. Complaining is like giving praise to Satan

a. We are commanded to give thanks to God 1Th_5:18 b. We are commanded not worry but to pray and give thanks Phi_4:6 c. Our praise and gratefulness is a sacrifice to God

Heb_13:15 d. What happens when we do the opposite of praising and giving thanks and start to complain and murmur against God?

III. Our Accusations

a. We are not satisfied with our salary Luk_3:14 or with what we have Heb_13:5 or the food and clothes that He has given us 1Ti_6:8 or our country’s governmentb. We are not satisfied with our spiritual leaders

c. We are not satisfied with our mate

d. We are not satisfied with our children

IV. How do we fix the problem

a. First recognize it as a sin Phi_2:14 b. Confess our sins

c. Learn to measure what we do have Phi_4:11 d. Meditate on the good Phi_4:8

e. Learn to thank God and others