Monday, October 14, 2013

God's compassion... (Hebrews 4) (Hebrews 4:15, Hebrews 3:1-19, Numbers 20:7-13, Matt 17:1-3, 1Cor. 2:9)

"Poor Moses"
Corel Painter X3, digital cartoon
© Karen Kyle Ericson, all rights reserved.

Ok so I'm a really happy artist today!  Corel released a new version of Painter and it's working really well : )  So now I'll be able to do more cartoons again.  Yay!  Hopefully you are happy too...  Guess I better watch what I say,  they named the last tropical storm after me.  Good old Tropical Storm Karen but she fizzled, shew.

15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
(Hebrews 4:15 NKJV)
Hebrews 3

1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, 2 who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. 3 For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. 5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, 6 but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

Moses had a really tough job.  He made a really big mistake.  If you only read the Old Testament story, you miss the good news.  In the end, he was considered the faithful one in the Exodus.

7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says:
Today, if you will hear His voice,
8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
In the day of trial in the wilderness,
9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me,
And saw My works forty years.
10 Therefore I was angry with that generation,
And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
And they have not known My ways. ’
11 So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest. ’”
This is a sad story.  Moses led Israel out of Egypt for 40 years.  It quit being fun after they crossed the red sea and entered the desert.   At one point they ran out of water.  And became angry.    So Aaron and Moses went to talk to God about how to get the water they needed.  God told Moses to speak to a rock and water would come out.  Here's what really happened:
 7 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 8 “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” 9 So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him.
10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.(Numbers 20:7-11 NKJV)
(oops... hate when that happens.)  I imagine Moses looking around at people, thinking,"Did I do that?"  Then hopelessly searching for a rewind button so he could do it over.  He didn't get to go into the promised land.
12 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”
(Numbers 20:12-13 NKJV)
I know how it is.  I get angry because of something someone said or did, and fuss, and fume.  I forget all the good things God has taught me.  Finally, when I am most miserable and want to feel better:  I turn back to God, confess what I did, and ask for healing from what the other person did.  I feel much better.  This story humbles me and makes me feel so sad for Moses.  Yet because I know God, I've always known He would have something extra special for Moses. But wait. There's more!
1 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
(Matthew 17:1-3 NKJV)
Moses got to come back from the dead, and speak to Jesus when He was transfigured.  We should never give up.  God knows our weakness and our intentions.  So glad this story is in the Bible.  This should be an encouragement to anyone who's messed up in ministry and felt like it was the end for them.
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man. The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
(1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV)

12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said:
Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
We really need to focus on our todays.  I do for sure.

16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
I believe this is referring to those who wandered in the wilderness, following the glory of God and yet focused on themselves.  They were just going along, without really paying attention to all God had done for them.  Sounds very familiar to me.  He understood what Moses went through.


  1. Loved that cartoon, LOL!

    Though it is important for us to be angry with the things that anger God, I don't think we are supposed to do as Moses when he obeyed God, but then used his own words fueled by his own emotion...He might as well said here ya go you unworthy big babies...Now I have to resort to smacking a rock! (I think we feel like this sometimes). There is much to be said about serving God with meekness and a humble heart. Sometimes here in the end times, we tend to use the prophesies about God's wrath to hammer people with...but forget to temper it with the awesome love and provision God has in store for those who will trust in him.
    Every generation since Moses has been declared an evil generation until Jesus came to bring true holiness (something unattainable by mere men) to this new generation of Christians. Thank the Lord for Jesus! Now we are viewed through His righteousness when God looks at us!...God had even better things planned for Moses that is why he gets to die and enter into the Kingdom instead of the earthly promised land...That may happen to some of us here on earth before the new heaven and earth comes down too...It's all good!
    Blessings and love~ Lisa

  2. Thanks Lisa! I agree. Sometimes Christians go too far in trying to make a point God has already made. I honestly see myself in Moses' shoes most at home. My poor husband "ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?" lol But, I have messed up while serving in ministry too. It's extra heart breaking to realize, because I set out to do good and things go south. Goes to show we do best not by strength, nor might, but by God's Spirit in our homes, workplace and ministry.

    Thanks for your thought provoking comment. I really appreciate it. Such an awesome realization- these may be the days when Jesus returns! No more taxes or governments.