Category Archives: Calvary

Numbers 21

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This morning I continued in my reading of the book of Numbers with chapter 21. This is a very familiar story to me and one that I recently discussed with the kids during their history. We are studying Ancient History and following along with the bible, so we get a lesson in bible as well.

If you remember in the last chapter, the people were complaining about not having water, God provided water and they were satisfied. Well, at the same time, Israel was unable to travel through Edom because the Edomites refused to let them travel through their land. Thus the people of Israel were led by a different route by the Red Sea to go around Edom. It wasn’t long before the whole congregation of Israel was complaining against God and Moses. (They can’t blame Aaron any longer,.)

God sent fiery serpents into their camp and the serpents bit them and they died. So many died that the people of Israel went to Moses and actually admitted that they were wrong and that they had sinned. They asked Moses to intercede on their behalf and ask God to deliver them from the serpents. I don’t know about you, but Moses has been through this so many times before, I have to wonder if he felt at all like they deserved it. But then I remember that Moses was a very humble man and he probably didn’t feel that way at all. So, Moses went to the Lord and asked Him to deliver the people from the snakes.

God told Moses to make a fiery serpent out of bronze and place it on a standard. He told Moses to hold it up and whenever someone was bitten by a serpent, they were to look upon the bronze serpent on the standard and they would be saved.

Pause for a second and let that sink in.

Okay, that is such a powerful picture of what Christ did for us on the cross at Calvary. He was held up on the cross, and if we but look to Him and believe in Him, we will be saved.

God in His majesty, saved the Israelites with this symbol that points to the cross and they were able to move on from that place.

After this Israel is challenged by king Sihon of the Amorites, and king Og of Bashan. God delivers a great victory for Israel and they settle in the land of the Amorites. God tells them not to be afraid. And they listen to Him this time. I think the lesson with the bronze serpent on the standard really sunk in. They did as God told them and did not waver.

Reading through the old testament has provided me with a clearer picture of my walk with God. I can point fingers and say they were stubborn, but, am I so different? When I complain, am I not behaving the same way toward God? Yes, I am.

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for forgiveness for my stubbornness and the complaints that I lay against You. I am amazed by Your grace and mercy in my life and I know that all things come from You. Help me not to be afraid when I am called into battle, for You are with me. Thank You Lord. Amen.

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Willing to Endure All Things…

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2 Timothy 2:10

For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.

Am I willing to endure all things for those who are chosen? They are the lost sheep, the one that is missing, causing the Shepherd to leave the other 99 in search of the one. That is Calvary love. To love like Christ I have to be willing to celebrate when one of God’s chosen is found.

Luke 15:31-32 The Prodigal Son

“And he said to him, ‘ Son, you have always been with , and all that is mine is yours.

‘But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.'”

 

Good Friday…

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“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split.” Matthew 27:50-51

“When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away.” Matthew 27:57-60

The full depth of how this day makes me feel, I don’t think I could ever impart. We read this today together and talked about everything that happened to Jesus on this day. There are so many good lessons to be learned by Christ’s example, we spent about an hour talking about it. I really appreciated how the kids were affected by the words and that they really meant something to them.

When I think about the ending of that day, the stone being rolled in front of the entrance, it has a sense of finality. He finished the work on the cross that He came to do. And now, His disciples sit and wait. Wait for what? Did they remember His promise that He would rise again? The Pharisees certainly did, as they demanded a guard be placed in front of His tomb. I don’t think they did remember, they were so downcast. When the women came to the eleven disciples to tell them the good news, they thought it was nonsense.  The day that the stone was rolled in front of the tomb, was a day that reminds me of how I felt when my sins were heavy upon me. But on Resurrection Day, that day is filled with rejoicing, like the day that He wiped my sins away. He is Risen!

More parables…

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“Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?

“But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.

“These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.” Matthew 15:17:20 NASV

I started to realize that I actually thought that I was being a good Christian because I get up early almost everyday and read the bible and pray. These are good things, but, if after I do this I go on with my day thinking I can call it good then it becomes a ritual…A ceremony almost….

The Lord deserves so much more of my time…And what comes out of my mouth the rest of the day does not reflect that I spent time with Him.

I read an excerpt out of Amy Carmichael’s book If.

If I am depressed because others have spoken against me or don’t like me, then I don’t have Calvary love.(paraphase)

I asked my kids if they knew what Calvary love was. They didn’t. I had a hard time explaining it, and after trying to look up a bible verse, I couldn’t find one. I looked up Calvary on Google, and Wikipedia said that Calvary is an english based word for Golgotha, the sight of the crucifixion of Christ. Okay, many people already know this, but it was a good lesson for us. So we talked about how we can love like Christ did at Calvary. One of my children said that it was impossible. Do other people feel this way? I know that I feel that way a lot. But I have read many biographies about heroes of the faith that have. I find them very inspiring, and they always point to their Saviour, never wanting glory for themselves. When I feel like fighting back, I find myself seeing their faces and remembering their stories and realizing they were doing what Christ did in the bible.hand washing