UNDERSTANDING THE KINGDOM OF GOD
September 2, 2001
The Word of God stands forever; it will never change. Godís standard will never be lowered, just because a majority of people are breaking it - Isaiah 55:8-11; Malachi 3:6; Matthew 5:17-19
Hebrews 6:16-20; Revelation 22:16-19
God has told us that we can trust him when it comes to the earth. Until the day Jesus comes back, Godís physical laws will continue to govern our planet - Genesis 8:21-22
There is only one thing that will cause God to change his mind, and that is when men repent of their sins. He will forgive them and stop His judgments - Isaiah 1:10-20; 55:1-7;1 John 1:5-10
Three hundred and fifty years after Israel and his sons had settled in Egypt, Moses was born; 2,589 years after God created Adam and Eve, and 466 years after the death of Abraham. There had been a number of Pharaohs (dictators) on the throne of Egypt, and the one ruling at the time of Moses, was not benign toward the children of Israel. Exodus 1:8-21
At this time Pharaoh decreed that every Hebrew male baby should be killed at birth -
We should now come to understand, that if life in Egypt had been pleasant for the children of Israel, they would never have followed Moses out of Egypt and back to Canaanís land. Just like the womb of a mother is nice and comfortable for the growing baby, but when the time comes for the baby to depart, conditions change. The water which has been such a comfort for the baby is removed, and then strong contractions force the baby out. So it is with you and me today, very seldom do we grow and move on in the Lord, unless there is a crisis and our conditions are no longer comfortable. Psalm 120:1-7
Moses was born of the tribe of Levi, the son of Jacob and Leah - Genesis 29:32-34; Exodus 2:1-2
We know that Moses had at least two siblings, Aaron and Miriam. The Bible does not give us the names of Mosesí father and mother. When baby Moses was three months old, his mother could no longer hide him from the Egyptian police, but instead of throwing him into the river, she made a little boat for him and set him in the river - Exodus 2: 3-4
It was all part of Godís plan for Moses: so He sent down the daughter of Pharaoh, to find Moses and then to adopt him as her son - Verses 5-6
The sister of Moses, possibly Miriam, stepped in and offered to find a nursing mother for the infant, knowing full well, that she would get her mother (V.7-9) who came and even got paid for nursing her own son.
When the time came, Moses was taken to the palace of Pharaoh and raised as a prince of Egypt - V.10
Moses was educated as an Egyptian, but God was going to give Moses his own education, a perfect degree in theology which would qualify Moses to lead the people out of Egypt and to write down the Five Books of Moses. To enroll Moses in his Bible school, God needed a disaster to force Moses out of Egypt into the desert - V.11-22; Hebrews 11:23-29
Where are you today in your life? Are you learning your lessons or are you a cry baby? Hebrews 12:4-13
Do you have an ear with which to hear? To be continued . . . .
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