God’s Holiness

God's holiness in the sky

 “And he stood between the dead and the living so the plague was stopped.”  Numbers 16:48

God’s Holiness

Observation:  This verse is the culmination of the rebellion by the Isrealites and God’s punishment. They were sentenced to live in the desert because they lacked the faith to overcome the Canaanites.  This passage reminds me of the  Indiana Jones movie, where the people who opened the ark of the covenant melted before God.  Aaron runs through the camp, watching people die before him and live behind him as he carried the holy censor.  Rarely do we hear and rarely do we see such an account of God’s holy presence judging the sinful heart of man in such a dramatic way here on earth.  It is a scary, sobering thing to witness.

Application:  I am so thankful that I live in a time where I am covered in grace, patience, and long suffering thanks to the blood of the cross.  Yet, I am reminded in this passage that one day there will be a reckoning for all we have said and done.  Our God is a holy God. We need to be careful not to take His amazing grace for granted.  It would be wise to live for that one day!

This passage a sober reminder of the holiness of God.  It inspires me to be about my Father’s business and leave behind the petty distractions of my human sin nature.  Today I will be different because my focus will be on God’s will and His perspectives rather than my own.

Prayer:  Lord help me to move past my fleshly judgments, and my own priorities.  Lead me according to what You say is important for today.  Your awesome majesty overshadows my simple concerns for the day.  Help me to have a sensitive heart and sensitive eyes to see the Spirit leading and to follow it wholly devoted to you alone!

 

Devoted to Him

Pastor Chris

God’s Holiness

 “And he stood between the dead and the living so the plague was stopped.” Numbers 16:48

 

Observation

This verse is the culmination of the rebellion by the Israelites against God’s punishment of not going to the promised land.  They were sentenced to live in the desert because they lacked the faith to overcome the Canaanites as God had promised them.  This passage reminds me of the Indiana Jones movie, where the people who opened the ark of the covenant melted before God.  Here Aaron is running through the camp, seeing people die before him and live behind him as he carried the holy censor as God had directed.  Rarely do we hear and rarely do we see such an account of God’s holy presence judging the sinful heart of man in such a dramatic way here on earth.  It is a scary, sobering thing to witness.

Application

I am so thankful that the day I live in is covered in grace, patience, and long suffering thanks to the blood of the cross.  Yet I am reminded in this passage that one day there will be a reckoning for all we have said and all we have done.  Our God is a holy God, and we need to be careful not to take His amazing grace for granted.  It would be wise to live for that one day!

This passage a sober reminder of the holiness of God.  It inspires me to be about my Father’s business and leave behind the petty distractions of my human sin nature.  Today I will be different because my focus will be on God’s will and His perspectives rather than my own.

Prayer

Lord help me to move past my fleshly judgments, and what I have decided are my priorities.  Lead me according to what You say is important for today.  When I see You in the scriptures, Your awesome majesty overshadows my simple concerns for the day.  Help me to have a sensitive heart and sensitive eyes to see the Spirit leading and to follow it wholly devoted to you alone!

Wholly Devoted
Chris Van Bogelen
(Associate Pastor)

Set Apart

 And when the Lord your God gives them over to you, and you defeat them, then you must devote them to complete destruction. You shall make no covenant with them and show no mercy to them. You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly.” Duet. 7:2-4

Observation

God, through Moses, is giving His people instructions for their lives once they enter the Promised Land.  However, as the instructions start to get deeper and more specific, God reminds the people the WHY behind all the actions.  God is setting His people apart from the rest of the world for Himself because of His great love for them.  He knows that if they are not set apart and just live according to the ways and means of the world around them, they will be lost, they will forget Him and He will have to reject them

Application

There is a cost and a reason to be set apart today.  The reason has not changed since the days of Moses.  I need to set myself apart from the ways of this world because I, like them, am vulnerable to become lost and even rebellious.  In the days of Moses, being set apart took a radical commitment.  It was violent and meant the destroying of enemies.  It was deliberate and demanded not to co-mingle or marry, etc.  It was multi-generational and instructed how to lead your children.  Today the call is not physically violent, but it is certainly Spiritually violent.  It’s a call to prayer, a call to purity a call to have the majority of my life pursuing what very few in this world think is worth pursuing.  It’s turning my TV off and praying for my kids instead.  It’s going on a prayer walk instead of sipping a glass of wine and watching the election results.  It’s fasting on a Wednesday instead of going to the Indian Buffet.  As I consider asking God to use my life to truly make a difference, am I willing to live a life set apart?

Prayer

Jesus, I know what you said in the garden during your last hours before your brutal arrest and death.  You said the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.  Spirit of the Living God, rise up in me and help me and teach me how to execute my flesh.  Set me apart for your Kingdom purposes.

Setting myself apart,

Pastor Dale

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