Angelic Conflict part 131: Human history – Exo 15; 16; Psa 131; Job 40:1-5; Mat 6:33-34.
Title: Angelic Conflict part 131: Human history – Exo 15; 16; Psa 131; Job 40:1-5; Mat 6:33-34.
Conflict amongst a group of people: Moses and the Exodus. Moses will be used by God to make a people (Hebrew) into a nation (Israel).
We transition from the opposition by a pagan ruler and people under religion (C2) to the opposition by the people of God against other people of God under arrogant self-absorption (C1).
You might relate this to a change in opposition from cosmic 2, religion, to an opposition from cosmic 1, arrogant self-absorption.
Cosmic 1 was the attitude of satan at his fall while cosmic 2 was his invention to draw mankind to himself, after his fall and the fall of man.
There is no way of knowing who is a believer out of these two million people, but I think we can assume that a great majority of them are, and yet the majority oppose the few who in faith desire to follow God to the Promised Land no matter what.
If following God was devoid of problems and full of materialism then everyone would do it, but most by means of lip-service and not genuine faith, Isa 29:13-16.
The wheat and the tares must grow together in human history as the tares fear, pretend, devour, and oppose God’s wheat. God allows it, but provides surpassing power to His wheat to overcome it. The question that returns to the believer time and time again is, “Do you want to glorify God or do you want a life of no problems?”
The one who glorifies God will have a life of soul prosperity, power, grace, truth, and love, but it would be wrong to call it easy in terms of having no problems.
When are we going to accept what God provides and stop lusting for more and simply be content in the situation we are in and perform His will so that He gets glorified?
When? When we love Him more than we love anything else.
We can all love Him more as none of us ever arrive. We all have complained, doubted, and mistrusted. Do not be condemned!
2Ti 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
It doesn’t say that scripture is for condemnation.
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
The weaning process isn’t always fun.
Psa 131:1 O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me.
Psa 131:2 Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother,My soul is like a weaned child within me.
Psa 131:3 O Israel, hope in the Lord From this time forth and forever.
The weaning period, years in the making, is one of weaning ourselves off the energy and power of the flesh and the world and coming to hope in God alone. In that, there is no reason for me to take on anything too difficult for me, as God will give to me just what I need to perform, Eph 2:10.
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
1Co 10:13 promises that God will not allow you to be in anything that you are not able to bear, and in fact promises, that in testing, He will provide the way of escape also.
After singing a song of praise to God for His deliverance through the Red Sea they find themselves in an inhospitable desert for three days. They traveled through the desert of Shur for three days and came to Marah, a place with undrinkable, bitter water, and they are thirsty; not dying, but thirsty (pessimistic subjectivity).
Pessimistic subjectivity – everything will go wrong and it will all be directed at you.
These are people who lack faith and trust in the deliverance and timing of God and are generally only looking for things to go wrong.
Optimistic objectivity – happy expectation of future deliverance in the perfect timing of God (elpis – hope).
Either one of these attitudes can exist in the wilderness situation. Their first wilderness situation is short lived, only three days, but long enough to make their water supplies low and rationed which likely made them thirsty.
Exo 15:22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.
Exo 15:23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore it was named Marah.
Exo 15:24 So the people grumbled at Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?"
How fickle man can be. The day is quickly followed by the night. Sun and rain are constantly changing, seasons, cold, cool, hot, and cold again, all of which to show us that the prosperity of one day may well turn into the adversity of the next. As we saw in the Psalms, trust in God’s character applies to all areas of prosperity and adversity because God is immutable and his faithfulness, grace, truth, and love do not change.
As in the parable of the sower, the excitement of salvation faded to the persecution of the word. The excitement of the free Exodus and their Red Sea experience faded to a persecution of their thirst. They used to drink from the Nile, that sweet water, and now they wish to return.
The devil tempted some of us at the very first by saying: "See what you have got by being a Christian. While you were as others are, your mind had mirth [joyfulness]; now you have come out and followed the Crucified, you have lost the liveliness of your spirits, the brightness of your wit—that which made life worth having is taken away from you." [Charles Spurgeon]
Better to die at Marah a freeman than to live as a slave at the Nile.
Mat 4:8-9 Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory; and he said to Him, "All these things will I give You, if You fall down and worship me."
From too much water at Red Sea to no water in the wilderness to wrong kind of water at Marah – can God only do 2 out of 3?
Water is vital. They’re not missing honey, but what is vital to live, but they have heard God’s promises and witnessed God at work and in essence hold title deed to the Promised Land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
Lumped into the same crowd are those who believe (the strong) and those who don’t (the weak) and the weak always attempt to control the strong with whining and complaining.
Exo 15:24 So the people grumbled at Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?"
Exo 15:25 Then he cried out [loud call] to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet. There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them.
When this very tree began to grow did anyone know its purpose?
God has provided all solutions to all problems since eternity past. They are in existence and we who walk with God will walk right into them.
When they reach the bitter water there is right there a healing tree, but they don’t see it. They focus only on the problem and complain against Moses, and blame Moses (if they were honest they should blame God who called Moses). Moses, the spiritual man, doesn’t see the tree either, for how could he possibly know, but he asks God for the revelation and that humble man received it, and as he has done and will do several more times, that humble man will spare the destruction of Israel’s adult generation.
They don’t walk with God, but Moses did and he chose the proper solution of prayer – “Father, show me the solution, for I know it is around me and in my soul; reveal it to your servant.”
In the CA these prayers for solutions result in God the Holy Spirit jumping into action with the doctrine in your soul.
Joh 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak
The tree represents the curse of bitterness upon us being taken by our Lord:
Gal 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us — for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree
The heathen, the pagan, the religious unbeliever know nothing of the healing tree, and so how can their bitterness be made sweet? The Christian who has resorted back into the world of the religious or the self serving of selfishness has forgotten the healing tree and so has returned to bitterness as a dog returns to its vomit.
Only the Gospel and the word of God can stop this trend in any man.
The tree [Christ’s cross] turns bitterness into sweet, refreshing, thirst quenching satisfaction.