Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Transformed Generation (BW07)

Josh 1:7 "Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go."
    
After the law was given by Moses in Mount Sinai, the Israelites were taught the words of God. The Israelites were given manna for food from heaven and water from the rock so that they were all very free except for feeding the animals. Moses taught them the words of God and they must not add or subtract from His words. They must keep the pure words of God and then they will be successful in their conquest of the Promised Land.

Deut 4:1-2 "Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers is giving you. You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you."

Israelites were taught His words

Deut 11:18-20 "Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,"
    
Every Israelite must teach their children all the time when they are in the field, at home and even in bed, until most of them had memorized the Torah, the five books of Moses for only His words can transform a person by increasing His faith.

Luke 17:5 And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."
   
Our Lord told His disciples that to increase their faith they only need to humbly obey His will and keep His words without expecting any reward in Luke 17:5-10.

The Faithless Generation

Num 14:22-23 "because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it."
    
Though the Israelites who left Egypt saw so many miracles, yet they were faithless because they did not obey the words of God. Brethren, signs and wonders (healing, gifts of the Holy Spirit, miracles, deliverance, etc.) draw us closer to God but it cannot increase our faith. Our Lord condemned the wicked generation who rejected His words but only look for signs and wonders in Luke 11:29-30

The transformed Generation

1Pet 1:22-23 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
   
Though most of these young Israelites did not witness the 10 plagues in Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, etc., they were transformed (born again) by their obedience of His words (truth) in loving God and loving one another fervently.
   
Brethren read, memorize and keep the pure words of God and you will know the truth which will be able to transform you into His image. Then you will be strong and courageous to face the uncertainties of the future and the coming WW3.