Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"God Is Always Fair", by Pastor Kevin Lynch

We left off yesterday with the story of the death of Moses, and how God had allowed Moses to see the promised land from afar but not enter it.

Deut. 32:52 - "For you shall see the land opposite you at a distance, but you shall not go there, into the land which I give the Israelites."

On the surface it just doesn't seem fair by our human and finite understanding.

We need to realize that God is always fair. He always does the right thing.

Moses was denied something in his flesh because he had a failure of the flesh that risked everything God was trying to do for Israel.

However, God never abandoned Moses.

In fact, when we turn to the next book of the bible, which is Joshua, we find God praising Moses and instructing Joshua to carry on just as Moses would have.

In the flesh Moses was allowed to see but not enter the promised land.

In his death and resurrected spirit he was entering the Promised Land.

You see, there is the "promised land" and the "Promised Land".

One is a metaphor of the other.

What we gather from the story of the Israelites is a story of redemption.

On the smaller scale, the microcosm so to speak, it is the rescue of a tribe of people from captivity.

On the larger scale, the macrocosm, and as a parallel, we have the redemption of the human race.

It is all found in Moses.

As the leader of the Israelites he failed in his flesh and was denied in the flesh.

As a believer in God he was rewarded spiritually and was able to see the true Promised Land, the heaven that all believers will see.

Heaven is our Canaan Land. It's our promised reward.

While we may waver or fail in our flesh our redemption remains intact as long as we do not fail to be absorbed in Christ.

Moses' flesh got the best of him, but he was always absorbed in God.

Thank God He judges our hearts and not the stupid things we do. He will always acknowledge the penitent heart that belongs to Him.

"For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7).

Protect your heart today, the centrality of your very being. It is a precious item. Make sure it belongs to Jesus Christ.

Keepin' it Real,

Pastor Kevin <><

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