Gene Cunningham - June 9, 2000

Life of Moses #22

The Christian faith and life is founded on the cross of Christ (Luk 9:23). You can't following Him without picking up the cross. Resurrection comes after crucifixion. "Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and enter into His glory?" (Luk 24:25-27). Jesus used the Old Testament to show the disciples that the things that happened had to come to pass (Luk 24:44). The nation of Israel never picked up the spiritual life but stayed carnal. Moses begins to complain -- he reacted to the people rather than responding to the Lord (Num 11:10-15). God allows Moses to have 70 elders at this point. (Num 11:16-17). The person of Christ is generally reflected in Moses -- humility and meekness (Num 12:1-7). Humility relates to God, but meekness is how we act. Meekness is complete surrender to the will of God; submission to God's power (Mat 11:28-29). The Lord declares Moses faithfulness as a servant (Num 12:7). Christ was faithful as the Son (Heb 3:1-6). If we take the yoke of Jesus Christ we will learn from Him and will be transformed as a result in to a living reflection of Christ (2Co 3:18). (1) Moses illustrated the cross by the passover. The passover Lamb looks foward to the cross (Exo 12, Joh 1:29, Joh 10:9). (2) Moses also illustrates the shape of the cross within the tabernacle (implements are symbols too), but also in the arrangement of the tribes (Num 2:1-34). (3) The third way Moses illustrates the cross. The people we frustrated with the length of the journey and manna(Num 21:4-5). Every affliction in our life is designed to drive us to faith - to look to the person of Christ for solution. God has promised to meet all our needs -- we stray most when we're in prosperity. Complaining was the chief sin of the people of Israel; God's judgement was severe. Moses set up a bronze serpent in the center of the camp (Num 21:5-9). This is (a) not logical, (b) not attractive, nor (c) scientific, (d) not religious nor works-based. The world that is dying around us, like those bitten by the serpents, they only need look to the cross (Joh 3:10-15). Jesus becomes sin in our place (e.g bronze serpent).

Scripture References: Numbers 21:4-5, Numbers 12:1-7, Numbers 2:1-34, Numbers 11:16-17, John 10:9, Numbers 11:10-15, John 1:29, Luke 24:44, Hebrews 3:1-6, John 3:10-1, Luke 24:25-27, Numbers 12:7, Numbers 21:5-9, Luke 9:23, Matthew 11:28-29

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