The Justice In Moses Not Being Able To Enter Promised Land

​That very day the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, opposite Jericho, and view the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel for a possession. And die on the mountain which you go up, and be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother died in Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, because you broke faith with me in the midst of the people of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, and because you did not treat me as holy in the midst of the people of Israel. For you shall see the land before you, but you shall not go there, into the land that I am giving to the people of Israel.”

Deuteronomy 32:48‭-‬52 ESV

Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. And the Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.” So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord , and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no one knows the place of his burial to this day. Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated. And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. Then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended. And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses. And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

Deuteronomy 34:1‭-‬12 ESV

When I first read these passages in the Bible almost 2 years ago, I deeply felt for Moses not being able to cross Jordan and enter the Promised Land. I thought to myself why God wouldn’t allow Moses to reap the fruit of his labor of leading the Israelites out of Egypt and sticking around with stiff-necked people for 40 years in the wilderness. And why hitting the rock instead of speaking to it in Meribah cost Moses too much? Couldn’t God just forgive him given all his obedience?

But as I mature on the faith and get to know God more, my questions began to fade. I realized that the real blessing was not inheriting the Promised Land but the 40 years of personal encounter with God. Furthermore, this made me see that without God, we are materialistic and have a corrupt definition of goodness. Moreover, notice also how Moses did not question God on His decision. Many times during their journey in the wilderness, Moses cried out to God for justice while when he was not let to pass Jordan we heard nothing from him. Therefore, this tells me that Moses knew the heart of God very well that he did not feel left out when God gave the decision. Truly, Moses’ humility and his complete surrender to God is just so admirable.

As I reflect more, it reinforced the truth that God is not transactional. He does not do things depending on what we can do for Him. He gives grace to whom He gives grace, He will have mercy to whom He will have mercy. He is sovereign and He freely gives blessings to both good and bad people out of His love. If God will based His blessings according to our good deeds then we are doomed because we cannot earn our salvation. Moses who was regarded as a great prophet would be in hell as he was a murderer and disobeyed God in Meribah later in his life. Thankfully, our God is a God of love. He took the effort to save us from eternal separation from Him by sending Jesus to be the propitiation of our sins. His death and resurrection gives us the reality of living a life with personal relationship with God, the way Moses did. ❤❤❤

Soli Deo Gloria!!!

– Rhia

PS:

God is holy and just so He did not allow Moses to enter the Promised Land but He is loving and gracious that He allowed Moses to see the land that He was about to give the Israelites. 《teary-eyed moment》Moses was mission-accomplished!

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New Perspective On What Tithe Is All About

​”You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always. And if the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, when the Lord your God blesses you, because the place is too far from you, which the Lord your God chooses, to set his name there, then you shall turn it into money and bind up the money in your hand and go to the place that the Lord your God chooses and spend the money for whatever you desire—oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.

Deuteronomy 14:22‭-‬26 ESV

Deuteronomy is the book in the Bible where Moses repeats the statutes and commandments of God to remind the Israelites what to do when they cross Jordan to inherit the Promise Land. This is the last book in the Torah written by Moses.

Indeed, the book gives insight how to seek God’s heart though it is addressed for the Jews. This passage from Deuteronomy impressed something in me about God and offerings. It amazes me that God still thinks about us even the point of worship is Him and that He is not legalistic but practical. I imagine God saying, “If it is difficult for you to carry your offering then it is okay to exchange it for money. Then buy what you crave and eat it before me as we celebrate your blessings.” He is not asking to just worship Him mechanically but have a relationship with Him and glorify Him in the process. He is so understanding of our limitations yet He always showers us with grace and mercy so we can come to His holy presence. That’s why I believe that right from the Old Testament, the gospel message is ever present and clear. God initiating to reconcile ourselves to Him all done with His mercy thru His justice. What we just need to do is accept His solution and enjoy His blessings. Yes, a relationship with Jesus is the ultimate blessing should be enjoyable and not a burden of trying to be acceptable.

Finally, I will apply this passage to my life by always being grateful to God’s provisions and blessings thinking further that as I received them how I can rejoicefully offer them back to Him as tithe or form of worship deepening my relationship with Him. ❤❤❤

Soli Deo Gloria!!!

– Rhia

God Is Working In Me, So Should I

​”Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life…”

Deuteronomy 4:9 ESV

Sometimes, when busyness of life gets to us, we tend to forget our priorities and neglect the things that really matter – those that impact eternity. 

It has been 2 weeks since I last read my Bible thoughtfully and had quiet time. Recalling what I heard from the seminar when we accompanied my cousin to his baptism yesterday that deeply struck me was that no amount of going to church, attending small group, doing good deeds and serving in ministry can take the place of spending time with God reading the Bible and meditating on His words. Truly, it is so confusing having to feel lost not being able to find quality time with the Lord. The thought of Him always there for us but we are not because the world asks too much from us. Nevertheless, it is a sickening feeling of guilt that it is only our leftover time which we offer to God. However, this passage provides a word of caution to take care and keep our soul diligently so as not to forget how Jesus saved us and how He will continue to do so while we are in the faith.

This gets me to thinking that while God gives sufficient grace and mercy, I should do my part of looking after what I can control to grow in my faith. Balancing my time is very difficult, so I should fight for it making no excuses. His word is in itself a protection for me not to go astray and believe the lies of the enemy. As I come to this realization, I’m thankful for the Lord that He is faithful and very patient with me, allowing me to see my life and its brokenness which needs transformation. Blessed that I’m, Jesus is so true to His promise that He will perfect my faith as He continues the work in me. ❤❤❤

Soli Deo Gloria!

– Rhia

PS:

As I was finishing up this reflection on a Sunday ministry work, we the combined volunteers from LiveProd and Exalt ministries had a short devotion while waiting for the next service. It was amazing that we reflected on the story of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42). What God is telling me could not be clearer than this. That is for me to learn how to prioritize my spiritual health and make a better choices spending my time and attention. 😇

IDC2017: Michael Ramsden – Serving God In The Workplace

I had been very blessed to attend Intentional Discipleship Conference 2017 last Jan 26-28. Too many new learnings from great speakers who champions love for God and intentional discipleship. As part of applying the learnings, I want to write my notes and reflect on them post conference. Here is my initial post on my IDC learnings:

In this second installment of my write-up, Michael Ramsden, from RZIM and one of my favorite Christian apologists, talked about our motivation to work. He started by quoting:

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Matthew 6:24 ESV

Earning money is not evil but Jesus would like us to check our hearts why we go to work. For us Christians, serving God should be the main motivation in everything we do. Wherever God puts us, we should flourish and act according to His purpose, giving glory to His name.

Michael Ramsden continued with this following verses:

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:31‭-‬33 ESV

He further explained that work is by means we execute God’s plan. Food, shelter and clothing are by-products of the work we do for God.

As I listened to the talk, I can’t help but to think how I changed my perspective about work when I became a Christian. Before, I must say that I fully rely on myself to get things done, to be a person known to have good work ethics being my primary motivation. Though I performed well, it caused me stress and weariness. But when I started to get to know more about God and how He must be the Lord of the workplace, I began to think that Jesus is my boss. What I do at work is my form of worship to Him. For things that happen at work beyond my control, I don’t have to be so stressed about it but instead shall ask for God’s help and do what I can manage. I remember once I was in a conference call at home and the neighbors’ dogs were barking uncontrollably, I was so worried that when it was my time to talk the dogs would be heard in the call. Usually, I would stressed out about it but I learned to pray to God for everything. So I prayed, “Lord, only You are capable to put the neighbors’ dogs into silence. Please let me honor You at my work by being effective in this call.” And I received God’s favor, the dogs were no longer barking when I got to talked. Indeed no too small prayers for God to answer if it glorifies Him! ❤❤❤

Truly, working never feels so good and fulfilling when You do it for the Lord. Every time I go to work, I always have to say a prayer to ask God for favors at work, for strength, wisdom, patience and that every thing I do will be pleasing to Him. This gives me purpose and completeness that were not there before. While at times that I don’t feel wanting to work, I will just say to myself that Jesus wants me to work for Him and with His grace I can overcome my laziness. This is where He puts me, where He will bless me and where I will be a blessing to those I work with. Since I have this mentality, work has been so light and my soul does not feel polluted with bitterness from the chaos at work. 😇

Finally, at the end of the talk, we were asked to reflect on the following questions:

Soli Deo Gloria!

– Rhia