God’s Absolute Truth vs. Other Religions

It’s always a big issue with the world today (and the world is still hostile towards God ever since the Fall of Man) that John 14:6 is bigotry. It’s a common idea to say that you still worship the God of the Bible regardless what religion you practice. They say that you can make it to Heaven if you just live the best you can. Pope Francis even endorses that idea. The late Theresa of Calcutta and the late John Paul II also endorsed that idea. Both figures were also featured in Tzu Chi Foundation which is a Buddhist organization. I even found a meme from a Buddhist temple that had the gods of the other religions giving Jesus a birthday cake. The idea in itself sounds sweet but the problem is it’s not biblical. Try reading John 14:6 on the faces of anyone and people are going to object one way or another. “You’re not acting like Jesus!” or “You’re going to Hell for saying that!” are among of the many objections anybody can get for saying there’s only Jesus as the Way to the Father. The truth is, I didn’t say it, Jesus said it. Go and tell Jesus that He’s not the only Way to the Father if that’s the case!

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Moses and the Bronze Serpent

I’m amazed at the loyalty of Moses to God. Previously, he was disbarred with Aaron from entering the Promised Land due to an act of disbelief. Now, he’s still serving God even if he knew he wasn’t to enter the Promised Land either. Numbers 21:4-9 tells us of the incident when the people were complaining yet again. I’m amazed at how hardheaded they are–God already sent many punishments yet they never learn. This really shows no amount of miracles can soften a hardened heart unless God intervenes in the life of that person.

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When Poor Old Moses and Poor Old Aaron Just Had Enough

Moses was a man who was meek and didn’t easily react. Miriam taunted him and he didn’t strike back. Moses could’ve called for the genocide of Korah and his men but chose to let God handle the situation. Now, Moses simply had enough. He was fed up with the rebelliousness of the people. Moses had many times pleaded with God for mercy for a stiff-necked people. I was wondering if poor Moses was asking, “Is it worth it?” in regards to his peas for mercy for the people.

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The Rebellion of Korah and God’s Judgment on False Teachers Pretending to be Men of God

Numbers 13-14 presents a case of rebellion against Joshua and Caleb. 10 wicked spies were destroyed by a plague and presumably were degenerate people. Now, Numbers 16 presents another rebellion namely that of Korah. Korah was from the Tribe of Levi. Along with him were two from the tribe of Reuben–Dathan and Abiram. Why this rebellion took so long to manifest we are not told why. But we see that it manifested some time later after several incidents such as the Golden Calf or the 10 spies that lied.

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Principles of Stewardship and Leadership with Joshua and Caleb

Numbers 13-14 presents to us the important lesson of Joshua and Caleb. This chapter shows us the principles of leadership that the 2 men could offer in the midst of a crowd of degenerate, rebellious, stiff-necked people. Just because the Jews were descendants of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob didn’t mean that they were automatically regenerate. They still carried a sin nature in them. This was displayed more than once during the march in the wilderness to the Promised Land.

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Lessons from God’s Chastisement to Backslid Miriam for Her Rebellion

Don’t think that all is well with Moses and the saved Jews in his camp. In fact, this is one case of divisions in the church among believers. Miriam herself in Numbers 12 was displaying the case of when conflict arises within the family of Christ. Numbers 12 tells us that Moses was married to an Ethiopian or some versions render it as Cushite.

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The Sin of Desiring the Food of Egypt

Numbers is best with its theme of wandering. After several narratives of rules and regulations–another story comes to mind namely the sin of desiring the food of Egypt. We can see that the years in Egypt had caused some half-breed children to be born. One of the was an Egyptian parent and other other was a Hebrew parent. There are consequences of mixing with paganism. that’s why God disallowed intermarriages for the Jews–they were to be separate from the unequal yokes from the pagan countries around them.

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God’s Wisdom in Letting the Land Rest in the Year of Jubilee

The study of Leviticus will not only provide an insight in God’s holiness but also His wisdom in scientific matters. After all, who wrote the laws of science but God Himself? Leviticus 25:3-5 gives this command:

For six years you shall sow your field, and for six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its fruits, but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a Sabbath to the Lord. You shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard. You shall not reap what grows of itself in your harvest, or gather the grapes of your undressed vine. It shall be a year of solemn rest for the land. The Sabbath of the land shall provide food for you, for yourself and for your male and female slaves and for your hired worker and the sojourner who lives with you, (ESV)

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