Our Exigency For A Saviour: Sermon By Deacon Rob Omol
And the Lord said to him, This is the land which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, I will give it to your descendants. I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.Deuteronomy 34:4 (AMP)
The Lord was angry with me also for your sakes, and said, You also shall not enter Canaan.Deuteronomy 1:37 (AMP)
What do you do when the best is not good enough?
What do you do when that which has been promised to you does not get delivered to you?
What did Moses do not to receive the promised land?
The first generation of stiff-necked fools was not allowed to enter Canaan.
Why was God angry?
And the Israelites, the whole congregation, came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month. And the people dwelt in Kadesh. Miriam died and was buried there. Now there was no water for the congregation, and they assembled together against Moses and Aaron. And the people contended with Moses, and said, Would that we had died when our brethren died [in the plague] before the Lord! And why have you brought up the congregation of the Lord into this wilderness, that we should die here, we and our livestock? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt to bring us into this evil place? It is no place of grain or of figs or of vines or of pomegranates. And there is no water to drink. Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the Tent of Meeting and fell on their faces. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to them. And the Lord said to Moses, Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to give forth its water, and you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock; so you shall give the congregation and their livestock drink.Numbers 20:1-8 (AMP)
They arose against Moses once again, yet they knew that they had left Egypt to go into the wilderness.
A rebellious person will never remain faithful in the midst of a struggle or rebellion. They are there for the convenience of the relationship. Rebellious people are not loyal and are inclined to complaining.
God detests rebellion.
And the people grumbled and deplored their hardships, which was evil in the ears of the Lord, and when the Lord heard it, His anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burned among them and devoured those in the outlying parts of the camp.Numbers 11:1 (AMP)
The Israelites in the wilderness exposed a weakness in Moses. He had a weakness of anger and he allowed the Israelites to make him act in anger and for this reason God said he could not enter Canaan.
The Lord was also angry with me for your sakes, saying, ‘Even you shall not go in there.Deuteronomy 1:37 (NKJV)
Moses lacked capacity for the promised land because of the fact that he nurtured the anger he had towards the Israelites. He represented God as a God of wrath and anger. His spirit became bitter and he spoke rashly.
They angered the Lord also at the waters of Meribah, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes. For they provoked [Moses’] spirit, so that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips.Psalm 106:32-33 (AMP)
While sin keeps us from being sanctified, our weaknesses on the other hand keep us from correctly representing God to other people. Our weaknesses diminish the sanctity of God.
What excuse are we each giving for our weaknesses and end up misrepresenting God?
How am I misrepresenting God in my gate to dishonour His authority and Him as Holy?
Moses was to uphold God as holy. Reception of the physical promise may destroy you if you cannot represent God as holy. That is why Moses did not inherit the promised land.
A list of various weaknesses include: passive aggressiveness, moodiness, stubbornness, recklessness, laziness, naivety, impatience, being prejudiced and fearfulness
Like Moses, our anger will never work the righteousness of God.
We need to know God’s perspective on the weaknesses that we have and not justify those weaknesses when they cause us to sin or when the weakness causes the people around you not to fear God.
The lesson we are to draw from this is that we are not to allow external influences to get into our heart from whence flow the issues of life.
God is bigger that all tough situations we face in life.
Leadership is not about power and rights. It is about love, sacrifice and responsibility and it is a privilege accorded to man by God.
The moment we start to change others and not change ourselves is the moment we begin to miss our inheritance and we start to miss out on love and grace.
The purpose of the promise is holiness and not self-gratification. Whatever God has promised me is for the purpose of making me holy.
We have weaknesses and they are not going anywhere, instead we are to bring them before the Lord and accept the grace we have in God. May our weaknesses cause his grace to come forth for us.
And to keep me from being puffed up and too much elated by the exceeding greatness (preeminence) of these revelations, there was given me a thorn (a splinter) in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to rack and buffet and harass me, to keep me from being excessively exalted. Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me; But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (AMP)
We ought to take God at His word and take hold of his promise. Ignore it and probably miss out on eternity. The prophetic word of direction is what will cut it for each and everyone in the Body of Christ.
The call for us in this moment is to have a continual relationship with the Father. He is a holy God. May we sanctify him as holy for He indeed is holy.
Human anger, regardless of heartfelt circumstances, doesn’t qualify as righteousness of God.
The prophetic instructions you obey promotes you to the next level because only prophetic instructions solve problems for your generation, not human persuasion, convenience, or prowess.
Where human weakness are prevalent, divine grace suffices to qualify our calling and infuses supernatural capacity to bear fruitfulness.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the children of Israel, and get from them a rod from each father’s house, all their leaders according to their fathers’ houses—twelve rods. Write each man’s name on his rod. And you shall write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi. For there shall be one rod for the head of each father’s house. Then you shall place them in the tabernacle of meeting before the Testimony, where I meet with you. And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom; thus I will rid Myself of the complaints of the children of Israel, which they make against you.” So Moses spoke to the children of Israel, and each of their leaders gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers’ houses, twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. And Moses placed the rods before the Lord in the tabernacle of witness.
Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds. Then Moses brought out all the rods from before the Lord to all the children of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod.
And the Lord said to Moses, “Bring Aaron’s rod back before the Testimony, to be kept as a sign against the rebels, that you may put their complaints away from Me, lest they die.” Thus did Moses; just as the Lord had commanded him, so he did. So the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, “Surely we die, we perish, we all perish! Whoever even comes near the tabernacle of the Lord must die. Shall we all utterly die?”Numbers 17:1-13 (NKJV)
‘O Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds?Deuteronomy 3:24 (NKJV)
Yet you shall see the land before you, though you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving to the children of Israel.Deuteronomy 32:52 (NKJV)
And when you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother was gathered. For in the Wilderness of Zin, during the strife of the congregation, you rebelled against My command to hallow Me at the waters before their eyes.” (These are the waters of Meribah, at Kadesh in the Wilderness of Zin.)Numbers 27:13-14 (NKJV)
Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp.
Those very men who brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the Lord.Numbers 14:37 (NKJV)
And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods. So they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the assembly. Then all Israel who were around them fled at their cry, for they said, “Lest the earth swallow us up also!” And a fire came out from the Lord and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering incense.
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Tell Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, to pick up the censers out of the blaze, for they are holy, and scatter the fire some distance away. The censers of these men who sinned against their own souls, let them be made into hammered plates as a covering for the altar. Because they presented them before the Lord, therefore they are holy; and they shall be a sign to the children of Israel.” So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers, which those who were burned up had presented, and they were hammered out as a covering on the altar,Numbers 16:32-39 (NKJV)
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)