13.1-16 God uses Donkeys
We left off seeing 600,000 men or close to 3 million people counting women & Children Dressed like Backpackers leaving Egypt .
It is what we might call TENT TOWN !!!!
ELEVEN DAY JOURNEY : -
What was True for them is also true for us
God did that when He sent His Son!!!( Jesus did the Work)
So the initial journey was to last a year 7 stops / campsites /7 lessons
CONSECRATE -Means to set apart for a sacred use
A) It was God's intention that the ELDEST son would be consecrated to serve the Lord
B) It was God's intention that the first born son of every house in Israel
would serve in the priesthood
C)The Lord asked for men to step forward & clean up the Situation & deal
w/ those who sinned Levis were the ones who did
LESSONS FOR US !!
So it speaks to us of our need to Consecrate our Children for the Lord & for His service Full or part time
2nd It speaks to us as believer because we are untied to Jesus whom the Scriptures callRom. 8:29 the firstborn among many brethren.
A) There is a DIGNITY and a RESPONSIBILITY that belongs to us in our union with Jesus
B) The responsibility is for us to be sanctified Set apart for the Lord's work
1) Dying to Self Living for Christ -
So the Lord says before we pack up Consecrate the First Born & Remember the Passover the Feast of Unleavened Bread
6 "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
7 "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 "You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
9 "You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Be in Your Heart :Meditation:
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN:HOW? talk about it when sit in house when walk by the way / when drive in the car / when lie down / when rise up
THEY SHALL BE ON YOUR HANDScrolls ( carrying bibles)
FRONTLEST BETWEEN YOUR EYES On your mind !!!
SIGNS IN THE HOUSE: Pictures w/ Scripture
Get the Picture let it be always before you !!!!!!
So here the Lord Reiterates His instructions about Consecrating the First Born accept for one little twist v. 12,13
12 "that you shall set apart to the LORD all that open the womb, that is, every firstborn that comes from an animal which you have; the males shall be the Lord's.
redeemed with the blood of a lamb
C) I don't think that it was an accident that God established the concept of aLamb redeeming and the DONKEY
1) TheDONKEY is A PERFECT representative of ME and YOU
It is STUBORN and SENSELESS
8 times the DONKEY is mentioned in the Old Testament, and they paint a picture of spiritual reality/ First 7 not a pretty Picture
A) 1st Gen. 22:3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled
B) Speaks of the ass as lacking liberty/ He is CONTROLLED, He is
SADDLED, He IS NOT free
Gen. 22:5 And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad & I will go yonder and worship, & we will come back to you."
A) THE DONKEY was excluded from the act of worship
3rd Gen.49:14 Jacob pronouncing blessing :"Issachar is a strong Lying down between two burdens;
A) The donkey, is HEAVY LADEN
The fourth is right here in our text
These are a clear picture of you and me before coming to Jesus
A) Apart from Jesus Christ, WE lack liberty..... We were saddled with sin
B) We were unable to worship
1) We couldn't move into worship of God in spirit and truth
C) We found ourselves BURDENED down with guilt
The illustration continues
5th Deut. 22:10 10 "You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.
A) They couldn't go to the field and work- kept from service
6th 1Sam. 9:3And the DONKEYS of Kish Saul's father were lost.
A) The Donkey is seen as lost , wandering off away from there owner
7th Jer. 22:19He shall be buried with the burial of a donkey, Dragged and cast out beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
1) As we consider this last reference we would do well to bear in mind that thenumber eight is the number of NEW BEGINNINGS
Zech. 9:9"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.
This is Great That CURSED, STUBBORN, SENSELESS, USELESS BEAST is the one Jesus to ride upon WHY?
A) Because Jesus like to use Donkeys :Because Jesus is saying to ME:
B) "Rob I want to use you" "Even though you are saddled with sin, burdened with guilt, and lost,I want to REDEEM you and use you"
C) You might feel like a real donkey... like God could NEVER love you, NEVER use you
D)Exactly the type of person the Lord likes to use
Remember Jesus sent His Disciples to get the Colt tied up ( untie)
1) Before released redeemed !!!!
There are TWO things to note about our God
1.) His CONSIDERATION
A) The Lord saysI'm not going to make them go in the shortest route to get to the promised land...
B)God is CONSIDERATE of you- He WON'T blow you away
He KNOWS what you can take
1Cor. 10:13No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
C) Here is the Old Testament picture of that New Testament truth
2.)God's ORGANIZATION- orderly ranks groups of 5
A) 5 is the number of GRACE in the Bible/ We are to walk in grace
Timothy be strong in the Grace
B) It is also speaks of the need of orderliness/ As we move through the wilderness towards the land of promise we need to remember that Our God does everything DECENTLY and IN ORDER
C) There is NOTHING wrong about STRUCTURE
D) TheORDER and STRUCTURE that God provides is for the purpose of FREEDOM
doing their own thing?
So As they moved through the wilderness they moved TOGETHER in a certain PATTERN
Joseph PROPHECIED that God would take them out of Egypt and then said:
When that happens, take my bones
But Notice where they camped : at Etham on the edge of the Wilderness
E) Hospital Calls / Amanda Tipping Chair Pull over
God says here at Etham on the Edge of a Barren Wasteland I am w/ You ? How revealed- v.21,22
21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.
22 He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.