|TODAY IN THE WORD|
Monday Nov 5, 2018
Do we see situations in our lives as problems or opportunities? Welcome to the word with Pastor David. Aaron and Hur were two of Moses’ chief lieutenants. Exodus 17:10-13 reads:
“…Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up…so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army…”
The problem was that Moses had limited strength. But these two men perceived that the battle was a spiritual one and they came to Moses’ aid. They had a problem, and saw it as an opportunity to help. I think the world needs more people that can perceive the spiritual battle and seize upon the opportunity to help.
And that’s the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Tuesday Nov 6, 2018
Welcome to The Word with Pastor David. Yesterday we read about Aaron and Hur seizing upon an opportunity. How do they do in another situation? When Moses was heading up Mount Sinai to receive the 10 Commandments, he tells his leaders in Exodus 24:14:
“…Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.”
Moses is placing these two men in charge. It is an opportunity for them to lead. Yet Exodus 32:1-4 reads:
“When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said,
“Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses…we don’t know what has happened to him.”
Aaron answered them,
“Take off the gold earrings [you] are wearing, and bring them to me…He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf…Then they said,
“These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”
Aaron and Hur squandered their opportunity to lead. They folded under the pressure of the crowd and engaged in rank idolatry with the very gold that God had helped them take from their slave drivers the Egyptians. Watch out for pressure from the crowd. It can lead to squandered opportunities to lead well.
And that’s the Word from David Baker of Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Wednesday Nov 7, 2018
What can result from a squandered opportunity? Welcome to The Word with Pastor David. Yesterday we read about Aaron and Hur bending to the will of the people in making an idol while Moses was receiving the Law on the mountain. Moses confronts Aaron in Exodus 32:21 and 25:
“…What did these people do to you, that you led them into such great sin?”
…Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughing-stock to their enemies.”
Aaron had an opportunity to lead and he caved to pressure. What was one result? Israel became a joke to their enemies. Instead of being a group others could look up to as a culture to follow, they were the butt of jokes. Nobody has much respect for an out-of-control group.
When we squander an opportunity to lead we can hurt our witness to the world around us.
And that’s the Word from Pastor David of Deer Lodge Assembly. Join our Wednesday adult Bible Study at 6:30 for more of the Word.
Thursday Nov 8, 2018
Can your pride get in the way of your miracle? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. Naaman needed healing from leprosy. Although he was commander in chief of Israel’s enemy, the Arameans, he sought out God’s prophet. II Kings 5:9-12 reads:
“…Naaman…stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him,
“Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored…”
But Naaman went away angry and said,
“I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not…the rivers of Damascus better than all the waters of Israel?””
Naaman didn’t like being told by a servant. He had expectations of how the healing would come. His pride almost cost him his miracle. To his benefit, one of his advisors asked him if he would take a chance on the muddy creek of the Jordan to get healed. And he was.
Sometimes our pride can get in the way of the miracle of God. He often seeks to both humble us and heal us. If we are committed to our ‘Big Head’ we can miss that every story should be about God as the ‘Big Deal’.
And that is the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Friday Nov 9, 2018
Don’t you hate it when someone only does half a job? Welcome to The Word with Pastor David. King Jehoash is concerned about the raiding Arameans. So, he goes to the prophet Elisha. II Kings 13:15-19 reads:
“Elisha said, “Get a bow and some arrows,” and he did so…Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.
“…Shoot! Elisha said, and he shot.
“The Lord’s arrow of victory… over Aram!” Elisha declared.
…Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said,
“You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.”
Jehoash knew that Elisha was using symbolic actions to prophesy how God was going to work through the king’s army. Yet when he was called on to strike the ground, he did it half-heartedly. He missed a golden opportunity. God wanted to end the oppression of his people, but Jehoash pulled his spiritual punch.
God has a lot he wants to do through us. Don’t go at it half-heartedly. Swing for the fence, and see what God might do through you!
And that’s the Word. You can enjoy more of the Word this Sunday at 10:45 at Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.