Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What you have done is a release to be done unto you

Throughout history we can point to many great Men and Women of Faith who have made decisions that brought criticism, disappointment, personal challenge, and some just made mistakes but that's not the end of the story.

1- Moses was a Great Man of God, yet he was correctly and even falsely accused many times.
2- King David made some terrible decisions but was still considered to be a Man after God's own heart.
3- The Apostle Paul found accusation and death threats throughout his ministry.
4- Abraham and Sarah decided to have a child through Hagar but that was not what God had promised.

There are so many examples throughout the Word of God where Men and Women made a decision contrary to God's plan or made a mistake that held great consequence. The same thing is true of many committed followers of Jesus. Sin does not define us or make us who we are, instead it points to something that we did or should not have done. All we must then do is accept the Grace and Forgiveness that has been wonderfully set aside for us all and that Forgiveness, that precious Grace was paid for on the cross so long ago, but HIS mercies endure forever and they are new every morning.

Miriam Spoke against Moses
Numbers 12:1-10 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it. (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out. And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth. And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed. And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

A young man Kills Saul at Sauls request after Sauls Armor Bearer refuses. He was doing what Saul requested, however David's response is telling. Touch not God's anointed.

2 Samuel 1:5-16 And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead? And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I. And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me. So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord. Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him: And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword. And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed? And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD'S anointed.

Guard your words closely and beware of making Judgement against another
Matthew 7:1-2 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Jewish Folktale about Yettele and the Feather Pillow
Yettele's Feathers which is a Jewish folktale in which Yettele is spreading tales based on what she hears, making up other parts she didn't hear, and hurting feelings and reputations. Soon, no one wants anything to do with her so she visits the rabbi with her problem. Why doesn't anyone want to hear her great stories any more? The rabbi has her cut the top off a plump pillow and carry it to his house. She can't stop feathers blowing out and scattering everywhere along the way. He tells her she must now go out and recover all those feather and put them back in. Of course she returns and tells him it was impossible and he tells her: "And so it is with those stories of yours, my dear Yettele. Once the words leave your lips, they are as impossible to put back as those feathers."

What you have done is a release to be done unto you, be so wise with the words you release and be careful.

Proverbs 19:20-21 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, That thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man's heart; But the counsel of Jehovah, that shall stand.