Be honest but reach for Heaven
Numbers 7 /1Peter 1-2
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7:9 But he gave none of the carts or oxen to the Kohathite division, since they were required to carry the sacred objects of the Tabernacle on their shoulders.
:89 Whenever Moses went into the Tabernacle to speak with the LORD, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the Ark’s cover–the place of atonement–that rests on the Ark of the Covenant. The LORD spoke to him from there.
1:3-6 All honor to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is by his boundless mercy that God has given us the privilege of being born again. Now we live with a wonderful expectation because Jesus Christ rose again from the dead. For God has reserved a priceless inheritance for his children. It is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And God, in his mighty power, will protect you until you receive this salvation, because you are trusting him. It will be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while.
2:1-5 So get rid of all malicious behavior and deceit. Don’t just pretend to be good! Be done with hypocrisy and jealousy and backstabbing. You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. Come to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by the people, but he is precious to God who chose him. And now God is building you, as living stones, into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are God’s holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please him because of Jesus Christ.
OT Flash Points
Dedicating gifts for the Tabernacle and its furnishings
Offerings – precious and specific
NT Flash Points
Call to holy living
Supremacy of the Word
Build on the Rock, don’t stumble over it
Spiritual emancipation – wings
The idea of climbing up rung by rung to heaven, is from of the devil
Greatest in the Kingdom – servant of all
Get down, not up
Let go of the high thing you are trying to climb up to
Fall into God’s Gravity and reach for the lowest
Kingdom’s treasure is found there
Soul: a spirit expressing itself in a physical body
Humility: the honest appraisal of natural reality with the courage to reach for Heaven