What’s JOY and where does it come from?
Numbers 20-21 /Revelation 7-9
20:12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!”
21:8 Then the LORD told him, “Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to the top of a pole. Those who are bitten will live if they simply look at it!”
7:1-3 Then I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds from blowing upon the earth. Not a leaf rustled in the trees, and the sea became as smooth as glass. And I saw another angel coming from the east, carrying the seal of the living God. And he shouted out to those four angels who had been given power to injure land and sea, “Wait! Don’t hurt the land or the sea or the trees until we have placed the seal of God on the foreheads of his servants.”
8:1-2 When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence throughout heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and they were given seven trumpets.
9:3 Then locusts came from the smoke and descended on the earth, and they were given power to sting like scorpions.
:7-10 The locusts looked like horses armed for battle. They had gold crowns on their heads, and they had human faces. Their hair was long like the hair of a woman, and their teeth were like the teeth of a lion. They wore armor made of iron, and their wings roared like an army of chariots rushing into battle. They had tails that stung like scorpions, with power to torture people. This power was given to them for five months.
OT Flash Points
Complaints again – this time over water
Moses lost his immediate reward here
Complaints again and again
Then the great battles with Sihon and Og
NT Flash Points
7th Seal – 7 Trumpets
Is Jesus really my LORD?
Or is my perceived usefulness my lord?
He has given a commission
Our job – to be loyal to that commission and be dependent on Him
Product – JOY