VIDEO Faithful Messengers – Why Did Satan Want Moses’ Body?

Faithful Messengers

Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Jude 1:9

In northwest Russia, where the Northern Dvina River empties into the White Sea, sits the city of Archangel (Russian Arkhangelsk). The city took its name from the Michael the Archangel Monastery that is located there.

Michael is one of only two angels whose names are given to us in Scripture—the other being Gabriel. And Michael is the only one of the two called “archangel” (though Gabriel is referred to as such in the non-biblical book of Enoch). “Arch” comes from the Greek word meaning “to rule,” so an archangel can be understood as a ruling, or a powerful, angel. Gabriel appears four times in Scripture, bringing messages to Daniel (twice), Zacharias (father of John the Baptist), and Mary (mother of Jesus). Michael appears to have had an overseeing role with the Jewish people (Daniel 12:1; Jude 1:9). In both cases, their faithfulness stands out.

Messengers (angels) are stewards of their messages, and stewards must be found faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2). May we be faithful to deliver the Gospel of God to those who need His love and comfort.

Faithfulness knows no difference between small and great duties.  John Ruskin


Why Did Satan Want Moses’ Body?

 

 

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Wisdom’s Source

Give your servant a discerning heart. 1 Kings 3:9

A man filed a lawsuit against a woman, claiming she had his dog. In court, the woman said her dog couldn’t be his and told the judge where she had purchased it. The real owner’s identity was revealed when the judge released the animal in the courtroom. Tail wagging, it immediately ran to the man!

Solomon, a judge in ancient Israel needed to settle a somewhat similar issue. Two women each claimed to be the mother of the same baby boy. After considering both arguments, he requested a sword to divide the infant in half. The real mother begged Solomon to give the baby to the other woman, choosing to save her son’s life even if she could not have him (1 Kings 3:26). Solomon gave the baby to her.

Wisdom is necessary as we decide what’s fair and moral, right and wrong. If we truly value wisdom, we can ask God for a discerning heart, like Solomon did (v. 9). God may answer our request by helping us balance our needs and desires with the interests of others. He may also help us weigh short-term benefits against long-term (sometimes eternal) gains so we can honor Him in how we live.

Our God is not only a perfectly wise judge, but He is also a personal counselor who is willing to give us godly wisdom in great amounts (James 1:5).

I worship You, God, as the true source of wisdom. Please show me how to make choices that bring honor to Your name.

Need wisdom? Seek it from the Source who alone can provide it—God.

By Jennifer Benson Schuldt

Maintaining Church Unity

Philippians 2:1-2

Churches all around the world experience brokenness. Christians are divided over a whole range of things, such as whether the service should be contemporary or traditional. Paul points out that unity is crucial to achieving our purpose. So how is that possible when a disagreement arises?

It all depends on what the difference of opinion is about. The fundamental tenets of the faith (for example, that Jesus is the Son of God, who died for our sins and rose again) are not negotiable. However, if the dispute has to do with a nonessential issue—such as a hair-splitting interpretation of doctrine—some prayerful discussion in love is acceptable, but believers should not let it cause division. In cases like this, a consensus is likely to leave some people disappointed with the results. Yet both sides should be willing to accept differences without strife.

Years ago, I was at a rural Southern church whose congregation was divided into obvious sides. The factions were essentially separate churches. Instead of addressing lots of fringe issues, I simply began to preach the Word. Over time, people who hadn’t talked to one another in years began to unite. Why? The church is the body of Jesus Christ (Col. 1:24), so He can bring us together.

People selfishly believe their preferences are better than others’ opinions, and in human strength, there’s nothing we can do to mend our differences. But it pleases God when we sacrifice our desires for the greater good of a unified church. And obedience ultimately gives greater joy than getting our way.

Lord God of Hosts

 

“And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.” (1 Samuel 1:3) 

This majestic name of God, “LORD of hosts” (Hebrew Jehovah Sabaoth), occurs almost 240 times in the Bible, first of all in our text above. It is noteworthy that Elkanah, the father of Samuel, understood this name of God better than did the wicked priests, the two sons of Eli. The name occurs only once in the New Testament, speaking of oppressed laborers crying to “the Lord of sabaoth” (James 5:4).

A similar name, “God of hosts,” occurs nine times, the first in Psalm 80:7: “Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.” The combined name “LORD God of hosts” is used about 25 times, first in 2 Samuel 5:10: “And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him.”

In all these 270 or so references, the name is used to emphasize the mighty power of God and His great host of angels “that excel in strength, that do his commandments” (Psalm 103:20). Not only is God Himself omnipotent and omniscient (after all, He is the Creator of all things!), but He has “an innumerable company of angels” (Hebrews 12:22) at His call. Occasionally, some of these mighty hosts have actually been seen by men, as in the days of Elisha (2 Kings 6:17) and at the birth of Christ (Luke 2:13).

There is evidently an angelic hierarchy among these heavenly hosts. There are the cherubim and seraphim (Genesis 3:24; Isaiah 6:2), for example, as well as “Michael the archangel” (Jude 1:9) and “Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God” (Luke 1:19). However, the great “captain of the host of the Lord” (Joshua 5:14) is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. He, and He alone, is the true “LORD of hosts.” HMM

Ye are complete in Him

Colossians 2:8-23

The portion of scripture which we are about to read, ought to be well understood and earnestly observed by us, for it pleads for the purity and simplicity of the Christian faith, and deals heavy blows at those various additions of men which, under various pretences, are tagged on to the simple gospel. We need to standfast to the plain, simple, gospel of Jesus; for to adorn it is to deface it, to add to it is to dishonour it.

Colossians 2:8

Pretendedly wise men would improve the gospel: as well might they dream of adding lustre to the sun or fulness to the ocean.

Colossians 2:9

What then can we need more? How can his gospel be improved?

Colossians 2:10-12

We have all things in Jesus, and want no added rites: to all these we are dead and buried, our baptism teaches us; and by faith we are risen from all dead formalities into a new spiritual life, which requires none of the ordinances of man to sustain it. We ought to beware of those gaudy rites with which Ritualists now mar the gospel of Jesus.

Colossians 2:13-15

Christ on the cross has vanquished sin and ended the ceremonial law; let us not return to the bondage from which his death has set us free.

Colossians 2:16-17

From all human laws, as to holy days and fastings and ceremonies, we are free; they are vain shadows; Jesus is the true substance.

Colossians 2:18, 19

How plainly the angel-worship is here condemned! What have we to do with adoring angels when we are already members of a body which has a divine head?

Colossians 2:20-22

Why bind yourselves with man’s commands when you are dead to them all in Christ? Jesus gives you liberty, why put upon your shoulders a new yoke?

Colossians 2:23

The precepts of men as to regarding different days, and rejecting certain kinds of food, appear to be wise and to foster humility, but it is only so in mere appearance, and Christians, being under the law of liberty, should refuse to bring themselves into bondage. One is our Master, even Christ; it is enough for us to obey his will and abide in the liberty which he has so dearly purchased for us, and so graciously given to us.

 

In thy promises I trust,

In thy precious word confide,

I am prostrate in the dust,

I with Christ was crucified.

 

Jesus, lives—he fills my soul,

Perfected in him I am;

I am every whit made whole,

Glory, glory to the Lamb

 

Do You Consider Yourself Worthy or Unworthy?

And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. (Ephesians 3:19)

The love of Jesus is so inclusive that it knows no boundaries. At the point where we stop loving and caring, Jesus is still there—loving and caring!

The question may be asked: “How does the living Christ feel today about the sinful men and women who walk our streets?”

There is only one answer: He loves them!

We may be righteously indignant about the things they do. We may be disgusted with their actions and their ways. We are often ready to condemn and turn away from them.

But Jesus keeps on loving them! It is His unchanging nature to love and seek the lost. He said many times when He was on earth, “I have come to help the needy. The well do not need a doctor—but the sick need attention and love.”

We are prone to look at the needy and measure them: “Let us determine if they are worthy of our help.” During all of His ministry, I do not think Jesus ever helped a “worthy” person. He only asked, “What is your need? Do you need My help?”

 

What Is Painful Will End

“I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wrath: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.” Isa. 57:16

Our heavenly Father seeks our instruction, not our destruction. His contention with us has a kind intention toward us. He will not be always in arms against us. We think the Lord is long in His chastisements, but that is because we are short in our patience. His compassion endureth for ever, but not His contention. The night may drag its weary length along, but it must in the end give place to cheerful day. As contention is only for a season, so the wrath which leads to it is Only for a small moment. The Lord loves His chosen too well to be always angry with them.

If He were to deal with us always as He does sometimes we should faint outright, and go down hopelessly to the gates of death. Courage, dear heart! the Lord will soon end His chiding. Bear up, for the Lord will bear you up, and bear you through. He who made you knows how frail you are, and how little you can bear. He will handle tenderly that which He has fashioned so delicately. Therefore, be not afraid because of the painful present, for it hastens to a happy future. He that smote you will heal you; His little wrath shall be followed by great mercies.

 

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