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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Outside The Camp

While reading today I came across a verse that was very interesting. It is found in Hebrews 11 26~

" (Moses) esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasuries of Egypt; for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward." What does this mean?
Respect means to look away from everything else-to intensely regard something. Recompense and reward mean receiving a requital, which can be good or bad, to be paid for a service rendered. It also means to be hired out for wages, to be paid for a service.

The decisions of Moses were so important and so pressing to him that he looked away from everything else; realizing that the decisions he made would have eternal consequences. He had a deep understanding that one reaps what they sow. He realized that their was an eternal payday coming and he respected that fact and did not allow anything, even sitting in the court of the world power of the day, Egypt, interfere with his decisions.

What a contrast this is when we remember the lives of Jacob and Esau. One did everything he could to receive the birthright blessing, even deceiving his father, and the brother Esau sold out his position for a bowl of hot soup! The birthright meant nothing to Esau; it meant everything to Jacob.

There is a price to pay to live a godly life in Christ Jesus. It will cost you something. 1 Peter 4:14 says, " If you are reproached for the name of Christ, happy are you; for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you..."

Walking close to God cost Moses something; he set up the tabernacle outside of the camp, away from the children of Israel, the very children that God was providing for in their wilderness travels with manna from heaven and water out of a rock! Still, Moses moved the tabernacle away from the camp. Joshua was a man that stayed with the tabernacle, outside of the camp. He was the next leader being prepared by God. I feel a main reason is that he separated himself from the multitudes.

But, remember, Moses and Aaron, although outside the camp at the tabernacle interceded on behalf of the children of Israel. Moses fell on his face more than once begging God to forgive the people for their rebellion and actions. If we are to be priests and kings, as I hear television preachers bragging about, intercession is what a Priest does. Our High Priest in heaven, Christ Jesus ever intercedes before the Father on our behalf.

1 John 2:27,28 says, " Abide in Him, and now little children, abide in Him;
that when He shall appear, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming." John also had a deep respect, realizing the recompense of the reward that awaits each and every one of us. If we have this mindset, we will not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

Like Moses, intercede for those in error. Stay on our face for family and friends who are lost. Pray for our national and state leaders that the good that they may do will succeed and that the evil they may do will falter and fail. Pray that they are surrounded by men and women who know the One True God.

Intercession is the heart of God. God is love. Moses had a heart of intercession. Jacob fought for what was important. Joshua hung around the tabernacle, away from the crowds that murmured and complained. If our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ, we can be nothing but intercessors; because this is His heart.

For He so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son!

The riches of Egypt are temporary. Continue to have a mindset that is very alert to the eternal recompense of the reward. The reward can be good or bad. Let us strive to be willing to suffer the reproach of those who are serious about God in the closing days of this Age of Grace. Outside the camp is a good place to be!

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