STUDY ON MURMURING N°12
This teaching is the 12th part in a series of thirteen. Please read the other 12 parts.
The brethren also mentioned the rigor and righteousness of God. And it is this aspect that often scares me, as I have always told you. When you see even Moses being punished by God, there is need to panic before God. Because Moses was really the last person we could imagine to be punished by God. What did he do to be punished? He walked in integrity before the Lord. He served God more than all men who ever existed. Yet he was punished, yet he was not spared. It's scary, it's really scary! If someone like Moses can be punished, I wonder what will be our fate. Yet God Himself knows that it is because of the burden that He put on Moses that he found himself sinning. Moses said to Him, "Lord, did I beget all these people, why let this heavy burden break me to this point?"
Numbers 11:11-12 "Moses was displeased, and he said to the Lord, "Why have You afflicted Your servant? And why have I not found favour in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all these people on me? 12Did I conceive all these people? Did I beget them, that You should say to me, 'Carry them in your bosom, as a guardian carries a nursing child,' to the land which You swore to their fathers?" So please, it is time for us to really fear the Lord. You understand why Paul could say: "Let me not serve God and end up being myself disqualified." 1Cor 9:27 "But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified." Make an effort to serve God in order to have the crown in the coming days, and not to be disqualified. Do not be like those winners who won the race, and later they were disqualified because they did not fight according to the rules. We sang it again yesterday. So everyone should watch over the way he walks.
The brethren spoke of ill-disposed hearts, satan only succeeds in having those whose hearts were already ill-disposed. The new element on which I want to come back here is where brethren said that not all prayers answered by God are a blessing for us. This is a very important element and this is why we need to pay much attention. Answering of all prayer is not necessarily a blessing. Because these people, call it prayer, prayed for meat and they got it. But as you can see, it was not a blessing for them. It was not a blessing at all. And even if their case can be considered extreme because they rather murmured, we see that even in normal cases, less complicated cases than this, it is established that not all prayers answered by God are a blessing for us. This is why we must completely abandon ourselves to God, to the point of receiving only what God Himself wants to give us. Because God who gives you something, knows how this thing will help you because of the love He has for you. If He chooses not to give you one thing, bless Him and keep quiet. We need to understand this very well. So, I blessed the Lord for this item the brothers mentioned.
Intervention: We have the case of Hezekiah who asked God for more years on earth. The Lord indeed granted, but it is clear that it was not good for him.
It is when we get to heaven that we will know what Hezekiah really lost during that time. Because what happens on earth is only a reflection of what happens in heaven. When you lose a blessing on earth, know that you're really losing it up there. He had accomplished his mission and God had appreciated him and had told him: now you must get some rest, because you has done well. He said, "No Lord let me live again." What's so good on earth that you want to live a few more years? What interesting thing do we have on this earth? God can give you everything on this earth below, but if you're honest, your conclusion will be that of Solomon: Vanity of vanities, all is vanity. On earth all is vanity. There is no better example than that of Solomon. In terms of wealth, he was rich, richer than all those who ruled before him as king, as and richer than all those who came after him. In terms of wisdom, he was wise, wiser than everyone. In terms of vanity, he even sought vanity; he wanted to live vanity to its fullness, to see if we can get something out of this world. He had a thousand women. He sought the princesses wherever he could find. He therefore had wealth, women and wisdom. And amidst all this, he tells you that all is vanity and vexation of spirit. I encourage you to read the book of Ecclesiastes, to better understand what I mean.
What could Hezekiah the king do with a few years on earth again? And during these few years, he made a mistake that tarnished his image before God, or tainted the good record that he had before God. This is not interesting at all. He prayed and God answered. Was the answering of his prayer a blessing as such? The answer is no. Therefore still retain that not all answering of prayers are blessings. It is for this reason that we must learn to delight in what God chooses to do for us and what He chooses to give us.
Question: Why do we pray and see the fulfilment of our prayers if it is not good for us? Our prayer is addressed to God. God chooses to answer us when He knows that fulfilment is not good for us? That's what is hard to grasp.
Answer: Actually, it's not as difficult as that. We have seen that God gives us according to the state of our hearts, according to our desires. When we go further in the books of the Kings, where the king of Judah and the king of Israel gathered and had to go to war, they called their prophets to "consult God." - did God not fulfil? Since God knows the state of their hearts, as He knows what they want, in this case these kings wanted to go to war; God answered their prayers by sending prophets who tell them what they wanted to hear. Who did this? It was really God. Was this a trap that God set for them? No, God was instead answering their prayer by giving them the desire of their hearts. The proof is that at the last moment, even when Micah came, His word did not change anything. Even before that, you followed what happened, the king of Israel said, There is still one man, but he never prophesies good concerning me. He was told: Let not the king say such things! Let him come. When Micah came, he even attempted to win them. But given that such people can never be won, Micah did not succeed. See the King's reaction: I told you he never prophesies good concerning me. God therefore gave them the desire of their hearts. You can read this story in 1Kings 22:1-40.
And what is interesting here is that the Bible tells us that God Himself put a lying spirit in the mouths of these prophets. Why? To give these people what they wanted. So when we ask God for things, if our heart is honest, God will never give us something that will be a snare to us. But if we ask and insist on what we want, regardless of what may happen, if because of our greed we want something at all cost, God can really give it to us. But later we will regret our obsession. It is complicated because it is we who have asked, and we did so emphatically. That said, as long as we truly seek God's will, God will never give us something that will be harmful to us, but when we try to get things without taking into account the will of God, we'll get things that will be a problem for us.
Intervention: Even when the people of Israel asked for a king, God told Samuel: give them a king, because it is not you they reject, but they reject me. We see that the answering of this prayer was not a blessing for the people, not at all!
Question: If Solomon said that all is vanity then why did he keep all these women?
Answer: Listen carefully to the brother's question. He says: If Solomon said that all is vanity then why is it that he kept all these women? The brother does not understand. It is not before or when he was taking these women that he made this observation. He made this observation at the end of his life. It is at the end that he realized, after spending time with a thousand women, after having enjoyed the happiness of the earth and all the riches he had, he had been nothing more than someone who had not enjoyed those things. In fact, he was drawing a conclusion of the life he led. It was not at the beginning of his life that he said: "All is vanity, but women, come." While he still believed that all was not vanity, he had money, he had gold, he had servants and maidens in great numbers. He believed that he could enjoy life. It is really at the end of his life that he realized that it was useless. He understood that when he dies, his corpse would not decay less quickly than that of a dog. He had realized that all is vanity. So it is not at the beginning of his life that he said these things, but at the end. And for us who have therefore understood that all is vanity, it is but normal not to go in for a thousand wives, because we know that all is vanity.
Intervention: There is a group which noted that we must learn to thank God for all that He has given us, and also to thank Him for what He has not given us.
Yes it's true! If there are things that God has not given us, it is simply because He knows that if he gives them to us, they will be problems for us. The brethren were right.
There is another very important element that the brethren noted in Chapter 16:3. They insisted that these people also said they were holy and we saw the result. Rather they helped the people to turn away from God. Let us read Chapter 16:3 "They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?" Here they are, fortunately the next day the Lord answered them. That's what we suffer in the hands of these people each day. They ask us why we exalt ourselves above the assembly of the Lord, because they are all holy. They say they too are holy. Fortunately, the Lord will answer them. When they will find themselves in the fire burning, they will understand that it is the Lord that we were serving. That's why I ask you to fear God, so that later, none of you ends up with these people who spend their time persecuting us, slandering us, insulting us, and saying all kinds of abominations against us. Let's fear the Lord and He will defend us!
Question: Numbers 14:12 "I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they." Numbers 16:20-22 "And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 21Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. 22Then they fell on their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and You be angry with all the congregation?"
The question is whether Moses did not pay because of "his carnal compassion." We use the term "carnal compassion" here just because our brother Moses suffered; cried, interceding without discerning he was doing that for a people who could not be saved. Because here we see that several times, God wanted to strike the people who were the obstacle before Moses, to bring him into the Promised Land, but Moses did not cease to intercede for the people. Does the fact that God on several occasions wanted to clear the obstacle in front of him, knowing that this trap could cost our brother Moses the Promised Land, justify to an extent the rigour of God vis-à-vis him? We realize that later, despite his prayers and supplications, Moses did not enter the Promised Land, but instead watched it from a distance. What lessons can we learn from this, for us who have the grace to know the concept of rabbles, for us who have received God's discernment to recognize them? Shall we allow the rabbles deprive us of the price of the race? How can we avoid falling into the trap of the wicked?
Deut 3:23-28 "23Then I pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying: 24'O Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds? 25I pray, let me cross over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, those pleasant mountains, and Lebanon.' 26But the Lord was angry with me on your account, and would not listen to me. So the Lord said to me: 'Enough of that! Speak no more to Me of this matter. 27Go up to the top of Pisgah, and lift your eyes toward the west, the north, the south, and the east; behold it with your eyes, for you shall not cross over this Jordan. 28But command Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which you will see."
Answer: Your question is a very good question. Already earlier, I told you that the Lord said to Moses: "Moses there is a trap in front of you, let me remove it" and Moses said: "Oh no, Lord, let my trap before me." That's a bit how we can understand it. But coming back to your question: Does the severity of God vis-à-vis Moses be justified by that great compassion that had become carnal? The answer is no. No, because God has not punished Moses because of that great compassion. He rather blessed him because of that. Only that God is so great that you cannot understand what God does. Because in reality, Moses is the last man that we would have expected God to punish. I say it honestly. We even have a proof of the fact that we cannot really justify why God punished Moses. What I can get out of this is that God is more rigorous than we think. Just understand the teaching this way, you cannot justify why God punished him. Moses did nothing and God knows that. The proof is that it is still Moses who came to meet the Lord at Transfiguration, isn't it? This is to say that God knows that to find two Moses on earth will not be easy, people who love the Lord as Moses loved Him. People willing to work with God as Moses did, you will not find much on earth. So we cannot justify why God punished him.
So when we speak of Moses, or when we talk about carnal compassion, or when we say that he said to God: "Lord, let my trap before me," it's just a manner of speaking. To find a Moses on earth, we will have to wait a few thousand years. So we cannot say that this is why God punished him. God rather appreciated him for that. God appreciated this great patience he had and the way he interceded for the people. This is rather a good thing. We can only say that at that time, God working as He wills, had not revealed to him that all those for whom he worked were snakes. Since he also believed that they were the people of God, the people of Israel. He could only intercede for these people. If God had revealed to him that in reality the people for whom he interceded have never been Children of God, I am sure that Moses would not have done what he did. It's a shame to see that our brother Moses spent his whole life suffering for a people who would make him lose his blessings later. Just remember that God is more rigorous than you think.
Intervention: We see also the example of the Lord who said: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." He says that God knows all things, and therefore I was much challenged.
There is something to be learned from it, beloved. The teaching goes a little further than what you just explained. Because in reality, when the Lord forgive them saying they do not know what they do, He was not referring to the true leaders who were there. He was referring to the people in general, including you and me. Because if the Lord chose not to forgive, we would never be forgiven. But the agents of satan who were in the midst of them, knew very well what they were doing. God cannot say they did not know what they were doing. As proof, you have the case of Judas. Did you hear the Lord say: "Father, forgive him because he does not know what he does?" The answer is no, because he knew what he was doing. In all cases, when people play with God, God knows who is who among them. Therefore God will never hold an innocent person guilty, nor a guilty person innocent. The Lord prayed for us in general.
Question: Did those who killed Jesus know that He was truly the Christ?
Answer: Make an effort to stay within the framework of this study. Any matter outside the scope of the study takes us off the rails, and becomes a distraction, even if the answer may eventually edify. So, be present.
Now coming back to the question, not all were ignorant; there were some who knew that He was the Christ. And they just killed Him to rule. When you follow the Parable of the Tenants you understand. Let us read Mat. 21:33-40:
"33Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. 34Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. 35And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. 37Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' 38But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.' 39So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?"
We see the Lord here saying, he sent a servant and he was beaten, he sent another servant and he was also beaten, and he now decided to send his son, thinking that, as it is the son, they will respect him. And what did these people do? They said: "Ah here is the son, let us kill him and seize the inheritance".
So, those who might not have known are the ones who were standing beside. But the true satanists knew very well that it was Jesus. The ignorant ones among the people never know what happens. It is the same thing today when one sees what happens in the world. People are so much ignorant that they believe in all that one says to them. But great satanists of this world, i.e. these great satanists of freemasonry or those of the sect of the illuminatis and other satanic lodges, all these sectarians who lead the world, know very well all that they are doing; even if the others around them are ignorant and believe in what they say. These satanists on the contrary, know very well what they do. There are however, thousands of ignorant people around them who just follow them blindly. These people there organize themselves so that all that satan wants, is achieved. For this reason today, any law likely to help us to go towards God is repealed, and any law likely to divert us from God is being enacted.
Grace be with you all who have Jesus Christ as Master!
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