SUNDAY, JUNE 17
Scripture: Deuteronomy 9:19-21
Moses was given specific instruction by God of what to do with the golden calf in Deuteronomy 9:19-21. There were six things God led him to do to that calf that brought redemption. First, he melted it and second, he stamped it. Third he ground it, and fourth he re-ground it. Fifth, he put it in the brook and finally he made the children of Israel drink it. God’s instructions become very interesting when we look at gold’s chemical makeup and how it behaves when heated, ground and immersed in water. When we study gold, we find that God’s instruction to burn it removed its impurities. His instruction to stamp it and grind it twice allowed it to be emulsified in water, turn blood-red and possess purifying qualities. His instruction to have the Israelites drink it shows His Heart to save. God knew what He was doing! Scientific records state if gold is ground to .0004 of an inch it becomes ‘colloidal’ gold and will turn water a rose-red color. And at this point it becomes inhibitory to germ life and possesses a purifying quality. God created the Heavens and the Earth and knew the specific chemistry necessary to save. Moses’ relationship with God brought about the revelation that manifested God’s mercy. The Israelite’s idolatrous rebellion should have caused death and destruction to the whole nation, but God used Moses to turn it into healing and freedom. That is the power that you and I have in covenant. Because of Christ’s blood we have nine Spiritual Sonship Gifts that are in the book of Ephesians. The purpose of these gifts is to enable us to build a relationship with the Father like Christ had resulting in fullness. Judicial fullness takes two forms. Judgment is the mercy of God when perpetrators are removed before filling the land with irreparable iniquity. Sin pollutes, evil poisons, it spreads and infects others. Like flesh-eating bacteria, it can grow until there is no remedy. Judgment that removes the perpetrators saves the nation from termination! Such judgment is mercy to the nation!