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God called out the children of Israel, the sons of faith-filled Abraham,
He had heard their cry from the oppression, the agony of their souls
The whippings of their taskmasters and the torment of their captors
He sent to them a man who had seen the burning bush, and stood on holy ground
With wondrous works he called them out of denominational Egypt
The miracles that seemed to make their burden heavier and turned their hearts away
They cried with the increased labour and the beatings with the rod of tradition
To which they said "Has He put a sword in their hand to slay us"
But with mighty works He called them, drew them almost against their will
He drew them with the cords of a man and the bands of love
He led them into the wilderness to prove them, and to show His grace
He had done a new work - not ever seen before - calling them out of bondage

They rejoiced, they danced, they sang, "the horse and rider are cast into the sea"
They were free to serve God in the wilderness and they were glad.
But then the emptiness of their stomachs reminded them, the memory of the fleshpots of Egypt
They complained, "Were there no graves in Egypt? Did you bring us out to kill us with hunger"?
God gave them Manna to eat, a miracle on the ground every morning
Before the sun came up it was there and tasted like fresh new oil, like wafers made with honey
But they thought of the denominational fish, the cucumbers, the melons, leeks, onions and garlic †
And said "this manna we loathe it, give us flesh to eat" and He did,
It rained quails for a whole month, but they paid for their desires and death became their meat
God had given them the desires of their heart a miracle of meat on the wind
It had never been this way ever before where God provided food from heaven.

God wanted to be their personal God, where He himself would wipe away the tears from their eyes
Where he would be a Father to them and they would be His sons and daughters.
He came down on the mountain hidden in thick cloud, with thunders and lightenings
With fire, smoke, earthquake and The Voice of a Trumpet sounded long and increasingly loud
Then Moses spake and God himself replied, a voice, which all could hear, burned in their ears
He spoke the Ten Commandments, things he himself had considered and purposed for them
Yet they were a stiff-necked people, they refused the voice of God
They begged Moses to be in God's stead saying, "You speak to us, donít let God speak to us,
You go and hear all that the Lord our God says, then tell us, and we will hear and do it."
And so Moses did, his face shone with the glory of the Lord, they had to cover his head with a veil,
A symbol of the veiling of His word to them, the veil to the Holy of Holies
It had never been this way before that God himself had spoken directly to the called out.

They journeyed to the borders of Canaan; it was time to move in
They sent twelve men to go and see the abundance, to report back on their inheritance
For forty days they searched the land, the land that flowed with milk and honey
They cut down a bunch of grapes, too large for one man to handle
They brought figs and pomegranates, wonders of the bounty of the land
They told the people of the greatness of the country, and showed them its fruit
But ten of the men said, "There are giants, we were as small as grasshoppers, they are mighty,
Their cities are walled up to heaven, they are stronger than us, how can we go in?"
Two said they are our bread, if God be for us who can stand against us?
Let us go up and possess it, for there are more for us than be against us
But they refused to be broken on that rock and their bodies fell in the wilderness
They remembered not that a small weak people had overcome the mighty.

After forty more years they returned again, the unbelieving and faithless were no longer there
They ate the old parched corn of the land, unleavened bread, the food of the spoils of war,
The miracle of manna, they had gathered for most of their lives, stopped,
But their journey was not yet completed, those leasing Abraham's land had to be evicted
It was theirs to possess, the land of promise, the land of their fathers, the land of Israel
The priests stepped into the flooded river, a path of dry land appeared, bidding them walk across
The Holy Spirit holding back the waters, the Spirit and the bride saying COME
The saints marching, dressed in spotless white, marching to the sound of the gospel,
They are strong in the lord - in the power of his might, conquerors, nothing can stand before them
Walking in the Holy Ghost around the walls of Jericho blowing the trumpet as reveal by the Lord
Relying on Him for their every breath and movement, surrendered completely to His voice
God working His new work, a Father son relationship, the rest for the people of God.

11 August 2006

Jos 5:10
And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
Exo 5:21And they said unto them, The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us
Exo 3:7And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
Hos 11:4I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.
Deu 8:2And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
Num 11:5We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:
Exo 16:4Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
Rev 21:3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Mat 23:37O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Exo 20:19And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
Deu 5:27Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that the LORD our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it.
Jer 17:23But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.
Num 13:23And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.
Num 13:33And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
Num 14:9Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.
1Co 10:1Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Ö.Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Mat 21:44And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
Jos 1:5There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Heb 4:1Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Jam 1:25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Mar 8:17And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.
When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.
Mar 6:52For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.
Donít limit God to a box , If God wants to do something new let him do it

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
© Stephen Share 2006

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