Self Willed, In His Will, Psalm 106 - Study 13
And so this being the "INTRODUCTION"
1. We began with the "free will" of Gods people
2. Then we went onto this study which is about "No freedom" or being under oppression as in "Egypt"
In other words the people where there becasue somehow this was Gods plan and already being put into motion was Gods salvation through Moses, so in this "How can you be saved unless you need to be saved from something ? "
Thats what we are getting at here in this study
In other words eg: man = unsaved = lonely and in debt =
"O Lord what is life about ? I can't do this amymore, please Lord God get me out of this mess"
Equate with eg: "
I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.
Relate this to "
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that ...."
So what are the Goals here ?
Well the Church is here to give glory to God
Gods primary goal is to prepare His Bride for the Son
Well Jesus wants relationship, He wants more than anything for us to be with Him
"Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am
Now to us thats not "good news " is it
What is the primary lesson from the Exodus ?
quote ..Paul David Tripp
“We forget that God's primary goal ia not changing our situations or relationships so that we
can be happy, but changing us through our situations and relationships so that we will be holy.”
And so we go end this introduction to Psalm 106 with a few more points
We focus on the Primary goals as we go from Genesis to Revelations
And we see that Gods goal is to "Save us"
From the creation dawn ....where God creates the earth For Mankind and the stars and the universe
for the purposes of man and for His Glory
To "Mankinds fall and Gods salvation plan"
From Mans fall and Gods salvation plan
From mans slavery And Gods salvation Plan
From Israels destruction and Gods salvation Plan
From mans own falling and Gods salvation Plan
From mankinds destruction and Gods salvation Plan
Gods overall intention is to save us, because He loves us
And so as we move onto the lessons
We keep this in mind
you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to
speak to the Israelites."
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God,
that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful
I'm jumping forward in time now,
And so Israel wanted to have a King like other Kings
Although God was their King, they had to have a King like other nations in
1 Samuel 8:20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go
out before us and fight our battles."
But we also note:
When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, "Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,"15be sure to appoint over you the king the Lord your God chooses
What mighty acts God did to free His chosen peoople
To prepare Moses all those years
To prepare Aaron and Miriam
To prepare the Israelites for their journey
To preapre a way through the wilderness beforehand
Making the rough ways smooth and the mountains low and the valleys raised up
Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.
Isaiah 40:3 A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.
To preapre each day ahead for His chosen ones so that they could walk out if the will of the egyptian taskmasters and slavery and into His Will
That they might be able to walk and follow Him each day a day at a time and to walk in His will by following Him
To send the plagues upon the Egyptians
And to force pharoah to let His peoople go
What marvellous deeds and miracles were done before the very eyes of Gods people
WALKING IN GODS WILL
Now at last "Gods People" (You and Me) could walk and follow God
Now at Last we are free from the "World" and there is no looking back !
At least only to learn and to wonder at Gods salvation
Now at last freedom is ours and we walk in Gods Will
As the Israelites were walking in Gods Will now by following Him and walking in the
path that he had set out for them to walk in
S o we too can walk In "Gods Will"
Now I have free will to walk in Gods will ..................
But at times in my walk maybe sonner or maybe later I might rebel
Becasue at some point I might see that my own decisions and my own temporal gain
might be Overruled
Mmmm I had no choice and now look where I am !
In the same way as we rebelled against authority and some shape or form in the past (maybe our parents or goverment or society) because we felt
that our "fre wil" had been Overruled, so too I might do the same but this time with God
Ive kind of "carried with me" certain things ...
In this I can have self will within Gods will
In that I can be walking in Gods Will but at the same time be applying my Own will
MY WILL , IN GODS WILL
Now lets look at scripture
When our fathers were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember
your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea
Its so easy once I am saved too forget the miracles that God has done in the past and as the
old song goes "count your blessings name them one by one and you'l be surprised what the
Lord has done"
In this self will within Gods will I can begin once more to take control of the situation
LINK TO - THE COST OF FREE WILL - Psalm 106,Study 11
What a cost to me that I should use my own free will within Gods Will
The Price was paid so that I could walk in Gods Will , yet in doing this I pay the price of my own unwillingness
Yet God continues to save me and continues to do mighty things in my life
Psalm 106:8Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, to make his mighty power known.
I wrought for my name's sake - Lest it should appear to the Egyptians that Yahweh was a God
who would, but could not, save.
TEMPORAL V ETERNAL
11They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the
desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12Didn’t we say to you
in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve
the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
How temporal things can overtake Gods plan for my life !
How in taking one day at a time I focus on the basics and neglect the overall design of Gods
plans and guiding for my life
Here I look at food and drink and my feelings without considering what the purpose and motives of
God might be !
Yet God continues to save me !
Psalm 106:9 He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; he led them through the depths as
through a desert.
10He saved them from the hand of the foe;from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.
11The waters covered their adversaries;not one of them survived.12Then they believed his
promises and sang his praise.
Now I'm going to post the entire scriptures here as I want in the latter stages to draw from these
And also to display them as they read
1 Corinthians 10:1-14
Warnings From Israel’s History
1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were
all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into
Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same
spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was
Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in
6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as
they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down
to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.”[a] 8 We should not commit sexual immorality,
as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not
test Christ,[b] as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as
some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.
11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on
whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be
careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation[c] has overtaken you except what is common to
mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[d] beyond what you can bear.
But when you are tempted,[e] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Warning Against Unbelief
7 So, as the Holy Spirit says:
“Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion,
during the time of testing in the wilderness,9 where your ancestors tested and tried me,
though for forty years they saw what I did.10 That is why I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”[a]
12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns
away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,”
so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in
Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”[b]
16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17
And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies
perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his
rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of
Hebrews 4:11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following
their example of disobedience.
This is the first lesson above
The people had reached the sea of reeds and began to grumble
No sooner had they left their place of slavery and God had delivered them ...that they grumbled
Seeing the temporal as more than the eternal
WILL TO ETERNITY
Yet in my own free will lies the key to eternal life
With that free will I can seek God or reject Him
It is that free will that brought the curse too mankind
When Adam And Eve fell from Grace and were expelled from the garden of communion with
God , for in the same way as satan was cast from heaven to earth because sin could not
commune in the prescence of God , so too Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden of Eden
away from the very prescence of God because of their sin and that sin was the same sin
that repels God now, until mankind...that is you and me begin the journey of faith
We begin the journey of Faith when God hears our hearts and begins speaking and calling into
our hearts and lifes and we hear Him and respond and at that point we begin to draw near to
God and He draws near to us
It is this very free will that enables us to draw near to God
For without free will their would not be love
And we would be mere "robots" propelled by nothing more than a command
In His Love I live and move and have my being by my own free will
And when I begin to draw near to God and He begins to draw near to me so the journey
I have the free will to walk or not within Gods will - Yet this very same free will
that propells me forward can also work against me
And this is the very same self will that can push me further away from the promised land
Or lead me on a path that instead of taking months can take years or even 40 years
And even then this very same "free will - within Gods Will" can lead me to a place
where I never enter the promised land but yet perish outside
In my own "self will" lies the secret to eternal life
Warnings From Israel’s History
1 Corinthians 10:6
Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil
things as they did.
LIFE OR DEATH
Yet another writing From the book of corinthians
Was there ever a man more acquainted with this subject than Paul ? apart from Jesus
Paul being the very man who willingly persecuted Christians before his conversion
A man, once converted who chose too carry on following His calling even though it meant
imprisonment and chains
A man who was shipwrecked , beaten and stoned yet continued in his own free will to
follow God willingly walking in Gods will
2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an
eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
A man whom preached the Word and lived the word he preached
A man once confronted with life or death decisions carried on
NOT BY MIGHT
Now lets go back to the exodus as Gods people rebel against God yet walk in His will
Here at the sea of reeds where they are departing from Thweir slavery in Egypt and embarking on "a new life"
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come
Here at the sea of reeds they rebel
Here in the "Cross Over" from death to life before the people even passed through
the sea , they looked back and saw the vast egyptian army approaching
They thought of their families , their lifes , their future
Yet in doing this they forgot what God had done and the miracles up until that time
Putting the moment at hand into their hands and looking at the temporary , they
looked to their own strength and numbers
And in this "though they sinned and rebelled against God"
Yet He continued to save them
As He parted the sea of reeds and destroyed the enemy
It was never meant to be through their own might and numbers or strength
But though Gods
So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel:
'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.