Friday 23rd February 2018
Once again let us join Moses on the banks of the Jordan.
Deuteronomy 1 v 1 – 8
These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel in the wilderness east of the Jordan —that is, in the Arabah —opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Dizahab. (It takes eleven days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by the Mount Seir road.)
In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the Lord had commanded him concerning them. This was after he had defeated Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, and at Edrei had defeated Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth.
East of the Jordan in the territory of Moab, Moses began to expound this law, saying:
The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. See, I have given you this land . Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”
“See I have given you this land…”
It was God Himself who had given the Israelites this land and occupation of this land would lead to so much more – many years before God had promised Abraham that through his people, people of all nations would be blessed. This applied to the people of Israel and the land they possessed. This was to take place in the land promised to Abraham’s people and would fulfill prophecy yet to be uttered and the destiny of a people yet to be born. Ultimately, it would lead to God’s own Son coming to this earth and dying and rising again to conquer sin and death. It would be the land where the Holy Spirit was outpoured on the Day of Pentecost and the church would be birthed and go out to every corner of the earth.
This all flowed from “breaking camp” and the obedience and faith of the people of God.
Obedience and faith go hand in hand.
As a Church at the centre of the community with a mission to reach the people of this town and a Charitable Company we have an obligation to do all the things we do well. With all the ministries that we run come policies, procedures, rotas, health and safety and many other commitments. We want to be an organisation of integrity and leading in best practice. We are looking in the coming months to recruit and appoint an Operations Manager that will support our Pastors, Volunteers and Ministry Team and make sure all that we do runs smoothly. This is a key part of our vision for the coming year. We are doing this SO THAT we can fulfil our vision of seeing people from every background, every age group and every culture come to know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour and then be supported to become fully devoted followers of Christ.
Have a great day!
Senior Pastor at Sawyers Church