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Lack Nothing

“For the LORD your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.”‘ Deuteronomy 2:7

Think about this…The Israelites wandered through the wilderness for 40 years , many times they told Moses they wanted to turn around and return to slavery in Egypt. There were times when they felt like they were being left for dead in the desert, however the whole time God was with them!

When they were hungry, God sent them Manna from Heaven. When they became thirsty , God split the rock open and provided them endless streams of water. God even had them setup a tabernacle, and he lived with them in the desert.

Even though they felt they were left for dead, God was always with them and they never lacked a thing! Think about that

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. Psalm 23:1 (NIV)

Some English translations of Psalm 23 says I lack Nothing! Some say I shall not want, both translations are correct as the original Hebrew word is (eh-sar) to need or to lack.

Meaning if Jesus is truly our Great Shepherd we don’t need anything, because God provides for his sheep. The same as God provided for the Israelites throughout the Wilderness , he will provide for you, you shall lack nothing!

Some might say, but I really need this and that, do you really need it? Or is it just your human pride desiring it? God provides what you need, you will lack nothing , Amen!

Intercession

So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD and you; intercede with the LORD, that He may remove the serpents from us.” And Moses interceded for the people. Numbers 21:7

Sin is what separates people from God. In order for us to be brought back into the presence of God, we need an intercessor. Moses interceded on behalf of the Israelites. During this story, because the Israelites continued to rebel and sin against God, he punished them with poisonous snakes. After the Israelites repented of their sins, Moses interceded for them for God to forgive them

We seen this at Mt Sinai also, when the Israelites created a Gold Calf to worship, God was obviously furious and wanted to wipe them all out. However Moses interceded for the Israelites that were still righteous and God forgave them.

So how and why can Moses intercede for the Israelites? Because Moses is a shadow of Christ to come!

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 1 Timothy 2:5

The Apostle Paul teaches us that Jesus is the mediator between us and God. The original Greek word for Mediator is “mesites” meaning reconciler or go between.  Even though “Mediator” and “Intercessor” don’t mean exactly the same thing, it’s the same concept. Christ has mediated between us and God.

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; Romans 8:26

Here we see the Holy Spirit interceded for us to speak to God when we don’t know what to say. Again we see the Holy Spirit intercedes between us and God. Just as Moses was a foreshadow of Christ to come, the Holy Spirit completes us through sanctification Amen!

Law of Christ

Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

Here the Apostle Paul talks about the “Law of Christ”, this is not the same as the “Law of Moses” that was given down at Mt Sinai. Remember Jesus fulfilled the Old Law on the cross when he said “It Is Finished”, anyone who is now in Christ is living by the Law of Christ which is Grace.  So what is the Law of Christ?

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. Galatians 6:7

The legalist mocks the Law of Christ, saying this is a license to sin. However as Paul states God is not mocked. Whatever you sow you will reap. Meaning you live a life of sin you are going to reap a life of death and destruction.

The morality of the Law has not changed, Sin is Lawlessness. When you live in sin your actions don’t love God or your Neighbor which is the fulfillment of The Law

And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:38-40

Jesus laid out what the Law of Christ is, Love God and Love your Neighbor. This is the fulfillment of The Law. When you study the Mosaic Law, you will find a pattern. Every commandment is about loving God or your Neighbor.

Therefor Bear each other’s burdens and worship God with all your heart, mind and soul. This is the fulfillment of The Law of Christ Amen!