Few are Chosen.

Exodus 20:18 Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. 
19 Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”
20 And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” 
21 So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.

This must have been some spectacle, but it definitely put the fear of God in the Children of Israel.

Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. (Vs 18)

They were scared out of their wits. Not that Hebrews are so high strung, but if I were standing with them, I would have been shaken too.

To hear of Yahovah is one thing, but to actually experience His presence is another. For His presence, causes the earth to shake, and the ground to move under our feet, add to that thunder, and lightening, and the sound of the Shofar (Trumpet), along with a voice that shakes you to the core. Yes, they were afraid.

 “The fear of YHVH is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)

When we come to that place where we understand that He who created us, will judge us on the basis of what we have done with our lives. We also will fear for our lives. For it’s one thing to try to understand what holiness is, but to stand before Him, is to compare ourselves to that which is pure holiness.

Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” (Vs 19)

So rattled were they, that they didn’t want to hear God’s voice any more. But preferred to hear Moses. Therefore, Moses would be the voice of God to them, as long as he lives.

And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” (Vs 20)

Moses explains why YHVH spoke to them, and appeared to them. He came purposely to put fear into them, so that they would not sin. But Moses was not fearful, for He knew that He was chosen, to serve YHVH, He had been near enough to YHVH God to actually see His image.  No! Moses was completely given over to God, and was His instrument to redeem the Children of Israel and bring them out of bondage. It was as if He was a part of YHVH God.

So, the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was. (Vs 21)

Moses, from the time He drew near to the burning bush, had no life of His own.

Here is where the line is drawn between the average Christian, and those who are actually called to serve YHVH God. A man called of God, and chosen to serve Him, will actually seek Him out, and draw near to Him. But those who have not yet sought to be Holy, just as He is Holy. They might rather stay at a distance from YHVH, at least until they begin to feel as though they may be acceptable to Him.

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)

But to those who strive to serve YHVH God as Moses served, my heart is with them. For they have no life of their own, but all of their life is dedicated to others. All they desire from life is just to be near to God, our Elohim.

Truly they love one another, just as Yehoshua loved us, and gave himself for us.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

YHVH God takes a bride.

Exodus 19:21 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to gaze at the Lord, and many of them perish. 
22 Also let the priests who come near the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them.”
23 But Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai; for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds around the mountain and consecrate it.’”
24 Then the Lord said to him, “Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.” 
25 So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.

Again, comes the warning to stand clear of the mountain.

And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to gaze at the Lord, and many of them perish.”  (Vs 21)

Also, the priests are warned to consecrate themselves, so that the Lord will not come against them. They must be absolutely clean, by fasting, by prayer, and by the washing of their clothing, and their bodies. Repentance is required.

“Also let the priests who come near the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them.” (Vs 22)

This tells me, that when it comes to sin, all are equal in YHVH’s eyes. He has no tolerance for sin, and even less tolerance for a priest or minister who teaches and ministers on Yah’s behalf.

But Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai; for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds around the mountain and consecrate it.’” (Vs 23)

Moses reminds YHVH that they have been warned, The mountain is held as sacred in the eyes of the people, and while they do not fully understand the power of God, they are aware that they should not draw near to YHVH.

Then the Lord said to him, “Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.” 
So, Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.
(Vs 24, 25)

Be careful that you’re clean, consecrated, fully repented. And then do not come too close to the boundary that has been set for you at the base of the mountain.

And then next thing they hear is the voice of YHVH.

Exodus 20:1 And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 
5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 
6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 
9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 
10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 
11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

The terms of His Covenant are spoken by Yah Himself. And These are also the wedding vows, between YHVH and the people of Israel. He is taking them as His family, His Bride. He will keep the terms of His Covenant with them. But do the people have the same determination to keep this covenant?

We will find that our memory of this event is short lived, and in generations to come these covenant vows will be broken. And to this day we have teachers who deny the validity of God’s commandments, saying that they were abandoned.

And in so doing, they deny the name of Christ Yehoshua as the Groom.

Why else would he say, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)

He will come looking for a bride, and what will He find? A bride not acquainted with her vows?

He is coming, and those who call on His name are not prepared to receive their King.

I shudder to think of it!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Be Holy, For I am Holy!

Exodus 19:10 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. 
11 And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 
12 You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch its base. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. 
13 Not a hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot with an arrow; whether man or beast, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain.”
14 So, Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes. 
15 And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives.”
16 Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 
17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 
18 Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. 
19 And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. 
20 Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

What is it like to be brought into the presence of the Lord? God doesn’t play when it comes to allowing anyone to come near to Him, for He is holy.

The apostle John explains. 5This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 
6If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 
7But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
(1st John 1:5-7)

Clearly, we cannot be unclean and approach Him.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. 
11 And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 
12 You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch its base. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. 
13 Not a hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot with an arrow; whether man or beast, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain.”

Coming too close to God’s holy ground is a death sentence. Picture for a moment a huge bug zapper, that kills anything that comes too close to it. Bizzzap! If you get my meaning, going too close is inviting death.

The problem for us is that we don’t understand the difference between clean and unclean. But this particular scripture should help us to understand.

Moses was instructed to consecrate or sanctify the people.

qâdash

kaw-dash’

A primitive root; to be (causatively make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally): – appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy (-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify (-ied one, self), X wholly.

So, He is to instruct, and oversee the cleansing of the entire nation of Israel. He is given instructions as to how to teach them to be clean. They had three days to prepare. And even then, they could only come near to the mountain but not touch it. YHVH God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all. He has zero tolerance for sin, or darkness, there shall be no lawlessness, or sin, anywhere in His sight.

So, Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes. 
And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives.”
Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 
And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 
(Vs 14-17)

They are going to see, and hear YHVH God, and then they will perhaps understand how special Moses is, and why His face shines with a white light, from being in close proximity to Adonai.

Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. 
19 And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. 
20 Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.
(Vs 18-20)

Now the children of Israel are witnesses, to how YHVH God speaks to Moses and calls Him by name. they heard it with their own ears. They felt the holy presence of Adonai, and now they will watch as Moses goes to meet with YHVH God at the mountain top, a place where they are not allowed to set foot.

Neither are we allowed to approach except by the grace afforded us by the blood of Christ Yehoshua, the Messiah of Israel. He took our uncleanliness, our sin upon Himself so that we can come into the light, and no longer remain in darkness.

For I know how undeserving I am to be in His presence. Yet, He calls us to come. But with one admonition.

He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

We must walk as He walked, if we want to approach Him. Here is why we must repent, and follow His instructions. His Commandments.

Hence, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. 
But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
(John 5:46, 47)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

A Nation of Priests.

Exodus 19:1 In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. 
2 For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So, Israel camped there before the mountain.

3 And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 
4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. 
5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 
6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

After three months of travel through the wilderness they arrived at the mountain where Moses had met YHVH God and received His calling. So, Israel camped before the mountain, not on it, but near to it.

In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. 
For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So, Israel camped there before the mountain.
(Vs 1, 2)

Moses had already begun teaching the people the Commandments of Yahovah, during those 3 months of travel. But now, they will receive the Law directly from YHVH God Himself.

And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 
‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.”
(Vs 3, 4)

HaShem has demonstrated His Power before the people, He brought them out and destroyed Pharoah’s Army, He made it possible to cross the Red Sea, led them by day and night through the wilderness, fed them manna, and quail, and gave them water from a rock. He gave them victory over the Army of the Amalekites, and now He brought them to His mountain.

Certainly, these folks should know by now who their God is.

Yahovah says, “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 
And you sha Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 
6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

ll be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” (Vs 5, 6)

Keeping the covenant that they are about to enter into will be their keys to the kingdom. If they will keep it!

And if they will attend to this covenant, then Yahovah will set them apart as a holy people who bear His mark. They will be more than just special, but blessed and lifted up as an example to all people. He says, “for all the earth is Mine.” 

There is no doubt that the earth and everything in it is His, He is the creator of it!

And if it is His will that we become a kingdom of priests and a Holy nation, then this is sure to come to pass.

These words are repeated in scripture by Peter when He says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people, but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1st Peter 2:9, 10)

YHVH God does not change and neither will His covenant, the same promise made to Israel also includes those who have joined themselves to the messiah of Israel, Christ Yehoshua!

So, I say this to those who call themselves saved, but think they are still Gentiles. Once we come to Christ, the Messiah, we will become just as much a part of Israel as He is.

For this is His Body, and we are adopted, or grafted into it, just Paul says, “For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?” (Romans 11:24)

The olive tree is symbolic of Israel. Not the country of Israel, but the house of Israel.

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 
And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
(Galatians 3:26-29)

Shalom My friends,

Chuck Greever



God’s Word without compromise then, and now!

Exodus 13:13 And so it was, on the next day, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood before Moses from morning until evening. 
14 So when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit, and all the people stand before you from morning until evening?”
15 And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. 
16 When they have a difficulty, they come to me, and I judge between one and another; and I make known the statutes of God and His laws.”
17 So, Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. 
18 Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself. 
19 Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you: Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. 
20 And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. 
21 Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 
22 And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So, it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you. 
23 If you do this thing, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all this people will also go to their place in peace.”
24 So, Moses heeded the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said. 
25And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people: rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 
26 So, they judged the people at all times; the hard cases they brought to Moses, but they judged every small case themselves.
27 Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went his way to his own land.

It seems that Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro saw that Moses had no time for himself, or for his Family, and asked him about it.

So, when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit, and all the people stand before you from morning until evening?”
And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. 
When they have a difficulty, they come to me, and I judge between one and another; and I make known the statutes of God and His laws.”
(Vs 14-16)

His service to the people required all of his time. for he was both priest and judge over his people. And apparently, he had not considered that he should delegate some of this responsibility.

So, Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. 
18 Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself. 
19 Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you: Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. 
20 And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. 
(Vs 17-20)

Jethro spells out the duties of Moses perfectly, He is to be God’s voice to the people, teaching them YHVH’s statutes and laws. And show them the way in which they must walk.

Here is the role of a Pastor or Minister of YHVH God who serves Christ Yehoshua spoken as clearly as if Moses’ father-in-law were speaking to us this day.

But as to being Israel’s judge, He says. “Moreover, you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 
And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So, it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you. 
(Vs 21, 22)

Jethro tells Him to delegate authority to several men, so that they can hear and settle disputes. And this way he will hear only cases of great importance, that those under Moses could not settle themselves.

This would lessen the burden on Moses, by shifting the weight of it to other men of His choosing.

Jethro says, “If you do this thing, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all this people will also go to their place in peace.”  (Vs 23)

Jethro know that this suggestion is of God, but dares not say it.  So, he adds if God so commands you then you’ll be able to endure. He is humbled by Moses’ calling and His connection to YHVH. And no matter what Jethro counsels it must come from HaShem to be valid for Moses.

But this is a solution not only for Moses, but for the people as well, so that they can resolve matters more quickly, and live in peace with their neighbors.


24 So, Moses heeded the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said. 
25And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people: rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 
26 So, they judged the people at all times; the hard cases they brought to Moses, but they judged every small case themselves.
(Vs 24-26)

Moses accepted Jethro’s counsel. Thus, making Men of His choosing heads of tribes, Heads of thousands, Hundreds, Fifties, and Tens. Kind of like lower courts and higher courts in our legal system. Perhaps this is why the Supreme Court has a relief of Moses receiving the Law on its front entrance.

But pay no attention to that fact, as they no longer serve the same god.

But for us, what can we glean from this counsel between Moses and his father-in-law? perhaps if we can begin to see how things ought to be, we might surmise that the first qualification for a leader ought to be an understanding of God’s Law, and His Holy Word is exactly that. For the most part, we are led by men and women who may or may not have a relationship with YHVH God, and wouldn’t know Christ if He were to walk up and slap them in the face. And the same godless sort are sitting as judges over this nation.

Once we begin to understand the level of unbelief that has brought our nation down, then perhaps we can affix a cure, and do it according to God’s way.

Deuteronomy 12:1 “These are the statutes and judgments which you shall be careful to observe in the land which the Lord God of your fathers is giving you to possess, all the days that you live on the earth. 
2 You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations which you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. 
3 And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire; you shall cut down the carved images of their gods and destroy their names from that place. 
4 You shall not worship the Lord your God with such things.

As to how we dispossess such people? You can figure that out for yourselves. But in any case, we as God’s people cannot live this way, and that has become painfully clear. For our elders, and our children are paying the price of our having compromised with evil.

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Jeremiah 24:15)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

The Lord is my Banner.

Exodus 17:8 Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 
9 And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” 
10 So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 
11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 
12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so, they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 
13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” 
15 And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner; 
16 for he said, “Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

The Amalekites attacked the children of Israel at Rephidim, no reason is cited, they just came out to fight. But one thing is certain, no one will attack us unless they first become fearful of us. And apparently Amalek became fearful of this huge nation of twelve tribes moving through the wilderness, probably numbering over a million by now.

And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” 
So, Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 
(Vs 9, 10)

Now this is interesting, they didn’t choose to avoid the fight, but faced it head on.

And Moses went to the top of the Hill with Aaron and Hur, two priests. YHVH didn’t say don’t fight with them. He also did not say, go about your business and ignore them, and I’ll take care of them. No! The children of Israel would fight and they would prevail, because they were God’s Children, and His anointed people. They knew that they could not lose, because while they weren’t perfect, they obeyed God.

And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 
12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so, they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 
13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
(Vs 11-13)

The rod that Moses held was symbolic of the power of YHVH God. it was what God used to split the Red Sea, and what Moses used to get water from the rock. Enough to water the whole nation and their livestock. The rod brought YHVH God into the fray, and of course they could not lose, because the power of Elohim was invoked.

Not only that but by the power of God, Joshua was inducted into permanent service as God’s warrior on Earth. Now he would lead Israel into battle when they entered the Promised land.

I know how Moses must have felt, holding his hands over his head must have been tiring. I know it is for me, even without the Rod.

But now no one will think Israel is a pushover, because several other nations hearing about this, will not want to come out and fight knowing that they have a God that fights for them and with them against all enemies.

However, we have seen that this assurance of victory comes from their faithfulness, and their obedience to almighty God. Something that no ordinary people could master or begin to grasp.


Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” 
(Vs 14)

Here is something that Yehoshua wants His people to remember, but more than that He will remind Joshua, of this battle and His calling. So, There will be a memorial written in the book of life, and in Moses’ account of their travels toward the promised land. I’m certain He wrote down these things, otherwise the Torah would not exist today. The first five books of the Bible were authored by Moses.

And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner; for he said, “Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” (Vs 15, 16)

The Lord has sworn to war with Amalek forever, from generation to generation. And there will be more such battles. So as a reminder that Yehoshua is in the fight, Moses constructs a monument, an altar, and its name is “The Lord is my banner.”

I don’t know about you my friends, but I can see that our enemies have come out to fight. And they too are stronger than us, but they cannot fight against God and prevail, no more than the Amalekites could against Joshua.

If we resist, we will prevail, but only if our banner is the lord.

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Why would Christ turn away from a Christian?

Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 
18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 
19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 
20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

When we look at the whole context of what Christ Yehoshua says about the law and the prophets, we will find that the only way anyone can misconstrue His meaning is by their personal distain for instruction, and for obedience. And of course, anyone who is that rebellious wants lots of company, so that they won’t go to hell alone.

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (Vs 17)

 Destroying the Law, would be tantamount to disrespecting God’s Word, and disrespecting the Prophets of God, who bring warning from Abba when man has transgressed is also the Word of God.

“For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Vs 18)

So, neither will there be the slightest change in the Law, as long as there’s an Earth, or a heaven. Did we forget to read past the word, “Fulfill”?

See, this is the sad thing about taking the Word of God out of context, we risk misquoting God, and giving people a false doctrine that will cost them their souls, because this is the very thing that leads them into lawlessness, taking them away from them the path of righteousness.

“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Vs 19)

Those who refuse to keep or teach the Law will be looked down on by the Elohim of heaven and Earth. But then we are given the cure for that distain, when He adds, “but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Clearly, there is a huge difference between those who are obedient to God, and those who are not.

And if we continue in our Lawless approach to Christ Yehoshua, what will He say to us at judgment?

He makes that abundantly clear saying, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 
Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 
And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
 (Matthew 7:21-13)

The whole of the traditional Church is calling Him Lord, Lord, but they refuse to do God’s Will,which is stated in His Covenant. And yes, they prophesy in Christ’s name, cast out demons, and do many wonderful things in the name of Jesus.

But the one thing they have not done is honor His Lordship, the Son of YHVH must be obeyed, for He is the Godhead. And when my Christian friends stand before Him having dismissed His Law as of no effect.

What will the hear in response, “‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” ? I pray that you, my friends will understand that while His Commandments are of little importance to you, they are the backbone of our faith to Him, and to the Father.

Why else would He say? “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

But to the Lawless He says, “‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

I may be wrong, but the Word of God is never wrong, and we would be wise to follow it. But unless we stop depending on others to read and interpret God’s Word for us, I’m certain that many will remain deceived. God help them!

There just one verse left from today’s selection, “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Vs 20)

 How in the world will we have righteousness without keeping the Commandments of God? This alone will keep many out of Heaven, if for no other reason the transgressing of the 3rd and 4th of the basic Ten Commandments.

 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” (Exodus 20:7)

Applying His Holy name to a day that is not Holy and set aside by God, is blasphemy! Sunday has always been Sabbath of Pagans, and has never been set aside for a weekly Sabbath by God.


“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 
Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 
For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
(Exodus 20:8-11)

Here YHVH set aside one specific day each week that is His Sabbath, and always will be. It was established at the 7th day of creation and will never be changed. But if you my friends want to change it in spite of that, you go right ahead. Just know that you have refused God’s mark, or sign, that you belong to Him.

“Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.” (Exodus 31:13)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Manna for Sabbath.

Exodus 16:13 So it was that quails came up at evening and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp. 
14 And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 
15 So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. 
16 This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: ‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.’”
17 Then the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. 
18 So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one’s need. 
19 And Moses said, “Let no one leave any of it till morning.” 
20 Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them. 
21 So they gathered it every morning, every man according to his need. And when the sun became hot, it melted.
22And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. 
23 Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’” 
24 So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. 
25 Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 
26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.”

27 Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. 
28 And the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?

Isn’t it amazing how God provides for those who belong to Him? He sends quail and Manna so that they will have bread and meat.

So it was that quails came up at evening and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp. 
And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground
. (Vs 13:14)

This was an affirmation that Yahovah is truly creator and Elohim. But still they wondered, what is this? A curious response to pure grace. But understandable for people who have yet to understand who God is, in spite of all of the wonders they have seen, not to mention the splitting of the red sea.

So, when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. (vs 15)

So, there’s no mistake about what it is, or where it came from. Moses explains why it has suddenly appeared. So, He explains further.

 16 This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: ‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.’”
17 Then the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. 
18 So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one’s need. 
(Vs 16-18)

Yahovah God feeds His flock, and He does it in a way that is astounding, but He supplies only enough for one day, but not enough so that it can be hoarded.

And Moses said, “Let no one leave any of it till morning.” 
Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them. 
So, they gathered it every morning, every man according to his need. And when the sun became hot, it melted.
(Vs 19-21)

Yahovah God took care of their need to eat He fed them manna from heaven six days a week. But what about the Sabbath? Surely, they would not go out to gather on the Sabbath?

And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. 
Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’” 
So, they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. 
Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 
Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.”
(Vs 22-26)

Clearly, Yahovah God attaches an importance to His Sabbath that many of us have forgotten. He feeds His flock seven days a week, but He makes special provisions so that they will not work on the seventh day. To Him it must be a day of absolute rest, so that nothing distracts us from our thoughts, and we are refreshed for day one of the work week.

Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. 
And the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?”
(Vs 27, 28)

Yahovah holds Moses responsible for the disobedience among His flock and says as much, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?” When He says “YOU”, He is speaking to Moses. Yahovah is holding Him responsible for the actions of His people and rightfully so, for Moses was the teacher to His people!

Needless to say, there will be a culling of the flock, and these folk will never make it into the promised land. And I would venture to say that even today, this speaks to those ministers who are leading their congregation away from the Sabbath as well.

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. (James 3:1)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Lost in a wilderness!

Numbers 10:33 So, they departed from the mountain of the Lord on a journey of three days; and the ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them for the three days’ journey, to search out a resting place for them. 
34 And the cloud of the Lord was above them by day when they went out from the camp.
35 So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: “Rise up, O Lord! Let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You.”
36 And when it rested, he said: “Return, O Lord, to the many thousands of Israel.”

When Israel moved in the wilderness, they were very well organized. The Ark of the covenant always went before them, and the Tabernacle also traveled with them.

They were united, and all of them followed the column of smoke by day and the fire by night. They knew and understood that they were in the presence of YHVH God.

They had unity because of the presence of Moses their leader, and this super natural power that hoovered over them. They had unity in one purpose, to follow God and to do as He commanded them.

So, they departed from the mountain of the Lord on a journey of three days; and the ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them for the three days’ journey, to search out a resting place for them. 
And the cloud of the Lord was above them by day when they went out from the camp.
(Vs 33, 34)

At this time there has never been a nation so bound together with a singular purpose as Israel was in those wilderness days.

This is something My nation needs to consider for today, because what I am seeing is millions of people without leadership. Angry and under attack by the Evil one, and no one to lead them out of this situation.

So, what are we to do?

There is only one thing to do. And that is to join together in prayer and ask God to provide us a way out, and give us a faithful man of God to lead us out of this mess.

Our enemies are also God’s enemies, For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

If we do not join hands and present a cohesive force against them, they will prevail. Even in the wilderness Israel was able to field an army of hundreds of thousands of men. We should be able to far exceed that. But without a godly man to lead, it can’t happen, for this is a holy war!

So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: “Rise up, O Lord! Let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You.”
And when it rested, he said: “Return, O Lord, to the many thousands of Israel.

The Ark was more than just a symbol, It was the presence of God at the forefront, leading the way forward.

And there was a time when Godly men led this nation to victory over evil seated on a throne in England, they threw caution to the wind, because they lifted up the name of Christ before them and they prevailed, at least for a time.

But now that old Devil is back again, and tyranny has returned to our soil. We have a choice now. Either let Yahshua have the reins, or we can return to being totally controlled by a dictatorship.

We know what’s coming. The Question is are we prepared to allow it. If we do not submit to it, we are dead anyway, simply because we will not submit to tyranny, or to God.

Remember that God did not send Moses to bring His children out of bondage until they cried out to God.

Exodus 3:7 And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. 
8So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. 
9Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 
10Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”

Do we really think He does not know our suffering? Pray my friends, cry out to Him, let Him hear our pain. Count the dead, and infirm to Him, the children that are being harmed, the elders being murdered, He will act!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

My God is almighty!

Exodus 34:1 And the Lord said to Moses, “Cut two tablets of stone like the first ones, and I will write on these tablets the words that were on the first tablets which you broke. 
2 So be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself to Me there on the top of the mountain. 
3 And no man shall come up with you, and let no man be seen throughout all the mountain; let neither flocks nor herds feed before that mountain.”
4 So he cut two tablets of stone like the first ones. Then Moses rose early in the morning and went up Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him; and he took in his hand the two tablets of stone.
5 Now the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. 
6 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 
7 keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”
8 So Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped. 
9 Then he said, “If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.”
10 And He said: “Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord. For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you. 11 Observe what I command you this day. Behold, I am driving out from before you the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.
 


After the golden calf incidence and Moses had destroyed the first two Stone tablets, and He prepared to returned to Adonai.

And the Lord said to Moses, “Cut two tablets of stone like the first ones, and I will write on these tablets the words that were on the first tablets which you broke.” (Vs 1)

Adonai tells Moses that He must come up the mountain again in the morning to receive yet again the written Law from the hand of Adonai.

“So be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself to Me there on the top of the mountain. 
And no man shall come up with you, and let no man be seen throughout all the mountain; let neither flocks nor herds feed before that mountain.”
(Vs 2, 3)

Here is yet again an image of how special Moses is in Adonai’s sight. No on is allowed to be on that mountain but Him and His Elohim. No one else would dare approach Him.

So he (Moses) cut two tablets of stone like the first ones. Then Moses rose early in the morning and went up Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him; and he took in his hand the two tablets of stone.
5 Now the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. 
6 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 
7 keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”
(Vs 4-7)

Most people know God, but only as an object. A thing that can give us anything we want, And when He stops blessing us, what happens then? We begin to be our own God.

But Moses knew Him as a friend, and they spoke as friends. A because this Lord was not the Father, I believe it can be no other than the living Word of God, Yehoshua as Adonai.

For Yehoshua spoke of Moses, He said, For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. 
But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
(John 5:46, 47)

Moses went to His knees before Adonai, So Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped. 
Then he said, “If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.”  
(Vs 8, 9)

Asking for mercy, and grace, ought to be a part of every prayer, for Moses knew He was not perfect, nor were those whom He dad helped to bring out from Egypt.

A stiff-necked people indeed, He prays for a pardon of their sin, but He claims it as our sin. But what is so beautiful about His prayer However, is His petition to take us as His inheritance.

Yes us, for our portion is with the children of Israel. And those who waited for Him at the base of the Mountain were no different from us. And we too are also wandering in a wilderness, and looking yet again for that promised land. This is very much our story and we will see the redemption of Elohim in the end, for He is coming for His own.

  

And He said: “Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord. For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you. 
(Vs 10)

So here, Adonai confirms His covenant with them to set them above every other nation on the Earth. And yes, it is awesome what He does, and what He will do.

“Observe what I command you this day. Behold, I am driving out from before you the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.” (Vs 11) 

As an extension of His Covenant, He promises to drive out before us any godless people in the way of His promise land to the Children of Israel. But guess who will have to bear Arms and fight with God at their back, they cannot lose, but they will have to fight. And exercising their faith they will kill God’s enemies. (See The book of Joshua)

Here’s a lesson for all who believe on the Elohim of Israel. Amen?

My God is a lion, and a warrior!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever