9/1/2019: 祈求神在我們中間同行 (Pray To The Lord To Walk Among Us)
以法蓮的族長約書亞和猶大的族長迦勒隨著撕裂衣服，對全會眾說：「… 耶和華若喜悅我們、就必將我們領進那地…也不要怕那地的居民、…有耶和華與我們同在、不要怕他們，但全會眾說、拿石頭打死他們二人。」 (民數記14:7-10a) 。
Moses broke the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments in front of the Israelites who were worshipping the golden calf with sacrifices of burnt offering and peace offering. After preparing two new stone tablets of the Ten Commandments and bringing them to the Lord on Mount Sinai, Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped. “‘Lord,’ he said, ‘if I have found favor in your eyes, then let the Lord go with us. Although this is a stiff necked people, forgive our wickedness and our sin, and take us as your inheritance’” (Exodus 34:8 9 NIV). What Moses prayed for was to have "God to walk among them." Dear Brothers and Sisters, let’s learn from Moses to humble ourselves and
pray that the Lord will walk with us also.
When Moses was about to leave for Canaan in the wilderness of Balaam, he sent the leaders of the twelve tribes to spy on the Promised Land. After forty days, the leaders came back with the largest grapes, pomegranates and figs they’d picked along the way and showed them to Moses and everyone. Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it” (Numbers 13:30). The other spies objected by saying that the people in that place were mightier and stronger than them. They praised the descendants of Anak as great
warriors while comparing themselves to the lowly locusts.
Joshua, the Patriarch of Ephraim, and Caleb, the patriarch of Judah, tore their clothes and said to the whole congregation, “‘If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into the land’ ... ‘and don't be afraid of the inhabitants of the land’ ... ‘Jehovah is with us, don't be afraid of them’. But the whole congregation said: ‘Stone them to death’” (Numbers 14:7 10a).
"The Lord is with us" was the source of courage for Joshua and Caleb. At that time, the Lord wanted to annihilate the Israelites with a plague because they were unconvinced by the Lord’s miracles and despised God. Then Moses interceded for the people, and the Lord spared them. However, God said: “Not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it” (Numbers 14:23). As a result, the people of Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years, and only Caleb and Joshua could enter the land of Canaan. This causes us to evaluate how to apply the principle of majority rule. At this time the people of Israel were so sad that they spontaneously went up to the land of Canaan, and as a result they were defeated by the enemy because the Lord was no longer with them.
Therefore, it is important for us to pray for the Lord to walk with us. Before I bring up the matter about our church officer nominating process, I want to stress that I am by no means questioning the ability of the two deacons who were nominated in the Membership Meeting. I am not against the structure of the By Laws. I disagree that the process of immediately nominating the deacons in the meeting was too rush, especially the position of the deacon should give the brothers and sisters sufficient time to consider
carefully. I disagree with such hastily process of rushing a nomination. My vote will inevitably led to misunderstandings and hurt feelings. I ask the two deacons to forgive me. Let us continue to walk with God, pray for God's sovereignty and mercy.
May we all have the same mindset as Christ Jesus and serve one another so that the Lord’s name will be praised. Amen.