Come in, says The Lord — 2 Comments

  1. I’m reminded of this verse “Along the way, they came across a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. (‭Matthew‬ ‭27‬:‭32‬ NLT) Jesus stumbled on his walk to Calvary and along the way a man from what is now known as the country of Libya, called then Cyrene was forced to carry our Lord’s cross. I began to picture my King pushing with all His strength to accomplish the divine plan of redemption for us,His people. Determined to save us, he pushed toward Calvary , beaten to the point of mutilation and surrounded by mockers. No one wanted to help him, case in point, this man simon was “forced” to help.

    And then I am reminded of this verse. “And when they came unto the threshing-floor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put forth his hand to the ark; and there he died before God. And David was displeased, because Jehovah had broken forth upon Uzza; and he called that place Perez-uzza, unto this day. And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me? (‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭13‬:‭9-12‬ ASV)

    In this verse, the Ark of The Lord was on the threshing floor. The threshing floor is where a farmer threshes out the grain or where grain is separated from the plant.  This particular threshing floor was in Chidon, which means to strike in Hebrew. Some translations call the place Kierieth Jearim. A man named Uzzah, whose name means strength saw the oxen stumble and noticed the Ark needed to be steadied. He then reached out,in his own strength , possibly to keep the Ark from falling and was struck down dead before The Lord. David saw this and some translations say he was angry, ASV says displeased. And asked, How can he bring the ark of the Lord home with me.

    Our Lord is referenced as a strong ox in psalms. “But you have made me as strong as a wild ox. You have anointed me with the finest oil. (‭Psalms‬ ‭92‬:‭10‬ NLT)” And in this verse in Chronicles, we see the oxen stumbled. In Matthew 27 we also see Simon from Cyrene forced to help our Lord carry the cross as he stumbled. Our Lord was carrying the sins of the entire world!  But I’m reminded of this verse: Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand. (‭Psalms‬ ‭37‬:‭24‬ NLT).And so it is with Our Lord!The Father held Jesus up with his hand.

    Unlike Simon, Uzzah, in Chronicles, whose name means strength rushed in to help steady the Ark and lost his life. Simon in the book of Matthew was reluctant to help Our Lord.We know the Old Testament represented types and shadows of Christ. Jesus died for a world that didn’t accept him and didn’t want anything to do with him, as shown by Simon’s attitude in helping him. He was beaten and could hardly walk. He was on the threshing floor, a place all sinners deserved to be, not the son of God. But he took on our sins as his own and suffered under God’s wrath, which calls that the penalty of son his death. Someone had to pay for our sins and our Lord Jesus offered himself as payment.Jesus was without sin and offered himself as payment for our sins. I’m reminded of the verse “Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. (‭Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭19‬ NLT)

    Unlike the Ark, Jesus shares our burdens, makes us right with God, to allow us to touch him and recieve Him. And despite the world’s rejection of Him and what he came to do, he didn’t turn back or reject the world but was determined to save us! Like in chronicles, the wrath and judgement of the Father on our sins ” broke out against “strength” (Uzzah) or our Lord Jesus!

    In chronicles, David was displeased and saw no one could reach out and touch the Ark and live (later he realized it was because Uzzah was not a Levites priest and under the law not eligible to touch the Ark for any reason). So he wondered how can I bring the Arc for the people to enjoy in Jerusalem. He likely reasoned that he wasn’t a Levite and would be killed if he touched it and what good would be to anyone if they couldn’t be close to the Ark and if they died in the process of coming to its presence .

    When I look at David I see a type of the father that found fault with the fact man and God were separated, unable to touch and be close because of our sins. That man was covered in shame and there was no righteousness in the earth. So Our Father who found fault with the old covenant and the lack of righteousness in the world, sent his only son, full of righteousness,to rescue us from the bondage of sin and shoulder our burdens.
    The Ark represented the law, which was holy, and good but couldn’t exercise compassion and love, couldn’t be touched by sinful man, unless what touched it was consecrated and set aside by The Lord to touch it, which was a select few: the Levites. The Arc was brought to the threshing floor. While our Lord willingly chose to go to the threshing floor in Matthew 27.

    Simeon whose name means hearing carried the cross for Our Lord. !he touched our Savior who doesn’t get contaminated by sin but swallows up sin and purifies and extends Grace to the one He touches. Our Lord received the wrath of judgement as represented by Uzzah on the threshing floor for you and I, so we could receive his righteousness and be made right with God and walk peacefully in the Lord’s presence.

    Do you hear The Lord calling you? “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭11‬:‭28-30‬ NLT)

    Do you hear little ones what our Lord calls for you to do? To take his cross and let him teach you?  He was weighed down on the way to Calvary, the bible said he stumbled. But He is our strength and strong tower. Our Lord will strengthen you and He will carry the burdens. Unlike the law , which won’t bend to help you or destroy you if you touch it, Jesus welcomes your touch and takes your burdens as His own. No one could touch the Ark but a select few while our Lord is approachable and loving. Simon’s name’s root meant to listen intelligently. The Lord is calling you to listen intelligently to the verse that his burden is easy and light. Trust him to love you and take care of you . Don’t look to the law and reach out and touch it, as the ultimate end is condemnation, like Uzzah experienced. Only Jesus can fulfill God’s requirements of righteousness to the exact letter of the law. And remember of you can’t keep the entire law it condemns you. There is no 99.99 percent as an acceptable standard to God. You will never be able to boast in your work before God but he is eager to be merciful and extend his grace for those that hear intently and intelligently that he is your sacrifice and your loving Savior and accept Him and their Lord. Trusting in him is your work and he will give you the strength and honor you. Let us receive his great love today! Never mind if sometimes you stumble or get off track because our Loving Savior sent the Holy Spirit as our Comforter to remind us of Christ’s great love for us and lead us. Bless you church family. May you receive the grace and peace of our Lord.

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