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Summary: Pentecost 19(B) - SEPTEMBER 29, 2002 - Believers are to be jealous for God’s kingdom: not for human reasons but for divine purposes.

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BE JEALOUS FOR GOD’S KINGDOM

NUMBERS 11:24-29 SEPTEMBER 29, 2002

NUMBERS 11:24-29

24So Moses went out and told the people what the LORD had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the Tent. 25Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the sev-enty elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do so again.

26However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the Tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. 27A young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp."

28Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, "Moses, my lord, stop them!"

29But Moses replied, "Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!"

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Dearest Fellow-Redeemed and Saints in the Lord:

As we listened to the text this morning, there is one word that stands out that reminds us of our sinful nature (besides the whole text). That word comes right at the end when Joshua wants Moses to stop the prophesying, and Moses says, ‘Are you jealous for my sake?’ Here’s that word, JEALOUS or JEALOUSY. We don’t think of that word as a very complimentary attribute, do we? We think of lusting after things, items, or objects that don’t belong to us. We’re jealous of other people because of their prestige, their possessions, honor, and glory. The list goes on and on. Yet we’re reminded that jealousy can be used in the right way. The Lord describes Himself as a jealous God. He reminds us that He is a jealous God because He does not want to give His praise to anyone else. He doesn’t want any idols to have His glory. He doesn’t want us to worship anything but Him with our heart, mind and soul.

This morning, our text reminds us that rather than be jealous about all of the wrong things for all of the wrong reasons, believers can be jealous when they are jealous for God’s kingdom. Jesus stated it another way; "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well"(MATTHEW 6:33). He reminds us as believers in this world, that we are to focus on God and His kingdom. Our theme from our text this morning reminds us to be jealous for God’s kingdom.

BE JEALOUS FOR GOD’S KINGDOM

I. Not for human reasons

II. But for divine purposes

I. Not for human reasons

We come to the time in the history of the children of Israel when they are wandering the wilderness. Moses is leading them. It was the Lord God Almighty who provided for them day af-ter day, year after year. He was taking them and leading them to the land He had promised to their fathers. The Lord God was very generous in His providing for God’s people; they always had enough to eat and enough to drink. Yet, what happens? Generally we see God’s people, even though they are provided for, grumbling and complaining against what God has given them. Just before today’s text, it becomes so bad that Moses grumbles a bit against the Lord. He wonders. He wonders if they aren’t out on a trip too far from Egypt that the Lord can’t even provide for them. The people are grumbling. Moses grumbles against God too. God answers him. He says, ‘They will have food.’ Moses went out and told the people what the Lord had said.


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