Summary: To show that GOD made us His vessels so that we can "hold" or present GOD to this dying world through, in, for the sake of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Are you GOD's vessel?
Yes. Romans 9:21
Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same mass (lump) one vessel for beauty and distinction and honorable use, and another for menial or ignoble and dishonorable use?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that GOD made us His vessels so that we can "hold" or present GOD to this dying world through, in, for the sake of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
To be a memorial [a warning forever] to the Israelites, so that no outsider, that is, no one not of the descendants of Aaron, should come near to offer incense before the Lord, lest he become as Korah and as his company, as the Lord said to Eleazar through Moses.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You are my Perfume and my Potter, you shape me according to Your likeness and appearance.
In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world.
No unbelievers please
A. Name : derived from the numberings of Israel
B. Author: Moses (commonly accepted)
C. Date written: 1446 - 1410 B.C.
D. Purpose: To relate the discipline of the wilderness generation, delivered from Egypt, and its purging, in order to prepare its children for a victorious entrance into The Promised Land.â€”Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
E. To whom written: children of Israel
F. Main Theme: Unbelief bars the entrance to abundant life, Hebrews 3:7-19 â€” Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Key word: wilderness
H. Key verses: Numbers 14:20-23 (Amplified Bible)
14:20 And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to your word.
14:21 But truly as I live and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord,
14:22 Because all those men who have seen My glory and My [miraculous] signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have tested and proved Me these ten times and have not heeded My voice,
14:23 Surely they shall not see the land which I swore to give to their fathers; nor shall any who provoked (spurned, despised) Me see it.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. No outsiders please
"To be a memorial [a warning forever] to the Israelites, so that no outsider, that is, no one not of the descendants of Aaron, should come near to offer incense before the Lord,"
Incense or "qetoreth" in Hebrew word meaning: fumigation, incense or perfume.
For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing:
To the latter it is an aroma [wafted] from death to death [a fatal odor, the smell of doom]; to the former it is an aroma from life to life [a vital fragrance, living and fresh]. And who is qualified (fit and sufficient) for these things? [Who is able for such a ministry? We?]