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[2019 ST-CRYSTALLIZATION STUDY OF NUMBERS (2)]-WEEK1-DAY6

WEEK 1

The All-inclusive Christ Being the Allotted Portion of the Saints, according to God’s Choice, as Their Divine Inheritance for Their Enjoyment

‹‹ DAY 6 ››

Morning Nourishment

Phil. 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not account of myself to have laid hold; but one thing I do: Forgetting the things which are behind and stretching forward to the things which are before, I pursue toward the goal for the prize to which God in Christ Jesus has called me upward.

  [In Numbers 32 the children of Gad and of Reuben]”spoke to Moses and to Eleazar the priest and to the leaders of the assembly, saying, …The land which Jehovah struck before the assembly of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock….Let this land be given to your servants for a possession; do not make us cross over the Jordan” [vv. 2, 4-5]. The tribes of Reuben and Gad remained on the east of the Jordan because they thought only about themselves; cared too much for their own enjoyment; and did not care for God's will, plan, goal, kingdom, or testimony. This indicates that if we care only for our own salvation, peace, blessing, or material things and are unwilling to go forward, we will not be able to fulfill God's will and plan or reach His goal, kingdom, and testimony. (CWWL, 1960, vol. 1,”Synopsis of Numbers,” pp. 366-367)

Today’s Reading

Moses rebuked the children of Reuben and Gad for not fighting with the Israelites to gain the land of Canaan (Num. 32:6-15). In response to Moses' rebuke, the people of the two tribes promised that they would willingly cross over the Jordan to fight and that they would not return to the east of the Jordan until their brothers had gained the land of Canaan as their possession (vv. 16-19). This typifies that some are willing to help others enter into the land of Canaan to reach God's glorious goal, but they have no desire to enter into God's glorious goal to inherit the land themselves.

  Moses permitted the promise of these two tribes (vv. 16-19), telling them that if they went to battle with their brothers, subdued the land, and freed themselves from their obligation, they could have the land east of the Jordan (vv. 20-22). Here Moses represented God. Many times God permits promises such as this; He does not force us. Today in the church many of the Lord's lovers and pursuers remain on the east of the Jordan; they only want to be under God's blessing and care.

  The choice of the two tribes caused their descendants to lose the right to inherit the land of Canaan. This typifies that if we lust for ease and comfort today—caring only for ourselves, stopping halfway, and giving up our rights in the matter of pursuing the Lord—we will not be able to recover those rights; neither will there be any compensation for them. This is an eternal loss. In contrast, if we are willing to pay the price today to go forward continually into God's glorious goal so as to enjoy His fullness, we will have an extremely rich and special enjoyment in the future. If we are not willing to go forward, we will forever regret not enjoying the riches of Christ. There will be a great difference between the outcomes of these two kinds of people. According to the records in Kings and Chronicles, the children of Israel later failed and became desolate, and the first to be captured were those who lived east of the Jordan. This reveals that those who remain halfway and are satisfied with only a little blessing from God will be easily captured by the enemy. (CWWL, 1960, vol. 1,”Synopsis of Numbers,” pp. 367-368)

  The principle is the same concerning our enjoyment of Christ today. Christ has been given to us as our portion for our enjoyment, yet there is a condition which we must fulfill in order to have this enjoyment. This condition is that we cooperate with God's ordination to drive out everything in us which is other than God and Christ. This means that we must destroy all the idols within us. An idol is anything other than God that occupies us. A degree, a good job, a nice house, a position or rank, a good name—all these can become idols occupying us. We must destroy any idols that may be in us and not leave any ground within us for the worship of idols. Without dealing with the idols in us, we cannot have the genuine enjoyment of Christ. (Life-study of Numbers, p. 324)

  Further Reading: CWWL, 1960, vol. 1,”Synopsis of Numbers,” chs. 32-33

OUTLINE

F The tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh thought only about themselves, cared too much for their own enjoyment, and did not care for God's will, plan, goal, kingdom, or testimony.

G This indicates that if we care only for our own salvation, peace, blessing, or material things and are unwilling to go forward, we will not be able to fulfill God's will and plan or reach His goal, kingdom, and testimony; we should not substitute the second best for the best.

H Moses permitted the promise of Reuben and Gad (Num. 32:16-19, 33), telling them that if they went to battle with their brothers, subdued the land, and freed themselves from their obligation, they could have the land east of the Jordan (vv. 20-22):

1 Here Moses represented God; many times God permits such promises as this; He does not force us.

2 Today in the church many of the Lord's lovers and pursuers remain on the east of the Jordan; they only want to be under God's blessing and care.

I The choice of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh caused their descendants to lose the right to inherit the land of Canaan (vv. 18-19, 33):

1 This typifies that if we lust for ease and comfort today—caring only for ourselves, stopping halfway, and giving up our rights in the matter of pursuing the Lord—we will not be able to recover those rights, and there will not be any compensation for them; this is an eternal loss.

2 In contrast, if we are willing to pay the price today to go forward continually into God's glorious goal so as to enjoy His fullness, we will have an extremely rich and special enjoyment in the future—Phil. 3:14.

J God has ordained Christ to be our portion for our enjoyment, but we must cooperate with God's ordination by driving out everything within us that is other than God and Christ; we must destroy all the idols within us and not leave any ground within us for the worship of idols (Num. 33:50-53; 1 John 5:21); only then can we have the genuine enjoyment of Christ for the church as His building and His kingdom.