Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Tree of Life
Weekly Review
The Revelation of the Mystery Doctrine.
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We have now begun to meet some very interesting individuals in NUM 16:1-3, Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took action, and they rose up before Moses, together with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, chosen in the assembly, men of renown. And they assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?”
Notice the accusations in verse 3:
1. You all gone far enough.
2. You all think you as just as much holy to Him.
3. The Lord is on our side.
4. The Lord is present with us as with You.
All of this rebellion is led by one individual whose name is Korah, a cousin of Moses. Now then, what did Moses do? He gave the situation over to the Supreme Court of Heaven. Moses looked like he had been defeated but he had not as some of you experienced as well! Someone goes around and starts repeating things concerning you – and that they have no idea about the true facts, and they tell others what you did or supposedly had done. And the next thing they know is that in spite of what you are going through, you’re living in PSA 30:5b, Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
That’s right, you may be feeling down and out this morning – but if you stick with the plan of God, you will eventually “shout for joy” because Sunday’s a-coming: And so, when others think you should be mourning and depressed, you’ll be celebrating and obsessed with the happiness of the Lord. And so, what was it that Moses entered into when he dealt with unjust or unfair treatment?
Well, first of all, in verse one, we read that he fell on his face. Now then what was the importance of God the Holy Spirit pointing out to us that certain individuals in certain situations handle their problems by “fallen on their face.”
Look at NUM 20:1-6, Then the sons of Israel, the whole congregation, came to the wilderness of Zin in the first month; and the people stayed at Kadesh. Now Miriam died there and was buried there. And there was no water for the congregation; and they assembled themselves against Moses and Aaron. The people thus contended with Moses and spoke, saying, “If only we had perished when our brothers perished before the Lord! Why then have you brought the Lord’s assembly into this wilderness, for us and our beasts to die here? And why have you made us come up from Egypt, to bring us in to this wretched place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, nor is there water to drink.” Then Moses and Aaron came in from the presence of the assembly to the doorway of the tent of meeting, and fell on their faces. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to them;
Notice that it wasn’t until Moses and Aaron fell on their faces, which was an expression of their attitude of prostration or worshipping God, that they saw and experienced the glory of the Lord. The phrase, “fell on the face” signified the attitude of humility that a believer has toward God or allowing them to do so. It is being in a position where you are totally helpless and defenseless toward the one you’re bowing down to.
In fact, there were even times in the Old Testament when the leader of Israel would lead the entire congregation in bowing down before the Lord. For example, in 1Ch 29:20, we read that David led the entire Israeli congregation into fallen on their faces and bowing down worshipping the Lord.
In 1CH 29:18-20, “O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, preserve this forever in the intentions of the heart of Thy people, and direct their heart to Thee; and give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Thy commandments, Thy testimonies, and Thy statutes, and to do them all, and to build the temple, for which I have made provision.” Then David said to all the assembly, “Now bless the Lord your God.” And all the assembly blessed the Lord, the God of their fathers, and bowed low and did homage to the Lord and to the king.”
Here we see “fallen on the face” as an expression of love and respect toward the Lord. Even in Heaven, angels and humans bow down before the Lord in REV 7:11, which is where we see that in heaven or the eternal state, “fallen on your face” is a sign of respect. This means that “A thankfulness and gratitude” is revealed by the phrase “fallen on the face” or really putting yourself in any position where you are totally vulnerable and dependent upon the Lord.
MAT 2:10-11, And when they [magi] saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.
I personally believe that every member of the human race will fall down on their faces before the Lord.
You say, where’s that in the Bible? Well, that is found in PHI 2:5-11, Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Please notice that “ fallen on your face” was a sign of honor and respect. In fact, when the Lord Jesus Christ fell on His feet He revealed His attitude toward the PPOG when we read in MAT 17:1-8, And six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and brought them up to a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.
MAT 17:3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. And Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him!” And when the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were much afraid. And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus Himself alone.
MAT 26:39-46, And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and   said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Thy will be done.” And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. Then He came to the disciples, and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Arise, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”
The point is that we have all been the victims of unjust and unfair treatment at certain times. So, what did Moses do? What should we do? Well, what did the apostle Paul do? Well, Moses operated in a very important doctrine that we all need to master if we desire to relieve ourselves from unnecessary suffering.
Mat 10:29-31, “are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. but the very hairs of your head are all numbered. therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Now because He is omniscient. He knows what is best for those who trust in Him! And, we may not understand the adversities and the sufferings which come into our lives; yet in the end we will discover that God knew all along exactly what we needed and what was best for us! As the Lord said to Peter one day in JOH 13:7, “what I do you do not realize now, but you shall understand hereafter.”
No one in the human race can ever really understand in depth the principle of omniscience, we can only touch the surface! As the apostle Paul said in Rom 11:33 “Oh,the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable are His ways.”
Now, it is God’s intention that every believer come to understand everything in the Bible in His time for you to understand. Anything which God did not intend for us to know was not included in the canon of scripture.
DEU 29:29, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and our children forever.”
Certainly, you will not understand the doctrinal content of the Bible all at once, for knowledge is built on knowledge; but, if you stay with it long enough it can be done! And it should be done! Remember, every book in the Bible was written by a human author who understood what he was recording, therefore humans have the ability to understand these things. As ROM 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Prin: For the mature believer, in areas of his life where others are disturbed and freaking out, in those same areas he has a R.M.A. And by mature, I mean a believer who is at the stage of spiritual growth he should be at! Knowing the character and nature o of God and His omniscience is the daily understanding that no matter what a day may bring, whether adversity or prosperity, there’s a divine purpose for it. And, knowing everything He has also provided from His omnipotence, a divine solution for every problem.
However, that divine solution can only be discovered when the believer is living in the pre-designed plan of God. This plan was designed specifically from His omniscience which knew every solution for every problem that you would ever need. This is why I said to you that “Knowing the fact that God has omniscience is very comforting to the believer who truly loves God!” There are three very encouraging principles concerning the knowledge of God:
Now then in 1CH 29:10 we read that David blessed the Lord in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, “blessed art Thou, o Lord God of Israel our Father, forever and ever. Thine, o Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Thine is the dominion, o Lord, and Thou dost exalt Thyself as head over all. both riches and honor come from Thee, and Thou dost rule over all, and in Thy hand is power and might; and it lies in thy hand to make great, and to strengthen everyone.
Another divine essence related to the function of the supreme court of heaven is omnipotence, which means that all three members of the court have the power to execute all sentences, all judgments of the court. The only thing that hinders a judgment from being carried out is that a believer gets in the way through reaction, seeking revenge, arrogance sins, emotional sins, lust to hurt others. Omnipotence means that God is all powerful and limitless in ability. This is why He is called God almighty as in GEN 17:1. We are also told that nothing is too difficult for Him, GEN 18:14.
ISA 40:26, lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power not one of them is missing.
JER 27:5, “I have made the earth, the men and the beasts which are on the face of the earth by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and I will give it to the one who is pleasing in My sight.”
God’s power is not manifested by muscle. God’s power is in His word! Whatever He says happens! As HEB 1:3 says, “He upholds all things by the word of His power”. This power is also used by God to keep the believer safe for Him forever as in 1PE 1:5, “You are protected by the power of God.”
God’s power is not limited at all. However, you must understand that all that happens is not from the power of God. God has allowed both angels and mankind to possess volition, and both angels and mankind have used that volition in a negative way. And, when we understand the omnipotence of God, we will be assured that “nothing is to hard for Him” as Jer 32:7 states. Or as the Lord Jesus Christ in MAT 19:26, “with God all things are possible.” Job said after he went through more suffering than anyone alive “I know l can do all things” in JOB 42:1.
And so we have all have been the victims at times. Well, Moses operated a very important doctrine we all need to master if we desire to relieve ourselves from unnecessary suffering.
The Doctrine of the Supreme Court of Heaven.
Remember, the Supreme Court of Heaven is composed of the three persons of the Godhead–God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are three persons but they have the same divine essence. The attributes of being God belong to each and every one of them. For example, God has Divine integrity or holiness, which is composed of God’s justice and righteousness. This means that God is always just and righteous in His dealings with mankind. As the Supreme Court Judge, God can never be unfair, unjust, or even play favoritism in any way.
For example, the Bible teaches that God is righteous or right in all that He allows and does.
DEU 32:4, “The rock! His work is perfect, for all His ways are just; a God of faithfulness and without injustice, righteous and upright is He.
Even in afflicting us, the Lord is said to be just and righteous.
PSA 119:67, before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Thy word.
PSA 119:71, it is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Thy statutes.
PSA 119:75, I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are righteous, and that in faithfulness Thou hast afflicted me.
REV 19:1-2, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; because His judgments are true and righteous.”
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