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What is Christianity?

Christianity is about God reaching out his hand in friendship to mankind. Christians believe that the whole world and everything in it was created by God. God is a personal being, a living God who is three, yet one: Father, Son and Spirit, just as we human beings have body, mind and soul! (see the Trinity).

The Bible says God created people in his image, to love him. Yet every person has rebelled against God and sinned. Yet instead of turning his back on us, God became a man, Jesus, who most scholars believe was born about the year 4 BC and lived among us. He taught a message of love throughout Palestine but public opinion turned against him and he was executed as a young man.

He died because of us - the death that we should have died. He was crucified on a cross, but he rose from the dead, and now calls us to trust him, to love him and to repent of our rebellion. If we do this, then we our relationship with God becomes restored and we will live forever with God.

Many non-Christians may think that being a Christian is about belonging to a particular church or following a certain set of rule. Most Christians however would agree that at its root, being a Christian means to be in a living relationship with Jesus.

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February, 19 - Daily Devotions

February Scripture Portion for Bible Commentary : Leviticus 4 - Deuteronomy 24 including the book of Numbers

Midian was a son of Abraham by Keturah (Genesis 25:1-6). When Moses fled from Egypt forty years before the Exodus (Exodus 2:15-21), he helped the daughters of Jethro, the Priest of Midian, and married one of his daughters (Zipporah). Therefore, the Midianites were descendants of Moses, as well as the Levites. Through the influence of Balaam the Midianite women and girls were able to seduce the men of Israel. Because of this, God commanded Moses to destroy the nation of Midian (Numbers 25:16-18). In Numbers 31 Moses now receives the order to execute this command.

The spiritual laws that God has given are just as absolute as natural laws. Galatians 6:7 tells us, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Also, Numbers 32:33 tells us, "Be sure your sin will find you out." If a man sows wheat, he reaps wheat; if he sows corn, he reaps corn. Spiritual laws are just as certain. In the righteous government of God, sin always brings sorrow and suffering.

In chapter 32 we see the request and dispute of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh with Moses, concerning the portioning of the land. The request was a selfish one, characterized by worldly convenience. The property they chose was outside the Promised Land and they, thereby, showed unbelief and a willingness to shun war. Moses' rebuke in verses 6-15 warned them of the fruits of unbelief at Kadesh-Barnea when the spies were sent out. Their compromise to join their brothers was accepted, and can be compared to Lot's selfish decision (Genesis 13:5-11). In the final arrangement (verses 25-42), the tribes of Reuben and Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh obtained the rich grazing lands of Transjordan. We will see later, in II Kings 15:29 and I Chronicles 5:25,26, that their choice resulted in unbelief and world conformity.

Chapter 33 gives the sumMary of the journey from Egypt. The first and second stages are given in verses 1-17; the third and fourth stages in verses 18-49; and the directions to exterminate the Canaanites are given in verses 50-56. Notice particularly verses 55 and 56. God explains here the results of disobedience concerning His instructions to exterminate the Canaanites. Again we are reminded that God demands complete obedience to His Word; partial obedience will bring judgment and chastisement to offenders.

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