What do I mean when Paul says we are debtors but not to the flesh?  Do I owe the old man anything? I once gave him everything but not anymore.  There are two contrasts in the ninth verse, “… living according to the flesh is death, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.”  Paul does give a choice here.
The next verse (13) says, “If you live according to the flesh you will die.”  This is probably death of anything spiritual in us.  So we are to put to death the deeds of the body.  If a sinful thought comes kill it and live.
Now how are we to be led? We are to be led by the Spirit of God.  Here when this happens we are called sons of God.  Next we are called adopted and that we are.  We were children of the devil, but now sons of God. I have one last thought. We have a twofold witness that we are children of God.  The Holy Spirit notice the word Himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God and concluding if children heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.  Then the conclusion that we suffer with Him then glorified together.  Paul’s conclusion is that whatever suffering is not worthy to be compared with the glory that follows us.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
Paul speaks symbolically here that a wife is bound to her husband according to the Law of Moses.  Try that for all in our modern day America.  There are women divorced two and three times and many initiating it instead of the husband.
In verse 4 we have an interesting symbolic statement to become dead to the law by this body of Christ.  All we owed to the law is underneath the body of Christ.  It doesn’t mean lawless but a different kind of righteousness.  Instead of being married to the law I am married to the risen Christ.
In the latter part of the chapter Paul is saying about the conflict of our flesh and spirit which if we left it there is a constant struggle within us.  It is described a little better in Galatians 5, “… there called flesh and Spirit and led by the Spirit and not under.” Paul says here, “Oh wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from the body of this death.” He concludes, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Then we are introduced to no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus who walk after the Spirit.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
Paul is putting out a caution.  Some may say, “If grace takes away sins, the more I sin the more grace I get.” Then Paul speaks of the saved person as having died to sin.  If we died to sin we should love no feeling for sin.
Next we have two symbolic figures of baptism.  One is I Corinthians 12:13, “By one Spirit we are all baptized into one body.” That is initial salvation.  The figure of verse 4 “…buried with Christ and raised with Christ to walk in newness of life.” Water baptism is all I mentioned above. Before we were slaves of sin, now dying to sin we are to walk in newness of life.  In Christ’s death and resurrection we no longer should have a purpose or reason for sinning.  Christ died to sin once for all.  A caption in
2 Corinthians 5:21 is that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.  That takes away all reason for sin.  Then verse 11 says, “For us to reckon ourselves dead indeed to sin but alive to God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  
We need then not to let sin reign in our mortal bodies, nor to give ourselves over to sin.  Dominion speaks of being over powered with sin. That is not for us either.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling 
 
Justified is beautiful and means I owe nothing to God and so I can have peace with God. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
In Colossians 3:4 it says, “When Christ who is our life appears then you shall appear with Him in glory.” Don’t think you are getting away clean by accepting Christ and nothing more.  Then you are taking advantage of grace.  Ephesians 2:10 says, “We are His workmanship created in Christ for good works.” Jesus said of some, “I never knew you.” Matthew 23.  These people were loaded with some kind of works.  However in our chapter there is justification and peace with God.  I don’t want to detract from what I said above.  Notice further what all this is supposed to produce.  The last of this is character and hope and it makes us so that we are not ashamed.  John 2:28 says, “We will not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” That is something I don’t want to be.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling


 
Paul begins this little thought as we know he wrote a letter and thankfully chapter and verses were added later for our convenience.  However the thought is what Abraham has found.  This is the beginning of the thought that Abraham was not justified by what he did but by what God promised. We might have to go back to the Ur of the Chaldees to get the substance of it. Even though Abraham was called he subjected himself to the influence of his father and for about 12 years stopped short of the Promised Land.  His response to God is what justified him.  Then sometime in that land (Canaan) God made a covenant with him. Abraham was not able to see the  promise fulfilled but almost 470 years later his descendants did.  So Abraham lived completely by faith. God is never in a hurry when it comes to His promise.  So what is important for me to learn from this? Wait on God's timing not mine. Ishmael is the product of Abraham's impatience and if not careful we could have consequences happen to us too.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling
 
What Moses wants to know is that God will be with him even though Israel has sinned in making the golden calf.  God answers, “My presence will go with you.” Moses answers, “If your presence doesn’t go with me don’t bring me from here.”
Moses then asks God to show him His glory.  God then puts Moses in the cleft of the rock and God symbolically shows him His back parts.  Fannie Crosby made a wonderful song out of this. It says He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock and covers me there with His hand. 
To me God’s presence is the Holy Spirit who lives within me.  I must realize His presence always.  Otherwise there is something wrong with me not the Holy Spirit of God.  I don’t want to be carried about without the presence of my God.
I am sure here that Moses never thought Canaan would be forty years away and that he would not even make it into the land.  There is no use anticipating what the end of our journey will be like.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
In these verses it was God giving instructions and nothing left for Moses to choose.  So much for the ingenuity of man.  I wonder if that is true in what we call Christianity today.  For instance where in the Bible are various denominations and why are the doctrines different?  Where are the various kinds of titles except evangelists, pastors and teachers, these different men with separate gifts? (Ephesians 4:11)
Another thing about the ark was there were four rings in the ark and two poles made from Acacia wood overladen with gold so the ark could be carried by four chosen men (Levites). These poles were always to be in the rings of the ark. An interesting story about this was in first and second Samuel where two new carts were made to carry the ark and the death of David’s precious men suffered because of it.  God’s way is best no matter what I may think.  Keep the gold plated poles in the ark. Never mind about our ingenuity.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling 

 
All that the LORD says we will do.  This could be a very sincere statement or a rash one or it could be sincere yet they were not able to carry it out.  I look at the forty years in the wilderness.  How much were they able to do? There is one thing about willingness which I do see here and the ability to carry it out.  This has to speak to me too and anyone who reads this.
Did you notice the blood that was shed? This would symbolically represent that precious blood of the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.  Did you notice that after Jesus died the flow of blood seemed to stop in the nation Israel?
We call ourselves under the blood of Christ.  Yet we don’t have actual blood of Christ poured or even sprinkled on us.  So that has to be symbolic too.  Yet I believe it is as real as if the actual blood was put on me.  Now how do I live because of the Truth?
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
There is a phrase in verse 19 that says that Moses spoke to God and God answered him by voice.  This to me is beyond my imagination. I have never heard an audible voice from God about anything.  However, we do see it also in the book of Judges and the life and times of Samuel and Daniel and other places in the Old Testament and in the book of Acts in the New Testament.
Now what about me?  I don’t know how comfortable I would be if God spoke face to face by voice to me.  I could never judge the situation because of my inexperience.
There is a place in Hebrews 12 which speaks of the holiness of this mountain where it says Moses would fear and quake.  So then do I have it all together? We must admit we only have what we read.  I also must be careful of my own imagination.
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There are a lot of verses in this section so my plan is to stick to high points.  The whole Psalm seems to be the sordid history of Israel God’s covenant people.  We are first told about what is called the waters of strife.  It is when Moses struck the rock and God was displeased when he was only to speak to the rock.  There it is said that he spoke rashly with his lips.  It was the sin that kept him out of the Promise Land. We must be careful about responding to the anger of the people with our own rash anger.  We find Israel mingling with the idols even to sacrificing their own children to the idols of the people around them.
When God’s anger was kindled and it says He than the Psalmist said God remembered His covenant.  God remembers when it comes to His beloved people.  However it is best if we don’t try Him like Israel did.
The Psalm ends on a good note of praise.  After all the atrocities mentioned in the Psalm even though God can be displeased it is never a time when we can’t turn back to Him.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling