Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 31, 2014

“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit”

Today’s devotion comes Numbers 17:1-11.

“1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel, and get from them a rod for each father’s household: twelve rods, from all their leaders according to their fathers’ households.  You shall write each name on his rod, 3 and write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi;  for there is one rod for the head of each of their fathers’ households.  4 You shall then deposit them in the tent of meeting in front of the testimony, where I meet with you.  5 It will come about that the rod of the man whom I choose will sprout.  Thus I will lessen from upon Myself the grumblings of the sons of Israel, who are grumbling against you.”  6 Moses therefore spoke to the sons of Israel, and all their leaders gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers’ households, twelve rods, with the rod of Aaron among their rods.  7 So Moses deposited the rods before the Lord in the tent of the testimony.

8 Now on the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds.  9 Moses then brought out all the rods from the presence of the Lord to all the sons of Israel;  and they looked, and each man took his rod.  10 But the Lord said to Moses, “Put back the rod of Aaron before the testimony to be kept as a sign against the rebels, that you may put an end to their grumblings against Me, so that they will not die.” 11 Thus Moses did;  just as the Lord had commanded him, so he did.”  Numbers 17:1-11.

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The LORD made the miraculous provision of causing Aaron’s rod (which was a dead piece of wood) to come alive and sprout and produce buds, blossoms, and ripe almonds to show His choice of Aaron and to lessen the grumblings against Aaron and Himself.  Verses 5 and 8.

But, this miraculous provision also gives us hope that the LORD will confirm His choice of us too (who were dead in sin – “Total Depravity”) by making us alive and producing fruit in us too.

“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. ”  John 15:16.

“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.”  John 15:8.

“You will know them by their fruits.  Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?  So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  So then, you will know them by their fruits.”  Matthew 7:16-20.

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5.

“Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.”  Romans 7:4.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23.

“For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;  strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience;  joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.”  Colossians 1:9-12.

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