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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #99
TEXT: Leviticus 21:1-9
Last week, we looked at the true meaning of the Passover in the book of Exodus. In that message, we found the children of Israel on the cusp of their deliverance from slavery in Egypt. Now, in Leviticus 21, the children of Israel are close to the end of their forty year journey to the Promised Land. Much of the older generation -- those who were adults when the children of Israel left Egypt -- had died off, and now, their children -- those who were very young at the time of the Exodus and those who were born in the wilderness -- are on their way to the Promised Land. However, this young generation apparently had not learned the lessons that God had taught their parents. Unfortunately, they did not take heed to the suffering that their parents went through during their many years of wandering in the wilderness.
As we see in this passage, this younger generation made some of the same mistakes that their parents made, and they had to learn the hard lessons for themselves...
1. First of all, notice their sinful action. The Bible says that the "people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread."
2. Now, notice their sudden repentance. Just as they were quick in their sin, the children of Israel were swift in their repentance. Our passage states that "the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people."
3. Now, notice their simple faith. God hears Moses' prayer for the children of Israel and he tells Moses what to do so they can be delivered from the fiery serpents. God says, "Moses, make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live."
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of sixteen books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel's Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master's degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3.