The Jesus Code: “Why, Lord?” + LINKUP

Chapter 5 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, by O.S. Hawkins. For those of you just tuning in, The Jesus Code has 52 questions, one to contemplate each week. The author believes every Christian should be able to answer these important questions.

The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?”
Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
Week three: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
Week four: “Who am I?”

This week: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” (Numbers 21.5).

In this chapter the author points out that few people in history have ever seen the number of miracles that the children of Israel did during the Exodus and the events that followed. Yet, when they got their eyes off of yesterday’s blessings (and miracles) and on to today’s problems, they started to question God.

As they focused on the “now,” they were unhappy about two things. They didn’t like how they were being led and they didn’t like what they were being fed. They became discouraged and started to grumble and complain about Moses and the menu … and they rebelled. Quoting the author:

Discouragement left to fester can have devastating results. Ask any one of these Jews in the wilderness. They learned that when we openly rebel against God’s leadership and provision in our lives, He often disciplines us for our own benefit: “The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died” (Numbers 21: 6).

Discouragement comes from getting our eyes off of the Lord and His provision. When it’s not dealt with, it leads to sin and rebellion against God which, in turn, leads to painful consequences. God sent fiery serpents among them. When they were bitten it caused excruciating pain and some even died.

Sin causes pain in our lives, too, and as Paul told us, the end result is death (Rom. 6.23). But discouragement also has a remedy. When the people cried out, Moses prayed and God instructed him to make a bronze serpent and put it on a pole. When the people looked at it, they were healed.

In the New Testament, Jesus told Nicodemus, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life” (Jn. 3.14-15).

That bronze serpent in the wilderness represented Christ. He was the answer then, just as He is now.

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Next week’s question is, “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6.13).

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