Sermons


When my work is DONE:

(Num 20:24-29) Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah. {25} Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor: {26} And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there. {27} And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. {28} And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount. {29} And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

Aaron walked up that hill knowing that He would not come back. He walked up there knowing that everything he had done for the Lord in this life was over. I wonder what was going through that Elderly gentleman’s mind as he took that long walk upon that day at the foot of Mt. Hor. We know what Paul thought when His life came to a close
(2 Tim 4:6-8) For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. {7} I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: {8} Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

No doubt the days of his life were being reviewed. The psalmist speaks on this regard when he tells us (Psa 90:12) So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. No doubt the years of slavery and bondage in Egypt were reviewed in his mind, the days of childhood with Amram and Jochobed. The sting of the taskmasters lash, the choking cry of the babies thown into the nile, the wailing of the mothers. The desperation and heartache. The day when he went looking for Moses only to find He had a purpose and a place of service with him. How they stood against Pharoah, how the plagues fell like thunder, how the Nile was blood. How the death angel passed over the people of God and the bitter wail from Egyptian houses. He would remember the taste of the Passover lamb, a mature man looking to the deliverance in the morning. The day that the Sea parted and they walked over on bare ground and the joy of seeing the enemy swept away. The hand of God in leading them. The bitter failure with the golden calf. The constant chiding of the people and the murmur against him. The pain of seeing His two sons Nadab and Abuihu consumed with fire, and how he could shed no tear, or mourn their loss as the high priest. How the manna came down, how the food was provided, the miracles at Mara, the wilderness marches, the Battle with Amalek…The Service of the Priesthood, the Glory in the temple, the blood atonement, the presence of God as He spoke and as He dwelt. The Shekinah glory . The Day that the plague was stayed and he stood between life and death. The bitterness of Moses striking the rock twice and a solemn knowledge that He would not enter into the earthly promise land. Here on his slow ascent up Mt Hor Arron walked. In just a few brief moments, the priestly garments would be taken from Him. All that defined him as a person would fall away and be given to another. The office he held would be occupied by another. The family he had would be left behind. His wealth in another’s hand. Soon he would be dressed in a simple white garment. All his work would be DONE. There would be nothing to add and he would DROP down. Before His body reached the earth He would be standing Alone before the KING. He would not be Moses’ brother, Son of Amram and Jochabed, a Levite, he would not be the High Priest, He would not be a man of wealth or influence, a man hated and despised and Murmured against. Here He would just be Aaron.

REGRETS: Those things done in his flesh that were DISOBEDIENT to GOD He would REGRET. The GOLDEN CALF… The Peoples nakedness, the Sin, His Faithlessness. His Dispute and Chiding of Moses with Mirriam. What will YOU REGRET? When it is YOUR TURN to walk up MT HOR? Giving up, Lowering your standards, compromising and sinning, FEEDING THE FLESH, DELINQUENT IN DUTY.

WHAT YOU WILL NEVER REGRET Serving God, Taking a Stand for Him, Being Cautious in Standards, STRONGLY Instructing the next generation. (Eliazar) Spending time in the WORD. Spending time in your CHURCH, GIVING TO GOD, BEING FAITHFUL, Showing Grace and JOY, Bearing up well under a Bitter struggle. (Nadab & Abihu), STANDING IN THE GAP,

WHO WE ARE: Take away the garments, take away the office, take away the reputation, take away the associations and family, who are you? (Micah 4:5) For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. Would you still really serve God if nobody knew you? WHO are we REALLY? Can you walk up that Mount with CONFIDENCE?

(2 Tim 4:6-8) For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. {7} I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: {8} Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Live each day and PLAN your life so that you CAN walk up that HILL and have as few things to regret as possible. One day the call will come. Other hands will take the shell of who others think you are away and you will be left with who you really are. It would be wise to discover just who that is. What are YOUR stands? What do YOU believe? Who is JESUS CHRIST to YOU? WHAT HAVE I done for HIM? Not your office, not your church, not your friends or family, not your reputation but YOU… Will YOU be surprised on that day? Or will you be CONFIDENT. Praise God the man with Aaron was Eleazar his son. I wonder if He thought of what He was LEAVING BEHIND as a Testimony… You can leave MONEY but it will be spent You can leave MONUMENTS but they will be reclaimed, renamed and reduced. You can leave a NAME, but your name will be forgotten. What Aaron was to LEAVE was What He had done for God, good or bad.

TESTIMONY What He left were HIS SONS How well had He trained them? Would they be faithful and bring Honor to God. What he left was the mark he made as He was Used of God in the Economy of God. What will YOU LEAVE. What Did Aaron GAIN on that DAY? REWARD, LIFE, ETERNITY.