22. God is proud of you as you follow Him

Last week we learned that we need to cleanse our hands and our feet in our daily walk. Not to be saved or to obtain favor from God, but to free ourselves from this world. He came and He gave us access into His Kingdom, now it is up to us to decide whether we want to make His Kingdom our primary concern, or do we still make the world and all its intricacies our primary concern. Jesus opened up the way for us to walk in freedom from the effects of this world. We now need to take up His offer and walk in the liberty that it brings.

Today we are going to look at the sea of bronze in more detail. The sea was cast in bronze and it stood on a unique footing. It was twelve oxen:

"It stood on twelve oxen: three looking toward the north, three looking toward the west, three looking toward the south and three looking toward the east; the Sea was set upon them, and all their backs pointed inward." 2 Chronicles 4:4

Okay so there were twelve oxen divided in four groups looking in each direction. Let us have a look at the significance of the numbers today.

First of all there were twelve oxen. This number is significant as it portrays the twelve tribes of Israel and also later the twelve apostles. Therefore this number refers to the governmental authority of God. The twelve tribes each had leaders and the twelve apostles were the leaders of the new covenant, and they represent all of God's children from both covenants.

Secondly there were three oxen on each side. The number three refers to a number of things. But today the following stands out for me: It refers to the perfect Trinity. It can also refer to being formed into the likeness of Christ.

And thirdly, four refers naturally to all the directions in this world. The number also represents comprehensiveness, therefore all encompassing.

So if we take all of these numbers together we come to the following conclusion. The perfect Trinity wants His children (all in the old and new covenant), to be formed into His likeness so that they can go into all directions and spread His Kingdom and Word, everywhere, all encompassing. Isn't it just awesome?

God wants to use every single believer to reach out and touch those in desperate need of Him. These oxen are not below the sea by accident. As we saw last week, God wants us to cleanse ourselves from this world and only then can we be equipped to turn a broken world to Him. We cannot be equipped if we are so part of this world. It will be difficult as this world can easily entrap us.

No matter what your occupation is or in which way the Lord leads you. ALL our goals are the same, to lead others to Christ. Whether it is in the boardroom, in the classroom, in the corporate world, in your daily walk with your kids, even in praying from the retirement village, all our goals are the same! Reaching others for Christ! Our methods may differ, but our goal is the same. And therefore not one occupation is more important than another. They are all equal in God's sight. It is what we DO with what God has given us that is important!! And therefore no one can look down on what God has placed on their hearts or even someone else's. If they follow their calling and do what God asks, there are treasures in Heaven and a party amongst the angels and God is smiling from ear to ear.

Thank you Father that You have a job for each of us to do. Thank you that You have handpicked us to walk in Your ways. We love You and we rejoice in all Your goodness. Help us to close our ears to this world and to rather follow Your Voice. You know best! Amen

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