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Monday, November 26th, '18

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BURY IT

"The toilet area shall be outside the camp. Each man must have a spade as part of his equipment..." (Deuteronomy 23:12,13)

 

I'm not going to finish the verse. You get the idea. The potty is outside the camp; each man is to carry a spade with him. I bet you thought I would never address this verse. But "all scripture is given by inspiration of God" and to preach "the whole counsel of God" means that we have to make inspection outside the camp as well. The spade is for digging a hole and burying "refuse" (NKJV). Assuming you don't need a course in primitive hygiene let's try to apply the text to other personal issues. We need to take the spade and bury old successes. Paul said, "I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him..." (Philippians 3:8,9) He had been a master-student under Gamaliel, the famous doctor of the Law. Paul's own testimony, "...touching the righteousness of the law, blameless" (vs 6) He had a reputable past, the young aspiring Pharisee, but Paul buried that chapter of his life to move into what God really had for him, apostleship.

 

Next we need to bury old sins. Not only our sins but other people's sins too. Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). Yesterday is to be a rudder that leads us forward, not an anchor that holds us down. Moses commanded that the toilet area be set up "outside the camp". There are some smells that have no business in the congregation of the saints. If the press wants to run stories on this scandal and that then I guess there is nothing we can do about it, but you as a believer are supposed to have a spade "as part of [your] equipment". Nurse and rehearse the past and soon you will curse the past. Peter speaks of the person who "has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins" (2 Peter 1:9). Those "old sins" need repented of, cast off and laid in the casket then dirt shoveled on. Then let nature do its biodegradable work...don't dig it up!

 

Third, we need to bury old sufferings. Everyone gets hurt. You've been hurt, I've been hurt. What have you done with that hurt? Maxwell teaches that hurt people hurt people. But it doesn't have to be that way. If you will recognize that Jesus suffered everything you suffer and that Easter Sunday follows Bad Friday, that there is such a thing as resurrection, there is hope, and if you can turn all the pain over to Him, He will walk with you through your sufferings. Clichés come easy, "no pain, no gain", "suffering will make you bitter or it will make you better", etc. But you don't need clichés right now, you need answers, consolation, a caring shoulder to cry on. Once the tears are cried, however, there comes a time to take the spade to the past.

 

There were some three million Hebrews wandering around out there in the wilderness. That, pardon the imagery, is a lot of trips outside the camp. Watch your step. Have you noticed that at most interstate rest areas they have a special area set apart for people to walk their pets? We don't talk about those things. It is just assumed that all homes come with a built-in bathroom. The fact is, "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Your favorite movie star, favorite preacher, whoever, buys TP at Wal-Mart just like everyone else. Everyone has spilled his or her soda at the restaurant one time or another. How do we deal with the failures? We can run and hide, take on either a superiority or inferiority complex and demand reparations, we can turn to the bottle and give up, or we can take it outside the camp and bury it then start over, even if it means starting over every single day. God does offer a new sunrise every morning so "so what" if we have to bury yesterday and start anew every day? The old spiritual says, "Leave it there, leave it there, take your burden to the Lord and leave it there..." The Law said basically the same thing thirty-five-hundred years ago. There is no action so messed up that a little spade-work can't take care of.


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