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Numbers 21

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This morning I continued in my reading of the book of Numbers with chapter 21. This is a very familiar story to me and one that I recently discussed with the kids during their history. We are studying Ancient History and following along with the bible, so we get a lesson in bible as well.

If you remember in the last chapter, the people were complaining about not having water, God provided water and they were satisfied. Well, at the same time, Israel was unable to travel through Edom because the Edomites refused to let them travel through their land. Thus the people of Israel were led by a different route by the Red Sea to go around Edom. It wasn’t long before the whole congregation of Israel was complaining against God and Moses. (They can’t blame Aaron any longer,.)

God sent fiery serpents into their camp and the serpents bit them and they died. So many died that the people of Israel went to Moses and actually admitted that they were wrong and that they had sinned. They asked Moses to intercede on their behalf and ask God to deliver them from the serpents. I don’t know about you, but Moses has been through this so many times before, I have to wonder if he felt at all like they deserved it. But then I remember that Moses was a very humble man and he probably didn’t feel that way at all. So, Moses went to the Lord and asked Him to deliver the people from the snakes.

God told Moses to make a fiery serpent out of bronze and place it on a standard. He told Moses to hold it up and whenever someone was bitten by a serpent, they were to look upon the bronze serpent on the standard and they would be saved.

Pause for a second and let that sink in.

Okay, that is such a powerful picture of what Christ did for us on the cross at Calvary. He was held up on the cross, and if we but look to Him and believe in Him, we will be saved.

God in His majesty, saved the Israelites with this symbol that points to the cross and they were able to move on from that place.

After this Israel is challenged by king Sihon of the Amorites, and king Og of Bashan. God delivers a great victory for Israel and they settle in the land of the Amorites. God tells them not to be afraid. And they listen to Him this time. I think the lesson with the bronze serpent on the standard really sunk in. They did as God told them and did not waver.

Reading through the old testament has provided me with a clearer picture of my walk with God. I can point fingers and say they were stubborn, but, am I so different? When I complain, am I not behaving the same way toward God? Yes, I am.

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for forgiveness for my stubbornness and the complaints that I lay against You. I am amazed by Your grace and mercy in my life and I know that all things come from You. Help me not to be afraid when I am called into battle, for You are with me. Thank You Lord. Amen.

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Numbers 20

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This morning I was reading Numbers chapter 20 for my morning devotion time. You know, the time where you read and pray quietly in the wee hours of the morning before any one else is up? Well, in chapter 20 the sons of Israel are again complaining to Moses and Aaron that they have brought them out into the wilderness to die. They have no water. So Moses and Aaron fall on their faces before the tent of meeting. The Lord tells Moses to get his rod and go to speak to the rock (vs.8) and water would come forth for them and their animals.

Well, this is where I was surprised. In my memory, God told Moses to tap the rock once, and I thought that is why God punished Moses. Moses struck the rock twice and he yelled at the people. He called them rebels and said,”must we bring water out of this rock?” That sounds a little sarcastic to me. But God told him to speak to the rock and water would come out.

Then God tells Moses and Aaron that they didn’t believe Him and so now they would not be entering the Promised Land. Wow, that struck me right in the heart. Either you believe Him, or you don’t. Moses and Aaron were delivered an absolute.

This is a powerful lesson to be learned by Christians today.

because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11 : 6)

Do you believe God’s word?

Recognizing the Signs….

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I was reading in Matthew 24 today and I came across several verses that tied together and really came alive for me. I don’t pretend to know when the Lord will come again, but these verses give me comfort.

Matthew 24:15

Therefore when you see the Abomination of Desolation which was spoken through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)

vs. 16    Then those who are in Judea must flee into the mountains.

I just finished reading Revelation a couple of weeks ago so this immediately jumped out at me as the Remnant left of Israel.

vs. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

vs. 29  But immediately after the tribulation of those days, THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, ANDTHE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

vs. 30  And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.

After I read that a couple of verses down vs. 32 stood out and I felt alerted to something new.

vs. 32 Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near;

vs. 33  so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.

I don’t need to wonder or worry or speculate when will He return. First of all I know that He will. Secondly I know that first the SUN MUST BE DARKENED AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT AND THE STARS WILL FALL FROM THE SKY. THE SON OF MAN WILL APPEAR IN THE SKY. He will come on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. Amen.

Christ, the Son of the Living God…

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In Matthew 16:16 God uses Peter to proclaim that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Just 5 verses later, Peter is then rebuked by Jesus.

Matthew 16:21-23

From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.

Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.”

But He turned to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s”

One moment Peter is a useful tool in the Lord’s hand and praised by Jesus, and the next he is being rebuked as Satan! How crushing this must have been. In fact, I know just what that feels like as I am sure most Christians know how that feels. How many times have I been blessed with opportunities to serve the Lord and receive His blessing only to let Him down with arrogance, anger or pride a moment later. They are sadly to numerous to count. My next thought is then, what can I do? How can I ever get over this? The answer is in the next verse.

Matthew 16:24-26

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Lord I pray to be a useful and faithful servant in Your Kingdom. Please guide me and bless my soul to take up my cross and follow You.

Trusting in God’s promises…

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Why is it that when I am about to begin a sentence it is going to begin with the word “I?”

 

Whenever I think about this blog, I feel so guilty. I cannot think of anything to write about. My bible time with the Lord has been very consistent, and consistently the same. My prayer has been that the Lord, who began a good work in me, is faithful to complete it. I have been saved, by grace through faith, a gift from God. 

There has been a Psalm that my heart clings too most fervently. I decided to have the children memorize it as well and I thank the Lord for such a good idea. Teaching them really does give me an accountability that is so lacking in general.

Psalm 63:1

Oh God, You are my God

Early will I seek You

My soul thirsts for You

My flesh longs for You

In a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.

Love Is….

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I have been reading 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and meditating upon these wonderful words of encouragement. Do any of us really know what love is? I find myself saying it all the time, to my husband, my kids, about my favorite things. But when I read this portion of scripture, I feel inadequate, I am woefully coming up short on many of these points.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,

does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

So, now that this is all out in the open for all to see exactly what love is, can it be credited to my account?

I think not. I am rarely patient with my children, rarely kind, I am jealous of what other people look like, I feel prideful often. I often act unbecomingly, not in public of course, only at home. I am too often looking out for myself, after all isn’t society always telling us you have to look out for number 1? When someone points out the truth of a wrong done, do I rejoice? Does my love cover a multitude of sins? Do I believe the best about people, my family? Do I hope and endure all things?

I read this to the kids this morning and we talked about all of the ways that we don’t show love. We talked about how we can and should show and love one another. Love is not just a word, or an emotion, it is an action too.  I hope that I can keep this train of thought close to my heart and remember how Christ came and showed us through His life and death and Resurrection what love is.

The Wages of Sin…

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Romans 7:20-23

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.

When we are slaves of sin, we are still free in righteousness. Sin will always enslave us, but God’s truth and righteousness are always freedom.

Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.

Even in sin we bear fruit, so what kind of fruit did you have in the things that now bring shame? No matter what the fruit was, the outcome is the same, death.

But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.

Paul says earlier in vs. 19 that he is speaking in human terms, which is why he says here that we are enslaved to God. So, now that we are free from sin, we bear a different kind of fruit which results in sanctification and eternal life.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are paid for our sin with death. Sin brings no other currency. By God’s grace, He has given us a free gift. Amazing, wonderful eternal life in Christ Jesus! Thank you Lord for saving me, a sinner. Who am I that you are mindful of me? I am Your child, by Your grace, it is a gift from God, that no one should boast. Amen.