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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.

A Child’s Answered Prayer….

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This evening while I was saying good night to my daughter, I asked her to say a prayer for her sister. Her little sister has a cold and was having a hard time going to sleep. So, she started to pray, “Dear Lord I pray that You will heal my sister sometime….” I stopped her and asked, “Why sometime, why not right now?” She said that if she prayed for God to heal her right now, it might not happen. So I asked her, “Is anything impossible for God?” Her eyes lit up and she said, “No! With God all things are possible.” I asked her to pray again, and to have faith and believe in what she is asking God, knowing that nothing is impossible for Him. So she did. Right away, her sister quieted down, so I looked down at her in her bed, and she was asleep. I told my daughter that her sister was asleep and she had this great expression on her face of someone whose prayer has just been answered by her Lord.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to share what I learned during my bible time with my daughter, and that she had no doubts that God can do all things.

With God all Things are Possible….

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I had two thoughts this morning during my bible reading. The first comes from Mark 10:17-27.  Jesus is talking with a rich man about what he can do to inherit the earth. The man claims that he has kept all the commandments since birth, and Jesus “felt a love for him…said to him, ‘One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” The man went away saddened. He could not give up all his wealth. That was impossible to him.

Jesus tells his disciples that “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Well, the disciples were astonished! In their experience, if a man is rich, he is blessed by God and therefore he must be living a righteous life. So they ask Jesus, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus answered them “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”

Thank you Lord Jesus for these great words of encouragement. If I try in my own strength, it is impossible. But in Christ, all things are possible.

The second thought comes a little further down in Mark 10 verses 46-52. Jesus has come to Jericho and is leaving Jericho. He is with His disciples and a large crowd. Along the road is a blind beggar named Bartimaeus. He hears (not sees) that Jesus is there and cries out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  “Many were sternly telling him to be quiet.”  Why were they telling him to be quiet? Were they embarrassed? Annoyed? Well, the blind beggar didn’t listen to them, he called out all the more. “Jesus stopped.” Now I know the blind man could not see that Jesus stopped, but to me that is a beautiful picture. The blind man is told “He is calling for you.” Bartimaeus throws his cloak aside and jumps up and comes to Jesus! Oh, this is so exciting! Would that I could see such a sight! Jesus asks “what do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight.” Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has made you well.” Here is another instance of an immediate healing. For the man “immediately regained his sight and began following Him on the road.”

Oh Lord, I pray that I would have such faith and courage. Help me Lord to call out to You and ignore those who are “sternly telling me to be quiet.”