chronological day 70 :)

Please read Numbers 34, 35 and 36.  What is the Lord speaking to you through His Word this morning?  I’d love to hear your thoughts too!  Here’s what I am thinking about:

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God spoke to Moses: “Command the People of Israel. Tell them, When you enter Canaan, these are the borders of the land you are getting as an inheritance” (34:1-2 MSG)

Moses is dividing up the land, the inheritance that he will not receive.  Again, I am struck by the fact that Moses continues in faithfulness, caring for the people and fulfilling his purpose.  He won’t enter the promised land, but his relationship with God and with the children of Israel continues.  (It’s not anyone else’s fault that he struck the rock instead of speaking to it – but I’m sure you’ve seen people misplace their discontent or misplace blame before.  Moses doesn’t do any of that).

 “Don’t desecrate the land in which you live. I live here, too—I, God, live in the same neighborhood with the People of Israel.” (35:34 MSG)

God said not to desecrate the place where they live because He lives there too. I like how the Message translates it “I live in the same neighborhood”.  Sweet reminder for us today – wherever we are, God is as well.  He is always with us ❤

And that’s the end of Numbers – we’re finished another book!

chronological day 69 :)

Please read Numbers 32-33.  I love these histories about Moses, do you?  Come on back and let’s visit about today’s reading:

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“These are the camping sites in the journey of the People of Israel after they left Egypt, deployed militarily under the command of Moses and Aaron. Under God’s instruction Moses kept a log of every time they moved, camp by camp” (33:1-2 MSG)

I love that Moses kept a log (a journal) of all their travels while directed by God.  This would become a great encouragement to future generation! It’s important to understand the difference between REMEMBERING and RECORDING history versus DWELLING in the past while not allowing yourself to move forward.  This log would be a reminder that God was and will continue to be faithful. It would be a reminder that God will continue to strengthen the people as they moved forward. Part of the reason I journal too!

chronological day 68 :)

Please read Numbers 30- and 31.  Does anything stand out to you today?  Now that it has been 2 months of daily time in the Word, do you sense any change?  I can discern God’s voice more easily when I’m familiar with and tuned in to His precious Word! Here we go for day 68 – 

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My Father God, if I allow His Holy Spirit to work in me, will give me wisdom as I make commitments/vows/promises.  Another thought – if only 1000 men from each tribe went to war with the Midianites (12,000 total) – the plunder from this battle seems incredible, huh? If God be for us (in any area of life), who can be against us?

Moses and Eleazar took the gold from the commanders of thousands and hundreds and brought it to the Tent of Meeting, to serve as a reminder for the People of Israel before God. (31:54 MSG)

I like how Moses always creates a reminder – it’s important to look forward, but it’s encouraging sometimes to look back.  If you can celebrate the past (not dwell on it, not be bound by it), then considering God’s faithfulness in the past can be a great encouragement.  He’ll do it again!

chronological day 67 :)

Good morning!  Please read Numbers 27, 28 and 29.  Come back and let’s talk!  Here’s what I am thinking about today – what are your thoughts?

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We’re are introduced to Joshua today – an important figure for sure!  Let’s put a bookmark here and visit about it later, but it’s important to note that Moses is making an investment into the next generation leader.

God said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun—the Spirit is in him!—and place your hand on him. Stand him before Eleazar the priest in front of the entire congregation and commission him with everyone watching. Pass your magisterial authority over to him so that the whole congregation of the People of Israel will listen obediently to him. (27:18-19 MSG)

Another thing that stands out to me today is the emphasis on the health of the animal being used as an offering: over and over we are told, they must be healthy.  Because of the sacrifice of Jesus, the once and for all offering of His Blood, I don’t have to be perfect to come to God. I can come when I am broken and know that He will help. I can come when I am sick or hurt and know He will heal. I can come if I lack anything and know that He will provide. Oh the precious love of God!  Thank You Jesus for Your sacrifice!

“Conclude the seventh day in holy worship; don’t do any regular work on that day” (28:25 MSG)

chronological day 66 :)

Please read Numbers 25-26, and come on back!  

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“God spoke to Moses: “Phinehas son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, has stopped my anger against the People of Israel. Because he was as zealous for my honor as I myself am, I didn’t kill all the People of Israel in my zeal. So tell him that I am making a Covenant-of-Peace with him. He and his descendants are joined in a covenant of eternal priesthood, because he was zealous for his God and made atonement for the People of Israel” (25:10-13 MSG)

Because Phinehas was zealous for God’s honor, God made a covenant of peace with him. Love for God’s word and truth does create peace in our lives! Reminds me of Psalm 119:165, but let’s read it in my familiar NKJV 🙂

Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble

Nothing causes them to stumble, nothing causes them offense.  A great love for God’s word and peace will drive out hate and discord!

chronological day 65 :)

Let’s read Numbers chapters 22, 23 and 24 today.  We’re plugging along and doing great!

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“Balaam answered Balak’s servants: “Even if Balak gave me his house stuffed with silver and gold, I wouldn’t be able to defy the orders of my God to do anything, whether big or little.” (22:18-19 MSG)

Balaam sets a great example for us – obedience to God is the most important thing.  Even the promise of payment from man (or the threat that payment won’t be made) isn’t worth disobedience – God is our source always. God is always faithful and always honest – we can trust Him completely!

We comes across the crazy story about the talking donkey today (22:22-40) – I always enjoy that one, and an obvious application is that God can speak to us through anything 🙂 I also love Balaam’s prophecy:

“God is not man, one given to lies,
    and not a son of man changing his mind.
Does he speak and not do what he says?
    Does he promise and not come through?” (23:19 MSG)

Does He promise and not come through? Never, my friend.  God can be trusted.

chronological day 64 :)

Please read Numbers 19, 20, and 21.  Wow – another big day.  Come on back and let’s visit.  Here’s what I am thinking about this morning:

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Yesterday, MANY people were put on notice: they would not enter the promised land because of their disobedience.  Today, we see our leader enter the same circumstance.

God spoke to Moses: “Take the staff. Assemble the community, you and your brother Aaron. Speak to that rock that’s right in front of them and it will give water. (19:7 MSG)

Easy enough, right?  Maybe not….

Moses took the staff away from God’s presence, as commanded. He and Aaron rounded up the whole congregation in front of the rock. Moses spoke: “Listen, rebels! Do we have to bring water out of this rock for you?” With that Moses raised his arm and slammed his staff against the rock—once, twice. Water poured out. Congregation and cattle drank. 19:9-11 MSG)

In front of the whole congregation – don’t miss that.  Moses doesn’t speak to the rock – he struck it.  This wasn’t a matter of the outcome – the people still received the water they so desperately needed.  This was a matter of reverence for the Lord.  The people needed that example in addition to the water, maybe more than the water.

God said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you didn’t trust me, didn’t treat me with holy reverence in front of the People of Israel, you two aren’t going to lead this company into the land that I am giving them.” (19:12 MSG)

Because Moses disobeyed, he would not enter the promised land.  However, as you continue with Moses on this journey, please notice this: Moses did not stop leading God’s people, nor did he stop his relationship with God.  Not entering the promised land was a consequence of his own actions.  Moses continued in his purpose of leading the people to their promise, in spite of this consequence.

Consequences are meant to TRAIN us, not STOP us. 

chronological day 63 :)

Number 16-18, and head on back.  Let’s visit with each other and with God this morning, learning about His character and His Word together!

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“The plague has begun” (16:46 NKJV)

Can you imagine the urgency and fear that phrase struck? After all the complaining and all the rebellion, God has to act.  Moses has to act as well.  He and his brother Aaron pray for the people, and get direction as to how to save as many as possible.

“Aaron grabbed the censer, as directed by Moses, and ran into the midst of the congregation. The plague had already begun. He put burning incense into the censer and atoned for the people. He stood there between the living and the dead and stopped the plague” (16:47-48 MSG)

Aaron literally stood, with his censer in his hand, in between the living and the dead.  Right where he stood – everyone on one side of him, close enough for him to touch, were corpses.  On the other side, close enough to touch, were the relieved faces of the still living. As he and Moses stood and watched, literally seeing people fall in a wave before them, however did Aaron gather the strength to run out there?

God give me such a passion to bring Your presence to my community.

chronological day 62 :)

Please read Numbers 14 and 15. Are you finding Numbers easier than Leviticus?  🙂 I hope so!  Here are my thoughts – comment below with one of your own!  

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“Now let the power of the Master expand, enlarge itself greatly” (14:17 MSG)

Amen. What a prayer – with God, there is always MORE! It’s a comfort that God still stayed with the children of Israel, even after all their grumblings and lack of gratitude and disobedience (and the list goes on – I wasn’t even there, and sometimes I find myself growing weary of them too).

“I am your God who rescued you from the land of Egypt to be your personal God. Yes, I am God, your God” (15:41 MSG)

God reveals His purpose again here” He rescued them to be their personal God – and even their own disobedience could not change His plan or alter His character.  God refuses to let us go. Thank You, Lord, for Your great faithfulness!

chronological day 61 :)

Please read Numbers chapters 11, 12, and 13.  Busy day!

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The people fell to grumbling over their hard life. God heard” 11:1 MSG

“The riffraff among the people had a craving and soon they had the People of Israel whining, “ ‘Why can’t we have meat? We ate fish in Egypt—and got it free!—to say nothing of the cucumbers and melons, the leeks and onions and garlic. But nothing tastes good out here’ ” 11:4-6 MSG

I think we’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again: nothing will make you long for the past like a trauma in your present.  Is anyone else thinking this: maybe the food in Egypt were free, but they themselves were not free!  They were slaves.  Would they actually go back to slavery for the sake of a filet o’ fish?

I love how God describes His relationship with Moses:.  With others, He might speak is vision or dreams, but:

“I don’t do it that way with my servant Moses;
    he has the run of my entire house;
I speak to him intimately, in person,
    in plain talk without riddles:
    He ponders the very form of God” (12:7-8 MSG)

For us, the veil has been torn (Mark 15:38) – there is no barrier between us and God because of Jesus’ sacrifice.  If we draw close, He will speak to us plainly too!