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Numbers 32:1-33:39

This makes me sad, 1 …So when they saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were ideally suited for their flocks and herds, 2 they came to Moses, Eleazar the priest, and the other leaders of the people. They said, 3 "Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo, and Beon—4 the LORD has conquered this whole area for the people of Israel. It is ideally suited for all our flocks and herds. 5 If we have found favor with you, please let us have this land as our property instead of giving us land across the Jordan River."

God, who knows everything, gives the children of Israel land that is best suited for them, yet two and one-half tribes think that they can appraise the land better than God. Hmmm, have I negotiated down and taken what God has permitted me to take instead of waiting for God’s perfect Will for my life? Were the people from the tribe of Gad the ancestors of those living in the Gadarenes, that place where Jesus cast the legend of demons out of a man and sent them into a heard of pigs? I’m not sure if they are but if there were they wound up taking care of unclean animals. That was not a job for nice Jewish boys.

How could they say that the land was ideally suited for them without fully exploring the land of Promise? What does this say when we want things done in our timing and not God’s timing?

Mike reading your comments about keeping our words reminds me of how important it is to be faithful to the words that flow from our mouths. One of the consequences of not keeping our word is that we don’t think anyone else will be true to their word either, even God so we don’t trust Him. If you can’t believe your own words, you will never believe anyone else’s. That is the real destruction of having a lying tongue, we destroy ourselves first.

Luke 4:31-5:11

I think it’s funny pathetic that demon spirits knew who Jesus was, yet those who were his own didn’t recognize, or maybe I should say wouldn’t recognize that He fulfilled all the Prophecies uttered in the Old Testament, the Book. Something is very wrong with that picture.

Jesus’ power to heal, his power to tell fish where to go to be caught could only happened because He was “ In the beginning …All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being (John 1:1; 3). The only way that anyone can have legitimate power over anything is to be the one who created it. Jesus could get rid of fevers because he created man.
As His creation at His Word every cell must perform they way it was made to perform “In the Beginning …(Genesis 1:1)


Psalm 64:1-10
Do not let my enemies' threats overwhelm me.

This is the first time that I’ve read this and picked up its meaning. Don’t let my enemies’ threats overwhelm me. This is saying that there is no way that I can withstand the onslaught of all the negative, destructive things of life that come my way unless God holds back them back. How often do I think I need to take a stand, build myself up and play the part of the Lone Ranger riding on my trusty steed? Surly pride will be my downfall and the only safety is being sheltered under the might wings of God.

Proverbs 11:22

Mike I liked the picture of the pig’s snout although it took me awhile to figure out what I was looking at. What I see here in the Proverb is that this gold ring that has been placed in the snout doesn’t loose its value. What happens to it is that it gets stuck in the mud, stuck in the troth and encrusted with food and dirt. Unless one captures the pig and gives him a bath, the beauty of the ring will be obscured. Yet even when bathed, perfumed and dressed in a tux, the pig being a pig will go back to his ole stomping grounds, the mud.

Although you looked to see if this wasn’t gender specific, don’t try to make it gender neutral, accept what the Word of God is saying. Remember the church is called the bride of Christ. So that means all you Christian men need to go out and find a nice bridal veil.

You might even extrapolate this out and say this could be a warning for the church, Christ’s Bride! Stay out of the mud and don’t be attaching yourselves to pigs.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Thanks

Luke 4:39

39 So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

I was touched to learn that Jesus did not only heal Simon's mother-in-law by commanding her to get up. Instead, Jesus bent over. Jesus was compassionate. The response of Simon's mother-in-law was commendable. She did not just get up and say thank you and then walk away. She waited on Jesus and his followers. What a beautiful picture!

Psalm 64:7-10

7 But God will shoot them with his arrows;
they will suddenly be struck down.
8 He will turn their own tongues against them
and bring them to ruin;
all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
9 All people will fear;
they will proclaim the works of God
and ponder what he has done.

10 The righteous will rejoice in the LORD
and take refuge in him;
all the upright in heart will glory in him!

What a promise! What a judgment! Our LORD will punish the wicked and reward the righteous!

Numbers 32

The men of the tribe of Reuben and Gad were cattlemen and when they saw that the land in Gadera was good for raising cattle, they asked Moses if they could have Gadera instead of their inheritance in the Promise Land. Here they are about to cross the Jordan and enter the Promise Land, the land of milk and honey, the land that they had spent the last forty years wandering in the desert looking for and they suddenly chose to trade their portion of the Promise Land for this cattle range.

After working a deal with Moses by promising to assist the Israelites on their journey to the Promise Land, the men of Rueben and Gad strike a deal with a reluctant Moses and get what they wanted. Everything seems OK and everyone seems satisfied or so it would appear.

God has given us free will to choose for ourselves and we can accept or reject God promises. Even when we go against God’s will, the Lord forgives us and accepts us where we’re at but there are always consequences for our choices. The people of Rueben and Gad traded down by choosing another land, they missed out on the full amenities the Lord intended them to have by settling for the land of Gadera instead of their promised inheritance.

Rueben and Gad chose to grab that which was right in front of them rather than wait on the blessing of the Lord. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush they thought and that is probably good advice except when the bush is the Burning Bush, the Lord.

Remember when Jesus healed the demon-possessed man and the demons wanted to enter the pigs? This took place at Gadarenes (Gad), if we fast forward from the Old Testament into the New Testament, we see that the cattle land the tribe of Rueben and Gad had coveted so much turned into a pig farm. It is also interesting to note that the pig farmers asked Jesus to leave. Something to think about the next time we’re tempted to choose comfort over commitment.

i know that the lord calls to me to help those that are in need of someone to help them with the struggles of addictions..i am pulled to help..i feel it is god working through me to share the word and to help with giving a light in their lives again...i hope and pray that one day soon i will be able to work with those that need the light shown to them again

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