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Numbers 33:40-35:34
51 "Speak to the Israelites and tell them: `When you cross the Jordan River into the land of Canaan, 52 you must drive out all the people living there. You must destroy all their carved and molten images and demolish all their pagan shrines. …55 But if you fail to drive out the people who live in the land, those who remain will be like splinters in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in the land where you live. 56 And I will do to you what I had planned to do to them.' "

God wants us to be in the world but not of the world, we are to be salt and light in a dead and dying world yet I find being in the world but not of the world a difficult task to navigate. I know that you can be amongst people yet be detached from them and you can be separated from people yet be attached to them. What is the ‘key’ in walking this walk like Jesus? When Jesus was around sinners they were converted to seeing life from God’s point of view. He definitely wasn’t converted to their lifestyle. And that is the dilemma I find myself in how to be amongst the world yet not take on the lifestyle of the world.

Luke 5:12-28

17 … And the Lord's healing power was strongly with Jesus.

Jesus was in a room full of people and the text says that there were some religious teachers and some Pharisees (Far-to-sees) sitting near by who came from every conceivable town and village in Galilee and Judea. What ever their personal reason for coming to hear Jesus, no one in that room was sick except the guy whose friends put him through the roof or where they? Now the paralyzed men’s friends I see them from two different perspectives neither may be right. They either loved their friend so much that they wanted him to be healed so that he can live a productive life. Or they may have wanted him to be healed because they had to carry him around. Hmmm.

I can’t believe that everyone in that room, except for the man who made an entrance through a hole in the roof, was walking in Divine Health. Everywhere that Jesus went people were calling out, falling out and shouting out to be healed, he even touched and healed a man with leprosy. So what’s up with this group? One thing for sure these guys had so much pride that they wouldn’t dare submit their sick bodies to the healing touch of Jesus. Today, even today, many fail to submit sick bodies; sick souls to Jesus even after seating in a room watching others get healed. Pride will kill ya!

Psalm 65:1-13
1 What mighty praise, O God,
belongs to you in Zion. We will fulfill our vows to you,
…3 Though our hearts are filled with sins,
you forgive them all.

How often do we feel inadequate, ashamed, undeserving to come to Jesus, yet the Sweet Psalmist of Israel gives us an encouragement to praise God through our inadequacies because He has the power to cleanse us from all unrighteousness after He has forgiven us of all our sins.
Proverbs 11:23

This Proverb is another way of saying, “We Reap what we Sow.”

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Luke 5: 12-13

12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy.[a] When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.

Jesus, our LORD, are compassionate and forgiving. He answered the man that he was willing to make him clean. Reflecting on our own lives, are we willing to forgive other's 'offences'? Jesus is willing. We, who model after our LORD, should be willing.

Psalm 65 is also comforting. So is today's Proverbs 11:23.

Just a brief note: it is important to arm ourselves with God's words to fight the fight. Do come back everyday to read God's Words and share God's enlightenments.

Numbers 33:40-35:34

Today’s reading in the book of Numbers speaks about taking possession of our inheritance as we see the Promise Land divided among the Israelites. This serves as a reminder for us to take possession of our inheritance by leaving behind that territory we once occupied before knowing Jesus and occupy the Promise Land where we’re new creatures in Christ. I thought it interesting that each tribe had its own separate territory except the Levites, they were wonderfully scattered within each and every territory providing spiritual leadership for each tribe.

The cities of refuge also stood out for me in today’s readings. Numbers 35:6-8 “Six of the towns you give the Levites will be cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone may flee. In addition, give them forty-two other towns. 7 In all you must give the Levites forty-eight towns, together with their pasturelands. 8 The towns you give the Levites from the land the Israelites possess are to be given in proportion to the inheritance of each tribe: Take many towns from a tribe that has many, but few from one that has few.”

Although the city’s of refuge is a place of safe haven for those that unintentionally killed someone, it also metaphorically speaks of Christ as our safe haven. We were all guilty before our High Priest Jesus declared us not guilty. Just as the offender is safe as long as he abides within the city of refuge, the same goes for us as long as we abide in Christ. In the city of refuge the offender is set free only when the High Priest in the city of refuge dies. We were set free by the death and resurrection of our High Priest Christ Jesus.

The book of Numbers is wonderfully rich in metaphors reminding us to take possession of our inheritance and walk in faith taking God at His word.

Did psalm 63 inspire Matt Redman's song, "Praise Awaits You"?

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