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Numbers 10-11:23
1 Corinthians 14:10 says, in the King James Translation, “There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.” That is the first thing I thought about when I began reading about the “silver” trumpets. Its good that we hear the notes being sounded, but hearing them does us no good if we don’t know what they mean. Here Moses is instructed by God on what to sound for differing situations. If the call to break camp is sounded but no one understand the signal or there is differing interpretations then you have chaos and movement with no momentum.

The wisdom of the trumpet sounds and each sounds’ meaning is demonstrated in the way the Israelis break camp and how they Tabernacle is already set up by the time the last tribe breaks camp and gets to the place were the camp is set up.

There is a verse in Isaiah, 1:18, where God invites the prophet to dialogue with Him about the true condition of their sin, so I’m not so sure that the peoples’ complaining is about just complaining or that the people are complaining about God taking them out of Egypt which they have false memories of the good times and food they had. They, like us, complain about God’s provisions devaluing the gifts and blessings of God.

The greatest gift God has given us is our deliverance from sin and freedom from eternal death, yet we find ourselves walling in the sin we have been delivered from giving that sin greater value then the freedom from it. We fear death that walks hand-in-hand with sin, but as long as we romance sin death comes along. We, like the children of Israel, make poor value judgments.


Mark 14:1-21
A woman pours expensive perfume on Jesus, unbeknownst to her she is preparing the one she loves for his death that he will die for her sins. She has given to Jesus more value than the cost of the perfume and the jar she carries it in. Yet those at the table who dine with Him value the perfume and the jar more than they value the man they have followed for three and a half years. Value it’s all about what we value. Jesus said, 7 “You will always have the poor among you, and you can help them whenever you want to. But I will not be here with you much longer.”

What we do for Christ is the only thing that will last, words to a song but true words. Christ is more precious than silver; more costly than gold and more beautiful than diamonds, He is priceless.

Psalm 51:1-21
7 You will always have the poor among you, and you can help them whenever you want to. But I will not be here with you much longer.

Something so hard for me to remember that my sins against others is not really against them, it is against God because He created them in His image, the same image that he created me after.

Proverbs 10:31-32
I’m reminded of an old saying, “You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear.” If you only get words of comfort, words of wisdom, words that build you up from the godly, then looking to the wicked for anything other than corruption is a waste of time. A false witness breathes out lies, all the time.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Psalm 51

Surely David repented for his sins and wrote this Psalm. I believe God accepted his confession and repentance. But it did not mean that God did not punish David for his sins. God is also a righteous God. Sins have consequences. David and his family paid a big price for his sin.

I remembered one of my good Christian friend told me that sin is a serious matter. It is so serious that only God's only son can redeem us for our sins.

As I was reading through today's blog, I congratulated myself because I never (knowingly) complain to God. Then I read what Mike says about worrying. Conclusion, I do complain:(

Psalm 51:10-12 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

This verse stood out because of the unusual way David prayed for forgiveness, instead of pleading for forgiveness outlining the sin he committed and attaching his remorse to his plea, he fast forwards to the heart of the problem, realizing what he needs requires replacement not repair. “Create in me a pure heart, O God”, David knows that the heart is desperately wicked and drawn to the path of sin, his prayer is for God to create a pure heart in him.

For some reason this reminded me of having a flat tire, the tire is damaged but instead of patching the tire it needs to be replaced or it will just fail again. “Renew a steadfast spirit within me”, again David pleads for newness not repair. The only thing he doesn’t ask for new is salvation, instead he asks for the restoration of the joy and willingness that he once had, knowing that is what sustains him. David’s prayer reminded me of the manna (God’s word) from heaven; it’s fresh and new every morning and has everything we need to sustain us.

Every now and then (lately) I’ve been a little off in my walk, my joy went AWOL and my willingness to humble myself before the Lord and others has been compromised. Sometimes I know how I got here and other times I’m clueless of how it happened but I know it’s time to confess before the Lord and ask that He create a pure heart in me and restore the joy of my salvation. How cool it is that when we find ourselves in the doldrums’, we can come to the well and drink from the living waters. God is good.

Actually, next year for a tune how about a link to Keith Green's "So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt?" Perfect fit for Num. 11.

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