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Numbers 11:24-13:33

Exodus 19, 5 Now therefore, if you will obey My voice in truth and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own peculiar possession and treasure from among and above all peoples; for all the earth is Mine.

6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation [consecrated, set apart to the worship of God]. These are the words you shall speak to the Israelites.

7 So Moses called for the elders of the people and told them all these words which the Lord commanded him.

8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord has spoken we will do. And Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord. (Amp)

Exodus 20 18 Now all the people perceived the thunderings and the lightnings and the noise of the trumpet and the smoking mountain, and as [they] looked they trembled with fear and fell back and stood afar off.

19 And they said to Moses, You speak to us and we will listen, but let not God speak to us, lest we die.

We begin one of my favorite sections in the Bible, a section that so typifies the natural man, man controlled by the flesh instead of by the Holy Spirit. I copied in the above two passages found in Exodus 19 and 20 because it shows me how double minded we can be and that double mindedness leads to an instability that is unable to handle the things of God. James states in his letter to the New Testament church, 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (NKJ)

The next fifteen chapters or so reveal an Israel with a double mind, unstable in all her ways, the next fifteen chapters reveal how man will justify his/her actions and behaviors to validate a personal agenda which centers on self-interest. The next fifteen chapters or so lay out case studies for us to observe, take note and be forewarned on the traps the enemy will use to block us from receiving our promise, and that enemy is more us than Satan.

We can also observe how sedition and rebellion begins with leadership, Aaron and Mirium, Moses’ older sister and brother, and filters down to the crowd.

The Book of Numbers has always been a place of personal conviction exposing tendencies in me that are selfish and self-serving every time I go through this book.

1 Corinthians 10:
6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did …11These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.

Mark 14:22-52
27 "All of you will desert me," Jesus told them. "For the Scriptures say,
`God will strike the Shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.'

28 But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there."

Never argue with God when He tells you something about yourself, even if you don’t agree with Him. Just accept what He say, “You’re greedy; you’re stingy; you have a temper.” Just accept it and move on and allow God to work it out within you. If you disagree with Him what He has said about you will be proved in public.

29 Peter said to him, "Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will." 50 Meanwhile, all his disciples deserted him and ran away


All means all, no one left out. Striving to prove God wrong dealing with something He’s shared with us about us, is a waste of time and energy. Something I know full well by experience.
Psalm 52:1-9

When there seems to be relentless persecution and there is someone who we once admired out to take our life, literarily and figuratively, this is a great Psalm to mediate on. I don’t think any of us have been hounded like the soon to be King David as he waited for God to bring to pass, in His timing, David’s true purpose: King of Israel the shepherd of Israel.

Proverbs 11:1-3
A man or woman of “pride” is a stubborn man because he/she refuses to submit to words of wisdom that does not come from out of their own mouths. A man or woman of “pride” will do anything to anyone to maintain his or her reputation, even at the expense of truth. And anything built on a lie will collapse, even a “white” lie because half the truth is a whole lie.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Numbers 11:24-13:33 ~ Mark 14:22-52 ~ Psalm 52:1-9 ~ Proverbs 11:1-3
26 However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. 27 A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”

These men were taken unaware. Going about their day, yet they prophesied. Amazing. For God is of his word. Saying he would pour out his Spirit on these men. Yes all of them.

“When there are prophets of the LORD among you,
I reveal myself to them in visions,
I speak to them in dreams.
7 But this is not true of my servant Moses;
he is faithful in all my house.
8 With him I speak face to face,
clearly and not in riddles;
he sees the form of the LORD.
Why then were you not afraid
to speak against my servant Moses?”

How sweet it would be to be spoken to face to face. Father God that one day I would have a life worthy of this. Lord give me compassion for those that sin against you. Oh these wicked people. I resignate with your wrath rather than Moses's cry for forgiveness. This women Mariam speaks badly of him, God vindicates Moses by giving her leprosy. Yet in the next breath Moses cries out to God for healing. Teach me to let it be my cry for mercy and yours to discipline. Let me have faith that you will discipline. The women did not go unpunished. Seven days outside the camp. Yet it wasn't at the hand of Moses. Father God I fear that I will yet again become weak if I openly cry out for healing and mercy for the wicked. Father show me, protect me and birth in me a mercy and compassion that is not riddled with fear of man's control but a love for the people you have created. A compassion likened to what I have for my children. Yes, new every morning. Swift to confront the wrong, deliver discipline, correction and then a lavish of kisses, smiles and hope for a future. Show me how to translate this to my adult relationships.

Mark

30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice[c] you yourself will disown me three times.”

31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.

I thank you Lord that you know how I will hurt you before it happens. You are clothed in compassion, prepared for my betrayal before I even breath a word of it. Lord I pray that in the hidden place in my heart you would cloth me with this compassion for the harms my loved ones will inflict on me. I see that you don't foretell my future to me for I would try and change it. Yet please give me your Spirit of compassion, an inner knowing and forgiveness for what is yet to come. That those I love would be drawn to repentance by my kindness.

51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.

LOL. Wow, what fear this man must have felt to leave his cloths behind.

Proverbs

2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.

Yes Lord, I see it. My pride comes when I think I most be perfect in the keeping of all things good before my children. Yet my choices have bridled me with those fixed on making ungodly choices. For this I must forever remain humble before you, seeking your covering and provision for my children. For I can't alone model a holy marriage before them. I can only be honest with them and model what to do in one that has broken trust, walls, sin and opposing beliefs. Yet praise God, I can by God's instruction, do that. I can also call upon other couples that have a Godly marriage to model that for my children. This is not a curse but a bless. For children must be raised in the community of Christ. I don't have everything my children need. Yet I can honestly and humbly tell them where my life falls short and to direct them to look at another's life in that area. This is not for shame but for grace. God never intended for us to carry all the keys. No shame is in my heart when I need to direct my children to another to learn math, music, etc. So I will not carry shame for any area in my life that I am not a good teacher or model for my kids. I will be honest with them and direct them lovingly to those that can and will teach them.

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“Do you pray that not your will – but God’s perfect will – be done?”

Mark 14:35-36 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

I picked this verse because I struggle doing His will even though I know His will is and will always be, the best and the right choice. Will is a very powerful thing, our will, His will and free will, there all paths we’re free to choose. Satan chose his path when he fell from heaven saying (Isaiah 14:14) “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High”. Jesus always did the will of the Father.

How can I live doing His will instead of my will? Doing His will is the ultimate form of humility, surrender and honor we can give the Lord. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. We submit to the will of God because we know by His word and through our relationship with Him, that He is 100% reliable, unchanging and completely trustworthy. His love for us is totally pure. We can trust that choosing His will over our will is the right path that leads to wholeness, wisdom, peace and the joy that accompanies fruitfulness.

I heard, I think, Pastor Jame McDonald talk about this in one of his teachings on the radio the other day, where he said we should be praying for God to bring us and keep us "low". By "low" he was referring to being "humble".

I have been praying since then for God to bring me low.

I like the words from Jimmy Needham's song "Being Small":Whenever I climb too high
Keep my feet on the ground
And when I get full of me
Turn me upside down
You know pride and not just summer
...Come before the fall
So if You that's gettin' bigger
I don't mind being small
Being small
Being small ~ Jimmy Needham

Stay In Christ Jesus,

Ann Gunn

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