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Numbers 36:1-13

Again, we have God giving a personal answer to a dilemma the tribe of Manasseh found themselves. Valuing their inheritance, the land that God had given them, they approached God about keeping the land inherited by Zelophehad’s daughters in the family. God is interested in all our concerns. Let us not think anything is too small to bring before Him.

Deuteronomy 1:1-46

Every time I read this passage, I am amazed at this miracle, taking forty years to do on an eleven-day journey. Now, that is some miracle. Sometimes, probably more times then we would care to admit, claiming our Promise is delayed by us, our own behavior; and before we can cross over the boundary line to get in, a lot of things in our lives must fall off as we amble in the wilderness making an eleven day trip into an extended vacation of forty years.

Mike—Your question about “Hugs,” giving them and probably receiving them, has hit a sore spot with me. I am a closed person only giving and receiving hugs from designated people, people who I have mentally cleared as appropriate to receive and give hugs too. I have given hugs to complete strangers after hearing from the Holy Spirit to do so but I always ask permission.

My aversion to “hugs” stems from two things, 1) my background—grew up with a lot of sexual abuse in home and in church. 2) Recently in my adult “role,” I attended a church on Tuesdays for Bible Study and ministry after work that always believed in hugging people. I decided to try to break my aversion to hugs there; however, predators were rampart there also (both male and female). Until I learn how to follow my instincts about how much closeness to allow some folks without fear of reprisals from the crowd (I always sensed who I should or shouldn’t allow to hug me and who to hug yet I allowed peer pressure to override my sense of danger). Interestingly I’m now finding out that this particular church knows there are a lot of predators in their midst because they are in the Times Square (NYC-USA) area, yet they continue to promote the group hug thing.

I realize that this is my own issue that needs to be healed, so for now, people can pass on my hugs through my designated huggers.

Grace and peace,


As we wrap up Numbers, I look back on the intriguing events that happened in the fascinating journey:

• The 42 camps that were set up.
• The lists of laws and rituals.
• The grumblings and rebellion God and Moses worked through
• The “workshops” where we learned about leadership
• Great stories like Balaam and the talking donkey.
• Kadesh the place the wanderings started and ended.
• Joshua and Caleb the only ones that made it to the Promised Land.

From all of this we get a real sense of how God speaks to Moses, (150 times). God also speaks to us and the question is do we hear Him?

Luke 5:29- 6:11

Bob Deffinbaugh says, “The disturbing fact is that Jesus is the one who is eating, drinking, and being merry, and the Pharisees are miffed because of it.” This fits nicely with the old and new Jesus talks about. Is it about how deeply we must change to take on His teaching, absorb it, and live it fully. Like the Pharisees who did not bring an open mind and a needy heart to the scriptures they missed the real meaning. It’s the same reason we miss it. As Bob mentions in his commentary some of these (myself included) are those Christians that go to church every Sunday. Don’t be what he calls a “dill pickle Christian”, who don’t really understand the true joy of knowing and serving God. Gimme a hug!

I do believe in giving. I believe in the ricochet affect. Whatever u sow out, he will return to u blesssd.

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