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Loading in and breaking down, or striking, temporary church sanctuaries probably taught everyone who participated skills that have been transferred into every other area of your life and increased your value in the “market place.” God is kind of like that you know.

Numbers 4-5:31
“Aaron and his sons must always go in with them and assign a specific duty or load to each person,” thus begins a principal that is echoed throughout today’s reading. (Numbers 4:19; 27; 32). The children of Israel where directed to do an assigned job. Not only were they assigned a job, their placement to do that job was also directed. Are we willing to submit to leaderships direction or do we walk in telling the “pastor” what our gifts are and what we will do.

God is a God of order, not chaos. Paul echoes orderliness within Christian meetings in the 14th Chapter of first Corinthians, 40 But be sure that everything is done properly and in order. And it is also noted in the Book of James, that were there is disorder a certain “work of the flesh” is lurking about, 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. (James 3:16)

Numbers, chapter 5, reminds us that God does not suggest purity within the “camp,” he requires it. The purity also includes marital fidelity. However, I still haven’t come to a full understanding regarding this ritual of drinking water with clay mixed in. I’m thinking that if I were faithful and I had a jealous husband on my hands and he made me drink some nasty water with dirt in it, the household would not need an air condition unity in the summer time.
Mark 12:18-37
Questions, questions, questions. I have learned in life that most questions are not asked by folks to get information. Most questions are asked to inform the questionee (is that a word) that the questioner is so far above the intelligence of the one being asked. Thus most questions are designed to be the one being asked, “In their Place.” So the religious leaders of Jesus’s day wanted to put Jesus in this place, and most thought His place was “dead.”

Psalm 48:1-14
I like the last half of the last verse in this Psalm,

“He is our God forever and ever, and he will be our guide until we die”

Whether we like it or not, whether we voluntarily Praise God or not or we are forced to bow down with an Angels foot on the back of our neck, God is our God forever and ever even if we shout at the top of our lungs, “There is no God!”

Proverbs 10:26
O, may the Holy Spirit check me if I’m like today’s Proverb. Not only is a lazy person a source of anguish to their employer, they cause everyone around them, friend, relatives, and foes to carry a unequal share of corporate responsibilities.

Grace and peace,

Psalm 48

It was great this morning I read the Psalm to my son and when I got to the part about telling people about Jerusalem, I had the opportunity to tell him a little bit about the city.

"12 Walk about Zion, go around her,
count her towers,
13 consider well her ramparts,
view her citadels,
that you may tell of them
to the next generation. "

I have been there twice in 40 years and I haven't seen a lot of change from my perspective. I told him about the 4 religions that each lived in a quarter of the city and how interesting it was to walk through each part and experience this balance of war and peace between them. I hope one day he gets to see the Dome, the Wall, the 8 Gates, Mount of Olives and best smorgasborg at the King David Hotel.

Mark 12
The Shema

I think this is the first time I have ever has a chance to ponder these verses and really enjoy them. It is so interesting to remember standing at the Temple Wall in Jerusalem with many people reciting the Shema in many cases. The words certainly echo what is said in the commentary today ( What is behind the most famous Jewish prayer?) about God's unity, God's love and Jewish unity.

Little aside note my wife told me about why the Jewish people sort of rock when they stand and read or recite text. Its because it mimics the action of a candle and can be a helpful spiritual connection with God.

Ramona, good insight into what do "questions" really mean?

Responding to whether I help at church, I try to be there for my church community as much as possible because I love them, they are an extension of my family. We do clean up days at church and take turns each Saturday, and I help in children's church with 2 to 5 year Olds. That has been a blessing and I have really gotten to know and love the kiddos!

The verses have been great lately and going to Bible study on Acts on Wednesdays has helped me learn and correlate the different versed together like in Psalms today about Jerusalem and it talked about the ships of Tarshish, I immediately picked up that being Paul's hometown and it gives new perspective to study.

Be blessed!

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