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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,

March 23rd

In our NT reading for today, I was again amazed at the dark hearts of the scribes and the Pharisees. They deliberately watched to see whether Jesus would heal the man with the withered hand as they sat in the synagogue with Jesus. They knew Jesus could heal. That should have told them that the LORD was with Jesus, but instead they looked for a reason to accuse him of some transgression of the Law. Jesus had just previously taught that the sabbath is made for man, not man for the sabbath. The religious leaders could not fathom Jesus’ purity; they were twisted in their reasoning.

Luke 6: 9 And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?” (ESV)

Jesus does heal the man’s withered hand, but he knew what the scribes and Pharisees were thinking. Once he healed the hand, their reaction was visceral:

Luke 6: 11  But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus. (ESV)

It is very disconcerting to imagine the evil thoughts that filled the religious leader’s minds against Jesus. Even today, some people react very strongly against even the mention of Jesus or his gospel. How much more wicked were those who witnessed Jesus’ miracles, yet rejected him? Only the Lord knows…

Maranatha! IC -|- XC

Prayer for Today:
Lord, we pray that as my persecuted brothers and sisters win others to Christ, these new believers will be quick to tell many more- no matter what repercussions may come. Work mightily in the minds and hearts of my brothers and sisters so their transformation is evident to all. Amen.

Sweet verses and sentiments in the BIBLE remind me of his from Jesus. I am a hugger. Love people and love blessing others. I feel I bless way more and give than I receive. But that's ok. It's more blessed to give than receive

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