GOD’S GRACE AND MERCY
Suggested Reading: Numbers 19-20
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Key Verse: Numbers 20:6
So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the Lord appeared to them.
The charge against Moses and Aaron was cruel and unjust (20:3-5). They turned in silence in the right direction. They prostrated themselves before the Lord. The result was that Moses was given a new vision of God and, at the same time, a command and a promise (20:8). Moses could’ve brought a message of the goodness and grace of God, but instead he was overcome with anger and seemed to forget God’s word to him. He called the people “rebels,” and became a rebel himself. Nevertheless, God provided abundant water so that His promise to the people of the Promised Land would eventually be realized. The deaths of Miriam and Aaron are sad and were followed by the passing of the entire generation who left Egypt, with the exceptions of Caleb and Joshua. God forgives our sins, but the circumstances which arise, because of our actions, are very unforgiving.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray for total deliverance from past hurts, real or imagined, which may cause me to lose my ability to respond in Your way, with grace and obedience. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Suicide is unforgiving. In other words, once the act has been accomplished, there is no way back. Therefore, Crossroads is in the midst of a campaign to stop suicides, with an emphasis on Jr. High and High School students. Please help me and the entire team by making pocket-size books for teens available for distribution at $2.00 each for as many as possible (click here for info). Here’s a response to my blog I received here in Israel this week. I wept for joy at one life that was saved…
“Hi David, I wanted to say Thank you! About 35 yrs ago I was a young girl contemplating suicide. I was a Christian and feeling God’s whisper I wrote you a letter. You wrote me back! As a little girl I was in awe that you had taken the time to write me back! It was not a printed letter, it was handwritten. You gave me hope Mr.Mainse! I reread the letter many times. Years later I wrote you again in despair. I was constantly told by my earthly father how worthless I was. Again I received a letter from you. You helped me see my worth in my Heavenly Father’s eyes! I watched you everyday on T.V. My mom taped it. I pretended you were my earthly father. I love you! Thank you for taking the time to help a lost little girl. I knew I had worth and that Jesus loved me because of you! -Michelle
Yours for sharing the message of life and of obedience to God’s will,
P.S. Below is a picture of Ron, Ann, Norma-Jean and me recording a video in Israel for 100 Huntley Street. After this week’s military action between Hamas in Gaza and Israel, we felt we needed to assure our TV viewers that we are all safe and doing just fine on our tour. By the way, the picture was taken at the place where Gideon chose his final army of 300 men (Judges 7:1-8).