Friday, November 14, 2014


Today’s Reading: Numbers 16

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion on the right-hand side).


A photo looking inland from the southern shore of the Dead Sea, 1,300 feet below sea level, the lowest place on earth. The Rift Valley starts in Syria and continues into Africa. As in our reading today, the earth opened up here at some ancient time.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

Key Verse: Numbers 16:9a, 10

Is it a small thing to you…that He has brought you near to Himself, you and all your brethren, the sons of Levi, with you? And are you seeking the priesthood also?


Twice in our reading, Moses fell on his face before God (verses 4 & 45) in intercession for the people. He was desperate for God’s mercy upon the rebellious people. The one thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history. First, the judgment of God came upon those who coveted the positions of Moses and Aaron, and then by a plague that took the lives of 14,700 people. Earlier we read about the carefully crafted laws for the health of the people, and we don’t know what disease hit them. Perhaps, if those who rejected Moses’ leadership had left quietly, the tragedies could’ve been avoided. Judgment can be averted by genuine repentance.


Dear Lord, please help me to be loyal to the leaders You have chosen, and if I cannot support them, may I have the grace to leave quietly so as not to damage Your work in any way. I repent for my failure to recognize from time to time Your appointments to positions of leadership authority. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!


In five hours my precious Norma-Jean arrives with a wonderful group of friends at Ben Gurion Airport here in Israel. I’ll meet them there and by bus we’ll proceed to travel through Beersheba, Abraham’s main residence, down, down through rugged country as pictured above to a hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea. Please remember us all in your prayers.

I’ve been learning about leadership this week, both in the life of Moses and in the lives of the leaders here in the “822call” (Zechariah 8:22) Conference: David Damien M.D. and Rev. Dr. Gideon Chiu of Zion Church in Vancouver. We read earlier this week from Numbers 11 where God gave Moses 70 elders to stand with him and advise him. David and Gideon have two groups active this week as they lead a conference of approximately 4,000 people from many countries (about 1,000 from The People’s Republic of China) and many different Christian bodies. I’m part of a group of 40 which meets twice each day and then this group is joined by about 120 others once a day. As long as time permits we are encouraged to stand and share what we believe we should say and do in the upcoming sessions (three each day). I’m amazed how well this works. There is unity here that is heartwarming and God works mightily where there is love and respect one for another. I encourage readers to check out the sponsoring ministry and leadership team here.

Yours for recognition and support of God’s chosen leaders,


P.S. Every Fall there are those with us who want to reconfirm their baptism, and some are first-timers, by going into the Jordan River as Jesus did.



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  1. Thinking of you, David, and your soon-to-be reunion with Norma-Jean! Have a splendid day with your tour. Thanks for the updates and links to the conference with Dr. Damien and Dr. Chiu; I have enjoyed watching the segments. What an honour to be baptised in the Jordan River following after the baptism of Jesus!!! God bless all the saints on the trip in Israel!!

    I arrived home yesterday from the hospital and thank you, saints, for continued prayers for healing. It is a privilege to be part of a strong prayer team with you! We are connected by our faith in God and compassion for one another. There is nothing Jesus can’t do!

  2. God Bless you David and Norma Jean and each person in the group may God speak to every heart in Jesus name Amen
    God Bless all my blog buddies and grant them greatvfavor For something great is going to happen to them today ♡♥♡♡♡♥♡

  3. WOW!
    I can just imagine your happy reunion with Norma-Jean and the 2014 Holy Land Tour Group at Ben Gurion Airport today.
    I wonder if Val will be one of your tour guides again this year? We enjoyed his friendship and commentary very much.
    I note that your itinerary is different to ours in 2012 and I hope that you all enjoy your trip to the Dead Sea.
    Looking forward to seeing more pictures of this current tour.
    2012 Holy Land Yellow Bus.

  4. Amen. Am enjoying the videos of the 822 Gathering. The Lord’s blessing on you, David, Norma-Jean and the tour group and will pray for you. Also blessings on you Beverlee as you continue to recover at home. As well on you, Catherine,your husband and other members on your trip to Spain.

  5. Love your Prayer for Today Rev. I have to ask God to forgive me for questioning Hitler’s leadership. I’d definitely leave quietly on that one with a heavy, heavy heart.
    How wonderful that the Airport in Israel is named after the Jewish statesman, David Ben-Gurion….a great representative of the nation of Israel.
    Blessings fellow bloggers.

  6. God’s Blessings on you and Norma-Jean and your group as you enjoy your time in Israel.

    Thank you Reynold for the photo! and thank you David for your prayer and wise counseling. I checked into the leaders under David Damain’s leadership…thank you for the link.
    Welcome home from the hospital Berverlee!!

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