Today’s Reading: Numbers 10-11
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Key Verse: Numbers 11:14
I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me. If You treat me like this, please kill me here and now — if I have found favor in Your sight — and do not let me see my wretchedness!
Imagine how excited all the people were as…”They started out for the first time” (10:13). It is plain to see that the emotions they felt were not grounded in faith. Almost immediately they began to complain about the food. They remembered the menu back in Egypt, and they were not happy campers. Complaining always has a ripple effect. Now Moses is complaining to God. God has a solution as He always does. We need to read twice Numbers 11:16-30. Moses’ response was prophetic, “O that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them.” Joel’s prophecy (Joel 2:28) predicted this. Peter quoted Joel (Acts 2:14-21) to explain that God was now doing what Moses longed for. God put His Spirit upon the Lord’s people and they prophesied. What is New Testament prophecy? “The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy” (Revelation 19:10b).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, John the Baptist said of You, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” I ask for today, and every day, that You will immerse me in Your Holy Spirit, and keep me submerged in the Spirit always so that I will constantly speak, “the testimony of Jesus.” Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
When I first became a Dad, I remember reading Numbers 11. There were two “dads” (I’m stretching it a bit here)…Eldad and Medad, who were home, and while they had responsibilities as elders, they had not made it to Moses’ meeting. Nevertheless, God put His Spirit upon them at home, just as He did on those who were in the tent of meeting. They prophesied (11:26) right where they were. I expect God’s Spirit to come upon me when I’m at a meeting, but also when I’m not. Moses was so depressed over the complaints of the people that he asked God to kill him. Then, he and Elijah (who also asked God to take him out of this life) showed up on the Mount of Transfiguration to strengthen Jesus who, in His humanity, needed the ministry of these men. If Jesus needed their company, so do I. I don’t actually expect Moses to show up. However, Moses’ words are showing up before me, and his words encourage me to press on.
Yours for uplifting messages from Moses, Peter, Elijah, and most of all from Jesus!
Holy Spirit give us strength open our senses, guide and direct us each day to people who need to hear Jesus testimony.
Thank you God, for your great prophecy throughout the Bible. Thank you, David, for following the call on your life and giving us the gift of this daily Bible study and blog. We are ever grateful. Blessings fellow saints in the Lord.
“Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.”
Psalm 39:12 ESV
Gods Gonna Cut You Down, Johnny Cash
Thanks Beverley for your words of wisdom, and the song of Johnny Cash, which I enjoyed hearing.
It’s so good to watch David on the vlog again too.
Blessing on all the saints and fellow bloggers today!
A Special Screwtape Letter
“My Dear Wormwood,
Be sure that the patient remains completely fixated on politics. Arguments, political gossip, and obsessing on the faults of people they have never met serves as an excellent distraction from advancing in personal virtue, character, and the things the patient can control. Make sure to keep the patient in a constant state of angst, frustration and general disdain towards the rest of the human race in order to avoid any kind of charity or inner peace from further developing. Ensure that the patient continues to believe that the problem is “out there” in the “broken system” rather than recognizing there is a problem with himself.”
Keep up the good work,
Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, 1942
Very timely excerpt from the Screwtape Letters Beverley!
It was great to see David in the video blog on 100 Huntley St
Be Encourage! There is a host of angels about you, upholding you, strengthening you as you strengthen us with your words each day. We are blessed by your teaching, in turn you are loved.
Amen Brian, Blessings to all
Thank you for all the prayers for good weather,with God all things are possible!Thank you pastor David for pressing on!!
Yes, we need to press on to the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus! God is still moving in the earth by His Holy Spirit as you are talking about today Pastor David. Good and relevant posting Beverlee.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow…Praise Father, Son and Holy Spirit: Praise God for your Word “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” Psalm 119:105
God Bless you David for your words of wisdom and your steadfastness in bringing this daily manna. What a powerful prayer!!! I prayed it too!!
Lord help me to be thankful for Your daily bread; for Your goodness to me and my household that You be Glorified. Amen!
In Numbers 11:34 was one of the towns got my attention. A place called “Hattaavah”. It means “Graves of craving”. The people complained and craved for meat. Something that was probably not good for them at the time. It lead to an early grave for many of them. There are many ‘cravings’ of the human heart today that rob us of health and life, and shrink the soul. I think of drugs that are causing extensive overdoes. I remember many years ago reading in the Word of God, “God granted them their requests but sent leanness in their souls”. A lesson to be careful for what we are asking for, craving. God may grant it but it will deprive of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. If we crave anything, it would be a prayer to be anointed with fresh oil of the Holy Spirit that we might glorify God in our life and witness. “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me”. “Cravings” that bring life rather than “Cravings” that brings death”.