THE PROMISED LAND
Today’s Reading: Numbers 33-34
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Key Verse: Numbers 33:53b
…for I have given you the land to possess.
Yesterday, Reynold’s photograph was of “The Great Sea,” the Mediterranean. Today it’s of “The Salt Sea,” or the Dead Sea. Both Seas are mentioned twice in today’s reading. “The Sea of Chinneret,” known now as the Sea of Galilee, is referred to once. Geography is obviously important to God. The 1948 miracle of the establishment of Israel as a sovereign nation for the first time in over 2,000 years, and the introduction of Hebrew as a language of daily life for the first time in over 2,500 years, has never happened to any people group before in human history. Israel is now on the land promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob 4,000 years ago. Israel is surrounded by 22 countries which are hostile to its very existence. These countries have 640 times Israel’s land mass and 60 times her population, and they have most of the oil that we know about in the Middle East. Was Israel pushed into the sea as Egypt’s Nasser said? Will it be wiped off the map as Iran’s Ahmadinejad said? Keep reading the Bible. Watch and pray. We’ll soon discover the answer to that question.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray for insight in my understanding of ancient and modern Israel. Help me in as few words as possible to communicate Your heart to others. May I think Your thoughts after You. As Samuel said to You, Lord, I say also: “Speak, for Your servant hears.” Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
You may want to join me in reading the story of God speaking to Samuel (1 Samuel chapter 3). Yesterday I recorded 15 more vlogs, video editions of this blog’s Bible teaching segments (“vlogs”). God sometimes speaks through dreams or visions, but 99% of the time it is through our reading and meditating on His Holy Word (click here for yesterday’s vlog). Today’s blog is posted at 6 a.m. but the vlog for today won’t be online until around noon. Psalm 107 says, “He sent His Word and healed them.” I’m now 2 1/2 years past the date of my appointment with death, according to the medical professionals. Twice now my wonderful oncologist was present when I thanked the medical team for all their help. He pointed up and said, “And you’ve had lots of prayer too.” True!…and I’ve also received the daily injection of God’s Word in reading the Scriptures and writing this blog. That’s powerful medicine!!!
Yours with the prayer that I’ll be a help in Christian growth and healing,