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S.O.A.P June 28, 2017

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June 28, 2017

Read: Numbers 21:4-9

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Scripture- Numbers 21:4b-5- But the people grew impatient with the long journey, and they began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!”

Observations- Ah, once again we find the Israelites doing what they seem to be best at- complaining about God's lack of provision, not listening carefully for His voice, and refusing to follow through with what they knew God wanted for them. This scene with the bronze snake is given even more meaning when Jesus speaks of it in John 3:14-15: "And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life."

Application- We are just as gifted as the Israelites at not listening carefully to God and not following through with what He has directed us to do. It's important for us, however, to remember that complaining is never mentioned as a spiritual gift in the Bible. We are to encourage one another to honor God and bless others. We are to encourage all people to look to Jesus, lifted up on the cross and resurrected by the Father, for their salvation.

Prayer- Lord, thank You for the gift of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Help me to be quick to look to Jesus, not only to meet my eternal need for a living relationship with God, but for His life transforming power here and now. Take my temptation to complain (which is so great!) and offer it to You in prayer. Amen.

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing." 

(1 Thessalonians 5:11),
Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P June 27, 2017

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June 27, 2017

Read: Numbers 14:5-45

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Scripture- Numbers 14:41-42- But Moses said, “Why are you now disobeying the Lord’s orders to return to the wilderness? It won’t work. Do not go up into the land now. You will only be crushed by your enemies because the Lord is not with you."

Observations- The disobedient and defiant Israelites who bought into the bad report from the 10 scouts must face the consequences of their actions. They have once again not listened carefully to the Lord and responded faithfully; instead they have gone their own way and followed bad counsel. Even when they were sorry for not listening to God they still didn't really listen to God! God was clear- Do Not Go into the Promised Land! Head back into the wilderness for the next 40 years, but they went their own way again.

Application- When we read of the constant pattern of whining, complaining, and disobedience of the Israelites, it's easy to wonder why God didn't say "Forget about this!" In His abundant love, mercy, and grace, God refuses to forget about us, even when we are at our hard-hearted, weak-kneed worst. Our job as Christ followers and partners with Jesus in the church that belongs to Him is to listen carefully for the voice of God and respond faithfully...over and over again. Put the "bad report" aside and wait on God's "good report" today.

Prayer- (by N. T. Wright) "We are cracked vessels full of glory, wounded healers. God forgive us that we have imagined true humanness, after the enlightenment model, to mean being successful, having it all together, knowing all the answers, never making mistakes, striding through the world as though we owned it.” Lord, let me listen carefully for Your voice and help me respond faithfully to Your unique call, in Jesus' name. Amen.

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." (John 10:27),

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Our Sunday Morning Hospitality Team is in Need of Volunteers. We'd love to have some more smiling faces to help in the Social Hall on Sunday mornings, welcoming visitors and members alike! We are forming two hospitality teams – would you consider being on one? Ask Rev. Vicki for more info (689-4161 or  ).

 

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