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October 6, 2018

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Read Numbers 33


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Scripture- Numbers 33:55- But if you fail to drive out the people who live in the land, those who remain will be like splinters in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in the land where you live.


Observations- The Israelites had been on a long, arduous journey through the wilderness. They encountered many obstacles- mostly self-imposed; that is, natural consequences from God for their ongoing disobedience. As they got closer and closer to the Promised Land, God gave them clear instructions to drive the evil, idol worshiping Canaanites out of the land. Even though this task was distasteful to the Israelites and seemingly cruel, God declared there would be far greater problems in the future if they compromised and made peace with the kind of evil the Canaanites enjoyed.


Application- Knowing when to give in or when to work toward compromise versus standing our ground is truly an art that requires God's help and our discernment. When we know we are wrong about something, it's good to quickly admit it, ask for forgiveness, and try again. When we are not up against the wall defending a core value, working toward a win-win solution characterized by compromise is a worthy goal. If, however, we compromise with the sin in our own lives, it will make a home in us and grow far larger and stay much longer than we ever imagined. Have we compromised with sin in ways that have left “splinters in our eyes” or “thorns in our side” that will continue to harass us? We must, as always, turn to Christ for the help we need as we need it.


Prayer- (A Franciscan Prayer) May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain in to joy. And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen.


"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23),


Pastor Jamie


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October 5, 2018

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October 5, 2018


Read: Numbers 32


To read this text, go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+32&version=NLT


Scripture- Numbers 32:6-12 6 Do you intend to stay here while your brothers go across and do all the fighting?” Moses asked the men of Gad and Reuben. 7 “Why do you want to discourage the rest of the people of Israel from going across to the land the Lord has given them? 8 Your ancestors did the same thing when I sent them from Kadesh-barnea to explore the land. 9 After they went up to the valley of Eshcol and explored the land, they discouraged the people of Israel from entering the land the Lord was giving them. 10 Then the Lord was very angry with them, and he vowed, 11 ‘Of all those I rescued from Egypt, no one who is twenty years old or older will ever see the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, for they have not obeyed me wholeheartedly. 12 The only exceptions are Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they have wholeheartedly followed the Lord.”


Observations- Zoning at its best is what we find in this text. The shift of age, from stone to iron, was imminent, and the Israelites would not be the exception. God’s people were being updated with a brand-new generation with a free mentality and upgraded from family to nation, from insecure campers to owners of fortified cities. They were literally zoning and distributing the land as they conquered it.


ApplicationBut there was one thing they had to conquer before conquering the land… Forty years earlier their parents had failed in an attempt because they were not able to conquer their national unity first. Moses, as a visionary leader, was clear that even though the land would be zoned into tribes, conquering it was not a tribal, but a national endeavor.

As people of God in this postmodern age, it’s still easy to fall into the tribal trap. But this text reminds us that our church’s ministries, generational or ethnic groups exist to conquer the world together, by making new and better disciples of Jesus Christ.

Just like centuries ago, lack of obedience and unity is a lethal delay in our urgent mission. The people of God has been an unstoppable force, not when it has been an overwhelming majority, but when it has been a united and anointed minority.


Prayer- Oh God it’s so easy to get comfortable in our tribes. Help us raise our eyes and see the land that’s still to conquer. Help us raise up as one, just as You, the Father and the Holy Spirit are One. In your mighty Name, we pray, AMEN!


Pastor Roberto


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