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October 4, 2018

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Read Numbers 31

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+31&version=NLT

 

Scripture- Numbers 31:15-18- “Why have you let all the women live?” he demanded. “These are the very ones who followed Balaam’s advice and caused the people of Israel to rebel against the Lord at Mount Peor. They are the ones who caused the plague to strike the Lord’s people. So kill all the boys and all the women who have had intercourse with a man. Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.”

 

Observations- Here is one of the places in the Old Testament that make us cringe, but what we don't do is say it isn't God's Word; rather we look carefully at the original context and seek ways in can speak to us in 2018. I'm not a fan of reading about the Israelites wiping out all of the Midianites (Moses’ wife, Zipporah, was also a Midianite) for the sin of idol worship and enticing their men to join them through sexual favors. The New Testament is just as serious about eradicating evil and sin, but offers different alternatives to doing battle with the forces of darkness- within us and outside of us.

 

Application- This common practice of the time and culture would be called genocide today. How does this speak to us today? God doesn’t like for His people to give into temptations that draw us away from Him. God is deeply concerned about how we choose to do life. Our choices still have consequences. We get to be the light of Christ in the midst of the darkness we find in the world. We are called to be witnesses to the grace of God and the new life to be found in Jesus Christ, so we are in the battle to “win people over” with God's amazing love rather than “take them out.” Jesus desires to draw all people to Himself.

 

Prayer- Dear God, Your Word is truth, and we pray to mine Your treasures from every chapter. Help us remember that You hate sin in all of its forms, but You died for and love sinners. Thank You for revealing Yourself most fully in Jesus Christ, and I pray for Him to be the model we learn to follow more and more along the way in our life together. Help us become our best selves for Your glory. Amen.

 

"Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away." (James 1:14),

 

Pastor Jamie

P.S. - Would you read the Bible Plan, "The Book of John in Song," with me? Go to: https://bible.com/p/7406078/cd33ff9fcf1f6feb22e28eb8b89dd584

 

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October 3, 2018

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Read Numbers 30

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+30&version=NLT

 

Scripture- Numbers 30:1-2- Then Moses summoned the leaders of the tribes of Israel and told them, “This is what the Lord has commanded: A man who makes a vow to the Lord or makes a pledge under oath must never break it. He must do exactly what he said he would do.”

 

Observations- This chapter puts adds clarity to the commandment to not lie by encouraging folks to be careful about the commitments they make as well. God was saying a person's integrity was riding on how well the pledge was lived out in daily life. This is also a legacy issue. If you wanted people to trust you, especially over a lifetime, then being a person who kept his or her word, even small things, was essential. Treating one’s word as a bond wasn't merely an issue of individual honesty; rather it was vital for the ongoing and life-giving functioning of the entire community.

 

Application- When you make a commitment- no matter how important or trivial- are people confident you will do what you said you would do? In our modern world we build in protections against lying by having legally binding, written contracts, but God tells us our spoken words should be just as binding in our relationships with Him and others as anything we put in writing. Can we be trusted? Do we speak the truth with love (Ephesians 4:15)? Is our word a solid foundation others can count on every time? It matters to God, so it should matter to us.

 

Prayer- Thank You, Lord, for all the times You have forgiven me when I’ve broken a promise or failed to live up to my word. I pray to truly become more and more a man of honor and integrity known for speaking the truth in love. Guide me to be wise about the promises I make, and give me the ability to follow through on what I commit to do, so I don’t embarrass myself or more importantly You. Amen.

 

"So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And 'don’t sin by letting anger control you.' Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil." (Ephesians 4:25-27),

 

Pastor Jamie

P.S. - Would you read the Bible Plan, "The Book of John in Song," with me? Go to: https://bible.com/p/7406078/cd33ff9fcf1f6feb22e28eb8b89dd584

 

​​​​​​​To contact me:

 

To connect with the New Hope website: www.findnewhope.com

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