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Learning to connect through faith!

Scripture reading for February 14: Numbers 13-16

We are prone to be strongly influenced by what we see and what our past experiences have conditioned us to believe and understand.  In my younger days, I wanted to learn to fly an airplane.  Several of my friends and I bought a Cessna 172 with instrument rating.  The flight instructor would put a hood over my head so I could only see the instrument panel, and off we would go.  When we would turn, or go up or down, I had to watch the instruments to learn where the wings were.  My mind would play tricks on me.  It sometimes felt like we were flying sideways or going up or down, but the instruments told the truth.  When flying airplanes I had to learn to trust the instruments!

The twelve Israelite spies were sent into the promised land.  They were told to determine what the land was like and what the inhabitants of that land were like.  It was a military assessment.  God had already told them that the land was flowing with milk and honey.  He had already told them that He would take care of the inhabitants.  God was to them like the instruments in the plane.  If they had kept their focus on what God had said, they would not have veered off course!  Two spies actually did keep on course, Joshua and Caleb!  (Numbers 13:30)  Ten spies got their eyes on the difficulties and began to spread fear, doubt and unbelief!  (Numbers 13:31-33)

The whole community got into the act and began to complain and grumble against Moses and the Lord, saying that God and Moses had brought them this far to let them die.  They talked of stoning Moses and the glory of the Lord appeared at the Tent of Meeting.  God viewed their grumbling and rebellion against Moses as against Him!  (Numbers 14:11, 27)  God’s judgment on them was to give them what they had feared–the whole generation 20 years and older died in the desert! They all would wander in the wilderness for 40 years as punishment for their rebellion!  (Numbers 14:29-35)  Don’t live by your sight and feelings alone,  keep your focus on the instruments (God’s Word) and avoid a crash!

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Learning to fly by instrument!

Scripture reading for February 15th: Numbers 13-16

Walking by faith is not always easy to learn.  We are prone to be strongly influenced by sight and what our past experiences have conditioned us to believe and understand.  In my younger days, I wanted to learn to fly an airplane.  Several of my friends and I got together and bought a Cessna 172 with instrument rating.  I wanted to be able to learn to fly by instruments.  The flight instructor would put a hood over my head so I could only see the instrument panel, and off we would go.  When we would turn, or go up or down, I would watch the instruments to learn where the wings were.  My mind, however, would play tricks on me.  I often felt like we were flying sideways or going up or down, when the instruments said we were flying level. When flying airplanes in clouds or fog, learning to trust the instruments are a life or death matter!

The twelve Israelite spies were sent into the promised land.  They were told to determine what the land was like and what the inhabitants of that land were like.  It was a military assessment.  God had already told them that the land was flowing with milk and honey.  He had already told them that He would take care of the inhabitants.  God was to them like the instruments in the plane.  If they had kept their focus on what God had said, they would not have veered off course!  Two spies actually did keep on course, Joshua and Caleb!  They pleaded with the others to get ready to go on in and possess the land that God had promised them.  (Numbers 13:30)  Ten spies got their eyes on the difficulties and began to spread fear, doubt and unbelief!  (Numbers 13:31-33)

The whole community got into the act and began to complain and grumble, saying that God and Moses had brought them out of Egypt to let them die in the desert.  As they talked of stoning Moses, the glory of the Lord appeared at the Tent of Meeting.  God viewed their grumbling against Moses personally!  (Numbers 14:11, 27)  God’s judgment on them was to give them what they had feared–the whole generation 20 years and older died in the desert.  (Numbers 14:29-35)   This word encourages us to keep our focus on the instruments (God’s Word) and avoid a deadly crash!

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The Earth Swallows!

Scripture reading for February 15th: Numbers 13-16

Earthquakes have been in the news lately.  The earthquake in Haiti took the lives of over 200,000 people.  Many were buried alive by rubble of buildings or crushed by them when they fell.  The Bible tells us a story that reminds us of an earthquake and that cost the lives of several families while a whole nation watched it happen.  God sent a special kind of earthquake at a precise moment to signify His displeasure with some of His people who who were insolent and defiant against God’s chosen authority.  This judgment is an interesting picture of the final judgment for rejecting God’s chosen authority, Jesus Christ!

A Levite named Korah, along with Dathan and Abiram from the tribe of Reuben began to talk against Moses.  There were 250 leaders in this group that went to Moses and Aaron and accused them of going too far in assuming leadership of the nation.  Their view was that everyone was holy and the Lord was with each person.  (Numbers 16:1-3)  They each thought that they should be able to offer sacrifices and take the job of priest before God.  Moses’ response was to fall face-down in intercession.  I bet Moses had a flat nose from doing this each time there was trouble or rebellion!

Moses was instructed by the Lord to set up a meeting the next day where all the 250 leaders plus Moses and Aaron would appear before the Tent of Meeting  with their censers filled with fire and incense.  God would then signify His choice of leadership.  Moses spoke directly to Korah and rebuked him and then called for Dathan and Abiram but they refused to come.  Moses became angry and prayed that the Lord not accept their sacrifice.  (Numbers 16:12-15)

The next day they gathered before the Tent of Meeting.  God instructed Moses to move everyone away from Korah, Dathan and Abiram and their families and tents.  Moses and Aaron had fallen face-down to intercede again but got up to obey.  As they warned the people, the earth opened and swallowed these men and their families, alive and screaming,  into Sheol!  (Numbers 16:20-30)  The 250 men with censers were burned to a crisp! What a terrible sight this must have been, provoking fear in the people!  However, the very next day they again grumbled that Moses and Aaron had killed the Lord’s people!  Rejecting God’s leadership has eternal consequences!

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Learning to fly by instrument!

Scripture reading for February 14: Numbers 13-16

Walking by faith is not always easy to learn.  We are prone to be strongly influenced by what we see and what our past experiences have conditioned us to believe and understand.  In my younger days, I wanted to learn to fly an airplane.  Several of my friends and I got together and bought a Cessna 172 with instrument rating.  I wanted to be able to learn to fly by instruments.  The flight instructor would put a hood over my head so I could only see the instrument panel, and off we would go.  When we would turn, or go up or down, I would watch the instruments to learn where the wings were.  My mind, however, would play tricks on me.  I felt like we were flying sideways or going up or down, when the instruments said we were flying level.  Senses can lead us astray.  When flying airplanes in clouds or fog, we must learn to trust the instruments.

The twelve Israelite spies were sent into the promised land.  They were told to determine what the land was like and what the inhabitants of that land were like.  It was a military assessment.  God had already told them that the land was flowing with milk and honey.  He had already told them that He would take care of the inhabitants.  God was to them like the instruments in the plane.  If they had kept their focus on what God had said, they would not have veered off course!  Two spies actually did keep on course, Joshua and Caleb!  They pleaded with the others to get ready to go on in and possess the land that God had promised them.  (Numbers 13:30)  Ten spies got their eyes on the difficulties and began to spread fear, doubt and unbelief!  (Numbers 13:31-33)

The whole community got into the act and began to complain and grumble against Moses and the Lord, saying that God and Moses had brought them this far to let them die in the desert.  They even talked of stoning Moses and then the glory of the Lord appeared at the Tent of Meeting.  God was ticked off.  He viewed their grumbling and rebellion against Moses as against Him!  (Numbers 14:11, 27)  God’s judgment on them was to give them what they had feared–the whole generation 20 years and older died in the desert because of their grumbling and unbelief! They all would wander in the wilderness for 40 years as punishment for their rebellion!  (Numbers 14:29-35)  Sin is costly!  Be careful what you speak!  Keep your focus on the instruments (God’s Word) and avoid a crash!

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