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Connection breakers!

Scripture Reading for February 13th: Numbers 9-12

The Israelites are ready to move out from Mt. Sinai after receiving the ten commandments.  They have just eaten the Passover meal on the first anniversary after leaving Egypt.  They have been traveling and camping in the wilderness for a year and are ready to go to the land of promise.  The tribes were set in order and the trumpets were ready to sound and call the people to move out. (Numbers 10:1-7)  The Ark of God was carried by the Levites and God in the cloud overshadowed them.

Shortly after moving out from Mt. Sinai, the rabble began to cause trouble by murmuring and complaining.  The rabble were people who lived on the fringes of the camp, often not true Israelites.  They followed God’s people, but really did not have a relationship with the God of Israel.  They experienced the miracles and deliverance, but weren’t really believers.  When the manna got old, the wilderness got hot, and the journey got long, these “rabble-rousers” would cause trouble.  They craved the foods of Egypt. (Numbers 11:4-6)  God sent fire, burning up some of this group and Moses prayed for them. (Numbers 11:1-3)

Life is no different today.  There are those in the church who like to complain and belly-ache!  Their pastor never does anything right.  God has brought them to this point to let them die.  They don’t like the music.  They don’t like the youth pastor.  The pastor’s wife is cold and aloof!  Nothing is as good as it used to be with the last pastor!  The sermons are too long, the drums are too loud, and the pastor walked right by me and didn’t say hello or shake my hand!

When we complain, we are actually accusing God of failure to care for us and do right by us.  This complaint makes God angry! (Numbers 11:10)  The leader feels bad too.  When things don’t go as you expect or desire, avoid the temptation to complain.  Instead, pray for your leadership.  Look for something good to say and encourage them. Be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.  Remember that rabble-rousers always end up taking the heat! (fire from God!)

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Rabble-rousers!

Scripture Reading for February 14th: Numbers 9-12

In today’s reading, the Israelites are ready to move out from Mt. Sinai after receiving the ten commandments.  They have just eaten the Passover meal on the first anniversary of leaving Egypt.  They have been traveling and camping in the wilderness for a year now and are ready to go to the land of promise.  What excitement must have filled their hearts as they prepared to follow the cloud of God to their new home!  The tribes were set in order and the trumpets were ready to sound and call the people to move out. (Numbers 10:1-7)  The Ark of God was carried by the Levites and went in the lead with the cloud overshadowing them.  What a sight!  Nearly 3 million people and animals moving through the desert!

Shortly after moving out from Mt. Sinai, the rabble began to cause trouble by murmuring and complaining.  The rabble were people who lived on the fringes of the camp.  They were often not true Israelites and were of mixed descent.  They followed God’s people, but really did not have a relationship with this God of Israel.  They experienced the miracles and deliverance, but weren’t really believers.  When the manna got old, the wilderness got hot and dry, and the journey got long and tiring, these “rabble-rousers” began to cause trouble.  They began craving the foods of Egypt.  (Numbers 11:4-6)  They were tired of the manna and let God and Moses know about it!

God sent fire, burning up some of this group and Moses prayed for them. (Numbers 11:1-3)  The people began wailing and complaining and Moses became distraught, not knowing how to deal with all the trouble.

Life is no different today.  There are those in the church who  like to complain and belly-ache!  They are not happy unless they stir up some trouble.   But when we complain, we are actually accusing God of failure to take care of us or do right by us.  This complaint made God angry and His leaders usually feels bad too. (Numbers 11:10-12) When things don’t go as you expect or desire, avoid the temptation to complain.  Instead, pray for your leadership.  Ask them how you might help them.  Look for something good to say and encourage them. Be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.  Remember that rabble-rousers always ended up taking the heat! (fire from God!)

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Led by the Glory Cloud!

Scripture reading for February 13th: Numbers 9-12

I often think about being led by the visible presence of God as I read these passages that describe God leading His people.  It seems so simple just to be able to follow the cloud of glory as God arose and the Israelites were called to follow.  I tend to think how comforting it would be to know the Lord’s visible presence day and night in the midst of His people.  If only we could be together and have that today, would we behave better than we sometimes do?

The Israelites were instructed plainly by God to move only when God’s visible presence moved.  (Numbers 9:15-18)  They were to camp around the Ark of the Covenant housed in the Tent of Meeting.  They were to camp in a definite order with three tribes on each of the four directions around the Tent.  The Levites were to be in the middle with the Tent.  (Numbers 2:17)  When the community was to assemble or prepare to move, Aaron and his sons were to blow two trumpets of hammered silver.  Various blasts would signal the Israelites that they were to either move out or assemble.

God always led the procession and gave the orders.  The tribes must move in the order He instructed them, with Judah in the lead.  (Numbers 10:14)  The tribes of Dan, Asher, and Naphtali brought up the rear and guarded their back.  As the Ark either moved or came to rest, Moses was to say, “Rise up, O Lord! May Your enemies be scattered; may Your foes flee before You.” Whenever it came to rest, he said, “Return, O Lord, to the countless thousands of Israel.” (Numbers 10:35-36)   Faith in God was to be spoken by their leader, Moses, to remind the people that God was the head of their army and He was arising to lead them in victory!

Today, we have something better!  Jesus Christ (Lion of Judah) is the Head of His church army!  He has already defeated the enemy, Satan.  He calls His church to go forth under His direction to announce the victory in the power of the Holy Spirit with signs and wonders confirming that victory!  Whenever His church obeys in faith, He works with them to take care of all enemies and we know we will triumph!  He lives in us and we can rest in His love and care.  (Mark 16:17-20)

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