When the chips are down and you need to make a decision, who do you go to for advice? Hopefully, it’s a wise friend or family member whose words are rooted in Scripture and faith. But sometimes we listen to people speaking from peer pressure, cultural trends, or just plain foolishness. Camped at the border of the Promised Land, on the verge of claiming everything God had promised, the people of Israel chose to listen to the fearful majority report of ten spies rather than the faith-filled minority report of Caleb and Joshua (Numbers 13). Both groups agreed that the land was beautiful and fruitful, but they were alarmed and frightened by the fortified cities and fearsome warriors. Joshua and Caleb, on the other hand, knew that the Lord would win the victory. Their attitude was, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31). Moses and Aaron supported their report (Num. 14:5–9), but the people didn’t listen. There was more talk of going back to Egypt (vv. 2–4). The bottom line: Israel refused to trust the Lord and obey His command to enter the promised land. They forsook their covenant obligations. They failed to live up to their identity as His “treasured possession . . . a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex. 19:5–6). God was righteously angry (Num. 14:10–12), but once again, Moses interceded, defending them not because they deserved it but on the basis of God’s name and glory (vv. 13–19). God mercifully granted Moses’ petition, but He enacted justice as well. With the exception of Joshua and Caleb, that generation would be condemned to wander and die in the wilderness (vv. 20–35). >> How often have we stood at the border of God’s promised provision, and yet lacked the faith and courage to take the next step? Pray today that God will give you the courage needed to follow Him, and consider what next step He might be asking you to take.
christopher oscar peña is an accomplished playwright with a resume that includes productions, commissions and residencies at some of the country's most forward-thinking theatrical institutions. Among his most recent productions are the world premieres of his plays “a cautionary tail” at the Flea Theater in New York and “The Strangers” at the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, TN. chris is also amassing impressive credits as a TV writer, having written for the Emmy-nominated first season of “Jane the Virgin” on the CW and HBO's highly lauded “Insecure” as well as the Starz series “Sweetbitter.” He is currently on the writing staff for “Promised Land,” a new series that will air this season on ABC.Early in the pandemic, chris was approached by director James Darragh to join him and composer Ellen Reid, who won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for her opera “p r i s m,” on a new project: a brand-new operatic work to be created specifically for and presented in the digital space. Never an opera aficionado, chris nonetheless jumped at the novel opportunity, and with the addition of “p r i s m” librettist Roxie Perkins, the creators hired a team of writers and composers and then filmed and recorded “Desert In.” All eight episodes are available for viewing on the streaming platform, OperaBox.tv. “Desert In” was described by The Wall Street Journal as “lush and expansive … a highly original marriage of opera and series television,” and The New York Observer wrote that “this stylish film-opera hybrid … is a sun-drenched melodrama.”In this interview with Pier Carlo Talenti, chris describes how his enduring passion for breaking form and pushing artistic envelopes has allowed him to craft an eclectic career that amplifies his voice and core beliefs. https://www.operabox.tv/desert-in
Ezra 3-4 The Israelites faced much opposition upon their return to the Promised Land. The enemies in the land began accusing the Israelites and setting up obstacles to their continuing the rebuilding of the temple. Satan is called the accuser of the brethren. Day and night, he never stops accusing. The only way to drown …
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Appalachian State Mountaineers. Throughout their history, this program has proven to be a winner at all levels. Three consecutive National Championships, one coach who took them to that Promised Land, one of the greatest upsets – if not the greatest – in the history of college football, one comeback to propel the program into the final AP Poll, one upset to derail an undefeated-untied season, two upsets to derail national championships, three national championship teams, six stellar teams, one offensive juggernaut, one player who won the Walter Payton Award twice, one stellar linebacker, one player who is the only 2-time recipient of the Buck Buchanan Award, one record setting safety, one ‘Deeper Than Hate' rival, three divisions, one offensive explosion, one day of rushing futility, of course, Yosef. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jay-abramson/support
Some of the topics covered are;• Discipleship today vs. 2,000 years ago… • Explaining the importance and meaning behind the Promised Land… • Why the blessings and curses in Leviticus 26?• How do I process mentally, emotionally and spiritually an experience when in a Christian church I received a “word” that was specifically directed at me? • Leviticus 26:19, “your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze” – what does this mean? • More about the “Good News”… • Yahweh had a problem with the sacrificial system and priesthood… • Be very cautious about making an issue of genealogy… • Is cannibalism being talked about in Leviticus 26:29?… and much more!Afterburn: also known in the world of fitness as the “afterburn effect”, simply put; The more intense the exercise, the more oxygen your body consumes afterward. The same could be true as you build up your spiritual self. After an intense teaching session, you need answers as more thoughts and questions consume you in your spiritual growth.Rabbi Steve Berkson, director of MTOI, provides an opportunity for the Afterburn to take place by additional thoughts and insight about what he just taught as well as answering questions from the local congregation and those watching the live stream.Don't miss out on new teachings every week. Please click on the "LIKE" button if this podcast has been a blessing to you.For more information about MTOI (Messianic Torah Observant Israel), visit our website, https://mtoi.org.Join us on Social media! Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mtoiworldwideFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mtoiworldwide/Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mtoiworldwideWe are located in Cleveland TN. If you would like to know more about us, we would love to hear from you! Feel free to visit us on our website, https://mtoi.org, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 423-250-3020. Join us for Shabbat Services & Torah Study LIVE Streamed on our Main YouTube Channel every Saturday at 1:15 pm (EST) and every Tuesday for Torah Study Live Stream at 6:30 pm (EST).
The end of Exodus offers us a beautiful promise to hold onto. God provided His visible presence as a guide for His childrena pillar of cloud by day and fire by night. God's presence along that sacred wilderness journey into the Promised Land is the same presence that goes before you. No matter where you are in your journey, may you always find hope in this simple truth: He is your faithful, loving Guide.
Seldom does Rabbi Steve Berkson do a “timing teaching”, but it seems the Ruach put this one in front of him (at the behest of Rabbi Tom) to bring to you today. This teaching series is based on a tradition called “Shabbat Shuva” or the “Shabbat of Return” which by tradition falls between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur (Day of Trumpets and Day of Atonement). The text for this tradition is Hoshea (Hosea) chapter 14 and begins with, “O Yisra'el, return to Yahweh your Elohim…”So, after having gone through the Spring Feasts – Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Shavuot, which are types and shadows of the Hebrew's exodus from Egypt and journey to Mt. Sinai, have you maintained a faithful, straight walk in Torah? Or, have you gotten “off the path” a little or a lot? Do you sense a call to return to the path, to Yahweh?• What is meant by “crookedness”? What does crookedness cause you to do?• Regarding the call to return – return to what?From there, Rabbi Berkson takes us into Leviticus chapter 26 to look at the reasons to return to the Covenant. In Leviticus chapter 26 the blessings and the curses associated with Yahweh's Covenant with His people are listed.• How is it that you will be able to walk in Covenant with the Creator?From Leviticus, we go to Deuteronomy 4:25 where we can see that Yahweh has an issue with His people and their idol worship. How can we today relate to them in that time regarding ‘idol worship'?Rabbi Berkson then takes us to Deuteronomy chapter 30 to show us one of the final exhortations of Moses to the people as they are about to cross over into the Promised Land. Interestingly, Yahweh through Moses told the people that in their future they would stray from the path they were supposed to walk and be taken from the Land by their enemies, but as they were living in a foreign land, their hearts would turn back to Yahweh and they would return once again to possess and live in their Promised Land.• In this chapter we see the phrase, “circumcise your heart” – what does that mean? Isn't that just a "New Testament" concept? What is it doing left of Matthew?And then we are taken to Romans chapter 10 where Rabbi Berkson points out that the apostle Paul is clearly writing about Torah observance, and indeed substitutes the word ‘Messiah' for the word ‘Torah' as he quotes Moses in the section from Deuteronomy chapter 30.• What does Romans 10:4 really mean?• What is “the righteousness of belief”?• What is “the good news of the good”? • Was there “Good News” before the New Testament?Verse-by-verse and step-by-step Rabbi Steve Berkson takes us on the journey of discovery and learning how to covenant with our Creator and Father which from time to time requires us to turn around and return to His Word so that we can have a sure entrance into His Kingdom.Don't miss out on new teachings every week. Please click on the "LIKE" button if this podcast has been a blessing to you.For more information about MTOI (Messianic Torah Observant Israel), visit our website, https://mtoi.org.Join us on Social media! Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mtoiworldwideFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mtoiworldwide/Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mtoiworldwideWe are located in Cleveland TN. If you would like to know more about us, we would love to hear from you! Feel free to visit us on our website, https://mtoi.org, email us at email@example.com or call us at 423-250-3020. Join us for Shabbat Services & Torah Study LIVE Streamed on our Main YouTube Channel every Saturday at 1:15 pm (EST) and every Tuesday for Torah Study Live Stream at 6:30 pm (EST).
It's too late. It's too late for the elves to stop it. It's too late for the caravan to escape it. It's too late for Bellun. It's almost too late for Ludo. All they can do now is face the darkness and hope the light still still shine long enough to defeat The Blightborn. Spoiler warning: This episode includes content from The Promised Land adventure included in the Symbaroum core rulebook. Abominations can not be reasoned with. They exist only to devour the living. They will never stop. They will never rest. All you can do is run or fight. And if you run it will chase you and you will have to fight anyways. The Iron Pact tried to stop it. Now they must work with the Caravan to defeat the man once known as Bellun. Win a Copy of Symbaroum Free League has offered up a free digital copy of the Symbaroum core rulebook for a lucky listener. We'll be giving away a copy in September, October, and November during the run of our campaign. To enter, click out the gleam sweepstake screen on this page or visit https://gleam.io/BRT0f/terrible-warrior-october-symbaroum-give-away Patreon Supporters Can Listen Early Patreon supporters who are donating more than $5 each month can listen to the first story episode now, and will have early access every week for the duration of this campaign! Find out more by visiting patreon.com/terriblewarriors Our players are Mitch Wallace, Sean Horbatiuk, and Ainslie Moors. Justin Ecock is the GM and audio editor. Music is licensed through Epidemic Sound Symbaroum is created by Free League And you must check out Mitch Wallace's creation, Necrobiotic, by visiting pennyforatale.com/necrobiotic
“Exodus and the Promised Land” Prairie Bible Message with testimony, Oct. 10, 2021There is always HOPE, no matter what the circumstance of life, because of God's PROMISES! Remember that God's got this! His promises SHALL be fulfilled!Simple. Authentic. Jesus.prairiebible.org
In this message Chris Tortorici looks at the difference between worshiping the work and working at worshiping and why that is important. "What looked like a penalty, actually became an opportunity” - Chris Tortorici Today we read from:Ex 5:1-8
Watch on YouTube here! Show Notes Day after day, as I tearfully left my baby and away from the NICU, I would cry out to God, “how much longer?” It's hard to believe that Nora was only in the hospital 126 days. It felt like 126 years. Why do the deserts of our lives feel so long, and what do you do when your faith begins to waver? Are you supposed to just get through it, or can you learn something when you're deprived of legitimate needs? Sonja Corbitt's new book, Just Rest, came to me at the perfect time as I struggled to process my hell ride of 2021. It parallels the deserts of our lives with the Israelites' 40 years of wandering in the desert before entering the Promised Land. Just as they, we must learn the lessons of our deserts in order to take possession of our promised rest. If you've struggled to see the point in your suffering (I have,) this episode is for you. Sonja and I discuss the tremendous hope and healing waiting in the desert if only we can open our eyes and our hearts and let God stand in the void. Topics Discussed How the desert is a seemingly contradictory “fertile emptiness” and “fruitful wasteland” Seeing the “dew” to refresh and sustain us Two methods to identify how God is working on you Disciplining your thoughts and habits Seeing past the immediate deprivations and identifying the deeper issues that God wants to heal in your desert Resources Buy Just Rest and see all of Sonja's offerings, including her podcast, here Subscribe FREE on Stacey's website and receive a packet called "How to Make the Right Choice" instantly in your inbox Many thanks to this episode's sponsor, Catholic Match! Start your love story on the internet's largest Catholic dating website by clicking here. Also follow for dating inspiration on Instagram @CatholicMatch! Join fellow Catholics across the nation in the Called and Caffeinated Patreon Community! Join our monthly video chats with Stacey and friends starting at just $5/month.
Deuteronomy 6 finds the Israelites in the plains of Moab about to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land. Their leader Moses, in his final speech, outlines the blueprint for them to thrive in the land their about to possess. Pastor Nick teaching from a question that focuses on not only are you committed, but what and who are you committed to. Nick serves an Associate Pastor at Ignite Church Tulsa under the leadership of Senior Pastor Katria Bell (https://katriabellministries.org). Join Ignite Church Tulsa on Sundays at 10:30am in person (https://www.google.com/maps/place/216+Luther+Dr,+Broken+Arrow,+OKfirstname.lastname@example.org,-95.7892128,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x87b68bbbfdaa01e5:0x625c45a750c148a2!8m2!3d36.0637296!4d-95.7870241) or online via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/IgniteChurchTulsa) or YouTube. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSDNHQoF1VY3_uB9Gngb0SA)
Have you ever wondered why we set off fireworks on the Fourth of July? The tradition goes back to the start of America’s nationhood. In 1777, one year after the Declaration of Independence was signed, the anniversary was celebrated in Philadelphia with a parade, speeches, and fireworks. Boston was the first city to declare July 4th an official holiday in 1783. Congress finally made it a national holiday in 1870. Even before it took place, the Passover was declared by God to be Month One Year One on Israel’s calendar (vv. 2, 14). The tenth day would be their Independence Day! Passover was the flip side of the tenth plague: The Egyptian firstborn would die—”judgment on all the gods of Egypt” (v. 12)—but God had determined that the Israelites would live. Because they sacrificed a lamb and put its blood on their doorposts, the angel of death would “pass over” that house and spare the family inside (vv. 7, 13). The lamb would then be roasted and served as the main dish of the Passover meal. Bread without yeast was another symbolic part of that meal (v. 15). No yeast indicated haste or hurry, that is, how quickly the Egyptians wanted them gone! The absence of yeast also came to signify holiness, purity, or consecration. Moses proclaimed Passover as a national holiday, to be celebrated in the future in the Promised Land (vv. 24–27). This declaration was an act of faith—Moses trusted completely that what God said would happen. And his obedience matched his faith. He told the elders of Israel to “go at once” to carry out the instructions (vv. 21–23). The Israelites would remember, through the ages, the mighty work of God on their behalf. That’s why Jewish people still celebrate Passover today! >> Just as the Israelites were saved by a lamb’s blood, so we are saved by the blood of Christ (1 Cor. 5:7). If you’ve never done so, we urge you to trust Him for your salvation!
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The confession has been tabled and the Iron Pact reveals themselves. It will be up to the caravan and it's defenders to decide the fate of their cursed pathfinders. But when the Iron Pact tells them the price one pays for breaking their rules, will the cost be too high to pay? Spoiler warning: This episode includes content from The Promised Land adventure included in the Symbaroum core rulebook. The threat of darkness and corruption is ever present. The church, the wizards, and the witches all have their own opinions about what darkness and corruption truly is. But they all agree on the same thing, if you take enough corruption you will be destroyed. And what remains… will no longer be what you once were. Win a Copy of Symbaroum Free League has offered up a free digital copy of the Symbaroum core rulebook for a lucky listener. We'll be giving away a copy in September, October, and November during the run of our campaign. To enter, click out the gleam sweepstake screen on this page or visit https://gleam.io/BRT0f/terrible-warrior-october-symbaroum-give-away Patreon Supporters Can Listen Early Patreon supporters who are donating more than $5 each month can listen to the first story episode now, and will have early access every week for the duration of this campaign! Find out more by visiting patreon.com/terriblewarriors Our players are Mitch Wallace, Sean Horbatiuk, and Ainslie Moors. Justin Ecock is the GM and audio editor. Music is licensed through Epidemic Sound Symbaroum is created by Free League And you must check out Mitch Wallace's creation, Necrobiotic, by visiting pennyforatale.com/necrobiotic
Today we are reading through Numbers 16-22:1 as the Israelites continue their journey closer toward the Promised Land. Numbers 22-26 Important Links for the Podcast Contact Us Visit our Website On Instagram @biblebeginningtoend On Twitter: @biblebeginning1 Via email: email@example.com Supporting the Show Not only does your support help keep the podcast running so I can make more episodes, 10% of any profits made from this podcast via ad revenues, merchandise sales, or listener support will be donated to Asha's Refuge, a Christ-centered nonprofit that "exists to assist the most disadvantaged refugees/asylees in achieving a successful resettlement in the Memphis, TN area.". But, I want to make it clear that financial support is never required. You are supporting the show just by listening! :) Be a listener and share the show with your friends! Purchase merch from the show by clicking here. Click here to become a monthly supporter via Anchor. Click here to make a one-time or monthly contribution to the podcast via Paypal. Episode Timestamps 0:00 - Intro 1:33 - Numbers 22 11:25 - Numbers 23 18:41 - Numbers 24 26:31 - Numbers 25 31:51 - Numbers 26 43:13 - Outro --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/biblebeginningtoend/support
God wants to make sure that Israel never forgets this moment. To commemorate their crossing into the Promised Land, God instructs Israel to make a pile of stones from the Jordan River as a memorial. Find more Bible teaching at ConroeChurch.com! [Bible Translation: NASB95]
The teenage years are sometimes among the most agonizing seasons in life—for both parent and child. In my adolescent quest to “individuate” from my mother, I openly rejected her values and rebelled against her rules, suspicious their purposes were merely to make me miserable. Though we’ve since come to agree on those matters, that time in our relationship was riddled with tension. Mom undoubtedly lamented my refusal to heed the wisdom of her instructions, knowing they would spare me unnecessary emotional and physical pain. God had the same heart for His children, Israel. God imparted His wisdom for living in what we know as the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5:7–21). Though they could be viewed as a list of rules, God’s intention is evident in His words to Moses: “so that it might go well with them and their children forever!” (v. 29). Moses recognized God’s desire, saying that obedience to the decrees would result in their enjoyment of His ongoing presence with them in the Promised Land (v. 33). We all go through a season of “adolescence” with God, not trusting that His guidelines for living are truly meant for our good. May we grow into the realization that He wants what’s best for us and learn to heed the wisdom He offers. His guidance is meant to lead us into spiritual maturity as we become more like Christ (Psalm 119:97–104; Ephesians 4:15; 2 Peter 3:18).
Welcome to another podcast episode of Merkaba Chakras. I'm your host, Von Galt. Today, we talk about ET alien contacts via dreamscapes and meditations with researcher and hypnosis practitioner, Daniel Rekshan. Daniel, welcome to Merkaba Chakras! Watch video interview here: https://youtu.be/TSSvkbhdy1A https://www.bitchute.com/video/AU8zUMHNuLtF/ https://odysee.com/@merkabachakras:4/alien-starseed-contact-5d%2B-consciousness:e Questions: 1. Before we dig into your work. Can you tell us how a Shambala Buddhist became a dream researcher in the ET Contact field? 2. Let's compare cases. What are the common themes that you get in your hypnosis clients? 3. Have you had lucid dreams regarding any visitations from various alien species in relation to any of the starseeds you consult in your hypnosis practice? 4. What can people expect from your mobile app, DreamWell? 5. I love your research direction in your Exo Metaverse website. Tell us more about its mission? 6. I love how you made the leap from researching aliens/UFOs(300,000 Reddit Subs) to where I live in, which is Starseeds(6,700 Reddit Subs)/Spiritual Awakening. I can give some more insight into the Buddhist understanding of Starseeds and spiritual awakening in the hologram, but I 1st would like to know what research you've uncovered in this area? 7. What have you found in your “Aliens Among Us” research? 8. In the Exo Metaverse website, you depict the top 4 ways for making 1stcontact right now are: dreams, meditation(hypnosis), in-person, psychedelic plants. Which technique do you recommend? 9. Do you have a last message for the builders of the 5thdimension Earth? For more information about Daniel Rekshan's hypnosis offerings, please visit his website: https://cosmicdreamhypnosis.com/ https://www.exometaverse.org/ To learn more about Von Galt's metaphysical work: https://merkabachakras.com/ Theme music, "Promised Land" copyrighted by the composer, Olive Musique, and authorized by https://www.premiumbeat.com/ Creative software subscriptions provided by: https://www.canva.com/ https://pixabay.com/ https://animoto.com/ https://www.veed.io/ https://www.movavi.com/ https://anchor.fm/ https://www.fiverr.com/ https://zoom.us/ https://grammarly.com/ #DanielRekshan, #Alien1stContact, #ExoMetaverse, #Dreamwell, #DisclosureUFO, #UFO, #StarseedAlienSouls, #Tulku, #ChristConsciousnessHealingField, #5thDimension, #Oneness, #Consciousness, #Beyond3rdDimensionConsciousness, #IndigenousAscension, #2012, #EarthProcessionCycle, #2555BuddhistEra, #MerkabaChakrasPodcast, #VonGalt, #BuddhismPodcast, #BreakMatrix, #LaosAuthors, #LaosPodcast --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/merkabachakras/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/merkabachakras/support
Download Numbers 25-27 We are in the World Stream reading from the Good News Translation. 7streamsmethod.com | @7StreamsMethod | @serenatravis | #7Streams | Donate Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis Lord, Teach us to live right and do right, to serve you wholeheartedly, bless others, and finish well. Amen. 25 - The sinister agenda of Balaam and the outright dark agenda of Balak came into bloom as the men of Israel started attending the party/feast/festivals of Baal with the Moabite and Midianite women. It was a sex cult and not much else. Balak wanted the Israelites distracted, cursed. Balaam was not able to curse them against God's plan. We read that last week as Balaam tarries pathetically with Balak who tries again and again to get Balaam to curse them. As they go to one offering after another it all seemed pathetic. Could we call it "dilly-dallying on purpose"? Balak had gotten them to tarry where they shouldn't be long enough and the Israelite men then slouched in their morals - 24,000 of them do anyway - and they get to whoring with local pagan girls. We see this in history where and when men go to places they shouldn't be and stay longer than they ought. What does anyone think is going to happen? God's judgment falls and all the fornicating men are ordered executed. Translations vary but the actual order was to impale them and put them up on poles as a testimony to what happens when men stray from what they are called to do. The whole mess is eventually blamed upon Balaam whom God/Moses ordered killed; Num. 25:4, 31:8./ 2 Ptr.2:15 /Jude 11 /Rev. 2:14. Turning away and disobeying God for cash and/or what seems like pleasure for a season brings condemnation and that is why Peter, Jude and John (in Revelation) bring it up 1300 years later at the close of the biblical text. 26 - With the latest plague and purge of the disobedient behind them, it was time to take a census before heading into the Promised Land. The census here is ordered of God and for practical purposes. I Chron. 21ff. is the census done in error; at Satan's urging and was David's transgression. When God says to take inventory, He always has a reason. When a man takes inventory against God's will it is akin to someone standing in front of a body mirror to admire himself and flex for 6-7 hours. Uh, knock it off and go do something!] We've met a few people; ladies namely who tarry in front of a vanity for 3 hours each morning to put on makeup. Never mind that their children need breakfast, their husband needs them for sundry reasons, the dog isn't fed...theyyyy need to be pretty (uh-hum, for whom??!). OK, enough said --> God called for this census. All tribes tallied, the men of age totaled 601,730. It's interesting that in the census taken in Numbers 1; 38 years prior, there were 603,550 men of age. Of those, 603,548 had died in the desert and only Joshua and Caleb had survived. So now they were near set to enter the Promised Land with 601,730 men of fighting age. 27 - The issue of property going to daughters who had lost their father and had no brothers arises and is settled squarely and in a fair manner. Be sure to interpret this in the proper light theologically v.s. via the gender hostile culture of today that claims to be ever so sensitive while is fosters infection and resentment more than propriety and forthright fairness. The issue isn't going to be settled here today but back up a moment and realize that if someone wants to be treated fairly, they should go to God [and not court, or N.O.W. rallies pushing angry feminist candidates and their resentful agendas]. Women in the Judeo-Christian world are the best treated, most honored, most bestowed upon, wealthiest, most cherished, empowered, pampered, and adorned women the world has ever seen. Christ has set women free so women are to realize how loved, treasured, and provided for they are. The reading ends today with the Moses getting a painful reminder of where he had failed God and His command to pass the leadership to Joshua. On the bright side this made Moses doubly resolved to make sure that Joshua is ordained and bestowed with the Spirit of God so that he is endowed and ordained to lead through the next generation as they cross the Jordan to enter their destiny. This is done and done well. Though a generation later they did not do so well with it. [see Judges 2] A story today where God's plan is not passed on so well: My husband reminds me of a sad story of a minister in Europe who died recently at 106. He was ordained into the ministry in his early 20's about a decade after WWI ended. He served in the same church for 84 years as the pastor. That is all good and it speaks of longevity and faithfulness. But the problem is that he didn't "pass the torch" to others. The parish was packed to the rafters from the late 1920's to the late 1950's. Then the distractions and worldliness overtook the culture in the 1960's and the congregation slowly filed out - not to return. Neither was this pastor raising up, training, discipling, and ordaining others to assist in evangelizing his city nor his country, nor were missionaries being sent out. His last Sunday before his funeral, in the 2,000's A.D. his once-filled sanctuary was not even 5% filled as about a dozen souls were scattered about the stone monolith that seats hundreds upon hundreds. I.e. raise up and prepare others into ministry. Do not clutch the pulpit/the staff/the ephod to ones'self. Do like Moses did to Joshua.
In this message Chris Tortorici looks at Pharaohs struggle to let the children of God go as Moses had asked him. If Pharaoh knew it was the write thing to do, why did he fight it so hard? “What if letting Go is directly tied to knowing "The Lord"” - Chris Tortorici Today we read from:Ex 5:1-4Matt 4:20
The Sunstone has been recovered and the path through the mountains laid clear but outside forces march towards the caravan and a darkness growing within will threaten the safety of everyone… Spoiler warning: This episode includes content from The Promised Land adventure included in the Symbaroum core rulebook. This high up into the mountains everyone must work together to gather supplies and enough wood to keep the fire going and to stay warm. But be on your guard for beasts, and other things, which feed upon the vulnerable and not everyone is what they appear to be. Win a Copy of Symbaroum Free League has offered up a free digital copy of the Symbaroum core rulebook for a lucky listener. We'll be giving away a copy in September, October, and November during the run of our campaign. To enter, click out the gleam sweepstake screen on this page or visit gleam.io/competitions/NYBAL-terrible-warrior-symbaroum-give-away Patreon Supporters Can Listen Early Patreon supporters who are donating more than $5 each month can listen to the first story episode now, and will have early access every week for the duration of this campaign! Find out more by visiting patreon.com/terriblewarriors Our players are Mitch Wallace, Sean Horbatiuk, and Ainslie Moors. Justin Ecock is the GM and audio editor. Music is licensed through Epidemic Sound Symbaroum is created by Free League And you must check out Mitch Wallace's creation, Necrobiotic, by visiting pennyforatale.com/necrobiotic
Fr. Mike discusses God's instruction to the people of Israel not to marry women from foreign lands. He explains why God would provide this instruction and how Ezra reacted when he discovered that many prominent Israelites had not obeyed it. He also identifies the prophecies of Palm Sunday and the thirty pieces of silver found in Zechariah. Today's readings are Ezra 9-10, Zechariah 9-11, and Proverbs 20:16-19. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Matthew 7.13 NLT 'You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.' I am always fascinated to hear people tell me the story of their lives. Although their life journeys are all completely different, they have something in common, and that is the importance of decision- making. They shape our lives to a huge extent and so it is vital that we make good and wise decisions. Here Jesus encourages his followers to enter into the Kingdom of God and he emphasises that the gate is narrow. It will only be entered by people who are deliberate in their choice and willing to face its demands. It is the gate that leads to life and fulfilment, but it would be very easy to miss it, because the much easier path is the one which leads to destruction. These are sobering words and we need to listen carefully to them. In the Old Testament we meet a number of decisive moments. At the end of his life, Moses challenged the people of Israel just before they were to enter the Promised Land. He had led them through those desperately demanding years wandering through the desert. They had experienced God's provision and guidance, but this didn't mean that they were going to automatically follow God. Far from it. They had a decision to make. In Deuteronomy 30.15-16 he said this, “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the Lord your God, to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.” They had a real choice, and they could also choose to turn their hearts away from God and worship other gods, but Moses promised that the outcome would be certain destruction. We live in very different times but the decision we need to make is the same. We need to choose between life and death. Are we willing to serve the Lord and walk through the narrow gate? Question: Are you willing to live in God's Kingdom, however tough it might be? Prayer: God our Father, thank you that you invite us to enter into your Kingdom of love and peace. Amen
"What a story we have been given in our first reading from Numbers today. It is a story that profoundly resonates with me in this moment we find ourselves in the pandemic. The story takes place during that desert wilderness period, those forty years between their liberation from their slavery in Egypt and before they enter into the Promised Land. The Israelites have been wandering around for quite a while at this point and they find themselves kind of done with the whole experience. They're tired of it. They are exhausted." Listen to Bingham's entire sermon for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost.
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Download Numbers 22-24 We are in the World Stream reading from the Lexham English Bible. 7streamsmethod.com | @7StreamsMethod | @serenatravis | #7Streams | Donate Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis Lord, thank you for these reminders today of what we don't want to end up like in our pilgrimage. It's odd and it's sobering but that is why there are so many unpleasant stories of hearts gone wrong in the Bible. It reminds us of what to pray for protection against. Therefore, deliver us from evil. Amen. This is a strange story told with Balak, the King of Moab, as the core motivating figure today. Balak's motivation is that he is in utter terror surmising that his land and people will be completely lost to the Israelites whose army of fighting age men stands at around 600,000. Vastly outnumbered and with no hope of staving off the Israelites, he resorts to hiring a professional cursor to put a bad curse on the Israelites. In Balak's mind, this will throw the Israelites into duress and confusion. So Balak hires Balaam to do this dubious deed and offers to pay him a camel's-load full of money to do so. Balaam, enroute to meet with Balak encounters an angel who warns him, [barring the path] to not go and engage in such an endeavor. Strangely enough, Balaam's donkey sees the angel but Balaam didn't - for awhile! The talking donkey had you feel like you were back in Narnia there didn't it?! Something we want to be clear on is that Balaam is not an Israelite. He is from the region where Abraham had come from 700 years or so prior. That area was known for its diviners, astrologers, magicians; people well-versed in the dark arts. You can see why God needed Abraham OUT of there if God was going to work with him and start a nation that was going to be a "Star"; a Light to the Gentiles. That area today is still a source of religion gone amok, save for the Kurds among whom many are Christian. Those who care to search our Balaam's origins, his family, his father, his home region - the hunt takes one rather quickly right into a world that the Bible urges us not to venture into; witchcraft. Thus, this is Balaam, whom Balak wanted on the job to cast a bad spell and see Israel cursed so that misfortune would come over them. The scene is certainly a peculiar development with multiple offerings and oracles and intended curses from Balak turning into inevitable blessings being foretold over Israel. And Balaam does not stray from what God ordered him to declare! So Balak tries again and Balaam intends to remain principled and keeps prophesying for God when perhaps he should have just departed the venue. Be that as it was Balaam/Balak tarried and offered more sacrifices and responded again to Balak's apparent desire to see Israel cursed. And yet again, only blessings are declared for Israel. How could it be any different? Israel is finally coming to the Promised Land after centuries of longing and waiting and only an ignoramus would think that God is going to change his agenda now based on the misaligned and dark desires of a pagan king who comes from a line of descendants that trace back to disgrace (Gen. 19:30ff
In this episode, Tony and Aaron discuss why the Biblical authors make a big deal about there being giants in the Promised Land. Who are these giants and why does it matter?Check it out!For study notes, go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/n0ak1txan8jcspy/The%20Conquest%20of%20Canaan%20Seminar.docx?dl=0
To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/509/29 Fear holds us back from achieving dreams and reaching goals. But gratefully, with God's help, the mountain of fear can be conquered! Today onPathway to Victory,Dr. Robert Jeffress examines the Israelite's cowardly response after exploring the Promised Land and shows us how we can overcome fear in our own lives.
With passage secured the trio must now begin the perilous journey through the Titans. But when an item key to the caravan's survival is stolen, the task will fall to them to track it down before the mountains claim more victims. Spoiler warning: This episode follows the first chapter in The Promised Land adventure included in the Symbaroum core rulebook. In order to reach the queen city of Yndaros you must first complete passage through The Titans. In order to survive the long cold journey, you travel in caravans. Together you can stay warm, stay fed, and stay safe. But the winters are getting worse, the days are getting shorter earlier every year. The other caravans are waiting until the spring but Argasto has reason to feel safe… he's brought with him something that can keep them safe up here in the Titans… Win a Copy of Symbaroum Free League has offered up a free digital copy of the Symbaroum core rulebook for a lucky listener. We'll be giving away a copy in September, October, and November during the run of our campaign. To enter, visit gleam.io/competitions/NYBAL-terrible-warrior-symbaroum-give-away Patreon Supporters Can Listen Early Patreon supporters who are donating more than $5 each month can listen to the first story episode now, and will have early access every week for the duration of this campaign! Find out more by visiting patreon.com/terriblewarriors Our players are Mitch Wallace, Sean Horbatiuk, and Ainslie Moors. Justin Ecock is the GM and audio editor. Music is licensed through Epidemic Sound Symbaroum is created by Free League And you must check out Mitch Wallace's creation, Necrobiotic, by visiting pennyforatale.com/necrobiotic
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Joshua 11-15. We'll see the Promised Land delivered to the tribes of Israel. After that I'll have some comments, and I'll share some Family comments. Then we'll do our “On This Day In Church History” segment. Thoughts on Chapter 11 Here in Joshua 11 there are three things I wanted to focus on for just a moment. Together We see in the first few verses that Israel's enemies banded together to defeat them. It didn't matter what their differences were, they knew that Israel had defeated every enemy they faced, so if they were to have any chance at all, they knew they had to fight Israel together. We as Christians could learn from that. We have a common enemy, too. And that enemy is the enemy of man's soul. It's satan. And just as Israel had no prayer of defeating their enemies in the Promised Land without the help of God, we have no hope of defeating satan in our own lives without the help of that same God. Also, the world today is turmoil on a hundred different fronts, but you can be sure that the same enemy is behind it all. It's satan. He delights when man is fearful, combative, hateful and without hope. It's our job to tell mankind of the Good News of Jesus Christ. And we have a better chance of success if we forget about the things that cause division amongst us and focus on what we have in common, Jesus the Messiah.But if we are divided, our message is diluted. The world is less inclined to believe us. Jesus said they'll know that we are Christians by our love for one another. Believers need to focus on the One who died for us, not on our petty differences. You Have the Necessary Tools Notice that God didn't fight these battles for Joshua miraculously like he did in the beginning. He has demonstrated to Joshua that He is with him, and He assures Joshua that he will have the victory, but He gives Joshua the battle plan and then leaves Joshua to execute that plan. Family, as we mature in our spiritual life, he expects more of us. He expects us to fight our own battles. How many times have I heard someone say, "If God would only just take that temptation away, because I just can't handle it on my own!" Hogwash. He has given you what you need, you just need to do it. God didn't fight all of Joshua's battles, and He's not going to fight all of your battles, either. When God Says "Go" Near the end of the chapter, when Joshua and Israel have nearly completed the task of taking the land promised to their fathers by God, we're told that "Joshua and his army killed the Anakim from the northern and southern hill country." Who were the Anakim? When Moses was still alive, just as he brought the people to the threshold of the Promised Land, he sent twelve men in to scout out the country. When they came back, most of the scouts correctly said that it was a land flowing with milk and honey, but they also reported that the people who lived there were strong, and their cities were large and walled. They said, "We even saw the three Anakim clans. In fact, we saw the Nephilim who are the ancestors of the Anakim. They were so big that we felt as small as grasshoppers.” And so the people of Israel became fearful. They forgot about all the miracles God had done for them to bring them out of Pharoah's Egypt, how he gave them water out of a rock, how he fed them manna from heaven. They said, "We wish we had died in Egypt or somewhere out here in the desert! Is the Lord leading us into Canaan, just to have us killed and our women and children captured? We'd be better off in Egypt.” And God became angry at them and ultimately said, in essence, "Fine. They want to die in the desert? In the desert they shall die. Not one of this generation will set foot in the promised land." It was their lack faith that caused them to wander in the desert for forty years. Of course, God was able to defeat Israel's enemies when they first arrived at the threshold of the Promis...
Podcast Introduction Our reading today is Joshua 11-15. We’ll see the Promised Land delivered to the tribes of Israel. After that I'll have some comments, and I’ll share some Family comments. Then we'll do our “On This Day In Church History” segment. Thoughts on Chapter 11 Here in Joshua 11 there are three things I... The post Joshua 11-15: The Promised Land Is Delivered first appeared on Lifespring! Media.
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Miller Chapel Scripture: Numbers 11:4-6, 13-20 The rabble were on the journey with the Hebrews through the wilderness, but they didn't believe in the journey, the leadership, or the dream of a Promised Land. That's because they also didn't believe in God. So their tolerance for hardship was low and their capacity for complaint was high. But the most dangerous rabble are the voices of disbelief within our own hearts.
Today's podcast is a meditation on the story of the Israelites' first attempt to take the Promised land from Numbers 13-14, when they finally went in and did it from Joshua 1-6, when Caleb took the mountain in Joshua 14, and the writer of Hebrews' reflection on what this means for us from Hebrews 4.
Download Numbers 19-21 We are in the World Stream reading from the World English Bible. 7streamsmethod.com | @7StreamsMethod | @serenatravis | #7Streams | Donate Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis Lord, you led your people into victory and to more. Lead us we pray as we spread the Good News of the Kingdom of God. Amen. 19 - The red heifer sacrifice was of tremendous significance in this culture. There is much debate and mystery about the reinstitution of this ritual that you are encouraged to do a "search" on. It has an ominous overtone about it that can be discussed into infinity. The cedar/hyssop/scarlet is a combination wherein the oils are still used today as powerful anti-septics in medicine. God was very concerned about cleanliness at every level; with the soul being first on the list. We could say more about the red heifer matter, the next Temple and such but again, the interested will look into that and can immerse themselves in the ongoing debate at will. The remainder of 19 deals with the handling of the dead for families and for those in proximity to the dead. This is a matter that had to be reinstated anew. They had come from Egypt after 430 years there and Israel was not to be a cult of the dead as Egypt was. The dead ended up being more captivating than the living in Egypt. In Israel, God wanted them to deal with the dead with issues of purity and the health of the living in mind. Bury them, mourn and call it over with. Hebrews were agents of a culture of life leading to Eternal Life, not death. It's interesting that at one point Jesus replies, "let the dead bury the dead." He came to give abundant life, not to obsess over the dead. 20 - Miriam dies at Kadesh (she was 130). Soon there is more complaining in the camp, the food is drab - nothing reminds them of the fresh produce of Egypt, there's an apparent lack of water so they are laying it on thick and Moses/Aaron are having stress. God gloriously appears to them in the tent! He gives specific instructions; this time to speak to the rock. Mind you Moses has always done exactly what he has been told since being called into ministry. But exasperation took over this time. He doesn't want to appear looney. Think about his sentiment when he suspects every one thinking, "oh great, now Moses is talking to rocks. Now what do we do? Our leader has been out in the sun wayyy too long!" Moses falters, has a tantrum and whacks the rock - twice. Water came, yes, but the disobedience would cost Moses. He was now relegated to die, in the desert too, and not enter the Promised Land. His wanderings would end in...wandering; not in Canaan. Sad stuff. But that was down the road. Next they request passage through Edom; the Land of Esau for some 400+ years now. His descendants do not take too kindly to their long lost and returning cousins who were sequestered in Egypt for 430 years. They deny them passage through Edom and are insistent about it. Would God have assisted them had they pushed back against Edom? It was a short route into Canaan. But the Israelites submitted to the Edomites show of force and went to Mt. Hor. Aaron's time for passage arrived. His mantel is put upon his son and Aaron dies (at 123). baby brother Moses would die within a year as well [at 120] but that is not told to us until the end of Deuteronomy. We'll read that on December 31, in 3+1/3 months. 21 - Next, the Canaanite King of Arad fought and kidnapped some Israelites. With the Lord's clearance, the Israelites decimated Arad and his people and their cities. It is a marvel that the Israelite farmers of Goshen (the delta of the Nile), turned nomads, then became successful soldiers. The next journey had them going the long way around. A look at a map will reveal why they were complaining. But let's not forget the larger picture that God wanted them in the Promised Land 38 years prior to their entry; Numbers 13-14. They are still out there because of their complaining - not because of God. So let's all remember that when we reject God's straight way and opt for our long way, let's not blame God for doing it our way v.s. His Way. The snake bites got their attention and as most beleaguered parents tell their children, "I'll give you something to cry about" - this really got the Israelites attention. The remedy is a daily reminder even today as the symbol for medicine is still a serpent on a pole. You see it on ambulances. That comes from right here in Num. 21. The balance of today's reading, to the end of Num. 21 is filled with travel and cities and more confrontations. The lesson going here and there and ending up [AGAIN] in nowhere [AGAIN] is to not complain so that God can take you somewhere. Their battle was against the Amorites led by King Sihon. Sihon was like your neighborhood yapping dog who barks and snarls just because you are walking by. If he could get past the fence he would come and nip at your heel. Yes, this was Sihon. He charged Israel like a dog escaped from his yard. And he received a hound dog's whoopin'. Sihon lost every one of his cities to Israel. They also assumed all the land of Bashan from King Og. The Lord directed against King Og and there were --> no survivors. The Israelites now possessed the land east of the Jordan.
In this message Chris Tortorici looks at Moses and Aaron and their struggle with unbelief. He also looks at why it seems like our belief doesn't last and what we can do about it. “The signs and wonders of yesterday, were never meant to sustain you today” - Chris Tortorici Today we read from:Ex 4:29-31Matt 6:21Luke 17:20-23
Long before God's people were conquered by King Nebuchadnezzar and taken captive to Babylon, and more than 150 years before Cyrus the Great of the Medo-Persian empire in turn conquered Babylon and returned the Jews to the Promised Land, Isaiah prophesied of those very events.
Thoughts at Rest, Dealing with Deprivation - Episode 4 - Freedom from Anxiety with Sonja Corbitt God is always leading us to the Promised Land of rest. Rest is not simply inactivity. Rest is not a luxury. Rest is a discipline. Rest is a promise. We dispose ourselves to receive the promise of rest through a disciplined desert process common to God's people from the beginning. The biblical Exodus story is a map through this desert process, showing us the disciplines that offer “dew” – God's renewing presence in the desert that leads us to the superabundance of rest in thought, emotion, body, and soul. The post FA4 – Thoughts at Rest, Dealing with Deprivation – Freedom from Anxiety with Sonja Corbitt – Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts appeared first on Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts.
Imagine being able to physically see God directing your steps. It would certainly be easier to follow Him. God gave the children of Israel His visible presencepillars of cloud and fireto comfort and guide them along this new journey. Follow along as Dr. McGee covers more about the Passover, the Promised Land, and (surprise) Pharoah's once-again hardened heart.
Two siblings and their guide set out to cross the Titan mountains to reach a new promised land. At a campfire in the caravan camp strangers meets to share their stories… Spoiler warning: This episode follows the first chapter in The Promised Land adventure included in the Symbaroum core rulebook. The Dark War ended twenty years ago but the land of Alberator lies in waste. Following direction from their Queen Korinthia, the survivors have migrated north of the Titan mountain range into a new land she has dubbed Ambria. There they have met the barbarian clans of the Davokar forest, which sits upon the ruins of ancient Symbaroum. And also the Elder Folk such as the elves who warn the humans that any trangressions into Davokar will be met with death as there is a darkness that sleeps in the woods that must never be allowed to be woken. But before we can learn more about the politics and dangers of the region we must first arrive in the region. And winter is early in the mountains and the caravan drivers warn that it may already be too late to make the crossing until the spring. Patreon Supporters Can Listen Early Patreon supporters who are donating more than $5 each month can listen to the first story episode now, and will have early access every week for the duration of this campaign! Find out more by visiting patreon.com/terriblewarriors Our players are Mitch Wallace, Sean Horbatiuk, and Ainslie Moors. Justin Ecock is the GM and audio editor. Music is licensed through Epidemic Sound Symbaroum is created by Free League And you must check out Mitch Wallace's creation, Necrobiotic, by visiting pennyforatale.com/necrobiotic
Download Psalms 133-139 We are in the Wisdom Stream reading from God's Word Translation. 7streamsmethod.com | @7StreamsMethod | @serenatravis | #7Streams | Donate Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis Lord, we want to know you and walk with you and live in the Psalms and be in worship every step, every day. Amen. 133 - Our working and playing and cooking and learning and worshiping and serving and doing all that we do IN a SPIRIT of TOGETHERNESS is very pleasing to the Lord. It seems that modern-day urbanites are slightly more impressed with the concepts of "privacy", "personal space", and "my own little world" etc. than God is. 134 - The Psalmist is distinctly impressed with those Levitical servants who work the night-shift without fail . 135 - This is exuberant encouragement to praise the Lord. Why? Because God is the only true and right God. Allgods are false. Look what God has done! His works in nature, His works against our enemies...which are His enemies. GOD is just and compassionate. All others nations' gods are not even fluff. They are nothing. They don't exist! So let's praise Him; our True God. 136 - The verse/phrase; "His mercy endures forever..." is recited repeatedly to redentigrate into people's memories so that it stays there for life. Every reminder becomes a reminder of ... God's eternal mercy. God does wonders, miracles, natural phenomenon- be they repetitive or in line with answers to prayer for rescue. God guides, gives victory, he saves, sustains - - - so, what do we do? --> give Him thanks. 137 - It is the 580's B.C. and the Judeans are in anguish; in Babylon and hadn't the heart to sing the boisterous songs to God in worship. The Babylonians would goad them to sing but they just couldn't, they were so demoralized. They remembered Zion and wanted to make sure their hearts didn't change and become settled with /or/ normalized to life in Babylon. Their anger is still fresh against their Babylonian victors and the Edomites who cheered Judea's defeat. Their prayer against their tormentors is about as severe as it gets; wanting the Babylonian babies smashed. This is real prayer though it forgets the truth - that God put the Bab's up to the task of punishing them for what they; the Judeans had done against God. Their anger, understand is almost six centuries pre-Calvary so they don't understand the Holy Spirit and grace and redemption in a spectrum that those who have been following Jesus understand it. All things considered from our "Christian prism", we can understand this anger, without condoning it. [This Psalm was written by Hebrews exiled in Babylon, while Psalm 126 was written shortly after returning to the Promised Land from Babylon.] 138 - is a celebration in itself; a celebration borne from answered prayer that comes bursting forth from grateful hearts. 139 - God KNOWS us - that is the theme here. Skin to bone, every thought, every word, He knows us. You, Lord are present with us, every step, every day. It isn't possible to flee from our God. He was there for our beginning and orchestrated the creation of us; each of us. God's vast love for us is too marvelous to understand. David feels a deep kinship with those who love God ... and vice versa. David wants to make sure there is no evil in his heart - not even evil that he is unconscious of. David wants to walk with God and remain in God and to have nothing whatsoever to do with evil or anything/anyone that is evil.
Download I Chronicles 13-17 We are in the Nation Stream reading from God's Word Translation. 7streamsmethod.com | @7StreamsMethod | @serenatravis | #7Streams | Donate Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis 13 - the ark is brought back from it's time among the Philistines. It was a joyous reunion. Perhaps they were a tad too joyous in transport. 'Nothing wrong with excitement, but let's get it settled first and then get all wound up in worship. By the way, if you're never seen a Hebrew celebration, you need to. My husband finished college in Jerusalem 30+ years ago and he says it's the first time he's seen a senior citizen do the splits in mid-air! At any rate, there was a gentleman "Uzzah" who paid dearly for touching the ark. His dubious assignment of guarding the ark without getting too close got him removed from the earth. It's an unfortunate warning that had to take place. This was a memo to not turn the Ark into a tourist piece. How many famous carvings/art pieces have you visited in life where the nose or some protrusion is rubbed completely off because all the tourists need to rub it just to say they touched it? An unfortunate reality about travelers. Plymouth Rock is over 90% gone because everyone wanted a piece of it. Eternal Memo: DON'T TOUCH The Ark of The Covenant. I think this was mentioned before - if y'aren't supposed to touch something like the Ark, what was Uzzah doing less than an arm's length away from it? And as for the blessing upon Obed Edom's house, honor God's Commandments and watch your house get blessed too. 14 - David's wives grow in number as do his children. The Bible doesn't laud this, it simply notes it. In doing this David created a weak spot in his character that got him hooked via the Bathsheba incident which led to irreversible chaos in his kingdom. Nonetheless, he is king and God used him to greatly establish the nation of Israel. His exploits against the attacking Philistines are very noteworthy. The reading we went through last week told of the mighty men and acts of valor done by David's soldiers. We read about it before these latest battles. But the Philistines found out about it ... after taking a tremendous beating! [I.e. Fight a movement that God is in and pay severely] 15 - The process of bringing the Ark to Jerusalem is far more particular and stringent than any parade preparation we ever hear of. If your float doesn't win in the Macy's Parade of the Rose Parade, you don't get a ribbon. If you don't get it right in this parade, you don't go home - you get carried home =>and then buried! And not for nothing gentlemen, YOU are to transport the Ark - not an ox, for heaven's sake. They had to get it right this time. The preparation, the thousands involved, the music, the Spirit behind all this is Amazing. David is overwhelmed in worship. As for Michal; we better get this spiritual note from God himself: Resentment for worship carries a painful pricetag. II Samuel 6 reminds us what happened to Michal for scolding the king. She is struck infertile. 16 - The Ark is in place. The worship leading is entrusted to Asaph and relatives. [12 of the Psalms are titled and attributed to Asaph]. The opening worship is sung. The rhapsody is immense as each has his task smartly assigned to execute. The marvelous blessing over Israel is what God has wanted to do for them all along. It ends, "then they all went home. And David went home to bless his family." Would you like to have the King come home to the palace and bless you? Remember that as we worship The One True God of Heaven, we are David's family. 17 - King David mentions the issue to Nathan the Prophet that he is living in a cedar home while the Ark is in a tent ---> this was bothering David. It bothers him because he honors the Lord God over himself. [Many are not bothered today that they live in a posh home yet attend church in a frumpy building.] And David raises the matter because he wants to do something about it. He was a great warrior King who brought in Israel's greatest days. But he wanted to build the Temple too. Now Theologically speaking, each Bible hero is assigned a task. Abraham receives the greatest calling of all time. Jacob is the embodiment of it being named Israel, Joseph preserves the family through famine, Moses takes them to freedom out of Egypt, Joshua takes them into the Promised Land though the task doesn't get finished for 400 years... Here's David that wants to add a task to his calling. It is not to be. Solomon, his son, will build the Temple. The exchange between God to Nathan to David and David accepting the Word from God is a wondrous moment in biblical history. No kicking and pouting or back talk. Just humble submission and more worship. This is why David is the man after God's own heart. This is why he is forever blessed.
Download Numbers 15:22-18 We are in The World stream reading from God's Word Translation. 7streamsmethod.com | @7StreamsMethod | @serenatravis | #7Streams | Donate Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis 15:22ff - when unintentional sins are committed there is still guilt to deal with. That is a rule of the world that applies. Many people die and always have for ignorance of physics. A child cannot protest about a burnt hand because they were not aware that fire burned skin. It's all unfortunate that thousands of traffic tickets get written daily because someone is driving in a different-than-home city and doesn't know the local rules. This doesn't let them off. Politicians may claim that they should be allowed to slide because they didn't violate anything intentionally. No one else gets to make this fallacious claim. -the assertion of the Sabbath rule may appear harsh but it had to be reiterated. Whole societies become ill for working 7-days a week. It isn't healthy and God will not permit it. -the tassel concept may seem a cute thing but God just wanted them to remember ... it worked. 16 - The issue here is rebellion. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and must be obliterated. It should never be allowed. They are complaining ultimately in a way that would not be happening if they had already proceeded into the Promised Land like God had already invited/urged/ordered them to go, but they rebelled there and whined and wouldn't go in. God must have been saying "what do you jokers want from me?" They had to go or the whole community would have been corrupted and the children permanently warped beyond spiritual recovery. So God did some cleansing that day. This purging of rebellion preserved a nation. 17 - The budding and producing staff of Aaron's is God reminding them again to listen to Moses and Aaron. God spoke to Moses and Aaron would speak for Moses. This was instituted a while back and God did not changed His mind. This was God telling them for the how-manyTH time just follow, obey and don't complain. God is this way and He made us this way. What do you feel like doing about the complainers in your neighborhood? at your school? in your family? at your job? Yeah, right, you'd like to hose them off and/or throw them outside. Complain blurs and blunts even blocks the progress of anything. So let's all stop the complaining and let God take us to where we are meant to be spiritually and in every other way. 18 - the gravity and tenants of the priestly service are told. This is a serious matter. If faith is not taken seriously and taken so to the core, then eventually (and sooner than some may think) nothing else is taken seriously. We see the crumbling of societies right before our eyes today of lands that took their Christendom much more seriously than they do now. They are paying the consequences for it. And as for the contributions - they needed to be handled very responsibly. Percentages and proportions were to be strictly followed. They are accounting for God; for God's sake. They can't be acting like the governments of the world that are habitually wasting trillions and trillions.