Numbers is essentially the first Roll Call of God. It could also be called the Book of Rebellion as it recounts the grumblings of those who were delivered from slavery.

Our Lord spoke to Moses in the Tent Meeting in the Desert of Sinai and told him to take a census of the entire Israelite community by their clans.  Families were listed with every man by name. All the Israelites twenty years old or more totaled 603,550 men.

After parting the sea, feeding them heavenly manna from the sky, and providing light with a guiding cloud, the people complained and said they had it better in Egypt!  (Num 9:15)

In chapter 12 we read about the negative report of the two spies, while Joshua and Caleb who dared to believe God.  Israel’s unbelief in God is recorded in chapter 14. The Lord’s anger was ignited a number of times in this book.  “Beware of unbelief! You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?” (Gal 5:7)

In chapter 20 we read that instead of proclaiming what God gave him to say, a frustrated Moses strikes a rock for water.  After all of the unbelief, the Lord told Moses and Aaron that because they did not trust in Him enough to honor God as holy in the sight of the Israelites, that they would not be the ones to lead His people into the Promised Land.

Moses said to the Lord “May the Lord, the God of the spirits of all mankind, appoint a man over this community to go out and come in before them…so the Lord’s people will NOT be like sheep without a shepherd.” (Num 27:15)

Afterwards, a humbled Moses anointed Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom was the spirit.  Moses gave Joshua some of his authority so the Israelite community would obey him.  The children of Israel learned the hard lesson of trusting in God for all things, not people, in a time of crisis, or at anytime.

“Because they have not followed Me wholeheartedly, not one of the men twenty years old who came up out of Egypt will see the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (Num 32:11).

The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for forty years until that entire generation died off.  When Joshua and Caleb made the trip into the Promised Land they returned within 40 days.

LESSON: Limit the number of times we complain

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“It is finished.” 4/20/19

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  1. THE LORD’S PRAYER: Word for word, few compositions in all the history of literature have received so much attention. No other collection of words has wielded as much influence in the history of religious devotions. The Lord’s prayer is the only one of which Jesus of Nazareth, enjoined on His attentive disciples. We are all sometimes guilty of Jesus’ very warning to NOT engage in long and meaningless repetitions when we pray. As we recite this prayer over and over again we run the risk of the words falling into the abyss of hollow insignificance. “It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, `Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples’ (Luke 11:1). In the times of Jesus, certain religious groups such as the Pharisees, the Es-series and others had certain customs in prayer. This disciple of Jesus wanted to be instructed by his Master in the spiritual art of prayer. He probably voiced the hope of many of us weary disciples, who are tired of the ritualism associated with church prayers. What a Christian’s heart longs for…is to be assured that our utterances touch heaven. Parched by the sun of religiosity in their spiritual exercises, this disciple boldly asked Jesus for the Way to communicate with God which would lift him into a new dimension of spiritual fellowship with God. The exactness of this prayer is in the Authority of the Author. As the moral law was written with the finger of God on the stone tablets and heart of Moses, so this prayer was spoken from the lips of the Son of God. This prayer gives us a view of the passions of Christ, and to His zeal for His Father and His compassion for men. Jesus is not indicating that we pray this prayer in some kind of mystical or rote way. In fact, He sets this prayer in contrast to the way that the Jews and Gentiles pray: “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.” (Matt. 6:5,7) Francis of Assisi regularly prayed The Lord’s Prayer; This is a paraphrased rendition of it. OUR FATHER most holy, our Creator and Redeemer, our Saviour and our Comforter. WHO ART IN HEAVEN in the angels and the saints, giving us light to know You. You Lord God are the Light, the Truth and the Way. Set me afire to love You with my body, mind and soul. You are Love, and You dwell within me to give me the fullness of Joy in the Lord. Oh holy God, You are the supreme, eternally good Father of all creation. HALLOWED BE THY NAME, may all Your children grow to know You better and better that we will appreciate the extent of Your favor, the scope of Your promises, as we willingly submit to Your Authority, and Your majesty, as we honor all Your judgments. THY KINGDOM COME, so that You may reign ‘in us’ by Your grace. Increase our faith Lord that we may enter Your kingdom, where we shall see You clearly, love You perfectly and be totally fulfilled in Your company, as we enjoy You forever and ever. THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, so that we may love You with all our heart, by always having You in mind, in our gut; with all our soul. Increase our hunger for You Oh God, saturate the mind within our bowels that we may glorify You with all the words we speak. Help us to see Your glory in everything that we may serve Your purpose on earth as it is in heaven. Help us to love our neighbors as ourselves, as we encourage others to seek You, and to obey Your commands, Your ways. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD, your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we may remember and appreciate how much He loved us. Give us His words to speak AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES, by Your immeasurable mercy, by the bloodshed of Your Son. AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US, we ask that You enable us Lord, to forgive easily, so that we may be forgiven. Help us to forgive our enemies, and fervently pray to You for them, returning no evil for evil. AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, be it hidden or obvious, sudden or persistent. BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL, past, present or future, FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM AND THE GLORY FOREVER ER AND EVER. AMEN


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