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Drinking Living Water- Day 6 March 14, 2011

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Drinking Living Water Through a Firehose- Day 6: Numbers 1-24, Psalms 30-34, Proverbs 6, Mark 13-Luke 2.

Oh, I’m so excited the last chapter I get to read is Christmas. And I started reading today with laughter, my reading schedule that I got from the internet had a misprint on it- it said I was only supposed to read Numbers 1-2 and not 24. After looking at it for a second or two I realized that the next day started with 25 and figured out the misprint. It will be good to end on that note for tonight.

Numbers – must check the significance of the numbers of the tribes as they were counted, I have never looked into this. Numbers 6, a beautiful blessing for the people of Israel. The Lord commanded that the Levites offer this prayer over them: 24 “‘“The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’

27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

God commanded that this blessing be given to His people, and just to “put the button on it,” like a seal on a love letter, he said, “and I will bless them.”

Numbers 9, the children of Israel followed God’s guidance directly and attended when He told them to move and when He told them to stay put. Oh, and Frosted Flakes for breakfast every day, could I do that for 40 years? They didn’t know when they started the journey they would all die from the sin of faithlessness, in fact here, the victories of God were so fresh in their minds that they obeyed Moses and God and did as God commanded, even making stuff for the temple and consecrating it.
Numbers 10, I think it would be fun to get up every day and quote, and go to bed the same way: 35 Whenever the ark set out, Moses said, “Rise up, LORD! May your enemies be scattered; may your foes flee before you.” 36 Whenever it came to rest, he said, “Return, LORD, to the countless thousands of Israel.”

Numbers 11- Israel complained about the Manna, I guess you can only find so many recipes for Frosted Flakes, I heard one guy joke (It was Keith Green, but I don’t know his source, if any) that the people ate baked manna, boiled manna, and manna-cotti until they were sick of it. I would add, drank manna-schevitz… they don’t seem to have given THAT up. Oh, I know, spell it “Manischewitz” but it’s still Kosher Wine. So God said they could eat quail, and eat it they would, until it was coming out their noses. Gross, but that’s what it says, v. 20.

Numbers 13, Go CALEB! 30 “Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ‘We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.’”

Numbers 20, all Moses was supposed to do was speak to The Rock, but in his anger he hit it twice. And it gave water. But God said because he disobeyed (even though he was angry) that he wouldn’t enter the Promised land. So, murder is “justifiable homicide,” but striking the rock he was supposed to speak to, was not an OK sin. Numbers 21- Book of the Wars of the Lord – we don’t have this one, but I wonder sometimes if that book and a few others mentioned in the text that we don’t have, will turn up somewhere and be translated.

Psalm 34: 8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Mark 13, struck by the subtlety of Satan. The Word says he goes about “like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour,” but in my experience he is more subtle than that. He mixes a bunch of the truth in with a few lies and distracts us into believing the lies in there are just as true as the truth, but Isaiah wrote “woe to him who calls evil good, and good evil.” A lie is a lie is a lie, no matter how good the truth around it may sound.

I like Luke (the Gospel) and I respect Luke the author. He is a doctor, has done a thorough search for witnesses to interview about what had happened, and wrote it down carefully. He has a great ear and attends to details some others miss.

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