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Drinking Living Water- Day 7 March 15, 2011

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Drinking Living Water Through a Fire Hose — Day 7: Numbers 25-Deuteronomy 10, Psalm 35-37, Proverbs 7, Luke 3-9

Numbers

Phinehas, zealous for the Lord, murderer and priest.

I keep seeing and noticing Moses taking censuses and I wonder why the people had to be counted so many times.

Numbers 29 a refresher course on the feasts for Israel
Numbers 30 Interesting laws about women and vows. A father may deny his daughter’s rash promise and remove the guilt of not fulfilling it, and a husband may deny his wife’s rash promise and remove the guilt of not fulfilling it. Or not, and then she is responsible for what she said. A widow has to keep her promises.
Numbers 32:23 holds an old truism: “you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” The expression has to do with keeping ones promises and being faithful in the face of God’s faithfulness. The tribes of Gad and Reuben asked for land on the backside of the Jordan and not in the land God had commanded them to take by the sword on the other side of the Jordan. So Moses called them out and said they had to fight with Israel and THEN they could go back west to Jazer and Gilead.

But it’s perhaps just true even without the implication about promises.

Numbers 33 recounts the journey from Egypt, like a brief travel log. First we camped here. Then we camped there. Here’s where Aaron died. Etc. Moses told them to drive out the people and destroy their idols so they wouldn’t be tempted to worship them and do what they did that was sinful.

Numbers 34, the borders of the land defined by God.

Deuteronomy 1: recounting the first chance to take the promised land, refused by the nation of Israel, they wandered 40 years more until the generation (except Joshua & Caleb) died. 2: God promised and delivered victory in battle as long as they were faithful. Deuteronomy 4:28, thus by comparison, our God can “see [and] hear [and] eat [and] smell. Fascinating teaching. Deuteronomy 5 repeats the 10 first rules from God.

Deuteronomy 6, שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל‎ Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

This famous passage is a centerpiece of Jewish prayer life. And it’s good instruction for us as well.

Deuteronomy 8: 18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth,

Psalm 36: O LORD, you preserve both man and beast. 7 How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
“In Your Light we see Light.” Strange but beautiful construction.

Another great parallel reading, see also Deuteronomy 6 from today’s reading plan. This is awesome. Proverbs 7: 2 Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Luke 3: 7 John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 9 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Do not miss that Jesus stopped reading the passage at a specific point and said THIS text is fulfilled in your hearing. They missed the teaching that the next text was not fulfilled then, it would come to pass later. The next part of Isaiah talks about Him coming back militantly to take his kingdom, the “Day of the Lord.” Isa. 61:1-2 is what he read.

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