Week 2: Day 4- Numbers 14:13-16

This Weeks Passage: Numbers 14:5-19

13 And Moses said unto the Lord, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;)

14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou Lord art among this people, that thou Lord art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.

15 Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying,

16 Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.

Numbers 14:13-16

Explanation:

There are a few observations that strike me here.

First, Moses cares about these rebellious people enough to go to God on their behalf. They want to stone Joshua and Caleb. Moses and Aaron had been face down in fear of avoiding God’s judgement on the people. And yet he is still advocating to God on their behalf.

Second, Moses knows God cares about His name among the gentiles. He appeals to God’s reputation as a reason not to kill the people.

Application:

We should concern ourselves with thinking the way God thinks and then praying according to His will. Moses knew God well enough to appeal to what he knew God valued. We should know God like that.

We should concern ourselves with people, interceding to God on their behalf. We ought to pray for ourselves and for others that they would be right with God.

Response:

  1. Who is someone who needs you to pray for them?
  2. How well do you know God? Is this reflected in your prayer life?
  3. How is your prayer life? Do you pray often? Do you pray for others?

Week 2: Day 1- Numbers 14:5-9

This Weeks Passage: Numbers 14:5-19

Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.

Numbers 14:5-9

Explanation:

In verses 5-6 Moses and Aaron went face down in response to the rebellion of the people. Joshua and Caleb, two of the twelve spies that entered in to the land, ripped their clothes off- a sign of passion and distress. Their message took four main thoughts.

First, they said that the children of Israel were blessed to have the opportunity of the good land that they had spied out. Second, they said God would give them the land. Third, they pleaded with the people not to rebel against God because of fear. Lastly, they pleaded with the people not to fear the people of the land, for they are “bread”, or God’s provision, for them in this new land.

Joshua and Caleb’s faith in God and desire to obey lead them to courageously and articulately stand up to this crowd of people. Ultimately this crowds decision lead to dire consequences, but Joshua and Caleb were brought through these consequences. God used them despite the decision of the majority.

Application:

Whether or not we can win the argument that God wants us to make is not a factor in standing up for what is right. The potential that others may not listen to us should not keep us from making that argument. Just because it is God’s will or desire doesn’t ensure that the people will buy in. Yet, if it is what God wants us to say, we should say it clearly and passionately.

  • We should passionately pursue discovering what God desires.
  • We should passionately obey what God desires.
  • We should passionately proclaim what God desires.

Response:

  1. What scares you or keeps you from standing up for what is right?
  2. Are you a Joshua and Caleb, or are you a scared spy?
  3. Are you passionately pursuing, obeying and proclaiming God’s desires for your life?

4 Benefits to Journaling God’s Word Daily

If you’re like me you have had seasons of your life where you’ve not been as consistent in your devotional life as you should be. The Bible is so powerful, and we need His wisdom and guidance every day. Yet, for much of my life I have not had a daily habit of Bible study.

I’ve recently been using a journaling method to help me stay more consistently in the word of God.  God has used it in a substantial way. I’ve started and stopped with journaling several times in the past, but after finding the H.E.A.R. Journal method and tying that to my daily routine that has changed. I have found that it has brought me several benefits, and I believe it can do the same thing for you. Here are four of the many benefits I have found to journaling.

Journaling makes your quiet time more substantial. It’s good to read God’s Word, but by journaling about what you’ve read you go from just reading to studying. You ask and answer questions about the text. You meditating on the meaning of the text and how it applies. You are more likely to actually do something about what you’ve read when you have written down what you ought to do. I’ve found I’m also more consistent because I can hold myself accountable for how often I’m studying because I can see the dated entry in my journal.

Journaling helps you to be closer to the Lord. Because I’m spending more time and getting more out of God’s Word each day, it has impacted my prayer life. Bible reading and prayer go hand in hand for the child of God. More Word in my life means more life change, which means more consistency in reading and applying, which means more prayer, and a better relationship with God.

Journaling helps you to lead others in discipleship. Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations in the great commission. He said that we should teach those are reached “to observe whatsoever I have commanded you.” Discipling people apart from the Word of God is impossible. As you are consistently in God’s Word you are able to teach others to do the same, and you can hold them accountable for doing it. It’s hard to get people to do something that you are not doing. When they get into God’s Word consistently they will grow!

Journaling helps me be a better teacher and writer. I don’t claim to be the best teacher or writer. I have found that writing things out every day, and meditating on God’s Word using pen and ink has helped me to grow in my ability to organize my thoughts and communicate. I’m not great, but I’m getting better.

There are certainly other benefits that I’ve found to journaling God’s Word every day. Do you journal? What benefits have you found?

To have enough workers, recruit them to a vision – not a job

This is an important post on recruiting volunteers. He is absolutely right on how to recruit. Most of the time when you make the announcement that you need a leader it sounds like your desperate, you will take anyone, or that this is a job that no one really wants.

To have enough workers, recruit them to a vision – not a job

To have enough workers, recruit them to a vision – not a job
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