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Confidence

David had a storied life that started with his obedience to his father in his "assignment" to take care of the family flocks. Sheep were a valuable resource, a part of the family's wealth, as well as animals used for sacrifice to God and family food and clothing. It was a great responsibility for David. His life was threatened by the elements, cold nights and rain, and by animals, a bear and a lion, while minding these flocks. Later it was threatened by the Philistines, but David was successful in spite of the circumstances surrounding him. In Psalm 56 we catch a glimpse of a particularly tough time for him. He says, "God, have mercy on me, for people are hounding me. My foes attack me all day long…slander me…and [am] boldly attacking me." (Psalm 56:1-2) Then David says, "But when I am afraid…" (56:3a) He means by that, yes he is afraid, but he is not a victim to fear. It doesn't color his life black or cause him to blame his circumstances. Instead…

Thirsty

What do you do when you are thirsty? You don't just recognize it and go on with your business, no; you continue to think about how to fulfill it. You get a drink. Now sometimes we drink the wrong thing, like a coke, to quench thirst, and it doesn't really have that ability. Water is what helps. Think about that as you consider the following stories. Jesus was in Jerusalem during the feast of Tabernacles. This is a seven day celebration which reminds the people of their ancestral trek through the wilderness. In fact, they create temporary dwelling places to live in for the week. On each of the seven feast days, a priest would fill a golden pitcher with water from the pool of Siloam, walk to the Temple and would pour it through a funnel which led to the base of the altar of burnt offering. They were remembering the nation's satisfied physical thirst in the wilderness being resolved by God bringing water from a rock. (Numbers 20:11) On the seventh day after the completion of th…

Relationship 2

Yesterday we saw the wonderful promises of blessings from God on Israel if they would keep His commandments. Today we will see the result of disobedience to those commandments. We carry on from yesterday: However, He said, "If you do not listen to me or obey all these commands, and if you break my covenant by rejecting my decrees, treating my regulations with contempt, and refusing to obey my commands, I will punish you."(Numbers 26:14-16a) And, what would that look like? Sudden terrors would come upon them.a.Terror of life taking diseases. Wasting diseases and burning fevers causing eyes to fail and life to ebb away. (26:16b) b.Terror of food being stolen. Crops will be planted in vain because their enemies would eat them. (26:16c) c.Terror of God withdrawing from them. God will depart, turn against them, and defeat in battle would happen. (26:17a) d.Terror of captivity. Those who hated them would rule over them. That's never a good end. And they would …

Relationship 1

We seldom consider that a relationship has responsibilities. We can treat them lightly and not consider how valuable they are and then are shocked when things don't go right. Consider the relationship that God has with the people of Israel. He was the One that decided to make them "His people," so He promised Abraham a bright future. Then He kept His covenant and grew the people into millions that were living in slavery in Egypt. Four-hundred years after their arrival, He took them out, guided them through the wilderness, and planted them in the Promised Land. So, what were the responsibilities of being God's people? As the book of Leviticus comes to a close, it relays to us a conversation of God with His people through Moses. Let's look at the responsibilities: It was important to obey the 10 Commandments, especially related to idols (Commandment #2) that they had known in Egypt and those they would encounter in the Promise Land. (Leviticus 26:1) And…