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Click here for today’s reading: Numbers 24, 25, 26, 27; 1 Corinthians 13
Here is my SOAP for today, Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Numbers 24 Balaam blesses all the tribes of Jacob/Israel and prophesied other nations’ destruction.
Numbers 25:7 “When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand 8 and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear into both of them, right through the Israelite man and into the woman’s stomach. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped.”
Numbers 26 Moses takes another census. (No one is left from the first census, 40 years prior. That entire generation died in the wilderness.) “The total number of the men of Israel was 601,730.”
Numbers 27 Inheritance of fathers with no sons goes to his daughters. Joshua commissioned by Moses as leader of Israel.
18 “So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership and lay your hand on him.” 20 “Give him some of your authority so the whole Israelite community will obey him…”
1 Corinthians 13 (Seems really out of place to me…) 13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
I wonder how Balaam used divination at times… 24:1 “Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not resort to divination as at other times…” I wonder what the distinction in process or in his heart was? Was it simply who or what he called upon? Because he clearly heard God’s voice… 2 “the Spirit of God came on him 3 and he spoke his message:”
Interesting and sad that everyone who grumbled against Moses and God by saying, “You have brought us out here into the wilderness to die!” all died… in the wilderness. By not trusting the Lord and complaining/grumbling.
Not quite sure what to do with the story of Aaron’s son, a priest, who killed the Israelite man, while he was having sex with the Midianite woman… and it seemed to please God, because then the plague stopped. This really makes me scratch my head. I guess it’s not a huge leap, when people were killed according to the Law for any number of things from breaking the Sabbath to doing things that were detestable to God…
It seems obvious to me that if a father had no sons, that his inheritance would immediately go to his daughters… But I guess culturally this issue needed attention.
I love that the “Spirit of Leadership” was on Joshua and that God told Moses to lay hand on him and give him (“impart” to him in New Testament?) some of his authority. (Not “all” of his authority?)
Need to be cautious what we bless… and what we curse… There is power in our words.
Not all leaders have the Spirit of leadership… or equal authority. Hmmm…
Lord help me to walk uprightly before you, in whatever amount of authority has been given to me. I pray that your Spirit of leadership would rest upon me to lead well.
P.S. Dear Wayne Cordeiro… Why was 1 Corinthians 13 inserted in today’s reading?