My reading on this day came from Romans 15 & Numbers 17-18. In Romans 15, it is important for us to encourage one another and that praying for one another is vital. In the reading from Numbers 17, God revealed Aaron as his chosen one by making his staff blossom and grow almonds, which shows that God can use anyone and anything to bear witness to his word. This action stopped the people from grumbling at the time. In Numbers 18, the Levites were chosen to be overseers of the tent of meetings and that God blessed them with a tithe of the tithe given in contributions / sacrifices.
1) God is omnipotent.
2) It is an honor to serve God.
3) God is beautiful.
I continued my reading in Exodus with Chapters 16-19. And as always, when I am right in this area, the first thing hat immediately jumps out at me is how quickly God’s children forget what God has already done for them…the actual might of the God we serve.
The 120 years life shelf of man was already in effect, which means that everyone in this particular group that crossed through the Red Sea had been in Egyptian bondage/slavery their entire life. They had never known freedom. They grew up watching their parents/relatives/friends being mistreated, overworked, beaten, and many even having made it to the age of experiencing it themselves. All they had been taught and known since birth was a slave mentality and how to live successfully as a slave…same as their parents, and their grandparents. So when God shows up on the scene through Moses telling them that he has come to get Pharaoh to free them (4:29-31), I get the quick move from fascination and gratefulness to hesitation and disbelief after Pharaoh made their workload worse than it had ever been (5:20-21). I even get the skepticism after seeing the first few miracles when Pharaoh’s magicians “seemingly” were able to do the same things (7:11-12, 22; 8:7), though they lacked the grandeur each time that God’s brought forth. But, when we get to the plague of lice and even Pharaoh’s magician’s can’t pull that off–nor any of the plagues that followed–and God’s delivering us from the infestations, ailments, and losses that touch everyone in the land but us… FOLLOWED BY God delivering us out of oppression into freedom (12:37-38)… FOLLOWED BY God parting the Red Sea for us to walk safely across (14:21-22), then turn around and drown our persecutors that are right behind us with that same Red Sea so that there remained not one of them (14:27-28)… FOLLOWED BY God making bitter water sweet for us to drink and not die of thirst (15:23-25)… Tell me why, just 2 1/2 months later do we start with the complaining, doubting God’s ability to continue to provide for us, and not taking Him at His word (16:3, 16:20, 27-28; 17:3, 7)?!!
My takeaway: Even with God right there performing miracle after miracle, God’s children can be quite a forgetful people. Our biblical history shows us that. But, if history is there to not only remind us of where we’ve come from but to, also, help us keep from repeating the same mistakes our ancestors made, then: Why are we still such a forgetful people?
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