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God’s chosen people? Who’s report do you believe?

June 24, 2009

17And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:

18And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;

19And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;

20And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.

21So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath.

22And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)

23And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.

24The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.

25And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

26And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.

27And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

28Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.

29The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.

30And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

31But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

32And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.

33And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Wow, what an interesting topic, we went from memorable portion of Behalotecha to Shlach, last week I studied Numbers 11:11, something that you will not hear or read in church. I love the teachings and experiences of the prophet Moses. The People of the congregation complaint that they want to eat Meat (4), but the flocks and herds are sanctified and so I don’t think it is a good choice to eat the food that could be used for sacrifice (22). Yet the people of the congregation wanted more than manna (7). Moses feels burdened and overwhelmed by all the people that desire meat. Believe it or not there re no vegans, while bumber (Numbers 11: 11 and 13).

God responds to Moses, and the seventy elders and gives and the seventy elders are given the same spirit as Moses. Moses says that Joshua should not be zealous for him, because he wishes that the entire congregation would have a spirit of prophecy (Numbers 11:17, 24, and 25).

 If you read Chapter 9, verse 15 God uses a cloud to demonstrate when the congregation should travel, and when to raise the tabernacle. Sometimes the cloud would appear as a burning fire, to give light at night. (Numbers 9:15). The appointed times to raise the tabernacle were given in Numbers 15:15-18 and Numbers 10:11. It is amazing that we as people sometimes worry about what church to attend, what the weather will be like and if we have made a good choice. I think the most important feature of a church is fellowship. I am not out to win popularity contest, but I believe God is willing that we should all have everlasting life and not perish…. I can’t think of a better way to grow in the love of God then attending a sanctuary of our choice – and that is fellowship. Do you feel like you are not apart of a clique? Does the church act like a herd of animals or is the church similar to the first century church found in the book of Acts and other subsequent Books in the chapters of the Bible or is the church in Asia: Ephesus (loveless); Smyrna (persecuted); Pergamos (compromising); Thyatira (corrupt); Sardis (dead); Philadelphia (faithful) or Laodicea (careful and diligent to read the word known as the lukewarm church). I would say this year I have spent time in the game of church that is loveless and compromising. We as a community were unable to attain any goals. The preachers spent more time being skeptical of the biblical characters and talking about how could they have made a mistake, not understanding their human nature while hearing a word and being under the influence of prophecy. Right now, I would love to assist with an usher board or sing in a choir, but the persecution and the drama is too much, no not this church I say to myself. I truly wish that I had a cloud to direct me to a church or sanctuary where I could demonstrate my gifts and my talents – if you see that cloud let me know. I will tell you where a rainbow is and you will know that I will never stop gracing the world with praises and hymns of the one sent by the one true God.

 This Sabbath we are analyzes the report. Have you ever looked in your e-mail box and felt overwhelmed. Have you ever said, well I am supposed to be blogging about revolutionary stuff but my time is all taking up my time. Well who are these people? Do we think highly of the people? This lesson shed some light on me, as often as I am very pleased with my strategic point, then you can get too cocky and look down on others. If the world was to look at everyone equally then there would be no need for ims and isms. A very interesting writing about a character that made the spies in Numbers 13 feel very small was that their perception of theirselves was very obvious to everyone around them, no one brought them down to size but theirselves i.e., The Hebrew word נְפִילִים (nephilim) may mean “those causing others to fall”. In study on Saturday, the Rabbi said that we all need to treat these kinds of people very nicely; he knew that I wasn’t having that and in fact, I did not even touch the Torah. Well the sanctuary wasn’t full and no one made a special trip over to me, and I was flabbergasted with the lesson in Chapter 13, because I did not agree, but I think that we have the real power in our hand to counter the perception that people have in us.

Isaiah 53:1 “Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

Romans 10:14 – How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
 Romans 10:
16 – But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
God has delivered us from condemnation. God has redeemed his people. God desires that no one perish. God has extended his righteous hand unto the people of the whole world. Yet some of still find time not to believe that he can bring judgment on the iniquity of the sinner in America , in Maryland and in Prince George ‘s County. Although you may think that you are a giant, and I look small to you. My God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly anything that brings Him the Glory, in the name of Christ Jesus.

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