Numbers

Numbers 21-22

Good Morning.  I am getting sick (I think the flu from a co-worker) When my alarm went off, I turned it off.  I only have an hour so I am not sure how far I will get.

 

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Look at 12.  That’s where we were denied entry.  So now look at 14 and 15.   That is where we are.  It is important to see it so that when we cross the Jordan River and divide land “Trans-Jordan” you will totally get it.

The Bronze Snake:

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Let’s start with John 3:14

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

In the Gospel, John was speaking to Nicodemus; a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin.  If you do not know what them means just know that he was a legalistic important Jewish man that was raised under the Law (as a way of Salvation).  He is questioning Jesus about how a person would get to Heaven.  Jesus knows he needs to speak his “lingo”, so he references a story I am sure Nicodemus has memorized.  The Bronze Snake:

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

Ready for something cool:  The universal healing symbol on an ambulance.  This will remind you to pray for healing for that person.  Also, what a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel if you are in the car with someone and see this symbol.  This is how it looks in my car: “See that symbol, do you have a phone on you, google Numbers 21 and John 3….” it is the coolest conversation!

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So I only got through 9 verses.  After work and soccer I will lock myself in a closet and read the rest.😉 Look for a repost.

 

3 thoughts on “Numbers 21-22

  1. So sorry Trish! Praying you get well quick…
    I love the bronze snake info and I will definitely be using that conversation starter myself!!

    A couple things I love in 21-22. That the Israelites were earning a reputation of having a God that took down enemies to the point that when Moab’s king saw them he was worried and realized that typical battle strategies weren’t going to work. So he sent some men to consult with a diviner named Balaam to try and get him to come and curse the Israelites–. When Balaam heard what the men wanted he consulted God and the Lord told him No. I love that when the men went back to Balak (King of Moab) that he decided to send more important men to try again.-good lesson for this world–just because someone has more earthly power it doesn’t mean it can compare to God’s power or sway His plans…hmmm

    When Balaam was asked again he consulted the Lord again and God gave him permission to go with them but said “only do what I tell you”–also good advice for all of us daily

    It was odd that just after God told Balaam to go that He then opposed him and then the fun happens–Balaam’s donkey saved his life 🙂 you may be like me wondering about why give permission then oppose the journey but it is reminiscent of Jacob and his wrestling with God—sometimes we need to be reminded that God is in ultimate control of every detail of our journeys.

    The whole situation of the donkey speaking to Balaam is awesome! Never forget that God can speak anywhere any time He chooses and even use very unlikely ways to do it. I think God kept bringing this to my mind because i can start to wonder if im really usable and really God wants me to be willing to “do only wha He tells me to” and when I am obedient then he can do miraculous things and I can be part of that–I mean if He can speak through a donkey then surely he can use you and me….

    sorry long comment but since Trish is down I thought I would jump in and try to help…

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