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God and Moses Have Words

  • Numbers 10:1-11:23
  • Mark 14:1-21
  • Psalm 51:1-19
  • Proverbs 10:31-32

While he was in Bethany reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.

Marl 14:3

Everything I write here today, or any day for that matter, is in pure worship to the Lord. God changed my life for the better and in all I do, I intend it to give God the glory and praise like the woman who anointed Jesus.

Having said that, what I am posting today is also in curiosity of how to approach God. In the readings from Numbers today, Moses isn’t very happy with God, in fact, he seems resentful and irritated about the role in which God has put him. So in a complete sense of awe and worship, I journal about this conversation between God and Moses.

Before I begin I pray: Lord, I thank you that I know You, and I believe that this recorded conversation You and Moses had is an example of how we imperfect humans can talk to you. We can talk to you in our rawness and pain and hurt and happiness and excitement and doubt and fear and irritation and anger and pain and joy and love and ……., Well, You get it….in our human-ness. These verses that are recorded in Numbers are an example of just how much you love and accept us and that You will receive our words and meet us where we are. Help me to communicate that well. Amen.

The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we at in Egypt at no cost – also the cucumbers, melons, leaks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna! The manna was like coriander seed and looked like resin. The people went around gathering it, and then ground it in a hand mill or crushed in a mortar. They cooked it in a pot or made it into loaves. And it tasted like something made with olive oil. When the dew settled on the camp at night, the manna also came down.

Numbers 11:4-9

The Israelites were in a DESERT. Deserts aren’t known for their plentiful food supply or water supply. This was the only resource they had, and all they had to do was gather what God had provided and prepare it. They didn’t have to punch a clock or hunt it down. It just showed up. But this wasn’t good enough, they complained and dreamt about the days of old, where they had to make bricks out of clay for a meager day’s wage.

On a side note, they were SLAVES back in Egypt. They probably didn’t have access to much other than bread anyway. But this “rabble” represents those who distract them from the reality of what slavery was, filling their heads with what they “should be entitled to”.

Ever complained about what life was like “before”? Yea. Me too. Not proud of it.

Moses heard the people of every family wailing at the entrance to their tents. The Lord became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled.

Numbers 11: 10

Uh oh. God’s gonna get mad ya’ll! You saw what happened the last time he got mad! There was vengeance to pay! “Moses was troubled….”

He asked the Lord,

Why have you brought this trouble on your servant?

What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?

Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth?

Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms as a nurse carries and infant, to the land You promised on oath to their ancestors?

Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat! I cannot carry all these people to myself; the burden is too heavy for me.

If this is how You are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me – if I have found favor in your eyes – and do not let me face my own ruin.

Number 11:11-15

At first Moses seems to try and put a guilt trip on God. “Look at what YOU have put on ME! Why have YOU done THIS to ME!! YOU did this to ME! I don’t deserve this! How dare you God! You said you were going to save the people, but why put this burden on me! I was doing just fine out with my family before this fame and fortune, and…..etc etc etc.

But this is good stuff ya’ll….listen, God can take this. So God is just quiet and then I picture Moses caving in falling to his knees, begging for this burden to be lifted. Its too heavy Lord, I can’t do it! I feel so alone….Help me.

The Lord says to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone.

Numbers 11:16-17

God provides for Moses’ need. Moses gets raw and real and desperate and God is sending help in the form of church elders.

Friends, your church leaders are just humans that have received a gift from God. And sometimes, I judge, this gift of leadership comes at a heavy price. There have been some pretty serious wrongs done by church leaders and I wonder if its because they didn’t scream for help when the burden got to be too much! Everyone needs help, and no one can carry the leadership load alone. Here God provided an accountability group for Moses. People, in their human pride get scared to ask for help.

If you are a church leader, do you have an accountability group?

Does your church leader have a support group?

No one is meant to walk this journey alone. Don’t be afraid to speak to God HONESTLY and then DO WHAT HE SAYS to do to get the help you need.

Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The Lord heard you when you wailed, “if only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat it. You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, but for a whole month – until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it – because you have rejected the Lord, who is among you, and have wailed before him, “why did we ever leave Egypt?

Numbers 11: 18-20

Uhhhhh, have you ever heard the phrase, “be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it”? Yea, it applies here. The people got quail all right. I came falling from the sky around them. When the quail came, it came in droves and the people had to clean them and prepare them. So let’s put that in to visual.

Quail falls from the sky. Then it has to be de-feathered. Then it has to be gutted. Then it has to be cooked. Then the bones, guts and feathers have to be burned, buried or disposed of somehow, or they’re going to rot and stink, right? Every single meal and day for a month. Plus they have the manna to deal with. Now what happens if they don’t process with quail? Well, it rots, right? Then maggots and flies gather. Plus the meat is going to attract predators, like coyotes and fox and snakes. So they have to get rid of it fast.

…..until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it…..yea, that much.

Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.

Lord, thank you for all I have and all I will have because of your grace. I thank you for this honest conversation between You and Moses. Help me to know when it’s time to ask for help and to trust you with my burdens, knowing that you will guide me and help me. I pray for the person reading this that if they are in need of an accountability group or a team to help them carry a burden, I pray that they get real and honest with you so that you can send them what they need. I thank you for the opportunity to see that like the Israelites in the desert, we have so much to be grateful for, forgive me when I complain.

What are you grateful for today?

Is there a burden you need help with? How can I pray for you today?

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Gratitude

  • Number 2:1-3:51
  • Mark 11:27-12:17
  • Psalm 47:1-9
  • Proverbs 10:24-25

Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.

For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.

Psalm 47:1-2

Today’s Psalm is a song of praise to God. A Psalm of GRATITUDE. I found seven scientifically proven benefits of gratitude on the https://www.psychologytoday.com blog.

  • Gratitude opens the door to more relationships
  • Gratitude improves physical health
  • Gratitude improves psychological health
  • Gratitude enhances empathy & reduces aggression
  • Expressing gratitude improves sleep
  • Feeling grateful improves self-esteem
  • Having gratitude improves mental strength

And who wouldn’t want those?!?! Back in my real estate days part of my business plan was to send at least 10 Thank You Notes to my database every week. So lets do this, shall we? Lets NAME the things we are grateful for….the little things.

He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet. He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.

Psalm 47:3-4

I am grateful for my little farm. These past 2 weeks 3 of the mama cows have given birth to babies. Baby cows are so cute. They play and jump around like children. They’re totally amazing because within about 5 minutes of birthing, they are up walking around and nursing. When they’re this young you can almost get close enough to touch them. In fact, my husband said that our grandson was able to pet one this past weekend. These aren’t this year’s calves….they are last year pictures. I really need to get some current photos. All the pics in today’s blog are from previous years.

God has ascended amid shouts of joy the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise

Psalm 47:5-7

The weather yesterday was beautiful! It was about 68 degrees F and sunny. I have a desk-bound project at work and it is super tedious so I was super anxious to get off work at 2:30 and go for a 3 mile run/walk! I’m grateful that at 56 years old, I can run for that length. To be honest, in January & February, I didn’t run very much, and have just restarted my running program, so I’m out of shape and so I really just did a run-walk. But 3 miles is 3 miles!

Then when I got home, I still had time to plant my onion sets in the feed trough gardens we have set up. There are 200 onions in 1 of these feed troughs that have drain holes in the bottom of them. I love reusing old items for new purposes. The pictures here aren’t this year’s garden feed troughs, but this is what they are.

God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne. The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God he is greatly exalted.

Psalm 47:8-9

There is alot of political turmoil in this world….but I promise you this, God still reigns over the nations. No matter what happens, friends, remember that God reigns over the nations. God is still seated on his holy throne. The kings of the earth….ALL OF THEM…ALL the political leaders of the earth were created by and belong to God. In the end, God has final authority over what happens. So no matter what God is greatly exalted, we need not be afraid. Some day every knee shall bend and every tongue confess that God is the Lord. #facts

My daughter called me day before yesterday and invited me to lunch! We spent an hour catching up. She is a busy mom of four and I miss spending time with her so much that it hurts sometimes. I yearn for time alone with her, that never really goes away when they grow up, ya know? Anyway, I am really grateful that she took time out to have lunch with me. Last Friday, my youngest daughter and I took off work early to go shopping to find a dress for her engagement photos. We had sushi, then went shopping. Spent way too much money, and I don’t care. It was a wonderful time, and all our funds are provided by God, and so we will always have more than enough for what we need. When I think we don’t have enough….I will be grateful for what we have. This is again a 2 year old picture. Sheesh, I need to get updated pictures!!

I’m grateful for my husband of 29 years. I would be lost without you, Jeff. You complete me. Lord, thank you especially for my sweet husband. He’s such a hard worker and supports all my crazy endeavors. God sent me Jeff so that I could become more of the woman that God intended me to be….it wasn’t always easy, but it is definitely worth it. This picture was taken on our 29th wedding anniversary in Eureka Springs, Arkansas at the Passion of Jesus Pageant they have there. I love you, Jeff.

Dear Lord, thank you for the many blessings in my life and I am so sorry for the times I complain. Thank you for this day to celebrate the life you have given me. Teach me to love you and love those around me better each day. I thank you for the person who is reading this right now. I pray that you use this blog post to remind them of their many blessings and that they would know that it is YOU who created them and YOU who love them so much that you sent your only son to live among us, be crucified and die for our sins. ALL of our sins, no matter what they are, were redeemed for on that blessed day. Then Jesus rose again and is seated at YOUR right hand, gone ahead to prepare a place for those of us who put our faith in you. I pray that the person reading this would turn their life over to you and draw close to you.

What are you grateful for today?

Is there anything that I can pray for you today?

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