How are things going? Have you been keeping up? Many of you are faithful to the task of reading, fasting, and praying. I am very proud of you and am so blessed by your attention to your word.
In my attempt to bring daily encouragement and thoughts, I have fallen a bit behind haven’t I? I would have a novella to this point, so I will spare you the agony of such reading. You have enough to get through.
Saints, Friends, Countrymen~
As the end of the Torah rolled around a bit of sadness overcame me. The end of a forty year era was done. The end of Moses ministry to the people was done. The end of his event-filled 120 years was complete. There has been, nor ever will be a man like Moses. One can see now why is so revered in the Jewish Faith. “Moses and the Prophets,” they say. He embodied many attributes of Father. He was patient with the people, though at times wondered why he had to lead this group of rebellious and stiff-necked people. He interceded on their behalf for Father not to wipe them off the face of the earth. Moses stayed faithful to the wandering Hebrews, he never quit or left them on the side of the road. Yet in the end, even Father’s most favored man on the planet at the time had to deal with the result of his decisions and disobedience. Moses was not allowed to enter the place he vowed to lead the people towards. His forty years of education and training– lead to forty years of training with Father– which lead to his forty years of service– ending with looking at the place of promise.
Did any of you stop to ponder the choices for why which tribes were chosen to be on Mt. Gerazim and Mt. Ebal during the recitation of the blessings and curses? The two tribes from which the two positive spies surfaced, the priests, “Praise,” the youngest son from whom the first king came, the favored one of Jacob, and the laboring servant were all on the Mt. of Blessing. There are many reasons why the others on the Mt. of Curses side. See if you can come up with more than what I have listed.
Am I loving reading through Deuteronomy! The thing that is striking me differently is the emphasis on repetitiveness. Moses says the same thing over and over. When he was preaching this he must have been doing it ‘no note style’ and forget what he said earlier and said it again. I was captured today with the following:
1. The number of times he tells us to teach our children, do not forget, to be carful to observe the all the commands, to love the LORD your God, reminders that the LORD brought them out of Egypt, and that He was delivering them in to promised land.
2. The use of the word ‘awesome’ six times in Deut.
3. 10:14-22 should be a song, it is sooo great. It needs to be composed so that we sing it over and over and over again to get it imbedded in our spirits. 17- ” For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, …” 22- “He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.”
4. I love the list in chapter 11 they saw. His majesty, his mighty hand, outstretched arm, signs he performed, things he did in the heart of Egypt, what he did to the Egyptian army, how he overwhelmed.
5. Anyone have any idea why the blessings were proclaimed on Mount Gerizim and the curses on Mount Ebal?
6. I wonder how many sons would be rebellious today if all the men of his town could stone them to death for disobeying? Good deterrent?
7. I love the way Father wants us to honor each other and provide equity in situations. He is always looking to have folks respect each other and to look out for the dignity in folks. Good lessons.
Man o man~
Can I just say this 90 Day Bible reading is really rocking my world? It has been a couple of years since I read through the Bible and I am getting so much out of it! I have heard from some of you, talked to others, and get nothing but good reports from all. Knowing that so many of you are reading along, makes this so much better. I can sense the unity and strength in your words and in my spirit.
I know I have mentioned this before, but let me ruminate some. Because we are reading through so much material all at once, we come across repetitive names, places, or situations rapidly. Even though we are books apart, a situation is recalled that may have been so 200 years ago, but is only two days ago in our reading. There is great recall, great connection, and great collaboration. An example was the daughters of Zelophehad. At the beginning of our reading today they showed up. It was yesterday’s reading which presented their case and plight. However, there was context for the second mention because I was able to recall the first so easily.
I am late today in getting my reading done. Wow. What a story!
“Complaining and Grumbling”- The Steady Diet of Humanity
I am not sure that I have notice the words complaining and grumbling so many times in this section of scripture before. It seems that in each and every case, those who do so think they have justification for their words, when in reality, do not. Father takes this action very seriously. Whether it was against him or the leadership in place, it is not well received. To us, complaining and grumbling seem innocuous. In reality, complaining and grumbling are the same as slander and murder. Boy do I want to be careful regarding how I speak against those in leadership over me.
To think that in this section we see lots of interesting things. Moses arguing with Father. This is the first time this shows up. I wonder if the habit the Israelites had wore on him? We also see the signs of the first church split. The first stoning. Joshua worried about gifts manifesting outside the Tent of Meeting. Just ten men able to pollute the remaining folks in the crowd that going the route of the sea is a bad thing. It doesn’t take much for a cancer to spread does it? Speaking life-giving encouragement does take effort. I wonder if the percentage of 10 of 12 holds true in our culture today? That means that only 17% of people use gracious words? I don’t know, but I want to be part of the 17%!