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February 23 - Evening

"At that time I pleaded with the Lord:   “Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? Let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan—that fine hill country and Lebanon.”
But because of you the Lord was angry with me and would not listen to me. “That is enough,” the Lord said. “Do not speak to me anymore about this matter."

- Deuteronomy 3:23-26

Moses Will Not Enter the Promised Land

When the Israelites had no water at Meribah in Numbers 20:12, Moses had been told by God to take Aaron’s staff that budded and go stand in front of the grumbling Israelites and “speak” to the rock from which the Lord would bring forth water. But, instead Moses had taken Aaron’s staff and in a fit of anger from having spent forty years with the Israelites, Moses chewed the people out and hit the rock with the staff. This produced the desired result of water for the people, but Moses was taken to the side by God and rebuked. Because Moses had not followed God’s directions, but had decided to handle the people in his own way the Lord would not allow Moses to enter the Promise Land. Instead, Joshua would lead the people into the land.
But, since Moses had proceeded further than he may have anticipated and had secured two victories against the King of Moab and the King of the Amorites, Moses may have begun to think that God may have relented in his anger and was going to allow Moses to proceed.
The text of scripture explains in three places that God was “angry” with Moses for not following his word at Meribah: Deuteronomy 1:37; 3:26; 4:21. The Hebrew word used for the Lord’s “anger” towards Moses is ‘anap in 1:37 and 4:21, but it is ‘abar in 3:26. Both, words are words for “anger” with ‘anap being much more common. ‘Abar, which means “furious,” is rarely used of God’s anger. This word is translated in Psalm 78:21 and other places in the OT as “very angry” in the NIV. It could be said that “God’s anger boiled over” at that point and Moses stopped asking.
Moses “pleaded” with the Lord to have a second chance and to be allowed to enter the Promised Land, but the answer was “No.” And, eventually the Lord became “very angry” about being asked to change his mind. The word translated “pleaded” is the Hebrew word ethhannan which refers to the needy person throwing themselves on the compassion, the good will or the grace of the stronger person. (Genesis 42:21; Job 9:15; Psalm 30:8
Notice that Moses does not accept God’s decision as “fate” or “predestined,” but knows it can be changed if only God is willing. But, the Lord is NOT willing in this case. The decision has been made. Because of his actions, Moses will proceed no further. Moses the great mediator for the people cannot mediate a change in God’s mind. The land was promised to Israel, so they will proceed. It was not promised to Moses personally. He will stop short or the Promised Land.
Mimeomai (Gr) – Imitate (Eng) – mimeomai is a Greek word that means “a mimic,” and “an actor.” Mimeomai is translated as “to imitate” in reference to mimicking the life of leaders 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9 and in Hebrews 13:7. We are to mimeomai what is good in 3 John 11.
I know that God is gracious, merciful and forgiving.
But, do I realize that there are actions, words and moments that cannot be changed?
I will trust in the Lord's unfailing love, but I will also fear the holy and unchanging justice of God.

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Opportunities to share the gospel in church and in community

This is a toilet that was used in one of the residences called the "House of Ahiel" built outside the walls of the City of David (Jerusalem) on the Millo (or, the Stepped Stone Structure)
Details of Paul's ministry outlined in his letter to the Ephesians in chapter three.

Someone to Quote

"You care more about your children's earthly estate than you do about their heavenly estate."
- Cyprian 250 AD

Something to Ponder

In the book “Pagan Christianity?” (by Viola and Barna) it is said that the Frontier-Revivalists changed the goal of preaching to the one exclusive aim of converting the lost individual. George Whitefield helped shift the emphasis from teaching God’s plan for the church, to preaching God’s plan for the individual. It is at this point the salvation of the individual became the ultimate goal of preaching, and once it was obtained God’s plan was complete. It became one dimensional with very little emphasis on teaching God’s plan for the church and enhancing spiritual growth.

Here’s a Fact

"The tomb of Cyrus (of Daniel 10:1; Ezra 1:1, 2 Chron. 36:22-23, etc.) is located fifty miles north of ancient Persepolis. The doorway is 54 inches high with two swing doors that could not be opened at the same time. The outer door had to be closed before the inner door could be opened.
Photos 1, 2, 3. Details 1, 2.


"Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies; for he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost. “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you."
- Proverbs 23:6-7

Coach’s Corner

Pressure reveals weaknesses. But, weaknesses can be corrected and strengthened. Use pressure as an advantage.

2 Thessalonians 3:7-9
New International Version (NIV)
For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate.
Hebrews 13:7
New International Version (NIV)
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
3 John 1:11
New International Version (NIV)
11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.
Numbers 16
New International Version (NIV)
Korah, Dathan and Abiram
16 Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—became insolent[a] and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council. They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?”
When Moses heard this, he fell facedown. Then he said to Korah and all his followers: “In the morning the Lord will show who belongs to him and who is holy, and he will have that person come near him. The man he chooses he will cause to come near him. You, Korah, and all your followers are to do this: Take censers and tomorrow put burning coals and incense in them before the Lord. The man the Lord chooses will be the one who is holy. You Levites have gone too far!”
Moses also said to Korah, “Now listen, you Levites! Isn’t it enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the Lord’s tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them? 10 He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too. 11 It is against the Lord that you and all your followers have banded together. Who is Aaron that you should grumble against him?”
12 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab. But they said, “We will not come! 13 Isn’t it enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the wilderness? And now you also want to lord it over us! 14 Moreover, you haven’t brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Do you want to treat these men like slaves[b]? No, we will not come!”
15 Then Moses became very angry and said to the Lord, “Do not accept their offering. I have not taken so much as a donkey from them, nor have I wronged any of them.”
16 Moses said to Korah, “You and all your followers are to appear before the Lord tomorrow—you and they and Aaron. 17 Each man is to take his censer and put incense in it—250 censers in all—and present it before the Lord. You and Aaron are to present your censers also.” 18 So each of them took his censer, put burning coals and incense in it, and stood with Moses and Aaron at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 19 When Korah had gathered all his followers in opposition to them at the entrance to the tent of meeting, the glory of the Lord appeared to the entire assembly. 20 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 21 “Separate yourselves from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once.”
22 But Moses and Aaron fell facedown and cried out, “O God, the God who gives breath to all living things, will you be angry with the entire assembly when only one man sins?”
23 Then the Lord said to Moses, 24 “Say to the assembly, ‘Move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.’”
25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him. 26 He warned the assembly, “Move back from the tents of these wicked men! Do not touch anything belonging to them, or you will be swept away because of all their sins.” 27 So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram had come out and were standing with their wives, children and little ones at the entrances to their tents.
28 Then Moses said, “This is how you will know that the Lord has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea: 29 If these men die a natural death and suffer the fate of all mankind, then the Lord has not sent me. 30 But if the Lord brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the realm of the dead, then you will know that these men have treated the Lord with contempt.”
31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions. 33 They went down alive into the realm of the dead, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community. 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, “The earth is going to swallow us too!”
35 And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense.
36 The Lord said to Moses, 37 “Tell Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest, to remove the censers from the charred remains and scatter the coals some distance away, for the censers are holy— 38 the censers of the men who sinned at the cost of their lives. Hammer the censers into sheets to overlay the altar, for they were presented before the Lord and have become holy. Let them be a sign to the Israelites.”
39 So Eleazar the priest collected the bronze censers brought by those who had been burned to death, and he had them hammered out to overlay the altar, 40 as the Lord directed him through Moses. This was to remind the Israelites that no one except a descendant of Aaron should come to burn incense before the Lord, or he would become like Korah and his followers.
41 The next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. “You have killed the Lord’s people,” they said.
42 But when the assembly gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron and turned toward the tent of meeting, suddenly the cloud covered it and the glory of the Lord appeared. 43 Then Moses and Aaron went to the front of the tent of meeting, 44 and the Lord said to Moses, 45 “Get away from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once.” And they fell facedown.
46 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put incense in it, along with burning coals from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them. Wrath has come out from the Lord; the plague has started.” 47 So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. 48 He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped. 49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. 50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the tent of meeting, for the plague had stopped.[c]
  1. Numbers 16:1 Or Peleth—took men
  2. Numbers 16:14 Or to deceive these men; Hebrew Will you gouge out the eyes of these men
  3. Numbers 16:50 In Hebrew texts 16:36-50 is numbered 17:1-15.
Numbers 2
New International Version (NIV)
The Arrangement of the Tribal Camps
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: “The Israelites are to camp around the tent of meeting some distance from it, each of them under their standard and holding the banners of their family.”
On the east, toward the sunrise, the divisions of the camp of Judah are to encamp under their standard. The leader of the people of Judah is Nahshon son of Amminadab. His division numbers 74,600.
The tribe of Issachar will camp next to them. The leader of the people of Issachar is Nethanel son of Zuar. His division numbers 54,400.
The tribe of Zebulun will be next. The leader of the people of Zebulun is Eliab son of Helon. His division numbers 57,400.
All the men assigned to the camp of Judah, according to their divisions, number 186,400. They will set out first.
10 On the south will be the divisions of the camp of Reuben under their standard. The leader of the people of Reuben is Elizur son of Shedeur. 11 His division numbers 46,500.
12 The tribe of Simeon will camp next to them. The leader of the people of Simeon is Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai. 13 His division numbers 59,300.
14 The tribe of Gad will be next. The leader of the people of Gad is Eliasaph son of Deuel.[a] 15 His division numbers 45,650.
16 All the men assigned to the camp of Reuben, according to their divisions, number 151,450. They will set out second.
17 Then the tent of meeting and the camp of the Levites will set out in the middle of the camps. They will set out in the same order as they encamp, each in their own place under their standard.
18 On the west will be the divisions of the camp of Ephraim under their standard. The leader of the people of Ephraim is Elishama son of Ammihud. 19 His division numbers 40,500.
20 The tribe of Manasseh will be next to them. The leader of the people of Manasseh is Gamaliel son of Pedahzur. 21 His division numbers 32,200.
22 The tribe of Benjamin will be next. The leader of the people of Benjamin is Abidan son of Gideoni. 23 His division numbers 35,400.
24 All the men assigned to the camp of Ephraim, according to their divisions, number 108,100. They will set out third.
25 On the north will be the divisions of the camp of Dan under their standard. The leader of the people of Dan is Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai. 26 His division numbers 62,700.
27 The tribe of Asher will camp next to them. The leader of the people of Asher is Pagiel son of Okran. 28 His division numbers 41,500.
29 The tribe of Naphtali will be next. The leader of the people of Naphtali is Ahira son of Enan. 30 His division numbers 53,400.
31 All the men assigned to the camp of Dan number 157,600. They will set out last, under their standards.
32 These are the Israelites, counted according to their families. All the men in the camps, by their divisions, number 603,550. 33 The Levites, however, were not counted along with the other Israelites, as the Lord commanded Moses.
34 So the Israelites did everything the Lord commanded Moses; that is the way they encamped under their standards, and that is the way they set out, each of them with their clan and family.
  1. Numbers 2:14 Many manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Samaritan Pentateuch and Vulgate (see also 1:14); most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text Reuel

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