Sunday, February 19, 2012
Welcome to Day 50 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Numbers 5 is all about purity of the camp. Making sure that people who had skin diseases or discharges or had come into contact with a dead body were outside the camp, so as to not defile it.
Much was written about how to handle unfaithfulness… even suspicion of unfaithfulness. But it only deals with the unfaithful wife…
Numbers 6 is all about the “Nazirite vow.” A special vow of devotion to the Lord for a certain period of time. Two keys during this time, nothing from grapes was to be consumed, wine, juice, seeds… nothing. And one was to not cut their hair.
Classic verses from Numbers 6:
22 “The LORD said to Moses, 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: 24 “‘The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
Psalm 22 is the Psalm Jesus quoted on the cross. It’s a prophetic Psalm regarding the Christ, his suffering and his glory. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Acts 26:28, “Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”
My observation today is that some days, it can be tough to find inspiration in the readings… Actually how the woman in Numbers 5 was treated was really bothersome to me. Even if the husband suspected her cheating, she was subjected to this humiliating process of being brought before the priest. Wondering about the unfaithful husband… what happens to him?
Numbers 6 speaks of making special vows, which is a good thing… Wondering about this… and how it might apply to my life…
Psalm 22 speaks of difficulty and asks tough questions… tempered with faith and hope and belief that God is over all and in control.
But what really jumped out at me today was again, how Paul conducted himself while under great duress… and how God allowed him to speak with officials and give his testimony of Jesus appearing to him and of his (Jesus) resurrection from the dead. Took note that had Paul not appealed to Caesar, they would have set him free.
There may be times in my life when I may have the opportunity to appear before some important people and have the opportunity to give my testimony… I need to use those times wisely, and trust the Lord to give me the words, as he opens those doors.
Lord, if you open those doors, I will walk through them and trust you along the way… I know you have given me opportunities to appear before officials around our city… I pray that you would use me for your purposes. That is my vow… that I am available and will walk through those open doors.
My prayer for each one who reads this entry today… “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”