Sunday, February 26, 2012
Welcome to Day 57 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 19, Arrangements for cleansing those ceremonially unclean are presented. Under the direction of Eleazar the priest, a red heifer without blemish (v 2) is taken outside the camp and killed (v 3). The priest performs a prescribed ceremony (v 4) and the heifer is burned (v 5–6; See Heb. 9:11–13). Then the ashes are gathered up and put in a clean place outside the camp, to be kept for use in the water of cleansing (v 9–10). Situations of uncleanness requiring ceremonial cleansing are discussed in v 11–16, followed by the procedures for use of the water for impurity (v 17–22). (Reformation Study Bible)
v 7-12 “The LORD said to Moses, 8 “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” 9 So Moses took the staff from the LORD’s presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.
12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”
Numbers 20, In his exasperation with Israel, Moses acted presumptuously and failed to honor the holiness of God (v 9–11 note; Exodus 17:6 notes). The seriousness of Moses’ sin is evident from the resulting judgment—he was not allowed to enter the Promised Land (v 12). (Matthew Henry’s Commentary)
v 21 Instead of them trusting the Lord, and him stepping in on their behalf to provide safe passage, the Israelites are turned away from passing through Edom… But at least they weren’t attacked by them, only turned away.
Mark 5, Jesus restores the demon-possessed man… and raises the synagogue leader’s daughter from the dead. The woman with the issue of blood is healed as she reached out to Jesus as he was on his way to pray for the little girl. What a great chapter!
In Moses’ frustration with the people, he sinned against God. Funny how that happens. He knew better than anyone to follow God’s instructions to the letter. But instead of SPEAKING to the rock, he struck it… not once, but TWICE. And it cost him passing over into the Promised Land. He will only get within sight of it…
(Am I the only one who noticed that Miriam and Aaron both died within a very short time of each other??)
Could produce a SOAP on each story in Mark 5…
How Jesus restores our lives (the demon possessed man).
(Wonder how the owner of those TWO THOUSAND pigs reacted to this news??) Legion, for we are many… Wondering if it was one demon per pig, or how that worked… When Jesus was being arrested, he told his disciples in Matthew 26:53, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (In terms of soldiers, a legion of Roman soldiers was 5,000.)
How we can be healed, simply by reaching out and touching Jesus. (Woman with the issue of blood). (Did you note that she had been to many doctors and spent all that she had? Nothing has changed in this regard in 2,000 years…
How Jesus raised the dead. Nothing is impossible for/with Jesus.
So much that applies today…
But what stands out for me, as a leader, is the consequences of our actions… Moses allowed his frustration with the people to affect him. (And this was right after God had appeared to Him and Aaron and spoken to them!)
Being in God’s presence doesn’t necessarily free us from our own sin, does it? You would think having been IN God’s presence… that God having appeared to Moses that Moses would have calmed down… been set free from his frustration and anger… instead He went straight from in God’s presence into sin, that cost him his entrance into the Promised Land.
This makes my heart very heavy… It’s one thing to run the race. It’s another thing to finish well. This life is a long journey… a marathon of following the Lord. Many run the race. Few finish well…
Wow… BIG note to self.
Obvious application about looking to Jesus for our healing and trusting him in all things…
Lord, I want to run this race and finish well…
Psalm 28:7, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”