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(142) 22 May : Proverbs 13v25 / Numbers 15 / Psalm 34v15-22

BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, yor family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on
Understanding to grow in
Following God keeping an entire generation from the land, chapter 15 affirms that the people will eventually enter. Most striking is that aliens are counted “the same before the LORD” once more displaying his wider concern. Offerings are specified for when the community or one person unintentionally sins, and the seriousness of intentional and so defiant sins is stressed. This is to “despise” God’s word. We should take note. Intentional sin implies unbelief. In Israel such people were to be “cut off” (ie. destroyed in some way by the LORD). This is immediately seen in God’s instructions over the Sabbath breaker. Knowing that this was the great sign of God’s covenant relationship with Israel made it a hugely defiant act. As if acknowledging how hard Israel are finding obedience, God then commands that they hang blue tassels from their clothes as a reminder. Blue was the colour of the curtain concealing the ark that contained the commandments. As you read consider whether you are intentionally sinning against Christ in any areas and ensure that you seek his forgiveness and repent.
Numbers 15

Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.

Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.

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