February 27, 2006
Read Numbers 32
Reuben, Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh settle east of the
More than 40 years had passed since Moses, while still in
History records that they gradually became involved in idol worship and ignored the Lord's instructions: These words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto (impress them on) thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and upon thy gates (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).
However, the two-and-one-half tribes typify self-indulgent Christians who foolishly allow financial, social, or physical advantages to influence their decision making. Allowing worldly successes to override spiritual commitment is a slippery slope that will ultimately lead to miserable failure. Worldly pursuits also keep some from giving their time and/or tithes to the Lord. Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. . . . For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Matthew 16:24,26).
32:14 augment = increase; 32:39 dispossessed = drove out; 33:2 goings out = starting places; 33:52 pictures = carved figures that were objects of worship; quite pluck down = completely destroy; high places = the places for idol worship.
As our promised land — filled with abundance, as well as protection, for those who live in harmony with His Word (Numbers 33:50-54). I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Ezell Rosborough · Staff: Mary Kay Wagner · Government Official: Rep. Jeff Miller (FL) · Country: Laos (5 million) in Southeast Asia · Major languages: Lao and French · Great suppression of all Christian activities · 58% Buddhist; 33% belief in spirits and ancestor worship; 2% Christian; 1% Muslim · Prayer Suggestion: Pray with a heart of righteousness, keeping the truth of God, and know He will hear your prayers (Isaiah 26:2).
Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 13:10