Numbers 15:17-16:40, Mark 15:1-47, Psalms 54:1-7, Proverbs 11:5-6
Today is the 11th day of March, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s great to be here with you coming in from the cold and around the Global Campfire and…ahh…we’re all here, its roaring and we’re ready to settle in by stepping away, just exhaling everything else that was going on and just allowing God’s word to become and be a part of our day and inform our day and lead us…lead us into the truth. That’s what the Scriptures promise. And, so, that’s were here for. So, we’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week. We’ll go back into the book of Numbers. The children of Israel…I mean…they had been given the law, they’d spent a bunch of time at Mount Sinai, they formed camp, they broke camp, and it was time to go into the Promise Land and the spies went in. And well…we read the story. Things didn’t go well, a bad report, and it’s just chaos right now. A whole generation has been doomed to wander in the wilderness. God has basically closed the door. It was like, “you were here at the threshold of your promise. It was time and…and you rejected Me and now you’re not going in.” And, so, there’s is a bunch of chaos happening in the wilderness. Numbers chapter 15 verse 17 through 16 verse 40.
Okay. So, lots of times, most every day at this time right here, you know this, we talk about what we read and we try to unpack it in…in a way that would affect our day. Like that’s the point, it’s to allow God’s word wash into our lives and…and give us something that we can focus upon and meditate upon and incorporate into the soil of our hearts so that it can be planted there and yield fruit. It’s just…these days…this day…I don’t know how to explain the death of Jesus. If I’m being honest…if I’m just being…if I can just be…if we can be honest with each other, I hate that it ever had to happen. And, I mean I know the theology…I know…I know it’s going on here. We know what’s going on here, but that’s what we kind of…that makes us…that makes it easy for us to glaze over it. This is…this is the One that we worship. This is the One that wouldn’t let us go into the darkness. This is the One who will never leave us or forsake us and has never left us or forsaken us. So, you know, if you love…if you love Him, then it’s hard to watch Him die even if you’re reading it on paper, even…even if it means you get to live. And some…at some point you realize like, “that was supposed to me. Like, that was what I earned. I’m not supposed to be able to walk around free like this. I…this is a gift and every day should be a question mark for us. What am I doing with that gift? If I don’t have to be separated from God or my brothers and sisters, if I don’t have to live separated anymore then why am I?” What are we doing with this gift? May we not grow dull to that question because the answer to that question is basically the answer to the question Jesus asked in Caesarea Philippi, “who do you say that I am?”
Jesus, we say that You are the Savior and that as we move through this story we are looking at true, true love and we confess we can’t love like that and we don’t have people in our lives that are gonna die on our behalf. And this has gotta matter enough that it changes us. So, come Holy Spirit and give us eyes to see the day as we contemplate the cost, the cost of it all. And You have given us freedom. Reveal to us the ways that we are choosing bondage. Reveal to us the ways that we, like the children of Israel, are grumbling through the wilderness, thinking about cucumbers and fish back in slavery. Bring to mind the ways that we have walked back into slavery willingly. We want freedom. You have offered it and we want it. That will be how we honor You in this, is to live free. Come Holy Spirit and show us the masks that we’re wearing and the entanglements that don’t need to be there. Show us what is impeding us from walking and being children of the light in this world we ask in Your precious name. Amen.
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