Posts Tagged ‘Numbers’

Project 66 – Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua

Project Thus Far

I can’t even begin to tell you just how helpful this project has been.

I thought choosing the passages was the delightful part. But taking the time to ponder each one has been a very helpful way of captivating my thoughts. How often I found myself beginning an unhealthy imaginary dialgoue in my mind, and one of these 66 passages heroically interrupts, to deliver me.

Numbers – Joshua

Numbers 6:24-26 – A Prayer that Can be Used for Friends and Foes

“The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”’

What could ever ail a soul if the smile of Christ was evidential in a person’s life? Oh Lord, remove the clouds and let me gaze on Your face and be blessed with Your countenance. I’m compelled to copy a poem regarding “that look” from God:

HAST thou heard Him, seen Him, known Him?
Is not thine a captured heart?
Chief among ten thousand own Him,
Joyful choose the better part.

What has stripped the seeming beauty
From the idols of the earth?
Not a sense of right or duty,
But the sight of peerless worth.

Not the crushing of those idols,
With its bitter void and smart;
But the beaming of His beauty,
The unveiling of His heart.

‘Tis the look that melted Peter,
‘Tis the face that Stephen saw,
‘Tis the heart that wept with Mary,
Can alone from idols draw:

Draw and win and fill completely,
Till the cup o’erflow the brim;
What have we to do with idols
Who have companied with Him?

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

Moving on to Deuteronomy. What a nugget this verse is, and easy to memorize. Give it a try!

Deuteronomy 23:5 – Curses turned to Blessing

Nevertheless the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.

To get the context of this verse, Numbers 22 would have to be read. Basically, a guy named Balaam tried to wrong God’s people, though he really didn’t mean to or want to. He was once with Israel, but the enemy, Balak, offered him the fulfillment of his life-long dream. All he had to do was curse God’s people, the one with whom he had previous ties with. Read Numbers 22 for the whole scoop, but this verse in Deuteronomy kind of summarizes God’s view of that whole embarrassing scenario.

Joshua 1:9 – The Kind of Life God has for Us

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Really, Joshua 1:1-9 is worth memorizing. It’s the same message over and over. Given to Joshua as God was asking him to do the very difficult, the unthinkable, the unbelievable. The rest of the book of Joshua is the fulfillment of God’s promise to Joshua and Joshua’s faithfulness to “be strong and of good courage” in the Lord. How could he not be dismayed? Because “the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!”

As you read through this blog, remember, only the black italics are inspired! The rest is just a reflection of those passages from where I am right now in life! What does the passages say to you?