164 – Numbers 8 – Houston we have a problem

The 2019 Estimated Census for Houston Texas expects the population to be 2,320,268 people. The land area of Houston is 637.5 square miles (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_population). Can you imagine all 2,320,268 people in the big city entering into a covenant relationship with Yahweh God? Now imagine all 2.3 million people camping in 12 square miles! Can you imagine the entire city of Huston breaking camp and going where God told them to go. How do you think that would affect Houston, how about the state of Texas? Would 2.3 million ...

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163 – Numbers 8 – Sanctified!

My natural inclination is to go verse by verse through the text and chew all the flavor out before moving on. In other words, I want to make as many observations of the text as I can, consult the source language lexicon, understand all the finer details of a passage, write about it all, then go on to word number two of the verse! It’s just not practical for the devotional nature of these articles, nor do I have the training to be successful in such a pursuit. So, unfortunately, I must skip some stuff to keep moving along.    Even if I could study and ...

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162- Numbers 8 – Thus

If these devotional posts are at all helpful to you I hope they do three things. One, I hope to inspire you to see that you too can study the Bible more deeply. Two, I hope the devotional posts help us all to slow our Bible reading down enough to notice details we may otherwise read past. Three, most importantly I hope the devotional posts cause you and I to appreciate Yahweh for who He is and cause us to glorify Him!   We don’t have to camp very long, but in our trek through Numbers chapter eight let’s consider verse fourteen.    Numbers ...

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161 – Numbers 8 – Lord God or Lord man

We are back in Numbers chapter eight after a six week detour into Psalm 91. I want to quote one of the last paragraphs from the last Numbers article before we explored Psalms 91. I said: It doesn’t always happen that I end up writing about what I want to write about, so I make this next statement tentatively. Next time, I hope to discuss Numbers 8:10. The children of Israel “Lay their hands on” the Levites. Many have suggested this was a type of ordination if you will. The Israelites saying something like, “we recognize the Levites as our priests before ...

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160 – Psalm 91 – Cause and Effect

I believe this will be my last pass through chapter ninety-one of Psalms. I’ve named this article “Cause and Effect”, but it could easily have been named something like, “I will, because he has”. In the first thirteen verses of this beautiful Hebrew song, the author is talking about God and about the one who dwells in the secret place. Verses fourteen through sixteen seems to be a sudden yet natural shift from the Psalmist doing the talking, to someone referred to by the personal pronoun, “I” speaking. “I” is not speaking in the second person, nor the ...

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159 – Psalm 91 9 – Part 2 -Guardian Angels?

There is this popular notion in our culture today that there are Guardian Angels. Though there are sure to be variations of opinions on how exactly they work, the popular thought is at birth every human child is assigned at least one Heavenly being as their unseen protector. This concept is popular in both Christian and Non-Christian circles. If one were to challenge the veracity of such a claim the defendant would immediately say, “the Bible says so”, even though they would be hard-pressed to provide chapter and verse! Well, allow me to kindly provide at least one ...

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158 – Psalm 91 9 – Part 1 – Sentence

I’m hoping to eventually get back to our study in the book of Numbers. By request, I took a diversion into Psalms 91. So far, we’ve looked at verses one through eight. I was reading through Psalm 91 again trying to decide which verse or verses we should consider next. I noticed that in the New King James translation verses nine through eleven is one long sentence. “Ok”, I thought,  “we’ll study one sentence, three verses”. But then I got curious. Do the other major translations present verses nine through eleven as one sentence? How does the Hebrew ...

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157 – Psalm 91:7 & 8

Chronic fear can have lasting effects on the body physically whether or not the feared thing is real or comes to fruition in the individual’s life. Consider the following excerpt from the University of Minnesota’s site “Taking Charge of Your Health and Wellbeing” (https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/impact-fear-and-anxiety). Impact of Fear and Anxiety Physical health.  Fear weakens our immune system and can cause cardiovascular damage, gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome, and decreased fertility.  It can lead to ...

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156 – Psalm 91:5 & 6

We’ve been working our way through the book of Numbers. Last time my wife asked me if I would consider taking a break from Numbers to study, then writing on Psalm 91. I gladly obliged. We discussed whether or not as believers we have a role to play in making the scriptures relevant for today’s Christian. Hopefully, you agree with me that anytime God speaks His Word is not only immediately relevant but because of the eternal nature of it, remains relevant forever. When reviewing what I wrote last week in preparation for this week a thought occurred to me. Though ...

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155 – Psalm 91

One of the current churchanity buzzwords of our day is “relevance”. I would like to suggest that the reason relevance has been so emphasized is because the heralds don’t see the scriptures as naturally relevant. They have somehow come to believe that it’s their job to pull the Word of God out of the past and into the present where it can be transformed into something useful for modernity. Listen. God does not need our help! How arrogant to think that unless man does something to it God’s Word would somehow be stuck in the past where it was once useful, but ...

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