~~~~ Lesson: Numbers, Chapter 14
1) In this chapter, the Israelites once again refer to Egypt, and even start to make plans to return there, even knowing that they will surely be slaves again.
Question: Can you name one sin that our society often becomes "slaves" to?
2) The Lord is very wrathful and filled with anger when he hears the Israelites and their ungratefulness and lack of faith. Moses, however, pleads on their behalf that they not be destroyed. God listens and instead of destroying them punishes them by 40 years of wandering in the desert.
Question: Do you think if we pray for someone else to receive forgiveness that God will/might grant them forgiveness, even if they don't ask for it? Why or why not?
3) Some of the Israelites decide, belatedly, to go and try to take the land of Canaan. Moses warns them not to go, that it is no longer "their" land but that the promise will be fulfilled in their children's generation. They ignore him and then are defeated.
Question: If we belatedly do what God wants us to do: do we suffer the same fate as them or different? Why?
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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~~~Prayer before Writing-
Oh creator of the universe, who has set the stars in the heavens and causes the sun to rise and set, shed the light of your wisdom into the darkness of my mind. Fill my thoughts with a loving knowledge of you, that I may bring you like to others. Just as you can make even babies speak your truth, instruct my tongue and guide my pen to convey the wonderful glory of the Gospel. Make my intellect sharp, my memory clear, and my words eloquent, so that I may faithfully interpret the mysteries what you have revealed.
To my readers & fellow writers,
1. I will pray that God's grace helps illuminate all of our interactions- both those of simple reading and more active conversations.
2. I will communicate with you respectfully and civilly. These are (rightly) issues which we feel passionate about. But even in disagreements, I will respect you fellow "seekers of truth."
3. I will not fall into negative behavior or words, such as insinuations, exaggerations, blames, or personal attacks. I respectfully ask you to do the same.
4. I will pray we will all find the truth and strive to fulfill the two greatest commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)
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