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Numbers 2 – The Plan

It always seems like God has a plan.  Even when it comes to the mundane things.  He always knows what He wants done, how and why.  Everything He does has a purpose and a reason, even if it’s not obvious to us.  His plan is perfect, even when we aren’t.

In numbers 2 we see that God / YHWH even has a plan for the arrangement of the camp:
To the East was the camp of Judah which included the tribes of Judah, Issachar, & Zebulon.  They spread East with 186,400 people.
To the North was the camp of Dan which included Dan, Naphatali, and Asher.  They spread North with 157,600 people.
To the West was the camp of Ephraim with Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin.  They spread West with 108,100 people.
To the South was the camp of Reuben with Reuben, Simeon, and Gad.  They spread South with 151,400 people.
Meanwhile, the tribe of Levi directly surrounds the tabernacle with the Levites acting as a buffer between YHWH and the people.

This is how it would likely have looked from above.

From ldolphin.org

Isn’t that amazing?  YHWH always seems to have a plan and a purpose.

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Matthew 2 – Coming Together

This is one of those things that i find so awesome about the Bible and the scriptures.  How even the little things mean a whole lot.  And, how everything seems to just come together.  It becomes clear that God is a step ahead of man and his work… or hundreds, even thousands of years ahead.  In this chapter we see AT LEAST four different prophecies being fulfilled in those first years of His life.

What’s even more interesting to me is that of these four prophecies, three of them seem to be contradictory of one another.  The first one states that from Bethlehem of Judah will come forth the ruler (Messiah).  Thus Jesus, the Christ, is born in Bethlehem.  The second says that “Out of Egypt I called My Son”.  So the Messiah is to come out of Egypt… wasn’t He supposed to come out of Bethlehem of Judah, not Egypt?  Yet here He is, the Messiah coming out of Egypt as well.  Then there’s the prophecy that, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”  He shall be called a Nazarene because He came out of Nazareth.  So now we have three different conflicting prophecies being fulfilled by the same child.

This is what i love about the scriptures.  In what seems like an insurmountable conflict and opposing ideas, there is a smooth and elegant solution that surpasses and bypasses our lack of understanding.  Prior to understanding how all of this comes together in the end, these three passages could almost seem impossible to reconcile together.  Yet God / YHWH brought it all together.  That brings us back to the conflict mentioned in chapter 1’s post.  The conflict seems almost insurmountable with no real answer in sight, and it may remain that way through your entire life.  Yet, as we can see from this chapter; what seems impossible to man, is more than possible with God / YHWH.

I have answers to the conflict of Chapter 1, but i will not give them at this time.  Faith, Hope, and Love abide.  In this conflict, pursue those things.

Rev. John Camiolo

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Genesis 44 – The Plan

“It all comes down to this.”  How often in our lives do we work towards something; desiring for it to come to pass, and then it all comes down to the wire?  It is the moment of truth.  Will the hero save the day?  Will the girl say. “Yes!”?  Will he get the job that will spark his career and set him on the path for greatness?  Will she get the score that she needs to get into the prestigious school that she wants?

This is just such a time for Joseph and his brothers.  Joseph is pulling the strings and testing his brothers.  He needs to know if they are still the same bitter, angry, jealous men they were when they decided to kill him and ended up selling him into slavery for a few coins.  Is his little brother in just as much trouble as he was by being with them?  Will they stand up for him, or give him away to whomever will take him?  The plan is in place, and the opportunity is given.  How will they respond, and what will it mean for them?

I wonder sometimes in reading this, what would have happened if the brothers had made the wrong choice?  Ultimately we don’t know, because it never did.  Judah stood up and wisely and tactfully responded to the problem.  He explained the situation desiring to get Benjamin off the hook, but needing to do so without making this ruler / lord lose face.  He sacrifices himself so that his younger brother (and father) would live.

Would you or I be willing and able to make the same choice?

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Genesis 43 – Returns

Joseph’s brothers need to return to get food / sustenance, but boy is it a chore.  They know what they have been told by Joseph.  They cannot return to Egypt without their youngest brother.  They also know that their father is not going to let Benjamin go without a fight.  So  the argument ensues.  Jacob / Israel wails and moans that if they take Benjamin he will lose a second son.  They remind him that if he doesn’t let Benjamin go, they will not be able to buy food.  Jacob complains that they are trying to send him to an early grave.  They remind him that if he does not let them go, he, they, and all the grandchildren will dis as well.  Judah takes full responsibility for Benjamin’s health and safety.  So Jacob / Israel finally consents.

So they return with not only Benjamin, but the money from the first trip that they found in their bags on the return home.  When they return to Egypt Joseph arranges for them to eat with him.  They are worried about the money, but Joseph’s intent is only to eat with them and see how they respond.  In the process, Joseph has the table set up youngest to oldest, to their surprise.

How about us?  How often does God do the same thing.  He wants to sup with us.  He wants to spend time with us.  He wants relationship with us.  What is our focus?  We focus on what we want, or what we are afraid of, or what we have done wrong.  We allow those things to prevent us from having a blessed celebration with our Father.  All He wants is for us to return to Him, and we are still afraid that He might find out about something that we are ashamed of.

Is that where you’re at today?  Are you missing out on an amazing relationship with the LORD because you are afraid of His response to something that happened in the past.  Well, get over it; “Stop it!”

And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain– for He says,”AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU,
AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.”
Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION”– (II Corinthians 6:1-2 NASB)

John

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Genesis 38 – Sins of the Father

How many know that it is good to have passages and concepts that you struggle with in regards to God and the Bible?  If you didn’t have any at all, I would be concerned with your spiritual state.  This has been one of those chapters for me over the years.

So Judah marries a Canaanite.  He has three sons.  The first is evil in the sight of the LORD and dies.  The second is to raise up a progeny for his older brother with his older brother’s wife.  He decides that he wants to take/lie with his brother’s wife, but is not interested in fulfilling his duty (promise) as a brother.  God takes his life as well.  So now we have two brothers, sons of Judah, who were or did evil in the sight of the LORD.  Both at the cost of their lives.

So now, Judah tells Tamar to go and live in her father’s house and when his youngest son is old enough he will give her to him.  So Tamar agrees and does what is right.  Judah does what is not right, in being fearful for his youngest son’s life he refuses to fulfill his promise.  O.K. so we have the back story, and now for the qualm.

Judah’s wife dies and not long afterwards he goes to shear his sheep.  Tamar hears about it, and know and understanding the ways of men, she goes and sits as a prostitute to seduce him in his time of weakness on the way to where Judah’s sheep are.  Judah goes in to lie with her and leaves his signet (i always want to spell and pronounce it signent) ring, cords, and staff in promise for a real payment.  She leaves with the promises (items) and the promise (her real payment), and he attempts to bring her his promise (payment goat) to no avail.

Three months later, he finds out Tamar is pregnant from harlotry and wants to have her killed.  She makes it clear through his promises (items) given to her that she simply fulfilled her promise (wedding vows) to her husband as well as Judah’s promises (to give her the seed) that he had not been willing to.

At times this chapter has troubled me, and at others times it has not.  My big struggle has been that while the woman (Tamar) appeared to/was acting as a prostitute, she somehow deserved death.  Yet when he went in to a prostitute, there appeared to be nothing wrong with that.  For a long time i thought that the issue was that since he was a man it was considered acceptable due to unfair treatment towards women.  But as time has gone by i have begun to realize that it wasn’t about man vs. woman, it was about promise.

She had been married and vowed to Er.  When he died, so did her vow to him.  She could have married another man.  However, her father-in-law asked her to remain faithful and he promised to fulfill her vow.  Judah’s wife died, and his promise was fulfilled (|| with Romans 8).  He made no further promise and was not bound as such.  That was a big part of my conundrum.  It wasn’t a man vs. woman issue.  It was a promise vs. lack of promise issue… or actually in this case it was a promise vs. promise issue.

After saying all of that, i want to make it clear that just because Judah was not under any promise, does not make it all right to go in to a prostitute.  That is still a serious sin.  Just as being unmarried (unpromised) and playing the harlot would be.  That’s still a problem no matter what.  Two still become one flesh as a result, and that is not something that can be undone.

So, what are the struggles with God and the Bible that you have to work through?

John C.

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Genesis 37 – Beasts

Well, it seems the slower i write, the better i write.  Since i ran out of ink in my Pilot Varsitys (disposable fountain style pens) i have had to switch back to ball point.  As a result, my writing speed has increased.  It is easier to write with ballpoint.  The fountain pen is rougher and scratchier, and thereby requires a slower more careful pace.  Also, the ink is is lighter in the ballpoint due to the nature of the ink and pen.  As a result, i have been writing faster and much sloppier, and it has really been effecting the work.  So today, i purposefully started slowing down and writing more carefully.  As a result my writing definitely has improved, but by the end of the chapter i can definitely tell that it is slipping again.  I really need to get myself another set of Varsitys or other fountain style.

The reality of the human condition and situation becomes darker in the face of this chapter.  Here we begin to see the relationships between the siblings.  We find that Joseph (Rachael’s older son) is clearly favored by his father and hated by his siblings.  He tells his siblings about dreams he had that they and his father would bow down to him, and they become even more bitter and angry.

When they get a chance, a group of his brothers decide to gang up on him and kill him, but Reuben wants to protect him.  So Reuben sets up a rescue plan.  Unfortunately, at the last minute the other brothers change their mind and decide that money is worth more  than blood on their hands, so they sell him as a slave, foiling Reuben’s plans.

Meanwhile; they kill a goat, put the blood on Joseph’s coat, bring it to their father, and allow their father to think that Joseph was killed by wild beasts.  Thus their father mourns for Joseph, refuses to be comforted, and almost goes to his own grave.  The brothers go on with their lives as if nothing had happened.

So who are  the beasts?

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