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Numbers 14 – Doubt

Well, the damage has been done, and it has only just begun.  The bad report has been made, and now the people respond!  “Why have you brought us and out children out here to die?”  “Their walled cities are just too big!”  “There’s some terrible people up in them there hills!”  “We won’t stand a chance!”  “The enemy’s too big”  “I just can’t figure it out”  “We don’t have a five-year plan”  “But we just don’t have time”  “We can’t afford to do that in this kind of economy”  “It costs too much” “How am I going to take care of my family?”  “But God!  Be reasonable!”  “Why do we need to do that.  We haven’t needed to do it that way before.”  “What about the separation of church and state?”  “We could lose our tax-exempt status!”  “Someone else will do it”  “I’m just not ready”

There is always a reason why we can’t do what God / YHWH has called us to do.  The people sinned because they rejected what YHWH was doing.  It didn’t matter that God was in control.  What matters is what we can think / worry about.  We look at how big the enemy is, and we forget about how much bigger our YHWH is. 

What promised land had YHWH already promised to give to you?  Are you pursuing it under God’s direction, or are you running from it because the problems look too insurmountable?  Will you lose out on the promise that YHWH made to you because of your own fears and lack of faith, or will you proceed under YHWH’s direction and pursue the work and will of God?

LORD, give me the ability to see these concerns and these problems through your eyes.  YHWH, continue to give me guidance and direction.  I do not want to be a foolish builder, but then neither do i want to be an Israelite rejecting the promised land for fear of the Canaanites.  Guide and direct me today.  In Jesus name I pray,  AMEN (that it be done).

John J. Camiolo Jr.

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Numbers 13 – 40 Days

It has taken all this time, and now the people are finally here.  They are on the border, the edge of the land flowing with milk and honey.  So what needs to happen next?  God tells Moses to send out men to spy out the land; one leader from each tribe.  They are to go, spy out the land, and report back what they found out.

40 days they were gone
40 days of travel
40 days of seeking out
40 days to unravel
40 days to know the truth.

40 days of guidance
40 days of fruit
40 days to seek it all
40 days for you
40 days with paradise to see.

40 days in valley
40 days in hill
40 days to see the men
40 days of skill
40 days to look and see and know.

40 days of beauty
40 days of awe
40 days to try the fruit
40 days they saw
40 days to take all in before they go.

40 days to know the good
40 days to see the bad
40 days in paradise
40 days they had
40 days to see, hear, and make report.

40 days; are they strong?
40 days; are they weak?
40 days to take their polls
40 days before they speak
40 days is all; it’s all that they have

40 days in the valley
40 days on the mountain
40 days to see the sights
40 days river and fountain
40 days to make the plan, to know what to say

40 days to breathe it in
40 days exhale
40 days through YHWH’s eyes
40 days to live the tale
40 days now to report; to bring it all back home

Now 40 days come crashing down
For in their fears they fail.
40 days, now 40 years
Of the dozen, only two prevail.

So close… and now so far!

John J. Camiolo Jr.

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Numbers – Introduction

Well, we’re on to the book of Numbers.  It’s easy, when you have some limited knowledge of the Bible (who really has unlimited knowledge) to see Numbers and think, “Oh man, not more of this genealogy stuff.”  And that has been my reaction as well, but there is so much more to this book than just the genealogies and families ofIsrael.  This is whereIsraelfinally leaves Sinai and goes to the land that has been promised to them.  This is where all kinds of spiritual debate occurs, and where the people of Israel have to turn around and ask themselves the question “Am I really going to do what God / YHWH is calling me to do?”  It’s a book of tough decisions, major successes, and major failures.  It is a book of people responding to overwhelming challenges and finding out what they’re really made of.  I know I don’t exactly come through with flying colors in those kinds of situations, and that’s what these men and women face day by day.

In one sense, if I could go back to Biblical times and experience and live what occurred in those times, this is one of those times I would love to be a part of.  To see God / YHWH leading the people day-by-day.  To be a part of the amazing wonders that were occurring all around.  To have that chance and opportunity to be a daily part of what God / YHWH was doing.  That is worth all the treasures and all the wonders in all the world.  Not to be my own master, but to serve the only one worthy of serving.  Do we have that attitude day after day?  We have the chance to be a part of something so much greater than we are, and yet we would rather pursue our own miserable little lives doing what we want, the way we want to, even if it means we live our lives miserable and with no lifetime value.  So much so that we lose out on what God / YHWH wants for us, and we have to pass that opportunity on to our kids, unfulfilled.  Then they have to live what God / YHWH has planned for us rather than what He has for them that requires a foundation of what we were supposed to do.

Are we living our lives for Him, or for us?

Rev. John

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Exodus 14 – Honored

It’s funny because after all that God has done for them, you would think that the Israelites would trust and honor God.  Instead, when they see the Egyptians coming after them they could only see punishment and reprimand from the Egyptians and not relief from YHWH.  Pharaoh and the army are chasing after them, and their first reaction is to blame God and Moses.  They said, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us out here to the wilderness to die?”

So what does God respond?  He tells them to keep going!  He makes it clear that He WILL be honored, and it will be at the expense of the Egyptians.  Three times this word “Honored” shows up in this chapter.  God will be honored by the Egyptians and the people of Israel.  Yet, how do the people react?  They fear the Egyptians instead of God.  They would rather return to slavery than to risk relying on God.

YHWH instructs Moses to move forward while He personally covers their flanks.  He tells Moses to open a pathway through the trouble and into the relative safety beyond.  In the end, YHWH brings the Israelites through the Red Sea on dry land and sweeps the Egyptian army with all of their world class chariots away in the sea.  In the end, the honor and glory belong to Him and Him alone.  He will be honored, and He is, both by the Egyptians, the Israelites, and later by the people of the promised land.

Are we giving God the honor that He deserves?

John Camiolo

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