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Exodus 16 – The Body

I’m beginning to understand more and more the qualities of a good pen.  I have gone through probably 5 different pens already.  Each of them has had a different work and feel to them.  I started out with a three pack of Pilot’s Varsities.  I had wanted to try out fountain pens for a while, but had never gotten around  to it.  They ran out of ink way too quickly, and the ink was so liquid that it would seep through the paper.  On the other hand, writing with them was scratchy yet smooth, and the writing was bold and vibrant.  That was a very good  thing.  Next i went on to an older gel pen that i had lying around.  It was not nearly as bold or vibrant, but overall the flow was smooth and not at all scratchy.  It was easy to write with, but the color definitely wasn’t strong enough.  When that ran out, i moved on to a decent quality ball point.  It was a bit more scratchy, the color was weaker, and writing with it was just a little bit more difficult, but overall it wasn’t overly uncomfortable to write with.

Now, I’m using what i can only describe as a cheap ball point pen that i picked up a while back.  The pen stock seems to be decent quality (it advertises a small college), but the ink and writing process is horrible.  At 32 i have hand and wrist problems that i suspect is from carpel tunnel ( i actually started noticing it at around 25).  Ultimately, the rough working of this pen is definitely irritating it.  The pen is not smooth at all.  It requires heavy pressure to get a good line, and it is not really comfortable at all.  I never really noticed just HOW different each pen is until i started on this project.

The Israelites had a different kind of body problem.  While mine has to do with pain while writing or typing, the Israelites problem stems from much more important bodily factors.  They were travelling through  the wilderness and had no (or very little) food  to eat.  How does a man like Moses go about feeding a million plus people?  The answer is that he can’t; so God has to do it.  So what does God do?  He provides them with bread from heaven.  The instructions are simple.  It shows up on the ground in the morning.  Each person gathers what he needs for himself and their family for the day, and at the end of the day it needs to be eaten up.  On the sixth day, gather enough for two days.  Such a simple concept, yet the people just can’t seem to get a grip of it.  Some try to hoard it.  Others leave leftovers for the next day.  Others don’t gather two days worth on the sixth day, and still others continue to complain.

It’s almost like this people have two things that they truly love; 1) complaining and 2) not listening.  God is providing for their physical needs, yet it still just doesn’t seem to be enough.  How about us?  How do we react when God doesn’t supply what we are looking for?

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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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