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1 Samuel 2:20
Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying "May the Lord give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the Lord." Then they would go home.

Hannah had prayed long for the son God eventually gave, but she had promised God that she would surrender him up to be trained for the service of God. Eli had been a part of all this, and the son was now given to Eli’s household. Eli prayed for God to fill Hannah’s house with the joy of children, to reward her for her faithfulness to her promise. And God answered Eli’s prayer. The womb that had been barren now produced abundantly. Lord, make us faithful, make us honest, make us self-sacrificing of what is most dear to us. Reward us with Jesus Christ, and give us fruitfulness in Him.
Ruth 2:20
" The Lord bless him!" Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. "The Lord has not stopped showing kindness to the living and the dead.," she added. "That man is our close relative; he is one of our kinsman-redeemers."

That God might be at work to rescue Naomi and Ruth from their dilemma flashes upon Naomi’s mind. In His providence, Ruth has gone to work in the field of one who could be their deliverer. Naomi’s faith is energized and her hopes are lifted. She knows what next to advise. Stay close to the care of that man, and see what God will open up. Lord Jesus, what potential for Your deliverance is before our eyes this day? Let us be encouraged by seeing what You may be doing. Help us to make good choices, and to look up. Make us quick to discern and to embrace Your will today!

Judges 2:20
Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and said, "Because this nation has violated the covenant that I laid down for their forefathers and has not listened to me,"

God is a sovereign God, but He has connected His judgments with our behavior, so that when we face His displeasure, it is our fault. We can feel His hand of judgment and try to say that it is our fate, or an accident, or a mis-step in His sovereignty, but it would do us well to consider the connection between our actions and His dealings. The curse causeless does not alight. Help us, Lord, to faithfully keep our part of Your covenant with us. Help us to obey Your word and forgive us when we fail. Cover our sins in the blood of Your Son and deliver us from the consequences we deserve, for Jesus’ sake, Amen.
Joshua 2:20
"But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from the oath you made us swear."

The spies Joshua sent to scout out the land before Israel’s invasion made a deal with Rahab. They will spare all those in her house when they come to destroy the population. But if she tells anyone what is going on, they are free from their oath. She agrees. She must convince her family to gather in her house though they cannot be given the entire reason, due to her oath. But they came, and the family of Rahab was saved from destruction. Lord, you have revealed your plan to us, and we have believed that trusting in You we will see salvation. We gather our family about us as close as we can and pray that our deliverance will be a testimony to them. Save them, too, Lord.
Deuteronomy 2:20
(That too was considered a land of the Rephaites, who used to live there; but the Ammonites called the Zamzummites.

What the Ammonites called them means “wicked and abominable”. That God drove them out was a judgment for their sin. But these paragraphs are dealing with God’s dealing with foreign nations only loosely related to his people. God will condemn every nation that forgets God He will bring every person to judgment. He is Judge of the whole Earth. Thank You, Lord, that You have brought us under the canopy of Your protection by taking away our sins in the Person of Your Son, Jesus. We know that all people will stand before You on that Great Day. Thank You that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Thank You for His life and death for sinners. We cast ourselves on Him this day.
Numbers 2:20
The tribe of Manasseh will be next to them. The leader of the people of Manasseh is Gamaliel son of Pedhazur.

Keeping track of individual people is very much a part of the book of Numbers. We have technology to take this to incredible levels, but God was concerned to organize His people, put them into categories, number them and keep track of who was in charge. At the head of each grouping seemed to be the ones the people themselves recognized as head. God takes notice and writes it down. He will do so with those who are put over us at election time. Take notice, put it down, and hold those in leadership responsible for the influence they direct. We pray for better leaders than we deserve. God works through the leaders He allows. Lord Jesus, be our personal Leader. Help us with others You allow.
Leviticus 2:16
The priest shall burn the memorial portion of the crushed grain and the oil, together wwith all the incense, as an offering made to the LORD by fire.

We can see a symbolism in the elements appointed for this sacrifice which Moses and the Israelites would not ever completely perceive. We have the fulfillment of God’s purposes in Christ, the display of His faithfulness to His covenant, and two thousand years to ponder the significance. We see the memorial to the body of Christ, crushed for our iniquities, the anointing of the Spirit mixed with all, the sacrifice complete and dedicated solemnly to the LORD, the covenant God of Israel. We see prayers coming forth from this exchange rising to heaven on our behalf. The Old Testament pictures are wonderful, but the reality we see in Jesus more wonderful yet. Thank You, Jesus for all this, for us!
Exodus 2:10
When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying,"I drew him out of the water."

How old Moses was when he was given to Pharaoh’s daughter is unknown. But the early training Moses’ mother gave her child gave him a sense of being a child of God from the very start. Her training made him able to stand alone and make choices for the Kingdom of God.
Pharaoh’s daughter never really knew her “son” . She gave him the finest education and groomed him for leadership, but he did not turn out as she had planned. God was in all of this, creating a nation He Himself would visit in the person of His Son. Thank You, Lord Jesus , for visiting Your people with Salvation. Thank You for every detail of Your perfect plan.

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