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Numbers 1:29
The number from the tribe of Issachar was 57, 400.

God had commanded that a census be taken of the people of Israel, with a special focus on recording the names of each man who could serve as a soldier. God had given the name of the man from each tribe who was to oversee the count. They obviously could not issue dog-tags or put the lists in the Cloud, but the organization plan was the same. Men were intended to be responsible to and responsible for one another. And so it is with us. Besides our place in a family, we have a place in our community, in our county, our state, our country. No individual is unconnected, from God’s point-of-view. Thank You, Lord, for the multitude whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Thank You for our place among those who belong to Jesus.
Leviticus 2:12
You may bring them to the Lord as an offering of the firstfruits, but they are not to be offered on the altar as a pleasing aroma.

All that we have has come from God, and may be part of our offering back to Him in thankfulness and praise. But all does not directly represent Jesus laying down His life in place of His people. What is burnt as an offering upon the altar must involve the shedding of blood. The theme that must permeate Israel’s worship is that an innocent victim must die for sinners to be forgiven. The fact that blood must be shed again and again tells us that, even though commanded by God, it cannot accomplish the goal it points to. It was not yet revealed that the sacrifice would be the lamb of God, who would die for those who believe on Jesus.
Exodus 2:7
Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?"

Miriam was watching out for her baby brother, Moses, who had been set adrift in the river. Pharaoh’s daughter had discovered the basket with the baby in it, and the baby had just started to cry. Miriam offers her “services” to the king’s daughter and volunteers to find someone to nurse the child. Of course, the woman she “found” was the baby’s mother, and now for a couple of years, she would be paid to care for the child. We marvel at God’s using details to accomplish His redemption of His chosen people. Help us, Lord, to be ready to further Your plans wherever we see clues of what You are doing. In ways large or small, help us help the cause of our Lord Jesus.
Genesis 1:29
Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food."

The world before the curse of sin produced plants abundantly more nourishing than after the fall. Being vegan was not a tremendous balancing act or a philosophy of life or a religion. The earth produced sufficiently to feed God’s creatures. Sin brought a curse upon every garden and made difficult what ought to have been a joy. When sin had positively enveloped the world except for only eight people, God sent a monumental climate change that introduced the eating of animal flesh. Plants are still the source of nourishment, but now we eat them second hand. Lord we participate in the sin that keeps the earth in bondage. Help us to flee for refuge to Jesus.
Revelation 20:13
The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.

In John 5:28 Jesus speaks of this event, when, all these things occur at His command, when He will speak the word and all that are in the graves will come forth, some to reward and some to everlasting judgment. We are still all anticipating this great culmination of history, some with eagerness and many with terrible dread. Nevertheless, in the same discourse recorded in John, Jesus speaks of the time that now is, when some hear the voice of the Son of God and come forth to new life, spiritually. The way to be ready for the book of Revelation is to believe on the Savior of the book of John. Believe on Jesus.
Jude 11
Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

Whether we are saved or lost depends upon our response to the message of the Gospel. The people who are saved from their sins are the people who believe the message. The sinner’s decision to respond to God very much affects the outcome in his or her life. God puts responsibility upon us to hear and to embrace the saving message. Keeping ourselves in the love of God is believing Jesus’ words and determining to draw near to Him. God works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure. We turn from our sin, and we seek God’s presence in our lives. Holy Spirit, open our ears to the message of God to us, and help us to keep ourselves close to Jesus.
3 John 11
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

Being saved is not a matter of performance but of the inclination of the heart. Do we want to get away with doing evil or do we want not to have the evil in our lives? The way we treat other people is a kind of rule of thumb in evaluating the reality of our experience with God, but we can always pretend to be nice. We can be unkind, but feel bad about it. Help us, Lord, to know ourselves and to be what You have made us want to be. Work in us by Your Holy Spirit to will and to do of Your good pleasure. Stir in us deeply our love for Jesus.
2 John 6
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.

If our love for Jesus has not produced in us a genuine personal desire to please Him with our lives, we have not loved Him, no matter what we say. Love is shed abroad in the hearts of those who have seen their sin and have laid hold of Jesus as Savior and Lord. It is a work of the Holy Spirit. Our responsibility is not just to try harder, but to ask God for His Holy Spirit. What is it we want in our relationship with God? Do we want to obey Him, to love Him, and to love His people? If not, we are fighting against ourselves, and ourselves will ultimately win. Deliver us from ourselves, Lord Jesus.

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