Towns for the Levites

Towns for the Levites

Towns for the Levites – Joshua 21 Levites were given 48 cities and their common lands from other tribes as inheritance. God gave Israel all the things He promised; no enemies could stand before Israel. In Joshua 21, more special allotments of land were made, this time for the sake of economic justice. While the Levites were not given their own inheritance in the land because the Lord himself was their inheritance, they were given the basic necessities of towns in which to live and fields to pasture their flocks. The Levites were divided into Kohathites, Gershonites, and Merarites. Among the former the family of Aaron were exclusively appointed to the priesthood, and all the rest were ranked in the common order of Levites. The first lot was drawn by the Kohathites; and the first of theirs again by the priests, to whom thirteen cities were granted, and ten to the rest of the Kohathites; thirteen to the Gershonites), and twelve to the Merarites. 21 Now the family heads of the Levites approached Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the other tribal families of Israel 2 at Shiloh in Canaan and said to them, “The Lord commanded through Moses that you give us towns to live in, with pasturelands for our livestock.” 3 So, as the Lord had commanded, the Israelites gave the Levites the following towns and pasturelands out of their own inheritance.4 The first lot came out for the Kohathites, according to their clans. The Levites who were descendants of Aaron the priest were allotted thirteen towns from the tribes of Judah, Simeon and Benjamin. 5 The...
Joshua 10 – The Longest Day

Joshua 10 – The Longest Day

Joshua 10 – The Longest Day This chapter really inspires me, especially when the five kings teamed up against the king of Gibeon. This shows that my enemy will always team up with those who do not wish me well, but my GOD will first give them all into my hands to defeat, thereby encouraging me, and then He will join the fight by throwing stones at them right from the House of Caves, Wrath and Anger to the Cultivated Ground. The 5 kings themselves will be drawn out of their hiding place and the Heavenly hosts will step on their necks, while I stand still in victory. Joshua Verses 1-6 When sinners leave the service of Satan and the friendship of the world, that they make peace with God and join Israel, they must not marvel if the world hate them, if their former friends become foes. By such methods Satan discourages many who are convinced of their danger, and almost persuaded to be Christians, but fear the cross. These things should quicken us to apply to God for protection, help, and deliverance. Now it came to pass when Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem heard how Joshua had taken Ai and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and its king, so he had done to Ai and its king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were among them, that they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were mighty. Therefore Adoni-Zedek...
Gates of Jericho

Gates of Jericho

Joshua 6 – Destroying Fortifications The story of the walls of Jericho falling down, recorded in Joshua 6:1-27, is one that demonstrates the miraculous power of God. But more than that, the utter destruction of Jericho teaches us several grand truths regarding God’s grace and our salvation. Strategy for Victory (6:1-7) The directions given to Joshua by God for the battle to win Jericho seemed crazy when compared to the human strategies that men would come up with. That is why this chapter is crucial to study it repeats key concepts of walking by faith and dealing with the spiritual enemies we face in everyday life. 1 Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in. 2 And the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors. 3 And you shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days. 4 Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 And it shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead.” 6 So Joshua the son of Nun called...
Controlled Zombies

Controlled Zombies

Zombie Creation or Brainwashing? Zombies are the dead that supposedly roam around eating the living.  For many years now people have prepared for situations involving zombies. If you look at scientific facts everything seems plausible.  From brain cell viruses to neuro-toxins or biological warfare, things could happen and we could be over run! What if I told you that zombies have already taken over our country.  Zombies  that are in a developmental phase, that are being controlled.  These ‘people’ that are turning into a mass population of brainwashed, robotic acting, non-thinking life forms, that go through life without thinking.  But who or what is responsible for the outbreak or the release of the plague? You know the answer you are just hoping it isn’t true, because you are also being controlled. When someone asks you Sept. 11, Sandy Hook or the Boston Marathon bombing how do you respond? Do think that the people behind that attack were Arabs or medicated sociopaths? Do you believe that the way to stop terrorism is to hit them hard, to hit them at their “bases” in such places as Afghanistan or kill everyone that was involved? What about when someone brings up the current economic state? The stock market dropping, and the weakness in the economy,  the housing bust? I would almost guarantee that you repeat exactly what you heard on TV or saw on Facebook.  Your mind probably isn’t even open for discussion.  Don’t feel bad though the government has spent trillions of dollars to gain this influence over your brain. The influencing (brainwashing) methods are relatively simple. First, use terror to...
Global Cooling… or Politics

Global Cooling… or Politics

Mother Nature or Global Cooling & Warming? Global Cooling or warming or mother nature throwing curve balls?Recently this weather around the globe is fluctuating like crazy.  From the all-time hottest months to be followed up by an all-time coldest?  From skeptics saying that global warming has caused the polar ice caps to melt, to in April having the Antarctic sea ice coverage reach the  record level 3.5 million square miles covered (largest on record). Something just doesn’t seem right.  Than it hit me. Politics.  Politicians have made Global Cooling and Global Warming a huge concern in all of their campaigns since the 1960’s and 70’s under NATO and President Richard Nixon.  Global cooling and warming has been brought up many times but as population we failed to realize that they are talking about the same thing. Feeling Cold Since cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Everything that transmits energy generates heat. Max Planck graphed out Absolute zero (-460 degrees F) which is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. So to get complete outside the box, cold does not exist. Cold was a word created to define a feeling that we have. Global cooling is actually a feeling that we have when the temperature decreases. So now we can be on the same page there is no global cooling. It was a term used by politicians not a scientific theory. This term describe the lack of heat that we feel. Now on to something that is...
Praise of Moses

Praise of Moses

Deuteronomy 34 – Praise of Moses My daily, cover-to-cover bible read concluded today with the praise of Moses. To summarize Deuteronomy chapter 34 in twenty-five words or less I would say; Moses views the Promised Land from Nebo. The death and burial of Moses, The mourning of the people. Joshua succeeds Moses, The praise of Moses. Not to abiding of literature rules, but hey I got the job done. Deuteronomy Chapter 34 was a very quick read, being only 12 verses. The chapter begins with Moses unwilling to leave his work. After finally completing all that needed to be done he began creating the feeling of willingness to die. The Lord came to him and vowed that Moses should be able to view the Promised Land. God shows Moses the promise land, although he cannot enter it, after this, Moses dies on Mount Nebo. God reserves the brightest discoveries of his grace to his people to support their dying moments. Those may leave this world with cheerfulness, which die in the faith of Christ, and in the hope of heaven. Moses obeyed the commands of God as willingly as any other. He died in honor and in peaceful company of God. Some say Moses died “at the mouth of the Lord,” living life according to the will of God. Servants of the Lord that accomplish all of their work, must at some time die, and be willing to go home to God. This moment is whenever God sends for them. Moses was rewarded for his service. The people who mourned the loss of Moses began realizing that if we...
Social Chameleon

Social Chameleon

Social Chameleon or Personality Disorder Are you a skilled social actor or a social chameleon? Are you socially skilled or just fitting in? I believe that we all engage in impression management. Meaning that we are all trying to “fit in” into a variety of social situations. We all have the ability to read social cues and alter our behavior in order to try to “fit in” to a specific situations. Humans also have the advanced traits of social control, particularly the skill in social acting. Self-confidence and poise allow us to be effective in a wide variety of social situations essentially blending into unnatural roles. The social  chameleon changes depending on the environment and who is present, constantly struggling to fit in. This constantly changing identity makes it difficult to establish a firm sense of self. Chameleons are people trying to be the right person in the right place at the right time with the right knowledge or skill.  Even if they do not know anything about the subject they will try to convey a sense or knowledge. If you analyze that a step deeper the person continually monitors their social performance, skillfully adjusting it when they detect that they are not having the desired effect. Once the person has made a good impression and won over the trust factor they tend to have less satisfying relationships with the person or group of people that they infiltrated. Which if you are only happy and content for the short time frame after gaining acceptance, than what happens afterwards? More than likely this feeling creates a conflict in the person, that...
Deuteronomy 28 – Obey God or Be Destroyed

Deuteronomy 28 – Obey God or Be Destroyed

Obey God or Be Destroyed This chapter is written in a way that describes, the blessing of God or His wrath, or in easier terms obey God or be destroyed.  Deuteronomy 28 tells of the blessings which God pronounces on the obedient, particular privileges which the faithful shall receive. Blessings are here but listed before the curses and in less detail. This shows us that God is slow to anger, but swift to show mercy. The curses pronounced against the ungodly and idolatrous and are detailed in this chapter. There is also a breakdown of the miseries which should be inflicted on people who disobey and what should happen if they neglect the commandments of the Lord. If we do not keep God’s commandments, we not only come short of the blessing promised, but we lay ourselves under the curse, which includes all misery, as the blessing all happiness. People who disobey shall be consumed by fever, drought and barrenness and they shall be defeated by their enemies. Take observation of the justice of these curses. In biblical time this meant the person would be afflicted with the botch of Egypt which led to madness and blindness. Curses Rest Upon Sinner Not only would the person be cursed by the botch of Egypt but wherever the sinner went, the curse of God followed; wherever he is, the curse rests upon him.  The curse would cause disappointment in all their projects. Whatever they had would also be under a curse. All their enjoyments are made bitter; taking away the allowance of true comfort in them.  This would ultimately test those who...
Deuteronomy 15 – Cancelling of Debts

Deuteronomy 15 – Cancelling of Debts

Cancellation of Debt Today I was blessed by ending my daily reading with Deuteronomy Chapter 15.  It was an amazing chapter that I could fully relate to since I am buried under student debt.  It seems like I paid premium dollar for education that I could apply to a job that never existed.  It was a trap.  It was a false promise.So below is my perspective of Deuteronomy 15 and the cancellation of debt. Here is a quick summary for those with the attention span of a…. what was I talking about? Moses speaks to Israel: all debts cancelled after seven years. God instructs everyone to be generous to the poor and to not refrain from lending because the Sabbath year approaches. Slaves are to be released every seventh year, and not turned out empty-handed. Meaning send them on their way with enough to survive in the world. Slaves who wished to continue serving would have their ear pierced with an awl, to signify the relationship. The firstborn of the herd or flock is to be given to the Lord. The sacrifice must be flawless. In every single way. If you couldn’t even finish the first paragraph without having your mind wander you should stop now… or if you truly want to find out about the cancellations of debt and the seventh year proceed. Could you imagine a world where debts would be canceled every 7 years? A place where every creditor knows that by forgiving the debt of a fellow person, they are actually increasing the value of that persons life.  The creditor must know that God will...
Debatable Discussions…

Debatable Discussions…

Debate VS Discussion Damn you English language for once again making things to hard on simple minded people like myself. Last week while attending a marriage seminar in San Antonio Texas, Danielle and I for a better word got in an argument about whether we consistently have debates or discussions. Which in turn led into a debatable discussion about the two terms. Dictionary.com defines debate as something that is open to discussion or argument. Where discussion is defined as the action or process of talking about something, typically in order to reach a decision or to exchange ideas. After doing some more research using thesauruses and dictionaries I concluded that a discussion normally is centered on a particular topic. Typically two or more people are trying to establish the validity of the topic and reach a conclusion.  On the other hand debate takes place to oppose certain points regarding a topic. The main intent is to prove their own correctness by engaging in arguments to prove the other wrong.  In other words a debate is verbal “fight.” It’s about winning an argument.  Discussions are the “breaking apart” of issues.  It’s about  finding an agreed upon solution or answer. My wife and I don’t agree about everything, so we discuss the matters. Some things we’ll probably never agree on, but we can understand why the other person thinks as they do even without agreeing with their conclusion. This is an important part of a DISCUSSION and trying to understand the other person’s view and reasons. You can’t have a civil discussion without first understanding the other person and their feelings...

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