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...
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...
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...
There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

Nomadic Versus Home Base If you had the opportunity to live a nomadic life, traveling from place to place, would you do it? Do you need a home base? What makes a place “home” to you? What is your comfort zone? Nomadic essentially means anything that involves moving around a lot. Nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes followed the animals they hunt and carried the tents they slept in with them. Many Biblical characters, such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David and others, lived a nomadic lifestyle. In a modern time you don’t have to be a nomad to live a nomadic lifestyle. In fact if you dive in deeper people who are chasing the American dream of a huge house, fast car and a white picket fence, settle down and are enslaved to ideas they don’t understand and can’t break free from.  Honestly if you are constantly striving for that dream what happens when you catch it?  Do you keep upgrading houses, cars and fences? Are you going into debt to achieve this level of the American dream? Most are.  For fun lets pretend that you are financially independent and you buy your house, car and fence in cash.  Are you actually at home that often or are you traveling the world experiencing everything it has to offer? Exactly. Modern day nomads, I consider to be independent thinkers and entrepreneurs. This group of people choose a life of trying to break free from the template lifestyle. They are choosing to live life on their own terms.  I am not saying people who settle down aren’t independent thinkers, lifestyle igniters, or not...
Fly on the Wall

Fly on the Wall

If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose? As I was enjoying my sabbath this morning, my mind began wandering.  There has been so many times I thought to myself, wow that would’ve been really cool to see.  Or when you hear of a conspiracy and you instantly are thinking about what it would have been like to be there and witness everything unravel.  So I did a simple Google search for the top 10 events in US history.  According to a poll of Americans this is how they ranked these historic events. 10) Barack Obama elected president 2008 …. 9) Armstrong walks on the moon 1969…. 8) The Civil Rights Act 1964…. 7) The Marshall Plan 1947…. 6) Women’s suffrage 1920…. 5) The Emancipation Proclamation 1863…. 4) Lewis and Clark arrive at the Pacific 1805…. 3) Louisiana Purchase 1803…. 2) Ratification of the Constitution 1789…. 1) Declaration of Independence 1776. Yes these are all amazing events.  Mostly representing a shift in our history that helped shape our current situation.  The easiest way to view this list is in reverse.  We declared independence from the tyranny of England. In 1789 the constitution was ratified, meaning to sign or give formal consent making it officially valid. Napoleon Bonaparte sells the Louisiana Territory to Jefferson for $15 Million and a forgiveness of debt.  This land purchase made it possible for the dynamic duo of Lewis and Clark to explore great unknown and arrive on the pacific coast in 1805.  As American’s proceeded to develop the country they...
Rest Days

Rest Days

My wife left me…  literally she is gone.  This leaves an empty place in not only my life but my schedule.  Okay seriously she only left me for the weekend, but by the time she left the drive way I already had started missing her (cue the sad romantic music).  I mean honestly she is so freaking amazing and the sexiest woman on the planet who wouldn’t miss her?!  I realized something a few hours ago and that is I have to do something that I haven’t done in well over a year….  Yes I have to take my day of rest without my wife Danielle.  What in the hell am I suppose to do?  Typically when we take rest day together there is no resting… haha yes I am uber mature.  Now I do have to clarify so I do not come across as a sex crazed male, but who am I suppose to talk to, play cards with or just relax with?  She is my soul mate and the best friend any one could ask for. She is headed to a sales training in Missouri and I am sitting here in a big dark empty house with our two dogs (Jackson and Fiore) who speak some form of a language that resembles mandarin (I’m convinced they are ridiculously smart but cannot convey it). What-oh-what are we supposed to do while mom is away?  We played hide and seek and of course they won, we played cards and I won, we sat on the patio and enjoyed the quiet and we both won. But I am out of...

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