Tuesday, June 16, 2015

OT DAY 232 - It's Always Worth Asking God (Please click here for English podcast)

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Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Open your heart to praise the Lord

        
           How lovely is your dwelling place,
                        Lord of hosts!
          My soul longs, yes, faints
                                       for the courts of the Lord;
                 my heart and flesh sing for joy
                                           to the living God.
                             Psalm 84:1-2

Confession and Repentance

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you:

     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gift to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

The Word (Numbers 27:1-11)

English(ESV): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers 27&version=ESV


Then drew near the daughters of Zelophehad the son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, from the clans of Manasseh the son of Joseph. The names of his daughters were: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. And they stood before Moses and before Eleazar the priest and before the chiefs and all the congregation, at the entrance of the tent of meeting, saying, “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah, but died for his own sin. And he had no sons. Why should the name of our father be taken away from his clan because he had no son? Give to us a possession among our father's brothers.”
Moses brought their case before the Lord. And the Lord said to Moses, “The daughters of Zelophehad are right. You shall give them possession of an inheritance among their father's brothers and transfer the inheritance of their father to them. And you shall speak to the people of Israel, saying, ‘If a man dies and has no son, then you shall transfer his inheritance to his daughter. And if he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 And if he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father's brothers. 11 And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to the nearest kinsman of his clan, and he shall possess it. And it shall be for the people of Israel a statute and rule, as the Lord commanded Moses.’”                                   Numbers 27:1-11

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"


My Listening
     This is an unusual passage because it shows an example never happened before to the Israelites concerning with women's procession of land. According to the Israelites, women can not have land, only men can. But, the father of these five women did not have a son. So, the request of the five women is revolutionary and was unacceptable to the Israelites. 

Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Goldingay) :
    
     The women point out that their father was not implicated in Korah's rebellion (Numbers 16). If he had been, he would have forfeited his place in Israel and would deserve to be forgotten…
     With Moses, they at least succeed in establishing that this is a possibility worth consulting God about. Maybe one aspect of what then happens is that Moses has a chance to get used to the idea and to imagine living with its revolutionary implications…
     Not only does it apply to the famous five; it explicitly establishes a precedent that Israel will henceforth follow. Because these women acted assertively, other women will also profit.
     The story also establishes a broader principle. In church yesterday we read that frightening passage from James 3 about people who don't have because they don't ask. It's always worth asking God. Maybe God will say no, but maybe God will say yes. 

John Goldingay. Numbers & Deuteronomy for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010, p.72-73.



       Yes, it's always worth asking God! That's the key in today's passage. Have you got that? 

Dear Lord Jesus, 
Help us to have the courage to ask you first and follow your lead to do what you command us to do.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Reflect on these questions:
1. Do you have the courage to ask God for what you need? Do you have similar experience that God say YES to you? What have your learned from that? 

2. How can you make this saying "It's always worth asking God" a reality in your life?

Praise and Thanksgiving
Let's give thanks for God with us. Let us praise Him:
10,000 Reasons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E

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