26 February 2015

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Thursday, 26 February 2015

only  a few more days of February.  At 2:30 in the afternoon, we are "up" to almost 16 degrees, with a low tonight of -3 and tomorrow night of -14.  Which is the lowest by far on the horizon over the next 10 days, so perhaps, PERHAPS, this will mark the end of the horrible cold.  Then again, we hear from friends near Knoxville, TN that they had 6 inches of snow yesterday and last night, and the area is shut down with many roads marked by TENNDOT as "impassable".  And with thousands still without electrical power after the weekend's storms.  We have -- still -- heat and light and water.  So we are grateful.  Shower worked well enough for Dear Wife to have a hot shower this morning and I hope to have same this evening.  So we've been blessed and others are not so well off.

WE got word this morning that my wife's brother-in-law (sister's husband) was at doctor this morning and the findings are not good.  Definitely well into the diabetic range, considerable evidence of kidney damage probably associated with that, and other issues too.  Having spent much of the last 20-some years swilling Pepsi as an alternative to water or the like may have contributed to that.  So that's another issue.

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The Old Testament reading today is chapters 16 and 17 in the book of Numbers.
I have, unfortunately been around some churches in turmoil with fights over doctrine, leadership, even over music.  Sometimes the motives are good, if the attitudes and words are not: I have no problem with people striving to know and to do as the Lord has directed and to honor Him.  Sadly, that is not always the case.  Here we see some fights over leadership and direction, and the attitude that "my opinion is as good as yours, and there are more with me, so we''re right".  Very democratic.  And very, very wrong.  And there are results to that, results that are hard on noncombatants too.  As is too often the case.  Hard to out vote the Lord.

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Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:
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And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:
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And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?
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And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:
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And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will show who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.
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This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;
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And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.
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And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:
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Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?
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And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also?
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For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?
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And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up:
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Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us?
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Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.
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And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them.
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And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow:
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And take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring ye before the LORD every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each of you his censer.
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And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron.
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And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation.
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And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
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Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.
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And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?
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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.
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And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him.
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And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.
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So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.
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And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.
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If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me.
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But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.
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And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:
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And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
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They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.
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And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.
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And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.
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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire yonder; for they are hallowed.
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The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make them broad plates for a covering of the altar: for they offered them before the LORD, therefore they are hallowed: and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel.
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And Eleazar the priest took the brazen censers, wherewith they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar:
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To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of Moses.
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But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD.
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And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared.
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And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation.
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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.
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And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun.
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And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people.
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And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.
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Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.
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And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed.


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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man's name upon his rod.
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And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers.
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And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony, where I will meet with you.
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And it shall come to pass, that the man's rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you.
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And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers' houses, even twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron was among their rods.
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And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness.
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And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.
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And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod.
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And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not.
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And Moses did so: as the LORD commanded him, so did he.
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And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.
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Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?




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The New Testament reading is verses 33-56 in Mark chapter 6.  Feeding 5,000 men, plus women and children, all from very little.  And then Jesus goes for a stroll.  ON the water.

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And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him.
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And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
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And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:
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Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.
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He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?
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He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.
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And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.
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And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
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And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.
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And they did all eat, and were filled.
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And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.
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And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.
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And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.
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And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
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And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.
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And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.
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But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:
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For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.
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And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.
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For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.
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And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.
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And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,
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And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.
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And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.


25 February 2015

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Wednesday, 25 February, 2015

Last Wednesday in February.  I keep trying to convince myself that this represents progress towards Spring, and I guess that it is.  Not soon enough.
I am happy to report that we now have the hot water line un-frozen enough that Dear Wife could take a hot shower this morning. The drain froze, of course, so the shower turned into a bath without the need of a plug, so she was ok with that.  The drain has since thawed enough to drain, so I'll be able to do the hot shower thing this evening.  And we ---FINALLY!!  -- have hot water running to the bathroom sink as well!!  Of such small triumphs is our life measured these days.
And a larger one as well.  The new battery for the car worked, fired right up.  I made a run to the Big Box store, got eggs and coffee and coffee creamer and a few other things.  We were down to two rolls of T.P., so I bought a big pack of that.   And a few bananas since she needs some of what they provide.  And some GV brand Greek yogurt, which is also good for her G.I. system.
We're blessed.  Had the car not run, I was looking at about an 8-mile long round trip walk in lousy weather and not good terrain.  Would have done it, I guess: I've done worse.  But instead, it was an easy drive on a comfy seat with a heated vehicle.  A blessing.
I hate the cold and snow and gray skies.  Perhaps that's to remind me that the blue skies and warm sun and green grass of spring is a blessing too, even if I take it for granted:  it's not guaranteed to me.  Nor is the heart that keeps pumping or the lungs and legs and eyes that still work.  Or the hot water that flows into the shower and drains out the drain.  I take too much for granted.  And I've been without all of these -- and much else -- in the past, but over time had ceased to be thankful.  My fault, mine alone.


Dear Wife is next door this afternoon "watching" the Beloved Great Niece.  That's a blessing too, for both of them.  And this is another of those things that are blessings that we, perhaps more than others, can see.
I never met either grandfather, both died (within a month or so of each other) about six months before I was born.  My mother's mom lived a few hours away, we only got to see her once or twice a year, and, as both my parents were the "babies" of the family, and they in turn married relatively late for that generation, she was already old, by the time we came on the scene.  My dad's mom lived nearer to us, we saw her at church most Sundays, but only went over there four or five times a year.  And she WAS old.   Meaning, older than I am now.  So there wasn't a whole lot of multi-generational bonding going on there.
Dear Wife's situation was in some respects worse.  Her dad's father died in the Nazi death camps, not sure which one.  Her dad came over, about the last to escape, with his mom.  She was gone before I even met Dear Wife, I take it that the events affected her substantially, and left her unable to do much in the area of affection.  So Wife saw her a lot as a kid, they lived with her a while, but not much on the cuddles.  Wife's mom's mom was widowed when her husband was murdered by the Mafia in NE Ohio.  Yes, it happens, still.  Not the best way to have things happen  So Dear Wife didn't know him, and situation re grammy weren't the stuff of legend.
My own parents are dead and gone. Our kids got to know them and there was mutual love and affection there, before we moved away.  Wife's parents were still alive until right before we moved, her dad passed a few weeks before the departure, and they knew them, but he was sick and bitter and not all that much fun.  But there was some relationship there, especially for older daughter.
Yet, in comparison, we see niece and her husband and child that live next door.  His mom and dad live two houses up, and can see the Little One often.  In fact, the grand-dad is still living (when you marry in early 20's rather than at 37 as I did, such is possible).  And niece's mom and step-dad live just a few miles away and try to "watch" the little one at least once every two weeks, and come by at least once a week in between.  So the Little One can grow up feeling the live of parents, grand-parents, great uncles and great aunts (us), uncles and aunts and cousins. 
And I think that makes a difference, a good one.
The culture of all of them isn't all to the good, and on Wife's side in particular, there is not only no hint of Christian belief, there is, courtesy of late mother-in-law, more than a hint of militant atheism.
Perhaps that is why we were sent here, to be that influence and witness, because the kids will get it no other way, perhaps.  Not just the little kids, but their parents, our nieces and nephews, as well.

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The Old Testament reading is chapters 14 and 15 of Numbers.


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And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
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And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
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And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?
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And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.
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Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
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And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
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And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.
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If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
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Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.
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But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.
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And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have showed among them?
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I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.
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And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;)
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And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.
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Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying,
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Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.
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And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,
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The LORD is long-suffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
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Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.
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And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word:
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But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.
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Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
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Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:
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But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
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(Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) Tomorrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.
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And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
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How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
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Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
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Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward which have murmured against me.
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Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
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But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.
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But as for you, your carcasses, they shall fall in this wilderness.
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And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcasses be wasted in the wilderness.
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After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
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I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
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And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,
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Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD.
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But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still.
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And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.
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And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.
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And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.
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Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.
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For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.
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But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.
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Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.


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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land of your habitations, which I give unto you,
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And will make an offering by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, or a sacrifice in performing a vow, or in a freewill offering, or in your solemn feasts, to make a sweet savor unto the LORD, of the herd or of the flock:
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Then shall he that offereth his offering unto the LORD bring a meat offering of a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of oil.
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And the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering shalt thou prepare with the burnt offering or sacrifice, for one lamb.
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Or for a ram, thou shalt prepare for a meat offering two tenth deals of flour mingled with the third part of an hin of oil.
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And for a drink offering thou shalt offer the third part of an hin of wine, for a sweet savor unto the LORD.
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And when thou preparest a bullock for a burnt offering, or for a sacrifice in performing a vow, or peace offerings unto the LORD:
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Then shall he bring with a bullock a meat offering of three tenth deals of flour mingled with half an hin of oil.
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And thou shalt bring for a drink offering half an hin of wine, for an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD.
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Thus shall it be done for one bullock, or for one ram, or for a lamb, or a kid.
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According to the number that ye shall prepare, so shall ye do to every one according to their number.
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All that are born of the country shall do these things after this manner, in offering an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD.
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And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever be among you in your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD; as ye do, so he shall do.
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One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD.
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One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.
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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land whither I bring you,
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Then it shall be, that, when ye eat of the bread of the land, ye shall offer up an heave offering unto the LORD.
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Ye shall offer up a cake of the first of your dough for an heave offering: as ye do the heave offering of the threshingfloor, so shall ye heave it.
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Of the first of your dough ye shall give unto the LORD an heave offering in your generations.
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And if ye have erred, and not observed all these commandments, which the LORD hath spoken unto Moses,
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Even all that the LORD hath commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the day that the LORD commanded Moses, and henceforward among your generations;
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Then it shall be, if ought be committed by ignorance without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one young bullock for a burnt offering, for a sweet savor unto the LORD, with his meat offering, and his drink offering, according to the manner, and one kid of the goats for a sin offering.
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And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for it is ignorance: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD, for their ignorance:
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And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; seeing all the people were in ignorance.
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And if any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering.
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And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.
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Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.
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But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
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Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.
32
And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.
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And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.
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And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.
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And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.
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And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.
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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
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And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
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That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.
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I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.




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The New Testament reading is verses 1-32 in the 6th chapter of the Gospel of Mark.

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And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
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And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
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Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
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But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
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And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
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And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
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And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
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And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:
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But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
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And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.
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And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
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And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
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And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
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And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
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Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets.
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But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.
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For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her.
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For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.
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Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not:
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For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
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And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;
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And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.
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And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.
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And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.
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And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.
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And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.
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And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
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And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother.
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And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.
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And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
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And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
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And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.


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24 February 2015

Today's Readings and Stuff --- Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Final Tuesday in February. Another day that began with sub-zero temperatures, but we do have a clear blue sky.  That, the blue sky, is so rare in this area that it is worth noting: it hardly ever happens.  We know, intellectually at least, that in the midst of the storms and the heavy overcast and the darkest nights, the sun has been shining all along.  Note here Janet Paschal's song, "It Won't Rain Always", recorded, I believe, as she was just completing a round of chemo for breast cancer.   She knows whereof she sings.  If you haven't seen the storms yet, hang on.  You will. But, as the song goes,  God's promises are true.  As another song, goes, God will make a way. I've found it to be so.  Don't overlook the testimony in the midst of that latter.

Nephew used employee discount and got us a battery for the car.  I just put it in, it fired right up.  Thank You Lord!!

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The Old Testament reading is chapters 11, 12, and 13 of Numbers.  More of the forging of the nation, and it's not always fun.  Even for Moses' own sister.  And here we see the introduction of Caleb, the one who will be Moses' successor.


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And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.
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And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched.
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And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them.
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And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
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We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic:
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But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.
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And the manna was as coriander seed, and the color thereof as the color of bdellium.
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And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.
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And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.
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Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased.
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And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favor in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?
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Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?
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Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.
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I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.
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And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favor in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.
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And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.
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And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.
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And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.
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Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;
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But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?
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And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.
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Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?
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And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD's hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
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And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.
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And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.
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But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.
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And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.
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And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.
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And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD's people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!
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And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.
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And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.
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And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.
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And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.
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And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.
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And the people journeyed from Kibrothhattaavah unto Hazeroth; and abode at Hazeroth.


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And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
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And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.
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(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
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And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.
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And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.
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And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
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My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
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With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
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And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.
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And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.
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And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.
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Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother's womb.
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And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.
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And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again.
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And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again.
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And afterward the people removed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Paran.


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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.
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And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.
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And these were their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur.
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Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori.
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Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.
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Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph.
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Of the tribe of Ephraim, Oshea the son of Nun.
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Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu.
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Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi.
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Of the tribe of Joseph, namely, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi.
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Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli.
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Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael.
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Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi.
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Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.
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These are the names of the men which Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua.
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And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:
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And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;
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And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;
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And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the first ripe grapes.
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So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath.
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And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)
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And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.
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The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.
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And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.
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And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.
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And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
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Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
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The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.
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And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
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But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
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And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
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And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.






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The New Testament reading is verses 21-43 of Mark chapter 5
Sometimes we come to recognize the Lord when all other hope is gone.  Shouldn't be that way, but it is.  I'm at least as guilty as anyone. Here we see one of the "upper crust" throwing himself at Jesus' feet, all for the love of his child.  I've seen that before.  Spent a few nights on my knees for my own.  We see also the "hem of his garment" story.  Jairus was one of the in-crowd.  The "certain woman" was anything but.  Jesus met both their needs.  God is like that.  I know that too.


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And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.
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And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,
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And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.
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And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
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And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
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And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
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When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
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For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
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And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
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And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
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And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
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And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
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But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
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And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
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While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
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As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
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And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.
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And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
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And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
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And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
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And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
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And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
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And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.