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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 31

God leads with: take revenge, and then you will die. And Moses seems to say, “Ok, then, let’s get ‘er done.” First, he organizes a posse of 12,000 to wage war. Then, he’s got to figure out what to do with all the women the soldiers brought home. Next, he had to make sure everything… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 31

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 30

Vows for marrying? This passage is difficult to understand right off. I get the sense that women had a little say in who they married and what happened between them after the knot was tied. But it also seems that men ultimately have the last word. Aren’t we thankful that this no longer rings true???… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 30

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 29

The Festival of Trumpets sounds like a grand ol’ time! The Day of Atonement not so much maybe, but it’s only one day. The rest of the festivals in this chapter are huge events, the Day of Atonement being a one-day celebration with an official holy assembly called, and the Festival of Shelters being a… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 29

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 28

Chapter 27 left us off at Moses learning that he’s getting ready to die, but we can see in Chapter 28 that God is not quite finished with Moses. He wants to make good and sure that some prior instructions are engrained in Moses’ brain, so he recaps the instructions for offerings, and I love… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 28

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 27

Oh, the times they are a-changin’. We haven’t seen a whole lot about the Israelite women so far. We’ve seen some names here and there, but this chapter turns the tables a bit for the womenfolk. It’s kind of a tough one for me. On one hand, I want to cheer because the women are… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 27

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 26

We got a subtle nod to the plague in verse 8 of chapter 25, but this chapter just leads right out with it. I admit, I caught it in the last chapter, but I kind of read past it thinking, “Oh, the ‘plague’ must mean God’s wrath.” This chapter, though, makes me think it was… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 26

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 25

It’s easy to get sucked into the culture around you. Having grown up in rural Oklahoma, I struggle with loving deeply a culture and mindset with which I don’t always agree, and one reason I had to leave there is because when I am there I don’t always act like I want to act. Ok,… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 25

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 24

Yesterday’s adventures with Balak and Balaam left us with Balak asking for a third time for Balaam to curse the Israelites, who are camped around Balak’s territory on all sides. Today, we get the third and final answer: no. Ain’t no cursing going to be happening today. And Balaam delivers a moving message in the… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 24

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 23

Three times Balak asks Balaam to curse the Israelites, and we don’t know yet what the third request will yield, but we do know that Balak needs to catch a clue! Why is he so hellbent on cursing the Israelites anyway? The better and simpler solution here is to say, “Sure, you can pass through… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 23

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 22

This chapter will forever be on my list of questions to ask Jesus. My first question about it will be, “Who is Balaam?” All we really know is that he is the son of Beor (big deal?), he lived in Pethor, and he not only believed in God, but he was so close to God… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 22