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The children of Israel also wept … We remember the fish, … the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic: but now … there is nothing at all save this manna” — Numbers 11:4-6 (NASB)

God provided a miracle — food for 600 thousand people in a harsh environment. He kept their clothes from wearing out, personally guided them with a cloud by day and flame by night.

Everything God did for them was extraordinary yet instead of being grateful they complained, “We don’t have anything to eat but this manna!!

I’ve never seen the things they saw, how could they treat something so extraordinary as so ordinary, mundane, even loathed?

They took their eyes off their God and their future. Bad News!! When we do that life turns sour!

Don’t always be asking, “Where are the good old days?” Wise folks don’t ask questions like that. – Ecclesiastes 7:10 (Message Bible)

We have a wonderful future, an enduring hope, a kind savior.

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; – Hebrews 12:1b-2a

Keeping Jesus and our future in focus keeps us living in the wonder of his grace.

— fritz@langgang.com

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Lap time

[T]he LORD came down in a pillar of cloud … and summoned Aaron and Miriam …. he said, “Listen to my words: “When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; … With him I speak face to face…” – Numbers 12:5b-8a (NIV)

Clearly, God had a different relationship with Moses than with the “prophets” of that day. We see that difference also in the lives of Noah, Enoch, Abraham, Moses, Daniel, even Job — throughout history God chooses with whom to have a closer relationship.

We, too, can have that closer walk – paid for by Christ and brought to us by the Holy Spirit!

[T]he Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ – Romans 8:15b-17a

Dreams and visions are great but why settle for anything less than lap time?

– fritz@langgang.com

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[T]wo men, … did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied … Joshua son of Nun … said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!” … But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!” – Numbers 11:25-29

God told Moses to choose 70 elders to help share the load, and they were instructed to gather but two didn’t. Whether or not they were part of the 70 is unclear.

What is clear is Joshua didn’t like it – they weren’t following the program and doing what they were told! This was uncontrolled by leadership and Joshua wanted it stopped!

Wise Moses called it for what it was, jealousy. He knew being the head guy didn’t mean he was in control and told Joshua he actually longed for the day everyone would have the Holy Spirit and prophesy!

That day has come!  All followers of Christ can now have the Holy Spirit and can all prophesy (1st Corinthians 14:31).  A wise leader will encourage all to go for God whether they follow instructions or not.

Sound Bite: God is not limited to my rules and my leadership.  He’s in charge here and it’s wonderful!

– fritz

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