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The Mystery of Forgiveness
Numbers 12: 1-16
“So Moses cried out to the Lord, “O God, please heal
was a person who derived the utmost love and confidence from God.
It is an irony that such a godly person is detested by his own brother
and sister, namely Aaron and Miriam. The world hates those who
are loved by God. Aaron and Miriam failed to grasp God’s plan for
Moses in the deliverance of Israel. Their dislike for
Moses’ wife made them blind. Their wrath had reached the peak
when they questioned Moses’ authority and leadership. They
angrily ask, hasn’t the Lord spoken through them too!
and Miriam did not want God to get involved in this dispute.
Their intention was to defeat Moses to gain leadership of the
Israelites. We too, as human beings, never want God to interfere
in certain matters that have sinful means and ends. God did
not like their angry talk against Moses. God’s reaction is
immediate. He summons both of them to come forward. The
Lord’s words reveal how highly God placed Moses. God gives a discourse
on the personality and character of Moses. God said that He speaks
to Moses face to face and he is God’s most faithful
servant. Here we observe how confident God is about
Moses. God’s anger burned against Aaron and Miriam. She
turns a leper. Aaron shivers like an autumn leaf. Fear envelopes
him. He knows his fate. And he begs Moses’
forgiveness. Aaron’s predicament shows the general human
nature. Man in his helplessness would fall on his knees before
anyone whom he believes to be capable of helping him.
plea for forgiveness fills the heart of Moses with compassion.
‘Moses was more humble than anyone else on the face of earth (verse
3)’. He does not carry personal grudges. This
noble trait in his character is the one that makes him the most loved
by God. We must understand that this same humble Moses became
furious when he saw the Israelites disgracing God by worshipping the
golden calf. Moses would give up his life for upholding
God’s honor. But when he was the target of insult and rebuke, he
remained silent without reacting. In our modern world, we seldom
see people having the patience and forbearance such as shown by Moses
when confronted with rebuke and criticism. Moses pleads with the Lord
to forgive his sinful leprous sister and heal her. The Lord heard
Moses’ prayer and healed Miriam
PRAYER Lord, forgive our sins of jealousy,
prejudice and critical spirit. Purify us Lord and make us like Moses
who always remained as your faithful servant. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Can God confide in us?
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Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…