(Argh. I have pictures I'm dying to share. Don't you love the anticipation? Unfortunately, our computer is now no longer uploading the pictures to blogger. I have a sneaking suspicion it is just overloaded with processes and services. I have a much more certain suspicion that I have no idea how to fix the problem. Looking into it...)
Numbers 22:21-23:30, Luke 1:57-80, Psalm 58:1-11, Proverbs 11:12-13
I love how no one can stand against God, no matter how much one plots.
Balak things he's going to buy off Balaam (and unfortunately, we find out in Hebrews that Balaam gives him crucial advice that allows him to draw Israel into adultery). But he can't secure his curse.
I don't know why I find this funny. Balak keeps asking, and everytime, Balaam blesses Israel more.
Ask again, for our God to betray us, please. This is getting good.
One of my favorite parts of the Bible is the opening chapters of Luke. So deeply heartfelt, even mysterious, they are like the first snowflakes falling in the lamplight of the parking lot of church, right as you leave Christmas Eve service.
Something near to the heart of God is in these stories.
And they don't get better than this one.
The people crowd around Zechariah, anxious to learn what he will do about his wife's strange choice of names for their son. He scrawls on a tablet, "His name is John..."
Injustice, lies, venom...
The Psalm today is biting, as are snakes. And when we face them, God will break off their fangs.
"The godly will rejoice when they see injustice avenged."
Can you keep a secret if someone asks you? Is your word or your confidence worth something?
There is no trust without discretion.
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