Thu Jul 14/22
When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at the Moabite town on the Arnon border, at the edge of his territory. Nu 22:38
Balak wanted Balaam to curse the Israelite army but he told Balak, he could only say what God told him.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Ps 143:10
David prayed for God’s guidance and that he would be obedient to God.
I watched the ram as it charged toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand against it, and none could rescue from its power. It did as it pleased and became great. Dan 8:4
Daniel has a vision of the future of a great power that no one could stand against it.
Sound from Heaven: God is sovereign and only He can tell the future.
Balaam recognized that he could only speech what God placed on. His lips while David wanted only to do God’s will. God reve3aled to Daniel future events.
Wed Jul 13/22
How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Pr 1:22
Wisdom rebuked the simple and mockers for their evil ways.
The other events of Shallum’s reign, and the conspiracy he led, are written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel. 2 Ki 15:15
King Shallum of Israel only reigned for a month before he was assassinated.
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Pr 17:27
A wise person uses his words with restraint and is even-tempered.
Sound from Heaven: A contrast between good and evil people.
Mockers are evil people and in the end will receive their just punishment. King Shallum was evil and was assassinated after only a month in power. A good person gets along with others.
Tue Jul 12/22
Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too. Gen 31:25
Jacob had fled from Laban but was overtaken and was asked why he left in that manner.
“You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you. 1 Chr 17:25
God revealed to David that He would build an everlasting kingdom through David’s descendants.
Now they grope through the streets as if they were blind. They are so defiled with blood that no one dares to touch their garments. Lam 4:14
The sins of Jerusalem’s prophets and priests have led to Jerusalem’s destruction.
Sound from Heaven: God’s people are judged for wrong behavior and blessed for faithfulness.
Laban rebuked Jacob for the manner that he left their relationship. David’s pure desire to build a house for God resulted in an everlasting blessing. The sins of God’s ministers led to Jerusalem’s destruction.
Mon Jul 11/22
lay your hand on its head and slaughter it in front of the tent of meeting. Then Aaron’s sons shall splash its blood against the sides of the altar. Lev 3:13
God described the process for the fellowship offering.
By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Mk 6:35
Jesus’ disciples counsel Jesus to send the crowd home to eat as it was getting late in the day.
In the third year of his reign he sent his officials Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah to teach in the towns of Judah. 2 Chr 17:7
Jehoshaphat followed God and sent officials to teach the people God’s ways.
Sound from Heaven: God directs the people by teaching them His ways.
God taught the people the steps involved in offering a sacrifice to Him. Jesus taught His disciples, the supernatural way of meeting people’s needs. Jehoshaphat obeyed God and taught His ways to the people.
Sun Jul 10/22
The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him. Pr 11:1
God wants us to be fair in dealings with others.
Didn’t your ancestors do the same things, so that our God brought all this calamity on us and on this city? Now you are stirring up more wrath against Israel by desecrating the Sabbath.” Neh 13:18
The people of the Judah were working on the Sabbath, disregarding God’s command in which Nehemiah warned them of God’s wrath.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jer 29:12
God encourages His people to call on Him and He will answer.
Sound from Heaven: Obey God’s commands and He will answer your prayers.
Being honest when dealing with others is important to God. No following God’s commands will lead to judgment. Those who repent and call on God will be heard.
Sat Jul 9/22
Then at the Lord’s command Moses gave this order to the Israelites: “What the tribe of the descendants of Joseph is saying is right. Nu 36:5
The LORD confirmed that the descendants of Joseph were correct. Their inheritance could not be taken away, if the daughters who inherited the land married outside the tribe.
It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. Lk 23:54
Joseph of Arimathea had taken Jesus’ body and placed it in his tomb on Preparation Day, before the Sabbath had begun.
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 1 Jn 3:21
If our consciences agreed that we have done no wrong, then we have confidence that God will answer our prayers.
Sound from Heaven: If we obey God’s rules, we have confidence that God will support our activity.
The descendants of Joseph knew that God had given them an inheritance and would not grant it to any other tribe, in which God confirmed their belief. Joseph of Arimathea obeyed the Sabbath law and buried Jesus before the Sabbath had begun. If believers have a clear conscience, then they have confidence that God will honor their prayers.
Mon Jul 4/22
And all people will see God’s salvation. Lk 3:6
God sent John the Baptist to be a forerunner for the gift of salvation.
Make the price for the bride and the gift I am to bring as great as you like, and I’ll pay whatever you ask me. Only give me the young woman as my wife.” Gen 34:12
After Shechem raped Dinah, he asked Jacob and his sons to give her in marriage to him.
When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he did nothing about it until they came home. Gen 34:5
Jacob waited until his sons came home to tell them that Dinah had been raped.
Sound from Heaven: God and man have hidden motives for their actions.
God raised up John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus and His gift of salvation, unbeknownst to the world. Jacob’s sons appeared to agree with Shechem’s request, but it was a deceptive plan of revenge. Jacob wanted peace and therefore did not want to respond to Shechem’s rape, as it would cause war between the him and people of the land.
Sun Jul 3/22
Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink. Jdg 7:6
God told Gideon to only use the men who lapped the water for the battle and send the others home.
Supply them liberally from your flock, your threshing floor and your winepress. Give to them as the Lord your God has blessed you. Dt 15:14
Israelite slaves could only be owned for six years then had to be released in the seventh year with provisions to meet their future needs.
“If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. Jn 12:47
Jesus came to save sinners because they have already been judged guilty.
Sound from Heaven: God desires to give His people freedom through victory.
God would deliver Gideon and Israel, and so that Gideon would know it wasn’t man’s victory, sent all but three hundred men home. Israelites could only be held as slaves for six years then they were to be released with provisions. Jesus came to save the world not judge it.
Sat Jul 2/22
you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin from my people and the flesh from their bones; Mic 3:2
God rebuked the leaders of Judah and Israel for their evil ways.
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. Lk 7:26
Jesus explained to the crowd that John the Baptist was God’s messenger to prepare the way for His message to the world.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments. Hab 3:19
Habakkuk, the prophet rejoiced in the LORD for giving him strength and power.
Sound from Heaven: Sinners rebuked while God’s servants receive and give praise.
God rebuked the leaders for their wickedness, while Jesus praised the work of John the Baptist, and Habakkuk praised the LORD.
Fri Jul 1/22
Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea. Ac 8:40
After Philip baptized the Ethiopian eunuch, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip to Azotus where he preached the Gospel.
one male goat for a sin offering Nu 7:76
At the dedication of the tabernacle on the eleventh day, Pagiel, the leader of the tribe of Asher made offerings, which included one male goat for a sin offering.
You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape; Ps 88:8
Heman, in deep depression, expressed his feelings with God. He blamed the LORD for being alienated from his closest friends.
Sound from Heaven: Different reactions to differing circumstances.
Philip was obedient and was led by the Holy Spirit to preach the Gospel throughout the region. In celebrating the dedication of the tabernacle, Pagiel was faithful and made offerings to the LORD. Heman, one of the chief worship leaders, in desperation, made his feelings known to God.