Did You Know?

Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

5 Killed in Aurora, Illinois
Five individuals were shot and killed at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured and the gunman was eventually killed by the police. On the day of the shooting, the shooter was being fired from his position at the plant, where he had worked for the last 15 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in Kashmir
Four Indian soldiers have been killed in India-administered Kashmir, following a clash with militants. Recently, in the same region, over 40 others were killed in a suicide attack. Pakistani and Indian forces have been battling over the area. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Flooded Gold Mine in Zimbabwe
Nine miners have been rescued alive from a flooded, illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, while the bodies of 24 others have been recovered. Flooding occurring after a dam burst. While nine have been rescued, dozens of others remain missing and are feared dead. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the missing miners and for their families.
9 Killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh
At least nine individuals have been killed, and over 50 others injured, after a fire in a slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The cause of the fires is suspected to be a short circuit. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
Force Withdraw Agreement in Yemen
Government and rebel forces have reached an agreement to withdraw forces around the port of Hudaydah. The withdraw is part of a ceasefire agreement reached last year. The conflict began in 2015, and has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. Please pray for peace in the region. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in Haiti
At least seven individuals have been killed as a result of protests against the government in Haiti. Protesters are protesting the soaring inflation and accuse the government of corruption and misappropriation of funds. The protesters have also asked for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The President has rejected the idea. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for peace.
17 Killed in New Delhi, India
At least 17 individuals have been killed after a fire in a hotel in New Delhi, India. Thirty-five others were rescued from the fire and 19 were taken to the hospital for injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Heat Wave in Australia
A record heat wave, following a record drought, in Australia have farmers, and others, worried. The drought and heat have caused animals to die and worries that crops will not be able to be planted. Across the globe, the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures. Please pray for all those affected by extreme temperatures. Please pray for their safety and health.

September 3, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Numbers 13-16

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Commentary: The Israelites showed a lack of faith by asking for spies to be sent into the Promised Land.  Do you really think God did not know what was in the land He was given to His children?  This lack of faith was further compounded by the reports of the spies.  The reports caused the Israelites to further doubt the Lord, resulting in their suffering; being denied entrance into the Promised Land.  Of course, once they learned their punishment, the Israelites changed their minds and wanted to follow the Lord’s instructions, but it was too late.  They had already demonstrated their lack of faith.  God did not forget His people or His promise.  He provided instructions for them on what they were to do when they finally entered the Promised Land.  God also reveals that sin is sin.  There are no different levels (or severity) of sin.  Chapter 16 occurs during the time spent in the wilderness, although we do not know how long the Israelites had been wandering.  A prominent Levite priest, Korah, was leading a rebellion.  Korah laid false charges against Moses out of jealousy.  Korah is actually guilty of doing what he accuses Moses of doing; taking too much upon himself, responsibility which was not given by the Lord!  Although the people may have thought they were complaining against Moses and Aaron, they were complaining against God because He appointed them.  Since Korah and his followers attempted to divid the nation of Israel, God divided the earth and it swallowed them.  Not everyone is called by God to be a leader or hold a prominent position.  We are to perform the task asked of us and not assume more.

Focus Verses: 14:1-12  Have you ever behaved like the Israelites?  What happened?  What can you learn from this passage?  How can you apply it?


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