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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.

October 1, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Numbers 29-32

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Commentary:  Chapter 29 continues listing the feasts and offerings required by the Israelites.  Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us and we can rejoice in knowing Him!  In chapter 30, special attention is paid towards women and vows.  God has a plan for the well-being of the family.  Within a family, it is the responsibility of the husband or father to see to the well-being of the family.  If a woman’s vow would threaten the well-being of the family, the vow can be nullified.  Women who are not dependent on a man were free to make their own vows.  The well-being of the family, of which the woman is a part, must come first.  Vows to God should not be made arbitrarily!  They are not required, but once one is made, we will be held accountable for it.  In chapter 31, Moses leads the Israelites to battle against the Midianites, who sought Balaam to curse the Israelites.  God gave the Israelites a great victory, but they did not kill the women who had led them into sin.  Chapter 32 remembers the reason the Israelites had been wandering in the desert for the past 40 years.  A new generation has come who needed reminded of the hard learned lesson.  Two tribes and a half tribe asked Moses if they could remain on this side of the Jordan River.  Across the river is the Promised Land.  Moses fears that, like their forefathers, the tribes do not trust the Lord to deliver on His promise.  Moses grants them their wish, after they promise to send men to help fight on the other side of the Jordan River.  Sometimes, we must wait for God’s plan to be revealed to understand the blessings it will give us.  We should not be willing or eager to settle for less than what God is willing to give us.

Focus Verses: 30:1-16  Why are vows important?  How should they be treated by those who make them?  Do careful think before you make a promise?

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