Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way. It is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”
Observations: In Balaam continues to speak what the Lord has given him to speak, blessing the Israelites. In Numbers 25, the Israelite camp falls prey to the Midianite women and a plague starts because of God’s wrath. Phineas stops the plague by running his sword through a couple who were taking after Baal. In chapter 26, God called for another census to be taken. This census would determine how the Promised land was to be divided among the sons of the 12 patriarchs. In chapter 27, God rules that women can also inherit land.
Application: I remember when I first learned about the “Love Chapter”. My niece is the one who first called it that. I am sure I had read it many times, and probably heard it in many weddings, but had never really thought about how strong a message of love it was giving. The reason so many people today feel unloved and unlovable is because our world is getting totally contrary to what love truly is. People are growing more and more arrogant and rude. People are not patient and though I see kindness often, I know of parts of the country where that is a rare commodity. What the world needs now is Love, sweet love. As the song says “it’s the only thing that there’s too little of…”
Prayer: Lord, this world is so full of prejudice and hatred. People are out for themselves. Community barely exists, and where it does, people seem to attack it’s morals. Lord, your greatest commandment was that we love you with all our heart, soul and mind, and love our neighbor as ourselves. The problem is that so many people have grown up with such low self-esteem that they struggle to love themselves. The world is becoming hardened and suicide is on the rise. Please dear God, fill our world with your love! Teach us to love just as your taught your disciples to pray. Direct us Lord we pray.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Numbers 28-29; Mark 8