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Week 9 Day 3
who is to blame for all the things that go wrong there are a host of persons and things that we assign that we point to that we accuseit does not solve much but sometimes we think it makes us feel better it eases our minds it relieves us of responsibility it identifies something other than ourselveswe are often caught up in the blame game we shake our heads and shrug our shoulders we say ain't it awful we go with the gossip we absolve ourselvesperhaps instead of blaming we could do more blessing searching for positives and ways of moving forward blame never won a battle blame never assuaged a hunger blame never built a bridge and whose responsibility is it for the courage that is needed for the effort that is required for the healing that is possible
DESTINATION JUST AHEAD But doubting themselves and God, the Israelites retreat. Numbers 14 1All the congregation lifted up their voices and wept that night. 2The children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, "If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! 3Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?" 4So they said to one another, "Let us select a leader and return to Egypt." 5Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before the assembly of Israel. 6But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; 7and they spoke to all the congregation, saying: "The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, 'a land which flows with milk and honey.' 9Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them." 10But all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel. 11Then the Lord said to Moses: "How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them? 12 I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and make of you a nation greater and mightier than they." 13Moses said to the Lord: "The Egyptians will hear it. 15 If You kill these people as one man, then the nations which have heard of Your fame will speak, saying, 16'Because the Lord was not able to bring this people to the land which He swore to give them, therefore He killed them in the wilderness.' 17"And now, I pray, let the power of the Lord be great, just as you have spoken saying, 18'The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.' 19Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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