November 21, 2007

November 21st, 2007

Well, yesterday I returned to the families on the hill, in the small town. This time, even though it was raining again, nearly everyone was present. Every family was represented. After talking and learning of the recent happenings in the families (De is pregnant), I decided to tell a summary story of all the stories they've heard up to this point.

I had not planned or practiced this beforehand, but I was able to tell an abbreviated version of all the stories in order. It took only about 7 minutes. What was neat was seeing their expressions as I told the stories. There were looks of satisfaction when certain parts of stories were told. There was a lot of head shaking and smiles. Some even spoke with me at points, remembering the stories aloud.

After this review, I told the story from Numbers 13 and 14, when the people of Israel were about to enter the promised land. They sent 12 spies to see the land and its people. Only Joshua and Caleb gave favoring reports and the people rebelled against God. God punished them by not allowing them to go into the land until all the people who had seen his miracles in Egypt were dead (except the two faithful men).

This story was easily remembered and retold by the group. The key questions that led our discussion were these:
  • What did God want his people to do?
  • What did they do?
  • What do you think would have been different if they had chosen to act differently?
We also imagined ourselves there with the people and talked about what we would have done if we were there. All said they would go with Joshua and Caleb, but then after talking some, began to realize that it's easy to say that now, but that at the time, they probably would have agreed with the crowd. After this a few of them shared stories of when they knew what the right thing to do was and did it, and they were blessed.

I told them that God is going to test them one day, just like he did these people. They would have to have enough faith to obey and believe that God will bless them for it.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Steven

    It was great to find your blog. Thanks for posting the link on ours. Your family looks wonderful. My email is if you want to add it to your contacts.


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