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Preserve the Land

Read Numbers 34:1 through 36:13; Mark 6:30–56

On April 20, 2010, an oil rig exploded, causing a giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It took three months to finally cap the well, which leaked more than two hundred million gallons of oil. The results were catastrophic. The spill affected the beaches along the Gulf Coast of the United States. Sea turtles, dolphins, birds, and coral four thousand feet below the ocean’s surface died as a result. Fishing industries shut down because of contaminated fish. After two years, almost five hundred miles of coastline were still contaminated. Many fish species exposed to the spill produced offspring negatively affected by the exposure. The spill defiled the ocean and land for generations to come.

“Do not defile the land where you live and where I dwell, for I, the Lord, dwell among the Israelites” (Numbers 35:34).

Prepare yourself for the dwelling of the Lord. Do not let any unclean thing into your heart or mind or onto your property. Provide a place for the Lord that is undefiled by the world. The Lord delights to dwell in you, and His residence in you affects future generations.

Prayer for Today: Help me prepare myself for a deeper dwelling of Your presence.

Quicklook: Numbers 35:26–34

 

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