My Sheep know My Voice

Numbers 25:37 “The Lord said to Moses: 38) Speak to the Israelites, and tell them to make fringes on the corners of their garments throughout their generations and to put a blue cord on the fringe at each corner. 39) You have the fringe so that, when you see it, you will remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, and not follow the lust of your own heart and your own eyes. 40) So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and you shall be holy to your God. 41) I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.” (NRSV)

My sheep know my voice
photo by Nicole Byrd-Phelps Creswell NC

It seems from the beginning of this encounter with God He had spoken in various ways to his people, the Israelites, in their confusion to remind them of their behavior. God lectured them, disciplined them, and encouraged them. And, seems to no avail! Then He speaks to Moses to give them an assignment! Really, a Cord? A Fringe? A Reminder to never forget! Today, he might speak to us through our iPhones or better yet my Apple Watch does a perfect job of reminding.

Do you have a story of how God has spoken to you and maybe your group of friends, or family and you just ignored Him until you were branded for ID by a fringe? A Cord? We believe Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help remind us! John 14:26 “…And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.”

6 thoughts on “My Sheep know My Voice

  1. “Today, he might speak to us through our iPhones or better yet my Apple Watch does a perfect job of reminding.”

    One way I am reminded is through bookmarks: this Daily Lily website is ‘bookmarked’ to remind me to visit and be a part; I have a tasseled bookmark to help me remember where I am reading in the Bible; and sticky note bookmarks and pieces of paper in The Daily Lily books by Sara to bring to remembrance valuable lessons. These Daily Lily resources create boundaries for me to learn, to stay accountable; and to remind me to stay in my pasture, which the beautiful photo of sheep by Nicole Byrd-Phelps illustrates so well.

  2. The footnotes for John 14;26 from the NIV says: “ Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would help them remember what he had been teaching them. This promise ensures the validity of the New Testament. The disciples were eyewitnesses of Jesus’ Life and teachings, and the Holy Spirit helped them remember without taking away their individual perspectives. We can be confident that the Gospels are accurate records of what Jesus taught and did ( see 1 Corinthians 2: 10-14). The Holy Spirit can help us in the same way. As we study the Bible, we can trust him to plant truth in our mind, convince us of God‘s will, and remind us when we stray from it.” That is good news to know we have the Comforter, His Holy Spirit available. 🙏

  3. Debi and Tammy, there is beauty, fondness and comfort in knowing how many ways we are reminded of Our Heavenly Father and his truth for us when we know Him and trust and obey Him.

    I wrote the words below just this am to a friend that adopted 3 tiny kittens that were found in stress and great need. It’s a beautiful story of kindness to all involved.

    As I was reading both Debi and Tammy’s comments here I was reminded by the Holy Spirit we hear and we are reminded in various beautiful ways. But, do we complete the task?

    “Mystic and Mystery go hand in hand! Three little kittens have captured the hearts of believers making one believe in humanity👩‍👩‍👧‍👧👩🏾‍❤️‍💋‍👩🏿👨‍👧‍👦🪡🧵🧶🪢 Their names of honor to the surrogates are tattooed on minds to enlighten all to believe in kindness.

    My friend, you heard and saw and you danced to the call making you the perfect Mom. The Book of Matthew 13:14 plus and vs 23.

    Now, my 💗 is asking where is birth Mom? 🙏🏻💛”
    My friend immediately answered, “they found her and all is well.”

  4. Is this a reminder?

    “Then [Jesus] said to [the crowd], “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
    —Luke 12:15 (NIV)

  5. Sara, you asked, “Is this a reminder?
    “Then [Jesus] said to [the crowd], “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
    —Luke 12:15 (NIV)”

    It sure sounds like a reminder! The definition of greed is scary, “a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (such as money) than is needed”. And Jesus warned of ‘all kinds of greed’…not just money.

    When I read the story Jesus told following Luke 12:15, it’s no wonder he told us to “Watch out!”. It looked like a man had a wonderful crop harvest but instead of sharing it or blessing others with it, he decided to store it up and quit working to produce more harvests. Maybe God wanted to give him more tasks, more opportunities to be a blessing with his harvests, but the man stopped the potential flow.

    20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
    21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

    But Sara, you gave us a story of contrast to this kind of behavior. “I wrote the words below just this am to a friend that adopted 3 tiny kittens that were found in stress and great need. It’s a beautiful story of kindness to all involved.” It sounds like this friend shared, helped, worked, gave….so others could be blessed. The friend sounds “rich toward God.”

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