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The Burns Journal

 

March 2017

“They did WHAT??”

He whipped around and bellowed, infuriated.
 

The servant drew back and stammered, “Well, they…they threatened to burn down your house, sir.” He flinched, swallowed and continued, “they, um, want to know why you didn’t invite them to the battle.”



“Didn’t invite them to the battle?? I just SAVED the nation and they’re mad that I didn’t invite them to the BATTLE??

We have been struggling with Ammon for months! Did they come to our aid then? NO! I risked my neck to take care of this mess for everyone’s sake and now Ephraim wants to know why they weren’t INVITED??”

He was screaming now, pacing, gesturing wildly with his sword.

The servant reached back for the door, “I’ll leave you to decide on a reply, sir,” he breathed weakly.

“No,” Jepthah steadied himself on the table and exhaled. He turned to his servant, slowly, menacingly, his speech now cool and even,



“Send a runner to ask them why they have come to fight me."

"I can go to them sir, I..."

"No! You gather the men of Gilead. We'll take the fords of the Jordan before they arrive and kill anyone with that slimy accent who tries to pass.

This ends now.
 



...and 42,000 Ephraimites fell that day.

Ephraim picked the fight. They did it when Gideon was judge over Israel, too. But the difference between Gideon and Jepthah’s response is striking.

Gideon: What is my victory compared to yours? Then tempers cooled.

Jepthah: Why do you want to fight me? Then battle ensued.

If Ephraim really wanted to destroy Jepthah, they probably would have just burned down his house instead of threatening. I think this was an issue of honor. Gideon saw their offense and responded gently; Jepthah saw his own and went to war.

At that point, 42,000 men were dead.
Did it really matter who was right?
 


From Beka's Journal:

 

 


Life in Spokane
New Planes

Cody just started flying the Cessna 182.
He will also be learning to fly the 185 and 206 this semester.
Coffee

We love our college group here. In our home, at church, or out for coffee, (actually coffee happens in all of these scenarios), we always enjoy digging deeper with them.
Flight Paramedic

Beka has been loving her job as a flight medic and is learning a ton about critical care. Orientation test-outs coming up soon!

 

Cody's flights
He's juggling a lot with homework, reading, tests and flight prep. Pray for him to get the rest he needs and do well in the air.

Beka's job
She quit the hospital job to focus on the helicopter and has some difficult testing coming up to pass orientation.

Inconveniences
Dental work, knee injury, finger stitches, eye exams...it's been a challenge to look at His faithfulness and not the looming bills, and to remain encouraged with each new thing that comes up! Pray for our hearts to trust Him and respond well to challenges and inconveniences rather than becoming irritable and anxious.
 

Thank you!!
Love,
Cody & Beka


 
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