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Read: Numbers 12, NLT

Contributor: Carolyn Sinclair McCalla
Hello Be-Held Woman!

How did your READING go? Let us know. There are real-life people ready to support you on the other side of this email.

The Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit and written by men to a specific audience at a particular time in history. The Holy Spirit, in full knowledge of the unique attributes of His initial audience, inspired the Biblical writers to include details that would directly engage the audience of the time.

Several of these details may prove challenging for us to interpret at face value because we are of a different place and time. This is why it is so important to take the time to attune our ears to what God was saying to the people of that time and place BEFORE ever trying to uncover principles to apply to our lives today.

One way of checking the soundness of our reading is by asking the questions, "How would the original audience of this passage have understood it?" and "Does my interpretation agree with that understanding?"
Once we have answered these questions, we can move on to uncover principles to apply to our lives today. We can move on to MEDITATION.

This week we invite you to engage the resource, "Meditating", which features key understandings about the practice of meditating and guiding questions to support you in doing it well with Scripture. 

Finally, look forward to our podcast episode for May, which will feature Paula Gooden and Carolyn Sinclair McCalla MEDITATING aloud on this month's focus Scripture. If you haven't yet, like and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to get a notification every time we release a new podcast episode. The episodes align with the Scriptures we study together here and help us explore how to live in light of the Scriptures we've studied.  So LIKE and SUBSCRIBE TODAY!
While you wait for our Bible study episode on Numbers 12, (coming to your inboxes next week), grab your girlfriends and a cup of your favorite beverage and listen to this special episode of the Walk It Out Podcast in which Paula Gooden shares her personal testimony of marriage, divorce, and healing. She shares wisdom for every woman, whether single, dating, engaged, married, or divorced.
Heart to Heart Questions 
(We'd love to hear from you! You can use these questions for personal reflection on this week's devotional and to engage in discussion in our community. With your permission, we'll feature select responses that add to our understanding of this month's topic so we can all grow together. Just click on the "Heart to Heart" button to share your thoughts!)
We always welcome relevant resources from you, which we can share for the benefit of the entire community.
 
We want to thank, Be-Held Woman, Millicent Burrowes for sharing this article which answers the question, "Why are there so many different Christian interpretations?" (www.gotquestions.org).

You can preview some of the content of the article by watching the video below:

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