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Please suggest other Bible Verses or Bible Stories regarding "missing" people that can be included in this website. Since this website is a work in progress, e-mail any information regarding misspellings and mistakes. Thank you.
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Re: 2 Samuel 20
David's army was dealing with treason. Coming upon a known two-sided leader, there was short shrift by the leadership. Yet the ordinary soldiers were bothered and stopped, if they knew about the situation.

In the 2nd part, the "wise woman of Abel Beth Maacah" prevented a bloodbath during a siege of her town, at the time when battering rams were already there to break through walls. A troublemaker named Sheba son of Bicri, had come with his army into her town. He was David's sworn adversary.

She, whose name is not given to us, and not the city fathers, called out to the outside army all by herself. Joab, the commander of David's army listened. Her solution was quite gory for us today. She proposed throwing out the troublemaker's head to the outside army, so they would leave. The woman had to persuade her people of this plan. She did. Then they did the deed and the armies left.

Is this self-defense of a people? How bad was this troublemaker? Had the people of the town consented to be occupied? Should she have just handed Sheba over to Joab, David's commander? Wouldn't Sheba's army have tried to get him back? Would they have been able to get him out successfully past all the guards? Taking extreme action was controversial at that time too. Would all the soldiers have followed their leadership without proof? Seems lines of command shifted from the beginning of the chapter to the end in 2 Samuel 20.

For a modern scenario: Would it have been better to kill Hitler or Idi Amin early in their bloody careers? How many innocent people would be alive today? Would another leader like them have taken power?
As it turned out, Hitler committed suicide, when cornered. Whereas the butcher of his own people, Idi Amin, died in exile many years after being banished from his country.
Should one die or many? Should one be missing or many?
This Bible story is a difficult one for sure, worthy of our pondering.
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Advent 2003 - Cousin Elizabeth "hid" for 5 months when she became pregnant as an old "barren" wife. (Beginning of the Book of Luke.)
Other translations don't say she "hid" but that she "withdrew" or was in a "retreat". She did not participate in daily life, so she was MISSING to those around her.
Her husband had a devine revelation and could only communicate with a writing tablet. He insisted that they would have a son!!!
Did she laugh like Sarah of the Old Testament? Did she not believe her husband's story? Was she afraid that she would be once more suffer from any comment no matter how well meant by others about what was happening. Was she even pregnant...after all she was in menopause or had even finished with her menses altogether. Was she staying home, so that the child would not be harmed by her falling, or catching a sickness that would harm her baby, if she had one. Was she thinking of the wagging tongues that she, at her age, was sexually active with her own husband? Was she revelling in the possiblities of her future?

MISSING 5 months--was it a sacrifice or a time of joy? Her child was infused with the Holy Spirit even in the womb! When did Elizabeth know? When her child moved within her?

Elizabeth reached out to Mary, who was also MISSING to the people of where she lived. Joseph... Elizabeth was given the gift of sharing her joyful anticipation. Lo and behold! Mary got a similar gift.

Lord, let us be open to sharing any joyful anticipation. Let us over come the MISSING to others stage. Amen.
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Special miracles with "authority" happen when a "lonely" believer joins with another for all the community. Among many possible partners "He/Jesus" picks out the one.

He sent them out two by two and gave them authority. Mark 6:7

Il les envoya en mission deux par deux, en leur donnant autorité. - French
Jeweils zu zweit sollten sie in seinem Auftrag durch das ganze Land ziehen. Er gab ihnen die Vollmacht. - German

To find out about their commission believers can gather.
When two or more are gathered in my name, I am in their midst. Matthew 18:20

Là où deux ou trois sont assemblés en mon nom, je suis au milieu d'eux. - French
Donde dos o tres se reúnen en mi nombre, allí estoy yo en medio de ellos. - Spanish

Searching for "missing people" by two searchers who were commissionded by Jesus is the best way. This webpage is set up to help especially international Missing Person searches, since there are many phrases given in other languages and certain people will know in their innermost being that they are commissioned for helping with particular languages.
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Shall I hide from ______ what I am about to do? Genesis 18:17
Cacherai-je à ______ ce que je vais faire? - French
Sollte ich vor _______ verbergen, was ich tun will? - German
Devo io tener nascosto ad _____ quello che sto per fare. - Italian
¿Encubriré yo a ______ lo que voy a hacer? - Spanish

Here is the dilemna question of questions...
that the Lord himself asked!!!
It certainly is one question that we are faced with every day...yes...every moment we open our mouths...

Shall a person hide that they thought of or even will elope?
Shall someone hide that they have given a sacrificial gift?
Shall we hide the stark truth?
Shall I be able to stop gossiping?
Am I compromising U by my action which I am about to do?

We can use these particular words for "good or evil".
The Bible guide is: If it's edifying...if it builds up God's plan...then say it.
Ask forgiveness for the rest...

God used these words in Abraham's case.
The Lord had already told him what he was about to do in Genesis 17:1-7. The featured key question was not posed here, where there was no "controversy". He would be father of many nations--
Should God have hidden from Abraham what he was about to do regarding Sodom?
What God did is implied in Genesis 18:20. God did tell Abraham what he could do about Sodom. God did not spare Abraham the "burden" of this particular knowledge. "Knowing" prompted Abraham to argue with the Lord, to pray quite extensively, especially since he knew his brother and his family was there.

We are given the "conversation" between the Lord and Abraham. God listened!

The result: Some family to be born to him--some to be rescued from sure destruction and some "missing" to him.
Abraham was faithful...so he must have claimed God's restoration is the areas of loss.

God bless us all generously as we answer the "Shall we hide..." questions every time.
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Nicodemus went to see Jesus all by himself in the middle of the night. He was "alone" in seeking the truth of all his peers about Jesus. When it counted, he stood up publicly for a condemned man by claiming his body with Joseph of Arimathea. John 19: 38-42
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There is a set of stories of Jesus where he is "missing" to us in the Bible. The question has been posed--what did Jesus do as a young man before his ministry? The answer may elude us until we are welcomed into heaven. Do we need to know? Not really everything. There are many "unresolved" questions. Some people claim that Jesus travelled in the East.

In the same way, many people, including our children don't relay all their stories to us. This is perhaps more true when they grow up. We want to know their stories, but they are people in their own right. We don't need to know everything...especially when there are stories that concern 3rd parties. Let's be aware of closeness, discreetness, gossip, so we act only with LOVE.

In all areas of life, there are always many "unresolved" or "incomplete" issues anyway. Let's make best decisions on limited information. Let's be at peace about that.

The New Testament truly relied heavily on witness accounts! Mary - she could tell the gospel writers about the annunciation and the magnificat, because she was there. Paul wrote. John wrote. They did not write about what they did not directly know. Perhaps Jesus did not talk about that time. Mary may not have been with him. If the witnesses of Jesus' formation had died, such as perhaps the prophetess Anna, and Jesus considered other information more important to tell, then that would partially explain the silence.

When Jesus came back to us in the Bible stories, he was a full-fledged minister who was tempted by power and fame first. Those stories of the mature Jesus are pearls for us. As for carpentry later--we don't know about this either. Perhaps he reserved that type of activity for rest and relaxation--as a change and not as his means of livelihood. We can ponder what we don't know and what we do. Let's not let what we don't know blind us. We know enough.
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Hannah was "missing" a child. She couldn't conceive and carry a child to term, until...
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Jesus was alone often.
He went off to rest in a quiet place for relaxation when he was in very active ministry.
Another time he went off to the Gethsemane(Spelling?) garden to pray. He knew decision time was at hand.
He was "missing" his prayer partners. They had good intentions, but couldn't stay awake.
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A person in bondage may reassure the controller.

No one can rescue me. (Job 10:7)
Je n'ai aucune chance de t'échapper. ((No one can rescue me since)I don't have any chance to evade you.) - French

What a wretched ____ I am, who will rescue me from this body of death? (Romans 7:24)
Malheureux que je suis! Qui me délivrera de ce corps qui m'entraîne à la mort? - French (f.= malheureuse)

I am despised. (Lamentations 1:11)
Je suis méprisé(é). - French (m. - ignore last e, f. - write last e; there is no difference in pronunciation)

Many people agree with such words about some people such as drug addicts. They would say things like: No one will rescue him. Ps. 71:11
Personne ne l'arrachera de ___(what to be rescued from) - French

But the answer is that God rescues such people. That's the answer in Romans to the second question.
And God's people help God's creatures.
Check the e-info link in the menu bar for testimony and advice.

Proverbs 19:18 states:
Discipline your ______(pl.), for in that there is hope.
DO NOT BE A WILLING PARTY TO ______(S') DEATH.
Corrige tes ______ tant que tu as de l'espoir de les aider,
et NE T'EMPORTE PAS AU POINT DE LES METTRE EN DANGER DE MORT. - French

Each person, the rescuers, the rescued and those praying can hear from God and various people who are now free. Those now free, that were like the person in bondage, can give the best advice.
"Listen to advice." Proverbs 19:20
Écoute les conceils (plural). - French

Surely advice comes from many sources.

An example:
Drug addicts can be hot-tempered.
Proverbs 19:19 states:
A hot-tempered ______, if you bail him out, you will have to do it again (since he'll do it again).
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Look into kidnapped stories:
the concubine
Naaman's servant girl
Judith? from Apocrypha and the related story
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Catch me if you can

Some people don't want to be found. Some have to escape threats or abuse. Others don't want to pay a bill. And more are con artists.
They say to themselves some of the words found in Isaiah 45:19:

"Search for me in vain."
Sucht mich vergeblich. - German
Búsquenme donde no hay nada. - Spanish
When found, these people may claim, and quite boldly if they are con artists:
"I did not say, 'Search for me in vain.'"
Ich habe nicht gesagt: >Sucht mich vergeblich.< - German
Ni he dicho: "Búsquenme donde no hay nada." - Spanish
The issue is about literal or real truth.

The same words could be said by others for either good or evil. Another example:
One may claim, "I didn't think you wanted me to look for you."
The wishful answer could be, "Oh, no! I did not say, 'Search for me in vain!' How I wish that you would have looked for me!" A wasted opportunity?
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No justice done...brings ultimatums that...forment war.

Judges 20:13 - "Now therefore, deliver up the men, the perverted men who are in Gibeah, that me may put them to death and remove the evil (from among us.)"

But the children of Benjamin would not listen...
Instead,...they gathered together ...to go to battle.

On the first day of the war...already 22,000 men died in battle on the justice seekers' side! Judges 20:21
On the second day of the war...(to be cont'd)

No proportion of deaths, wrong and justice.

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Jonathan was torn in loyalty to his hero father and to his friend. (Re: 1 Samuel 20:35-42 +) He found out the truth and saved David's life.
The friends ended up "missing" to each other, since they could not see each other whenever they wanted. But neither his father nor his friend was killed and "missing" totally because of any of his impetuous reactions.

"Your father wants to kill me!"
Huh, Jonathan didn't believe it...but they made immediate plans for their safety (1 Samuel 2:17-24 (the arrow boy)... and he tested the truth of every statement.
He spoke to his father. He repeated the words David requested that he say to his father, even though he didn't know the "truth" of the matter. He was ready to stretch the truth not to put his friend in danger, by giving possible and perhaps misleading information. His father's anger convinced him that his father didn't deserve the high pedestal he was on for his son after all. His father even tried to kill his own son.

Jonathan became angry and also depressed. He ate nothing for a day. He kept his counsel. He kept David's secret. He retired to his rooms. He had to rethink this whole matter. And..he followed the established plan.

It looked like he was practicing his marksmanship. But he was meeting David using passwords. Jonathan went all over, so it was not easy to pinpoint David's whereabouts by a suspicious spy of his father's.

He even "had a witness". A young boy who collected his arrows. The lad did "not know anything" amiss. (1 Samuel 20:39) Yet by doing his work and being a truthful witness, he was part of saving David's life.

"Go to the city." (1 Samuel 20:40) was the command for the arrow boy and became what Jonathan should do too.

So he arose and departed. And Jonathan went into the city (1 Samuel 20:42) to be with his family. They were "missing" on purpose to each other.

David was ready to self-defend, but he did not seek out to kill Saul. Even when he was in a dilemna, David choose life for his sworn enemy. (in Ch. 24) But that was later.

David was torn in loyalties too. As a boy, he had defeated Goliath, of Gath of the Philitines. Then when there was strife with Saul, he allied himself with the King of Gath (1 Samuel 27: 2) Then when the princes of Gath didn't want David around, he left. (1 Samuel 29) Later, when the Philistines declared war, he "went down" and killed the giant champions.

David lost touch with Jonathan and his descendants. Then Jonathan was killed by Philistines when he was fighting alongside his father. (1 Samuel 31:2) The rest of the family were still "missing" to him. He didn't even know all the names. Much later...He found the family by asking those that knew Jonathan best...his servants--Ziba's family. They knew of Jonathan's fate...they may have even organized their hiding places.
Then David was able to show kindness to Jonathan's family. To his son Mephibosheth and Micha his grandson. (2 Samuel 9) The servants did not end up "missing" either. They "had their own house".

David kept his oath to Jonathan and was able to spare the remainder of Jonathan's family from "Gibeonite justice" (2 Samuel 21) and was able to bury Jonathan, Saul and Saul's other sons. (2 Samuel 22: 12-14)
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Paul would have been "missing" to the church...
Re: Acts 23:12-22
His nephew (who remains nameless) prevented his death.
How? When he heard of a plot to kill Paul by many, he did what he could safely.
Maybe it wasn't even that difficult to hear of this plot, since 40 swore an oath to kill Paul, they informed the chief priests and elders. All of them had friends and relatives, who probably discussed the case...in front of servants...in public... and so on and so on.

The nephew went into "his lion's den"--the prison to Paul, to inform him "for his ears only" and to ask him what to do next safely.
So Paul helped in freeing himself, since he knew where to send the nephew (since he couldn't go there himself).
He always listened to the other prisoners and had learned who the "safe" people were at the top in the position of power. So he made sure the nephew would end up in the right place.
"Take this young man to ...." the commander (who remains nameless).
That commander asked,
"What do you want to tell me?"
"Qu'as tu à me dire?" - French
¿Qué tienes que contarme? - Spanish Acts 23:19

This nephew knew how to keep a secret.
He informed the right person in private.

At the end the commander cautioned.
"Don't tell anyone you have reported this to me!" Acts 23:22
"Ne dis à personne ce que tu m'as raconté."- French
Le recomendo que a nadie dijera lo que le había contado. - Spanish (a statement-not a direct quote)

The secret was still safe with him.
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"Missing" because of declaring publicly the Word and because of believing in Jesus, the Christ.

James and John, sons of Zebedee, were brothers. They wanted to be to the right and the left of Jesus in heaven. Was it their idea or their mother's? They said they would be willing to suffer for this. Jesus said that yes, they would have trials, but not for that goal.

James (Zebedee's) was put to death by Herod's command with a sword.
So he was "missing" for the early church for much of the time in Acts. Acts 12:2;

John was "missing" later in exile on the island of Patmos. Rev 1:9
He was "a writer in exile" of Revelations with a lot of insight.

They both declared their faith and were pruned like the branch of a vine. We must surmise that both James and John did not renounce the Lord after becoming "bold" for the Lord.

(James, son of Alphaeus, lived longer. After Zebedee's James died, there was no longer a need to specify which James was the one mentioned.)
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Lazarus and the paralyzed man on a strecher--what did they have in common.
a) They were very restricted in movement.
b) The worst times were when they were alone and in darkness. The worst times were when they were missing for people...(they were no missing to God)
c) They may have thought they had no purpose.
d) They both were healed by Jesus Christ.
e) They both needed human help to heal them.
- To unbind the grave cloths and other ministries for L.
- To have 4 friends bring him on a stretcher to the healer.
They had friends who cared and had found the healer themselves.
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Any Betrayer has a choice to make.
Be like Simon Peter or be like Judas.
We can all repent and experience God's perfect forgiveness.
People may not be able to forgive us yet, but God gives graces to us to deal with even the worst rejection.
Forgiving ourselves too... we can... because God gives us the assurance that we are forgiven. No need to be masochistic. No need for depression. No need to hide. No need to repeat the sin. Just go and sin no more.

There is need for prayer and "good works for the love of God" all around.
Because we are moved by those suffering betrayal...
Because we want restoration of peace...
Because we want delivery from evil...
Because we want God's perfect Will be done...
Accept Jesus or his believers "washing your feet" and doing you a service. It's O.K. It shows love for you!

Jesus even predicted their betrayal.
Any betrayer has the choice to continue to betray or to repent.
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"Missing" in your brother's jail... That was the lot of Simeon with Joseph in the Old Testament.
Simeon was put into jail during the time that the other brothers were sent back to their father with food and instructions.
Why was he singled out? Perhaps Joseph, who didn't let on that he understood his brother's talk, found out Simeon was the ring leader in having organized his selling to the Ishmaelites into Egypt. He found out what is was like to be in jail just like his brother.

But...Joseph "kept an eye" on his jailed brother. He asked for reports, made sure he was treated without violence, looked for evidence of repentance without letting others in on his secrets. Simeon was pardoned after all. He was the trump card to make sure his brothers would come back,... with other family members. Simeon ended up not MISSING to any family member. The family was restored. It was God's plan for good and not for evil.
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David's two wives and his men's wives and children were MISSING with the Amalekites!
600 men were searching and fighting. 200 were exhausted. So 400 continued. Searching for their families, they found an abandoned starving Egyptian slave of an Amalekite who was of "no further use" for his master. After giving him some water and a ration of travel food of cakes of figs and raisins (dried) to revive him, he "was very much of use" to David. He showed them were the Amalekites who were celebrating were,... while in control of the the "missing relatives". David and his men were able to recover EVERYONE missing! The "missing", who were not drunk, saw hope coming and must have helped in their own liberation. Especially David's wife Abigail knew how to handle abusive people without escalating violence, since she had "survived" her awful husband Nabal. There was much self-defence by David's people. 400 young Amalekites fled.

NO ONE was missing. Of course, the Egyptian slave was not returned to his evil master. He had been MISSING to his family too when he was a slave. So now too he was liberated.
See 1 Samuel 30:9-19
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Absalom lived 2 years in Jerusalem without seeing the king's (his father's) face. 2 Samuel 14:28
The father's heart was aching. Did he try to see him and not just get the reports?
Did the son try to see his father?
Why were they MISSING to each other? Absalom's ambition?
The father's seeming indifference?
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Censuses can be good or bad.
Good -
The Lord spoke to Moses, "Take a census...." Numbers 1:2
The Lord also spoke about restrictions on the census and the organization of who would help.

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Solomon found out the count of aliens among his people - 153,600. They were used as carriers, stonecutters and foremen of these. 2 Chr 2:17-18

Bad-
Satan rose up against _______(a people) and incited ______(a leader) to take a census of _________(the own people).
1 Chr 21:2
There was resistance by Joab, the official assigned to the census. The command was "repulsive" to him, so he steadfastly refused to count 2 tribes of 12. 1 Chr. 21:5
This command was also evil in the sight of God 1 Chr 21:7
There was a punishment.
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Did Herod try to use the census to identify the babies under 2 years old in Bethlehem? Probably... Then that census was a tool for the death of the innocents.

In modern times: Check out "IBM and the Holocaust" by Edwin Black, Crown Publishers, New York, 2001. Information collected that was already available and census information supplied by people was tabulated in punch card form and used to systematically identify sub-groups of people. We all know millios were affected and are "missing" to us.
Some countries did not tabulate the religion information in their census. Lives were saved. In France, Rene Carmille, a resister, successfully delayed "completing" census information to be used for deportation and extermination. He had no intention of delivering those ostracized and was involved in organizing fake ID. He did not survive Dachau.

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What do you thinks about modern "census" information?
Is it good, bad or indifferent?
Marketers have found YOU, haven't they?
Do they hound YOU by telephone, fax, letters, or in your e-mail accounts?
You comply with laws and fill in any census pamphlets, don't you?
You'll fill out the credit information questionnaires, if you want to have credit or buy a house, won't you?
You want the privileges of driver's licence and passport, right?
What about the "punch card" like coding of our genetic make-up?
Who will control the data banks?
God calls on all people, especially key people, so no-one will go "missing" under evil circumstances.

Pray for God's protection. Pray for others and yourself. The Jabez prayer is one of them.
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Some people may be missing in your life, because they "betrayed" you.
*Peter was missing in Jesus' life because he denied Jesus > Peter's repentance > recognition (and courage) > committment
*Ahasuerus (Xerxes)was missing for his wife Vashti at home, because he was entertaining "important" people at a drunken feast for many days > he betrayed her by commanding her to appear in some way she was not comfortable with > divorce and "banishment" back at her home or left ostracized in obscurity in the women's quarters
*Brother Joseph in the well > slavery > high position > testing > reconciliation
*Jesus' warnings to Judas > betrayed by Judas > not enjoying the "reward" and disdain by others> despair without repentance > suicide > acceptance and prayer by Jesus
*Laban and his family was missing to J., because Laban, the father-in-law was not fair to him in respect and monetary ways (L. kept betraying in little ways and was not going to change, J. had tried "everything" over the years)
Different kinds of betrayal, different kinds of reactions, some prayer and forgiveness by the person betrayed, some reconciliation.
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Some are missing now because they are scattered because of persecution. Some of these we call "Convention refugees" today and the High Commissioner of the UN attempts to help these millions in the world. In Acts 11:18-21, the Christians who came from all areas of the world were scattered into all the areas of the world. So some may have returned to where they had originally come from. God was with them. They did not loose hope. They proclaimed the Good News in the areas where they went staying among their own kind and talking to them (They did not need to know another language yet). Then some also talked to other residents in another language, and found that God loved these people too and didn't expect these people to follow every one of their traditions instituted even by God himself. Those refugees even appealed for more people to come and help proclaim the Good News.

Please pray for those who are scattered in the world. Please pray that we recognize that God loves refugees and that we should proclaim the Good News to them in all current possible languages.
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So your loved one moved away...perhaps across the continent, perhaps 2 blocks away. Close enough to phone, but not close enough to help in an emergency. In that case the loved one is "missing" at a turning point in your life.
A neighbour, who may be a friend, an acquaintance or even a stranger, who actually helps is great in an emergency. That's what it says in Proverbs!

A neighbour close by is better than a brother far away... when disaster strikes. (Part of) Proverbs 27:(10
Si tu es en difficulté…un voisin proche vaut parfois mieux qu'un frère
lointain. -French
Cuando estés afligido: más vale un amigo cerca que un hermano lejos. = Spanish
So, get to know your neighbours now. You can helped better, if they know about you. And you can help them better too.
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Everyone was "missing" to Jacob when he was on the road from Beersheba to Haran. It was his birthright journey. His father Isaac had just died at the age of 180 years and no longer could give him protection. He had just buried his father with his angry brother. Jacob had successfully plotted with his mother to deceive his own brother.

It was a seemingly "lone" journey. God was with him.
He went with his brother's curse--his father's blessings and admonitions and with his mother's regrets. He went with an address to go to, to Paddan Aram--to relatives in the eastern country. In a dream from God Jacob saw a vision called Jacob's ladder. It was a good sign from God when he was "alone" making life's choices in a difficult place using "a rock" for a pillow.

Isaac had blessed him. Gen 28:1
His father had said,....
Take a wife for you there. (In Paddan Aram)
Don't marry a _________ woman. Gen 28:6 (Canaanite/foreign/unbeleiving)
His brother was so disturbed about his lot in life, that he was overheard mumbling to himself,
"Then I will kill my brother Esau." Gen 27:41
His mother heard it or of it and said,
Your brother Esau is consoling himself with the thought of killing you. Gen 27:42
Yet, in Bethel, during Jacob's sleep God let him know,
I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. Gen 28:15....
God showed him part of his good future.
You will have the land here.
All peoples will be blessed...(Did he understand that it included his brother's people!)

In the end, Jacob and his brother did meet up again. They longed to have peace again. They were blessed each other.

Let's go back to Rebekah, the mother.
When Jacob left after his father's death, his mother Rebekah could see she would be living in a poisoned environment. It would be as if she was alone, where all her "favorite" people would be "missing" to her. She lived with Esau and his wives - Hittite, Hivite and the "new" Ishmaelite wife.

Rebekah despaired about her future. She said,
"I am disgusted with living with these Hittite women (of Esau)." Gen. 27:46
"My life will not be worth living." Gen 27:46

How wrong! She held part of the key for forgiveness and blessings. Esau held the other.

Did the plotting Rebekah make up with Esau?
Did Esau cry out to his mother, "Bless me--me too, my mother?" and "Do you have only one blessing, my mother?"
Did she ask forgiveness for her deceit in favour for one son in detriment to her other?
AND...
Did Rebekah see her son Jacob again?
Did she follow him to Bethuel's, her father's house, when life got very difficult? For a visit at least?

We can only guess. God loved her.
She was buried with her husband on land bought from Hittites in Canaanite territory. Later her son, Jacob, was buried with her. Peaceful coexistence in death at least.

Let's go back to Esau.
Esau was "missing" his father Isaac, who had just died.
When alive, Isaac had blessed Esau of sorts. He let him know that he had truly wanted to give him his best, full blessing, but...he felt "powerless" to give an equally important blessing, so he predicted:
"You will throw his (Jacob's) yoke off from your neck." Gen 27:40
Esau was "missing" his mother, who was upset.
He was "missing" his brother, whom he wanted to kill.
Out of spite he married another unbelieving woman, as his father was sick and dying.

He craved to be blessed, in spite of what he did or didn't do, in spite of what was to be his or not.

Many years past. Esau did not become Jacob's servant, as his father stated when he was "blessing" him. God allowed the two to be separated instead. And duly "blessed" Jacob became like a servant to his father-in-law.

Esau became rich in Edom and was the leader there.
He said,
I already have plenty. Gen 33:9

And he could have said just like his brother Jacob.
I have all I need. Gen 33:11
AND
God has been gracious to me. Gen 33:11

Jacob became rich in Aram, and had responsibility under Laban there.

Esau made up with Jacob many years later, after his brother came to him still afraid about not being forgiven.

Esau craved to be blessed--this time by his brother.
Esau "ran" to meet his brother Jacob and EMBRACED him. Gen 33:4
They wept. Gen 33:4
That was the time for emotional healing.

Then Jacob settled in Bethel and Esau stayed where he lived.
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2 are made one. -
Moses seeking a partner....
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A story: There had been a lead through a person to find the one missing.
"(No) ________(name or group of people's name in singular) has ever spoken like this man."
Nunca ________ ha hablado come éste. - Spanish
Expectation rose and the missing person was expected to come with the key person.
There could be various outcomes ...The key person could bring the missing person or not.
That might mean rejoicing

...or more questions.

One time the missing person didn't come back with the key person. 2 questions came up.

"Why didn’t you bring __________(Name of missing person or some other relevant person(s)?"
¿Por qué no lo han traído? - Spanish
First reaction:

"Have you been deceived too?"
¿También ustedes se han dejado engañar? -Spanish

Those who want to know the truth often devise key tests to find out. (Direct Quote Wordings from John 7:45-48 that can be used for God's good purposes.)

A start is to find out about other people's experiences to find out what's driving certain people by asking around.
"Has any _______(name or group name) believed in him?"
¿Quién de los ___________ ha creído en el? - Spanish
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Others...all alone...
- feeding by the ravens...
- Jesus in Gethsemane praying...
- recommendation...closing door and praying.../just open door afterwards.
- Job on dung heap who asked God that he would die.
- Adam all alone...
- Anna the prophetess
- Simeon, the prophet?
- Mary, before the angel Gabriel came...
- Jesus in the desert.
- the apostle John, on Patmos, fell at the feet of the propecting, magnificent Christ
- Jesus and Elijah before him departing for heaven
etc.
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When someone is lazy they are "missing" to others who want their help...they may be sleeping too long, they may be off doing "better" things, they may be procrastinating... Anyone can be lazy...YOU, children, a spouse, co-workers, employees...By staying away from work, the lazy person misses out too--on enjoying the fruits of their work...on some hope...on friendship.

When someone is lazy those that want to help them end up with more work and may become too tired to help, since now they have to do work for at least two.

Ponder: Carry each others burdens.
Things should be predictable...No means no and yes means yes.
To eat, need to work. Honest work... even 2 jobs...ex. tentmaker and faith person
Don't sleep a little longer...(proverbs quote)
The Thief comes, because not prepared to foil,....
There is a time to...

Who would wake him-her up without being put down?
A lazy person turns the situation around fiercely, like a lion's cub.
"Who dares disturb him? Gen 49:9
Keiner wagt ihn aufzustören. (No one dares to stir him up.) - German
Qui pourrait le forcer à se lever? (Who could force him to rouse himself up?) - French

Can´t even bring food to own mouth...wants service from everyone.
Shouldn't listen to fools... listens to flattery....

Learn by...consequences.
Find out God´s plan...
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Stories to come include:
A. Choose life (each moment), so that you and your children may live.
Prevention of people "missing" who should not be missing at all!

B. The people who gave lame excuses in Jesus' parable not to attend the big feast...will be "missing" from it.
There are valid reasons not to come to a feast--having to attend at a funeral or looking after someone in need. Sometimes someone else can help though, even if you do have obligations.
The three excusers may be snobs. The first and second, maybe even the third "bought valuables sight unseen." They wanted to look after their interests first. Instead of going both to the feast and to their venue of interest. Are they so rich, that they can afford to disguard what they have acquired? Or are they so anxious that they are afraid that what they acquired, if not satisfactory, may ruin them?
One after another gave excuses.
Even some of the second bunch of people (city folk not known previously) to be invited, seem to have made excuses, otherwise, why didn't the places at the feast fill up?
The third bunch of people (rural folk, strangers, travellers, homeless) to be invited, were to be persuaded. Maybe they wouldn't believe this was a true invitation and therefore had to be reassured. Seems everyone was invited at least once. The second and third bunch were admitted even if they showed up at the last minute. They may have given "excuses" to safe-guard themselves, but came to check things out anyway.
C. see *Blind date in Menu Bar

D. What "missing" victims was the perpetrator responsible for after his release into the community? There is a clue in the Barabbas release....he was presumably unchanged and unrepentant.

Pontius Pilate released the rebel murderer into the community. He should never have given the choice to the community to let someone go free unconditionally just for a cultural tradition. Seems that those at the trial who screamed to crucify Jesus and release Barabbas, screamed that they accepted responsibilby even with their own blood. Theirs and the blood of their children. Barabbas must have re-joined the rebels. After reorganizing, another riot in the community and the townspeople gave some of their own blood. They seemed to "had given permission"! See Matthew 27:25 Other innocent people were not protected either..except by the hand of God.

Many of the original screaming crowd went to the cruxifiction. There Jesus revealed himself to all and those who did not harden their hearts recognized him.

Repentance by the screamers and forgiveness by Jesus. He forgave all the bad motives and reasons... he excused ignorance and stilled revenge. Barabbas surely murdered again, he would have been hunted and put into prison again. Perhaps he was executed.

Today we still "release" Barabbas-types into our communities. The prisons are too full. We don't want to pay for the manpower to confine...we may be scared to convict...we may loose our good jobs.

Mark 15: 7 There was a man named Barabbas in prison. He was with some rebels who had committed murder during a riot. 8 15 Pilate wanted to satisfy the people, so he freed Barabbas for them. (also refs with the other evangelists)


1. 70 brothers were murdered by Abimelech. They were missing to the youngest, Jotham, who hid and escaped. He loved the Lord. near Judges 9:5-7 Abimelech was crowned king by people from 2 villages, but he always had to look over his shoulder. His reputation preceeded him. The people who crowned him, wanted to pick someone else. He was killed by a woman in self-defence of her people. It was such a disgrace to be killed by a woman and not in honourable combat, that he did not choose life once again.

Lord, protect us from evil emanating from within our families. Let us know your plan for all of us so none of us will succomb to envy, favoritism, inequality, power hunger, gossip, revenge, murder and other bad behaviour choices, but will actively resist temptation pro actively. Amen

3. After Moses murdered a man, Jochebed, Miriam and Aaron said: "Where did Moses go?" He was "missing" to the Egyptians and his family. Moses was "hiding" in Midian.

Lord, righteous anger gone too far. The sudden appearance of injustice in another form. Moses risked much. Did he think there would be no witnesses. Being of the royal house, he was always watched. Lord we put before you all those that go too far in seeking justice. You permitted escape, but allowed 40 years of wandering as a shepherd. Thank you for ways out of difficult situations and the fact that you still use mellowed "hotheads" years later to liberate people. Amen.

4. Are you missing some expertise where you are and have something that could be of great value with it? Solomon had ships and a port, but had few or no sailors with expertise. He negotiated a joint venture with King Hiram who lived in Tyre near the sea.

"Missing" specialist handymen--often are found in crosscultural places among multilingual people. If they have the skills, they can understand you when you describe the work you want done. They can do the work or they can teach someone you know the needed skills in your language.

Lord, thank you that there are many estectically beautiful things in life. We thank you for arts and crafts--for special decoration. We thank you for good design of everyday things. We thank you that much is made by people in every corner of the world. We thank you that we can trade what we produce and have skills that others need too. Bless us and them and give all of us the deserved fruits of our labours. Amen.

5. Missing explainer of the bible--Philip, Candace

Lord, send workers for your cause. Commission them to explain the bible to those ready and to plant seeds of understanding in those not ready with intelligent questions. Amen.

6. She was missing at a questionable party--it was even a command performance!!--Vashti

Lord, protect all those that revolt when "things go to far" at parties. Let us be sure not to insist on spouses, children, students etc. performing in front of lewd or negative groups against their will. Protect those who are told to compromise to get ahead or loose everything. Amen.

7. Tell the modern Pharaohs- "Let the people go--especially those that are missing" Release the captives.

Lord, Teach us when to resist "golden handcuffs" in jobs and relationships. Let us be bold when we are spokespersons for various faith-groups. Amen.

8. For a missing healer, advocate, friend or traveller--prepare a room.
From a benefactor, a room, a bed, a lamp, and a chair are needed.

Lord, thank you for preparations re: a guest room, food for special helpers who visit within God's plan. Amen.

9. A "missing" family -- "This is your mother!" - "This is your son."

Lord, be with adoptive matchmakers and those that choose to be mother, father, son or daughter positively. Amen

10. Children went missing because of sacrifice to Baal.

Lord, protect us from false gods. Amen.

11. Tamar - lonely and sad in her brother's house. Missing to life....silence about her rape...
vs. Susannah's rape (Addition to the book of Daniel)...trial and support by her family...separation of witnesses - wise test question...restoration

Lord, we pray regarding date rape, missing support from loved ones, and wise judges who set up questions for discrepancies in testimony. Amen.

12. Mary was missing to Joseph, when she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth.

Lord, for how many reasons did Mary go on this visit? It gave Joseph time to think and not react with anger and haste. It made God's nighttime dream possible for Jesus. Thank you that Joseph said, "Yes" to God. Thank you that others choose life in difficult circumstances. Amen.

13. Jesus' body was "missing" to the guards, the apostles, Mary,....Mary was looking for it, asking about it,...the truth was not obvious.

Thank you, Lord for the detailed accounts of how Jesus' body was "not missing" after all. Amen

14. "Murder/Death Penalty Prevention"
The wise men of Babylon were ordered to be executed, because they did not have a particular answer.
(around Daniel 2:24)
Daniel went to Arioch, the executioner. "Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret the dream for him."
The executioner went to the king AT ONCE with Daniel. He probably had been able to execute people he considered evil previously, but even he was squeamish in executing people he admired or people who were in his own category--king's worker. He did not like the prospect of being the next likely target himself.
The logic was: If I bring someone who says he has the answer but doesn't, then I am the bearer of bad news and eligible for the death penalty myself.

Daniel was somehow able to persuade Arioch that he had the interpretation of the dream. Arioch went in to the king with Daniel and stated with conviction that Daniel had THE ANSWER.
His logic was: If Daniel didn't have the answer, Daniel would face execution too. And who would want that unless they actually DID have THE ANSWER. Arioch went AT ONCE without hesitation. There was not a moment to loose.

The moral of this story? A key person in a key position can prevent murders/death penalties when new information or evidence is presented at the right time. There are people who have key information that they need to feed to the proper key person for action.

These people need COURAGE to come forward after having prayed. They will have the satisfaction that they saved lives or a life. Notice that the wise men were Daniel's RIVALS and did not belong to his ethnic group. They were even the very men, who schemed to have him removed from office, by having laws passed that only the king could be worshiped. Go figure....

Lord, help us with murder prevention. Help us with giving the proper support for life-giving actions of courage. Amen.

15. Can you predict the outcome of waiting for an adult "missing" or "prodigal" child? NO.
You may be worrying unnecessarily. The parents can often send messengers themselves to find out more!!!!

In the famous "prodigal" son story (Luke 15:11-32), the father waited in a place so he could see his son, even when he was a long way off. That meant he waited regularily, as much as he could. He left as much as he couldd in the hands of managers and the older brother. The father left his sons' free will intact. He had let the younger one go with his inheritance. Maybe the son knew somewhat that his father cared for him. People and maybe even messengers would have told him over the years. "Guess what,... your foolish, boring old man, he waits for you day after day. Imagine that!" or "You know, I'm not supposed to tell you, but your Dad sends people regularily to find out how you are. He does wait for you. Think about it. Why don't you at least visit him." This father was concerned legitimately. The son was in bad company.

In the book of Tobit (in the Apocryphya) The "missing" adult child was detained legitimately. The wait and reason for his absence can be found in Tobit 10:1-9; and the reunion in Tobit 11:1-15. Tobit and Anna, the parents, worried about Tobias. Anna kept waiting unconsolably on the road where their son would appear. She thought that he was probably dead. Tobit tried to console her. Yet, the son was doing nothing wrong at all! He was going about his father's business and he ended up getting married. After 2 weeks of feasting, Tobias went to his father-in-law and said, "Let me go home." The father-in-law offered to send messengers, but knowing the outcome of the story, no messenger was sent. Tobias probably did not want any further excuse to prolong his own absence and probably wanted to tell his good news IN PERSON, but it meant his mother's temporary anguish and bodily healing for his father. The son was anxious to put his parents at ease, so he went home slightly ahead of the wife (slowed down with all the wedding stuff).

After Cain ran away, Adam and Eve would have looked for their son. In the musical play "Children of Eden", Adam died before he knew what happened to Cain. Abel looked out for his son every day. Eve asked "the Father' what happened to Cain. "Did he find some happiness." "Yes, my daughter Eve." was the reply. Even Seth left home at the age of 17 in the play. He just up and left. But they knew what happened to him. He married and had 7 children. Eve wondered how Seth's wife managed.

The parents waited...each in his/her own way. Tobit was worried, looked for positive clues in the situation, consoled Anna and went about his business. Anna was worried, and looked for negative clues. She was unconsolable, but hoped and hoped and watched for her son day after day. When he arrived, she was ready to die in peace! But lived to a ripe old age and longer than Tobit! She had much to do....

The prodigal's father in Luke, thought out the situation well and stayed calm. He knew what he would do, if his son came back. He had the ring and the clothes ready. He did not care what others thought about his waiting day after day. He probably had someone else watch for him when he slept or was otherwise detained.

Yes, the only way to know not to wait unnecessarily is to send messengers out and wait for their report! Until then parents can wait for messengers or their child while they are a long way off in a familiar place.

Lord, bless all prodigals, the sons and daughters, and the people close to them, like Mothers and Fathers, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Give those that have "no reason at all to worry" graces now.
Anme

16. Daniel in the Lion's Den. He was "missing" to king Darius. Darius had to wait until the morning to restore one of his most valuable officials.
Daniel was "missing" to all the kings, Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, his son, Darius and Cyrus...he had to be fetched to interpret visions. (He was not a regular the the table.)

Daniel was missing to Darius. He could not sleep, eat or be entertained, while Daniel was in the Lion's den. He also challenged Daniel's God.

A parallel story is the one of the 3 youths in the fiery furnace. Daniel was the 4th friend. He did not have to go into the furnace. Why? Because he interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's dream? Was he too valuable? Their God was also challenged.

God protected Daniel and the 3 youths from people who wanted to be like God, whether these kings repented or not.

The best, the young, the educated...the cream of the crop was missing to the Judean nobility (to the mothers, fathers, siblings, etc.) for at least 3 years during their studies of Babylonian literature and language after Jehoiakim was delivered into Nebuchadnezzar's power. They were "kept" on the royal palace grounds, within reach of the king's table, since food was sent from there. Were they able to see their relatives? None are mentioned, even after the 3 years were up. God did provide...3 true friends (relatives?)...Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (aka Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.) They served their "conquerers" well...except when God's primary power was denied. The kings must have restored the families at least when the dreams were interpreted and the kings were extremely grateful.

17. Job's first family of 10 children (and their spouses) was sociable and went "missing" for Job by catastrophes, that were permitted by God. The disaster happened at a time when he was not present "at the eldest son's feast". He also suddenly "lost" all his animals and things the same day. Everything "went wrong". He had 3 friends visit him in the darkest times. Everybody else ran away. Even when his wife came reluctantly, she let Job know his breath was disgusting. (Job 19:17) The friends had not really helped, but Job prayed for them especially after he had seen the Lord and had repented. JOB was restored , in health, (and to his wife, because he had 10 new children), his siblings, his friends, even to material prosperity, initially because of gifts given, WHEN HE PRAYED FOR OTHERS. He was blessed further, because he knew not only his grandchildren, but his great-grandchildren. He also lived with creativity and beauty. He was unusual in going against the status quo by giving an inheritance to all his children, gracious girls included.

18.
Leah was married off to Jacob by her father. It was customary and she thought that he would get to love her.
WRONG!
But Leah "missed" her husband many nights.
After she had done something wonderful, she said, "And now my husband will love me."
The love does not depend on what a woman does. He "just loved her less".
She interpreted is as: The Lord has ......... because he heard that I was "not loved".
The truth is: When the Lord saw that Leah was "loved less"....,he made it possible for her to ............
The Lord had fulfillment and a purpose for her.
Leah still hoped for her husband's love for many years.
After she knew had accepted the "less love", she said, "This time I will praise the Lord."
But her situtation was not over. She "bought rights" to be with her husband.

19. Mordecai was "missing" to Esther and
Esther was "missing" to Mordecai, when she was Queen to Ahasuerus/Xerxes. Hathach, a "harmless" servant appointed
by the king to Esther, was a trusted go-between. Esther 4:5-17.

The king husband was "missing" to Esther every now and again for extended times because of duties related to ruling the realm in and from the "inner courtyard". She stated once, "It has been a month since the king sent for me." Esther 4:11 This happened to her even though she was "the new beloved queen" and "the absolute favorite", who was offered half of Xerxes' empire twice after her death defying interruption of state affairs. Esther 5:6; 7:2

20. "Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm." Isaiah 60:5

Conditions:
59:1,(2) "Don't think that the Lord is too weak to save you or too deaf to hear your call for help. It is because of your sins that he doesn't hear you."
59:12 "Lord, our crimes against you are many. Our sins accuse us. We are well aware of them all."
59:20 "The Lord says to his people, " I will come to ...., to defend you and to save all of you that TURN FROM YOUR SINS."
Result if you turn from your sins:
60:1 Arise,...., and shine like the sun; the glory of the Lord is shining on you!
60:5 "Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm."

21. Missing "chores" helper - Mary and Martha....
22. Missing Wife (Bathsheba).... Send Abishag...
23. Missing Wife at Victory Parade....Michal
24. Missing "Dead" People...Lazarus in tomb; Jesus in tomb...
25. Missing with HIS FATHER'S BUSINESS for a while.. the years in preparation! (no witnesses?)

26. Luke 7:11-17 "Missing"..."Almost dead people"....the young man in the coffin, being taken to the cemetery...Jesus meets his "mother"...a large crowd...Their combined prayers and funeral stories were heard "late", but not too late...."Don't cry." "Get up..."

Was the young man really dead? Was he only paralyzed? Was he comatose? Was he catatonic? Was he too sad and depressed to get up and go or to think that he could? Could he not forgive himself for something horrible that happened? What went on in his mind as he was in this coffin???

Comatose? Thoughts turned inward? Last sense to register, even if others have shut down: Hearing....It is by hearing Jesus' message....that faith comes. (Romans 10:17) And he did hear Jesus' message! Not a message about Jesus' love, about denominations. No! He heard a straight-forward direct command--and the young man overcame his "difficulty"!!!

"Strengthen that which is at the point of death." (Rev. 3:2)
(We will often not know the "ultimate" result. )

28. The prize and price of megalomania.
Being #1 at any cost?
There will be individuals, who will remind the super-ambitious one of every instance when they are not.
The end result is that sometimes a whole family, maybe even a clan, will be "forever missing" in this world.
Haman, Haman's 12 sons, the unrepentant family members ended up on the gallows that they erected themselves. Haman was Queen Esther's "thorn".

Haman was #2 in the kingdom. He had the prizes of wealth and power. He served King Ahasuerus (Xerxes). He really wanted to be "God", since he wanted everyone to bow down to him, whenever he was passing. He was ruthless in his quest of not allowing power in others. He did not shirk from genocide. (Maybe he was even behind the plot of B. and S. at the beginning of the book of Esther.) He did not shirk from promising to pay huge amounts of money to get what he wanted. (He promised to pay the taxes that would accrue from Esther's people into the treasury.) He did not shirk from hanging people on gallows, even very publicly in front of his own house.

His family, especially his wife, reminded him, that he could not possibly allow being #3 (after Xerxes and Mordecai). This megalomania brought on the destruction of his family. On the gallows and on "genocide" day.

The truth brought Haman down. There are many established systems that helped. Among them the communication system in and out of the 127 provinces. Prayer; Word of mouth to trusted family and friends; private papers sent through trusted people (the enunuchs); the official slow communication system of the realm; the official fast system; the official written record that was read to Xerxes when he couldn't sleep; the private system of communications among the synagogues in the 127 provinces and the public posting system in Susa.

Haman's 12 sons were being set up for failure...
Imagine being told that you were part of the #1 family all your life and the importance of being #1! All sons would hope to be #1 when their father died. What a disgrace to be #12 son! What would they have been capable of? But it didn't get that far.

Jesus said that it is fine to be even "last" at a dinner party. (and by extension for everything else that is good). The guests will get fed, will still enjoy more entertainment than if they were not there. People will honour various people at different times. It is good to be asked to move up, by someone who is willing to sit lower or who persuades others to sit lower. It is not so good to be "forced and shamed" into moving "lower"!

Jesus gave the choice to repent to the prisoners on the crosses beside him. One repented "publicly", since this is recorded. We don't know about the other...we assume...however, a loving God even gives chances for forgiveness to the last breath even "on the gallows".

Lord Jesus, give us today what we need; help us to take our "rightful place" with grace; help us to take a higher place with self-confidence, if that is where we should be; help us to deal with being shown a lower place; help us honour others without strife. Help people to be happy and realize that it is acceptable to be hundredth or even "last" or "first" within God's will. Amen.

29. The Samaritan helped a man "left to die", who was by that fact "missing" especially to the people on both ends of his trip. His family, the people he did business with, the innkeepers while he was lying on the road, fellow travellers whom he would have talked to etc.

30. The cupbearer was "missing" to the king, while he was fixing a city. The unbelieving king gave the cupbearer Nehemiah, more than permission to go and fix up the ruined city of his father and his ancestors, when he, Nehemiah was "very sad" and "out of character" in the king's presence. Here's another man who treated his "owner" so well, that he was immensely trusted. Trusted to tell the truth about the length of the work and trusted TO RETURN. Nehemiah's feelings mattered to someone who did not need to be bothered! Notice that the empress may have had something to do with it. She sat right beside the emperor, when the request was granted! Request granting seems to go along with a nice dinner!

31. Uriah, the Hittite husband, was missing to Bathsheba. He put his troups first during war. He was near and did not visit his wife, since his soldiers were not allowed home visits either. Who can look upon my roof? Almost no-one.
Pray for God to breathe life into the stories.