According to Scripture
by Roben O'Qulnn of the Pembroke Seventh Day Adventlst Church
's p,?l particular1' Read Number*
: , " ' lxxo brolhcrs went on
'viorc the multitude Moses with the
j God ??his hand Thc> were now
aged men Long had thev bdrricwith
"c rebellion and obstinac\ or Israel,
tun now. at last, even ihc patience of
Moses ga\c way "Hear now. ye revels
he crowd "nrusl we fetch vou
watch oui of this rock?" and instead of
speaking to the rock, as God had commanded
him. he smote it twice with
Ihc rod The water gushed forth in
abundance to satisfy the host But a
great wrong had been done. Moseshad
spoken from irritated Ceding; his
words were an expression of human
passion rather than of holy indignation
because God had been dishonored
"Hear now. ye rebels." he said.
I his accusation was as true, but even
truth is not to be spoken in passion or
When God had bidden Moses to
charge upon Israel their rebellion. Ihc
words had been painful to him. and
hard for them to bear, vet God had
sustained him in delivering the message
But when he took it upon himself
to accuse them, he griev ed Ihc Spirit of
God and wrought only harm to the
people. His lack of patience and selfcontrol
was cv idem. Thus Ihc people
were given occasion to question
whether his past course had been under
the direct ion of God. and to excuse
their own sins.
Moses, as well as (hey. had offended
God Discourse, they said, had
Irom the first been open to criticism
and censure. They had now found the
protect w hich llicv desired for ejecting
all the reproofs ' that God had sent
them through His servant Moses
manifested distrust of God "Shall we
bring water?" He questioned as if the
Lord would not do what He promised
"Ye believe me not." the Lord declared
to the two brothers "To sanctify
me in the eyes of the children of
Israel" At the lime when the water
failed, their own faith in the fulfillment
ofGod's promise had been shaken
by the murmuring andrcbcllion.ofthc
people. The first generation had been
condemned to perish in tho wilderness
spirit appeared in their children.
Would these also fail of receiving the
promise? Wearied and disheartened.
Moses and Aaron had made no effort
to stem the current ofpopular feeling.
Had they themselves manifested
unwavering faith in God. they might
have set the matter before the people
in such a light as would have enable
them to bear this test. By prompt,
in them as magistrates, llicv might'
have quelled the murmuring. JBv his.
rash act Moses took away" the force of
the lesson that God purposed to teach.
The rock, being a symbol of Christ,
had been once smitten, as Christ was
to be once offered.,The second time it
was needful only to speak to the rock,
as we have only to ask forblcssingsin
(lie name of Jesus. Byiltc second smiting
of the rock (he significance of this
beautiful figure of Christ was destroyed
More than this. Moses and
Aaron had assumed power thai belongs
only to Gml The necessity for
divine intcrpo^ifion-niadc the occasion
one of great solemnity, and Ihc
leaders of Israel should hav e improved
I lo impress the people w lilt reverence
or God and lo strengthen llieir faith in
His power and goodness The;, angrily
:ried "Must we fetch von water out of
Ins rock'' They put themselves in
uod's place, thought the power lav
>vithin themselves, men possessing
luman frailties and passions
Wearied with the continual iiiuinuringnnd
the rebellion of the people
Vloscs had lost sight of lus Almighty
Helper, andwithout the divine strength
ic had been left to mar his record by an
ixhibiliou of human weakness The
nan who might hav e stood pure, firm.,
an unselfish lo the close of his work
had been overcome at last God had
been dishonored before the congregation
of Israel, when He should have
been magnified and exalted God did
not on this occasion pronounce judgments
upon those vvhose w ickcd course
had so provoked nioscs and Aaron. All
the reproof feel upon the leaders. Those
who stood as God's representatives
had not honored Him. Moses and
Aaron had felt themselves aggrieved,
losing sight Of the fact that the murmuring
of the people was not against
them but against God It was by looking
lo themselves, appealing to their
own sympathies. that thev unconsciously
feel into sin and failed lo set
before the people their great guilt
before God. Bitter and deeply humiliating
was the judgment immediately
pronounced. "The Lord spake unto.
Moses and Aaron. Because ye believed
ntc not. lo sanctify me in the
eyes ofthc children oflsracl. therefore
ye shall not bring this, congregation
i nlo the land which 1 have giv en them "
With rebellious Israel they must die
before the crossing of the Jordan Had
Moses and Aaron been cherishing scl T
esteem or indulging a passionate spirit
in the face of divine warning and
reproof, their guilt would have been
Tar greater. But they we're not charge
had been overcome by a sudden temptation.
and thcirconlrition was immediate
and heartfelt The Lord accepted
their repentance, though because of
the harm their sin might do among the
people. He could not remit its punishment.
Next week we shall begin an indepth
look at the sy mbol's'11 the
Rock. Jesus and Sanctuary.
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In the distance the crv of the wolf
The Eagle soars on the currants of
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Flving this wav and that
Sailing in the sk>
For in the distance silvers lake
The eagle dives toward the lake
Skimming the water
Wings flapping, hoov ing. striking
A trout is caught
Raising above the lake with pride
Gliding to the bank
Landing with trout in tow
A voung warrrior approaches
Kneeling in front of the eagle
With oulslrcachcd arms
A shimmering light glows
The eagle changes shape
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thank God for this Thanksgiving
son. feven tho' I have spent alot of my
Thanksgivings alone because of the
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Along the Robeson Trail
by Dr. Stanley Knick
^ Director, UNCP Native American Resource Center
In pre-European-contact limes,
there were all kinds of interactions
among the many villages and
groupings of Native people in the
eastern Carolinas ? the ancestors of
the Lumbee. Included in these were
political, social, religious, economic
and other interactions. Probably one
of the most consistent and pervasive
types of interactions was trade.
Nevertheless, many modern
Americans seem to think that Native
American tribes and nations lived in
isolation. The stereotype persists of
small bands of Indian people, living
in solitary villages or roaming the
vast prairies and plains, having little
contact with people outside their
immediate group. But the
archaeological recorded numerous
early historical accounts indicate
that this stereotype is unreliable.
In fact, it seems that virtually all
Native people ? including those here
in the eastern Carolinas ? were
involved in trade relations with other
Trade among the Lumbee
ancestors it; prehistoric times took
several different forms. It probably
began within groups when special
occasions were commemorated by
the exchange of gifts. Weddings,
births, "rites of passage" and other
notable events in the life of a
community called for gift exchange.
Sometimes a person would trade
something be or she had for something
he or she didn't have (i.e., a bow
traded for a basket). Often the items
traded might be essentially identical
(i.e., a bow traded for a bow),
demonstrating that the reciprocal
exchange itself ? the bonding of
relationships between trading
partners ? was more important than
the traded objects.
Trade between neighboring
groups (for example, among Eastern
Siquan tri,bes) probably had many of
the same characteristics. It could
commemorate special occasions
celebrated by both groups, or it could
be simply an exchange between
individuals. People who lived near the
coast or along the river bad items in
their local environments which might
be rare to people who lived inland or
upland, and vice versa Fish might be
traded for com, tobacco for pearls,
carved shell ornaments for bear claws.
Whether the traded objects were
different or the same, "neighborhood"
trading partners sealed their political
and social relationships to each other
often as much by the process of trade
as by the products of trade.
Pre-contact trade also included
exchanges with people who were not
immediate neighbors. At some times
in prehistory, extensive trade networks
stretched all over the continent.
Pipestone from Minnesota was traded
to New York and other places in tinEast.
Flint from eastern Canada was
traded west as far as Saskatchewan
and Alberta. Obsidian from the Rocky
Mountains made it to Ohio and
beyond. Trade routes brought exotic
items to those who had something to
offer in return.
We have seen archaeological
evidence jjiat there was trade hcte
along the Lumbee in prehistorictimes,
too. The raw material for stone
tools came from the Piedmont, and
some stone tools and pottery types
found here suggest long-distance trade
with Native people as far away as
Virginia, Florida and Tennessee
Trade, whether it focused on products
or relationships, was an important part
of the lives of the Lumbee ancestors
for thousands of years before
Columbus. It perpetuated and
solidified the social, political and other
ties among the people.
In the next segment, we will
continue to reconstruct the past in our
search for Lumbee context For more
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In Loving Memory of
Barbara Jo Oxendine
Ode to Barbara Jo
Barbara Jo did not have a PHD, but now she has eternal life.
Barbara Jo did not have a healthy body, but now she has a new body.
Barbara Jo did not dress like the 1st lady, but now she wears a robe of the I
Barbara Jo did not drive a Mercedes, but now she flies on the wings of an Eagle.,'
Barbara Jo did not have a world of wealth, but now she owns a kingdom. > |
Barbara Jo did not have the voice of Reba McEntire, but now she sings in ;t
heavenly chorus. ?<
Barbara Jo did not own a split-level house, but now she owns a mansion.
Barbara Jo did not receive great recognition, but now she has many rewards
Barbara Jo did not sit with high officials, but now she dines with KingsBarbara
Jo did not receive the praise of man, but now she has the blessings of
Barbara Jo walked the streets of Robeson, but now she walks the street of Gold '.
B^bara.Jo was loved by so many, but now she is loved. ,.y v,(
Barbara Jo nad little to give, but she gave it all. . ,?r, -I
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Barbara Jo was protective, bufnow she is protected. I
Barbara Jo asked for little, but now she has it all.
Barbara Jo returned good for evil, but now she knows only good.
Barbara Jo was a friend, but now she is a friend of God. 1
Barbara Jo is gone, but her memories shall live forever.
We Love You & Miss You, Barbara Jo. " . f
by Bill James Brewington
Remembering you on your birthday Wednesday, November 26, 1997. Bar
baraJo departed this life May 21,1996. She is the daughter ofthe late Dream
Jean Dial Oxendine. j
Word Of Thanks
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the mam deeds of kindness and sympathy
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The Family Of?
Mrs. Eunice Hammond
Driston Brent Swei
Myprcciousbclovcdgrandson O r
Lord God allow cd you to touch my li :
and the life of many others as y i
briefly came through in route to >c r
Your brief presence touched d
many hearts and drew a strong cord f
love that just keeps touching a tl
stretching and strengthening heart o
heart and cementing a bond of love ?r
miles and miles. Your have your o u
special place in ipy heart and it v II
never be void because you w ere plat d
there by Our Lord and meant to ?
Ihcrc for the rest of my life and tin I
get there with you.
I asked Jesus to hug von for inc. ?1\
tears right now arc washing out mire
lov e spaces so I may pass it on for \r>u
and me. "Drck" baby I love you |
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