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Favor and Obligation

"Are you giving me a tip?" said the contractor.

"No . . . no!  I think you do great work and my Bible tells me it is a blessing for me to bless my brother."

It was the wrong thing to say. 

"No, really; I was told to give you this amount.  I had nothing to do with it.  I wish it came from the goodness of my heart, but it didn't."

And I preserved favor

Numbers 20:8-12 (ESV) 8 "Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle."
9 And Moses took the staff from before the LORD, as he commanded him.
10 Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, "Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?"
11 And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock.
12 And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them."


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