Thursday, February 14, 2013

Numbers: Chapters 13 through 15

(This reading was done on 2/13/2013 - published on 2/14/2013)

Hello my fellow Internites for once again joining me on my trip through Numbers.  Today started off very interestingly and I was intrigued to read it.  So without further ado let's get started.

I started with my prayer of understanding and thanked the Lord once again for his words and knowledge that he gives me every time I read.

Chapter 13:
This was an intriguing chapter and I really enjoyed reading it.  Like a short story from a spy novel.  Moses calls up one person from each family and asks them to go out and look at the lands and the cities they are about to enter.  He wants to know if they dwell in tents or have walled cities, if the land was plenty or not, and all manner of knowledge.  Ten of the scouts come back and let them know that yes there is a lot of wealth within the land and the towns are strongholds.  They also report that there is evil in the land.

Chapter 14: 8-9
8 "If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey."
9 "Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not."

This speaks volumes and makes me think of our own country, our own military.  Our soldiers are strong and the best in the world, but how much stronger would they be if they followed the Lord.  Those who believe have the strength of the Lord and that is greater then any weapon you could yield.

The rest of the chapter deals with the children of Israel and their unhappiness.  The Lord promises to smite them all but Moses speaks truth in that the Lord promised to bring his people into the land of Canaan and give it to them.  The enemies of the Lord will say that the Lord killed his people because he knew they could not give the land to his supposed people.  The Lord concedes but says that the children of Israel will wander the land for 40 years because of their murmuring.

Chapter 15:
This chapter deals with what the ritual will be when they are done being lost for 40 years.  The sacrifices that are to be made when the land of Canaan is given to the children of Israel.  The Lord chastises his people greatly in this chapter and just reading it, I can tell, is very upset with the people who are murmuring against him.  It is a difficult chapter to read, God's wrath is held in check but with a palpable anger that is felt through the pages.  The chapter ends with this:

39 "And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:"
40 "That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God."
41 "I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God."

I love this message, the fact that God says we need not follow our own hearts and eyes but what we need to do is follow the Lord God.  Following his commandments is the only true way to living with him by his side.  Everyone needs to realize that, fundamentally it is the most important message that is repeated in the Bible.

(Reading for 2/14/2013 - Numbers: 16-19 - will be published on 2/15/2013)

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