Well, we now know the numbers of people thanks to the census (at least the men for that matter) and now we shall see what happens to these 603,000+.
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Passover is celebrated. It appears that there are some “certain” men who at first, are not allowed to take passover, because they have recently come in contact with a dead body. After consulting God, Moses is told that they are still to keep it. I think about the fact that even today, there are churches and christians who try to keep “certain” people from worshipping along side them. Does this relate?
Sometimes the cloud stayed where it was for “2 days, a month or longer time.” God’s timing is best for us. We should move when He moves. Stay when He stays. Abide with Him.
Whenever the ark set out, Moses said, “Arise O Lord, and let your enemies be scattered. Let those who hate you flee before you.”
That’s a good prayer/verse to memorize.
Complaining by the people causes God to get angry. He sends fire to consume some who are unfaithful. Moses gets to a point where he tells God that the burden that he has to carry is too much. God tells Moses to appoint some to become elders and help shoulder the burden.
The elders receive the spirit and prophesy. Two other dudes who weren’t appointed to be elders also prophesy. When questioned about them, Moses says that he doesn’t have issue with it. “Would that all of the Lord’s people were prophets.”
God gets upset with Miriam, because she questions Moses role in God’s plan. Miriam is jealous that Moses gets to do all the talking to the people. Ironic, that Moses first complained that he couldn’t talk to Pharaoh.
God tells her that with Moses, I speak to him mouth to mouth. Not so with others. In other words, back off woman. Moses is my chosen leader. Miriam gets punished with leprosy. Guess she gets to experience what speaking to the people is like as she walks around shouting “UNCLEAN” to those in her immediate vicinity.
Spies to Canaan. Now we’re getting somewhere… or not. The spies go into the promised land. I like the way Acappella told this story, “10 of the men were afraid of that land, thinking that would be better off dead. Caleb and Joshua had different thoughts this is what they said… Do not be afraid for I am with you. Do not be afraid declares the Lord. Do not be afraid for I am with you. And will rescue you for ever more.”
The people rebel. The grumble. “Would that we would be back in Egypt!” Moses pleads with them to, but the nation prepares to stone him. God’s Glory steps in and stops them. hmmm. a few days ago, I remember when God said that he wouldn’t reveal His glory… guess certain circumstances require intervention.
God is slow to anger. Steadfast love. Forgiving iniquity and transgression. BUT he will by no means clear the guilty.
God’s judgement is that they would spend 40 years in the wilderness and will not enter. Only Caleb and Joshua will be allowed to enter the promised land.
The nation decides too late to try and go in without God’s protection and they get crushed.
Unintentional sins still require sacrifice and forgiveness/offering.
The ground opens up and ‘swallows’ a few guys who try to rise up against Moses. More grumbling and more judgement 14700 die.
God creates a plan to get the people of Israel to stop their grumbling. Involves a staff that buds… I still don’t get it, but apparently seeing the budded staff will keep them from grumbling.
Priest and Levite duties are detailed. I guess to make known that their role doesn’t change now that the people are not going to enter the promised land.
Explanation for purification process. The unclean will be cut off.
The people are thirst. God tells moses to take his staff and tell the rock to yield its water. Moses doesn’t follow through. He strikes the rock instead of fully obeying God. God tells Moses and Aaron that because he did not believe… they would not enter the land. Harsh, but if you really read what transpires here, Moses is taking control instead of just obeying God.
Edom refuses to allow the people to pass through. This will be important later.
Grumbling happens (whatever happened to that staff that budded) God sends snakes into the camp. Many die. Moses makes a bronze snake and tells the people to look upon the snake to be saved…and this is where we have crazy snake handling in some churches 🙂
Note, they are not to worship it… just look at it for salvation.
This reminds me of Hebrews 12:1-2:
… Let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely…Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of God.
Amorites are defeated.