MILK & HONEY
Suggested Reading: Numbers 12-13
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Key Verse: Numbers 13:30
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
In Chapter 12, a very difficult lesson was learned by Moses’ brother Aaron and sister Miriam. God reaffirmed Moses’ leadership in no uncertain terms. Miriam had led the song and dance celebrating their deliverance from Pharaoh and the Red Sea (Exodus 15:20-21). Now she is punished temporarily with leprosy. Why not Aaron? Miriam was the leader in questioning Moses’ leadership. After all, she had cared for Moses when he was a little baby. No doubt she thought she had the right. Let’s learn the lesson of intercession. Aaron and Moses cried out to God for her healing (12:11-13). Nevertheless, she suffered the consequences given in Leviticus chapters 13 & 14. In seven days she was restored.
In chapter 13, there are 11 names that live in disgrace and two in honour. Back in Numbers 2, the men of war numbered 603,550. Of course they weren’t trained. Moses probably had military experience, having been raised as a son of Pharaoh. He could’ve trained them and ordered an attack on the Promised Land. But they waited until the younger generation was ready to believe God. When they entered the land, God fought for them. Only one tribal leader, Caleb of Judah, lived to see God at work. Also, Joshua, the personal assistant to Moses, who had been one of the spies, survived and succeeded Moses as leader.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, You promised a land flowing with milk and honey to Your people. May I be given the grace to believe You for the fulfillment of all Your promises that pertain to me. I ask these mercies in Your Name, Lord Jesus, and I claim the promised land of Your Kingdom. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’m here in the land promised to the Israelites…Israel. There’s free wi-fi in the lobby where I’m typing this. Ron is attaching a picture taken by Ken and Marilyn Fehr from Outlook, Saskatchewan. They’re sitting across from Ron and me, also with their computer, doing their personal blog. What an amazing time to be alive. The old blessings are here too, with which this land “flows.” This morning for breakfast I had the sweetest honey ever and, from the milk of this land, I enjoyed 3 kinds of cheese.
Yesterday, we stopped in the Valley of Elah where David took on a giant and won. Joshua and Caleb, like David, were not afraid of giants. These two heroes returned with a huge cluster of grapes. Ron is attaching the symbol of Israel tourism, two men carrying grapes. I’d like to invite you to join us on a tour of Israel. Ron and Ann may lead one next year, God willing. We thank God for all who read this blog.
Yours for “Next year in Jerusalem” (Jews have been saying this to each other for centuries),
P.S. Over the last few weeks, there has been an emphasis on suicide prevention on the 100 Huntley Street daily telecast. (click here for info on our special book on the topic). Here’s a response to my blog from two days ago…
“Hi David, Thank you for the blog. It is my newest connection to 100 Huntley. Thanks for the series over the last couple of weeks. I was in a deep depression and contemplating suicide. I kept in touch with my Pastors but 100 Huntley was such a blessing to me every morning. I had watched before in the 70s when you were hosting but I was away from the Lord…I am praying for your healing ’cause we are not ready to lose you. My uncle is 93 and he has the same diagnosis. You are such an inspiration! God Bless You and Norma Jean and all the Crossroads staff!” -Mark