MILK & HONEY
Today’s 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 2 in honour. 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. What an amazing time to be alive with this technology linking from here to the world! 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 three kinds of cheese. We are seven hours ahead of Toronto time here in Jerusalem.
Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. A record number of poppies have been sold in Canada…over 19 million. Canadians are remembering those who died in war, and in particular Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant officer Patrice Vincent, who were killed by terrorists in Canada a short time ago. I cannot help but remember while here in Jerusalem that it was here that Jesus died waging war on sin and evil. Jesus has won that battle for all who will receive His sacrifice on our behalf. This blog is one way to make every day a “REMEMBRANCE” day!
Yours for remembering,
P.S. Check up on what I’m doing this week in Jerusalem. The event is live streamed on the Internet from 7:30 each evening at www.822call.org/live or 12:30 noon Toronto time. Two years ago today, my son Ron was with me in Israel, and in the picture below I was finishing the blog and Ron was preparing to post it, as he continues to do for me every day.
P.P.S. Below is the official government symbol for visitors to Israel. It’s the story of Joshua and Caleb who brought back, from the land of milk and honey, the largest bunch of grapes anyone had ever seen.