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Numbers 14:1-15:16

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20).

God had delivered Israel from the bonds of slavery and oppression, yet here they were accusing God of taking them out into the dessert to kill them. Despite all evidence seen with their eyes and heard with their ears, they still accused God of trying to kill them. The two people that brought back a “good” report about their ability to take posses the Promised Land, they wanted to stone, Joshua and Caleb. These two men knew who their God was and knew that it was Him who would fight for them not they themselves.

The Israelites were spared because of God’s name and be a witness to His ability to protect, but also because Moses interceded for them. Here we also see that our sin can be pardoned but the consequences of sinful actions must be played out. To often we think that God forgiveness means, “crop failure” for our consequences, that is not so. God spoke about the cycle of seasons in Genesis and it is a foundation that will never be removed as long as the earth remains. [While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. 9Genesis 8:22)].

Upset that they “blew it” a few try to go to take the land but God is not with them so the enemy chases them. Lesson: Not matter how sincere one might be if God is not with you, you will fail even if you are sincere, you are sincerely wrong. It’s all about obeying the voice of the Lord.

Mark 14:53-72

Jesus’ trial was all about appearances. Those placing him on trail were never interested in Truth, just the facts as they saw them. If they and the people accepted Jesus for who he was, they would have no more jobs. They would not be able to partake of the sacrifices brought to the temple thus their pockets would be empty. They went after the facts, as they saw them, but not the Truth of God’s Word. A crowd, a consensus, a majority vote does not equal Truth: it never did and it never will. Neither does having a lot of facts equal truth. In a trial, lawyers put forth a lot of facts but is any of it truth?

Peter, who told Jesus he would never abandon Him that he would die with Him, finds out the truth about himself. He realized that the facts he stated about himself and the relationship he had with Jesus was not the truth.
Psalm 53:1-6

This is another Psalm that should remind the righteousness of God that any enemy they have will never prevail. I think we fall into the trap thinking that what is on this earth is all there is in life. We forget that we are spiritual beings trying to master the human experiences. Thus we think that this is all there is, it ain’t.
Proverbs 11:4

Money can buy you all the things that the Creator has placed on this earth, but it cannot buy you the Creator, the Maker of Heaven and Earth.

Proverbs 18:10: The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Grace and peace,

Numbers 14:1-15:16

Today’s reading in the book of Numbers reminded me of an out of sync dance couple. Instead of that togetherness and flowing unity that great dance partners have, Numbers metaphorically illustrates how one of the dance partners (the Israelites) is completely out of step with the other (God). Numbers serves as a warning sign to all of us, God wants for us to get in sync with His moves, let Him lead and He will deliver every time with dignity and eloquence. God’s plan is to teach us to dance in His rhythm, drawing us toward His fullness and unity by being conformed to Him. As we move in the same direction as God we join Him as He inevitably directs all of creation towards His return when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord.

Joshua and Caleb were the only ones in sync with the Lord’s plan for the Israelites. As the Israelites stood before the promise land, they were overwhelmed with fear, fear of the unknown, fear of giants, fear of dying and were overpowered by unbelief. I know that feeling; I can personally attest to blessings that I have missed out on because of giving in to fear and unbelief. Joshua and Caleb represent God’s urging and calling for us to come out of our hiding places (comfort zones) and walk vulnerably in sync with Him, trusting, knowing, believing He is with us, watching us, leading us and bringing us into His wonderful rhythm. Today I choose to live outside of my comfort zone and believe the promises of God by boldly walking in faith.

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