183-Numbers 14- Rejection and Disbelief

We’ve been talking about Numbers 13-14 where Moses sent twelve spies into the land. Ten came back saying “no way, don’t go, we can’t do it” and two came back saying “We are able, Yahweh will bring us into the land”. Read the historical account for yourself in Numbers chapter 13-14. The people respond in terror to the report of the ten spies (Numbers 14:1-3). The people accuse Yahweh God of meaning to harm them (14:3) and turn their hearts back toward Egypt (14:4). They reject Yahweh and they reject Moses while planning to select a new leader to take ...

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182-Numbers 14 – the one letter word

As we talked about last time, Numbers chapters thirteen and fourteen tell the story of the spies being sent into the land. Ten spies came back with a bad report, and only two, Caleb and Joshua, came back with a good report.  This bad report by ten of the twelve spies terrified the whole nation (Numbers 14:1-2).  Look at the next two verses. Numbers 14:3-4            3       Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” ...

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181-Numbers 13 – Faith or Fear?

Numbers chapters thirteen and fourteen tell the story of the spies being sent into the land. Ten spies came back with a bad report, and only two came back with a good report. I hope you will read the account for yourself. I just want to highlight a few things in this detailed account. So what really happened here? These two verses summarize it perfectly. Numbers 13:30-31            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.”        ...

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180 – Numbers 12 – Mediator

Context, context, context. “Oh no! Here he goes again! I’m so sick of hearing about CONTEXT”! I promise I’m not trying to “beat a dead horse” as the saying goes. You’ve maybe heard me say the concept of context is arguably the most important Bible study principle we could exercise. So I don’t need to repeat it here. Usually, when we say “context, context, context”, we say it three times for emphasis. I like repeating it three times because it reminds me of three different types of context, textual, cultural, and historical. Obviously, the more ...

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179 – Numbers 12 – As Elohim

When it comes to the Bible I am, I think, an unconventional and independent thinker. Sometimes it gets me in trouble because I end up saying things that others may believe are not “theologically” framed. Maybe I don’t use the commonly accepted Biblical terms to describe something. But I think that’s ok. I believe my role in writing these devotional posts is to stir you up, stimulate thought, and invite you toward getting into the word of God for yourself. I want to be correct, but I don’t have to be because I’m not the standard. The Holy Bible is always ...

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178 – In Crisis!

We’ve been working our way through the book of Numbers, with a few detours to other scriptural passages along the way. According to the Bible, the author of the first five books of the Bible was Moses. I watched a movie last night named “Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy”. Not that I was surprised, but the film reveals that many scholars contest Moses’ authorship of the first five books of the Bible. The claim is these early books were probably written a couple of hundred years after Moses. The skeptics further claim that the text had been embell...

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177 – Numbers 11 – The power of complaining

I hope you are not the type of person who believes the Old Testament is somehow less important than the New Testament. It is important that we all understand that the Whole Bible is God’s message to mankind. We would be foolish to ignore any part of what God has communicated to us. If He wrote it to us, we should read and understand it. We should spend considerable time and effort to understand as much of God’s Holy Word as we possibly can. If you never cracked open the Old Testament you would be hard pressed to notice the power of complaining as demonstrated in ...

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176 – Acts 6 – Serving tables

The only way I know who reads each devotional post is if an individual leaves a comment. My guess is the majority of my readership are people from my church since this is a Truth Fellowship Live devotional. This would mean that the majority are believers in Jesus Christ. Beyond that, I have no idea if any non-believers ever stumble across these short articles. Whoever my audience might be I want to share something personal with you before I explore a scriptural passage. I’ve known about God all my life. I was aware of his presence from about the age of three. I ...

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175 – John 4 – Why Samaria?

Do you know the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, in John chapter four?  John 4:4       4       But He needed to go through Samaria.   I’m gonna trust you to read the first four verses of John chapter four. If you do, you’ll understand that the antecedent for “He” in verse four is Jesus. Jesus needed to go through Samaria.  Have I run out of interesting Bible verses to talk about? What could we learn from this simple, straight forward verse? Why stop to consider it? Is there any way we could misunderstand this simple ...

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174 – Good News!

I’ve been writing devotional posts for a little over three years. If memory serves I have never commented on current events, nor even allowed said events to influence my topic or content. But as they say, “there’s a first time for everything”! We’ve been studying in the book of Numbers but this week I feel a sense of urgency to comment on a New Testament passage. I don’t follow the news very closely because I easily become saddened and even despondent. However, one would have to be living with one’s head in the sand to not be aware of at least some of ...

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