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Read Deuteronomy chapters 9, 10, 11

Once again the Daily Bible doesn’t provide commentary on today’s reading.  It is a continuation from yesterday’s reading; Moses’ second address to the Israelites urging obedience as they now face entering the promised land.

I love this section…Moses is a cheerleader, encouraging and building confidence in the Israelites.  Reminding them what God will do through them in order to occupy this land He has promised and yet also humbles them as he reminds them of past failures…times when their doubt and pride got the best of them and the Lord’s anger was aroused.

It’s a wonderful reminder of all these chosen people have gone through.  How much they’ve grown and changed and how much God really has provided for them in every circumstance when they place their trust fully in Him.

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Over the past few days as our family read these passages, it was interesting to see how the kids’ eyes were opened to new details.  How many times have we heard these stories of the great exodus; the stories of Moses, the 40 years of wandering, and not notice the little (yet not so tiny) details?

“I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.”   Deuteronomy 29:5

FORTY YEARS their clothes never wore out?!!  Wrap your mind around that.  There were growing children that came out of Egypt!

’nuff said.

“Now the sons of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, aside from children. A mixed multitude also went up with them, along with flocks and herds, a very large number of livestock.”   Exodus 12:37-38

The one I always go back to; just how many people Moses had to get through that sea.  It is just crazy to me, when I can barely manage my 4 kids at a waterpark!!

Amazing.

I read a great blog post about some of the amazing miracles God provided that we don’t always think about:  Miracles of Miracles in the Desert   (paulchong.net)  Be sure to check it out!

What others can you think of?

From Kadesh to Moab

“The account of the Israelites wandering in the wilderness as recorded in the book of Numbers skips over virtually all of the 40 years except for the foregoing account of the people’s rebellion and the final year to come.  Miriam will die, and her brothers, Moses and Aaron, will so displease God that they too will be denied entrance into the promised land.  Apparently their sin involves not simply failure to follow God’s specific directions, but manifestations of pride and self-importance which minimize God’s power.

As Israel begins their march to Canaan, the Edomites refuse a request for safe passage through their territory.  This is the first of many conflicts which will fulfill the prophecy of antagonism between the descendants of Jacob (Israel) and Esau (Edom).”

Read Numbers chapters 20 and 21

Moses’ Journal of Israel’s Trek

“The book of Numbers gives a retrospective overview of the places where Israel has camped during the previous 40 years.  At God’s direction, Moses has been keeping a detailed journal of the exodus from Egypt. The following passages come from that journal.”

Read Numbers 33:1-49

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Moses Rebuked by Miriam

“While the Israelites are encamped at Hazeroth, it appears that Moses has married a Cushite woman.  Moses’ sister, Miriam, has become an influential prophetess among the Israelites, is clearly upset by Moses’ choice of a spouse.  Her reasons are not stated and do not appear to be of any particular religious significance, but her opposition to Moses draws God’s judgment nevertheless.”

Read Numbers 12:1-16

The People Lack Courage

“Spies are sent out to determine the strength of the Canaanites where they find impressive armies and fortifications.  Ten of the twelve spies bring back a dismal report, and the Israelites become discouraged.

When two of the spies encourage them to put their faith in God, the people become vocally antagonistic.  For their disbelief, the judgment of God is that none of the fearful Israelites will enter into the promised land, and that the nation of Israel will wander in the wilderness for 40 years, letting death take its natural toll.”

Read Numbers 13, 14

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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