Today’s reading is: Num. 14-15
Numbers Chapter Fourteen
- The propaganda of the 10 faithless spies launches an organized rebellion on the part of Israel (Num. 14:1-4).
- Human viewpoint sees no solution to the problem, and so it goes into an emotional reaction (Num. 14:1).
- Human viewpoint wants to blame somebody, and find fault (Num. 14:2).
- Human viewpoint assumes that God is out to get them (Num. 14:3).
- Human viewpoint seeks leaders according to their own desires (Num. 14:4).
- In the face of spiritual rebellion, Moses & Aaron gave their case to the Lord (Num. 14:5).
- In the face of spiritual rebellion, Joshua & Caleb take a stand for God’s absolute standard of Righteousness (Num. 14:6-9).
- Their stand was not accepted by the people, and they faced imminent physical death (Num. 14:10a).
- The Lord will defend those believers who faithfully stand for His Righteousness (Num. 14:10b).
- The Lord tests Moses for the second time with an opportunity to make a people and a name for himself (Num. 14:11-19).
- The Lord promises to destroy Israel, and make a new nation from Moses (Num. 14:11,12 cf. Ex. 32:10).
- Moses passes the test, as he did before (Ex. 32:11-14), and calls upon the Lord to be faithful to His unconditional covenant promises (Num. 14:13-19).
- Since Moses confessed the sins of Israel (Num. 14:19), the Lord forgave them (Num. 14:20).
- Although they are forgiven, the consequences of their rebellion will last throughout the remainder of their days (Num. 14:21-38).
- The entire generation is banned from entrance into the promised land (Num. 14:28,29).
- The children (which they used as an excuse for not going in) will be the ones who inherit the land (Num. 14:31).
- Only Caleb & Joshua will be permitted to live long enough, and enter into the land of promise (Num. 14:30).
- The 10 faithless spies died of a plague before the Lord (Num. 14:37; 1st Cor. 10:10).
- After disobeying the Lord’s will to go into the land, Israel disobeys the Lord’s will to go away from the land (Num. 14:25,39-45).
- The Lord instructed Israel to leave tomorrow for the wilderness of the Red Sea (Num. 14:25).
- In the morning, Israel decided to go into the promised land after all (Num. 14:40).
- Moses warned them that their actions were doomed to fail (Num. 14:41-43).
- He was right (Num. 14:44,45).
Numbers Chapter Fifteen
- The Lord begins His instruction for the subsequent generation—the Wilderness Generation (Num. 15:1,2,18).
- The Lord presents Israel with “supplement offerings” to go with their other offerings (Num. 15:3-13).
- These grain and drink offerings are over and above the sacrificial instructions presented to their parents—the Exodus Generation.
- ½ hin of wine = ½ gallon.
- The Lord also instructed Israel that the alien among them, who desired to worship with them, could do so, exactly as they did (Num. 15:14-16).
- The Lord gives instructions to the new generation concerning:
- First-fruits (Num. 15:17-21).
- Unintentional national sin (Num. 15:22-26).
- Unintentional personal sin (Num. 15:27-29).
- Defiant sin (Num. 15:30,31).
- During this time of instruction, a man was found breaking the Sabbath (Num. 15:32-36).
- The Lord commanded Israel to wear tassels on the corners of their garments, for memorials of His law (Num. 15:37-41).