Week 10-Words…Words…Words…

cover-to-cover.jpg

This week’s reading: Numbers 11-29

This week in the Word was filled with words…words that brought pain…words that brought hope and life.

Numbers 11:

  • The people complain about their hardships in God’s hearing…He consumes some of the outskirt of the camp.
  • The people cry out to Moses and Moses intercedes on their behalf and God’s fire subsides.
  • The people begin to crave other foods and begin to wail causing God to be exceedingly angry and Moses becomes troubled.
  • Moses vents to God about needing help because of all the people’s gripes.
  • God speaks words of encouragement to Moses and provides him with helpers.
  • God tells the people to consecrate themselves for tomorrow they will eat meat…and eat and eat and eat.
  • Seventy elders are anointed with the Spirit and prophesied…two men are not even present and they receive the Spirit and prophesied.

Numbers 12:

  • Miriam and Aaron talk against Moses and his Cushite wife.
  • God hears Miriam and Aaron and tells them to come to the Tent of Meeting and He comes down in a pillar of a cloud and he says, Listen to my words:  “When a prophet of the LORD is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions; I speak to him in dreams.  But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house.  With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD .  Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” (12: 6-8)

Numbers 13:

  • The Lord said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites.”
  • 10 spies said essentially “we can’t  take this land…it’s too hard and the people are too big…just look at the fruit.”  They began to spread a bad report about the land.
  • 2 spies by the names of Caleb and Joshua disagreed, silenced the people and say, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” (13: 30)

Numbers 14:

  • All the people raise their voices and wept aloud…all the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron.
  • Moses and Aaron fall face-down in front of the assembly…Joshua and Caleb tear their clothes and say, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good.  If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.  Only do not rebel against the LORD.  And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up.  Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us.  Do not be afraid of them.”  (14: 6-9)
  • “But the whole assembly talked about stoning them.” (14:10)
  • The glory of the Lord appeared…
  • God’s patience has worn thin with the Israelites…Moses intercedes again…reminding God of His promises and His character…God relents but not without punishment to the Israelites…with the exception of Caleb and Joshua.
  • God gives the Israelites what they have asked for…they will die before they enter the land He has promised them.
  • The ten men that grumbled and spread a bad report are struck down and die of a plague before the LORD.
  • Moses shares the above event and the people mourn bitterly.
  • The Israelites get up the next morning and repent to Moses and decide that now they want to go into the land.
  • Moses asks them why they are disobeying God and tells them that they will not succeed because the LORD is not with them because of their disobedience.
  • The people ignore Moses and are not successful in their attempt to overtake the land.

Numbers 16:

  • Korah, Dathan and Abiram become insolent and rise up against Moses…they grab 250 others and speak harshly against Moses and Aaron’s leadership.
  • The LORD means business and says to Moses and Aaron, “Separate yourselves from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once.”  (16: 20, 21)
  • Moses and Aaron fall face-down and cry out, “O God, God of the spirits of all mankind, will you be angry with the entire assembly when only one man sins?”
  • God tells Moses to have the assembly move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.
  • Moses instructs the assembly and tells them what is to happen…”and as soon as he finishes saying all of  this…the ground under them split apart and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their whole households and all Korah’s men and all their possessions.  They went down alive into the grave, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community.” (16: 31-33)
  • The people grumble.
  • The  Lord says to Moses, “Get away from the assembly so I can put an end to them at once.” (16: 45)
  • Moses and Aaron hurry to make atonement for the people…Aaron literally stands between the dead and the living and the plague stops…but not before 14, 700 people perished.

Numbers 2o:

  • Miriam dies and the people begin to grumble for water…they quarrel with Moses.
  • The LORD gives specific instructions to Moses and Aaron about how to address the people and their need.
  • Moses has been instructed to speak to the rock but Moses yells at the people and strikes the rock twice.
  • The Lord says to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”  (20: 12)
  • Aaron dies on top of the mountain after his garments are put on his son Eleazar…the entire community mourned for him for 30 days.  (20: 27-29)

Numbers 21:

  • On their further travels, the Israelites grow impatient and speak against God and against Moses.
  • God sends venomous snakes among the people.

Numbers 22-24:

  • God uses a donkey to speak to Balaam to open up his eyes.
  • Balaam prophesies to Balak 5 times and each time Balak rejects the word.

Numbers 27:

  • The daughters of Zelophehehad ask to receive a share in the inheritance due their father that was killed as a result of Korah’s punishment but who was not apart of the uprising.
  • God answers and says yes.
  • God says to Moses, “Go up this mountain in the Abarim range and see the land I have given the Israelites.  After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was…”  (27: 12-13) 

As I type out all the ways words were spoken during this time depicted in the book of Numbers…I am humbled by the words that I allow at times to be uttered from my mouth…this week leaves me with many questions…perhaps you share them as well: 

  • Don’t I realize that He hears every word? 
  • How often do I criticize others? 
  • Do I continue to complain about my hardships? 
  • Do I crave for more…desiring something different than what the Lord has provided? 
  • Do I take for granted His provision? 
  • Do I take my venting to the Lord and let Him intervene…an example  seen so often in the psalms. 
  • Do I speak behind others people’s backs?
  • Do I question those in authority? 
  • Do I take God at His Word…believing His promises for me…despite how impossible they appear?
  • Do I speak words of faith and trust that encourages or words of fear that will cause others to fall into disbelief?
  • Do I intercede for those that rise up against me?
  • Am I careful to obey God’s Word?
  • Will I ask God for what I need and desire?
  • Do I believe that He so often says yes?
  • Can I walk humbly before my God when I realize the consequences of my sin?

It has always been difficult for me to read that Moses and Aaron would not enter the Promised Land.  God is holy and He is true to His Word (Numbers 23: 19)…how tender that the Lord allowed his eyes to behold the sight…and I read a few weeks ago about Moses final moments and it brought me to tears at the sweetness of our Father…

There is so much to ponder and pray about from this past week of reading…now let us remember the words in James:

“My dear brothers, take note of this:  Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.  Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.  If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.  “

James 1: 19-26

Thanks so much for journeying through this week with me…until next week…join other here and please pray for Bev, our fearless leader…she broken her big toe this past weekend…and as the tongue is small but mighty…toes are small but have a big impact on the body…she would appreciate your prayers!

Advertisements

5 thoughts on “Week 10-Words…Words…Words…

  1. Mary Lou says:

    Helen, what a great post. I have alot of the same questions that you asked or posed or whatever the right word is for the questions. Anyway. they set me to thinking and pondering on the Word of God and how it speaks to each of us and how each of us can see different things and the same things. God is so good. He is a great and awesome and mighty loving God. Thank you for sharing your insights and your questions. Thank you for being transparent. Blessings on your day.

    Like

  2. Wonderful walk through these Bible passages dear Helen. I loved your highlights about our “words”. It made me think about how our words reflect our hearts. Ah, there is much work the Lord has to do with each of us… praise Him that He is faithful to complete that work as we submit to Him.

    Much love,
    Susan

    Like

  3. Great questions to ponder on. So much to reflect on as this reading segment was rich. I am full and need to process it all. Thank God He loves us enough not to leave us the same, but to give us the makeover we need.

    Blessings in Christ–

    Like

  4. My heart is tendered and convicted by your questions! Loved the emphasis you put on “words”. Out of the heart the mouth speaks! Great closing Scripture. I gain so much from reading what others are learning. I love it!

    Like

  5. helen,
    I just fell in love with Moses and our tender God towards him. He is so amazingly good. When the Lord Himself buried Moses, I cried also. It is one of the most tender moments in Scripture besides “and the Lord breathed his last.” which always floods me with emotion. Don’t you love that the Lord includes the tender and the hard moments! It is bigger than any words I could give to it.

    I’ll not write another book, but stop to tell you have a great day, and thanks so much for your deep insights and what tenders your heart toward Him. It blesses me. Love to you, Annette

    Like

Go ahead and make my day! Leave a comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s