Daily Reading Numbers 13-15

Numbers 13

v1-2 God tells Moses to send spies into the land. This is interesting because in Deuteronomy 1:21-25 says that the people asked Moses if they could send spies. So the people probably asked 1st and then God told them to do it.

v16 “and Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun Joshua” – For some reason I have been noticing the discipleship relationship between Moses and Joshua a lot more as I read. Moses is training his replacement. In 11:28 we see that he was Moses assistant since he was young “And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth”. In Exodus 24 Joshua goes with Moses up to the mountain of God, not even the elders or Aaron did that.

Numbers 14

10 of the 12 spies bring back a bad report and the people moan and groan about it. But Joshua and Caleb try and convince them to take the land because God is on their side, they say “Their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us, do not fear them”. I want that. I want to think like that. I want to talk like that. I want to live courageously for God like that.

v13ff – Also in this chapter you see how Moses interceded for the people. They are a rebellious people. They do not treat Moses kindly. Yet Moses is a faithful shepherd of God’s people. He is always concerned for the people and for God’s reputation, he is rarely if ever concerned about himself or his reputation. Moses is a faithful shepherd.

v.17-19 Moses intercedes by using God’s Word, God you have said this and because you cannot lie or deny yourself you must do it. As one of the Puritans used to say “God loves to be sued by His own law”.

v37 the spies who brought back a bad report all die of a plague except Joshua and Caleb. That would have provided some clarity.

Israel realizes they made a bad decision and try to go fight but the LORD was not with them and they lost. Amazing, when the LORD is with you no foe is too great, when the LORD is not with you even a small force can defeat you. Reminds me of Samson after his hair was cut and “he did not know that the LORD had left him” and he was captured. When the LORD was with him he defeated huge multitudes but when the LORD left him he was powerless.

The Sin of Achan and the Brevity of Life – Morning Reading 7.13.2015

Joshua 7:1″But the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, took some of the things under the ban, therefore the anger of the Lord burned against the sons of Israel.”

Interesting that the text says “the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully” and “the anger of the Lord burned against the sons of Israel”.

Personal Application: My sin affects those around me, maybe not to the same degree as Achan but still it is true and this seems a good example.

“20So Achan answered Joshua and said, “Truly, I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel, and this is what I did:
21when I saw among the spoil a beautiful mantle from Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold fifty shekels in weight, then I coveted them and took them; and behold, they are concealed in the earth inside my tent with the silver underneath it.””

Classic sin process:
1. He Saw
2. He Coveted
3. He took
4. He Hid

The Brevity of Life in Job 7
– allotted months of vanity (v3)
– my days are swifter than a weavers shuttle (v6)
– remember that my life is but breath (v7)
– the eye of him who sees me will behold me no longer, your eyes will be on me but I will not be (v8)
– when a cloud vanishes it is gone so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up (v9)
– I waste away, I will not live forever, leave me alone for my days are but a breath (v16)
– What is man that You magnify him, And that You are concerned about him (v17)