June 27, 2017
Read: Numbers 14:5-45
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Scripture- Numbers 14:41-42- But Moses said, “Why are you now disobeying the Lord’s orders to return to the wilderness? It won’t work. Do not go up into the land now. You will only be crushed by your enemies because the Lord is not with you."
Observations- The disobedient and defiant Israelites who bought into the bad report from the 10 scouts must face the consequences of their actions. They have once again not listened carefully to the Lord and responded faithfully; instead they have gone their own way and followed bad counsel. Even when they were sorry for not listening to God they still didn't really listen to God! God was clear- Do Not Go into the Promised Land! Head back into the wilderness for the next 40 years, but they went their own way again.
Application- When we read of the constant pattern of whining, complaining, and disobedience of the Israelites, it's easy to wonder why God didn't say "Forget about this!" In His abundant love, mercy, and grace, God refuses to forget about us, even when we are at our hard-hearted, weak-kneed worst. Our job as Christ followers and partners with Jesus in the church that belongs to Him is to listen carefully for the voice of God and respond faithfully...over and over again. Put the "bad report" aside and wait on God's "good report" today.
Prayer- (by N. T. Wright) "We are cracked vessels full of glory, wounded healers. God forgive us that we have imagined true humanness, after the enlightenment model, to mean being successful, having it all together, knowing all the answers, never making mistakes, striding through the world as though we owned it.” Lord, let me listen carefully for Your voice and help me respond faithfully to Your unique call, in Jesus' name. Amen.
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." (John 10:27),
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