Come join us to read through the Bible Chronologically – this six day plan gives you Sunday off so that you can have a devoted prayer time to reflect and journal on what you’ve read throughout the week! And if needed – a day to catch up on any readings you may have missed. Please know that you can begin with the 1st of the year or at any time you please (and then catch up when you’re able to – maybe even next year)! May God Bless you as you walk and build your relationship closer with Him!
|February 25||Numbers 8-10|
|February 26||Numbers 11-14|
|February 27||Numbers 15-18|
|February 28||Numbers 19-20; Psalm 81|
|February 29||Psalm 106-107, 90|
|March 1||Numbers 21-22|
|March 2||Prayer / Reflection / Journal & Bible Reading Catch Up|
Numbers shares the journey of the Israelites from Mount Sinai to the land of Canaan. During this time their faith wavered and they complained & disobeyed – adding 40 years of wandering in the desert to there journey. They waited and waited through much discomfort for the “complaining” generation to die so the next could go onto the promised land.
As you read through this week (or as you do) hold onto each situation… learn from this that God takes His time getting us ready for our inheritance (our purpose) – His Will. His timing, not ours – we must be faithful and patient.
|11:1||About their hardships||Complained about their problems instead of praying to God about them||Thousands of people were destroyed when God sent a plague of fire to punish them|
|11:4||About the lack of meat||Lusted after thins they didn’t have||God sent quail; but as the people began to eat, God struck them with a plague that killed many|
|14:1-4||About being stuck in the desert, facing the giants of the promised land, and wishing to return to Egypt||Openly rebelled against God’s leaders and failed to trust in his promises||All who complained were not allowed to enter the promised land, being doomed to wander in the desert until they died|
|16:3||About Moses’ and Aaron’s authority and leadership||Were greedy for more power and authority||The families, friends, and possessions of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram were swallowed up by the earth. Fire then burned up the 250 other men who rebelled|
|16:41||That Moses and Aaron caused the deaths of Korah and his conspirators||Blamed others for their own troubles||God began to destroy Israel with a plague, Moses and Aaron made atonement for the people, but 14,700 of them were killed|
|20:2, 3||About the lack of water||Refused to believe that God would provide as He had promised||Moses sinned along with the people. For this he was barred from entering the promised land|
|21:5||That God and Moses brought them into the desert||Failed to recognize that their problems were brought on by their own disobedience||God sent venomous snakes that killed many people and seriously injured many others|
Seeing all of these different situations – learn of God’s patience, how He took Moses’ prayers and withheld judgement of the Israelites. But also understand, His judgement will come – Don’t take His patience for granted.
Any notes listed in blue are from The Life Application NIV Study Bible.
9:6-12 Sometimes we face predicaments where the most obvious solution might cause us to compromise God’s standards. Like Moses, we should use wisdom and prayer to reach a workable solution. This reminds me of the saying… “If you’re going to talk the talk, you need to make sure you’re walking the walk.” In 11:1 the Israelites complained to each other – not getting anywhere with solutions. Make sure you’re taking your problems to the One that can make a change for you.
Throughout Numbers 9 it is stated: “At the LORD’s command the Israelites set out, at the LORD’s command they would encamp.” Three times this is shared. 9:23 The Israelites traveled and camped as God guided. When you follow God’s guidance, you know you are where God wants you, whether you’re moving or staying in one place. You are physically somewhere right now. Instead of praying, “God, what do you want me to do next?” ask, “God, what do you want me to do while I’m right here?” Direction from God is not just for your next big move. He has a purpose in placing you where you are right now. Begin to understand God’s purpose for your life by discovering what he wants you to do now!
10:21 Those who travel, move, or face new challenges know what it is to be uprooted. Life is full of changes, and few things remain stable. The Israelites were constantly moving through the desert. They were able to handle change only because God’s presence in the tabernacle was always with them. The portable tabernacle signified God and His people moving together. For us, stability does not mean lack of change, but moving with God in every circumstance. (emphasis mine)
Are you in prayer, taking the time to make sure you are moving with God in every circumstance? This is a hard thing to do sometimes in the world – here on earth. But we need to stay focused and become accountable to ensure that we try our best (give our best to God) to seek Him in every circumstance.
The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”
11:23 How strong is God? It is easy to trust God when we see His mighty acts (the Israelites saw many), but after a while, in the routine of daily life, His strength may appear to diminish. God doesn’t change, but our view of Him often does. The monotony of day-by-day living lulls us into forgetting how powerful God can be. As Moses learned, God’s strength is always available.
We so often hear this next Scripture referenced out of many mouths… here is where it can be found in the Bible… if you didn’t know!
The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.
As you can see above in the chart, Moses also sinned when he did not have the faith to follow the LORD’s instructions. The LORD told Moses to speak to the rock… but Moses did not speak, he struck the rock.
But the LORD said 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 The Lord had told Moses to speak to the rock; however, Moses struck it, not once, but twice. God did the miracle; yet Moses was taking credit for it when he said, “we bring you water out of this rock.” For this he was forbidden to enter the promised land. Was God’s punishment of Moses too harsh? After all, the people had nagged him, slandered him, and rebelled against both him and God. Now they were at it again (20:5). But Moses was the leader and model for the entire nation. Because of this great responsibility to the people, he could not be let off lightly. By striking the rock, Moses disobeyed God’s direct command and dishonored God in the presence of his people. We must be careful in our speech as well as our actions; making sure we’re the examples God wants us to be. And when we do make mistakes, and/or speak before praying (or even thinking)… go to Him and ask forgiveness and for help in making the situation right. And THANK Him for His grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
Join me next time… to finish up Numbers. I pray your journey through the Bible is wonderful and educational!
God Bless, HL