Day Thirty-Nine, Numbers 12-14
A couple of things in today's reading that stand out:
1. God makes it clear that He has a very special relationship with Moses, who is the leader of His people. When Aaron and Miriam, his own brother and sister, grumble against him, God lets them know this. He says, "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 fo 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." Also recorded in this episode is the fact that Moses was the must humble man on the face of the earth. I can't help but wonder if this is the reason He had such an intimate relationship with God? Because he knew his place in the relationship. After all, His Word tells us to humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord, so that He may lift us up.
2. Today's reading also included the account of the report of the spies that were sent into the land of Canaan. Ten of the men came back saying that the land was wonderful, but that the people would be too powerful for them to overcome. Two men, however, Caleb and Joshua knew that the Lord was with them. They fell on their faces and begged the assembly of Israelites to listen to them and believe in the Lord. Unfortunately, they did not, so the Lord did not allow them to enter the promised land. I just wanted to point out how important our perspective and our focus is. Because the people had the wrong perspective, they missed their opportunity to take hold of God's blessings. They were comparing their strength to the strenght of their enemies, rather than recognizing the strength of their God. And when they did try to go into the land, it was too late. They had missed their opportunity, because the Lord was no longer with them.