Numbers 13 is the story of defeat grabbed from the jaws of victory—of the failure of the mission because of the failure of faith. What should have been mission accomplished became mission defeated. Unbelief won the day. The consequence was forty years of wandering; forty
Psalm 1 is a helpful text to point us to the need for Scripture reading. This short anonymous psalm, like the rest of the psalms, is a song that can be prayed. It exhorts the faithful to be faithful and it does so with the
Numbers 12 continues what we might call a negative narrative. Having examined the ugliness of grumbling and ingratitude in chapter 11, we now enter another sad example of God’s people behaving badly. Here we have the record of what Allen has described as “a classic
We can often secure the various delights of the world but it will cost us a lot more than we ever thought. This is a major lesson in the text before us. The people made, literally, a grave mistake when they chose meat over manna.