This text brings to a close the tragic account of Israel’s sin of unbelief as they stood on the threshold of God’s Promised Land. Just when we think that things could not get any worse, their belief becomes blatantly exponential—seemingly boundless. In this account we
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
In the closing verses of Mark’s Gospel, there are some themes that recapitulate not only the beginning of the Gospel but also much other material we encountered along the way. These words contain truth and are therefore profitable for us.
Italian artist Raphael’s last painting was his famed Transfiguration. It is an amazingly insightful piece of art. It preaches well the text and the context that is before us. R. Kent Hughes explains: The uppermost part pictures the transfigured form of Jesus, with Moses on