Day Sixty-two – March 3: Today’s Tasting – Numbers 14-15: Moses sent in twelve men to explore the land of Canaan. Israel heard conflicting reports when the men returned from their forty-day exploration: “They are stronger and larger than we—giants live in the land, who made us look like grasshoppers. The report frightened Israel, making them want to choose a new leader and return to Egypt.
Caleb and Joshua viewed the land and the people of Canaan with a different perspective: They gave a completely different report. “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!”
The Lord, ready to destroy Israel, because they would not believe Him, said that He would not put up with all the complaints about and against Him. “Those who brazenly violate the Lord’s will, whether native-born Israelites or foreigners have blasphemed the Lord, and they must be cut off from the community. Since they have treated the Lord’s word with contempt and deliberately disobeyed his command, they must be completely cut off and suffer the punishment for their guilt.”
Moses interceded for the people and the Lord spared their lives, but only allowed Joshua and Caleb to enjoy the flourishing land of Canaan.
Instructions for hems of clothing for generation to come:
- Make tassels for the hems of your clothing
- Attach a blue cord
When you see the tassels:
- Remember my commands or Word
- Obey my commands or Word
- Live holy to your God
- Do not follow your own desires by defiling yourselves, as you are prone to do
Today’s Nourishment: Our words may create or destroy a situation:
- Some words would have kept Israel from trusting the Lord and moving forward to possess the land
- Two men’s words encouraged Israel to trust the Lord, take up forces, and fight for their land
- How often do our words line up with His Word?
- How often might we treat the Lord’s Word with contempt?
- The tassels on the hem of the garment reminded the people to remember His Word.
What do your words speak to others?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Numbers 16-18