The Bible in 90 Days
Day 11: Numbers 8:15-21:7 || Read the CEB online.
“The LORD said to Moses, ‘How long will these people disrespect me? And how long will they doubt me after all the signs that I performed among them? I’ll strike them down with a plague and disown them. Then I’ll make you into a great nation, stronger than they.'” (Numbers 14:11, 12 CEB)
Here’s an interesting story. God’s tired of complaining! Can you feel the frustration? And out of that irritation, God tells Moses, “I’ll dump these yahoos and start all over with you. I like you. Your descendents wouldn’t be like this. Stand back & watch this!” But Moses won’t have any of it. Moses argues with God! In talking him out of pulling another Noah, you can see Moses’ maturity. He reminds God of God’s own nature! “That’s not the kind of God you are. Can you imagine what all these other nations would say about that? Where’s your vaunted compassion & patience?”
Following God in the wilderness hasn’t resulted in change amongst the Israelites yet…but it has among Israel’s leaders! Moses’ virtues & interior life is being shaped into exactly the kind of person God is hoping for.
What’s the most important characteristic for God’s mission?
How can we know God’s life is taking root in us?
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