September 3, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Numbers 13-16
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Commentary: The Israelites showed a lack of faith by asking for spies to be sent into the Promised Land. Do you really think God did not know what was in the land He was given to His children? This lack of faith was further compounded by the reports of the spies. The reports caused the Israelites to further doubt the Lord, resulting in their suffering; being denied entrance into the Promised Land. Of course, once they learned their punishment, the Israelites changed their minds and wanted to follow the Lord’s instructions, but it was too late. They had already demonstrated their lack of faith. God did not forget His people or His promise. He provided instructions for them on what they were to do when they finally entered the Promised Land. God also reveals that sin is sin. There are no different levels (or severity) of sin. Chapter 16 occurs during the time spent in the wilderness, although we do not know how long the Israelites had been wandering. A prominent Levite priest, Korah, was leading a rebellion. Korah laid false charges against Moses out of jealousy. Korah is actually guilty of doing what he accuses Moses of doing; taking too much upon himself, responsibility which was not given by the Lord! Although the people may have thought they were complaining against Moses and Aaron, they were complaining against God because He appointed them. Since Korah and his followers attempted to divid the nation of Israel, God divided the earth and it swallowed them. Not everyone is called by God to be a leader or hold a prominent position. We are to perform the task asked of us and not assume more.
Focus Verses: 14:1-12 Have you ever behaved like the Israelites? What happened? What can you learn from this passage? How can you apply it?