Milk and Honey
Today’s Reading: Numbers 12-13
Key Verse: Numbers 13:30
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
In Chapter 12, Moses’ brother, Aaron and sister, Miriam, learned a very difficult lesson. God reaffirmed Moses’ leadership in no uncertain terms. Miriam had led the song and dance celebrating their deliverance from Pharaoh and the Red Sea (Exo. 15:20-21). Now she is punished temporarily with leprosy. Why not Aaron? Miriam was the leader in questioning Moses’ leadership. She had cared for Moses when he was a baby and probably thought she had the right. Let’s learn the lesson of intercession. Aaron and Moses cried out to God for her healing (12:11-13) and in seven days she was restored. In chapter 13, eleven names live in disgrace and two in honor. In Numbers 2, the men of war numbered 603,550. Of course they weren’t trained. Moses probably had military experience, having been raised as a son of Pharaoh. He could’ve trained them and ordered an attack on the Promised Land. But they waited until the younger generation was ready to believe God. When they entered the land, God fought for them. Only one tribal leader, Caleb of Judah, lived to see God at work. Also, Joshua, the personal assistant to Moses, who had been one of the spies, survived and succeeded Moses as leader.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, You promised a land flowing with milk and honey to Your people. May I be given the grace to believe You for the fulfillment of all Your promises that pertain to me. I ask these mercies in Your Name, Lord Jesus, and I claim the promised land of Your Kingdom. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
While in the Promised Land of Israel, I personally experienced a land “flowing with milk and honey for breakfast. I have the sweetest honey ever and, I enjoy 3 kinds of cheese. We stop in the Valley of Elah where David took on a giant and won. Joshua and Caleb, like David, were not afraid of giants. These two heroes returned with a huge cluster of grapes. These reading enable us to “take possession” of all God has for us. “Let us go up at once.”