Deuteronomy 2-3 The LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast desert. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.” Deuteronomy 2:7 In the retelling, Moses reminds the people of the faithfulness … Read more


Numbers 36-Deuteronomy 1 “These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel in the desert east of the Jordan—that is, in the Arabah—opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Dizahab” Deuteronomy 1:1 The oldest title of this book can be translated as “The repetition of the Torah”. But for some, the book is … Read more


Numbers 34-35 Do not defile the land where you live and where I dwell, for I, the LORD, dwell among the Israelites.” Numbers 35:34 God dwelling amid Israel is represented in the Hebrew term “Shechinah”. In this verse I get a chance to see the reason for the laws about murder. Immediately my mind goes … Read more

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Numbers 32-33 But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. And then I will do to you what I plan to do to … Read more


Numbers 30-31 The LORD said to Moses, “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.” Numbers 31:1-2 It is time for Moses’ last battle. In this verse I see that God is true to his word. His holiness requires justice. He told Moses in 25:17 that … Read more


Numbers 28-29 The LORD said to Moses, “Give this command to the Israelites and say to them: ’See that you present to me at the appointed time the food for my offerings made by fire, as an aroma pleasing to me.’” Numbers 28:1-2 As I read these two chapters today, I cannot help but see … Read more


These are the ones counted by Moses and Eleazar the priest when they counted the Israelites on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho.      Numbers 26:63 There is a new census being taken because all those who were told they would not enter the land have died. Caleb and Joshua are the … Read more


The LORD said to Moses. “Phinehas, son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites; for he was as zealous as I am for my honor among them, so that in my zeal I did not put an end to them.”                                                           … Read more


Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.”                                                                                                       Numbers 22:29 Okay. Really? There is no way to read this account without smiling just a little. The donkey talks! … Read more


And we detest this miserable food!… Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived.                                                                                             Numbers 21:5b & 9b Once again, the grumbling comes. Each of the complaints seems to have the same theme. Captivity in Egypt under an oppressive … Read more