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February 14 - Morning

“Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. When the people cried out to Moses, he prayed to the Lord and the fire died down. So that place was called Taberah, because fire from the Lord
had burned among them.”
- Numbers 11:1-3

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Unbelief, Complaining and the Judgment of Fire    

Israel had just broken camp, after having been at Mount Sinai for a little over one year, to head for the conquest of the Promised Land. The Israelites had just begun there journey when “the people complained about their hardships.” The Lord sent fire to judge the people, it appears, from the sky, since the word taberah means “burning” and often refers to fire that comes from lightning. This is different than the fire that came from the Lord’s presence in the Tabernacle to kill Nadab and Abihu: “So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them.” (Leviticus 10:2) It seems this fire struck the camp of Israel, or struck the outskirts of the camp and was burning towards the middle.

The optimism of Moses anticipation of the blessing in the Promised Land that he had shared with his in-laws suddenly dicipitated when Israel had to travel through the hostile desert of Et-Tih. The complaints of the people were perceived as unbelief in the Lord and rebellion toward his plan. Moses later wrote,

            “You also made the Lord angry at Taberah…” – Deuteronomy 9:22

The Lord had given promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Lord had spoken to Moses and brought a great deliverance of Israel out of Egypt. In the wilderness the Lord’s presence was clearly manifest to the people, manna was provided, a battle had been won, and, now, they were just weeks away from experiencing the conquest of the Promise Land. But, the journey was too difficult. Actually the beginning days of the journey, were too harsh of a test for those with no faith.

Anyone can receive blessing, but not everyone has faith to maintain the blessing. Anyone can be chosen by God, but only those who understand possess the faith to endure the process of growth and training required to be transformed into a person who can accomplish the work of God and live in the life of God.

These wilderness accounts of Israel’s rebellion and resistance to the Lord, the Mosaic religion and the theological concept of one God (monotheism) instead of many gods (polytheism) prove that the natural nature of Israelis is not one of Judiasm, monotheism and structured obedience. Instead, any tendency towards their religious system that is seen in the Israeli people today was taught, even forced, on this rebellious wilderness generation. Indeed, the many generations that followed this first generation also greeted these same concepts with like-minded rebellion during the days of the judges and the years of the kings. To this resistance and hardness of heart Yahweh contoured each time by sending punishment, judgment, destruction and exile. The Greeks loved wisdom. The Romans loved order. But, Israel has had to be taught to love their God.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather
for the devil."
– C. S. Lewis




Something to Ponder??

"It now seems to me that the findings of more than fifty years of  DNA research have provided materials for a new and enormously powerful argument to design." 

- Antony Flew, lifelong atheist and a the atheist's champion of debate, but, before he died he became a deist and rejected the possibility of atheism

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

‘Ashap (Hb) – Enchanter (Eng) – ‘ashap is the Hebrew word that is used in Daniel 1:20 to identify a person who used incantations to deliver people from evil forces such a demons or sickness.
‘Ashap is translated “enchanter.” Often the afflicted person would undergo surgery
while the ‘ashap spoke the incantations.


In the Egyptian
“Story of Sinuhe”
(1900 BC) a royal Egyptian emissary describes the land of Canaan (or, the Land of Yaa) in a way that is similar to Joshua, Caleb and the other twelve spies’ description of Canaan. The text from this ancient Egyptian text reads:

“It was a wonderful land called Yaa. There were cultivated figs in it and grapes, and more wine than water. Its honey was abundant, and its olive trees numerous. On its trees were all varieties of fruit. There were barley and emmer, and there was no end to all varieties of cattle.”

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Are there times my complaining and negative attitude reflect a lack of faith?
I will pray and trust God first, before I voice my complaints.
  "A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride,
    but the lips of the wise protect them."
- Proverbs 14:3
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Genesis 50 Exodus 23:20-24 Leviticus 5-6
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For joy Grow in Faith Illegal Aliens American Samoa
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem

Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

This is a diagram of Warren's Shaft that connects the Gihon Springs water system with the area inside the ancient City of David, or Salem. Joab would have used this shaft to enter Jerusalem when David conquered the city in 2 Samuel 5:8.

"On that day David had said, 'Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those ‘lame and blind’ who are David’s enemies.' " - 1 Sm. 5:8
(click on image for larger size)

Solomon's walls and gate system on the north wall of the City of David on the Ophel south of the Temple Mount. (details here) (click on image for larger size)


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