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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Chronological Reading Plan for Feb 29, Num 14-15 and Psalm 90

Today's readings are Num 14-15 and Psalm 90. Tomorrow's are Num 16-17.

Num 14 is an incredible chapter. Immediately after the incident with Miriam, the people complain about the lack of meat in their diet of manna.  God rains down on the camp a mind-blowing number of quails, so many that there’s too much to eat. Then, Israel hears the fearful report of the spies and, instead of invading the promised land like they were told, they want to flee back to Egypt, rebelling against Moses. Only Joshua and Caleb remain faithful. God moves to destroy the rest but Moses acts as mediator, once again. God relents but there is a real-world price to pay for their rebellion and ungratefulness. They will wander in the desert until the entire generation, except for Joshua and Caleb, dies. Some try to take the land anyway. They are defeated. Without God and His blessing, they are powerless. A good lesson for all of us.

Num 15 is even more amazing, particularly in light of the events in ch 14. God gives instructions on what sacrifices to make when He ushers His people into the Promised Land! Their punishment is real but God's promises are not negated! He is faithful, even when His children are not.

Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses, recognizing God's holiness, grace and mercy. Pay close attention to who the authors of the Psalms are and how they fit in with the books in the daily readings. 

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