Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Shelach - Reading #3

Shelach שְׁלַח-לְךָ - Send For Yourself

Numbers 13:1-15:41

Reading #3 - Numbers 14:8–25

My Thoughts:

Joshua and Caleb defend Hashem’s promise to the Land. They try to tell the people that they can trust in Hashem and His Word. That the Land is good and He will deliver it, just like He delivered them out of Egypt. They beg them not to fear but to trust. But, fear takes over the people and they threaten to stone them. You know the rest of the story. Their fear prohibits them from ever entering the promised Land. Only their children will be able to go. That is what fear does. It paralyzes you and keeps you from God’s blessings. I know I have been there. Trusting in Him is much, much better.

My Thoughts:

In verse 22 we read that the people have “tempted” Hashem ten times and not listened to His voice. We stand astonished at that because it happens right after they have seen the biggest miracle of the parting of the sea. But, I  challenge you to take a look at your life. How many times has Hashem done a super miracle in your life and then shortly after you doubt Him or complain or just don’t trust He is going to pull through again? Time to repent and to believe. And believe me, I am talking to myself right now! He did a major miracle in my life, and then shortly after I am doubting Him about something else! STUPID!!!!! Right? Hashem I am so sorry for not trusting You in this new situation. Please forgive me and help me to believe in You! Amen.

Reading #3 - Numbers 14:8-25

14:8 If Hashem delights in us, then He will bring us into this land, and give it to us: a land which flows with milk and honey. 9 Only don’t rebel against Hashem, neither fear the people of the land; for they are bread for us. Their defense is removed from over them, and Hashem is with us. Don’t fear them.”

10 But all the congregation threatened to stone them with stones.

Hashem’s glory appeared in the Tent of Meeting to all the children of Israel. 11 Hashem said to Moses, “How long will this people despise Me? How long will they not believe in Me, for all the signs which I have worked among them? 12 I will strike them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”

13 Moses said to Hashem, “Then the Egyptians will hear it; for You brought up this people in Your might from among them. 14 They will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You Hashem are among this people; for you Hashem are seen face to face, and your cloud stands over them, and you go before them, in a pillar of cloud by day, and in a pillar of fire by night. 15 Now if you killed this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of you will speak, saying, 16 ‘Because Hashem was not able to bring this people into the land which he swore to them, therefore He has slain them in the wilderness.’ 17 Now please let the power of Hashem be great, according as You have spoken, saying, 18 ‘Hashem is slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness, forgiving iniquity and disobedience; and He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and on the fourth generation.’ 19 Please pardon the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of your loving kindness, and just as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.”

20 Hashem said, “I have pardoned according to your word; 21 but in very deed—as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with Hashem’s glory— 22 because all those men who have seen My glory and My signs, which I worked in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have tempted Me these ten times, and have not listened to My voice; 23 surely they shall not see the land which I swore to their fathers, neither shall any of those who despised me see it. 24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and has followed Me fully, him I will bring into the land into which he went. His offspring shall possess it. 25 Since the Amalekite and the Canaanite dwell in the valley, tomorrow turn and go into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.”