Russ Ray

Trying to become more like Jesus

First five – Numbers


When Moses told these things to all the Israelites, the people mourned greatly. And early in the morning they went up to the crest of the hill country, saying, “Here we are, and we will go up to the place that the Lord commanded, for we have sinned.”

But Moses said, “Why are you now transgressing the commandment of the Lord? It will not succeed! Do not go up, for the Lord is not among you, and you will bet defeated before your enemies. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you will fall by the sword. Because you have turned away from the Lord, the Lord will not be with you.”

But they dared to go up to the crest of the hill, although neither the ark of the covenant of the Lord nor Moses departed from the camp. So the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country swooped down and attacked them as far as Hormah.—Numbers 14:39 – 45 (NET)

I have to be honest. I have no idea what I’m talking about today.

It’s true. A lot of it has to do with this story.

In the grand scheme of things, I get the purpose of this story. Spies went to Canaan, they returned with stories of giant grapes and giant people, Israel got scared and demanded to go back to Egypt, God punished them for their unfaithfulness, and Israel thought they would make amends by going up to Canaan anyway and doing what God told them to do before.

Cue the killer bunny. Run away! Run away! Run away!

So, here’s the thing: I have to believe that this story is applicable to situations taking place today. I just don’t know how. So, this is where I need some help. I read this passage a couple of weeks ago, and I still don’t get the message, other than that nothing is possible without God on your side. I feel that this has to be occurring today.

Do you have a real-life experience similar to this story?


2 thoughts on “First five – Numbers

  1. ‘Perhaps we should further confuse it by running away some more?’

    ‘No! Now go and change your armor!’

  2. 10 points for the cool Monty Python photo

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