May 2, Reading 1 – Numbers 12, 13

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SAA Notes

Attack is hardest when it comes from within family, workplace and congregation. Moses has to deal with Miriam’s and Aaron’s jealousy. God’s response brings Moses’ anguished prayer: O God, please heal her! God’s love is tough – Miriam learnt an unforgettable lesson!

SJA Notes

This passage has two stories of both faith and faithlessness.

Aaron and Miriam seem to act out of a false understanding of God’s working amongst them, bad doctrine. They didn’t like Moses’ wife, and were probably a little jealous of Moses. They let their selfishness override their faith and trust in the Lord, in the trust that He had things in good order.

The Lord gives a most wonderful encouragement on Moses, “He is faithful in all my house.” Moses was the meekest man on all the earth (to be meek is strength yoked under God’s will).

Aaron and Miriam both suffer the consequences for their faithfulness. Miriam is struck with leprosy and Aaron’s weakness of character is, once more (remember the golden calf) revealed.

The second story is that of the spies sent into Canaan (the Promised Land).

Ten of the spies show a distinct faithLESSness. What they saw with their eyes impacted their thoughts and they forgot who their God was. They wallowed in unbelief, the cares of the world taking God’s word from them.

But look at Caleb and Joshua, men of great faith!

“Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”

Caleb remembers this day as we read in Joshua 14,

“I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me;”

The Lord blessed him and Joshua for their faith. Not just in terms of their warrior prowess, but because in that whole generation of people only Joshua and Caleb were able to enter the promised land!

How good is it then that through Jesus we are able to enter His kingdom and look forward to the remade promised land, heavens and earth made new.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

* Gracious Lord God,

Great is Your faithfulness, thank You for taking care of us! Thank You for saving us and growing us.

Thank You that in You we can bear good fruit, as we read of Caleb and Joshua here – The fruits of their faithfulness.

And as the father cried out to Jesus, for we are a broken humanity, Lord God as that man cried out for Jesus to save his son from the demon,

Lord we believe, please help our unbelief!

Amen.

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