I am reading through the Bible this year (chronologically) at engage the journey. At the beginning of each week, there is a recap of the scriptures at annie's eyes, bev's blog, Ang's blog, and at Girlfriends in God. (Patty hasn't posted hers as of this blogging, but I will correct the link once she does.)
Although my thoughts are not as poetic or insightful as the ones that you might find at the above blogs, here's the two things that struck me this week.
Then they got up early the next morning and went to the top of the range of hills. “Let’s go,” they said. “We realize that we have sinned, but now we are ready to enter the land the Lord has promised us.” Numbers 14:40
The Israelites had just angered God once again. This time they questioned whether or not Canaan could truly be theirs. God pronounces His sentence. They will not enter the promised land. Instead, they will wander about the wilderness for forty years. And the next day, the Israelites shrug their shoulders, say, "oh well," like nothing ever happened. Like God had never spoken. Like there was no consequence for their sin. I don't know that I ever noticed this before. But it sure reminded me of me. And how many times I'm willing to proceed forward, overlooking my sin. Treating it like it's an "oopsie" instead of an act of willful disobedience.
The other verse was Numbers 15:39 when the Lord was giving Moses instructions.
When you see the tassels, you will remember and obey all the commands of the Lord instead of following your own desires and defiling yourselves, as you are prone to do.
I found the "as you are prone to do" part humbling. My God knows me (and us) so well. It makes me wish that tassels were still in style. Perhaps if I had a constant, before my eyes every moment of the day reminder, I might remember and obey so much better.