Numbers 20-22, Mark 4:1-25
This truly spoke to me. I’m very happy that the Lord sent this App to me, and I’m grateful for all of your comments that also give me further understanding! God bless you all!
Does anyone have insight on the disobedience of Moses and Aaron at the waters of Meribah? It could just be my translation isn’t very clear but it seems to me that they followed the Lord’s commands on obtaining water from the rock, yet they were not allowed into the promised land for disobedience. ??
Verse 8 says that Moses was supposed to speak to the rock in front of everyone, and the water would start flowing. Instead, Moses basically says “You want water, I’ll give you water!” And then beats the rock with his staff. I’m guessing beating the rock symbolizes Moses providing the water, while talking to a rock and the rock actually obeying is obviously a God thing.
That makes SO much sense! Thanks, Charity!
10 Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11 And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock.
I understood it as they took the credit of GOD’s Glory by saying “shall we bring water for you out of the rock” instead of GOD. This is how it was explained to me.
The passage about the snakes spoke to me today… The people asked for the snakes to be taken away, but this time God didn’t remove them. Those snakes were a consequence of sin. We often want the consequences of sin to be removed. But this time, God provided an atonement (on a pole similarly to Jesus on the cross) for them to look to in order to be healed if the snakes/consequence harmed them. In our lives, the snakes (consequences of sin) may not go away, but when we look to Jesus (who took on our sin on the cross), we can be healed when sin comes back to bite us. Grace.
Amen! I was wondering about this, especially because one of the 10 Commandments is that they were to make no images in the form of anything in heaven or on earth. But it is a foreshadowing of Jesus and a picture of grace.
I really like your thoughts on this. Thanks for sharing them!
Did anyone catch that tid-bit in Mark? “The secret of the kingdom of God”. What is the secret?! Actually, THAT is the secret: Asking questions. To seek understanding one must first ask questions. It seems so simple, but it is so, so important! After reading and finally understanding this, I try to ask more questions rather than just assume things. You would be surprised by the results of good question asking.
It’s funny how people outside the church tend to think the church holds creativity out of of bounds, don’t the first words of the the bible state, God CREATED the heavens and the earth? Hasn’t anyone noticed Jesus never cured any disease the same way twice. It may seem redundant but it’s amazing. Some people say Jesus was solely humble. How can that be true if God is a jealous God. Jesus wasn’t just humble he was fancy, he didn’t just calm the wind and waves, he WALKED on them, I think he liked to show off a bit. To be honest, I’m glad he did. Jesus is just plain old cool. I’m so happy he is the lord and saviour of my life. :)
Blue Letter Bible app is great for relating difficult chapters or stories! :)
I also have a bible called the Jesus centred bible. It has blue lettering, questions and a small paragraph about how to find Jesus in every book, (example: Jesus in Exodus). It’s pretty cool, you guys could check that out too.
Thank you Rachel and Stephanie I am trying so hard to understand but it is very confusing.
Rachel, try watching the bible project’s video on Numbers on you tube. I have found their explanations so helpful!
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