Snakes and cookies

These Israelites astonish me. I guess I should be used to it by now, with the history that I’ve read recently, but they keep on acting like spoiled children. God has delivered them from their oppressive captivity under Pharoah in Egypt, provided miraculously for them...

Let it flow!

Sometimes I read a Bible text and get confused. I think I’m not alone. Today’s reading in Numbers 20 was just such a passage. The situation was that the Israelites had nothing to drink, so this is what the Lord commanded Moses: 8 “Take the staff, and you and your...

Clean up your act!

If you were introduced to Numbers 19, and had no background understanding of the text, you would think this was a mix of religious instruction and hygiene manual. There is so much about being clean, cleansing, washing, purity, uncleanness, specifics about what defiles...

Prostitution and Lusts

In Numbers 15, at the end of the chapter, God gives further commands to Moses: 37 The Lord said to Moses, 38 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each...
Just trust me

Just trust me

I have a very simple devotion this morning, prompted by a picture I saw on FaceBook yesterday. Here it is: How simple, yet how profound. How long do we hold on to things, when God has something so much better for us? I heard someone once say, that when God gives a...