Numbers 12-14, Mark 5

Numbers 12:9-10
So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. 10 And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper.

The Lord does not take jealousies lightly. He Himself is a jealous God but will not share His glory and what He knows is best with anyone else. There are serious consequences when we are upset over His choices in who should represent Him and how. We must be content in whatever manner He would have us serve.

Numbers 12:13
So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “Please heal her, O God, I pray!”

One sign of a great leader is humility. Here we see Moses praying for those who were trying to undermine his authority. This is a good example to all of us. There will always be those who think they can do a better job than we can. The important thing is that we are doing everything the Lord had told us to do.

Numbers 13:27-28
Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.

There are always the ‘neverthelessors’ in our lives, those people who shake our faith in the promises of God. We will see, that rather that stand on the promises of God, they listen to these people who focused on the giants rather that the One who was greater than any obstacle, the One who had told them to go into the land in the first place.

Numbers 14:2
And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness!

How quickly they forgot the things that God had done in their lives. May it never be with us!

Numbers 14:29
The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above.

The children they professed to be concerned about, will be the only ones, apart from Joshua and Caleb, who will enter the promised land. I want to be like Joshua and Caleb, always trusting in what God says and never what I think. These were brave and faithful men!

Mark 5:6-7
When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. 7 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”

Demons have absolutely no power over Jesus, none. They are subject to the authority of Jesus. James 2:19 says, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” don’t think for one minute that you any other born again Christian can be possessed by a demon. Darkness and light cannot cohabitate, the Light always dispels the darkness.

Mark 5:15
Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon- possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.

I love how Jesus takes people who are out of their minds and gives them a right mind!

Mark 5:22-23
And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”

There comes a point when all religious intellectualism falls short. It is only Jesus who can bring life and when people come to the end of themselves, Jesus is always ready to step in. Oh that more people would come to the need to cry out to Jesus. He is always ready to answer such a cry.

Mark 5:34
And He said to her, “ Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

What great faith this woman had! Oh Lord give me this kind of faith.

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One thought on “Numbers 12-14, Mark 5

  1. Pastor Ron,

    Two things really stood out to me at the end of Numbers 14. First, God made a distinction between the people in various degrees of punishment. The spies who brought the bad report died by a plague. The adults who listened to them and grumbled died in the wilderness without entering the promised land. Their children suffered in the wilderness for 40 years for their parents’ faithlessness, but were able to enter. And yet God called out the special spirit of Caleb and did not destroy Joshua and Caleb with the other spies. There is a tension between individual and community responsibility, but God makes distinctions and is truly righteous in all that he does!

    Second, the people’s mourning when they heard this judgment was “worldly sorrow”. They said, “we have sinned “, but they were rebellious even in that confession, going up to fight when the Lord told them not to.

    Jonathan

    On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 12:01 AM Reading the Word wrote:

    > Ron Sanchez posted: “Numbers 12:9-10 So the anger of the Lord was aroused > against them, and He departed. 10 And when the cloud departed from above > the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then > Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper. T” >

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