March 9 – 12 Men Went to Spy on Canaan

March 9
Numbers 11:24-13:33
Mark 14:22-52
Psalm 52:1-9
Proverbs 11:1-3

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Numbers 11:29 – We are in a special time – where the LORD has put His Spirit on all of His people.

Numbers 12:2 – Moses did not need to justify his authority – God blesses the meek.

Numbers 12:11 – Aaron seems to have learned his lesson from the golden calf.

Numbers 13:2Twelve men went to spy on Canaan.

Numbers 13:23 – Caleb saw the land at age 40 (Joshua 14:7) and yet he would not possess it for 45 years – age 85 (Joshua 14:10). Caleb would ask Joshua, his fellow spy, for the Mountain (Joshua 14:12). Interesting contrast to the insurrection of Numbers 12:1 where Aaron and Miriam felt equal to Moses, yet Caleb who travelled with Joshua and stood with Moses (Numbers 13:30) would voluntarily submit and seek permission from Joshua – his peer. BTW, there’s a song based on this incident – “I want that mountain!

Mark 14:24 – Remember Jesus is not talking about the blood of the last 27 books of the Bible, rather a testament in the “last will and testament” variety. Hebrews 9:16 tells us “For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.”

Mark 14:31 – Many will claim to be willing to die for Jesus, but few will live for Jesus, or even just pray for an hour (v.37).

Mark 14:51 – Many scholars think this is a secret reference to the author.

Psalm 52 – We have a clear contrast between the actions, thoughts, methods, desires, preferences, affections, and the end of the ‘mighty man’ compared to the ‘righteous’ man.

Proverbs 11:1 – God cares how we conduct our business.

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