"Grandpa, Grandma, Tell Me Again."
As we talk to our grandchildren about the good old days, sometimes they like to hear the stories repeated. Tell me again, they say.
In a way, this is what you find in the book of Deuteronomy. In this book, Moses repeats many things that happened to Israel. But as you re-read this history of the Jewish ethnicity, there are some surprises as you read the accounts and find some additional information.
I am not asking you to read a lot of scripture today, but in these verses, we find out a couple of things not told the first time through.
Please read the following verses.
1 These are the words that Moses spoke to all the people of Israel while they were in the wilderness east of the Jordan River. They were camped in the Jordan Valley* near Suph, between Paran on one side and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Di-zahab on the other.
2 Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai* to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir. 3 But forty years after the Israelites left Egypt, on the first day of the eleventh month,* Moses addressed the people of Israel, telling them everything the Lord had commanded him to say. 4 This took place after he had defeated King Sihon of the Amorites, who had ruled in Heshbon, and King Og of Bashan, who had ruled in Ashtaroth and Edrei.
So what did I learn some years ago but not on my first read?
Moses decided to allow the spies to go into the Promised Land. These spies did not trust God and talked Israel out of going into the Promised land when the Lord God wanted them to. So they wandered in the widern4ess for forty years. By that time, most of the doubters and naysayers were dead.
And the other thing is the size of the wilderness. I thought that must have been a huge area. Verse 2 said the trip through the wilderness normally took 11 days. So the wilderness is was not big, the people were not lost. Because of their sin of unbelief, they wandered.
Perhaps, we might too, including myself, say, “Tell Me Again, dear Lord Tell Me Again.”
Thank you, Lord, for loving us so deeply.
Have a great day in the Lord, and be thankful for all that has been done for you.
What an awesome Lord God we serve.
Be a Blessing;