I’m going to try something a little different today…a simple summary of each section.
Numbers 13-15 tells us that God has a plan for his people to enter into the promised land and, in this case, like many, how the people turn away from the plan for many reasons – fear, difficulty, etc. Spies were sent to determine the nature of the land itself and determine the strengths and weaknesses of its inhabitants. What the majority saw overwhelmed them. Two men had a different perspective, Caleb and Joshua – they believed in the Lord God Almighty and would realize a different outcome in their lives. Turning away from God has it’s consequences as we see in this passage. This section concludes with God reminding Moses and Aaron to teach and reinforce what good worship to God looks like for those that would cross over into the promised land.
Proverbs 25 continues perspectives on life – wise sayings in verses 2-7, in particular about the king. These proverbs applied to all kings of Israel and Judah. God has chosen not to reveal everything about Himself and His plans. This means that kings, to make proper decisions, must investigate matters fully. Whereas God delights in concealing some things, kings delight in being investigative.
Finally, Luke 3 begins with the ministry of John the Baptist who points the way to Jesus. We see the baptism of Jesus. The purpose of the baptism was to anoint Jesus with the Spirit and to authenticate Him by the Father for beginning His ministry. Each Person of the Godhead was involved in the activity of the Son on earth, including His baptism. The Son was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended on Him, and the Father spoke approvingly of Jesus. In His baptism Jesus identified Himself with sinners though He was not a sinner.
Closing Prayer for Today:
Father God, with joy and awe we praise you for claiming us as your sons and daughters, and for pouring your Holy Spirit upon us. Help us to prepare this earth for your glory, and shine your light on all your faithful children, for the sake of the one whose birth and baptism brought renewal and transformation to this world, Jesus the Christ. Amen.