Testing Yahuah 10 Times: 10. At Kadesh rejecting the Promised Land

Numbers 14 was discussed in the study “Trusting Yahuah: Yahuah wants to be trusted” and therefore the focus in this study will be to see why the people were so firmly against entering the Promised Land. What was in the report that was given them that made them rebel against Yahuah and not trust in His protection, once again?

Num 13:1-33

(1) And Yahuah spoke to Mosheh, saying,

(2) “Send men to spy out the land of Kena’an, which I am giving to the children of Yisra’el. Send one man from each tribe of their fathers, every one a leader among them.”

(3) And by the command of Yahuah Mosheh sent them from the Wilderness of Paran, all of them men who were heads of the children of Yisra’el.

Yahuah instructed Mosheh to send spies to spy the land of Kena’an. These were their names:

(4) And these were their names. From the tribe of Re’uben: Shammua, son of Zakkur.

(5) From the tribe of Shimon: Shaphat, son of Hori.

(6) From the tribe of Yehudah: Kaleb, son of Yephunneh.

(7) From the tribe of Yissaskar: Yig’al, son of Yoseph.

(8) From the tribe of Ephrayim: Hoshea, son of Nun.

(9) From the tribe of Binyamin: Palti, son of Raphu.

(10) From the tribe of Zebulun: Gaddi’el, son of Sodi.

(11) From the tribe of Yoseph, from the tribe of Menashsheh: Gaddi, son of Susi.

(12) From the tribe of Dan: Ammi’el, son of Gemalli.

(13) From the tribe of Asher: Shethur, son of Mika’el.

(14) From the tribe of Naphtali: Nahbi, son of Wophsi.

(15) From the tribe of Gad: Geu’el, son of Maki.

There were twelve men, one per tribe sent to spy the land.

(16) These are the names of the men whom Mosheh sent to spy out the land. And Mosheh called Hoshea the son of Nun, Yehoshua.

(17) And Mosheh sent them to spy out the land of Kena’an, and said to them, “Go up here into the South, and go up to the mountains,

(18) and see what the land is like, and the people who dwell in it, whether strong or weak, whether few or many,

(19) and whether the land they dwell in is good or evil, whether the cities they inhabit are in camps or strongholds,

(20) and whether the land is rich or poor, and whether there are forests there or not. And you shall be strong, and bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first-fruits of grapes.

Grape harvest is symbolic of the wrath of Yahuah or Yeshua.

Rev 14:19

(19) And the messenger thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of Elohim.

Consider this as we continue.

(21) So they went up and spied out the land from the Wilderness of Tsin as far as Rehob, near the entrance of Hamath.

(22) And they went up through the South and came to Hebron. And Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anaq, were there. Now Hebron had been built seven years before Tso’an in Mitsrayim.

(23) And they came to the wadi Eshkol, and cut down from there a branch with one cluster of grapes. And they bore it between two of them on a pole, also of the pomegranates and of the figs.

(24) That place was called the wadi Eshkol, because of the cluster which the men of Yisra’el cut down from there.

(25) And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.

harvest-seasons-in-modern-israel

When we look at the chart above, then one will see that in order to be able to harvest grapes, pomegranates as well as figs it must have been around August. Remember it said that it was in the beginning of the grape harvest so it cannot be later than that. Take note that 40 days after that would place us in mid September when it is time for the fall feasts (Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles & the Closing Ceremony).

(26) And they went and came to Mosheh and Aharon and all the congregation of the children of Yisra’el in the Wilderness of Paran, at Qadesh. And they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.

(27) And they reported to him, and said, “We went to the land where you sent us. And truly, it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.

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(28) “But the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are walled, very great. And we saw the descendants of Anaq there too.

(29) “The Amaleqites dwell in the land of the South, while the Hittites and the Yebusites and the Amorites dwell in the mountains. And the Kena’anites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Yarden.”

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See, the report about the giants caused great fear in the people. If one looks at the above image then one can easily imagine why they were so afraid of entering this land. It is understandable.

(30) And Kaleb silenced the people before Mosheh, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are certainly able to overcome it.”

Kaleb attempted to rectify this by motivating the people to go and take the land.

(31) But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”

Then the people who went up to spy the land said that they were stronger than them. After everything which Yahuah has done still they do not trust in Yahuah to help them through.

(32) And they gave the children of Yisra’el an evil report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land eating up its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size.

(33) “And we saw there the Nephilim, sons of Anaq, of the Nephilim. And we were like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and so we were in their eyes.”

Consider the above image to compare the sizes and one can see why they feared but look at what Yahuah has done up to that point for these people and one wonders why they are doubting. May Yahuah have mercy on us that we don’t reach this point if we are to live through the Great Tribulation and face the fearful sights as prophesied.

“And there shall be great earthquakes in various places, and scarcities of food and deadly diseases. And there shall be horrors, and great signs from heaven. Luk 21:11

Some versions say “fearful sights” where this version says “horrors”. There will be sights which will cause fear just as the people in this part of history had fearful sights which were reported to them but Yeshua said “fear not” just as His Father Yahuah said “I am with you” so may we have mercy and trust in Yahuah when we go through our “fearful sights”.

Num 14:1-3

(1) Then all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.

(2) And all the children of Yisra’el grumbled against Mosheh and against Aharon, and all the congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Mitsrayim! Or if only we had died in this wilderness!

(3) “And why is Yahuah bringing us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become a prey? Would it not be better for us to turn back to Mitsrayim?”

Now when we read the above Scripture we understand why they feared.

Until next time.

Shalom

Mieke

The Exodus Index  》 Introduction

The Ten Commandments  》  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Testing Yahuah Ten Time  》  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

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Testing Yahuah 10 Times: 9. At Kibroth Hattaavah for quail

Num 11:4-34

(4) And the mixed multitude who were in their midst lusted greatly, so the children of Yisra’el also wept again and said, “Who is giving us meat to eat?

The mixed multitude who were crafted into Israel started lusting after meat and caused the children of Israel to complain again, this time for meat.

(5) “We remember the fish which we ate without cost in Mitsrayim, the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic,

(6) but now our throat is dried up. There is naught to look at but this manna!”

When we realize that the manna refers to bread which symbolizes the Word then we will know that this could symbolize studies of the Scriptures. The people wanted meat and meat symbolizes obedience. Once again instead of asking they complaint and started missing and remembering what they had in Egypt.

To make this more meaningful for today let us look at another example. When we start leaving Christmas and Easter and start eating only what us clean then we will experience rejection as we start setting ourselves apart from those who still do these things. It is written that the road is narrow. It will get lonely and one may start missing the social side of what was left behind and start wondering why we do not have the social gatherings which we used to have. However the more you align yourself to Yahuah’s way the more you will be setting yourself apart and the more lonely you may become as others will start rejecting and maybe even mocking or persecuting you.

(7) Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like the appearance of bdellium.

(8) The people went about and gathered it, ground it on millstones or beat it in the mortar, and cooked it in a pot, and made cakes of it. And its taste was as the taste of cakes baked with oil.

According to Wikipedia this is what bdellium looked like:

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(9) And when the dew fell on the camp at night, the manna fell on it.

(10) And Mosheh heard the people weeping throughout their clans, each man at the door of his tent. And the displeasure of Yahuah burned exceedingly. And in the eyes of Mosheh it was evil,

(11) so Mosheh said to Yahuah, “Why have You done evil to Your servant? And why have I not found favour in Your eyes, to put the burden of all these people on me?

(12) “Was it I who conceived all these people? Was it I who brought them forth, that You should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as the foster father carries a nursing child,’ to the land which You swore to their fathers?

(13) “Where am I to get meat to give to all these people? For they weep before me, saying, ‘Give us meat to eat.’

(14) “I am unable to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me.

(15) “And if You are doing this to me, please slay me altogether, if I have found favour in Your eyes, and let me not see my evil!

Yahuah was starting to become impatient with the people and Yahuah was becoming all the more displeased for their lack in faith and obedience. Mosheh started pleading with Yahuah because the burden of the people started getting too much for him to bear alone.

(16) Then Yahuah said to Mosheh, “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Yisra’el, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them. And bring them to the Tent of Meeting, and let them stand there with you.

(17) “And I shall come down and speak with you there, and shall take of the Spirit that is on you, and put on them. And they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you do not bear it yourself alone.

(18) “And say to the people, ‘Set yourselves apart for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat, because you have wept in the hearing of Yahuah, saying, “Who is giving us meat to eat? For it was well with us in Mitsrayim.” And Yahuah shall give you meat, and you shall eat.

Yahuah said that He would provide them with meat but because they complaint so much and questioned why they were saved from Egypt He was going to punish them for it.

(19) ‘You are going to eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days,

(20) but for a month of days, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes an abomination to you, because you have rejected Yahuah who is among you, and have wept before Him, saying, “Why did we come up out of Mitsrayim?” ’ ”

They were going to eat meat until they had too much of it.

(21) And Mosheh said, “The people in whose midst I am are six hundred thousand men on foot, and You, You have said, ‘I give them meat to eat for a month of days.’

(22) “Could flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to be sufficient for them? Or could all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to be sufficient for them?”

(23) And Yahuah said to Mosheh, “Is the arm of Yahuah too short? Now see whether My word meets you or not!”

One can see Mosheh’s frustration here when he started asking how Yahuah would provide. Yahuah told him that he will provide.

(24) And Mosheh went out and spoke to the people the words of Yahuah, and he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the Tent.

(25) And Yahuah came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders. And it came to be, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, but did not continue.

(26) However, two men had remained in the camp. The name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Meydad. And the Spirit rested upon them. Now they were among those listed, but did not go out to the Tent. And they prophesied in the camp.

(27) And a young man ran and informed Mosheh, and said, “Eldad and Meydad are prophesying in the camp.”

(28) And Yehoshua son of Nun, Mosheh’s assistant from his youth, answered and said, “Mosheh my master, forbid them!”

(29) Then Mosheh said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Oh, that all the people of Yahuah were prophets, that Yahuah would put His Spirit upon them!”

(30) And Mosheh returned to the camp, both he and the elders of Yisra’el.

Yahuah puts of the Spirit which was on Mosheh also on the seventy elders and they started prophesying. When did this come? When they started eating meat. Meat which symbolizes obedience.

(31) And a wind went forth from Yahuah, and it brought quail from the sea and let them fall beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and about a day’s journey on the other side, all around the camp, and about two cubits above the surface of the ground.

(32) And the people were up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail. He who has least gathered ten homers. And they spread them out for themselves all around the camp.

Yahuah made sure that there will be enough meat for everyone to eat but what do we see? Those who lusted became selfish and for themselves.

(33) The meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, and the wrath of Yahuah burned against the people, and Yahuah smote the people with an exceeding great plague.

(34) Then he called the name of that place Qibroth Hatta’awah, because there they buried the people who had lusted.

Here we can see that Yahuah is also reaching the peak of His patience with the people.

May Yahuah have mercy on us and may we learn from them and trust that Yahuah will provide for us.

Until next time.

Shalom

Mieke

The Exodus Index  》 Introduction

The Ten Commandments  》  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Testing Yahuah Ten Time  》  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Testing Yahuah 10 Times: 8. At Taberah when raging against Yahuah

And it came to be, when the people were as complainers, it was evil in the ears of Yahuah. And Yahuah heard it, and His displeasure burned. And the fire of Yahuah burned among them, and consumed those in the outskirts of the camp. And the people cried out to Mosheh, and Mosheh prayed to Yahuah, and the fire died down. Then he called the name of the place Taberah, because the fire of Yahuah had burned among them. Num 11:1-3

When the people were thirsty then Yahuah gave them water to drink and when they hungered then Yahuah gave them food to eat and when they feared their enemy then Yahuah provided them protection but still they kept complaining. Instead of just asking Yahuah what they needed they complained about they did not have. It is like the glass half empty vs the glass half full.

If you stay in Me, and My Words stay in you, you shall ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you. Joh 15:7

Why did they not just ask Yahuah what they needed? Why did they do it in a testing manner? May we learn from this and start trusting Yahuah that He would provide us with what we need.

Until next time.

Shalom

Mieke

The Exodus Index  》 Introduction

The Ten Commandments  》  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Testing Yahuah Ten Time  》  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Testing Yahuah 10 Times: 7. Mt Sinai with the Golden Calf

While Moses went up the mountain to receive the full Torah from Yahuah the people decided to make a golden calf. Let us see how this happened.

Exo 32:1-35

(1) And when the people saw that Mosheh was so long in coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aharon, and said to him, “Arise, make us mighty ones who go before us. For this Mosheh, the man who brought us up out of the land of Mitsrayim, we do not know what has become of him.”

When Mosheh took too long they wanted to make gods. When you know this part of history already then you will realize that Mosheh was up on the mountain for 40 days. This they found to be too long. After everything we have seen so far they once again tested Yahuah.

(2) And Aharon said to them, “Take off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.”

Aharon was supposed to tell them that they were in error but he gave them what they wanted and tickled their ears with his words.

(3) “And all the people took off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aharon.

(4) And he took this from their hand, and he formed it with an engraving tool, and made a moulded calf. And they said, “This is your mighty one, O Yisra’el, that brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim!”

Who made the golden calf? Aharon! The High Priest! The one who should have known better.

(5) And Aharon saw and built an altar before it. And Aharon called out and said, “Tomorrow is a festival to Yahuah.”

Now we need to notice something in the above verse. Aharon made the golden calf and made an altar before it and then proclaimed his own festival for Yahuah. He is worshipping Yahuah through this calf. He did not give it another name.

(6) And they rose early on the next day, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

Once again the people did as they pleased. Yahuah did not say that they must do this.

(7) And Yahuah said to Mosheh, “Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Mitsrayim have corrupted themselves.

Yahuah was calling the people “your people” and not “My people”.

(8) “They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a moulded calf, and have bowed themselves to it and slaughtered to it, and said, ‘This is your mighty one, O Yisra’el, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim!’

The people were saying that this golden calf which they made brought them out of Egypt. This golden calf which cannot talk and cannot breath and cannot hear and cannot even move.

(9) And Yahuah said to Mosheh, “I have seen this people, and see, it is a stiff-necked people!

(10) “And now, let Me alone, that My wrath might burn against them and I consume them and I make of you a great nation.”

Yahuah wanted to destroy Israel. Note there was a test for Mosheh herein as well. Will he take the honour offered to him?

(11) But Mosheh pleaded with Yahuah his Elohim, and said, “Yahuah, why does Your wrath burn against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Mitsrayim with great power and with a strong hand?

(12) “Why should the Mitsrites speak, and say, ‘For evil He brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from the heat of Your wrath, and relent from this evil to Your people.

(13) “Remember Abraham, Yitshaq, and Yisra’el, Your servants, to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, ‘I increase your seed like the stars of the heavens. And all this land that I have spoken of I give to your seed, and they shall inherit it forever.’ ”

Mosheh did not want the honour. He was seeking Yahuah’s honour and not his own. Mosheh did not want Yahuah to look bad in the sight of the world after destroying the people He took out of Egypt. Mosheh also made reference here of “Your people”.

(14) And Yahuah relented from the evil which He said He would do to His people.

(15) And Mosheh turned and went down from the mountain, and in his hand were the two tablets of the Witness, tablets written on both their sides, written on the one and on the other.

Mosheh took the ten commandments with him when he went down to address the people. The commandments were written on both sides and this is mentioned twice. Now the ten commandments are what the people heard Yahuah give to them verbally Himself. They agreed to it. Then after this caused them to fear Yahuah they told Mosheh to speak to Yahuah and they would do everything which He tells them to do but they did not want to listen to Him because they feared they would die. This is provided for a brief summary but can be dealt with in a different post.

What needs to be highlighted is this command:

Exo 20:2-6

(2) “I am Yahuah your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery.

(3) “You have no other mighty ones against My face.

(4) “You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth,

(5) you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, Yahuah your Elohim am a jealous El, visiting the crookedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

(6) but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My commands.

What did we see the people do? They broke what is highlighted in maroon above. They said that the golden calf brought them out of Egypt. They made the golden calf a god. They bowed down to the golden calf and served it. They broke the ten commandments and thereby placing a curse upon them.

Let us continue and see what Mosheh does.

(16) And the tablets were the work of Elohim, and the writing was the writing of Elohim engraved on the tablets.

(17) And Yehoshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted and he said to Mosheh, “A noise of battle in the camp!”

(18) But he said, “It is not the sound of those who shout of might, nor is it the sound of those who cry out in weakness, but the sound of singing that I hear.”

(19) And it came to be, as soon as he came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing. And Mosheh’s displeasure burned, and he threw the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain.

What Mosheh did here is very important. Remember it is said that Yeshua is the prophet like unto Mosheh. This is why Mosheh is symbolic of Yeshua. Yeshua came down and lived in Israel and showed everyone how to obey Yahuah (he showed the commandments) but He also saw how the people sinned and had to “break the stones” in His death and resurrection thereby taking the curse upon Himself. Let us see what happened with Mosheh. Remember he broke the stone as soon as he saw what the people did.

Take note that if Mosheh took the stones down to them then they would have come under condemnation and would have been destroyed.

(20) And he took the calf which they had made, and burned it in the fire, and ground it into powder, and scattered it on the face of the water and made the children of Yisra’el drink it.

Mosheh destroyed the golden calf.

(21) And Mosheh said to Aharon, “What did this people do to you that you have brought so great a sin upon them?

Mosheh knew that Aharon was the one to make this.

(22) And Aharon said, “Do not let the displeasure of my master burn. You know the people, that it is in evil.

(23) “And they said to me, ‘Make us mighty ones who go before us. For this Mosheh, the man who brought us out of the land of Mitsrayim, we do not know what has become of him.’

(24) “And I said to them, ‘Whoever has gold, let them take it off.’ And they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and this calf came out.”

(25) And Mosheh saw that the people were let loose, for Aharon had let them loose, to their shame among their enemies.

I would like us to consider the next Scripture:

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. But the hireling, and not being a shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees. And the wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them. Now the hireling flees because he is a hireling and is not concerned about the sheep. Joh 10:11-13

Aharon was acting like a hireling because he did not protect the people.

(26) And Mosheh stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, “Who is for Yahuah Come to me.” And all the sons of Lewi gathered themselves to him.

When Mosheh asked who is for Yahuah then only the tribe of Lewi stepped forward.

(27) And he said to them, “Thus said Yahuah Elohim of Yisra’el: ‘Each one put his sword on his side, pass over to and fro from gate to gate in the camp, and each one slay his brother, and each one his friend, and each one his relative.’ ”

What does the sword symbolize?

Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a swordMat 10:34

Take also the helmet of deliverance, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of ElohimEph 6:17

If we stand for Yahuah then we need to have the sword of Yahuah beside us and stand firm in His Word.

(28) And the sons of Lewi did according to the word of Mosheh. And about three thousand men of the people fell that day.

(29) And Mosheh said, “You are ordained for Yahuah today – since each one has been against his son and his brother – so as to bring upon you a blessing today.

Let us compare with the following verse:

If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, and his own life too, he is unable to be My taught one. And whoever does not bear his stake and come after Me is unable to be My taught one. Luk 14:26-27

The first thing which is mentioned here is that we should hate our family but what does this word “hate” mean? Love is the opposite of hate, right?

If you love Me, you shall guard My commands. Joh 14:15

What is meant with “hate” is that you must not obey your family at the cost of disobeying Yahuah.

(30) And it came to be on the next day that Mosheh said to the people, “You, you have sinned a great sin. And now I am going up to Yahuah – if I might atone for your sin.”

Yeshua came and lived on earth but He did not come 2,000 yrs ago to become King. Yeshua was the suffering Servant in that He died for our sins. He then went back to Yahuah to atone for our sins.

(31) And Mosheh returned to Yahuah and said, “Oh, these people have sinned a great sin, and have made for themselves a mighty one of gold!

(32) “And now, if You would forgive their sin, but if not, please blot me out of Your book which You have written.”

(33) And Yahuah said to Mosheh, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I blot him out of My book.

(34) “And now, go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you. See, My Messenger goes before you. And in the day of My visitation I shall visit their sin upon them.”

(35) And Yahuah plagued the people because they made the calf, which Aharon made.

Could the book referred to in verse 33 be the same book in the following verse?

And it was given to him to fight with the set-apart ones and to overcome them. And authority was given to him over every tribe and tongue and nation. And all those dwelling on the earth, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the slain Lamb, from the foundation of the world shall worship him. Rev 13:7-8

And also this one:

And there shall by no means enter into it whatever is unclean, neither anyone doing abomination and falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Rev 21:27

Could this be the same book? The one which you will be blotted out of when you have sinned?

May Yahuah have mercy on us.

Until next time.

Shalom

Mieke

The Exodus Index  》 Introduction

The Ten Commandments  》  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Testing Yahuah Ten Time  》  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Testing Yahuah 10 Times: 6. At Rephidim for water

And all the congregation of the children of Yisra’el set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the command of Yahuah, and camped in Rephidim. And there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people strove with Mosheh, and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Mosheh said to them, “Why do you strive with me? Why do you try Yahuah” And the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Mosheh, and said, “Why did you bring us out of Mitsrayim, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” Then Mosheh cried out to Yahuah, saying, “What am I to do with this people? Yet a little and they shall stone me!Exo 17:1-4

Now we see that they moved away from the Wilderness of Sin and did what Yahuah commanded. Let us look carefully at what follows. They could not find water and they were thirsty.Again, instead of asking for water they complained and tested Yahuah. Mosheh then cried out to Yahuah and asked what he was supposed to do because he felt that they were ready to stone him.

And Yahuah said to Mosheh, “Pass over before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Yisra’el. And take in your hand your rod with which you smote the river, and go. See, I am standing before you there on the rock in Horeb. And you shall smite the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people shall drink.” And Mosheh did so before the eyes of the elders of Yisra’el. And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the ‘strife’ of the children of Yisra’el, and because they ‘tried’ Yahuah, saying, “Is Yahuah in our midst or not?Exo 17:5-7

One would think that all the miracles they have witnessed up to this point that they will have no doubt that Yahuah is with them but no they are still doubting in Yahuah’s presence. How merciful is Yahuah to be so patient with the people. With us.

Remember the rock symbolizes Yeshua. Yeshua was only struck once for our sin.

May Yahuah have mercy on us.

Shalom

Mieke

The Exodus Index  》 Introduction

The Ten Commandments  》  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Testing Yahuah Ten Time  》  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Testing Yahuah 10 Times: 5. The Desert of Sin with the Sabbath

And they gathered it every morning, each one according to his need. And when the sun became hot, it melted. And it came to be, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Mosheh. And he said to them, “This is what Yahuah has said, ‘Tomorrow is a rest, a Sabbath set-apart to Yahuah. That which you bake, bake; and that which you cook, cook. And lay up for yourselves all that is left over, to keep it until morning.’ ” And they laid it up till morning, as Mosheh commanded. And it did not stink, and no worm was in it. And Mosheh said, “Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to Yahuah, today you do not find it in the field. “Gather it six days, but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, there is none.” Exo 16:21-26

Yahuah is telling Israel to obey the Sabbath. Let us see whether they did.

And it came to be that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. And Yahuah said to Mosheh, “How long shall you refuse to guard My commands and My Torot? See, because Yahuah has given you the Sabbath, therefore He is giving you bread for two days on the sixth day. Let each one stay in his place, do not let anyone go out of his place on the seventh day.” So the people rested on the seventh day. Exo 16:27-30

Israel is finding it very difficult to obey Yahuah. So far we did not see a difficult command to keep and yet some still wanted to test Yahuah.

Why is the Sabbath day such an important day? Let us have a quick look.

“And I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, to know that I am Yahuah who sets them apart. “But the house of Yisra’el rebelled against Me in the wilderness. They did not walk in My laws, and they rejected My right-rulings, which, if a man does, he shall live by them. And they greatly profaned My Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out My wrath on them in the wilderness, to consume them. Eze 20:12-13

The Sabbath is a sign between us and Yahuah.

H226
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Probably from H225 (in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.: – mark, miracle, (en-) sign, token.

Just like the Anti-Messiah has a mark on his followers so also does Yahuah and Yeshua have a mark on their followers. The Sabbath.

“And you, speak to the children of Yisra’el, saying, ‘My Sabbaths you are to guard, by all means, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, to know that I, Yahuah, am setting you apart. Exo 31:13

The Sabbath is also a memorial day of Creation.

“Six days you labour, and shall do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of Yahuah your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. “For in six days Yahuah made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yahuah blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart. Exo 20:9-11

A deeper study on the Sabbath day can be done in another study. Until next time.

Shalom

Mieke

The Exodus Index  》 Introduction

The Ten Commandments  》  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Testing Yahuah Ten Time  》  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Testing Yahuah 10 Times: 4. The Desert of Sin with the manna

And Mosheh said, “Let no one leave any of it until morning.” And they did not listen to Mosheh, so some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Mosheh was wroth with them. Exo 16:19-20

In the previous study we read how Mosheh told them to collect manna according to what they needed. We continue today in that Mosheh told them not to keep any left overs. They did not listen. Remember how in the beginning of the “manna” study we learned how Yahuah was going to test Israel whether they will obey Him? Let us have a quick look at that verse again.

And Yahuah said to Mosheh, “See, I am raining bread from the heavens for you. And the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, in order to try them, whether they walk in My Torah or not. Exo 16:4

Some obviously did not obey Yahuah.

This is a short study but we will continue in the next one. But maybe we can think about this one for a while.

Until next time.

Shalom

Mieke

The Exodus Index  》 Introduction

The Ten Commandments  》  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Testing Yahuah Ten Time  》  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10