This week, our reading journey takes us into the book of Numbers. Here we see the people of Israel beginning to take stock of their tribes and the ordering of their people. The commands of sacrifice and worship begin to normalize and we see the priesthood in action. We also see the people continue to wrestle with what it means to trust God in this desert place. He is leading them with cloud and fire to a Promised Land, but the road is long and difficult. Many will lose heart and miss out on the promise. But through all these stories, I believe God is building into the people an awareness of what it takes to follow Him and be his people. The new generation he brings up will have the faithlessness of their ancestors as a backdrop for entrance into God's land.
Keep up the reading!
What thoughts are you processing this week?