Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Question of the day: Whom will you believe?
Answer: There is a good report and a bad report. Moses sent 12 spies.
Rabbi Trail: The Hebrew word for "spy out, seek out, and explore" is Tur (Tav-Vav-Resh). Could this be where our English word "tour" comes from? End RT.
Ten of the spies brought back an evil report, while only 2 (Caleb and Joshua) brought back a good report. What follows is another sad episode in the collective life of the children of Israel during their desert wanderings. God propositions Moses, stating that He is willing to start over with Moses, but Moses pleads for the Lord to relent.
At this point, Moses quotes back to God what he heard as the Lord appeared to him. Numbers 14:18 "Adonai is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression."
So, now that we have set the stage, let's answer the question of the day. We follow Yeshua, Who does not judge by the sight of His eyes (Isaiah 11). We also must seek the Lord in every matter. Isaiah 55:6 "Seek Adonai while He may be found, call on Him while He is near."
At every occasion, we must press in to hear from God. Let's pray ... Lord, give us courage for follow after Your own heart, and not our own will. In Yeshua's name. Amen.
This takes us to a verse from the next chapter about tzit-tzit (fringes) ... Numbers 15:38-39 "Speak to Bnei-Yisrael. Say to them that they are to make for themselves tzitzit on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and they are to put a blue cord on each tzitzit. It will be your own tzitzit--so whenever you look at them, you will remember all the mitzvot of Adonai and do them and not go spying out after your own hearts and your own eyes, prostituting yourselves."
Let's believe the good report and rest in our obedience to God's will.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,