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Numbers 11 [Read]
Numbers 12 [Read]
Numbers 13 [Read]
Mark 5:21-43 [Read]
The Israelites spent over a year in the wilderness of Sinai to basically do two things: to receive God by building the tabernacle and to receive the Laws by Moses specifying all the rules. Now that they had God among them and Laws to guide them, everything should be set for a smooth journey into the Promised Land. At least that was how it looked.
That can’t be any further away from the truth. Today’s reading shows the actual results of all the preparation. In three short chapters, we saw the behavior of the people of God. Israel, the chosen nation of God, rebelled against God (ch 11), against Moses (ch 12), and against the idea of a Promised Land God gave them (ch 13). The minute they started to move forward (Nu 10:13), reality set in and all the wonders God performed to bring them out of Egypt seemed to evaporate into thin air. They were no different from before.
So, what’s the use of having God among them? What’s the use of having the Laws? What’s the use of having a land to look forward to? These are very sobering questions for us to ask not just for our reading, but also for our own life after coming to the Lord. It’s wonderful that we happened to come to the story about the woman with a bleeding problem in our NT reading today. “She had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse” (Mk 5:26). Human effort was proven useless, just like trying to live by the Laws to become righteous before God (Rom 3:20).
The woman made a wise move. She pursued Jesus with a faith that “if I just touch his clothes, I will be healed” (Mk 5:28), and that was all she needed to do.
The great thing about reading the Bible narrative is that they reflect so well on our personal life. If we sincerely put our heart to it, we should find relevance to our daily walk with the Lord. The negative episodes of Israel accentuate the faith of the bleeding woman, so that we are once again enlightened by the power of the Gospel. No matter how many rules we have, we can never overcome the power of sin by our own effort. It’s the touch of Jesus we need to pursue, and that’s ALL we need to do.
Keep on reading,