“There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
The spies who were sent into the Promised Land misunderstood the limits of their responsibilities. They were to “spy out the land of Canaan” and report back to Moses what they discovered. Twelve men investigated the land of promise and forty days later fully admitted to Moses, “We went to the land you sent us; and it certainly does flow with milk and honey” (Numbers 13.27). They also saw giants and some were afraid. Ten of the twelve spies stirred up the congregation and the spread panic. The people reacted: “Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt” (Numbers 14.4).
Caleb, one of the faithful spies, tried to quell the rebellion with words of faith…
“Do not rebel against the LORD; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be
our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the LORD is with us”.
But it was too late. An entire generation of Israelites allowed fear to swamp their faith. Fear began in the minds of the spies who believed a lie about themselves and transmitted the lie to everyone, including their enemies.
“…we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
Self-appraisal is easily transmitted. You cannot hide it. Somehow what you believe about yourself seeps out to those around you. Your belief about self eventually becomes the belief others hold about you. People take their cue from you. If you believe you are a grasshopper, so will they.
Caleb had “a different spirit”, (Numbers 14.24). He claimed, “The Lord is with us.” If you believe that, others will too.
Tuesday, April 25 John 14 1st Samuel 30-31 2nd Samuel 1-2
Wednesday, April 26 John 15 2nd Samuel 3-5
Thursday, April 27 John 16 2nd Samuel 6-9
Friday, April 28 John 17 2nd Samuel 10-12
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Week 17: 1st Samuel 26 – 31; 2nd Samuel 1 – 12; John 13 – 17
The closing chapters of 1st Samuel describe with graphic detail the downfall and death of Israel’s first king, Saul. The book of 2nd Samuel provides an in-depth and intensely personal look at the life of David, the next king of the Jews.
David’s brilliant career was nearly destroyed by his self-absorbed decision to disobey the very God who elevated him from shepherd boy to ruler of a mighty nation. The king found God’s unexpected mercy when he humbled himself and admitted the truth:
“I have sinned against the Lord.” 2nd Samuel 12.13
This week’s reading in the Gospel of John is a record of the hours preceding Jesus’ arrest in the garden of Gethsemane including the washing of the disciple’s feet, a prediction of Peter’s denial, the promise of the Holy Spirit, and Christ’s timeless and faith-defining declaration:
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14.6
Bible Reading Plan
There are 52 weeks and 260 weekdays in any given year (52 X 5 = 260). Coincidentally, there are also 260 chapters in the New Testament. By reading one chapter of the New Testament every Monday through Friday, you will finish the entire New Testament in a year.
If you are a little more ambitious, you may want to read the whole Old Testament in a year on this 5 day a week reading plan.
Avid Bible students may accomplish the entire Bible each year by simply reading both Old and New Testament columns in the reading plan provided at the link below.
If you fall behind, use the weekends to catch up. If you fall far behind, don’t worry about it. Just pick up your reading for the day. The study of God’s Word should not be approached as a competition or legal requirement for believers. You don’t have to read the Bible. You get to. Enjoy your time in the Scriptures and read with a spirit of anticipation. Jesus will speak to you through His Word.
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