Remember, in His Word, God has:

  • Something to see – what does the text say
  • Something to understand – what does it mean
  • Something to apply – what does it mean to me
  • Something to praise – for what are you thankful?

(1) Through the Bible

Day 1: Deuteronomy 14,15Day 4: Deut 20,21
Day 2: Deut 16,17Day 5: Deut 22,23
Day 3: Deut 18,19Day 6: Deut 24,25

Our theme this week will be “Wilderness”. The wilderness wanderings serve as much of the historical context in the Book of Numbers, but by no means is this a book of mere history. We see many of God’s attributes on display: guidance, faithfulness, mercy, judgment, power, and authority. Amongst his people we see the highs of courage founded in deep trust in the Lord, but also the lows of fear and rebellion of those crippled by unbelief. We see much of this played out in chapters 13 and 14 as we read through the Promise Land Spies narrative. If you are like me you like a good spy story. As you read this one, see if you can figure out why these spies couldn’t get their stories straight. Two of the 12 said, “go for it”, while the others said, “no way, we can’t and shouldn’t do it”. Why do you think these two groups had such different opinions? What can we learn from this for our own lives?

(2) Key Passages

Day 1: Numbers 13:1-2, 17-20Day 4: Num 14: 6-12
Day 2: Num 13:25-33Day 5: Num 14:19-25
Day 3: Num 14:1-5Day 6: Num 14:39-45

(3) Key Verses

Day 1: Numbers 13:1-2Day 4: 14:6-9
Day 2: Num 13:17-20Day 5: 14:10-11
Day 3: Num 13:30-32Day 6: 14:19-22

(4) Pre-readers (in the translation of your choice; below is a paraphrase of the NLT)

Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good.”

Deuteronomy 8:5