So, we’re finally picking up where the Israelites left off at the end of Exodus. The camp has moved from the Sinai region a little ways north to Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. (This is somewhere near the present-day eastern Egyptian border and southern border of Israel.) Now, the Israelites are moving forward, yes, but we know from Chapter 14 that they aren’t going to get very far very fast. They are pretty much doomed to not have a permanent home for the next 40 years. This chapter is a continuation of that punishment. God says when you get to the land to which I’m taking you, you will go above and beyond your traditional offerings to make right with how you’ve behaved today. Only, these rules are actually for the young’uns because these older folks will never step foot in the Promised Land – God promises that! He even gives another tough love lesson at the end of the chapter about not disobeying His commands and then heaps on another rule just to let the Israelites know that he doesn’t ever want to do anything like that again.
But back to the first section, specifically verse 15. With all the unrest and rioting about racism in the US (and countless other countries), this one got the orange underline today: Native-born Israelites and foreigners are equal before the Lord and are subject to the same decrees. We’re all the same before the Lord, folks. Red and yellow, black and white, we are precious in His sight. It has been written (thousands of years ago, and not just in a children’s song).
Writing prompt: underline
What did you underline today? Write about why you underlined what you did and try to expand on a few thoughts about it.