Numbers Chapter 14
Omniscient – You know Israel’s hearts. You know they are giving up. You know they want to quit and return to slavery in Egypt. You know they don’t believe You. You know they spurn You. They push You and drive You away contemptuously. They refuse and reject You with contempt and disdain. You know why. You know them. You know me. You know I scorn You as well. I don’t do what You ask of me either. I do not have faith either. You know my heart. You know I am only evil all of the time. You know everything. You are all-knowing.
Omnipotent- You can do anything. You hear their grumblings. You can smite them with pestilence and dispossess them. You can kill those men who brought out the very bad report of the land by a plague. You have the fall by the sword and have the Amalekites and the Canaanites strike them and beat them down. You do what You do to me. You can make me understand and see if You just wanted to. You are all-powerful.
Omnipresent – You are everywhere at all times. You are in the land of Egypt and in the wilderness. You are in the tent of meeting. You are in the hill country and Hormah. You are here with me. You are in my heart. You are in Your Word. You are all-present.
Eternal – You are the cause of time. You cause day and night. You cause from twenty years old and upward. You cause forty years. You cause the number of days, which they spied out the land, forty days, for every day they shall bear their guilt a year, even forty years. You are in the morning. You are forever and ever. You are time.
Immutable – You do not change. They said to one another. “Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt.” You said, “I have pardoned them according to Moses (Jesus’) Word…” Say to them, “As I live, “ says the LORD, ‘ Just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you…’” You will never be made to change.
Self – Existent – You exist by Yourself. You will exist even when Your creation does not. It is Your creation who needs You for existence. You choose. You decide. You make the men exist who go to spy out the land. You make Caleb and Joshua to existence. You make up my existence. You make up Your Word’s existence.
Self-Sufficient – You do not need any of Your creation to bring about Your will or Your purpose. You choose to use the men who spy out the land, and Caleb and Joshua and Your plague and the Amalekites and the Canaanites and Your Word and me because it is Your good pleasure, not Your need, that governs Your choice.
Infinite – There are no limits or bounds to Your person or dominion. You can conquer the Amalekites and the Canaanites. There are no limits to how You accomplish to what You say. You are without limits or bounds.
Transcendent – You are apart from Your creation. You teach me about You. The sons of Israel wanted to return to Egypt. Joshua and Caleb interceded and had faith in You and the congregation said to stone them with stones. You ask Moses (Jesus) how long will this people spurn Me? You want to destroy them but Moses (Jesus) interceded for them a second time. You pardon them, but You will teach Israel about Yourself. You tell Moses (Jesus) and Aaron (Gabriel) what You will do to teach the sons of Israel the right way. The men of the bad report died by a plague. The sons of Israel still do not believe You and go into the land without You. The Amalekites and the Canaanites struck them and beat them down as far as Hormah. Do I have such unbelief?
Sovereign – It is You I worship. You have them grumble and not believe. You put it into their heart. It is You who kills them by a plague and strikes them down. You are in complete control and You are doing Your foreknown plan!
Holy – You are a morally excellent, perfect being. You separate the sons of Israel for Your purpose.
Gracious – You show the sons of Israel Your favor by not annihilating them completely.
Merciful – You show the sons of Israel Your compassion by only punishing them for forty years and teaching them the right way.
Longsuffering – You are slow to anger and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression. You are patient with the sons of Israel.
Just – You are fair in Your punishment. You will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations.
Righteous – You are always right and You teach the right way.
Loving – You care for the sons of Israel and scourge them as sons.
Good – You listen to Moses and You teach Israel about Yourself.
Wise – Your wisdom causes You to do the things You do to give information about You and Your throne.
Truthful – You always speak the truth. How long will this people spurn You? And how long will they not believe in You? You will smite them with pestilence and dispossess the, and You will make Jesus into a nation greater and mightier than they. You have pardoned them according to Jesus’ Word; but indeed, as You live, all the earth will be filled with Your glory… The sons of Israel’s corpses shall fall in this wilderness. And their sons shall be sheperds for forty years in the wilderness, and they shall suffer for their unfaithfulness, until their corpses lie in the wilderness. This is reality.
Faithful – You always do what You promise. You tell them to turn back. They do not believe You. The Amalekites and the Canaanites strike them down as You had said You are not with them. You keep Your covenant and Your mercifulness to a thousandth generation with those who love You and keep Your commandments.
Wrathful – You will destroy all unrighteousness. You kill the men who gave a very bad report of the land with a plague and You strike down those who go up to the hill country without You.
Jealous – You will not share the sons of Israel, Your possession, Your people, who are rightly and morally Yours with any other creature.
Incomprehensible – Do the sons o Israel love You? Are the sons of Israel Your sons of God, Your angels? What does vs. 21 mean? What does ‘as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord’ have to do with the Seraphim? ‘all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord’ is referenced in Isa 6:3 with Seraphim saying that same phrase to one another. The angels are Your glory. All the earth is filled with Your angels?
· You kill 603,550 people in forty years? That is amazing. That is over 15,000 people a year.
· Israel still does not believe You. Can Your angels’ not believe You? Not LOVE YOU? Do angels have to have faith in You? Is this about Your angels? How does this relate to me? What am I supposed to learn? How do I believe You? How do I gain faith? How do I do what I am supposed to do?