Due to the long reading, I'll be doing the reading and lesson on different days!
~Reading: Numbers: Chapters 10-12- Israelites Travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh
(10:11-12) In the second year, on the twentieth day of the second month, the cloud rose from the Dwelling of the commandments. The Israelites moved on from the desert of Sinai by stages, until the cloud came to rest in the desert of Paran.
(11:1-6) Now the people complained in the hearing of the Lord; and when he heard it his wrath flared up so that the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed the outskirts of the camp. But when the people cried out to Moses, he prayed to the Lord and the fire died out. Hence that place was called Taberah, because there the fire of the Lord burned among them.
The foreign elements among them were so greedy for meat that even the Israelites lamented again, "Would that we had meat for food! We remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt, and the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now we are famished; we see nothing before us but this manna."
(11:9-15) At night, when the dew fell upon the camp, the manna also fell. When Moses heard the people, family after family, crying at the entrance of their tents, so that the Lord became very angry, he was grieved. "Why do you treat your servant so badly?"
Moses asked the Lord. "Why are you so displeased with me that you burden me with all this people? Was it I who conceived all this people? or was it I who gave them birth, that you tell me to carry them at my bosom, like a foster father carrying an infant, to the land you have promised under oath to their fathers? Where can I get meat to give to all this people? For they are crying to me, 'Give us meat for our food.' I cannot carry all this people by myself, for they are too heavy for me. If this is the way you will deal with me, then please do me the favor of killing me at once, so that I need no longer face this distress."
(11:31-32) There arose a wind sent by the Lord, that drove in quail from the sea and brought them down over the camp site at a height of two cubits from the ground for a distance of a day's journey all around the camp. All that day, all that night, and all the next day the people gathered in the quail. Even the one who got the least gathered ten homers of them. Then they spread them out all around the camp.
(Chapter 12- paraphrased) Aaron and Miriam speak against Moses. God takes them to task, and causes Miriam to be a leper for seven days.
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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