Friday, 9 January 2009

Numbers 20

1Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there.

Is the desert of Zin not the same as the wilderness of Sin ?I would think we were getting into another flashback but there was no mention of miriam the first time round... Yes Miriam had leprosy ...was cured dead. Well she was cured well eh!.

2And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.

Are we sure we havn't been here before, so far it seems almost, but not quite like, nearly similar to Exodus 17

3And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!

They really should be careful what they wish for........

4And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?

5And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.

They had plenty of wine a chapter or two ago and a few thousand less thirsts to quench since the Levites aroma therapy.

6And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.

7And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

8Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.

I would have thought that yhwh with his sense of the theatrical(the need to show off how powerful he is) added to the fact that he was regarded by the more civilised as a minor storm god would have just made it rain, probably with a little thunder and lightning on the side, but surprisingly Moses has to sweet talk the rock this time, the last time he had to strike it.

9And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.

10And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?

11And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

The last time moses did this trick I suggested he had broken into someones water supply, which was why they ended up fighting the forces of Amelek perhaps the Idea of speaking to the rock this meant he should ask whosever water it was, to supply them. This should end well.

12And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

13This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them.

14And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh unto the king of Edom, Thus saith thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the travail that hath befallen us:

I thought they were supposed to be lost. That last verse suggests Moses knew exactly where they were.

15How our fathers went down into Egypt, and we have dwelt in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians vexed us, and our fathers:

16And when we cried unto the LORD, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt: and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of thy border:

17Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king's high way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders.

18And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword.

I still am far from convinced that this is not a re-hashing of exodus 17. Was the ruler of Edom at the time Amelek ?

19And the children of Israel said unto him, We will go by the high way: and if I and my cattle drink of thy water, then I will pay for it: I will only, without doing anything else, go through on my feet.

20And he said, Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out against him with much people, and with a strong hand.

What possible reason could Amelek Edom have for refusing said passage ?

21Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border: wherefore Israel turned away from him.

But , but, Moses has the alpowerful almighty all arse hole on his side, why on earth would Moses have to go round ? Apart from it all being bullshit of course.

22And the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, journeyed from Kadesh, and came unto mount Hor.

23And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying,

24Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah.

Hmmm, is there trouble brewing amongst the brothers ?

25Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor:

26And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there.

Just like that !

27And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.

28And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount.

Aaron just up and died did he ? Moses just didn't happen to well....kill him ?

29And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

I'll bet they did. Aaron was definately the saner of the two brothers

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