Numbers 12; Numbers 13; Numbers 14; Mark 5:21-43

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Numbers 12

1 Miriam and Aaron began to criticize Moses because he was married to a woman from Sudan.
2 They asked, "Did the LORD speak only through Moses? Didn't he also speak through us?" The LORD heard their complaint.
3 (Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on earth.)
4 Suddenly, the LORD said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, "All three of you come to the tent of meeting." So all three of them came.
5 Then the LORD came down in the column of smoke and stood at the entrance to the tent. He called to Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward.
6 He said, "Listen to my words: When there are prophets of the LORD among you, I make myself known to them in visions or speak to them in dreams.
7 But this is not the way I treat my servant Moses. He is the most faithful person in my household.
8 I speak with him face to face, plainly and not in riddles. He even sees the form of the LORD. Why weren't you afraid to criticize my servant Moses?"
9 The LORD was angry with them, so he left.
10 When the smoke left the tent, Miriam was covered with an infectious skin disease. She was as white as snow. Aaron turned to her and saw she was covered with the disease.
11 So he said to Moses, "Please, sir, don't punish us for this foolish sin we committed.
12 Don't let her be like a stillborn baby that's not completely developed."
13 So Moses cried to the LORD, "Please, God, heal her!"
14 The LORD replied to Moses, "If her own father had spit in her face, wouldn't she be excluded from the community for seven days? She must be put in isolation outside the camp for seven days. Then she can be brought back."
15 So Miriam was put in isolation outside the camp for seven days. The people didn't break camp until she was brought back.
16 After that, the people moved from Hazeroth and set up camp in the Desert of Paran.

Numbers 13

1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Send men to explore Canaan, which I'm giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of their ancestors' tribes."
3 So at the LORD's command, Moses sent these men from the Desert of Paran. All of them were leaders of the Israelites.
4 These are their names: Shammua, son of Zaccur, from the tribe of Reuben;
5 Shaphat, son of Hori, from the tribe of Simeon;
6 Caleb, son of Jephunneh, from the tribe of Judah;
7 Igal, son of Joseph, from the tribe of Issachar;
8 Hoshea, son of Nun, from the tribe of Ephraim;
9 Palti, son of Raphu, from the tribe of Benjamin;
10 Gaddiel, son of Sodi, from the tribe of Zebulun;
11 Gaddi, son of Susi, from the tribe of Joseph (that is, the tribe of Manasseh);
12 Ammiel, son of Gemalli, from the tribe of Dan;
13 Sethur, son of Michael, from the tribe of Asher;
14 Nahbi, son of Vophsi, from the tribe of Naphtali;
15 Geuel, son of Machi, from the tribe of Gad.
16 These are the names of the men Moses sent to explore the land. But Moses gave Hoshea, son of Nun, the name Joshua.
17 When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he told them, "Go through the Negev and then into the mountain region.
18 See what the land is like and whether the people living there are strong or weak, few or many.
19 Is the land they live in good or bad? Do their cities have walls around them or not?
20 Is the soil rich or poor? Does the land have trees or not? Do your best to bring back some fruit from the land." (It was the season when grapes were beginning to ripen.)
21 So the men explored the land from the Desert of Zin to the border of Hamath.
22 They went through the Negev and came to Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai lived. They are descendants of Anak. (Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)
23 When they came to the Eshcol Valley, they cut off a branch with only one bunch of grapes on it. They carried it on a pole between two of them. They also brought some pomegranates and figs.
24 So they called that valley Eshcol [Bunch of Grapes] because of the bunch of grapes the Israelites cut off there.
25 Forty days later, they came back from exploring the land.
26 They came back to Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. They gave their report and showed them the fruit from the land.
27 This is what they reported to Moses: "We went to the land where you sent us. It really is a land flowing with milk and honey. Here's some of its fruit.
28 But the people who live there are strong, and the cities have walls and are very large. We even saw the descendants of Anak there.
29 The Amalekites live in the Negev. The Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the mountain region. And the Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and all along the Jordan River."
30 Caleb told the people to be quiet and listen to Moses. Caleb said, "Let's go now and take possession of the land. We should be more than able to conquer it."
31 But the men who had gone with him said, "We can't attack those people! They're too strong for us!"
32 So they began to spread lies among the Israelites about the land they had explored. They said, "The land we explored is one that devours those who live there. All the people we saw there are very tall.
33 We saw Nephilim there. (The descendants of Anak are Nephilim.) We felt as small as grasshoppers, and that's how we must have looked to them."

Numbers 14

1 Then all the people in the Israelite community raised their voices and cried out loud all that night.
2 They complained to Moses and Aaron, "If only we had died in Egypt or this desert!
3 Why is the LORD bringing us to this land--just to have us die in battle? Our wives and children will be taken as prisoners of war! Wouldn't it be better for us to go back to Egypt?"
4 They said to each other, "Let's choose a leader and go back to Egypt."
5 Immediately, Moses and Aaron bowed with their faces touching the ground in front of the whole community of Israel assembled there.
6 At the same time, two of those who had explored the land, Joshua (son of Nun) and Caleb (son of Jephunneh), tore their clothes in despair.
7 They said to the whole community of Israel, "The land we explored is very good.
8 If the LORD is pleased with us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us. This is a land flowing with milk and honey!
9 Don't rebel against the LORD, and don't be afraid of the people of the land. We will devour them like bread. They have no protection, and the LORD is with us. So don't be afraid of them."
10 But when the whole community of Israel talked about stoning Moses and Aaron to death, they all saw the glory of the LORD [shining] at the tent of meeting.
11 The LORD said to Moses, "How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to trust me in spite of all the miraculous signs I have done among them?
12 I'll strike them with a plague, I'll destroy them, and I'll make you into a nation larger and stronger than they are."
13 But Moses said to the LORD, "What if the Egyptians hear about it? (You used your power to take these people away from them.)
14 What if the Egyptians tell the people who live in this land? LORD, they have already heard that you are with these people, that they have seen you with their own eyes, that your column of smoke stays over them, and that you go ahead of them in a column of smoke by day and in a column of fire by night.
15 But if you kill all these people at the same time, then the nations who have heard these reports about you will say,
16 'The LORD wasn't able to bring these people into the land he promised them, so he slaughtered them in the desert.'
17 "Lord, let your power be as great as when you said,
18 'The LORD...patient, forever loving....He forgives wrongdoing and disobedience....He never lets the guilty go unpunished, punishing children...for their parents' sins to the third and fourth generation....'
19 By your great love, please forgive these people's sins, as you have been forgiving them from the time they left Egypt until now."
20 The LORD said, "I forgive them, as you have asked.
21 But as I live and as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth, I solemnly swear that
22 none of the people who saw my glory and the miraculous signs I did in Egypt and in the desert will see the land which I promised their ancestors. They have tested me now ten times and refused to obey me.
23 None of those who treat me with contempt will see it!
24 But because my servant Caleb has a different attitude and has wholeheartedly followed me, I'll bring him to the land he already explored. His descendants will possess it.
25 (The Amalekites and Canaanites are living in the valleys.) Tomorrow you must turn around, go back into the desert, and follow the road that goes to the Red Sea."
26 Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
27 "How long must I put up with this wicked community that keeps complaining about me? I've heard the complaints the Israelites are making about me.
28 So tell them, 'As I live, declares the LORD, I solemnly swear I will do everything to you that you said I would do.
29 Your bodies will drop dead in this desert. All of you who are at least 20 years old, who were registered and listed, and who complained about me will die.
30 I raised my hand and swore an oath to give you this land to live in. But none of you will enter it except Caleb (son of Jephunneh) and Joshua (son of Nun).
31 You said your children would be taken as prisoners of war. Instead, I will bring them into the land you rejected, and they will enjoy it.
32 However, your bodies will drop dead in this desert.
33 Your children will be shepherds in the desert for 40 years. They will suffer for your unfaithfulness until the last of your bodies lies dead in the desert.
34 For 40 days you explored the land. So for 40 years--one year for each day--you will suffer for your sins and know what it means for me to be against you.'
35 I, the LORD, have spoken. I swear I will do these things to all the people in this whole wicked community who have joined forces against me. They will meet their end in this desert. Here they will die!"
36 So the men Moses sent to explore the land died in front of the LORD from a plague.
37 They died because they had returned and made the whole community complain about Moses by spreading lies about the land.
38 Of all the men who went to explore the land, only Joshua (son of Nun) and Caleb (son of Jephunneh) survived.
39 When Moses told these things to all the Israelites, the people mourned bitterly, as if someone had died.
40 Early the next morning they headed into the mountain region. They said, "We have sinned. Now we'll go to the place the LORD promised."
41 But Moses asked, "Why are you disobeying the LORD's command? Your plan won't work!
42 Don't go! You will be defeated by your enemies because the LORD is not with you.
43 The Amalekites and Canaanites are there, and you will die in battle. Now that you have turned away from the LORD, the LORD will not be with you."
44 But they headed into the mountain region anyway, even though the ark of the LORD's promise and Moses stayed in the camp.
45 The Amalekites and Canaanites who lived there came down from those mountains, attacked the Israelites, and defeated them at Hormah.

Mark 5:21-43

21 Jesus again crossed to the other side of the Sea of Galilee in a boat. A large crowd gathered around him by the seashore.
22 A synagogue leader named Jairus also arrived. When he saw Jesus, he quickly bowed down in front of him.
23 He begged Jesus, "My little daughter is dying. Come, lay your hands on her so that she may get well and live."
24 Jesus went with the man. A huge crowd followed Jesus and pressed him on every side.
25 In the crowd was a woman who had been suffering from chronic bleeding for twelve years.
26 Although she had been under the care of many doctors and had spent all her money, she had not been helped at all. Actually, she had become worse.
27 Since she had heard about Jesus, she came from behind in the crowd and touched his clothes.
28 She said, "If I can just touch his clothes, I'll get well."
29 Her bleeding stopped immediately. She felt cured from her illness.
30 At that moment Jesus felt power had gone out of him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?"
31 His disciples said to him, "How can you ask, 'Who touched me,' when you see the crowd pressing you on all sides?"
32 But he kept looking around to see the woman who had done this.
33 The woman trembled with fear. She knew what had happened to her. So she quickly bowed in front of him and told him the whole truth.
34 Jesus told her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace! Be cured from your illness."
35 While Jesus was still speaking to her, some people came from the synagogue leader's home. They told the synagogue leader, "Your daughter has died. Why bother the teacher anymore?"
36 When Jesus overheard what they said, he told the synagogue leader, "Don't be afraid! Just believe."
37 Jesus allowed no one to go with him except Peter and the two brothers James and John.
38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a noisy crowd there. People were crying and sobbing loudly.
39 When he came into the house, he asked them, "Why are you making so much noise and crying? The child isn't dead. She's just sleeping."
40 They laughed at him. So he made all of them go outside. Then he took the child's father, mother, and his three disciples and went to the child.
41 Jesus took the child's hand and said to her, "Talitha, koum!" which means, "Little girl, I'm telling you to get up!"
42 The girl got up at once and started to walk. (She was twelve years old.) They were astonished.
43 Jesus ordered them not to let anyone know about this. He also told them to give the little girl something to eat.