God doesn’t like it when you questions Him. In the last chapter he killed 14,700 people who did so. That’s how insecure He is. I’m sure God will say He’s sorry in Number 17, right? Right?!?!? Nope. Instead, Numbers 17 starts with God commanding Moses to gather staffs for the Israelite leaders.
“Place them in the tent of meeting in front of the ark of the covenant law, where I meet with you. The staff belonging to the man I choose will sprout, and I will rid myself of this constant grumbling against you by the Israelites.” – Numbers 17:4-5
Or, I don’t know, show yourself to the people!!!
“The next day Moses entered the tent and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the tribe of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds.” – Numbers 17:8
ROFL!!! The Bible would be so much more believable if it didn’t contain nonsense such as this. God is supposedly all-powerful, but He requires you to have faith that this actually happened. People are really supposed to believe that a staff sprouted and produced almonds? If that’s not unbelievable enough, the staff went from a staff to producing almonds in one night!
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Put back Aaron’s staff in front of the ark of the covenant law, to be kept as a sign to the rebellious. This will put an end to their grumbling against me, so that they will not die.’” – Numbers 17:10
Um…a piece of wood producing almonds is supposed to put down a rebellion? This ‘rebellion’ started with the people using their critical thinking skills. How dare they think for themselves?!?!?
That’s it for Numbers 17. God does not want you thinking for yourself, that’s for sure. Oh, and apparently a dead stick can sprout almonds in less than one day. Sure.
Coming Soon: Numbers – Chapter 18: Duties of Priests and Levites