An Amazing Book

So often the true stories of the Bible are more exciting than any novel we can ever read. The whole book is a story of God’s faithfulness and mans waywardness. We find Moses leading a whole nation out into the desert, where having escaped Pharaoh’s army in a miraculous way, they face starvation.Their ever-faithful God provides manna and quail which is further evidence of His love and care. Then when Moses is with God receiving the Ten Commandments, the people believe Moses has deserted them and make the Golden Calf.

Their faithlessness does not diminish as they approach the Promised Land. In spite of the beautiful branch of grapes on their shoulders, ten of the spies declare the land undefeatable and as punishment they spend another 40 years wandering in the wilderness and a failure to enter the Promised Land which God had promised them. They even had a change of heart and tried to conquer the land without God’s blessing. When they were struck down with the plague I wonder if it was a pandemic. Also I wonder how they would have felt waiting for the last dissenter to die before they could enter the land.

Time and time again the Israelites forgot God’s promises, His love and His care. I wonder if that has a familiar ring to it today.


Borders between countries are a necessary evil. They keep people out, they keep in, they keep people separated.

In my own small way I’ve been affected by a border. Living only nine miles from the English/Scottish border, for the last four months I’ve not been able to go into Scotland. Now the border is open and a relative has been able to come down to see me and soon I will cross the border to see him. The current rules are so different. In Scotland you can eat a meal inside a restaurant but not have a drink. In England you can’t eat inside a restaurant but you can have a drink. We obviously took advantage of the drinks part!

The Israelites had their own problems with borders. When travelling to the Promised Land they crossed many borders and fought many battles. Do we have borders in our lives; do we have borders with people?