Thoughts and Reflection
In Today’s reading are seeing the timelines of Numbers and Deuteronomy coming closer. In Deuteronomy, Moses tells what has come before and establishes the law again before the people enter the Promised Land. Also, an important and just law is put down by God that allows land to be transferred to daughters if that is all a father should have. In the ancient world, the land would be transferred to only Sons and if a family had daughters this would create a problem. Allowing land to be transferred to daughters if that is only what you have is just and fair.
Joshua was one of the two spies that were sent into Canaan and returned to say that the Israelites could take the land. Moses lays his hands on Joshua and appoints him as his successor. Joshua will lead the people into the Promised Land.
Interestingly, Joshua (or Yeshua) is the same name as Jesus. Joshua will later lead the people across the river Jordan into the Promised Land; Jesus will do the same through the waters of Baptism.
In Deuteronomy 28, we have a list of both blessings and curses. The Lord promises blessings even if we do not experience it immediately of doing good. In the end, we get what we choose — good or evil, blessing or curse.
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For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 There then came forward the daughters of Zelophehad son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh; he belonged to the clans of Manasseh son of Joseph. His daughters’ names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah.
2 They appeared before Moses, the priest Eleazar, the leaders and the whole community, at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, and said,
3 ‘Our father died in the desert. He was not a member of the party who banded together against Yahweh, Korah’s party; it was for his own sin that he died without sons.
4 Why should our father’s name be lost to his clan? Since he had no son, give us some property like our father’s kinsmen.’
9 If he has no daughter, the heritage will go to his brothers.
10 If he has no brothers, his heritage will go to his father’s brothers.
11 If his father has no brothers, his heritage will go to the member of his clan who is most nearly related; it will become his property. This will be a legal rule for the Israelites, as Yahweh has ordered Moses.” ‘
12 Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Climb this mountain of the Abarim range, and look at the country which I have given to the Israelites.
14 For you both rebelled in the desert of Zin when the community disputed with me and when I ordered you to assert my holiness before their eyes by means of the water.’ (These were the Waters of Meribah of Kadesh, in the desert of Zin.)
21 He will present himself to the priest Eleazar who will consult Yahweh on his behalf by means of the rite of the urim; at his command, they will go out and, at his command, they will come in, he and all the Israelites with him, the whole community.’
23 laid his hands on him and gave him his orders, as Yahweh had directed through Moses.
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said,
4 You will offer the first lamb in the morning and the second lamb at twilight,
6 Such was the perpetual burnt offering made on Mount Sinai as a pleasing smell, as food burnt for Yahweh.
8 The second lamb you will offer at twilight, offering it with the same cereal offering and the same libation as in the morning, as food burnt as a smell pleasing to Yahweh.
11 “At the beginning of each of your months you will offer a burnt offering to Yahweh: two young bulls, one ram and seven yearling lambs, without blemish;
14 The accompanying libations will be of half a hin of wine for a bull, one-third of a hin for a ram and one-quarter of a hin for a lamb. This will be the monthly burnt offering, month after month, every month of the year.
16 “The fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of Yahweh,
17 and the fifteenth day of this month is a feast day. For seven days unleavened bread will be eaten.
20 The accompanying cereal offering of fine flour mixed with oil will be three-tenths of an ephah for a bull, two-tenths for a ram,
23 You will offer these in addition to the morning burnt offering, which is a perpetual burnt offering.
24 You will do this every day for seven days. It is sustenance, food burnt as a smell pleasing to Yahweh, to be offered in addition to the perpetual burnt offering and its accompanying libation.
27 As a burnt offering as a smell pleasing to Yahweh, you will offer two young bulls, one ram and seven yearling lambs.
28 The accompanying cereal offering of fine flour mixed with oil will be three-tenths of an ephah for each bull, two-tenths for the ram,
31 You will offer these in addition to the perpetual burnt offering and its accompanying cereal offering and libations.” ‘
1 ‘But if you faithfully obey the voice of Yahweh your God, by keeping and observing all his commandments, which I am laying down for you today, Yahweh your God will raise you higher than every other nation in the world,
3 ‘You will be blessed in the town and blessed in the countryside;
6 You will be blessed in coming home, and blessed in going out.
10 The peoples of the world, seeing that you bear Yahweh’s name, will all be afraid of you.
11 Yahweh will make you abound in possessions: in the offspring of your body, in the yield of your cattle and in the yield of your soil, in the country which he swore to your ancestors that he would give you.
12 For you Yahweh will open his treasury of rain, the heavens, to give your country its rain at the right time, and to bless all your labours. You will make many nations your subjects, yet you will be subject to none.
13 Yahweh will put you at the head, not at the tail; you will always be on top and never underneath, if you listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God, which I am laying down for you today, and then keep them and put them into practice,
14 not deviating to right or to left from any of the words which I am laying down for you today, by following other gods and serving them.
15 ‘But if you do not obey the voice of Yahweh your God, and do not keep and observe all his commandments and laws which I am laying down for you today then all these curses will befall and overtake you.
16 ‘You will be accursed in the town and accursed in the countryside;
19 You will be accursed in coming home, and accursed in going out.
20 ‘Yahweh will send a curse on you, a spell, an imprecation on all your labours until you have been destroyed and quickly perish, because of your perverse behaviour, for having deserted me.
21 Yahweh will fasten the plague on you, until it has exterminated you from the country which you are about to enter and make your own.
23 The heavens above you will be brass, the earth beneath you iron.
26 Your carcase will be carrion for all wild birds and all wild animals, with no one to scare them away.
31 Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes and you will eat none of it; your donkey will be carried off in front of you and not be returned to you; your sheep will be given to your enemies, and no one will come to your help.
36 ‘Yahweh will send away both you and the king whom you have appointed to rule you to a nation unknown either to you or to your ancestors, and there you will serve other gods, made of wood and stone.
42 All your trees and the whole yield of your soil will be the prey of insects.
43 ‘The foreigners living with you will rise higher and higher at your expense, while you yourself sink lower and lower.
45 ‘All these curses will befall you, pursue you and overtake you until you have been destroyed, for not having obeyed the voice of Yahweh your God by keeping his commandments and laws which he has laid down for you.
46 They will be a sign and a wonder over you and your descendants for ever.
47 ‘For not having joyfully and with happy heart served Yahweh your God, despite the abundance of everything,
51 He will eat the yield of your cattle and the yield of your soil until you have been destroyed; he will leave you neither wheat, nor wine, nor oil, nor the young of your cattle, nor increase of your flock, until he has made an end of you.
52 He will besiege you inside all your towns until your loftiest and most strongly fortified walls collapse, on which, throughout your country, you have relied. He will besiege you inside all the towns throughout your country, given you by Yahweh your God.
54 The gentlest and tenderest of your men will scowl at his brother, and at the wife whom he embraces, and at his remaining children,
55 not willing to give any of them any of his own children’s flesh, which he is eating; because of the siege and the distress to which your enemy will reduce you in all your towns, he will have nothing left.
56 The most refined and fastidious of your women, so refined, so fastidious that she has never ventured to set the sole of her foot to the ground, will scowl at the husband whom she embraces, and at her son and daughter, and at the after-birth when it leaves her womb, and at the child to which she has given birth-
58 ‘If you do not keep and observe all the words of this Law, which are written in this book, in the fear of this glorious and awe-inspiring name: Yahweh your God,
59 Yahweh will strike you down with monstrous plagues, you and your descendants: with plagues grievous and lasting, diseases pernicious and enduring.
63 just as Yahweh used to delight in making you happy and in making your numbers grow, so will he take delight in ruining you and destroying you. You will be torn from the country which you are about to enter and make your own.
64 Yahweh will scatter you throughout every people, from one end of the earth to the other; there you will serve other gods made of wood and stone, hitherto unknown either to you or to your ancestors.
68 Yahweh will send you back to Egypt, either by ship or by a road which I promised you would never see again. And there you will want to offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as serving men and women, but no one will buy you.’
1 Alleluia! How blessed is anyone who fears Yahweh, who delights in his commandments!
10 The wicked are vexed at the sight, they grind their teeth and waste away. The desires of the wicked will be frustrated.