Then we set out from Horeb and went through all that great and terrifying wilderness that you saw, on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, as the Lord our God commanded us. And we came to Kadesh-barnea. And I said to you, ‘You have come to the hill country of the Amorites, which the Lord our God is giving us. See, the Lord your God has set the land before you. Go up, take possession, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not fear or be dismayed.’ Then all of you came near me and said, ‘Let us send men before us, that they may explore the land for us and bring us word again of the way by which we must go up and the cities into which we shall come.’ The thing seemed good to me, and I took twelve men from you, one man from each tribe. And they turned and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshcol and spied it out. And they took in their hands some of the fruit of the land and brought it down to us, and brought us word again and said, ‘It is a good land that the Lord our God is giving us.’
Yet you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the Lord your God. And you murmured in your tents and said, ‘Because the Lord hated us he has brought us out of the land of Egypt, to give us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. Where are we going up? Our brothers have made our hearts melt, saying, “The people are greater and taller than we. The cities are great and fortified up to heaven. And besides, we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.”’ Then I said to you, ‘Do not be in dread or afraid of them. The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.’ Yet in spite of this word you did not believe the Lord your God, who went before you in the way to seek you out a place to pitch your tents, in fire by night and in the cloud by day, to show you by what way you should go.
Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
Blessed are You, O Lord, our God creator of the universe, who has led your people Israel by a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night, enlighten their darkness by the light of Your Christ, may the Word of Christ enlighten the darkness of your people Israel, and may it be a lamp to their feet, and a light to their path.
Blessed are You, O Lord and Giver of life; you have formed our inward parts; and knitted us together in our mother’s womb. Defend Your gift of earthly life at every age, from natural conception to natural death, and grant wisdom to all doctors and nurses as they work to bring health to those who are sick. We pray especially for Lisa, Pastor Kassouf, Elizabeth, Nancy, Micha, Becky, Dennis, Steve and Helen.
Blessed are You, O Lord our God. You are slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. You are good to all, and Your mercy is over all that you have made. Bless all who work to bring the knowledge of Your abounding and steadfast love to the whole world, especially all those who work with the Apple of His Eye. Enable them to speak of the glory of Your kingdom and faithfully tell of Your power.
All these things we pray in the Holy Name of Yeshua Hamashiach Amen!