I have notes that I’d like to share with you today.

When they reached the Valley of Eshkol, they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs.

Numbers 13:23 (NIV)

After sending the 12 Israelite leaders to spy out the Promised Land, they returned with a branch carrying grapes, pomegranates, and figs. I used to think it was a branch with just grapes and thought, “Those are some heavy grapes!” However, Numbers 13:23 tells us there were also pomegranates and figs with the grapes. Still, we might think the fruit was weighty. After all, it’s the Promised Land, right? The fruit should be out of this world! Yet, when I think about it, the reason they carried the fruit with a branch would have had more to do with not wanting it to be damaged in transit, more than it being too heavy to carry. They didn’t have grocery carts back then.

A prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.

Psalm 90:1 (NIV)

This is the only Psalm in the book of Psalms attributed to Moses which means this is the oldest Psalm in the Bible.

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Psalm 90:10 (NIV)

Some point to this verse and say it’s “proof” that Moses didn’t write Psalm 90 because his father and grandfather lived to be over 100 years old. Therefore, Moses didn’t write this, and it’s falsely attributed to him. However, I believe Moses did write Psalm 90. In fact, this verse indicates he was around 80 when he wrote it. Even if some people live to an older age, it doesn’t mean everyone does.

Relent, Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants.

Psalm 90:13 (NIV)

If we consider Psalm 90 to have been written by Moses when he was 80, then this verse makes a lot of sense because it means Moses wrote this Psalm before the Israelites were released from bondage in Egypt. It doesn’t make as much sense for Moses to have written Psalm 90 in the short time before the Israelites were set to wander in the wilderness. God told them they would be wandering for 40 years. However, it does make sense that Moses would cry out to the Lord while dealing with Pharaoh.

Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.)

Mark 2:15 (NLT)

Right after Levi started to follow Jesus, he had a dinner party and invited Jesus, his disciples, and his “unsaved” friends. Although we become new creations when saved, we don’t live how we used to. That doesn’t mean we turn entirely away from everyone we used to know as soon as we’re saved. We stop behaving like we used to act, which is different. Still, as we become more ingrained with the Lord, those relationships will eventually disappear if they aren’t rooted in Christ. Yet, it’s noteworthy that Levi threw a party and invited his old friends to it to mingle with his new after he started following Jesus.

Those are my notes for today. Thanks for stopping by.

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