What I first noticed was the brilliant colors in this picture; not just the colors, but the contrasts and combination of them, simple beautiful!!!  As I looked at it a bit more closely, I noticed that the tree was barren and that bothered me a little, because I like to think of a tree as having fruit.  But, the picture shows the dawn of a new day and with each new day there is hope.  So, I thought of this passage from the book of Revelation....

Revelation 22:1-5 (WEB)

1) He showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb,

2) in the middle of its street. On this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruits, yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3) There will be no curse any more. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants serve him.

4) They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.

5) There will be no night, and they need no lamp light; for the Lord God will illuminate them. They will reign forever and ever.

Just as a new day begins, so eras change.  Eventually, things will be restored so that there is fellowship with God as before the fall.  All things will be made right, all things will reflect the perfection of God.  I forgot to mention that the picture reminds me a little of the old movie "Gone with the Wind" and just as the antebellum life in the South is gone forever, so will Sin and its effects someday end.  Nice thought on a warm Spring day; who knows what tomorrow will bring...

OT Bible Reading 4/21

Apr. 21

Numbers 33, 34

Num 33:1 These are the journeys of the children of Israel, when they went forth out of the land of Egypt by their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Num 33:2 Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys by the commandment of Yahweh: and these are their journeys according to their goings out.

Num 33:3 They traveled from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the next day after the Passover the children of Israel went out with a high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians,

Num 33:4 while the Egyptians were burying all their firstborn, whom Yahweh had struck among them: on their gods also Yahweh executed judgments.

Num 33:5 The children of Israel traveled from Rameses, and encamped in Succoth.

Num 33:6 They traveled from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, which is in the edge of the wilderness.

Num 33:7 They traveled from Etham, and turned back to Pihahiroth, which is before Baal Zephon: and they encamped before Migdol.

Num 33:8 They traveled from before Hahiroth, and passed through the midst of the sea into the wilderness: and they went three days' journey in the wilderness of Etham, and encamped in Marah.

Num 33:9 They traveled from Marah, and came to Elim: and in Elim were twelve springs of water, and seventy palm trees; and they encamped there.

Num 33:10 They traveled from Elim, and encamped by the Red Sea.

Num 33:11 They traveled from the Red Sea, and encamped in the wilderness of Sin.

Num 33:12 They traveled from the wilderness of Sin, and encamped in Dophkah.

Num 33:13 They traveled from Dophkah, and encamped in Alush.

Num 33:14 They traveled from Alush, and encamped in Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink.

Num 33:15 They traveled from Rephidim, and encamped in the wilderness of Sinai.

Num 33:16 They traveled from the wilderness of Sinai, and encamped in Kibroth Hattaavah.

Num 33:17 They traveled from Kibroth Hattaavah, and encamped in Hazeroth.

Num 33:18 They traveled from Hazeroth, and encamped in Rithmah.

Num 33:19 They traveled from Rithmah, and encamped in Rimmon Perez.

Num 33:20 They traveled from Rimmon Perez, and encamped in Libnah.

Num 33:21 They traveled from Libnah, and encamped in Rissah.

Num 33:22 They traveled from Rissah, and encamped in Kehelathah.

Num 33:23 They traveled from Kehelathah, and encamped in Mount Shepher.

Num 33:24 They traveled from Mount Shepher, and encamped in Haradah.

Num 33:25 They traveled from Haradah, and encamped in Makheloth.

Num 33:26 They traveled from Makheloth, and encamped in Tahath.

Num 33:27 They traveled from Tahath, and encamped in Terah.

Num 33:28 They traveled from Terah, and encamped in Mithkah.

Num 33:29 They traveled from Mithkah, and encamped in Hashmonah.

Num 33:30 They traveled from Hashmonah, and encamped in Moseroth.

Num 33:31 They traveled from Moseroth, and encamped in Bene Jaakan.

Num 33:32 They traveled from Bene Jaakan, and encamped in Hor Haggidgad.

Num 33:33 They traveled from Hor Haggidgad, and encamped in Jotbathah.

Num 33:34 They traveled from Jotbathah, and encamped in Abronah.

Num 33:35 They traveled from Abronah, and encamped in Ezion Geber.

Num 33:36 They traveled from Ezion Geber, and encamped in the wilderness of Zin (the same is Kadesh).

Num 33:37 They traveled from Kadesh, and encamped in Mount Hor, in the edge of the land of Edom.

Num 33:38 Aaron the priest went up into Mount Hor at the commandment of Yahweh, and died there, in the fortieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fifth month, on the first day of the month.

Num 33:39 Aaron was one hundred twenty-three years old when he died in Mount Hor.

Num 33:40 The Canaanite, the king of Arad, who lived in the South in the land of Canaan, heard of the coming of the children of Israel.

Num 33:41 They traveled from Mount Hor, and encamped in Zalmonah.

Num 33:42 They traveled from Zalmonah, and encamped in Punon.

Num 33:43 They traveled from Punon, and encamped in Oboth.

Num 33:44 They traveled from Oboth, and encamped in Iye Abarim, in the border of Moab.

Num 33:45 They traveled from Iyim, and encamped in Dibon Gad.

Num 33:46 They traveled from Dibon Gad, and encamped in Almon Diblathaim.

Num 33:47 They traveled from Almon Diblathaim, and encamped in the mountains of Abarim, before Nebo.

Num 33:48 They traveled from the mountains of Abarim, and encamped in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.

Num 33:49 They encamped by the Jordan, from Beth Jeshimoth even to Abel Shittim in the plains of Moab.

Num 33:50 Yahweh spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying,

Num 33:51 Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, When you pass over the Jordan into the land of Canaan,

Num 33:52 then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their figured stones, and destroy all their molten images, and demolish all their high places:

Num 33:53 and you shall take possession of the land, and dwell therein; for I have given given the land to you to possess it.

Num 33:54 You shall inherit the land by lot according to your families; to the more you shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer you shall give the less inheritance: wherever the lot falls to any man, that shall be his. You shall inherit according to the tribes of your fathers.

Num 33:55 But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those you let remain of them will be as pricks in your eyes and as thorns in your sides, and they will harass you in the land in which you dwell.

Num 33:56 It shall happen that as I thought to do to them, so will I do to you.

Num 34:1 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

Num 34:2 Command the children of Israel, and tell them, When you come into the land of Canaan (this is the land that shall fall to you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan according to its borders),

Num 34:3 then your south quarter shall be from the wilderness of Zin along by the side of Edom, and your south border shall be from the end of the Salt Sea eastward;

Num 34:4 and your border shall turn about southward of the ascent of Akrabbim, and pass along to Zin; and the goings out of it shall be southward of Kadesh Barnea; and it shall go forth to Hazar Addar, and pass along to Azmon;

Num 34:5 and the border shall turn about from Azmon to the brook of Egypt, and the goings out of it shall be at the sea.

Num 34:6 For the western border, you shall have the great sea and the border of it: this shall be your west border.

Num 34:7 This shall be your north border: from the great sea you shall mark out for you Mount Hor;

Num 34:8 from Mount Hor you shall mark out to the entrance of Hamath; and the goings out of the border shall be at Zedad;

Num 34:9 and the border shall go forth to Ziphron, and the goings out of it shall be at Hazar Enan: this shall be your north border.

Num 34:10 You shall mark out your east border from Hazar Enan to Shepham;

Num 34:11 and the border shall go down from Shepham to Riblah, on the east side of Ain; and the border shall go down, and shall reach to the side of the sea of Chinnereth eastward;

Num 34:12 and the border shall go down to the Jordan, and the goings out of it shall be at the Salt Sea. This shall be your land according to its borders around it.

Num 34:13 Moses commanded the children of Israel, saying, This is the land which you shall inherit by lot, which Yahweh has commanded to give to the nine tribes, and to the half-tribe;

Num 34:14 for the tribe of the children of Reuben according to their fathers' houses, and the tribe of the children of Gad according to their fathers' houses, have received, and the half-tribe of Manasseh have received, their inheritance:

Num 34:15 the two tribes and the half-tribe have received their inheritance beyond the Jordan at Jericho eastward, toward the sunrise.

Num 34:16 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

Num 34:17 These are the names of the men who shall divide the land to you for inheritance: Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun.

Num 34:18 You shall take one prince of every tribe, to divide the land for inheritance.

Num 34:19 These are the names of the men: Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

Num 34:20 Of the tribe of the children of Simeon, Shemuel the son of Ammihud.

Num 34:21 Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad the son of Chislon.

Num 34:22 Of the tribe of the children of Dan a prince, Bukki the son of Jogli.

Num 34:23 Of the children of Joseph: of the tribe of the children of Manasseh a prince, Hanniel the son of Ephod.

Num 34:24 Of the tribe of the children of Ephraim a prince, Kemuel the son of Shiphtan.

Num 34:25 Of the tribe of the children of Zebulun a prince, Elizaphan the son of Parnach.

Num 34:26 Of the tribe of the children of Issachar a prince, Paltiel the son of Azzan.

Num 34:27 Of the tribe of the children of Asher a prince, Ahihud the son of Shelomi.

Num 34:28 Of the tribe of the children of Naphtali a prince, Pedahel the son of Ammihud.

Num 34:29 These are they whom Yahweh commanded to divide the inheritance to the children of Israel in the land of Canaan.