Parentheses by Renee Fisher

Series: Faithbook of Jesus Devotional
Renee Fisher

(It takes eleven days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by the Mount Seir road.)

— Deuteronomy 1:2

In writing, the use of parentheses is meant to add extra information (like this). If you don’t pay close attention, you could miss something. In Deuteronomy 1:1-5 it states the preamble and gives the historical setting for the entire book and introductions for Moses — stuff we typically gloss over.

In Deuteronomy 1:2 we see a parentheses. What it is really saying is that the trip out of Egypt into the Promised Land should have taken eleven days but instead it took forty years. Oops. (What did we miss?)

The Israelites departure out of Egypt into the desert turned into a disaster. They grumbled. They complained. They tried to kill Moses. They angered Jesus so badly that he took them on the scenic route. “The Lord’s anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the desert forty years, until the whole generation of those who had ...

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