Tales From the Bible by Mike Southern

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Mike Southern
May 2019

If you listen to some people, you might get the idea that God is very predictable—that is, He will always act in exactly the same way every time a similar situation comes up. But our God’s ways aren’t always so easy to anticipate because we don’t understand the ‘why’ behind His actions.

And sometimes we see this unpredictability in the Bible. The problem is that sometimes we don’t recognize that we’re reading two different stories. After all, the situations appear almost the same!

But today’s story—I mean, stories—are different. We know the stories are different because Aaron’s sister Miriam is alive during the first one but has died before the second one happens. These two stories come from Exodus 17:1-7 and Numbers 20:1-13.


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To read other Tales From the Bible select from the following


Samuel Chooses a New King

But That’s What You Prayed For!

How Daniel Got His Name Back

The Babbling Builders

The Man Caught by a Fish

The Prophet Who Captured an Arm

Two Men Go to War


A VERY Long Distance Call for Help

The First Tithe


The Choir That Sang a Victory

Sole Mates

The Lambs of God

What The Donkey Didn't Say

What Balaam DID Say

God's Troublemaker

Too Many Days in a Floating Zoo

Gideon Throws Out a Fleece

The Army That Was Too Big

The 40-Year Long Nightmare

Pharoah and the Army of Babies

So The Angel Said, "Shut Up and Believe!"

Just Seven Little Baths

Orders Are Orders

Walking Through the Waters...Again

Low Friends in High Places

The Voice of Reason

Some Advice From Dear Old Dad


Hoist With His Own Pitard

The Power of a Humble Heart

Just Old Dry Bones

The Big Committee Meeting

Big Hairy Hands

Sleeping On God's Doorstep

A Game of Thrones

The Men Who Wrote Nasty Letters

Spotted and Spotless, Light and Dark

Daddy's Gods Are Missing

The Warriors

Left Behind

The Army in the Tree Tops

The Last Ones to Know

No Magic Involved

Bored to Death