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Numbers Overview

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The Hebrew title of this book is “Bemidbar”-In the Wilderness.   As noted earlier, when the book was translated (Septuagint) the English title became Numbers because the book lists two sets of census lists.  I am going to warn you, God’s treatment of the Israelites is much more sever in Numbers than in Exodus.  In Exodus, He rescues them and pours our grace time and time again.  In Numbers, He justifiably holds them accountable for their lack of trust.

This book begins right where Leviticus ended, at the base of Mount Sinai.  The Law has been given, the tabernacle has been built, the priests have their jobs, and we are ready to now go forward to the land flowing with milk and honey, the land that was promised to them by God himself.  He now wants them (us) to trust in Him.  Sounds so easy.  So as we move forward we are going to be so tempted to say:

“What is wrong with these people??”

When you are tempted to say that (like me), that’s where your own application will take place.  What is God saying to you?? (Other than what is wrong with you? Why?)

The next two weeks we will cover about 40 years and about 220 miles.  A distance that should not have taken that long to travel! (can you relate)

This is a great time to jump in if you are behind or to invite a friend to jump in.  We start tomorrow and will finish Numbers on March 10th.  (February 29th will be your catch up day if you need it)


Leviticus 26-27 The End!

When I read Chapter 26 I honestly thought to myself-“Well, if someone wanted go know what the rest of the Old Testament is going to say, they can just read this chapter and be done.  Do you think the rest of the Testament will be 1-13 or 14-39??

These are the last 2 chapters in Leviticus and it begins with two fundamental commandments, one negative and one positive:

“‘Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lord your God.“‘Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord.”

Tomorrow we are getting in the car, putting on the GPS, and heading toward the promise land.  After months of learning what it means to be set apart, how to live in the presence of the Lord, how to obey his commands….He gives one last recap.   It reminded me of one of my Principals (I am a teacher).  Every morning he walks by my room and says “Make Good Choices” (to me not my students!).  The ball is in their court!

‘If’ occurs nine times and it has to do with the conditions on which they occupy the land. God says ‘I will’ twenty-four times. God will act and react according to their response to the ‘if.’  Verse 14 starts with “BUT if you will not listen to me….”

We have read 3 books of the Bible (well 4, don’t forget Job) and it feels like so much more!

Genesis reveals how people can have a relationship with God. This comes through trust in God and obedience to Him. “Faith” is the key word in Genesis.

Exodus reveals that God is also sovereign. He is the ultimate ruler of the universe. Man’s response should be worship and obedience.

Leviticus reveals that God is also holy.

Tonight I will post an Overview of the next book: Numbers.  If you know someone who has fallen off the read, encourage them to pick back up tomorrow.  Share with them the Leviticus Video to catch them up.  Click here.