Numbers 33 – Destroy it or be Consumed by it…

Good evening y’all. Today we are studying Numbers 33. Be blessed 🙂

In this chapter we see Moses recount the journey of the isrealites from Egypt to the place where they are camped now. They are about to enter the promised land. God gives them a few instructions on what to do to the canannites when they get to the land and tells them the consequence if they dont obey him.

My focus today is on verses 51 – 56.

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“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their engraved stones, destroy all their molded images, and demolish all their high places;  you shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land and dwell in it, for I have given you the land to possess. And you shall divide the land by lot as an inheritance among your families; to the larger you shall give a larger inheritance, and to the smaller you shall give a smaller inheritance; there everyone’s inheritance shall be whatever falls to him by lot. You shall inherit according to the tribes of your fathers. But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell. Moreover it shall be that I will do to you as I thought to do to them.’” (51 – 56 NKJV)

God told the Israelites to drive out the inhabitants of the land of canaan and destroy all their idols and evil practices. God didn’t want them to get contaminated by this people and their evil practices. He knows the children of Israel are easily led astray, so he gave the command for them to make sure they get rid of all the inhabitants of the land and their idols before they completely settle into the land. This is the only way they can enjoy living in the promised land.

There are times when God tells us to let go of certain things or habits, but we refuse. Perhaps it’s because of the temporal pleasure we get from those things. In the end those things destroy us if we don’t get rid of them. That’s why Paul says “…let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us” (Heb 12: 1 NLT).

God has given us the land. It’s ours but we have a part to play as well.  We need to rid ourselves of anything that’s not of God. In the Israelites case, that meant dispossessing the inhabitants of the land, destroying their lands and idols. If they do not drive out the inhabitants completely, they will become a thorn in their life.

Sin is like that. If we do not deal with the things we ought to deal with now, they later become hindrances that come back to bite us. Needless to say the Israelites suffered this consequence.

Anything you don’t deal with completely, will only destroy you. You might think you can cope with it. It’s not a big sin…. but I tell you a little sin is enough to destroy ones future. 1 Cor 5: 6 says “...Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough?”

Sin will take you where you didn’t plan to go. It will keep you longer than you planned to stay. And it will cost you more than you intended to pay

Some of us cannot fully enjoy our promised land because there are things in our past that we should have dealt with, that we haven’t done. You know God wants you to let go of that habit or break off that relationship but because of the pleasure from it, you choose to hold on and that’s the reason why you can’t progress.  Those things have now became a thorn in your life that control and dictate what you do thereby making sure you don’t have full victory.

Lets ask God today to search us. Perhaps there are still sins that we haven’t dealt with or Instructions from God that we haven’t obeyed, lets ask for mercy and grace to do the right thing.

Psalm 19:13 and 139:23 says

“Keep your servant from deliberate sins!
         Don’t let them control me.
   Then I will be free of guilt
   and innocent of great sin” . (Psalms 19: 13 NLT)

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
    and lead me along the path of everlasting life” (Ps 139: 23 NLT)

Let this be our heart cry today to God.

I pray Sin will not have dominion over our lives and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will get rid of the wieights and idols that stop us from possessing our promised land. In Jesus’s Name. Amen

Thanks for joining today. I’m blogging through the bible with good morning girls. Check us out at www.goodmorninggirls.org.

We will be going on break from the 14th Dec to be back on the 4th Jan with the book of Job. I’ll post more details in tomorrow’s blog.

Have a blessed evening 🙂

***With God all things are possible***

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