Good afternoon y’all. We made it the end of the book of Numbers…Yaaay!!!!
Thank God for the lessons we have learnt in this book, and seeing us through the study.
Few announcements from Good Morning Girls : we are on break from today to be back on the 4th of Jan with our study on the book of Job 🙂 . See Courtney’s blog on Introducing the book of Job .
Today we are studying our last chapter in numbers – Numbers 36
Be blessed 🙂
My focus today is on verse 13.
“These are the commands and regulations that the Lord gave to the people of Israel through Moses while they were camped on the plains of Moab beside the Jordan River, across from Jericho”. (Numbers 36: 13 NLT)
I read the commentary from David Guzik on this verse. I’ll share the commentary below
a. By the hand of Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan: The Book of Numbers began in the wilderness (Numbers 1:1). It now finished as close to the Promised Land as you can get without actually being there.
b. Across from Jericho: As the Children of Israel stood across from the city of Jericho, we should consider what it took to take them from Egypt to this place across the Jericho.
i. From their encampment at Mount Sinai, God gave Israel the opportunity to grow from being a slave people to being a Promised Land people. He taught them how to be ordered, organized, cleansed, separated, blessed, how to give, to be reminded of God’s deliverance, given God’s presence, and received the tools to advance to the Promised Land.
ii. Then, as the nation actually set out from Mount Sinai to the Promised Land, they found themselves struggling with the flesh – they murmured, complained, and rebelled; most of all, they failed to enter into what God had set before them by faith – and a generation of unbelief was condemned to perish in the wilderness.
iii. God led the nation for some 38 years in the wilderness, with much motion but no progress – enduring more rebellion and murmuring, but essentially waiting until the generation of unbelief had died and a generation willing to trust God for big things had come to maturity.
iv. So they set out towards the Promised Land again, and faced the same challenges of the flesh – but dealt with them better this time, until they made their way to the threshold of the Promised Land.
v. By spiritual analogy, many Christians die in the wilderness because they will not trust God, and will not enter into what He has set before them. Many Christians also see the evidence of that lack of faith display itself in a weakness towards the things of the flesh. Sadly, many Christian live more in the wilderness than on the threshold of the Promised Land.
vi. Finally, consider what it would take to move the Children of Israel across from Jericho to the Promised Land. Staying on the shores of the Jordan River is better than being in the middle of the wilderness; but it isn’t the Promised Land yet. They came this far by faith, and will need faith to take them the rest of the way.
– Exceprt from: Guzik, David. “Commentary on Numbers 36:1”. “David Guzik Commentaries on the Bible”. “http://www.studylight.org/commentaries/guz/view.cgi?bk=3&ch=36. 1997-2003.
Thanks for joining today and coming along with us on this journey through the Book of Numbers. I trust God that you have been blessed through this book of the bible. I pray we will not be only hearers, but doers of the word. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
We are on Christmas break from now to be back on the 4th Jan 2016 with the book of Job 🙂
I look forward to you joining us in this study. For more details please click on this link.
I wish you all a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance. I pray the joy of this season will be ours now and always in Jesus’ Name. Amen
See you all in the new year 🙂
***With God all things are possible***