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Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 3-4

“Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan” Deut 3:1

Yesterday we left Israel in the area near Moab. Now we see them turn and head north into Bashan. This was called the land of giants (verse 13). There is some irony here. The generation before this one (the original refugees from Egypt) failed to take God’s gift of the land for fear of the giants, now their children go in to conquer them first! Having just destroyed Sihon and his country with ease, and having the fear of Israel in their hearts Deuteronomy 2:25 you would think that Og, king of Bashan would have evacuated. But it seems pride got the best of him and his followers and they became the aggressors ( “Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.” Deuteronomy 3:1) With God’s grace and strength they made short work of Og and his people. Now Israel begins to conquer and possess the land of God’s promise.

Deuteronomy 3:21  And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, Thine eyes have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto these two kings: so shall the LORD do unto all the kingdoms whither thou passest.

Encouragement from the Lord, what a wonderful thing!! To know that God is with you and blessing and prospering you is the greatest thing a man can possess. It gives a confidence for life but not an over-confidence as we are always conscious of the flesh and its influence! In this moment of victory and excitement Moses petitions the LORD for His reconsideration about crossing the Jordan into that land of promise that he has been moving toward for the last 40 years. While Moses has had great influence with God when interceding for the children of Israel his disobedience at the rock has weakened that influence. SIN AND SELF-WILL WEAKENS EVEN THE MIGHTIEST!! His request is denied but he is allowed to look over the land from atop Mt Pisgah. I may have stood where Moses stood. I also saw what Moses saw. It appears to be a garden in the desert. So sad the loss of blessing because of sin!!

Deuteronomy 4:1  Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.

Who better to give this Word to the people than Moses who now knows better than anyone the price of sin? They are at the door-step of Canaan as anxious children waiting for the go-ahead to run on the field in the biggest game of their life. But caution from the coach is necessary lest they forget the fundamentals and lose the game.

Deuteronomy 4:6  Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
7  For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
8  And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
9  Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

May we enter this day with caution lest we too lose sight of our goal of pleasing our LORD!!

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Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 1-2

Deuteronomy 1:3  And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them;

Forty years had passed since Israel left Egypt. With the exception of Moses and two others, all of those who came out of Egypt have died in the desert. A new generation is now making their way to the promised land. Moses sis about to pass off of the scene. God has told him that his days are numbered, so he re-states the history and law to Israel that God gave him on Mt. Sinai. We have already covered the events of Deuteronomy 1.

Deuteronomy 2:7  For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.

That sums up the last 40 years for Israel. God has miraculously supplied and blessed. Chapter two explains how they got to Kadesh Barnnea, the edge of the promised and how God delivered them from their enemies. And now they are on the edge of the land again and waiting orders from the Captain of their Faith.

God was not only good in bringing Israel to this place a second time, He was also amazingly patient and longsuffering. He had a mind to destroy Israel and start over except for the intercessory prayer of Moses. Moses was not so concerned with the people as he was with the Testimony of God Himself. Moses wanted God glorified and took a whole lot of abuse to accomplish his desire!

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Bible Reading: Numbers 33-36

Numbers 33:2 And Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys by the commandment of the LORD: and these are their journeys according to their goings out.

Moses, the deliverer of Israel was not only winner of Israel’s freedom but also writer of their history as well. He recorded their history by divine appointment. In this chapter we have a point to point review of their travels after leaving Egypt.

Numbers 33:38 And Aaron the priest went up into mount Hor at the commandment of the LORD, and died there, in the fortieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the first day of the fifth month.

We see death differently today than they did then. Aaron’s work was over and he got to go to his retirement home so to speak. Scripture says that for believers death is entering into God’s rest Hebrews 4:1-3. It’s not grave for us, it’s graduation!

Numbers 33:55  But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.
56  Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them.

Why do we people have to be so hard-headed and rebellious? God had proven beyond any doubt not only capable but very willing to protect and provide for His chosen people. Yet He always had to give the alternative to obedience because He knew that the majority would refuse to obey! There can only be one reason and the Apostle Paul explained that reason in Romans 7:14-18
14  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
We want to always do the right thing but this old flesh is strong and lustful; so the battle continues till the day we graduate!!

As we continue to read we are awed by the order and detail of our God. Not that we ever doubted His perfection seeing the beauty of creation, but it never ceases to amaze me when I read about it again and again! Every tribe had its particular place to settle. Even the Levites whose responsibility was the Tabernacle and later the Temple, were given places to dwell as their own. Numbers 35:2-4

Concerning the cities of refuge, there are two thoughts. First that they are a type of Christ. 1. Appointed by God, 2. Announced in the Word Joshua 20:7-8 3. Accessible to everyone 4. Adequate to meet the need!

Then there are those who think they picture Israel and her rejection of Christ. Israel killed Jesus Christ in ignorance and blindness. Jesus then prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” This means Israel is treated like a manslayer and not a murderer, and that there is forgiveness and safety for Israel. However, Israel is now “in exile” as was the manslayer in the city of refuge. In other words, God is protecting Israel and one day will bring her forth in forgiveness and blessing, when she sees her Lord and King.

Numbers 36 visits the potential problems presented by the decisions to allow the daughters of Zelophehad to inherit their fathers land seeing he had no sons. The potential problem is that if they marry outside their tribe, the land would be assumed by the tribe they marry into thus creating n “un-fairness” The answer was simple, marry inside the tribe!

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Bible Reading: Numbers 30-32

Solomon said, “Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.” ( Ecclesiastes 5:5 )

On the other hand if you vow a vow when you don’t have the authority to make the vow, the authority can negate it. That is what Numbers 30 is all about. The law concerning vows. Butr that’s a good rule of thumb in everything; if you don’t have the authority to do something, don’t do it.

Numbers 31:2 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.

It was payback time for Balaac and Balaam as well as the rest of the Midianites! They did their best to destroy the people of God, now the LORD will enact the principle given in Galatians 6 Galatians 6:7-8

The downside of this was that the leaders took some liberties they had no right to take. When God sent Israel (or anybody) to destroy a nation it was because that nation deserved His judgment. They had provoked the holy wrath of God and deserved what they got! For anyone to over-rule what God was doing was rebellion. The leaders made a decision to save the women for themselves. This infuriated Moses as it would any one with sense. It was Balaam’s advise to Balaac to have the women seduce if possible the Israelite men and corrupt the people. Moses immediately ordered a correction of this disobedience! They then were required to go through the cleansing process and to fairly divide the spoil.. Let me emphasize once again the mercy, grace and patience of our loving God!

Numbers 32:6 And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here?

Gad and Reuben were comfortable and ready to settle down even though they hadn’t actually won the land of promise yet. This is an excellent picture of the CARNAL Christian. He might be friendly but his heart is full of himself!! This selfishness is rebuked, a fair distribution of the acceptable things was carried out. God continues to bless!!!

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Bible Reading: Numbers 27-29

Numbers 27:5  And Moses brought their cause before the LORD.

Actually there are two causes dealt with in Numbers 27. There’s the cause of the daughters of Zelophehad and then there’s his own cause of a successor. The five sisters, Zelophehad’s daughters were concerned that there would be no future for them because they had no brother to carry-on the name and recover the property. They appealed to Moses who in turn appealed to God. Once again we see how just and fair the God of heaven is. From that moment on a president was set regarding the inheritance of one who dies without a son to succeed him.

Then came the word to Moses that his ministry was through. God gave him instructions to go up Mt. Abarim to view the land he would never inhabit and follow Aaron into eternity. Moses was unmoved about his assignment but he was moved for the people to whom he’s been faithful these 80 years (remember his concern for Israel started while he was still a prince in Egypt).

Numbers 27:6  Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

They needed a leader and Moses appealed to God that they get one. The LORD gave Moses instructions on appointing Joshua as his successor. It is interesting that Moses concern was that the people be not as sheep that have no shepherd. When Jesus came He pointed out that the Children of Israel had done just that; become as sheep without a shepherd. Any leader that God sent them they stoned or otherwise rejected.

Matthew 23:29-33

Numbers 28:2  Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season.

Those that came out of Egypt had all died in the wilderness as God had judged, except Caleb and Joshua and of course Moses. This new generation needed to hear again the place and purpose of the sacrifices. Here they are reiterated in order:

Daily Sacrifices- one lamb, flour, oil and wine – twice a day

Weekly Sacrifices – In addition to the daily offering they would add two extra lambs, flour, oil and wine. This shows the importance of doubling our Spiritual duty on God’s special day.

Monthly Sacrifices – In addition to the daily offering, two young bullocks… one ram, seven lambs… without spot… three tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil… and their drink offerings… one kids of the goats for a sin offering. Serving God is never excessive!

Then of course there were the sacrifice required in the yearly feasts and these were reiterated. All that God might be pleased with a sweet smell, the smell of obedience and dedication.

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