Victory Comes By Faith

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Believing God Will Bring Victory

Our text: Book of Numbers 21-36

Our Focus: Numbers 21:3-9, 21-24, 32-35

If we cling to our faith with a death grip and rely on Our Lord and Our God as we should, though we fail Him, we will still have victory!

Jud 1:3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you [that ye should earnestly contend for the faith] which was once delivered unto the saints.

To “earnestly contend” would be to fight for our faith, to defend our faith, to fight for the prize that our faith brings and “That Prize Is Victory”!

Jude also says our salvation is only delivered once. One dip in the blood of Jesus is all it takes!

That being said, we can never know what victory feels like until we have felt failure.

1.) Abraham was strong in faith, yet he still failed in his faith.

2.) King David was strong in his integrity, yet he still failed in his integrity.

3.) Peter was strong in his courage, yet he failed miserably in his courage, when he was asked of that maiden if he had been with Jesus.

Satan knows how to turn strength into weakness but The Lord Jesus turns weakness into strength!

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

That word strengtheneth means that Christ “empowers” us in all things that are done in His will.

Since our last lesson almost 38 years have come and gone.

At this time most of that old generation had died off just as God had said. They had been replaced by another generation that was born and raised in the wilderness. This generation had seen life where the old generation saw death.

These years of wandering had not been wasted. Many valuable lessons had been learned from this time in the wilderness.

If we cannot learn from our failures then we can never have victory!

This Nation of Israel was now headed toward Canaan land. At this time the land of Canaan was the most wicked place on all the earth by the standards of God and it is His standards that realty matter!

Canaan land “in type” represents the world we live in, especially now in the latter days that we live.

We must remember as the “Body of Christ”, God blesses those that walk by “faith”.

Heb 11:6  [But without faith it is impossible to please him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

God blesses those that rely on Him for their strength!

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: [for without me ye can do nothing].

Even after we have failed, if we confess our sin, repent of that sin, and trust in God, we will have “victory” in the end.

1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

We will face daily battles as long as we are still on this earth but the Captain of our Salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ is also a mighty Man of War.

When we wear the Armor of God, we cannot be defeated!

*****Our Text:

Num 21:3  And the LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hormah.
Num 21:4  And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
Num 21:5  And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
Num 21:6  And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
Num 21:7  Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
Num 21:8  And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
Num 21:9  And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

By this time Aaron and Miriam had died and had been buried. Moses was still the leader of Israel and it was time for God to give His new army some military training.

Israel had made a vow to utterly destroy these cities in Canaan but we must not by confused by this. The Hebrew word for “destroy” that was translated here means “to devote something completely to the Lord”.

To compare, we are to devote our selves to the Lord! We are to destroy the Old Man and become the New Man in the Lord!

Once saved, we become the Temple for the Lord in the person of the Holy Ghost.

God will not allow evil in His house!

The Bible says:

Lev 27:28  Notwithstanding no devoted thing, that a man shall devote unto the LORD of all that he hath, both of man and beast, and of the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed: every devoted thing is most holy unto the LORD.
Lev 27:29  None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death.

And again:

Deu 7:2  And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

These people of Canaan were so caught up in their religious practices, that they could not be changed.

God gave Israel the victory and the people kept their promise.

But, Sometimes when we have a great victory we will begin to think that we did this ourselves, when it was God all along that brought that victory. As we see of Israel, this victory was soon followed by defeat.

*****What we should see is that while Israel was growing in the Lord and progress was being made, they still had a long way to go.

We know that the day we are saved, we are only one step from what we were. The process of sanctification will take time and effort.

Israel may have felt that God’s blessing was just not enough. They began to base there actions on works and they bring up that same old issue of food again.

*****This first battle was only one battle in the long war Israel was about to face and are still facing. It was not time to complain to God but it was time to thank God for what He had done.

Edom had refused to allow Israel to pass through their land and it was a long journey around this nation. When you have journeyed for near 40 years and had just tasted victory, this journey seemed ridiculous to them. They felt like they could take on the world.

When God gives a victory, we must not think that we can immediately go out and take on the devil alone. Every battle we face must be faced with the Lord at our side!

God would not allow Israel to do battle with Edom. God had reserved this vengeance for Himself:

Deu 2:5  Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession.

We know that Edom is a desolate place today and the Bible tells us why:

Joe 3:19  Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.

God has reserved the Battle with Satan for Himself and Satan will also be cast into a place of desolation known as the “burning lake of fire”!

But, Israel sinned again.

Their anger and impatience became harsh words against the Lord and against God’s man Moses.

Again they began tempting the Lord.

The Apostle Paul reminded the church of this later:

1Co 10:9  Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
1Co 10:10  Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Paul said that these are some things we need to learn!

We must reverence the Word of God and be obedient to it!

Israel again had forgotten God’s Promise! God had said that they would enter into the land of Canaan and it would be their home and God keeps all His promises.

There journey was nearing it’s end but God had not forgot to feed them, He had not forgotten to provide them water to drink. God had kept clothes on their backs and shoes on their feet.

*****We know that it can be said that there is no greater food than the food that comes down from Heaven.

We do not hear of starvation not even major diseases during this time except for a time of chastisement.

Who is to say that we will not eat some Manna when we get to Heaven?

Psa 78:24  And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.
Psa 78:25  Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.

The Apostle John said there is a much greater reason for the Manna:

Joh 6:32  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
Joh 6:33  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

1.) This manna came only to Israel and fed Israel for 40 years but Jesus Christ came to be the Savior of the entire world forever.

2.) All this manna could do was sustain life, but Jesus came to give life.

3.) To reject the  manna from Heaven was in type to reject the Son of God.

4.) AND, Once more God had tested His people and again they had failed.

We cannot count our victory day by day, the victory we seek is eternal and we must stay in the battle to get that victory. We cannot quit on God!

We need our daily feeding of manna (the Word of God) if we are going to succeed in our pilgrim journey!

What was the punishment?

This time, God gave no warning. His judgment came immediately!

***God sent the poisonous snakes:

That word “fiery” does not necessarily describe the appearance of these snakes but it surely describes the inflammation and the pain caused by their bite.

Those that were bitten died quickly!

By God’s command, Moses made a serpent of brass and set in upon a pole.

**It is not hard to see here that “The Serpent” is a symbol of sin that is judged.

**The “Brass” speaks of Divine judgment.

**This brass serpent then becomes a “type” of Christ, who was made sin for us:

Joh 3:14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
Joh 3:15  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Israel had sinned and had repented many times but this time they seemed to be sincere. Again the prayer of Moses changes things.

God answered their pleas and this prayer in a different way this time.

God provided a way for escape but every individual had to make a move toward God’s remedy!

Each individual had to personally make a decision for themselves.

Jesus said:

Joh 8:28  Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
Joh 8:29  And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

Jesus also said:

Joh 12:32  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

These children of Israel had to confront their sin face to face and know that relief could only come from the things of God!

There is no relief from the pain of this world except through Jesus Christ Our Lord!

Notice this thing Moses had made was not to be worshipped!

2Ki 18:4  He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

This brazen serpent was only a symbol of God’s Mercy and His Grace!

True “Grace” can only come through a relationship with Jesus Christ!

Every individual on this earth has been infected with the fiery serpent of sin and will one day die and face judgment!

Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

But if they look “By Faith” on Jesus Christ, He will save them and give them eternal life!

Heb 9:28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

When Israel looked upon this thing of Brass they were saved from a physical death but those that look upon Jesus will be saved from a “Spiritual Death”.

Moses displayed this bronze serpent on a pole so everyone could see it:

**Jesus was crucified publicly, out side the city, to be looked upon by the world:

Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

**Moses did not stick this pole inside the Tabernacle:

Jesus Christ is the only Savior to the sinners of all this world not just the Jew:

Act 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

**No one could look on this bronze serpent for another person.

The salvation Jesus brings is personal and individual!

Sin came into this world because of the “look” of Eve in disobedience:

Gen 3:6  And when the woman saw.

Deliverance from sin can only come to those that have a “look of faith”!

Isa 45:22  Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

There had to be great joy in the children of Israel when they found this cure that was available to everyone!

The only ones that died were the ones that refused “to look”!

This is the same as it is in the New Testament “Gospel” of Jesus Christ Our Lord.

This is the “Good News” of the Bible.

1Ti 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

*****Our Text:

Num 21:21  And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, saying,
Num 21:22  Let me pass through thy land: we will not turn into the fields, or into the vineyards; we will not drink of the waters of the well: but we will go along by the king’s high way, until we be past thy borders.
Num 21:23  And Sihon would not suffer Israel to pass through his border: but Sihon gathered all his people together, and went out against Israel into the wilderness: and he came to Jahaz, and fought against Israel.
Num 21:24  And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land from Arnon unto Jabbok, even unto the children of Ammon: for the border of the children of Ammon was strong.

Before we go further let’s look at where we have seen Jesus in these Old Testament passages.

1.) We’ve seen Him in the Manna:

We know Jesus Christ is the true bread sent down from Heaven.
Jesus is the “bread of life”.

2.) This lesson did not cover it but in verse 16 we can see Jesus as the water:

Num 21:16  And from thence they went to Beer: that is the well whereof the LORD spake unto Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water.

We know Jesus Christ Our Lord is the “Giver of Living Water”

Joh 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

**We know that “living water” for drinking, is a picture of the Spirit of God.

1Co 6:11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Tit 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

**We know that “living water” for washing, is a picture of washing in the Word of God.

Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

3.) But before Jesus could send His Spirit, He had to die on that cross:

Joh 7:39  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

This in type was the “uplifted serpent”, The Brazen Serpent.

*****It is not hard to see the the Gospel here:

A.) The “manna” emphasizes the act of Jesus in the taking of a human body, as the incarnation of the Son of God.

B.) The “serpent” emphasizes the crucifixion of Our Lord.

C.) The “water” emphasizes His Resurrection, His Ascension, and the out pouring of the Holy Spirit.

1Jn 5:7  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1Jn 5:8  And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
1Jn 5:9  If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

**Before Israel had reached this point in their journey they had fought two battles and The Lord had delivered them both times.

The title Amorite is seen 72 times and only in the Old Testament. This group of people are in “type” the “Lost” of this world.

They represent mankind’s sinful state:

Deu 20:18  That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.

Eze 16:3  And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite.

They are the enemies of God’s people!

We know that God is a God of timing and it was time for God’s people to battle this enemy:

Gen 15:16 says  But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

****We should know that when the world we live in today reaches a point where it’s iniquity is full, God will return to destroy His enemy.

This will happen after the “Rapture” of the Church and at Armageddon!

But, Before this battle began, God would show His mercy by sending Moses in an act of peace.

We know that God will show His mercy right up till the end!

And since we know that God is a God of timing, we should realize that God has chosen for us to live at this time for a reason.

We do not have to have some great plan for our lives!

God has already made all the plans, we just need to get involved and He will show us where He wants us to serve.

*****Our Text:

Num 21:32  And Moses sent to spy out Jaazer, and they took the villages thereof, and drove out the Amorites that were there.
Num 21:33  And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan went out against them, he, and all his people, to the battle at Edrei.
Num 21:34  And the LORD said unto Moses, Fear him not: for I have delivered him into thy hand, and all his people, and his land; and thou shalt do to him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.
Num 21:35  So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left him alive: and they possessed his land.

This reborn nation of Israel now had victory three times in this chapter.

How had victory come?

What can we learn from this experience?

1.) We can still have victory in our lives even though we have had many failures! Our Lord cannot fail.

2.) We can still have victory in our lives if we remain faithful to God! Our Lord will always be faithful.

3.) We can still have victory in our lives if we show courage with that faith! Our God is a Mighty God of war who has never lost a battle.

We can also learn that we will be discouraged at times in our long journey but this will also be because of sin in our lives.

The truth of the Gospel is that the look of faith is simple, searching, saving, and satisfying as long as that look is on The Lord Jesus Christ.

The Bible says:

Psa 89:31  If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments;
Psa 89:32  Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
Psa 89:33  Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.

Let’s Pray!

We Fail God When We Walk By Our Own Sight

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Failing God

“Walking By Sight”

Our Text: Book of Numbers Chapters 11-20

Our Focus: Numbers 13:27-28, 30-33; 14:6-9, 28-35

There can be no question that chapters 11-20 of the Book of Numbers describe some of the most tragic events in the entire Bible!

From a point in time when Israel should have entered into the Promised Land, they fell from the “Grace” of God in great depths and most of these that escaped Egypt, would die in the wilderness.

Even Moses would lose his privilege of entering into the Promised Land!

These chapters are filled with one disaster and missed opportunity after another.

Some things we should learn are:

1.) Sin comes because we have short memories of what God has done for us.

2.) Discontent comes from distrust.

3.) Influence from those of the world can affect, God’s people.

4.) The standards of Spiritual living may be lowered by stress if we allow it.

5.) But God is very pitiful and full of mercy even to His children who fail Him.

6.) The Gifts of the Holy Spirit cannot be limited nor can they be monopolized by any one group of God’s people.

7.) There is joy in being filled with God’s Holy Spirit!

It is a sad thing that the human heart is prone to forget the love of God!

History books are full of the facts that we just do not learn our lessons from our actions, so history repeats itself over and over and over again!

It takes “faith” to be able to follow God!

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

We should notice that God is not very happy with those that complain.

We are told to come out from this world and to be a separate people!

We will not have joy by listening to what this world may tell us!

Num 11:4  And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?

We can see it was a mixed multitude that started this turmoil with God’s people.

The Hebrew word “asapsup” is used here, which means a”rabble” or it could be said the “rift-raft” which are controlled by Satan were causing problems with God’s people.

Because they had no “faith” in the Lord, because their hearts were never changed!

Heb 4:1  Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
Heb 4:2  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

In most cases in our assemblies it seems that those that complain the most to the Pastor and to the Elders of the church are the very ones that come running to the Church for help. These are, in most cases those that have no faith!

Jesus teaches the Body of Christ the parable of the “wheat and the tares” which says that where ever the Lord plants His true children, the Devil will come along and plant his counterfeits! (Matt 13:24-43)

The Apostle Paul warned the early church of false brethren. (Gal 2:4)

The Apostle Paul even warns us of the false Gospel that is preached in many assemblies today. (Gal 1:6-9)

In most cases as we have already learned, it is these false brethren inside the church that can cause more damage than those enemies outside the church.

These counterfeits, might dress like the church, and march like the church but they do not have an craving for Spiritual Things!

These people crave the things of the world and not the things of God!

There is no substitute in the world, for the things of God!

Just think, we see churches that strive to attract and please this mixed multitude, but the commandment of God is to reach out to the sinner not to those that continuously reject God’s commandments.

We see churches that turn the house of God into a place of entertainment rather than a place of worship.
That mixed multitude will attend for a performance but they will rebel against godly worship!

There have been some of these people in every church from the beginning and these are the very ones that will find God’s true people gone on the day of the “Rapture”.

Paul told us:

Php 3:17  Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Php 3:18  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Php 3:19  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

Not only was the Apostle Paul discouraged by this sort of people, we can see that even Moses, God’s man, became very discouraged and this can happen to our man of God, our Pastor.

What did Moses say:

Num 11:29  And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD’S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!

And what has God done?

Every Born Again child of God is filled and sealed with the Holy Spirit and we are all to be the God’s Priest!

A valuable lesson we should learn from the Book of Numbers is that when God wants to judge people, “He Will Just Let Them Have Their Own Way”!

Rom 1:24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

If God left this world alone, It Would Destroy Itself!

But, God will sometimes use the things He gives us to test our obedience to Him.

The Manna given to Israel was such a gift!

Exo 16:4  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, [that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no].

We need to be very wise in how we handle the gifts of God!

Our text:

Num 13:27  And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
Num 13:28  Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
Num 13:29  The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.
Num 13:30  And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
Num 13:31  But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
Num 13:32  And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
Num 13:33  And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

We should remember, God delivered this new Nation of Israel out of Egypt so they could enter into the land promised to Abraham. The Lord reminded them on many occasions of this fact.

God’s promise was the “title deed” to this land which is still in effect today as many are still trying to deny this land to Israel.

God guaranteed that they would defeat their enemies!

It was doubt in God’s Word that caused Israel the most problems and they began to “walk by sight” and “not by faith”.

Anything that is not of faith is then a lie and is sin:

1Jn 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1Jn 5:5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

We must defend our faith at every opportunity:

Jud 1:3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you [that ye should earnestly contend for the faith] which was once delivered unto the saints.

What was the first sign of doubt?

They wanted to see for themselves:

Deu 1:22  And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come.

They just could not accept God’s Word!

God allowed this so He could teach them a valuable lesson.

We sometimes have to learn some painful lessons before we accept that it is God that is always right and if we do differently, we will always be wrong!

These 12 men spent 40 days just to see that what God had said, was true.

1.) They already knew the names of those nations.

2.) They had already been told it was a good land.

3.) They had already been told that this was a land flowing with milk and honey.

4.) They saw the great bounty of the land in it’s food supply, God had said that this would be true.

5.) They even visited Hebron the burial place of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and even Joseph.

None of these things encouraged them in God’s Word!

The survey of the land may have been good for a military nation but not for the Spiritual nation of Israel.

**God had already given them the land, all they had to do was go in and take possession of it.

**God had promised them the victory!

All they had to do was to “Trust and Obey”!

**God had said He would go before them and scatter their enemies!

They doubted God’s Promises!

Sounds familiar does it not.

**God has given every saved child of God the victory yet, we still doubt He will fulfill His promises.

It’s no wonder we still struggle to obtain the joy of the Lord and find peace in our lives!

Now As Paul Harvey would say “we will see the rest of the story”.

When we “walk by sight”, we will always be discouraged!

We have watched our government, men and women that we put in place with our vote, gather in their sessions to look after the people of this great nation. What is the end result? We have had a “do nothing government” that have only yielded to the the abortionist, the gay community, and to the rich and ungodly of this nation.

They have done nothing to make things better for the majority of this nation and they don’t intend to!

These 12 spies, except for Caleb and Joshua, chose to forget what God said and “Became a Do Nothing” group of men!

This set off discouragement through out the nation of Israel.

I don’t know about you but I am more discouraged every day with the actions of our own elected officials.

I know there are some good people there but they yield to those “do nothing people” that have managed to wrangle their way into the leadership roles and we have a President who has his own agenda and does not care what the people of this nation think.

I’m sorry but that’s the way I feel!

Israel was in this same situation. This committee of 10 had no faith in the Word of God.

This is when doubt turns into unbelief!

The promised land became “just a piece of land” and not the “homeland” promised of God.

WHEN WE LOOSE SIGHT OF HEAVEN, THEN THIS PLACE WE LIVE IN DOES NOT SEEM SO BAD!

Heaven is our home! Heaven is the Promised Land of the believer!

We cannot allow the things of this world to cause discouragement!

They saw a fruitful land to be desired, but they could only remember, cities with walls to big to overcome and every man looked to be a giant.

The men of Israel were shorter than the average Gentile but Canaan land was not full of giants!

And the men of Israel were not grasshoppers!

When we say “we are not able”, we have taken Jehovah God out of the picture!

The Bible says:

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

There was once three Jewish boys that knew the difference in Faith and unbelief:

Dan 3:17  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Dan 3:18  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Satan is the “little g”, god of discouragement. When we choose to serve him we will fail!

We must realize that what Our Lord says He will do, He Will Then Do!

Abraham had this kind of faith!

Rom 4:21  And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

This is the faith we should have also!

Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Our faith must be based on the Word of God and the knowledge that Our God cannot fail!

To not believe is to rebel against God’s Word, which is to rebel against The Lord!

These Jews decided to remain slaves rather than seek the freedom that God promises.

We have this decision to make for our selves!

I tell you, I have refused to be a slave to this world. Heaven is my home, And I Am Going There!

*****Our Text:

Num 14:6  And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
Num 14:7  And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.
Num 14:8  If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
Num 14:9  Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

We can see that discouragement now would bring defiance!

When we focus our eyes only on ourselves and only on our own circumstances, we lose our perspective of the truth!

Our own government have the majority of Americans in this position now. America has lost sight of the goals of our nation and can think of only our individual self.

If we can see the truth, we can see that the Body of Christ is also loosing sight of the “goals of God” and are also thinking more and more of their own selves.

We are also becoming a “do nothing people” in this world we live in!

How can we expect God’s Blessings!

Until we can admit where we fail The Lord, we can never have real victory in our lives!

When we find ourselves in God’s Will, we will find no room to complain!

A complaining spirit is the evidence of an ungrateful heart!

A “complainer” is then, one who says he knows more than God Himself and knows more of how to take care of himself!

The titles of this lesson is “Walking By Sight”

1.) What did the ten spies see?

The unbelieving saw a land that would devour Israel.

2.) What did Joshua and Caleb see?

They saw a land that God’s Army would devour.

The nation of Israel did not see things at all, but chose to believe the ten who lied and decided to stone those that had faith.

We can see this happening in every place in this world and it is coming to America unless we stand up for God and Our Lord NOW!

God’s Will, Is God’s Love!

God’s Plan, Comes From His Heart!

The Bible says:

Psa 33:11  The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Psa 33:12  Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

God’s Will Is Not Punishment!

God’s Will Is Nourishment For Our Soul!

Joh 4:31  In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
Joh 4:32  But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
Joh 4:33  Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
Joh 4:34  Jesus saith unto them, [My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work].

God’s Will Is Not A Chain That Binds Us, that is the bondage that comes from The Devil!

Psa 2:3  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

God’s Will Is A Cord That Ties Us To His Heart!

Hos 11:4  I drew them with cords of a man, [with bands of love] and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.

God Wants Us To Know His Will, He Will Not Hide His Will From Us!

Act 22:14  And he said, [The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will], and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.

God only has ONE rule about His Will!

“If we are not willing to obey, then God is not obligated to show us His Will for us”!

*****Our Text:

Num 14:28  Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
Num 14:29  Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,
Num 14:30  Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
Num 14:31  But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.
Num 14:32  But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.
Num 14:33  And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
Num 14:34  After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
Num 14:35  I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.

We must fully understand that if we are foolish enough to tempt God, We Will See His Judgment!

Because He is a Holy God, He must punish sin!

BUT, Because He is a gracious and merciful God, He will also forgive sin!

God solved this for us by sending the Lord Jesus to die in our place.

Because of the cross, God is both just and the justifier, but only to those that trust in Him and His Promises!

God will uphold His Holy Law!

God will be true to His Character!

God has made forgiveness available through Jesus Christ!

When the truth of God is rejected, He will allow sin to have it’s effect on our lives!

God will never hold our children responsible for our actions. They will always be responsible for their own actions!

AND, Just because God will forgive, it does not give us a license to sin!

The Bible says:

Psa 130:3  If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
Psa 130:4  But there is forgiveness with thee, [that thou mayest be feared.]
Psa 130:5  I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

That word fear means “to have a moral reverence” to the Word of God and To The One Who Wrote This Book We Call The Bible.

The Bible is “The Word Of God”!

What was God’s judgment at this time:

1.) The Nation of Israel would wander in the wilderness for a total of 40 years. One year for each day they spied on the land.

2.) During this time, the older generation would die off. (Twenty years and up to the eldest)

3.) Those ten unbelieving spies died because they gave such an evil report.

This judgment caused conviction throughout all of Israel but God had said what He would do and God would do what He said!

The Nation of Israel would see death daily because of unbelief.

We need to realize, we see death every day of those that do not know God and this is the death of Hell!

We need to be busy about the Masters Work!

Israel mourned greatly. They showed regret but they refused to repent!

Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before the Lord but we do not read that any of these people did the same.

Admitting sin is not the same thing as confessing sin!

When we are not right with God, we can never ask for God’s help!

Or we may still ask but He will not hear us.

Our efforts without God are futile:

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: [for without me ye can do nothing].

The lesson we should learn is:

There is no substitute for “faith”!

We must trust God no matter how we feel!

No matter what we think!

And no matter what we see!

When we walk in our own sight and try to serve by the things we see, we are doomed for failure and we will see the wrath of God!

When we trust and obey the Word of God, The Lord will delight in us and we will receive blessings while we are yet alive on this earth!

Faith is taking God at His Word and proving it by obeying what He tells us to do!

Let’s Pray!

Following God Requires Submission To Him

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Following God Requires Submission To Him

Our Text: Book of Numbers 1-10

Just as in the Book of Leviticus, our lessons will only cover a small portion of the Book of Numbers. In fact we will only have three lessons and we cannot do justice to this great Book of the Bible.

The title “Numbers” comes from the Hebrew word “be-midmar” which really means “in the wilderness”. But this book is also called The Book Of “Numbers” because it contains a record of the numbering of the children of Israel.

This book is historical because it gives us details that are not found in other places of the Bible, of the route taken by Israel when they escaped from Egypt,(the Iron furnace) of the Bible.

This book covers almost the entire 40 years of Israel’s journey in the wilderness.

The Book of Numbers is then the recorded history book of the wanderings of the children of Israel before they got to Canaan, the promised land.

What is recorded in the Book of Numbers is the fact that Our God is a God of Order!

Israel was not to be a rag tag bunch of freed slaves wandering lost in the wilderness.

God would organize His people through the painful process of testing and maturing them, according to His written Word.

The Book of Numbers begins with an old generation, then moves through a transitional period, and then ends with a new generation at the door way of Canaan. This where the Book of Deuteronomy takes over.

What we can learn from this book is that this is the same transition of every “Born Again” the Child of God!

1.) Our old life, as a lost soul in need of a Savior.

2.) Our salvation and the process of Sanctification.

3.) Preparation to enter into God’s Heaven.

The Apostle Paul preached this sermon to the Corinthian Church and the modern day church should also learn this valuable lesson!

This sermon is found in I Corinthians 10:1-11

Paul said these things were written for our examples!

1Co 10:1  Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
1Co 10:2  And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
1Co 10:3  And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
1Co 10:4  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
1Co 10:5  But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
1Co 10:6  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
1Co 10:7  Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
1Co 10:8  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
1Co 10:9  Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
1Co 10:10  Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
1Co 10:11  [Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come].
 
I can personally relate to this.

I was saved at the age of 12, but I chose to wander aimlessly in the wilderness of life for 40 years before I realized that I was not living the truth of God’s Word. God caught up to me after these 40 years and began to show me with His Word and also with His Hickory switch, that I was not dedicated to Him.

Thank God for His patience and His truths!

The Nation of Israel would learn that there would be Divine Judgment on “unbelief” in the Word of God!

***We all need to learn this lesson early in life so we can be a part of the tremendous blessings that come from serving the Lord God Almighty!

The Book of Numbers is a testimony to the “Grace “and “Mercy” of God and points everyone who studies the Old Testament to the “Divine Grace” that is shone to the entire world through Jesus Christ.

1.) The fire is in type, His divine presence.

2.) The Cloud is in type, His divine guidance.

3.) The Manna is in type His divine provision, the bread of life, His Holy Word.

4.) His thirst quenching water is in type being washed in the Word of Life by the Holy Spirit.

5.) His gifts in type represent the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus made reference to this time when He was teaching the 12 disciples who were to teach the New Testament church.

Joh 6:31  Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
Joh 6:32  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
Joh 6:33  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

What we will also see in this short study is the God is a God of “Order”!

Things must be done in a certain order for us to end up in Heaven!

*****Our Text:

Num 9:15  And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, namely, the tent of the testimony: and at even there was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until the morning.
Num 9:16  So it was alway: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.
Num 9:17  And when the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, then after that the children of Israel journeyed: and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel pitched their tents.
Num 9:18  At the commandment of the LORD the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the LORD they pitched: as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they rested in their tents.

It had been a complete year since the the first passover that signaled the escape from Egypt. And, We know that Israel had not traveled very far.

Israel was not in jeopardy of Egypt because God had not only destroyed the evil Pharaoh but also his entire army and had left Egypt in turmoil through those plagues.

It would be many years before Egypt would again rise to become a power in the region, but they would never dominate, as a world power again, as they had for a period of time after Joseph and they have not up till this day we live in.

During this first year Israel had received the Law of God and they had built the Tabernacle of God.

First we see.) God had called on Moses to number a standing army. This Book of Numbers is also a book of preparation for war.

Num 1:2  Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls;
Num 1:3  From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies.

***The number of Israel’s Army was 603,550.

a.) These were all males, the age of twenty and up.
b.) These had to be able bodied men, mentally and physically able to go to war.

This did not include women and children, nor the Levites so we can figure on at least 2,000,000 people or better of the Nation of Israel at this time.

It is easy to see this group of God’s people would have to be organized in order to travel to Canaan Land.

*** Think about this, If God numbered the believers in His Church today that are willing to be in the Spiritual Battle of our time, I wonder how many would He find ?

We know that Our God is a God of love but the Bible also says:

Exo 15:3  The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.

Our God is a God of War!

We can read of the wars that will be ending at Armageddon but the War  we are in now with Our Lord during the church age is the Spiritual Battle for Souls.

This is the war we are in now!

The Bible says:

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

To be a soldier in God’s Army is a privilege and the safest place to be is “in the battle”!

Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

The enemy will not have any excuse!

It is a sad thing but this entire Army of Israel, died in the 40 years they traveled in the wilderness because they refused to enter into Canaan Land when God first sent our those spies. They refused the Word of God to get into the Battle!

Just using the number of this army, this averages out to about 15,088 men a year or about 42 men dying daily.

These were all unbelievers. This was tragic and should make us realize that in the world be live in there are many more than this that are dying lost without the Lord every day and yet we as Christians simply will not get into God’s Army and will not be a part of this, God’s battle for souls.

We will see that this entire army was replaced before it went into Canaan Land:

Num 26:51  These were the numbered of the children of Israel, six hundred thousand and a thousand seven hundred and thirty.

The Levites were not included because they were assigned a much greater place in the Battle, their ministry was the care of the House of God!

Worship and Warfare may seem to be two different extremes but we must realize that it takes special training to be in God’s Army and we know that when we get to the Book of Revelation we can see God’s Warfare with evil.

*****Once saved, we are in the war, as King David found out, the safest place to be in this war is at the forefront of the Battle.

We should want to be on the frontline of this war!

Second we see.) This army had to be organized!

It would have been impossible for this large group of people to get the word that they were moving or that they were stopping. So God used a cloud to signal these moves and He used a fire by night to show them that they were never alone.

As the people of God, it would be impossible to figure out what we are to do without God’s Word, the Bible. We are most of the time, are own worst enemy in our war with evil.

This is why we need a daily dose of the Word of God! He has given us His instruction manual that we call the Bible!

Just as Israel was to be a separated people and “that fact was to be noticed when they traveled”, the Church is to be a separated people from the evil of this world and “is also be noticed as such”. Not in any evil way but in a Holy and Godly way!

God’s presence as that cloud, was noticed by the children of Israel, therefore their camp had to be pure and holy in His sight.

God abides in every believer by the Holy Spirit, we are to be aware of His presence and therefore be holy and godly!

Third we see.) The people of God must be dedicated!

Every thing that was done in the camp was ordered by the Lord!

At the end of the first year of freedom, the Tabernacle was built and assembled and the worship service was set in precise order. The Levites were chosen as Priests and dedicated to the Lord. Moses had been chosen as leader but Aaron was to be the spiritual leader as the chosen of God. Through Moses was there was divine revelation and divine leadership.

Today God has revealed His will through His written Word and prayer.

God says:

1Th 5:17  Pray without ceasing.
1Th 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1Th 5:19  Quench not the Spirit.
1Th 5:20  Despise not prophesyings.
1Th 5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Just as the Levites camped closest to the Tabernacle, God’s called out preachers and pastors must be diligent to protect the flock from those that would destroy the Church:

Praise the Lord for our Pastor, Preacher Sam!

Act 20:28 says:  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

We know that dangerous enemies are trying to pervert the Word of God and there are even some of those are inside this church and every other House of God:

Act 20:29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Act 20:30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Fourth we see.) Just as the children of Israel, the Body of Christ are wandering pilgrims, marching through the wilderness of this evil world like an army but still needing the guidance of The Almighty God and Our Lord and Savior.

The Body of Christ should journey by the command of the Lord and when they find their place in a local assembly then they should pitch as long as God’s cloud abides over that Tabernacle.

Unless God calls us to to leave we are to put in roots and stay the course in the place He has chosen for us and “If” we listen to the Holy Spirit we have the assurance that God will be with us no matter where we are.

*****Our Text:

Num 10:29  And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the Midianite, Moses’ father in law, We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the LORD hath spoken good concerning Israel.
Num 10:30  And he said unto him, I will not go; but I will depart to mine own land, and to my kindred.
Num 10:31  And he said, Leave us not, I pray thee; forasmuch as thou knowest how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and thou mayest be to us instead of eyes.
Num 10:32  And it shall be, if thou go with us, yea, it shall be, that what goodness the LORD shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.

When it comes to that pillar of cloud moving, it was to be “the absolute command of the Lord”. There could be no debate about being ready or about let’s wait until tomorrow. The camp was to be broken and Israel was to move. These people were to follow God not knowing where God would lead them!

This is exactly what we are to do as Christians. We are to trust that God will lead us to where we need to be!

These Jews always had to be ready to move because they knew the place they were at, was not their home!

Again this is exactly what God wants us to do. Our home is in Heaven and we must be ready to go where ever God leads us!

Those that are not on the road of God will never make it to Heaven. Jesus Christ is God’s Highway!

Mat 7:13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mat 7:14  [Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it].

Jesus Christ is God’s door to Heaven!

Jesus is not the door way, He Is The Actual Door To Heaven!

Jesus is not the gateway, He Is The Actual Gate To Heaven!

What we must realize is that this “pillar of cloud” is in typology the “written Word of God”!

It brought light to God’s people and darkness the their enemies!

Those that do not know Christ as their Savior, will never understand the Word of God!

***It is probable that Israel placed watchers just to keep an eye on that “pillar of cloud” just so they would not be caught of guard and be ready at all times.

The Bible tells us:

Luk 21:36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Chapter ten tells us about two silver trumpets. These two trumpets were sounded by the priests.

The Levites were the official musicians but these two trumpets were not for worship, they were used to communicate orders to the camp.

***Not only did Israel need those that would watch for that pillar of cloud to be ready to move, they also had to keep their ears open to listen for the commands of God.

When we are assembled in the House of God we are to keep our ears open to the message of the Pastor or the Preacher to hear the commands of God.

***Keep in mind, we are now waiting on the sound of those trumpets, that will call us home:

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and [with the trump of God]: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, [at the last trump]: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Notice how Paul says “this is the last trumpet for the Saint of God” at the day of “the Rapture” of the church, the Body of Christ.

As we begin this section of the Book of Numbers, Israel will begin a 38 year journey to the promised land. At this time they are only in their second year of freedom.

We will see a long time of unbelief and failure!

I can certainly relate to this time in my sinful life!

But  also in our daily walk with God, we will not see growth unless we see challenge!

We must accept that everything God allows to cross our path is a means to challenge us and make us stronger!

If we are obedient to God, He will bring out the best in us!

If we are obedient to Satan, he will bring out the worst in us!

These are the facts of life!

***There is another thing we should notice as Israel journeyed:

The children of Israel moved in a precise order!

Every tribe moved in their place and together but, there was always a group of people who were in the rear!

Exo 12:38  And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.

This mixed multitude that could not be assigned to any tribe walked in the rear and in the rear is where they were most vulnerable to attack.

*****The children of God must find a place to worship and never try to walk alone in this evil world. Satan will be relentless in his attack on all those that make themselves vulnerable. There is much truth to the saying, “there is safety in numbers” especially in the Church.

*****Moses gives us a great example of inviting others to go with us in our journey to Heaven.

Moses at first just gives an invitation and when that was rejected, he gave an appeal, he pleaded with Hobab.

We should never give up on our family or anyone else we are praying for!

Notice that his appeal worked:

Jdg 4:11  Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh.

The children of Hobab settled in Canaan land and were known as Kenites.

The witnessing of Moses gives us a guideline of how to witness in today’s world:

1.) Moses gave a his Testimony. (We are journeying in the Lord)

2.) Moses gave an Invitation. (come with us in this journey)

3.) Moses told of God’s Promise. (we will  do thee good because the Lord will do us good)

4.) Moses told of God’s Reason. (for the Lord spoken concerning Israel, The Lord Promises)

There is not a better outline for witnessing in the Bible!

There is no better order in which we should tell others about Jesus Christ and His plan of salvation!

Remember God is a God of order.

Moses had faith. He knew that Jehovah God was with Israel and Moses knew that the future lies with those that trust the Lord!

Some say Moses needed Hobab as a guide because he knew the territory but Moses knew he had to follow the “pillar of cloud”, God is our guide!

The Bible says:

Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

BUT the Bible also says:

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Every Christian should know how to use both his heart and his mind in discerning the “Will of God.”

These two things do not contradict each other!

These two things work hand in hand to allow for us to grow as Christians and be more equiped for the work of God!

It pays for us all to remember who and what we are:

1Pe 1:1  Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, [to the strangers] scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

1Pe 2:11  Dearly beloved, I beseech you [as strangers and pilgrims], abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

We are strangers in this world we now live in!

And, We are on a journey to the Promised Land of God!

*****Our text:

Num 10:33  And they departed from the mount of the LORD three days’ journey: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them in the three days’ journey, to search out a resting place for them.
Num 10:34  And the cloud of the LORD was upon them by day, when they went out of the camp.
Num 10:35  And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee.
Num 10:36  And when it rested, he said, Return, O LORD, unto the many thousands of Israel.
Why did Israel depart at this time?

God had decided it was time for Israel to begin their journey to the promised land.

It is God that sits on the throne to direct all our lives!

It was important that Israel realized it was not Moses who was in control because even Moses moved at the will of God.

We can see that Moses and Aaron marched ahead of all the tribes but their position was just behind the Ark!

*****Each time the pillar of cloud moved and when it settled we know that Moses prayed.

Moses is revered throughout this world as a man that led a rebellion that freed a people of captivity.

This again showed Israel, and should show the world, that even Moses was to follow the will of God.

We also know that these people never really believed these things, though they witnessed them:

Deu 1:32  Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God,
Deu 1:33  Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day.

We can also be sure that this cloud covered the entire army of God as they moved from place to place:

Psa 105:39  He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.

Not only could these people see God’s presence but they could  also feel His presence and His comfort from the heat of the wilderness!

We know that when God rested, these people would rest But God would still show His presence:

Psa 139:11  If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; [even the night shall be light about me].

This prayer of Moses was used by many a believer and it would be good for us to remember it also:

Psa 10:12  Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

God made a promise to Israel and He makes this same promise to the Church:

Exo 23:20  Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
Exo 23:21  Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.

We are wrong when we do not dissect, study and learn from these great examples in the Old Testament!

These things were taught to the early church in the time of the Apostles:

We cannot have a better outline of our own travels after salvation.

Our journey will not end until we die or at the rapture of the church, whichever comes first.

God wants us to have decency and order in our lives until that time.

God expects us to follow that pillar of cloud that dwells within us, The Holy Spirit.

Most of all God encourages us to invite others to travel with us as NUMBERS are important to God!

Let’s Pray!