I’ve been posting from one of my favorite reads….”Understanding the 66 Books of the Bible” by Dr. David Jeremiah. It is wonderful on those days when I’m having trouble concentrating. Its concise summaries of the Bible books is refreshingly understandable. Today we are on book 4 Numbers….
Book of Numbers (4); Summary, by David Jeremiah
A tragic story unfolded in Maine. Two hikers getting rescued after getting lost in a state park, got in their car and drove away. But in the foggy darkness they took a wrong turn, drove down a boat ramp, and plunged into the ocean. By the time one rescuer arrived it was too late.
There’s nothing worse than taking a wrong turn, and that’s a key message in the book of Numbers. Somehow on the way to the Promised Land, the Israelites took a wrong turn, and the one month journey became a forty- year trek.
As you study the book of Numbers you can divide the book by its two numberings or censuses-one cencus of the Exodus generation and another of the generation about to enter Canaan. Between these two eventts, and incredible story unfolds around several great themes: The covenant with its regulations; and the land promised to Abraham and his descendants; the land promised t Abraham and his descendants; and the promises of God, which are never invalidated by human failure. The greatest lesson in Numbers involves the crisis of faith that occurred when the Israelites believed the ten faithless spies instead of listening to Joshua and Caleb. The nation panicked in the desert, and their unbelieving hearts represented nothing less than rebellion against God.
Numbers warns us against taking the wrong turn of unbelief. We should listen to Joshuas and Calebs in our lives and trust God’s Word even when challenges loom. His promises are as sure as His power, and His peace is as near as His presence.
There is nothing worse than taking a wrong turn
inot the land of unbelief, for God wants to
lead us forward by faith.
“The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make His ace shine upon you,
and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His
countenance upon you, and give you peace. “
O LORD, keep me from fearing the
way ahead and rebelling against y
You in unbelief.