Numbers

Strike Two, and You’re Out of the Promised Land!

With two, not three, swings of his staff at the rock, Moses struck out of the Promised Land! But we have a Mediator better and more complete than Moses. Moses could not give the people Living Water. Only God could. And Moses could not accompany God’s people into the Promised Land. Only Christ could, by his provision of the Living Water of eternal life.

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Victories of Faith at Last (Numbers 21)

The new spiritual life that results from looking to Jesus lifted high on the cross by faith corresponds to the new physical life given to mortally snakebitten Israelites in the desert who by faith fixed their eyes on the bronze serpent.

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“Be Careful What You Wish For” (Numbers 14)

“You wish to go back to Egypt? Then you shall go back in the direction of the Red Sea where you started your march. You wish to die in the wilderness? Then you shall die in the wilderness. Do you fear that your children will be slaves in Canaan? Then your children will be shepherds in the desert for 40 years.”

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Spies on a Mission in the Promised Land

Christian, Jesus is your “spy” who knows everything about your Promised Land because he came down from there. He assures you that your Promised Land is the heavenly city, beautiful and abounding in God’s blessings. Its inhabitants are not wicked enemies you have to fight and conquer, but righteous friends with whom you will fellowship for eternity. Its fortifications do not just reach up to heaven, but the city is in heaven itself, safe and secure from all evil.

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God’s People Grumble

Numbers 11 and John 6 show us that Jesus as our Mediator is better than Moses the mediator between God and Israel. Unlike Moses, even in his darkest hour, Christ did not grumble against God about the rebellious people he was saving. Instead, he prayed for their salvation and for God to be with them.

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Starting and Ending Our Pilgrimage with God

When we are fully obedient to God’s word in our pilgrimage, and when we invite others to join us, God promised to bring us together to our Promised Land, a place that will be for us a “resting place” (Numbers 10:11-36).

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God with His People in the Cloud and Trumpets

The loud trumpet sound will be the universal call to the elect—from all nations and all ages, living or in their graves—to gather to the Glory-Cloud of Christ. This is the final Feast of Trumpets and Feast of Ingathering, when the harvest is full and the time has come to separate the wheat from the weeds, the good fish from the bad, the sheep from the goats.

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The Gospel According to the Nazirite

Although Jesus did not take the Nazirite vows, he fulfilled what their vows foreshadowed: complete separation from sin and consecration to God. Jesus the Nazarene became our last Nazirite because those who believe and trust in him will never be required to fulfill Nazirite vows or any vows of good works for their salvation.

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Who’s Out, Who’s In

The one who had no blemish or defilement, who was perfectly obedient, and who was eternally faithful became our defilement, our rebellion, and our unfaithfulness to be offered as a sacrifice for our sake on the cross.

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