239 – Numbers 27 – God is in the Details

There are Thirty-six chapters in the book of Numbers. We are creeping up to the end of the book as the Israelites are nearing the end of their forty-year-long journey through the wilderness. If you read the Old Testament carefully enough you’ll notice God does not respond to the various situations Isreal finds itself in. He’s not sitting back wringing His hands every time they get into trouble while He haphazardly comes up with a plan while asking, “now what do I do with them?”  Yahweh knows the end from the beginning. He knows full well the past, present, ...

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238 – Number 26 – Second Census

I would like you to resist the temptation to skip over Numbers chapter 26. At first glance, you may be tempted to ask, “so what’s the big deal? God says to count the nation for inheritance and then there’s just a big list of family names and their numbers! Boring!” If it was important enough to God to include it, then we should read and attempt to understand it. Although I don’t think it would be prudent to go through the chapter verse by verse for comment, I do think there is plenty to glean from the narrative. Even in just summarizing the content some ...

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237 – Numbers 25 – Righteous Judgement

Just a quick Numbers 25 review up to this point. King Balak tells Balaam to curse Israel. Yahweh doesn’t allow the curse and instead causes Balaam to prophesy four times. Balaam attempts to circumvent Yahweh’s blessing and bring about Israel’s downfall by teaching King Balak and the Midianites how to trip up the nation. Offer your women as prostitutes! This encounter was so significant that Joshua, who replaced Moses, was still dealing with its effects.  Joshua 22:17-18            17       Is the iniquity of Peor not enough for us, from ...

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236 – You can do it

I must confess, studying the Bible is hard work. There is so much detail in this huge volume we call the Bible that it’s easy to become overwhelmed. The task is so monumental it’s all too easy to throw one’s hands up in discouragement and defeat before even lifting the cover. We know we should read it, but it’s hard to understand. We think maybe it would be easier to understand if we studied it, but we don’t know how to study it. As a result, our encounter with the word of God becomes haphazard at best. For many of us, our Bibles sit on a lonely shelf. We ...

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235 – Number 25 – Joined to Baal

Last time I introduced Numbers chapter 25. I’d like to take a step back and remind us where we are in the narrative before digging in a little deeper. Let’s consider Numbers 22:1 and Numbers 25:1 together. Numbers 22:1       22:1       Then the children of Israel moved, and camped in the plains of Moab on the side of the Jordan across from Jericho. Numbers 25:1       25:1       Now Israel remained in Acacia Grove, and the people began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab.  We can think of 22:1 as the left parenthesis, and 25:1 ...

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234 – Numbers 25 – Jealous God

Like other Old Testament passages, Numbers chapter twenty-five can be a hard passage for the modern-day believer to process. It’s not that it’s hard to understand, but rather we have a hard time thinking about it in light of what we perceive as New Testament truth. Providing the most succinct summary I can think of, I would say of chapter twenty-five, Israel sinned and God killed the sinners! “Well certainly”, you may protest, “that’s not what God does today!” To which I would remind you of a verse in Malachi. Malachi 3:6       6       ...

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233 – Balaam’s End

The Biblical narrative of Balaam is found between chapters 22 and 24 of the book of Numbers. Although the theme of the narrative is certainly not Balaam, he is probably the main human character in these few chapters. Numbers 24:15-24 detail Balaam’s fourth and final prophecy. Let’s consider the last verse of Numbers chapter 24. Number 24:25 25 So Balaam rose and departed and returned to his place; Balak also went his way. Maybe someone is thinking, “Mark, if you are going to spend any time on this innocuous verse this may very well be the most boring ...

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232 – Balaam’s Fourth Prophecy

This week we arrive at Balaam’s fourth prophecy. Before we consider his final word to King Balak, I’d like us to notice there is a marked difference between Balaam’s first and second prophecies and his third, which we don’t become aware of until just before his third. Consider the following two verses. Numbers 24:1-2            1       Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not go as at other times, to seek to use sorcery, but he set his face toward the wilderness.             2       And ...

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231 – Balaam’s Third Prophecy – Part 2

Though there is much more to observe in this third prophecy of Balaam’s, let’s consider a few more things before we move on. Numbers 24:3-9           3       Then he took up his oracle and said:     “The utterance of Balaam the son of Beor,     The utterance of the man whose eyes are opened,            4       The utterance of him who hears the words of God,     Who sees the vision of the Almighty,     Who falls down, with eyes wide open:            5       “How lovely are your tents, O ...

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