OYB March 23
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- 2009 Mar 23
1:2-3 Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir. But forty years after the Israelites left Egypt... As we've discussed plenty of times (but we humans need lots of reminders), this is our story as well. Do you know what I mean? Like do you have those areas of disobedience/unbelief that you keep repeating over and over? God calls each of us to a Promised Land-true life comprised of purpose, passion, provision, and peace (wow, 4 p's!). But then because of our unbelief and rebellion (vs. 26), we encounter many, many do-overs-round and round the same old mountain. We won't get to the PL until we are ready to go God's way. Our old self and old ways must be used up in us before we can receive the blessing.
1:6-7 You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on... A wonderful time when God sees that we have been refined in the fire/wilderness of our choosing long enough, and we are ready to cross over from our old nature to the Promise.
1:10 The Lord your God has increased your population, making you as numerous as the stars! I believe Moses was referring to the promise given to Abraham. And in his limited human perception, he thought the Israelites numbered like the stars (remember without a telescope, you can only see about 7-8,000. So in reality, I believe God had not fulfilled this promise yet, but only in the available perception at the time.
1:11 And may the Lord, the God of your ancestors, multiply you a thousand times more and bless you as he promised! If there were about 5,000,000 Israelites by this time (or maybe more after 40 years), this number Moses offered as a blessing could be quite huge. Conservatively 5,000,000,000 (trillion). There have never been that many people on earth. Some estimates say 165 billion, but I think that's even too high. So is this just wishful thinking, or was Moses being prophetic?
1:20-21: God will call you to "giant plans"-don't be afraid or discouraged.
1:39 I will give the land to your little ones—your innocent children. You were afraid they would be captured, but they will be the ones who occupy it. This is a great prayer and comfort as we contemplate the futures of our children and grandchildren, wondering how they will be affected by our sins and the sins of our ancestors!
6:3-11 For a refresher on what this passage means according to keeping the Torah, visit January 18 & February 17.
66:5-6 REMEMBER The Red Sea (you will see this all through the Bible-even NT!)
11-12: God framed us for mercy
66:18 Repentance is the key to redemption and restoration. Don't live in a closet of unconfessed and hidden sins. Bring them into the light and be FREE!
Question for reflection:
What is your "Mountain of Do-Overs?" What is keeping you at bay from the Promise?