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Who Runs the Show? (5 of 10)
Series: Will You Be Counted
We're going to talk this evening on the subject of "Who Runs the Show?" It's quite an interesting passage of scripture.
In the studies of the Old Testament books we are not going verse by verse and taking up every verse in every chapter. But I'm trying to give you the essence. I'm trying to give you the milk of the coconut, so to speak, in these passages. Sometimes I group a lot of verses together.
Chapters 15, 16 and 17 come immediately on the heels of the unpleasant experience at Kadesh-Barnea where the children of Israel had come to the edge of the Promised Land, were getting ready to go in, and because of their unbelief and because of their disobedience, they turned and went away. They are now facing 40 years of wandering in the wilderness.
In chapter 15, verse 2, the Lord said to Moses, "Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye are come into the land of your habitations, which I give unto you." That statement is going to be stretched out for about 40 years. God had given them that land, the land of Canaan, the land of promise, but the "when" part of that verse is going to be 40 years in the making.
In the fifteenth chapter he talks about some of the offerings they are going to make when they go into the land, and he underscores the importance of their obedience to the Lord. In the closing verses of the fifteenth chapter, beginning with verse 37, I want you to notice that the Lord used a unique method to remind the people of the importance of their obedience to the commandments of the Lord.
You will notice in verses 37 through 41 that the Lord instructed that the children of Israel were to have fringes on the borders of their garments. The word "fringes" means tassels. In those tassels there was to be a ribbon of blue. The purpose of this was to be a reminder to them. In verse 39 he says that this is to be a reminder to you of ...
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