by Ken Trivette

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Let's Get Acquainted With Hobab (4 of 10)
Let's Get Acquainted Series
Ken Trivette
Numbers 10:29-30

1. During his days as president, Thomas Jefferson and a group of companions were traveling across country on horseback. They came to a river that had left its banks because of a recent downpour. The swollen river had washed the bridge away. They were forced to cross the river on horseback. Because of the rapid currents, it would be dangerous, but it was the only way to cross the river.

Several of the party plunged into the swollen river with its rapid currents and made it to the other side. A traveler who was not part of the group stood to the side watching. When he saw that others had made it safely across, he looked at President Jefferson and asked if he would ferry him across the river. The president agreed and the man climbed on and they both made it safely across.

As the stranger slid off the back of the saddle, one of the group asked him, "Tell me, why did you select the president to ask this favor of?" The man was shocked when the learned that it was the president that had helped him. He admitted that he had had no ideal it was the president. He said, "All I know, is that on some of your faces was written the answer 'No" and on some of them was the answer 'Yes." His was a 'Yes' face." (From "The Tale of the Tardy Oxcart" by Charles Swindoll)

2. As we continue getting acquainted with some of the not so well knowns in the Bible, we meet a man that had a 'No' face. He was offered a great invitation, but said no. His name is Hobab.

3. We learn in Numbers 10:29 that Hobab was the brother-in-law of Moses. Moses had married Zipporah the sister of Hobab. Moses made his brother-in-law Hobab an offer but it was rejected. Let's look at the story and get better acquainted with Hobab, the brother-in-law who turned down an invitation.


1. The story before us finds Hobab visiting his sister and her husband. It is a time of reunion ...

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