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Bumps in the Road (3 of 10)
Series: Will You Be Counted?
I want to remind you of the fact that there is a reason why we are studying this Old Testament passage of scripture. Sometimes we look at these Old Testament books and we wonder why in the world are we studying them; and yet when you go to the New Testament in I Corinthians 10, you will find that there is a commentary given built on these chapters in the book of Numbers. You will find that the Lord says in I Corinthians 10 that what happened to the children of Israel in the Old Testament happened as an illustration to us and to give lessons and to be examples to us of the things that we have to deal with in our life.
The Bible deals with timeless, eternal truths. The problems you and I face on a daily basis in our lives are really no different from the problems that people faced back in those days. Human existence is basically the same. The problems the people experience are basically the same kinds of problems. The lessons we learn in the Old Testament can be applied to our very experiences on a daily basis.
There are several locations given in these two chapters and some lessons which are taught in these locations. We're going to look at them and see what God has to say to us.
In chapter 10, verse 33, it says, ''And they (the children of Israel) departed from the mount of the Lord three days' journey; and the ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them in the three days' journey, to search out a resting place for them.'' Their journey starts with such promise.
They are getting ready now. They're on their journey and they're on their way. The flags are flying. The trumpets are blowing. The cloud is leading. What an exciting time it must have been for the children of Israel as they marched out tribe by tribe. The journey begins with such pageantry and pomp and promise. God has said to them, ''I have given you the land of Canaan as your land of promise.''
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