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On My Journey Home (10 of 10)
Will You Be Counted
We are going to have our concluding study in the book of Numbers. This is the tenth study which has carried us through this book. I'm getting ready now for our next Bible study on Wednesday nights. We will be in the book of Isaiah, the prophecy of Isaiah. It is really going to be an interesting and exciting Bible study.
We're going to move rapidly because we are going to try to get the essence of Numbers 30 through 35. We referred to chapter 36 previously so I'm going to try to give you the main essence of what we find in these chapters.
Let me introduce the first five verses of chapter 30 for you. For 40 years the children of Israel have been wandering in the wilderness from pillar to post. For 40 years they have wandered wearily and drearily, just going around in circles out in the wilderness. This was a consequence of their disobedience to the will of God.
Now after those 40 years you know there is a new generation. They are getting ready to go into the Promised Land which God had promised to them. They could have experienced it 40 years before had they been obedient.
Moses is going to give them the basic principles to guide them as they enter into the Promised Land. He's going to tell them what to do, how to enter the Promised Land, and some of the undergirding principles for the national life of the children of Israel.
You say, "Preacher, why are we studying this?" Here's why. Some of the basic principles that God gives to the children of Israel are the same principles which undergird basic human society in any generation.
We're going to see how these basic principles apply in several different areas. For instance, in chapter 30 I think you picked up on it already. There are the basic principles regarding the matter of vows. Verse 2 says, "If a man vow a vow," or "If a man swear an oath."
The difference between a vow and an oath is that a vo ...
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