A review at the year end of 2015: “What have I been (as a person) in 2015 and what am I going to become in 2016?” The YEAR END REVIEW question focuses on the word ‘BEING’ instead of ‘DOING’. When the Bible opened at the Book of Numbers chapter 33, the watchman read and noted that it showed the record of “A JOURNEY”——Record keeping of its stages, organization, leadership, names of places, routes, geography and terrains, the motion of staying (camping) and leaving (moving on), crossing the sea, desert, passing oasis of springs and palm trees, mountains, plains, river and finally reaching specified boundaries. The whole chapter tells us about an aspect of God——He requires specific, detailed and accurate recording of each event of the people who matter to Him, on a journey made possible by Him. I was led to read this chapter of the Bible after I prayed and asked for direction as a spiritual blog-writer. True enough, this blog is a journey, and today’s revelation is a guide to me for the forthcoming year of a further journey in the Spirit——through reading of the Bible.
KEY WORDS/PHRASES: ‘they left’ (42 times), ‘camped'(42 times). I have left the names blank. (This looks like a generic biography template for the new year.) Who are the Israelites today? The ancient Israelites had a covenant given to Abraham for his biological descendants through the lineage of Isaac. After Jesus had come, He had established a new covenant in His blood. The Christians have come under the new covenant by believing in Jesus and become the descendants of Abraham by faith. In recent previous blogs I have written about the three perfect storms over raging sea and the ‘supernatural’ calmness of the three centered characters involved: Jesus, Paul and Jonah. All three knew God. They maintained close relationship/communication with God. Christians are supernatural because we live in the presence of the supernatural God. I am reminded of Zechariah 4:6 again. Reading Chapter 33 of Numbers means more as the Spirit of Lord leads us. I pray that each reader will seek and find his/her answer for New Year Resolution too.
Numbers 33 (NIV) Stages in Israel’s Journey (Quoted in parts; boldness added)
Here are the stages in the journey of the Israelites when they came out of Egypt by divisions under the leadership of Moses and Aaron. 2 At the Lord’s command Moses recorded the stages in their journey. This is their journey by stages:
3 The Israelites set out from … on the fifteenth day of the first month, the day after the Passover. They marched out defiantly in full view of all the …
5 The Israelites left … and camped at … 6 They left …and camped at …, on the edge of the desert. 7 They left …, turned back to .., to …and camped near … 8 They left…and passed through the sea into the desert, and when they had traveled for three days in the Desert…they camped at … 9 They left …and went to…, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there. 10 They left … and camped by the …Sea… 11 They left the …Sea and camped in the Desert of … 12 They left the Desert of …and camped at … 13 They left … and camped at …. 14 They left …and camped at …, where there was no water for the people to drink. 15 They left … and camped in the Desert of … 16 They left the Desert of …and camped at … 17 They left … and camped at … 18 They left … and camped at … 19 They left … and camped at … 20 They left … and camped at … 21 They left … and camped at …. 22 They left … and camped at … 23 They left … and camped at Mount… 24 They left Mount … and camped at … 25 They left …and camped at … 26 They left … and camped at … 27 They left … and camped at … 28 They left … and camped at … 29 They left … and camped at … 30 They left … and camped at … 31 They left … and camped at … 32 They left … and camped at … 33 They left …and camped at … 34 They left … and camped at … 35 They left … and camped at … 36 They left … and camped at …, in the Desert of … 37 They left … and camped at Mount …, on the border of ... 41 They left Mount … and camped at …. 42 They left … and camped at …. 43 They left … and camped at …. 44 They left … and camped at …, on the border of …. 45 They left … and camped at …. 46 They left … and camped at …. 47 They left … and camped in the mountains of …, near …. 48 They left the mountains of … and camped on the plains of…by the Jordan across from Jericho. 49 There on the plains of … they camped along the … from … to …
50 On the plains of … the Lord said to Moses, 51 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you cross…, 52 drive out all…55 “‘But if you do not drive out …They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. 56 And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.’”
Numbers 34 God has set and specified the Boundaries of the inheritance homeland for His people and promised protection for them
1-12 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Command the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter Canaan, the land that will be allotted to you as an inheritance is to have these boundaries:…“‘This will be your land, with its boundaries on every side.’”