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Summary: Big lessons for us from Numbers.

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INTRODUCTION

A. Numbers is the Book of Wanderings

1. It is a book we must read for it speaks a

message to our generation.

2. Be sure your sins will find you out.

3. It is a record of rebellion and disobedience

by God’s chosen people.

B. Why is it called the Book of Numbers?

1. Because of two numberings of the Israelites.

2. The first was on Mt. Sinai and the second on

Mt. Moab 40 years later

C. Key chapters are 13-14 - this is the turning point

1. Israel refuse to go up and conquer the land -

they are filled with fear not faith

2. God judges Israel 14:34 by causing them to

wander 40 years in wilderness,instead of an

11 day journey. Great tragedy we can learn

from!

I. THE OLD GENERATION (1:1 - 10:10)

A. This was the generation that was brought out

of Egypt by God’s Love

1. He now organizes, sanctifies, and

prepares them for their journey

2. God takes care of their outward and

inward conditions.

B. God’s Chosen people today are found in His

Church - Gal.6:16

1. He is leading us as pilgrims through our

wilderness to a better place.

2. We need to be organized and sanctified for

the challenges that lie ahead

3. Working as a team, united in purpose,

priorities and plans.

II. THE TRAGIC TRANSITION (10:11 - 25:18)

A. Israel follows God step by step until the Land

of Canaan is in sight

1. Then something tragic and disastrous

happens at Kadesh.

2. They draw back in unbelief, and begin to

complain endlessly.

3. When God’s people start to complain, then

there is unbelief in the camp

B. Chapters 10-12 are a chorus of grumbling

1.We need to read these and ask - Lord, is it I?

2.Do I complain like them sometimes? Phil.2:14

3.Like them, we often forget God’s faithfulness

and goodness.

C. Not all were guilty of these things

1. Joshua and Caleb were great men of Faith and

Fortitude.

2. Joshua became Moses successor after he

died - Josh.1

3. Caleb was one of the spies who said they

could easily conquer the land 13:30

D. Here we see the voice of Fear vs. the voice of

Faith

1. Fear said No, while Faith said a resounding

Yes.

2. Fear looked at the Giants, while Faith

looked at God. 13:31-33

E. What about us? What do we see when faced with

obstacles?

1. We need to be like Caleb - A man determined

to hang tough.

2. He had dogged determination that came from

his consistent obedience to God, he was a

man who had a vision of what God could do,

and he was a man who had a dream.

F. How we need to have more Caleb’s in the Church

today

1. We need to have determined Christians who will

not give up, and bow to the majority who will

not want to go forward by faith. Josh.14:14

2. We need men and women of vision who have the

ability to see above and beyond the majority,

and see things as God sees them. Prov.29:18

3. We need Christians who are not afraid to dream

big dreams for God, and not think small. How

big is your God? Your answer will determine

the size of your dreams! Walk by faith not by

sight, and make your dreams come true!

4. See a united church, evangelizing the lost,

baptizing people into Christ, growing

numerically and spiritually. It CAN happen,

but only if we believe it, and then determine


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