Summary of Numnbers (ASB Excerpt)

Summary of Numnbers (ASB Excerpt)

What Numbers Teaches Us:

•  Experiencing miracles does not necessarily bring faith. The children of Israel witnessed one miracle after another. The Red Sea swallowed the Egyptian soldiers; God gave them manna and quail to eat; God gave them water from a rock. Their journey was led by God himself in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Yet these miracles did not lead to faith and obedience. Many of our churches have an emphasis on miracles and power ministries. Unfortunately, these signs and miracles will not by themselves bring people to faith in Jesus and obedience to him.

•  “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). In 1 Corinthians 10:1-11, Paul remembers the story of Israel in the book of Numbers and says, “These things happened as a warning for us.”

•  Disobedience has consequences. God did not overlook the disobedience of Israel like a permissive parent. An entire generation of Israelites died in the wilderness. They experienced fire, snakebites, and plagues and did not get to enter the Promised Land. When we rebel against God, we deny ourselves the amazing experiences God intends for us.

•  God’s grace and faithfulness are stronger than those who would hurt us. Balak, king of Moab, called upon Balaam to curse Israel. Not only did Balaam fail to place a curse on Israel, but God, through the mouth of Balaam, reaffirmed his love and commitment to his chosen people. Many Christians live in fear of what others might do to them through sorcerers and diviners. Some even run to diviners to help protect them. But there is no greater power than the one we have in Jesus. If your life is hidden in Christ, you have no reason to fear any curse from anyone because God has all power (Numbers 23:23).

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