The Wilderness

Isaiah 46:13 - ...and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.

Lesson 30: Israel's Third Strike

Bro. Joshua Edwards | Dec. 1, 2021 | Num. 1:1-5a,52; 2:2; 10:11-13; 13:1-14:45 | Download Audio | Youtube

In this message, we turn to the book of Numbers to continue our trek with Israel toward the Promised Land. As preparation for the next stage of the program and the conquest of the land, Israel's men are numbered for war and organized by their standards. The cloudy pillar moves the nation from Mt. Sinai in the wilderness of Sin up to Kadesh-barnea in the wilderness of Paran. From there, the twelve heads of the tribes of Israel go forth to espy the land for forty days and traverse the country side northward to Rehob and return southward to Hebron and the valley of Eschol. The spies find the land just as Jehovah had described it; a good and pleasant land flowing with milk and honey, nevertheless fortified with strength, walls & giants. Their report is given to the nation, and Israel again has to make a choice as to who they will believe. As has been their natural tendency up to this point, so it is now as they commit their third grievous offense against Jehovah-ness and grace and despise the land and the LORD. Listen to this message to walk through the details with us.

Lesson 31: The Wilderness Wanderings

Bro. Joshua Edwards | Dec. 8, 2021 | Num. 14:33-35 | Download Audio | Youtube

In this message, we discuss the details of the time concerning Israel's consignment to wander in the wilderness and we explore a number of the key details and events that take place while they are there. Having rebelled against the word of the LORD in unbelief, the generation that came out of Egypt will not see the Promised Land, and the LORD will wait until that generation has ceased from among Israel before carrying His program forward. We also look at the events surrounding the exclusion of Moses and Aaron from entering Canaan, along with details of the numbering of the new generation for war in preparation for the coming conquest under the lead of Joshua.

Lesson 32: The Law in Review

Bro. Joshua Edwards | Dec. 15, 2021 | Deut. 1:1 | Download Audio | Youtube

In this message, we survey a large portion of the book of Deuteronomy. Special emphasis is given to the theme of Moses in addressing the new generation of Israelites as they prepare to cross Jordan and go in to possess the land. Moses's death is imminent and as such, he urgently presses upon the nation their responsibility in the land under the law. Finally, we see the LORD through Moses return to the theme of the five courses of punishment first outlined in Leviticus 26. In view of the coming failures of the nation under the Mosaic Covenant, the LORD also provides an additional covenant whereby Israel will eventually come to possess the land in perpetuity, and Israel hope will yet be found in the name of the LORD.