Nation of Israel
The Nation of Israel is proof of God’s existence. As the Children of Israel made their way into the Promised Land given to them by God at the culmination of their Exodus from Egypt, they were admonished not to follow after the gods of those who inhabited the land. It wasn’t long before the Children of Israel began to wander off into idolatry and began to sin against the commands of God given to them during their sojourn in the wilderness. After being taken into captivity by foreign kingdoms, allowed to return to their land and rebuild the Temple, only to come under Roman occupation and crucify the Son of God, the Jewish people were scattered to the four corners of the earth for almost 2,000 years. The re-gathering of the people back into their land in recent years is fulfillment of God’s prophesy in Scripture that such an event would take place in the last days as all nations of the earth will come against Israel, her people, and the City of Jerusalem. No other nation of people in the history of mankind has been preserved and re-established.
In six days God created all the things man would need to live on this earth, including rest on the seventh day. Every tree, plant and herb was created to give man what he would need to nourish life on this earth and build shelter for himself and his family. Every animal God created serves a purpose in continuing life on this planet. God created just the right mixture of gases in the atmosphere and molecules in the water to sustain life. The changing of the seasons remains fixed year in and year out, along with the rising and setting of the sun at just the right distance from the earth each and every day. The creation and ongoing life on this planet is testimony to the proof of God.
If not for God, man would not exist. The idea of man did not come from man. It was God who formed the first man from the dust of the ground. It was the breath of God blown into man’s nostrils that allowed man to begin to breathe and continue to breathe. It is the intricate pumping of the heart and the flow of man’s blood as designed by God that keeps a body from death. The very existence of man and the continued propagation of mankind up to this time is proof of God.
Once again the Children of Israel were taking the long way around. Upon the crossing of the Red Sea the LORD did not allow them to make a beeline for the Promised Land; instead He guided them to a desert place to regroup and spy out the land before entering. Because of their unbelief in conquering the land with God’s help, He caused them to wander in the wilderness for 40 long years until the unbelieving generation died off leaving their descendants to enter the land flowing with milk and honey (Numbers 13-14).
Moses had heard it all before; the people were once again complaining about a lack of food and water but this time they even loathed the manna from Heaven that had kept them alive throughout the previous decades. Not only were the men, women and children of the new generation grumbling against Moses for their present circumstance, they were murmuring against God, too. It was then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people. Those who were sinning in rebellion against the LORD were bitten, causing “much people of Israel” to die from the venomous bites (Numbers 21).
As the people came in repentance, confessing their sin and asking Moses to “pray to the LORD that He take away the serpents from us,” the LORD instructed Moses to make a serpent of brass, set it on a pole, “and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.” In John 3 Jesus told Nicodemus “as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Jesus then spoke the words of the most familiar verse of Scripture, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” (John 3:14-16).
Look to Jesus in Repentance of Sin
In the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian Church in modern day Greece he took them back to former times in the life of their forefathers. As is important in knowing their history written by Moses in the Old Testament, he wrote them they should not be ignorant how that:
- ALL their fathers were under the cloud (Exodus 13:21-22)
- ALL passed through the sea (Exodus 14:21-22)
- ALL were baptized in the cloud and in the sea (Exodus 14:19-20,29)
- ALL did eat of the same spiritual food (Exodus 16:4)
- ALL did drink of the same spiritual drink (Exodus 17:6)
Then Paul reminded them how even though they ALL experienced the same events during their exodus from Egypt, God was not pleased with many of them, for a great multitude of them were overthrown in the wilderness. Paul then listed some of the sins they committed that kept them from entering the Promised Land:
- Idolatry – sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play (Exodus 32:1-6)
- Fornication – committed and fell in one day 23,000 (Numbers 25:1-9)
- Tempted God – were destroyed by serpents (Exodus 17:2; Numbers 21:4-7)
- Murmured – were destroyed by the destroyer (Numbers 14:1-4,27-32)
Paul then clearly tells them “Now all these things happened unto them for examples;” (to the others wandering in the wilderness with them), “and they were written for our admonition.” He then adamantly declares, “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (I Corinthians 10:1-12)
There are those in every generation who go through the motion of church attendance, baptism, giving money to the church, helping the poor, feeding the hungry, but their hearts are far from God just as many of those who followed Moses into the wilderness. God is not well pleased with those who traverse this earth in like manner and they, too, will not enter the “Promised Land” of Heaven that awaits those who truly repent, put their trust in Christ as Savior, surrendering their lives fully to Him.
“Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should NOT lust after evil things, as they also lusted.”
I Corinthians 10:6
Pastor Chuck Swindoll gives a detailed look at the life of Moses from his time spent in a basket on the Nile River to the early years in the palace of Pharaoh, his escape to the backside of the desert to his encounter with God at the burning bush, the deliverance of God’s people to the Red Sea exodus, and forty years of wandering in the wilderness with over a million people who sometimes sought his destruction. In MOSES: A Man of Selfless Dedication, Dr. Swindoll shares from Scripture Moses’ successes and failures, his good days and bad, his obedience to God and his disobedience, his every emotion from gladness to sadness, exuberance to melancholy, anger to forgiveness, and hate to love. A child who started out with so much potential, lost it all, was redeemed by God, used of God, and died in the presence of God, MOSES: A Man of Selfless Dedication reveals in a biographical sketch the bountiful mercy of God, His longsuffering towards man, His leading and guiding of those who will surrender their lives to Him and follow Him wherever He desires to take them, and His leading them home to be with Him forever.
Key Verse(s): Deuteronomy 6:4-5, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
Review of Wilderness Wanderings – Chapters 1-4, 8
Ten Commandments Restated – Chapters 5-6, 9
Chosen Because of Love – Chapter 7
Warnings – Chapters 10-11
Conditions of Blessing – Chapters 12-26
Instructions Living in Promised Land – Chapters 27-30
Book of Law in Ark of Covenant – Chapter 31
Moses’ Encouragement, Last Words – Chapters 31-33
Moses’ Death – Chapter 34
Key Verse(s): Numbers 6:24-26, “The LORD bless thee, and keep thee; the LORD make His face shine upon thee… and give thee peace.”
Numbering of the Tribes – Chapter 1
Order of Encampment – Chapter 2
Levite’s Service – Chapters 3-4
God’s Instructions – Chapters 5-10
Murmuring in the Wilderness – Chapters 11-12
Spies in Promised Land – Chapters 13-14
40 Years in the Wilderness – Chapters 15-25
New Generation Numbered – Chapter 26
Prepare to Enter Promised Land – Chapters 27-36
Key Verse: Exodus 20:2, “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”
Moses’ Birth – Chapters 1-2
Burning Bush – Chapters 3–4
Confrontations with Pharoah – Chapters 5-7
Plagues in Egypt – Chapters 8-11
Deliverance from Egypt – Chapters 12-19
10 Commandments – Chapter 20
Law is Given – Chapters 21-32
Wilderness Wanderings – Chapters 33-40