May 20, Reading 1 – Numbers 33

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SAA Notes

Moses recorded every stage of their journey. The succeeding generations needed to know that God kept Israel throughout all their journeys. He knows each stage of your life too. The invasion of Canaan is founded in God’s judgment – with the warning to Israel that the same awaits them if they too are unfaithful to their Creator.

SJA Notes

“On their gods also the LORD executed judgements.”

There is a symmetry between the exodus from Egypt – God stamping down judgement on the Egyptians, on their gods – And the entry and order into the promised land, the eradication of other gods,

“… And destroy all their figured stones and destroy all their metal images and demolish all their high places.”

Have no other Gods but ME, says the Lord.

He said it loud and clear as Israel left Egypt.

Here the Lord gives Israel the responsibility. They need to act and drive out the people and wipe their gods from the land. Other gods, NOT-YAHWEH gods.

We are called to do the same. To have a single God, the LORD; No other gods but Him.

And the land we are promised, the kingdom that cannot be shaken, Jesus (God) has been and continues to prepare it!

Hebrews 12 has some wonderful words on this,

“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”

We have a kingdom that cannot be shaken!

What is it then to us but to offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices, acceptable worship, with reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28).

This will guard us against idolatry here on earth while we wait for the NOT YET THERE.

* Dear Lord,

You are a holy God who does not accept other gods.

Please help us to have no other gods but YOU.

Please guard our hearts and minds against idolatry, in whatever form or function it might come to us.

Please write Your word on our hearts, to protect us Lord, to teach us Your ways.

Amen.

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