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Once Joseph was born to Rachel, Jacob demanded that Laban send him away to his own place and land. The use of the Hebrew words of place and land coupled with Jacob's imperative to Laban invites the reader and listener of the text to draw parallels with Moses. This helps us as we consider Jacob's rather interesting method for breeding of sheep and goats that is part of the narrative. Jacob, like Moses, learned some things in the wilderness that God then used to bless Jacob. While it is not exactly clear what Jacob did and how it was precisely related to his herds increasing, it is set within the context of a comparison to Moses and the Exodus. Above all it reminds us of God's sovereign blessing that comes to his people, how God uses all the circumstances of their lives to bless them, and that we are to learn from our past.
Jesus is tempted by the devil in the wilderness. What can we learn from this story that will help us during our own wilderness experiences?
Pastor Jared preaches about the Israelites sending spies into the land God promised them. And some confusion they had about a few different things that we are still sometimes confused about.
As we read through this section of Numbers we discover that those who complained, who did not have faith in God’s blessings and promises, spent the rest of their days wandering in the wilderness. . THOSE WHO CHOOSE MURMURING AS THEIR LIFESTYLE WILL SPEND THEIR LIFETIME IN THE WILDERNESS.
In this sermon we see Jesus identifying with the temptation Adam faced in the garden.
Moses the Prince of Egypt became Moses the Loser overnight after he killed an Egyptian. He spent his next 40 years in the Wilderness doing nothing. Paradoxically, his Wilderness turned out to be an instrumental training ground for Moses to become what God wanted him to be, and what he dreamed of himself to be. Moses the Loser learned to "lose" himself to God and become a true hero. Now he learned to live his life by God's Way, in God's Presence, and for God's Glory.
Exodus 15:22-27 King James Version (KJV) 22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. 23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. 24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? 25 And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, 26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee. 27 And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.
Why did Israel wander in the wilderness forty years? God had taken the people out of Egypt. Now he had to take Egypt out of the people.
Jesus' wilderness temptation experience followed directly after his baptism. Even though Jesus' baptism seemed an ideal way to launch a public ministry (John the Baptist' recognition, the big crowd, the voice of God, etc.), immediately the Spirit of God leads Jesus into the wilderness. This sets a precedent for what kind of Messiah Jesus was to be and what He calls His followers to be.