I’m catching up with yesterday’s reading. It’s worth listening to Max McLean’s Audio.
Part of my life is being a travel fanatic and tour guide, visit my trips site here:
So I do a lot of planning, using tools like Google Maps, Topo and Gaia Maps to plan and track routes. Numbers 33 is a text that I just love. So much detail of the route that God’s people took. And so many place I never recognize. These are long passages so I let you look them up yourself. Btw there is quite a bit of uncertainty on exactly where all these places are, but if you Google Numbers 33 Maps, you get some interesting images.
Here is one of my favorites, clearly labeled only possible.
And I don’t think they list even half the places in the text. I count 33 from Rameses to Mt. Hor and another 9 to The Jordan. But that may be off by a couple. It was 40 years.
And maybe there were even more?
Psalm 78 is a perfect match as is Isaiah 25. If Numbers 33 provided the route map, then Psalm 78 is the Daily Journal (well not quite daily, since it was 40 years, or 14,400 days, but you get the point).
There is a warning at the end of Numbers 33
Num 33:55 But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.
Num 33:56 Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them.
And we get a sense of God’s Judgment in the Isaiah reading. It is interesting to read old John Gill’s commentary summary on that chapter. I will have to reflect on this a bit more.
INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 25
This chapter contains a thanksgiving, or a triumphant song, upon the destruction of antichrist, and the antichristian states, for benefits and blessings bestowed upon the church, and for the setting up of the glorious kingdom of Christ in the Jerusalem state. It begins with a form of praise, and the reason of it in general, Isa 25:1 the particular instances of wonderful things are, the ruin of a certain city described, Isa 25:2 which will issue in the fear and glory of God, Isa 25:3 the great appearance of the Lord for his poor people, in being strength, refuge, and a shadow to them, Isa 25:4 a rich feast made for them, Isa 25:6 the removal of the veil from all people, Isa 25:7 the abolition of death, and every affliction, Isa 25:8 the personal appearance of Christ unto salvation, Isa 25:9 the protection of the church, and the certain and utter destruction of her enemies, under the name of Moab, Isa 25:10.