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Jan 31, 2015

90 Day Challenge – Day 31

Sarah Christmyer

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Bible Time Period: Desert Wanderings

You taught Israel to walk in faith through 40 years’ wandering in the desert: Help me to trust in you today, O God.

Reflection

The stages of Israel’s journey from Egypt to the Promised Land are reviewed and an indication of the tribal boundaries, Levitical cities and cities of refuge, and some inheritance laws are given as Numbers draws to a close.  Don’t miss mention of the “Year of Jubilee” in 36:4.  Every 50th year was to be a “jubilee year” in which people return home, slaves are set free, debts remitted, and land returned to original owners.  This concept will come into play as the story progresses.

These four chapters mark the end of the Desert Wanderings and the end of January.  One month down, two to go!

Key Verse to Remember From the Period of Desert Wanderings

“According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day a year, you shall bear your iniquity, forty years, and you shall know my displeasure” (Num 14:34)

Today’s Reading

Numbers 33-36

Today’s Question

What warning does God give to the people at the end of chapter 33?  How does this warning strike you? What does it tell you about God?

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  • As I listened to this my heart was moved to tears. You really explained the significance of this day in a beautiful way. Thanks for your insights, they always touch me.

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