I am still committed to my God first challenge. Here is my understanding. God works through signs, wonders, people, places and things. Numbers expresses a sense of God’s Love and presence as the Israelites continue to turn away in rebellance. This chapter starts by sharing the story of Israelites still traveling from Egypt. We understand the hardships that has come upon them since they left Egypt. Its just like today, many are still lost trying to find their way in life. God sent an angel to bring the people out of Egypt which was Moses. Our Queen Harriet Tubman was the female Moses for ancestors that was in slavery. Today we have our modern day Moses but many are still complaining and blinded.
As the Isrealites traveled, they respectively requested the king of different lands to politely pass through. However the people of Edom and Heshbon rejected them constantly. The Israelite decided to go around Edom but once again they became impatient and sinned against God. God sent his wrath upon them because of their ungratefulness. God soon allowed Isreal to capture certain lands.
When Isreal came to Balaam, he allowed the Lord to speak to him before trying to kill them. Balaam sinned for not paying attention to Gods sign bc his path was a reckless one. God uncovered Balaam eyes so he could see why he was being stopped through the donkey actions. The lord had mercy on Balaam for beating his donkey. It was a misunderstanding of him thinking his donkey was trying to embarrass him.
That reminds me of the 21st century. We ignore Gods signs due to lack of knowledge, non-relationship and blinded to truth when God is trying to get our attention. God always promise and fulfill.
Numbers 26 discusses the inheritance God blessed the Israelite. Knowing that God blessed them with inheritance gives me a confidence that we have unclaimed inheritance. The inheritance was claimed based on a hierarchy. First inheritance would pass down to the Son, Daughters, brothers, fathers brothers, nearest relatives and lastly clans.
Once again, God requested food offering with a pleasing aroma. The 1st of every month with a new moon, the Sabbath day and when ppl sinned was requirements to give offerings to the Lord. We have not been educated on the depth of offering during certain times of the month.
In conclusion, the Israelites continued their journey to a land flowing with milk and honey. Those who came out of Egypt 20 + years old was fearful to take dominion of their land God blessed them with. Are you afraid to take possession your God given Rights? Will you remove the fear the enemy placed in your heart to take back what God has inherited to you?
Be thankful and allow God to guide you.