Our teaching from Torah, The Law of Moses will continue in Numbers 33.1-5.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, THE ROAD MAP OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FROM EGYPT TO THE PROMISED LAND.
And with that said, let’s read Numbers 33.1-5.
Earlier, Moses had agreed to give the Tribe of Gad, and the Tribe of Reuben, and half the Tribe of Manasseh, the son of Joseph, the conquered Kingdoms of Sihon, King of the Amorites, and the Kingdom of Og, King of Bashan.
That conquered land that the three Tribes possessed was in Gilead, current-day Jordan, and not part of Canaan.
And the armies of the three Tribes went before The Children of Israel to fight against the Canaanites to conquer Canaan and possess it for the Jewish Homeland.
And the three Tribes built towns in their newly conquered lands, and changed the names of those Towns and Cities. And drove out the people who lived in them.
THE ROAD MAP OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FROM EGYPT TO THE PROMISED LAND.
Now, at the Commandment of The LORD, Moses recorded all the starting points of the Children of Israel from Egypt to Canaan, The Promised Land. The People, along with the armies of Israel were under the command of Moses and Aaron. But of course they were guided and directed by The LORD THEIR GOD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL by a Pillar of Cloud during the daytime, and a Pillar of Fire during the night time, leading them to their Homeland.
And the Children of Israel, some three million People with a mixed multitude of non-Israelites left from Rameses in Egypt in the first Hebrew month Nisan on The Fifteenth Day, on The Day after The First Passover.
And The Bible says, They went out with a high hand in the sight of the Egyptians. Meaning, they left Egypt after 400 years under Egyptian slavery with their hands raised high in Praise and Honor, Joy, and Thanksgiving to The LORD THEIR GOD.
Rameses was near Goshen where the Children of Israel lived in Egypt. EXODUS 12.37-42
EXODUS 12.40 430 YEARS. 30 years of peace and freedom when Joseph, the son of Jacob was Governor of Egypt. After Joseph died, Israel served the Egyptians as slaves for 400 years. GENESIS 15.13-21
While the Children of Israel were leaving Egypt for their journey to Canaan, the Egyptians were burying their firstborn whom The LORD had killed among them.
And The LORD had executed judgment on the Egyptian gods. That is, I believe, The LORD pronounced sentence on the Egyptian gods and destroyed them all.
It is thought that there were over 2,000 Egyptian gods made of bronze, gold and silver, wood, marble or stone. Many with human bodies and heads of animals and birds.
I think of the time Moses and Aaron went and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD GOD OF ISRAEL, Let My People Go that they may hold a Feast to Me in the wilderness. And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD that I should obey His voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. EXODUS 5.1-2
Foolish man this Pharaoh. Pharaoh’s refusal to obey THE LORD GOD and let GOD’S People Go brought on the death of all the firstborn Egyptians. Perhaps thousands, even millions of firstborn Egyptians GOD killed because the Great Pharaoh refused to obey THE GOD OF ISRAEL.
Add to that, Egypt was destroyed by the ten plagues that GOD sent upon them because Pharaoh rejected GOD’S Command to let His People go.
And add to that, every one in Pharaoh’s army was killed in the Red Sea.
ALL BECAUSE THE FOOLISH PHARAOH REFUSED TO OBEY THE GOD OF ISRAEL. EXODUS 14.28-31
MOST PEOPLE TODAY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD REFUSE TO OBEY THE GOD OF ISRAEL.
And from Ramses, the Children of Israel camped in Succoth. Succoth was in Egypt before entering the Sinai. And from Succoth, they moved to Etham which was on the edge of the Wilderness of Sinai. EXODUS 13.17-22
And from Etham, they walked to a place called Pi-hahiroth that today would be near a lake in Egypt called Bitter Lakes. Bitter Lakes is just above the Suez Canal near Cairo.
Then from Pi-hahiroth, they crossed the Red Sea on dry ground into the wilderness of Shur that is in the Wilderness of Sinai. And walked three days to Marah. Marah was in the wilderness of Sinai. And Marah in Hebrew means bitter. EXODUS 15.22-27, NUMBERS 33.8-10
After resting by the Red Sea, they went further into the Sinai into the wilderness of Sin to a place called Dophkah. Sin, as in the wilderness of Sin, in Hebrew is SEEN, meaning CLAY. The wilderness of Clay, is or was a desert place near Mount Sinai. EXODUS 16.1-4
EXODUS 16.4 GOD TESTS US TO KNOW WHAT IS IN OUR HEART. WILL WE WALK IN GOD’S TORAH, HIS LAW OF MOSES, OR NOT?
Dophkah was a campsite for Israel between the wilderness of Sin on the shore of the Red Sea, and the oasis valley of Rephidim.
From Dophkah The Children of Israel moved on to a place called Alush which is in the southern part of Sinai between the wilderness of Sin on the shore of the Red Sea and the oasis valley of Rephidim.
And from Alush, they walked with their flocks, and cattle, and animals to Rephidim in southern Sinai north of the Red Sea. The Red Sea circles around the bottom portion of the Sinai Peninsula that is shaped like an upsidedown triangle.
And in Rephidim, there was no water for the People to drink. But by the Hand of GOD, Moses brought forth water by striking the rock. And there Israel was attacked by Amalek. EXODUS 17.1-16
So from Rephidim they continued into the desert of Sinai, and camped in a place The LORD named Kibroth-hattaavah, meaning, Because there they buried the People who lusted.
Again The People got themselves into trouble with The LORD Their GOD. This time because of overindulgence. Gorging themselves with food. NUMBERS 11.31-35
And when they were in Hezeroth, oy vay, they got themselves into more trouble. Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ sister and brother spoke against Moses because he married an Ethiopian woman. After Zipporah had died. NUMBERS 12.1-16
So GOD had Miriam shut out of the camp seven days because The LORD struck her with leprosy for her verbal attack against Moses.
And when The LORD healed Miriam, The People moved on into the wilderness of Paran. The wilderness of Paran is also in the Sinai. But first, the People camped in a place called Rithmah on the eastern side of the Sinai, moving closer to Canaan.
Then Israel journeyed on to a place called Rissah where the Negev, the southern part of current-day Israel, and the Sinai converge.
Then The Children of Israel camped in fifteen different places in the Sinai wilderness before setting up camp in Ezion-Geber, a place located at the tip of the Gulf of Aqaba that is part of the Red Sea. The People were at the border of current-day Elat in Israel. Elat today is a beach resort.
From Ezion-Geber, Israel camped in the wilderness of Zin which is in Kadesh. Kadesh was located in the Sinai some fifty miles south of Beersheba on the border of the Land GOD has given to The children of Israel for an everlasting possession.
Kadesh is where Moses sent the twelve spies to spy out the Land of Canaan. But ten of the twelve came back with an evil report saying, It’s impossible for us to take the Land of Canaan. And for their lack of trust and belief in The LORD, along with many of the Children of Israel who believed their evil report, GOD caused The People to wander in the desert forty years where those who did not believe GOD died, never to enter the Promised Land. NUMBERS 33.36, NUMBERS 13.1-2, 25-26, 32-33, NUMBERS 14.1-2
From Kadesh, they camped in Mount Hor at the edge of the land of Edom, current-day Jordan where Aaron the High Priest went up into Mount Hor at the Commandment of The LORD and died there in the fortieth year after the Children of Israel came out of Egypt. And Aaron was 123 years old when he died in Mount Hor. NUMBERS 20.22-29, NUMBERS 33.37-39
And the Canaanite King Arad who lived in the Negev in the Land of Canaan, today’s southern Israel, heard that the Israelites were coming. And fought with Israel. NUMBERS 33.40, NUMBERS 21.1-3
After camping in four locations in current-day Jordan, the Children of Israel set up camp at the edge of Moab, also in today’s Jordan.
The Children of Israel were close to The Promised Land where they would cross the Jordan River and begin to possess the land of Canaan.
After camping in two more locations, Israel set up camp at Dibon-Gad. Dibon, as this City is called in Numbers 32.3, was taken by the Children of Israel, as was Nebo, and other Cities. And they became possessions of The Children of Israel. NUMBERS 33.44-45, NUMBERS 21.30-31
And the People, some three million, and a mixed multitude, a mighty nation under GOD, walked to the Jordan River in Moab, current-day Jordan. NUMBERS 33.47-49
NUMBERS 33.49 And from Shittim, the Children of Israel crossed the Jordan River into Canaan. JOSHUA 3.1-17
And The LORD spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan River near Jericho saying, Speak to the Children of Israel, and say to them, When you have passed over the Jordan River into the Land of Canaan, then you shall drive out all the people who live in the land from before you. And destroy all their pictures. That is to say, destroy all their imagery of idols on their walls. And destroy all their images and gods, and tear down their high places where their idols and gods are.
AND DRIVE OUT ALL THE CANAANITE PEOPLE IN THE LAND, AND LIVE IN IT.
FOR I HAVE GIVEN YOU THIS LAND TO POSSESS IT.
The words DRIVE OUT, AND POSSESS in Hebrew is YAH’RAHSH meaning, TO DRIVE THEM OUT, POSSESS THE LAND, AND INHERIT THE LAND.
And you shall divide the Land by lot for an inheritance among your families. The LORD said.
BUT IF YOU WILL NOT DRIVE OUT THE INHABITANTS OF THE LAND FROM BEFORE YOU, THE LORD SAID, THOSE YOU LET REMAIN WILL BE STINGS IN YOUR EYES, AND THORNS IN YOUR SIDES, AND THEY WILL BE ADVERSARIES TO YOU IN THE LAND IN WHICH YOU LIVE.
MOREOVER, THE LORD SAID, IT SHALL COME TO PASS THAT I WILL DO TO YOU AS I THOUGHT TO DO TO THEM.
Let’s read NUMBERS 33.50-56
GOD Commanded Moses and the Children of Israel to destroy, exile or kill the entire population in the land of Canaan. The Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites. Because the Canaanite people were incompatible and an abomination to GOD’S Holy People, and The Holy Land of Israel.
AS A HOLY PEOPLE UNTO THE LORD, AND HIS WITNESSES, GOD GAVE HIS JEWISH PEOPLE A MISSION TO ALL MANKIND THAT THEY MUST KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS AND THE STATUTES OF THE LORD GOD OF CREATION.
AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED GOD’S MISSION BY WRITING THE ENTIRE BIBLE. THE TNAKH, THE OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES, AND THE NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES.
THE LORD GAVE THE JEWISH PEOPLE THAT MISSION TO BE HIS WITNESSES, TESTIFYING THAT ALL MANKIND ARE REQUIRED TO OBEY GOD’S TORAH, HIS LAW OF MOSES WRITTEN IN THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE. AND EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE FROM GENESIS THROUGH REVELATION.
AND KNOW AND BELIEVE GOD, AND UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD AND NO OTHERS.
DEUTERONOMY 6.4-9, DEUTERONOMY 7.6-13, ISAIAH 43.10, ISAIAH 9.5 IN THE HEBREW BIBLE, ISAIAH 9. 6 IN THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4, JOHN 12.45,49, JOHN 14.9
But because the Jewish People could not bring themselves to eliminate all the Canaanites, many of The Jewish People were drawn into idolatry and rejected GOD’S Statutes, His Law of Moses. And because of that, The GOD OF ISRAEL exiled His People from the Land of Israel in 722 B.C.E, 586 B.C.E, and 70 C.E. because of their disobedience to The LORD Their GOD.
722 B.C.E EXILE 2 KINGS 17.6-23
586 B.C.E. EXILE 2 CHRONICLES 36.11-21
70 C.E. EXILE LUKE 19.41-44
At the end of World War 2 in 1945, after 2,000 years in exile throughout the world, The LORD GOD began the return of His Jewish People to their Homeland, Eretz Yisrael, The Land of Israel. And Israel declared its Independence May 14, 1948.
And that too is Prophesied in Tnakh. ISAIAH 11.11-12, JEREMIAH 31.10-14, EZEKIEL 36.22-24
THE KEY TO THIS MESSAGE? OBEY GOD. OBEY EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE. THAT INCLUDES OBEDIENCE TO HIS TORAH, HIS LAW OF MOSES.
AND BELIEVE THE BIBLE THAT MESSIAH YESHUA IS GOD ALMIGHTY, HA SHEM ELOHIM. THE ONE GOD OF CREATION.
THAT HE IS YOUR ATONEMENT FOR EVERY SIN YOU HAVE COMMITTED.