Welcome to the Old Testament book of Numbers, which is sometimes called the book of murmurings or the book of forty years. 

 

Numbers advances God’s redemption story while telling the sad tale of the generation of Hebrews who died in the wilderness having never reached the Promised Land. Poised to enter Canaan, the children of Israel fell into unbelief soon after they came out of Egypt. 

 

An eighteenth-century hymn writer named Robert Briscoe summed up the children of Israel, when he wrote these words: “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.” Does that describe your journey with God? It took about forty hours to get Israel out of Egypt and forty years to get Egypt out of Israel.

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG