Peter B.’s Journal
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Go up to the top of Pisgah and look west and north and south and east. Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to cross this Jordan.
"Since you(Moses because of your disobedience) you are not going to cross this Jordan( to the Promised land) seems pretty harsh. But there is always punishment for not obeying God. The lesson here for Christians is to obey the commands of God. Obedience to God, is all about following Jesus Christ. John 14:15 If you love Me, keep My commands.
The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.
Here we see Wondering in the Wilderness for 40 years was a challenge for Israel, because of them not trusting and obeying God. And as this verse stated He watched over their journey through the wilderness for 40 years, and He still blest them. As Christians we are challenged daily, and on our own journey, a journey of being born again and having Eternal Life with Jesus. We must not forget our destination, our everyday walk(through scripture) brings us closer to God. This world is not our home Amen and Amen!
See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them."
Key Phrase: "Go in and take possession of the Land the Lord Swore He would give to your fathers- to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob- and to their descendants after them." The one word that kept Joshua and Israel to stand firm in the face of the enemy was Inheritance. Over and Over God commands His children to take possess the Land.This land was a Gift from God. And as Christians and a child of God we have our Inheritance in Christ Jesus.
So Zelophehad's daughters did as the Lord commanded Moses.
These six towns will be a place of refuge for Israelites and for foreigners residing among them, so that anyone who has killed another accidentally can flee there.
Key word here: Refuge. Lets look at this from a Christian standpoint. There is a parallel between these cities of Refuge, and Jesus,is our place of Hope and Refuge. John 6:37 All those the Father gives me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never drive away.
"Command the Israelites and say to them: 'When you enter Canaan, the land that will be allotted to you as an inheritance is to have these boundaries:
"â€‰'But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live.
Key Phrase:(They will give you trouble in the land where you will live) This is an interesting and difficult chapter, but can label it the Travels of the Israelites from Egypt to the Promise Land. And in this verse they failed to drive out the Canaanites from the land, and by there act of disobedience, they still possessed the land. And because of their act of disobedience they fell into the corrupt practices of the Canaanites, that continues today.
"But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.
Key Phrase: "and you may be sure that your sin will find you out" Here we see sin is transgression of the Law. A sin my be safely hidden, but we know there is no sin that can be concealed from God. No one can escape punishment, God Himself is the only one who can pass judgement for sin. Proverbs 28: 13 Whoever conceals their sin does not prosper, but the one who confesses them finds mercy. Psalm 69: 5 You God know my folly, my guilt is not hidden from you.
and anything else that can withstand fire must be put through the fire, and then it will be clean. But it must also be purified with the water of cleansing. And whatever cannot withstand fire must be put through that water.
Here we see the Elements of Holiness, Fire and Water. The cleansing roles of fire and water are two elements are linked to John the Baptist, (cleansing of water/an outward sign) a ritual and symbolic purpose and Jesus Christ (a fire baptism, an internal cleansing of the heart) you can't have one without the other. Internal cleansing (by fire) and external cleansing (by water) were demanded by God. Matthew 3:11 I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.
Difficult Chapter: Looking at this verse from a Christian stand point, breaking a vow can lead to consequences. By making a vow to the Lord or to one another, we are prone to errors of judgement by making vows foolishly. Making a foolish vow hinders our Relationship with the Lord.