Category Archives: Pilgrims’ Progress (Exodus & Numbers)

Pilgrims’ Progress: Crossing the Jordan

At long last, the Israelites are standing on the east bank of the River Jordan – as close to Canaan as they can possibly get without getting wet. And there they pause, to prepare themselves for what is to come. … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Settling for less

Numbers 32 The tribes of Reuben and Gad (who have been camping close to each other for 40 years – Numbers 2:10-16) suddenly come up with what they think is a brilliant idea (verses 1-5). The plateau east of the … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Handing on the baton

Numbers 27:12-23 Like Aaron, Moses has excluded himself from the land of Canaan by his failure to uphold God’s honour at Meribah. With Israel now poised to cross the Jordan, the time of his death is rapidly approaching – and … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Eyes on the prize

Five wise virgins (Numbers 27:1-11) In an intensely patriarchal society such as ancient Israel, daughters do not normally inherit any share of the family estate. But a certain Israelite (Zelophehad) has died at some point during the nation’s wanderings without … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Idolatry again

Numbers 25 Finally the Israelites come to the east bank of the River Jordan, on the border of the country of Moab and within a stone’s-throw of their goal. And at this point, at the very end of their long … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Grumbling

Numbers 21:4-9 Now the Israelites are in the final stage of their prolonged journey. But it must seem to them as though they are never going to reach their destination! Within weeks, discouraged by the unusually arid terrain they are … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Facing death

Numbers 20:22-29 Not long after the incident at Meribah (Numbers 20:1-13), Aaron is told that he is about to die, in fulfilment of God’s judgement. He will not enter Canaan, but will go straight to the final home of God’s … Continue reading

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