Category Archives: Pilgrims’ Progress (Exodus & Numbers)

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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Pilgrims’ Progress: Leadership yet again

Numbers 20:1-13 After about 35 years of wandering in circles, Israel again find themselves near Kadesh-Barnea. This time the water supply fails, provoking yet another volley of complaints – and the airing of all their old grievances. And as usual, … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Leadership again

Numbers 16 & 17 During the long years of aimless wandering, it is hardly surprising that some of the Israelites become frustrated and resentful. A group of high-ranking men, led by Korah, misunderstand God’s insistence on holiness for everyone and … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Giving up

Numbers 13 & 14 After just a few weeks on the march, Israel reach the oasis of Kadesh-Barnea, on the border of Canaan, and are within sight of their destination! However, none of them know anything about Canaan; not even … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Leadership

Numbers 12 Moses has a lot on his plate at the moment – and now on top of it all he finds his leadership challenged by his own brother and sister! Ostensibly their grievance is his second wife (has Zipporah … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Food again

Numbers 11 The Israelites are the recipients of a daily feeding miracle – every morning, in the midst of the barren wilderness, there is nutritious food waiting to be collected. And yet within a year or two its very familiarity … Continue reading

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