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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: Holiness

Numbers 5:1-4 The Israelite camp is where God manifests His presence on earth, and like any ‘sacred space’ must be kept holy. And so the final stage in its re-organisation is to exclude all those individuals who are seriously ‘unclean’, … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Organisation

Numbers 1-4 After a year camped at Mount Sinai, the Israelites have built a sanctuary at which to worship, and have received a law to regulate their everyday life. All that remains is for them to be organised into a … Continue reading

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Messy church: Complacency

I Corinthians 10:1-13 What is the relevance of the Old Testament to believers in the 21st century? Can the experiences of the Israelites teach us anything? Paul seems to think so… Despite the many differences between the old and new … Continue reading

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Love hurts: a window into God’s heart

Hosea 11:5-11 Ironically, Israel’s insistence on spiritual independence would mean the loss of their political independence. Their determined and persistent rejection of God cut them off from any possibility of His intervention. He would ignore their pleas, just as they had ignored His. … Continue reading

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Love hurts: the son of God

Hosea 11:1-4 “Out of Egypt I called my son…” (verse 1) This statement is both historical (Exodus 4:22) and prophetic (Matthew 2:14,15). Israel had been set apart from the world in order to be the conduit of the world’s ultimate … Continue reading

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Love hurts: Is this the End?

Hosea 1:10-2:1 Judgement is never God’s final word: He would not abandon His people totally. Some members of the northern tribes took refuge in Judah and survived the Exile. Many of their other descendants (the Samaritans) eventually became Christians, and … Continue reading

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