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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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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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