• In Deuteronomy 1:22-23 it was the peoples' idea to send out spies. • They doubted His ability to deliver on the promise. • When God knew what was in their hearts He gave them a strategy to accomplish it. • Remember Balaam. Remember divorce. • The result of wanting our own way? • 1) Loss of faith. • 2) Loss of power. • 3) Loss of opportunity - the Israelites had to turn around - they didn’t get into the Promised Land. • Danger - when we want our own way God will grant it and we’ll feel good about getting it. • How did this happen? • They took their focus off God and walked out of His when they started desiring their own. • The result? vs 27-28: • They focused on the problem, not the promise or the person (God). • The path to the promise is paved with problems. • When we focus on God and stay in His will we see through the problems to the promise. • When we focus on our own way and walk out of His will we will stop at the problem. • Faith knows that opposition prepares you for the opportunity.
Numbers 13:3 (3/3/16)
Our Own Way
March 3, 2016 • Benham Brothers
Numbers 1-4 (2/21/19)
Moving Forward • February 21, 2019 • Benham Brothers
* Chap 1 -God had already given the people the law and they had built the tabernacle. * Now it was time for them to move into the Promised Land. * What would they do? * How would they be able to go where God wanted them to go and keep His presence among them? * This is what the book of Numbers is all about. * It’s a book that counts the people and makes them accountable so they could be counted on to fight the battles that were coming! * Numbers is a book of organization! * An organism is something that’s alive because of proper organization. * The foundation is RELATIONSHIP - they were in relationship with God and with each other. * The first item of business was the Tabernacle, which represented God’s presence. * It was the fuel for battle. * Chap 2 - Here in these verses we see very clear separation among the people. They had to remain distinct from each other. But the ultimate goal wasn’t separation, it was oneness. They would come back together “as one” under the name of God to fight the enemy. * Chaps 3-4 - These chaps outline the roles and responsibilities of the Levites in dealing with the Tabernacle (the presence of God). * They erect the boundaries for relationship. * So long as they stayed inside these boundaries they would maintain fellowship with each other and with God.
Numbers 6:2 (2/23/17)
Nazarite Vow • February 23, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* A Nazarite vow was a special vow people could take if they wanted to go deeper with God and express deep devotion to Him. * It’s kindof like Hobby Lobby and Chic-Fil-A not being open on Sunday. * It consisted of three things that we can apply to our lives today if we want to go deeper with God: * 1) No wine to drink - even though wine was ok. * This symbolizes saying “no” to our senses and not indulging our appetites. * 2) No cutting of hair. * This symbolizes not being concerned about outward appearance. * A Nazarite was more concerned with what was going on inside than outside. * 3) Stay away from dead bodies. * This symbolizes staying away from places of death (bars, clubs, etc).
Numbers 6:22-27 (2/23/17)
Blessing • February 23, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* Aaron and his sons, who were the priests of the day, were commanded to bless people. * Today we are priests and we must bless others the same way. * The blessing we should pray over others is five fold - that God would: * 1) Protect them. * 2) Smile on them. * 3) Be gracious to them. * 4) Show them His favor. * 5) Grant them peace. * This will keep us from ever getting bitter toward another human being.