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THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES


 

The Feast of Tabernacles is a lengthy article, and takes us through the entire seven days of the feast. The Last Great Day is in a separate article.  We will go through the meaning of the feast, and compare the physical exodus of the Israelites with our spiritual journey to eternal life.

This article is ideal for those who cannot attend the Feast with other brethren as it takes us through each day of the feast.  It is ideal for anyone who has a desire to learn the new knowledge which God has restored to His church.


FIRST HOLY DAY EVENING SERVICE
FIRST HOLY DAY MORNING SERVICE
FIRST HOLY DAY SECOND SERVICE
SECOND DAY OF THE FEAST
THIRD DAY OF THE FEAST
FOURTH DAY OF THE FEAST
FIFTH DAY OF THE FEAST
SIXTH DAY OF THE FEAST
SEVENTH DAY OF THE FEAST






FIRST HOLY DAY EVENING SERVICE

 

The following verse shows us the true meaning of the feast of tabernacles.

 

Lev 23:41  'You shall keep it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month.

Lev 23:42  'You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths,

Lev 23:43  'that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.'"

 

During the feast we remember that the Israelites wandered for 40 years and lived in temporary dwellings…..why?

 

To understand fully the journey to eternal life, we will show the parallel between the exodus from Egypt and the path to eternal life.

 

We must have a temporary booth erected on the first day of the Feast, so we can sit in it for a portion of each day.

 

Lev 23:39  'Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the LORD for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest.

Lev 23:40  'And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days.

Lev 23:41  'You shall keep it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month.

Lev 23:42  'You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths,

Lev 23:43  'that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.'

 

Reminder that we need to spend time in our booth each day during the feast, we don’t need to live in the booth, just dwell in it each day for a short time during the feast. It is ideal to sit in the booth with a family member or a friend and share a cup of coffee while you talk about the time the Israelites lived in booths, talk about how life is temporary, this physical life is short, it is the next life which is eternal.

 

Neh 8:17  So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun until that day the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very great gladness.

 

We are going to repeat each day of the feast what the feast actually pictures, as this is new knowledge for us and needs to be learnt and understood. To repeat this knowledge every day is the best way to remember what the feast pictures.

 

The feast pictures the Israelites wandering for 40 years in the wilderness, dwelling in booths.

 

Lev 23:34  "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD.

Lev 23:35  'On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it.

Lev 23:36  'For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.

Lev 23:37  'These are the feasts of the LORD which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day;

Lev 23:38  'besides the Sabbaths of the LORD, besides your gifts, besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings which you give to the LORD.

Lev 23:39  'Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the LORD for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest.

Lev 23:40  'And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days.

Lev 23:41  'You shall keep it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month.

Lev 23:42  'You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths,

Lev 23:43  'that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.'"

Lev 23:44  So Moses declared to the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.

 

Each day of the feast we will look at a different occurrence during that time to learn from the errors made along the journey which we must avoid if we want to attain what the Israelites did not do.... want the Promised Land and enter it.

 

Every day at the feast the book of the law is to be read, this should happen every seventh year. As we do not know which year we are in, we will read it every year. Why...because we love this book and we can learn a lot from it every feast.

 

Deu 31:10  And Moses commanded them, saying: "At the end of every seven years, at the appointed time in the year of release, at the Feast of Tabernacles,

Deu 31:11  "when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing.

 

Starting tomorrow the first holy day we will read the first five chapters of the book of Deuteronomy.


Tonight we will look at the first subject knowing God the Father and Christ and keeping the Passover on the correct time.


God the Father and Christ
.

 

This is new knowledge restored to this era of the church. We have not had a correct knowledge of the Father or Christ.

 

Do not read over this verse, read it and re read it, until the meaning of it sinks in. There is one true God and that is the Father.

 

Joh 17:3  "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

 

The Father is the only one who has existed for all eternity. He is the one True God.


Christ is the Son of the Father Christ was born before anything else existed.

 

Col 1:15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

 

LET'S GET THESE FACTS CLEAR IN OUR MINDS, FIRST THERE WAS THE FATHER, HE EXISTED ON HIS OWN, THEN CHRIST WAS BORN TO HIM BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE EXISTED. If you want to know how this happened you will need to ask God, we do not know, but because it is in scripture, we believe it.
How has God done any of His miracles? For example, why does the sea stop at the shore?  We don’t know how God did this, but we believe He has done it.

 

God the Father is above Christ He is not equal to Christ, in authority, and never has been, He is the Father, the self existing one. Christ is His Son and is second to Him in everything.

 

Joh 14:28  "You have heard Me say to you, 'I am going away and coming back to you.' If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, 'I am going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I.

 

1Co 15:27  For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.

1Co 15:28  Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

 

Christ has not existed for eternity, He is from the beginning.

Christ is equal to the Father as a son is equal to his father.

 

Joh 5:18  Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.

 

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Joh 1:2  He was in the beginning with God.

Joh 1:3  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Joh 1:4  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

 

The beginning is a point in time, look at Genesis 1 v 1 in the beginning God made…..now that was a particular time, before that time, the heaven and earth did not exist.
Now apply the same principal to Christ, before the point in time known as the beginning……Christ did not exist.

 

He was born to God before creation, the Father created all things through Christ.

 

Eph 3:9  and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;

 

CHRIST WAS THE BORN SON OF GOD BEFORE CREATION.

 

We are not talking about the birth of Jesus out of Mary here. We are talking about a birth which happened before creation. We also want to state emphatically that we are not saying Christ was created.
CHRIST IS THE FIRST BORN OF ALL CREATION.


Secondly the Passover.


Lev 23:5
  On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD's Passover.


The Passover has been kept on the 13th of Nisan during the Philadelphian era of the church. Prepared 13th eaten 14th. This was the correct day for that era because they did not have the knowledge of eternal life which God has restored to the last era of His church. There are three points which must be known for eternal life in the keeping of the Passover. They are eating the body, drinking the blood and keeping it on the correct day. The Philadelphian era had only the blood and the
body, they did not have the knowledge of the correct day. To have eternal life, which is now available, in the Laodicean era, we eat the bread, drink the blood, prepared on the 14th taken after sunset on the start of the 15th. This is the knowledge of eternal life, the bread the blood taken on the correct day.

 

Ancient Israel had the correct day and ate the body {when they sacrificed the lamb} but they did not drink the blood, they put it on the door posts.

 

Philadelphia era, accepted Christ's sacrifice, so we didn’t kill the lamb, they ate the meat on the correct night, {night to be much remembered} but not the blood, we actually kept two Passovers, the 13th {bread and blood but wrong date} and the 14th.
Bread but not blood {night to be much remembered.}

 

Laodicean era now has the knowledge of the bread, the blood, and the correct day.

 

It is one of the keys to the kingdom. We must understand the correct meaning of the Passover and keep it on the correct day to have eternal life.

 

We will not accept the knowledge of the correct day for the Passover until God opens our minds to the new knowledge which is required for Eternal life. This knowledge must be believed and loved in order to qualify for eternal life.

 

Act 13:48  Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

 

2Th 2:10  and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

 

To keep the Passover on the correct day is the second step to eternal life.

 

The Passover is on the 14th Nisan. This is the day that Christ died, this is the day that the lambs were killed.
Christ was the Passover lamb, He died for our sins.
The only way He could die on the Passover day, at the approximate same time as the lambs were killed, was to take the Passover service the night before with His disciples. HE KNEW HE WOULD BE DEAD THE NEXT NIGHT.
So just for this one special night He and the disciples had the Passover service one night early.

 

Today the correct time for the Passover service is after sunset at the start of the 15th.
The 14th is the Passover, it is the preparation day. This is the day we prepare to eat the Passover meal. On the Passover day the 14th, we make things ready for the service, which begins after sunset at the start of the 15th on the holy day, the 1st day of Unleavened Bread.

 

Joh 19:14  Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, "Behold your King!"

 

The actual service starts after sunset on the beginning of the 15th. THE PASSOVER SERVICE IS HELD IN THE HOLY DAY AT THE START OF THE FIRST DAY OF UNLEAVENED BREAD.

 

The following scriptures show Christ keeping the last Passover with His disciples, these scriptures show the Passover was prepared in the day and eaten after sunset the start of the following day.

 

Mat 26:19  So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.

Mat 26:20  When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve.

 

Once you take the Passover service and eat unleavened bread, you do not go back to eating leaven for one day and then start unleavened bread again.

 

These days tie in with the exodus, the death angel passed over the Israelites home at midnight after the first day of Unleavened Bread had started, the Israelites left Egypt some 4 hours or so after this on the 15th, they did not wait in Egypt they were compelled to leave quickly by the Egyptians. They left Egypt in the early hours of the morning on the 15th which is the 1st day of Unleavened Bread.

 

Christ kept the Passover one day early with His disciples only on ONE OCCASION because He was the Passover lamb He had to die on the Passover day, so He would be dead at the correct time for keeping it today.

 

THIS POINT MUST BE UNDERSTOOD BY THE READER.

 

Notice in the following scripture that the Jews were going to take the Passover on the correct day. The day that Christ died was the preparation of the Passover, the Passover service was to be taken that night after sundown which would be the beginning of the fifteenth, the first day of Unleavened Bread. Notice these men were yet to take the Passover................

 

Joh 18:28  Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover.

 

Let's notice the events of the Passover in Egypt and see how it is clearly shown when the events happened.

 

The lamb is to be killed around 3-5 pm before sunset on the 14th. This is the preparation day this is the Passover day.

 

Exo 12:6  'Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight.

 

Put the blood on the door posts.

 

Exo 12:7  'And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.

 

Eat a few hours later, after sunset, with unleavened bread, why……because it is now the first day of Unleavened Bread.

 

Exo 12:8  'Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Exo 12:9  'Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire; its head with its legs and its entrails.

Exo 12:10  'You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire.

 

Look how they had to eat it, ready to leave, because if they ate it around 7 pm they were going to leave in approximately 6- 8 hours time. They would not have been dressed and ready to go if they were not going to leave for another 30-32 hours.

 

Exo 12:11  'And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover.

Exo 12:12  'For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.

 

The following scripture clearly shows that the Israelites left Egypt on the first day of Unleavened Bread.

 

Exo 12:17  'So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance.

 

Now when did the Israelites keep the Passover? Some hours previously they prepared the Passover, after sunset the start of the 1st day of Unleavened Bread they ate it. Then some time after midnight still on the first day of Unleavened Bread they left Egypt as per Ex. 12 v 17.

 

Notice clearly that the Israelites kept the Passover, and left Egypt within a 6-8 hour period approximately. Ate Passover at approximately 7 pm left Egypt approximately 1 am.

 

At midnight the destroyer passed over and killed the first born Egyptians. Ex. 12 v 23 tells of the destroyer.

 

Exo 12:29  And it came to pass at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock.

 

This event probably happened around 1-3 am. Notice it is still night.

 

Exo 12:30  So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

 

Then Pharaoh called for Moses, but he did not go to the Pharaoh in accordance with Ex 10 v 29, therefore Moses must have received word from him to get out with haste as the next verses plainly show.

 

Exo 12:31  Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, "Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the LORD as you have said.

Exo 12:32  "Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also."

 

The Egyptians wanted them to get out urgently, lest they all should die.

 

Exo 12:33  And the Egyptians urged the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste. For they said, "We shall all be dead."

 

The Israelites left in the night time, probably as early as 1 am to 3 am.

 

Deu 16:1  "Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night.

 

The Israelites had been instructed some time earlier to take the spoil with them, no doubt this was started as early as possible after midnight.

 

Exo 12:35  Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing.

 

Notice that the Israelites were instructed about the spoil some time previously.

 

Exo 3:22  "But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians."

 

The scriptures have proved clearly that the Passover is the 14th the service is to be kept after sunset start of the 15th, which is the fist day of Unleavened Bread. This new knowledge must be believed and loved if we want eternal life.
Remember again the three points required for eternal life regarding the Passover.
Eat the body, Drink the blood,
take these symbols on the correct night. This is the new knowledge restored to the Laodicean era of God's church.
Plus the fantastic knowledge of who God is and who Christ is.
These new truths must be loved, believed and obeyed if we want eternal life.

 

All the original Israelites over 20 years old died before crossing the Jordan and entering the Promised Land, because of unbelief.


Num 32:11  'Surely none of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and above, shall see the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they have not wholly followed Me,


Heb 3:17  Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness?

Heb 3:18  And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey?

Heb 3:19  So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

 

As we have said the book of Deuteronomy is to be read during the Feast, to assist with this we recommend reading five chapters each day.  We will put these chapters at the end of the daily services.

 


 
 

FIRST HOLY DAY  Morning Service.






1st Service……Our physical existence is temporary…When the Israelites lived in booths that was a temporary condition too.  Spiritual life is permanent. Live towards our spiritual life, and be less concerned with our physical.

 

What does the feast picture? The fact that the Israelites dwelt in booths during the 40 years in the wilderness.  God wanted them to learn that life is temporary, this physical existence is short and they needed to learn what was important.
Eternal life is what is important and should be the most important thing to us, having a very close relationship with our Creator, leading to eternal life with Him and Christ. Each day we are going to repeat the meaning of the Feast, and recap on what we have learned the day before.  We have such a lot of new
knowledge, we don’t want to miss anything.

 

Lev 23:42  'You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths,

Lev 23:43  'that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.'"

Lev 23:44  So Moses declared to the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.

 

Notice verse 43.

 

Lev 23:43  'that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.'"

 

Let's recap on what we learned last night.  To understand the knowledge of eternal life, we have to know Jesus and God the Father, we need to know that the Father is the one true God, and that Jesus is the born Son of God, before creation.
We must keep the Passover on the correct date, the 14th is the Passover.
It is the day we prepare the Passover, then after sunset the start of the 15th we take the service, and eat the bread and drink the
wine which are the symbols of the body and blood of Christ.

 

The Feast of Tabernacles pictures the looking back to the time of wandering for 40 years in the wilderness and living in booths for this time. The Israelites rejected the Holy Spirit of Power or Truth twice during this time. Firstly at Marah shortly after crossing the Red Sea and secondly when they reached the Jordan, and spied out the Promised Land.

 

Exo 15:25  So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them. And there He tested them,

Exo 15:26  and said, "If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you."

 

Jer 2:13  "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns; broken cisterns that can hold no water.

 

When the Israelites came initially to the Promised Land, only Joshua and Caleb brought back a good report.  The other ten spies did not want the Promised Land.

 

Notice the evil report of the Promised Land given by the other ten spies.

 

Num 13:31  But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we."

Num 13:32  And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, "The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.

Num 13:33  "There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."

 

There is a parallel between the Israelites journey from the crossing of the Red Sea till they finally crossed the Jordan river and entered the Promised Land, and our spiritual journey, of baptism, receiving the Earnest of the Spirit, our period of testing, and finally believing God, accepting the knowledge that leads to eternal life, and the receiving of the Spirit of Power or Truth which is eternal life inherent.

 

We will look at this amazing parallel during the feast and learn as God's plan for man unfolds.



Today our subject is the parallel of crossing the Red Sea. 

 

Let’s look at the crossing of the Red Sea.

 

This was three days from the killing of the Passover lamb.

 

The Red Sea parted all night, this happened three days from when the Passover lambs were killed.
[This corresponds to the time when Christ was raised.]
Let's look at the parallel of the death of Christ and His resurrection, and then being raised and His ascension to the Father.
Christ was killed on the 14th.  The Israelites killed the lambs on the 14th.  They then left Egypt in the early hours of the 15th.
Christ was buried on the 14th before sunset.  That year it was a Wednesday.  So on Wednesday around 3-5 pm Christ was buried.


To make it easier for the reader, we will use the same week days for the Exodus as shown above for the death of Christ.


After the sun has set it is the 15th the first day of Unleavened Bread, Thursday the Holy Day, the Israelites left Egypt…they travelled Thursday and pitched their tents at Succoth.
They travelled Friday and pitched their tents at
Etham.
They travelled Saturday and pitched their tents between
Migdol and the sea.  They were now at the Red Sea, it was Saturday afternoon about 5 pm.
Once the sun had set, it was now the beginning of
Sunday, the Sea started to part, and parted all that night.  The parting of the Sea made the Promised Land available.  They crossed all that night, which is the parallel from Christ being raised from the dead [from hell] until He went to the Father early on Sunday morning.  It is not stated in scripture how long it took Christ to come from hell to where Mary first saw Him, but we do know He was three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  That was Thursday Friday and Saturday, Thursday Friday and Saturday night, so He was raised some time in the early hours of Sunday Morning.

 

The crossing of the Red Sea is at the same time of Christ being raised from hell. [Or heart of the earth.] This was completed Sunday morning.  Christ was three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

 

Incredible as it may seem to us, that is all it took for the Israelites to travel from Goshen to the Red Sea, that is because God took them on eagles wings.

 

Exo 19:4  'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself.

 

When Christ was raised He appeared first to Mary on Sunday morning, but Christ had not gone to the Father at this time.

 

Mar 16:9  Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.


Joh 20:17  Jesus said to her,
"Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'"


Let's look at the time the Israelites departed from Egypt and the time from Christ's death we will show the same days and events.

 

Late Wednesday between 3-5 pm kill the lambs {Passover}.

 

Christ died at this time.
Christ buried before sunset.

 

After sunset start of Thursday night {now 1st day of Unleavened Bread} put blood on doors.  Eat Passover meal. Possibly around 7-8 pm.
 
Midnight the destroyer passed over.
Thursday morning before daylight on the 1st Day of Unleavened Bread they left Egypt. Any time after midnight is morning any time from 1am till 5am this could have happened.  They left in the night so it was before daybreak.
Christ resurrected Thursday morning and descended to hell.
Christ was raised from the dead in the early hours of Sunday morning.

 

Christ was in the heart of the earth [hell] three days and three nights. Thursday Friday and Saturday are the three days. 
Thursday night Friday night and Saturday night the three nights.
Saturday afternoon they arrived at the Red Sea, and crossed after sunset all Saturday night till they reached the other side on Sunday morning.

 

Exo 14:21  Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.

Exo 14:22  So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

Exo 14:23  And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

Exo 14:24  Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians.

 

Arrive on the other side of the Red Sea Sunday morning.

 

Christ was raised from the heart of the earth [hell] in the early hours of Sunday morning.

 

After Christ appeared to Mary then Christ ascended to the Father on Sunday morning.

 

Exo 14:24  Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians.

 

As the Israelites came through the Red Sea they reached the other side where the Promised Land was available.  The Israelites were not at the Promised Land when they came out of Egypt.

 

Christ, after His death was to be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth and then be raised. The parting of the Red Sea corresponds to the time between Christ being raised from the dead and His ascension to the Father to be glorified.

 

Joh 20:1  Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

 

Joh 20:17  Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'"

 

When Christ was glorified applies to those who have eternal life inherent that is why Christ said My God and your God.
The Father becomes our God when we have the Holy Spirit of power which is eternal life inherent…..before that time we belong to Christ only….not the Father.

 

The parting of the Red Sea made the way to the Promised Land available.  The resurrection, raising from the dead and glorification of Jesus Christ made eternal life available.  Note this very carefully, at our baptism we have eternal life available we do not at that time have eternal life inherent.

 

Eph 1:13  In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

Eph 1:14  who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

 

As the Israelites crossed the Red Sea they left Egypt and came to where the Promised Land was available. They had a lot more trials and tribulations before some of them actually entered the Promised Land.  Only Joshua and Caleb and those who were under 20 years old {at the time of the rejection of the Promised Land} entered into the Promised Land.

 

God calls us out of Egypt {sin} to where the Promised Land {Eternal Life} is available.  We have a lot of trials and tribulations before we reach eternal life.

 

The crossing of the Red Sea made the Promised Land available, in parallel, eternal life is available once we are baptised and receive the earnest of the Spirit.  Once we receive the Holy Spirit of power we have eternal life inherent.

 

The crossing of the Red Sea is a type of our baptism.

 

1Co 10:1  Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea,

1Co 10:2  all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,

 

When we are baptised we try to leave sin behind {which in this case is pictured by Egypt} then we are subject to many trials etc {which pictures the wondering in the wilderness}.


Once we are baptised eternal life is available.  We receive the down payment of eternal life in the earnest of the Spirit.

 

When the Israelites crossed the Red Sea eternal life was available to them also, in the form of the Promised Land.

 

Now Deuteronomy chapters 1 - 5 for today.

 

Deu 1:1  These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel on this side of the Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain opposite Suph, between Paran, Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab.

Deu 1:2  It is eleven days' journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea.

Deu 1:3  Now it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spoke to the children of Israel according to all that the LORD had given him as commandments to them,

Deu 1:4  after he had killed Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who dwelt at Ashtaroth in Edrei.

Deu 1:5  On this side of the Jordan in the land of Moab, Moses began to explain this law, saying,

Deu 1:6  "The LORD our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying: 'You have dwelt long enough at this mountain.

Deu 1:7  Turn and take your journey, and go to the mountains of the Amorites, to all the neighboring places in the plain, in the mountains and in the lowland, in the South and on the seacoast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the River Euphrates.

Deu 1:8  See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—to give to them and their descendants after them.'

Deu 1:9  "And I spoke to you at that time, saying: 'I alone am not able to bear you.

Deu 1:10  The LORD your God has multiplied you, and here you are today, as the stars of heaven in multitude.

Deu 1:11  May the LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you as He has promised you!

Deu 1:12  How can I alone bear your problems and your burdens and your complaints?

Deu 1:13  Choose wise, understanding, and knowledgeable men from among your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.'

Deu 1:14  And you answered me and said, 'The thing which you have told us to do is good.'

Deu 1:15  So I took the heads of your tribes, wise and knowledgeable men, and made them heads over you, leaders of thousands, leaders of hundreds, leaders of fifties, leaders of tens, and officers for your tribes.

Deu 1:16  "Then I commanded your judges at that time, saying, 'Hear the cases between your brethren, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the stranger who is with him.

Deu 1:17  You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man's presence, for the judgment is God's. The case that is too hard for you, bring to me, and I will hear it.'

Deu 1:18  And I commanded you at that time all the things which you should do.

Deu 1:19  "So we departed from Horeb, and went through all that great and terrible wilderness which you saw on the way to the mountains of the Amorites, as the LORD our God had commanded us. Then we came to Kadesh Barnea.

Deu 1:20  And I said to you, 'You have come to the mountains of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us.

Deu 1:21  Look, the LORD your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the LORD God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.'

Deu 1:22  "And every one of you came near to me and said, 'Let us send men before us, and let them search out the land for us, and bring back word to us of the way by which we should go up, and of the cities into which we shall come.'

Deu 1:23  "The plan pleased me well; so I took twelve of your men, one man from each tribe.

Deu 1:24  And they departed and went up into the mountains, and came to the Valley of Eshcol, and spied it out.

Deu 1:25  They also took some of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us; and they brought back word to us, saying, 'It is a good land which the LORD our God is giving us.'

Deu 1:26  "Nevertheless you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God;

Deu 1:27  and you complained in your tents, and said, 'Because the LORD hates us, He has brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us.

Deu 1:28  Where can we go up? Our brethren have discouraged our hearts, saying, "The people are greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there." '

Deu 1:29  "Then I said to you, 'Do not be terrified, or afraid of them.

Deu 1:30  The LORD your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in Egypt before your eyes,

Deu 1:31  and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.'

Deu 1:32  Yet, for all that, you did not believe the LORD your God,

Deu 1:33  who went in the way before you to search out a place for you to pitch your tents, to show you the way you should go, in the fire by night and in the cloud by day.

Deu 1:34  "And the LORD heard the sound of your words, and was angry, and took an oath, saying,

Deu 1:35  'Surely not one of these men of this evil generation shall see that good land of which I swore to give to your fathers,

Deu 1:36  except Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him and his children I am giving the land on which he walked, because he wholly followed the LORD.'

Deu 1:37  The LORD was also angry with me for your sakes, saying, 'Even you shall not go in there.

Deu 1:38  Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall go in there. Encourage him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.

Deu 1:39  'Moreover your little ones and your children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it.

Deu 1:40  But as for you, turn and take your journey into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea.'

Deu 1:41  "Then you answered and said to me, 'We have sinned against the LORD; we will go up and fight, just as the LORD our God commanded us.' And when everyone of you had girded on his weapons of war, you were ready to go up into the mountain.

Deu 1:42  "And the LORD said to me, 'Tell them, "Do not go up nor fight, for I am not among you; lest you be defeated before your enemies." '

Deu 1:43  So I spoke to you; yet you would not listen, but rebelled against the command of the LORD, and presumptuously went up into the mountain.

Deu 1:44  And the Amorites who dwelt in that mountain came out against you and chased you as bees do, and drove you back from Seir to Hormah.

Deu 1:45  Then you returned and wept before the LORD, but the LORD would not listen to your voice nor give ear to you.

Deu 1:46  "So you remained in Kadesh many days, according to the days that you spent there.

 

Deu 2:1  "Then we turned and journeyed into the wilderness of the Way of the Red Sea, as the LORD spoke to me, and we skirted Mount Seir for many days.

Deu 2:2  "And the LORD spoke to me, saying:

Deu 2:3  'You have skirted this mountain long enough; turn northward.

Deu 2:4  And command the people, saying, "You are about to pass through the territory of your brethren, the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir; and they will be afraid of you. Therefore watch yourselves carefully.

Deu 2:5  Do not meddle with them, for I will not give you any of their land, no, not so much as one footstep, because I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession.

Deu 2:6  You shall buy food from them with money, that you may eat; and you shall also buy water from them with money, that you may drink.

Deu 2:7  "For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing." '

Deu 2:8  "And when we passed beyond our brethren, the descendants of Esau who dwell in Seir, away from the road of the plain, away from Elath and Ezion Geber, we turned and passed by way of the Wilderness of Moab.

Deu 2:9  Then the LORD said to me, 'Do not harass Moab, nor contend with them in battle, for I will not give you any of their land as a possession, because I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession.' "

Deu 2:10  (The Emim had dwelt there in times past, a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anakim.

Deu 2:11  They were also regarded as giants, like the Anakim, but the Moabites call them Emim.

Deu 2:12  The Horites formerly dwelt in Seir, but the descendants of Esau dispossessed them and destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their place, just as Israel did to the land of their possession which the LORD gave them.)

Deu 2:13  " 'Now rise and cross over the Valley of the Zered.' So we crossed over the Valley of the Zered.

Deu 2:14  And the time we took to come from Kadesh Barnea until we crossed over the Valley of the Zered was thirty-eight years, until all the generation of the men of war was consumed from the midst of the camp, just as the LORD had sworn to them.

Deu 2:15  For indeed the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from the midst of the camp until they were consumed.

Deu 2:16  "So it was, when all the men of war had finally perished from among the people,

Deu 2:17  that the LORD spoke to me, saying:

Deu 2:18  'This day you are to cross over at Ar, the boundary of Moab.

Deu 2:19  And when you come near the people of Ammon, do not harass them or meddle with them, for I will not give you any of the land of the people of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to the descendants of Lot as a possession.' "

Deu 2:20  (That was also regarded as a land of giants; giants formerly dwelt there. But the Ammonites call them Zamzummim,

Deu 2:21  a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anakim. But the LORD destroyed them before them, and they dispossessed them and dwelt in their place,

Deu 2:22  just as He had done for the descendants of Esau, who dwelt in Seir, when He destroyed the Horites from before them. They dispossessed them and dwelt in their place, even to this day.

Deu 2:23  And the Avim, who dwelt in villages as far as Gaza—the Caphtorim, who came from Caphtor, destroyed them and dwelt in their place.)

Deu 2:24  " 'Rise, take your journey, and cross over the River Arnon. Look, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land. Begin to possess it, and engage him in battle.

Deu 2:25  This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the nations under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you, and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.'

Deu 2:26  "And I sent messengers from the Wilderness of Kedemoth to Sihon king of Heshbon, with words of peace, saying,

Deu 2:27  'Let me pass through your land; I will keep strictly to the road, and I will turn neither to the right nor to the left.

Deu 2:28  You shall sell me food for money, that I may eat, and give me water for money, that I may drink; only let me pass through on foot,

Deu 2:29  just as the descendants of Esau who dwell in Seir and the Moabites who dwell in Ar did for me, until I cross the Jordan to the land which the LORD our God is giving us.'

Deu 2:30  "But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass through, for the LORD your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, that He might deliver him into your hand, as it is this day.

Deu 2:31  "And the LORD said to me, 'See, I have begun to give Sihon and his land over to you. Begin to possess it, that you may inherit his land.'

Deu 2:32  Then Sihon and all his people came out against us to fight at Jahaz.

Deu 2:33  And the LORD our God delivered him over to us; so we defeated him, his sons, and all his people.

Deu 2:34  We took all his cities at that time, and we utterly destroyed the men, women, and little ones of every city; we left none remaining.

Deu 2:35  We took only the livestock as plunder for ourselves, with the spoil of the cities which we took.

Deu 2:36  From Aroer, which is on the bank of the River Arnon, and from the city that is in the ravine, as far as Gilead, there was not one city too strong for us; the LORD our God delivered all to us.

Deu 2:37  Only you did not go near the land of the people of Ammon—anywhere along the River Jabbok, or to the cities of the mountains, or wherever the LORD our God had forbidden us.

 

Deu 3:1  "Then we turned and went up the road to Bashan; and Og king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.

Deu 3:2  And the LORD said to me, 'Do not fear him, for I have delivered him and all his people and his land into your hand; you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.'

Deu 3:3  "So the LORD our God also delivered into our hands Og king of Bashan, with all his people, and we attacked him until he had no survivors remaining.

Deu 3:4  And we took all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we did not take from them: sixty cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

Deu 3:5  All these cities were fortified with high walls, gates, and bars, besides a great many rural towns.

Deu 3:6  And we utterly destroyed them, as we did to Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children of every city.

Deu 3:7  But all the livestock and the spoil of the cities we took as booty for ourselves.

Deu 3:8  "And at that time we took the land from the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were on this side of the Jordan, from the River Arnon to Mount Hermon

Deu 3:9  (the Sidonians call Hermon Sirion, and the Amorites call it Senir),

Deu 3:10  all the cities of the plain, all Gilead, and all Bashan, as far as Salcah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

Deu 3:11  "For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the giants. Indeed his bedstead was an iron bedstead. (Is it not in Rabbah of the people of Ammon?) Nine cubits is its length and four cubits its width, according to the standard cubit.

Deu 3:12  "And this land, which we possessed at that time, from Aroer, which is by the River Arnon, and half the mountains of Gilead and its cities, I gave to the Reubenites and the Gadites.

Deu 3:13  The rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, I gave to half the tribe of Manasseh. (All the region of Argob, with all Bashan, was called the land of the giants.

Deu 3:14  Jair the son of Manasseh took all the region of Argob, as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maachathites, and called Bashan after his own name, Havoth Jair, to this day.)

Deu 3:15  "Also I gave Gilead to Machir.

Deu 3:16  And to the Reubenites and the Gadites I gave from Gilead as far as the River Arnon, the middle of the river as the border, as far as the River Jabbok, the border of the people of Ammon;

Deu 3:17  the plain also, with the Jordan as the border, from Chinnereth as far as the east side of the Sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea), below the slopes of Pisgah.

Deu 3:18  "Then I commanded you at that time, saying: 'The LORD your God has given you this land to possess. All you men of valor shall cross over armed before your brethren, the children of Israel.

Deu 3:19  But your wives, your little ones, and your livestock (I know that you have much livestock) shall stay in your cities which I have given you,

Deu 3:20  until the LORD has given rest to your brethren as to you, and they also possess the land which the LORD your God is giving them beyond the Jordan. Then each of you may return to his possession which I have given you.'

Deu 3:21  "And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, 'Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings; so will the LORD do to all the kingdoms through which you pass.

Deu 3:22  You must not fear them, for the LORD your God Himself fights for you.'

Deu 3:23  "Then I pleaded with the LORD at that time, saying:

Deu 3:24  'O Lord GOD, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds?

Deu 3:25  I pray, let me cross over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, those pleasant mountains, and Lebanon.'

Deu 3:26  "But the LORD was angry with me on your account, and would not listen to me. So the LORD said to me: 'Enough of that! Speak no more to Me of this matter.

Deu 3:27  Go up to the top of Pisgah, and lift your eyes toward the west, the north, the south, and the east; behold it with your eyes, for you shall not cross over this Jordan.

Deu 3:28  But command Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which you will see.'

Deu 3:29  "So we stayed in the valley opposite Beth Peor.

 

Deu 4:1  "Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers is giving you.

Deu 4:2  You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Deu 4:3  Your eyes have seen what the LORD did at Baal Peor; for the LORD your God has destroyed from among you all the men who followed Baal of Peor.

Deu 4:4  But you who held fast to the LORD your God are alive today, every one of you.

Deu 4:5  "Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess.

Deu 4:6  Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'

Deu 4:7  "For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?

Deu 4:8  And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?

Deu 4:9  Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren,

Deu 4:10  especially concerning the day you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said to me, 'Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.'

Deu 4:11  "Then you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the midst of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness.

Deu 4:12  And the LORD spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of the words, but saw no form; you only heard a voice.

Deu 4:13  So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.

Deu 4:14  And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might observe them in the land which you cross over to possess.

Deu 4:15  "Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no form when the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire,

Deu 4:16  lest you act corruptly and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of any figure: the likeness of male or female,

Deu 4:17  the likeness of any animal that is on the earth or the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air,

Deu 4:18  the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground or the likeness of any fish that is in the water beneath the earth.

Deu 4:19  And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the LORD your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage.

Deu 4:20  But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be His people, an inheritance, as you are this day.

Deu 4:21  Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and swore that I would not cross over the Jordan, and that I would not enter the good land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.

Deu 4:22  But I must die in this land, I must not cross over the Jordan; but you shall cross over and possess that good land.

Deu 4:23  Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the LORD your God has forbidden you.

Deu 4:24  For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

Deu 4:25  "When you beget children and grandchildren and have grown old in the land, and act corruptly and make a carved image in the form of anything, and do evil in the sight of the LORD your God to provoke Him to anger,

Deu 4:26  I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you will soon utterly perish from the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess; you will not prolong your days in it, but will be utterly destroyed.

Deu 4:27  And the LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD will drive you.

Deu 4:28  And there you will serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.

Deu 4:29  But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Deu 4:30  When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the LORD your God and obey His voice

Deu 4:31  (for the LORD your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

Deu 4:32  "For ask now concerning the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether any great thing like this has happened, or anything like it has been heard.

Deu 4:33  Did any people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live?

Deu 4:34  Or did God ever try to go and take for Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?

Deu 4:35  To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD Himself is God; there is none other besides Him.

Deu 4:36  Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire.

Deu 4:37  And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them; and He brought you out of Egypt with His Presence, with His mighty power,

Deu 4:38  driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land as an inheritance, as it is this day.

Deu 4:39  Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.

Deu 4:40  You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time."

Deu 4:41  Then Moses set apart three cities on this side of the Jordan, toward the rising of the sun,

Deu 4:42  that the manslayer might flee there, who kills his neighbor unintentionally, without having hated him in time past, and that by fleeing to one of these cities he might live:

Deu 4:43  Bezer in the wilderness on the plateau for the Reubenites, Ramoth in Gilead for the Gadites, and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites.

Deu 4:44  Now this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel.

Deu 4:45  These are the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which Moses spoke to the children of Israel after they came out of Egypt,

Deu 4:46  on this side of the Jordan, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel defeated after they came out of Egypt.

Deu 4:47  And they took possession of his land and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, who were on this side of the Jordan, toward the rising of the sun,

Deu 4:48  from Aroer, which is on the bank of the River Arnon, even to Mount Sion (that is, Hermon),

Deu 4:49  and all the plain on the east side of the Jordan as far as the Sea of the Arabah, below the slopes of Pisgah.

 

Deu 5:1  And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: "Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing today, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them.

Deu 5:2  The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.

Deu 5:3  The LORD did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, those who are here today, all of us who are alive.

Deu 5:4  The LORD talked with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire.

Deu 5:5  I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the LORD; for you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up the mountain. He said:

Deu 5:6  'I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Deu 5:7  'You shall have no other gods before Me.

Deu 5:8  'You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;

Deu 5:9  you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

Deu 5:10  but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Deu 5:11  'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Deu 5:12  'Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you.

Deu 5:13  Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

Deu 5:14  but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.

Deu 5:15  And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

Deu 5:16  'Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

Deu 5:17  'You shall not murder.

Deu 5:18  'You shall not commit adultery.

Deu 5:19  'You shall not steal.

Deu 5:20  'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Deu 5:21  'You shall not covet your neighbor's wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.'

Deu 5:22  "These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly, in the mountain from the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and He added no more. And He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.

Deu 5:23  "So it was, when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders.

Deu 5:24  And you said: 'Surely the LORD our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire. We have seen this day that God speaks with man; yet he still lives.

Deu 5:25  Now therefore, why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the LORD our God anymore, then we shall die.

Deu 5:26  For who is there of all flesh who has heard the voice of the living God speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?

Deu 5:27  You go near and hear all that the LORD our God may say, and tell us all that the LORD our God says to you, and we will hear and do it.'

Deu 5:28  "Then the LORD heard the voice of your words when you spoke to me, and the LORD said to me: 'I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken.

Deu 5:29  Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!

Deu 5:30  Go and say to them, "Return to your tents."

Deu 5:31  But as for you, stand here by Me, and I will speak to you all the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments which you shall teach them, that they may observe them in the land which I am giving them to possess.'

Deu 5:32  "Therefore you shall be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

Deu 5:33  You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.

 







 
 

FIRST HOLY DAY  SECOND SERVICE






Let's recap on what we have learned so far.
What does the feast picture? The Israelites had to wonder for 40 years in the wilderness and dwell in booths.
 

Lev 23:41  'You shall keep it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month.

Lev 23:42  'You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths,

Lev 23:43  'that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.'"

Lev 23:44  So Moses declared to the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.

 

We have learned that in order to receive eternal life, we must know the Father and Christ, we must also keep the Passover on the correct day.
We saw this morning the parallel between the Israelites crossing the Red Sea and the time that Christ was raised from the dead or the heart of the earth.



For the afternoon service we will look at what happened at Marah, on the last day of Unleavened Bread.  Only one week after leaving Egypt. The rejection of the fountain of living waters, God the Father and the Holy Spirit. 

 

Once the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, they then began their journey toward the Promised Land.  It is the same for us after baptism, we must push on and overcome and develop character during this time.

 

On the last day of Unleavened Bread which was 3 days after the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea the Israelites came to Marah where they rejected God and the Holy Spirit.

 

Exo 15:23  Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah.

Exo 15:24  And the people complained against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?"

Exo 15:25  So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them. And there He tested them,

 

Jer 2:13  "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns; broken cisterns that can hold no water.

 

After baptism we soon learn that we do not take very long before we fall into the ever present snare of sin.  It was the same for the ancient Israelites, they sinned very quickly after the Passover and continued to do so during Unleavened Bread.
We cannot live our lives, without sinning and so we need Christ’s sacrifice to cover that sin.
The tree, which was thrown into the water; pictures Christ.  This tree turned the bitter waters to sweet.  Just as Christ is able to intervene for us and has paid the penalty of our sins.
The Israelites rejected God.

 

Jer 2:11  Has a nation changed its gods, Which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory For what does not profit.

 

Jer 17:13  O LORD, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed. "Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken the LORD, The fountain of living waters."

 

The Israelites rejected God, the fountain of living waters, this living water is mentioned in John 4 v 10-15 this is a symbol of the Holy Spirit and in this case it is also a symbol of the Father.
God offered the Israelites eternal life and they rejected it.  They preferred the idols and
hand made cisterns to God and the Holy Spirit. 
The water that God was offering was the only one that mattered, it was the way to eternal life….the Israelites rejected that. 

 

Let's compare the two accounts of the Israelites in the wilderness and the Samaritan woman in the gospel of John.  They were both offered living waters, which lead to eternal life.

 

Joh 4:5  So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

Joh 4:6  Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

Joh 4:7  A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink."

 

Jesus told the woman, that if she had known who He was, she would have asked for the gift of God which was living waters.

 

Joh 4:9  Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

Joh 4:10  Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."

 

Christ shows how the water, which He has to give, will spring up to everlasting life, the living waters pictures the Holy Spirit.  Christ also shows the contrast between the usual drinking water and the living water.  If she chose to reject the living water she would continue to thirst, but she wanted the living waters Christ had to offer her.

 

Joh 4:13  Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,

Joh 4:14  "but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."

 

Notice how the woman wanted the living water.

 

Joh 4:15  The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw."

 

Notice that after Christ told the woman about the living waters, which He could give her, He then proved her to see if she told the truth.

 

Joh 4:16  Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here."

 

Notice the woman told the truth, and wanted the living waters.

 

Joh 4:17  The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You have well said, 'I have no husband,'

Joh 4:18  "for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly."

Joh 4:19  The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.

 

Later in the account notice she brought other Samaritans to Christ and they believed in Him.
Christ tells her that the Father must be worshipped in spirit and truth.  She wanted the spirit {living waters} and she was a truthful person, so she was well on her way to what was required. 

 

Joh 4:23  "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

 

The following verse is interesting, the woman no longer had any interest in the normal drinking water which she had originally came to draw.  Once she heard of the living waters, which Christ was willing to offer her, she had no desire for the physical water, only the living water.

 

Joh 4:28  The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men,

 

Now let's compare this account with Exodus 15.

 

In John 4 v 7 the woman came to the well to draw water, she needed water.
In Exodus the Israelites found no water, they were thirsty. They needed water. 

 

Exo 15:22  So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.

 

In John 4 v 10 if the woman knew it was God who was speaking to her she would have asked for living water.

 

The Israelites knew that God was with them, they had only just come through the Red Sea, they were at the waters of Marah, they were thirsty, so why didn’t they behave patiently and wait on God to see what He would say to them?  Unfortunately even after the miracle of crossing the Red Sea, they so quickly forgot that, they didn’t believe God or trust Him.  They were only interested in the physical things.  In their physical needs and desires.  They were quick to complain to Moses and about him.

 

Exo 15:24  And the people complained against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?"

 

In John 4 v 13-14 Jesus explained to the woman that if she drank of the physical water she would thirst again, but the water He had to offer her would spring up to eternal life.

 

Joh 4:13  Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,

Joh 4:14  "but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."

 

The Israelites were only concerned in the physical water, God gave them a statute and an ordinance and He proved them.  They were offered the choice of the living water or the physical water, they chose the physical, they rejected God and the living water which is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, God was offering them eternal life and they rejected it.
Notice the account in Exodus and Jeremiah about this event and we will compare the two.

 

Exo 15:25  So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them. And there He tested them,

 

Jer 2:13  "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns; broken cisterns that can hold no water.

 

John 4 v 15 states that the woman wanted the living waters.
Read again the account in Jeremiah, the Israelites did not want Living
Water, they had forsaken God the fountain of living waters. The cisterns are a type of false gods and idols which they seemed to love and worship.  The Israelites could not get the Living Waters which pictures the Holy Spirit, because of the attitudes they had and their pursuit of false gods.  They did not want the living waters, so their attitudes were not acceptable to God.

 

John 4 v 16 shows that Christ proved the woman.  Notice the Israelites were also tested.

 

Ex 15 v 25

 

……and there he proved them

 

John 4 v 17-19 shows that the woman passed the test and answered Christ truthfully.
Even though God told the Israelites that He was the Lord that healed them and He wanted them to diligently hearken to Him and obey Him, and He offered them living waters which would lead to eternal life.  They rejected Him, they did not want living waters…..they failed the test.

 

Exo 15:26  and said, "If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you."

 

John 4 v 23 shows that the Father wants people to worship Him in spirit and truth.
The woman was capable of that, she was truthful and she wanted the spirit….living water.
The Israelites did not want the living water and did not believe that God was truth.
Therefore they did not qualify to worship Him.

 

Jer 2:19  Your own wickedness will correct you, And your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing That you have forsaken the LORD your God, And the fear of Me is not in you," Says the Lord GOD of hosts.

 

Notice in John 4 v 28 how when the woman learned about the gift of God the living water, she no longer cared about the physical water, she only wanted the spiritual gift of God.  She left her water pot.
The spiritual was far more important to her than the physical.
In stark contrast the Israelites cared nothing for the living
water, they only wanted the physical water.  The spiritual things did not matter to them, they could only see the physical.

 

Jer 2:13  "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns; broken cisterns that can hold no water.

 

Israel brought all their trouble on themselves because they rejected God.

 

Jer 2:17  Have you not brought this on yourself, In that you have forsaken the LORD your God When He led you in the way?

 

Let's recap on what we have learned. God brought the Israelites out of Egypt.  We must come out of Egypt. We must leave the old ways of this world behind us, we must try to live our lives without sin, we must try to be like Christ.
The feast is to be kept in a joyous mood, as we endeavour to rely on God and pull away from Satan, and sin.

 

The last day of Unleavened Bread is a solemn day, it pictures the fact that Israel were offered living waters which spring up to eternal life, God offered to heal them in return for obedience to His laws. 
Israel rejected God, and eternal life choosing the physical over the spiritual……this is indeed a solemn day……. 

 

We have shown that as the Israelites journeyed toward the Promised Land, they rejected God and the Holy Spirit, as early as three days after crossing the Red Sea. 

 

Many people who have been called have done this and the greater majority of humanity wants very little, if anything, to do with God today.  Those who profess Christianity, do so on their terms, certainly not on God's. What God says to do is either ignored or pushed into the outdated basket or reasoned away by most professing Christians today. God's laws, Sabbaths, statutes are just ignored and labelled Jewish or some such thing. Very few are concerned with what God wants.

 

If we choose the fountain of living waters we still need physical food and water and God promises to provide these needs if we put Him first in our lives.

 

Mat 6:33  "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

 

We must be careful to worship God in truth and in Spirit, if we are to gain eternal life.  We must be prepared to accept the new truths God is revealing to His end time church.


 
 

SECOND DAY OF THE FEAST






Let's recap again about what we have learned, the Feast pictures the dwelling in booths for 40 years by the Israelites.  

 

Lev 23:41  'You shall keep it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month.

Lev 23:42  'You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths,

Lev 23:43  'that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.'"

Lev 23:44  So Moses declared to the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.

 

The first truth we must learn to gain eternal life is the truth about the Father and Christ.  Then we must learn about the correct date for the Passover. Then we looked at the parallel between the crossing of the Red Sea and Christ being raised from the dead.
Then we saw the Israelites reject God the Father, the fountain of living water, and the Holy Spirit at Marah.  

 

How do we keep the feast today, both spiritually and physically?  The reading of the book of Deuteronomy. Every 7 years. Sharing with others, fellowship, sing hymns prayer and bible study. And live the good life during the feast.



Today we will parallel the rejection of the Promised Land by the Israelites, to our calling today.

Many people are called by God, but only a few value the truth and knowledge of God.  Few are prepared to put in hours of study, effort to overcome our own natures and seek God first. Many are pulled and tempted by worldly things, like TV, material pursuits, which take us away from God.

 

Mat 22:14  "For many are called, but few are chosen."

 

Let's look at the parable of the sower explained by Jesus
Remember we are the modern day Israelites, this is our
story, it is about us, apply it to ourselves. 

 

Mat 13:18  "Therefore hear the parable of the sower:

Mat 13:19  "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.

Mat 13:20  "But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;

Mat 13:21  "yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.

Mat 13:22  "Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

Mat 13:23  "But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."

 

We see explained in this parable how some people are easily taken away from the truth, some endure for a little while, but when things get too hard, they give it away, then others are just too busy with the physical things, then the last group who bear fruit.  Even in the fruitful group, some put in more effort than others, 100 fold down to 30.

 

It was the same with the Israelites, when God brought them to the Promised Land, He sent 12 spies to check out the land. Only two of them brought back a good report.
The other 10 thought it was all too hard.  These 10 align with the unfruitful mentioned above and have no understanding.

 

Notice the men who searched out the Promised Land were leaders of the tribes of Israel.

 

Num 13:3  So Moses sent them from the Wilderness of Paran according to the command of the LORD, all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel.

 

Num 13:17  Then Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, "Go up this way into the South, and go up to the mountains,

Num 13:18  "and see what the land is like: whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many;

Num 13:19  "whether the land they dwell in is good or bad; whether the cities they inhabit are like camps or strongholds;

Num 13:20  "whether the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not. Be of good courage. And bring some of the fruit of the land." Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes.

Num 13:21  So they went up and spied out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, near the entrance of Hamath.

Num 13:22  And they went up through the South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)

Num 13:23  Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs.

 
The grapes ripen in the area around July to August.

 

This is the evil report that the leaders of Israel brought back. 

 

Firstly it was fertile land, the produce they brought back was huge. 

 

Num 13:27  Then they told him, and said: "We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.

 

The leaders thought it was too fortified for them to take the cities, and there were giants there. 

 

Num 13:28  "Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.

 

Today we face the same problems, it is not an easy stroll into the kingdom of God, we have to face and overcome huge obstacles, but we can overcome them if we rely on God.  We are well equipped to win the battle. If we are strong and courageous.
The prize is well worth the effort, put on the armour of God.

 

Num 13:29  "The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan."

 

Notice the attitude of Caleb, he could not see the problem, he had strength and courage to go forward. He wanted the Promised Land.  He knew all things were possible with God.  Do we have this attitude towards eternal life?  Do we rely on God to help us overcome the obstacles in our paths?

 

Num 13:30  Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it."

 

Even though Caleb spoke out in faith and strength, the others were weak.  It was all too hard for them. They just gave up and said the inhabitants were too strong for them.  They had no belief in God, they lacked faith, Joshua and Caleb did not.

 

Today we have Satan and his spiritual cohorts to deal with.  They are big strong and powerful. {Just as the Anakim were to the Israelites.}  But if we rely on God for strength and courage, we can overcome his influences.  Resist the devil and he will flee from us.

 

The Israelite leaders had a different attitude, they couldn’t see God in the picture at all, they left Him out of it.

 

Num 13:31  But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we."

 

The leaders of Israel did their best to discourage the Israelites from entering the Promised Land.  They only saw the physical, and ignored the powers of God and His ability to help them. 
Much like our ministers and leaders who could not speak out and tell their congregations to follow God's laws when the truth was watered down after the death of Mr. Armstrong.

 

Today we have people like that, they are wondering stars who feast among us.  They do their best to turn us away from eternal life.  They sneak into the church and try to take us away from our calling, watering down the truth, and preaching lies.

 

Notice the following verses in Jude.

 

Jud 1:11  Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.

Jud 1:12  These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots;

Jud 1:13  raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

 

Num 13:32  And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, "The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.

 

The size of the sons of Anak, the giants worried the leaders.  Today, could we have a bigger or worse or fiercer enemy than Satan and his cohorts?  Without God we would not be able to do anything, but if we rely on God we can do anything.
All things are possible with God.

 

The scouts exaggerated the difficulties that they had to overcome, for example the sons of Anak were 8 foot tall not 80 feet.
Remember the Promised Land was a type of eternal life.  This is where we are now, on the banks of the Jordan, only ready to cross over if we want eternal life, and we have courage, love the truth, believe the truth, and obey God. 

 

Num 13:33  "There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."

 

The leader's evil report was contagious and all the Israelites murmured against Moses and Aaron. Today we are receiving the knowledge of eternal life, it is up to us if we will accept it with great joy, or be like the grumbling Israelites, finding fault disbelieving, doubting and generally forgetting what was being offered by God. 

 

Num 14:1  So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.

Num 14:2  And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, "If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness!

 

Then they blamed God and wanted to return to slavery in Egypt.  This is how our thinking can be warped today if we do not listen to the truth, believe God and put our trust in Him.

 

The following verses show what the Israelites were saying to Moses. 

 

Num 14:3  "Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?"

Num 14:4  So they said to one another, "Let us select a leader and return to Egypt."

 

They wanted to do away with the leaders appointed by God, just as today some in the church want to rid any memory of Mr. Armstrong, but God is in charge, we will keep the memory of Mr. Armstrong alive. Remember God chooses who will be the physical leaders of the church, not man.

 

Moses, Aaron, Joshua and Caleb tried to change the people's minds and show them that the Promised Land could easily be taken.

 

Num 14:5  Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.

Num 14:6  But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes;

 
The Promised Land was a land well worth trying to take.

 

Num 14:7  and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: "The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.

 

If the Lord delights in us, we can enter the land.  Today is no different, if we are to receive eternal life, we must please God.

 

Num 14:8  "If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, 'a land which flows with milk and honey.'

 

Today we must be chosen to do this, we must believe God, love the truth, obey God and have faith.

 

There was no need for them to fear the giants.  God was with them. 

 

Num 14:9  "Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them."


Remember we are the modern day Israelites.

 

Today why fear man or the spiritual wickedness in high places.

 

Rom 8:31  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

 

The Israelites just would not listen, they had been shown miracles, and yet too soon did they forget and prefer to return to slavery than enter the Promised Land. Not only that but they wanted to kill Moses, Aaron, Joshua and Caleb.

 

Num 14:10  And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel.

 

Today the church is no different, a great deal of the members chose to reject God and the commandments, and later on most refuse to believe God, and this new knowledge. 

 

Why didn't the Israelites want to go in?  Because they did not believe God.

 

Num 14:11  Then the LORD said to Moses: "How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?

 

In fact if we do not believe God we will not enter into the Promised Land. Which for us is eternal life.

 

Heb 3:17  Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness?

Heb 3:18  And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey?

Heb 3:19  So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

 

Again it is the same today, very few, if any will believe the new knowledge restored to the church, which is the knowledge of eternal life.

The rebellious Israelites upset God greatly.

 

Num 14:22  "because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice,

Num 14:23  "they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it.

Num 14:24  "But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.

 

Notice that Caleb had another spirit. Both Joshua and Caleb wanted the Promised Land.
If we want eternal life, we must obey and believe God and not be rebellious like the Israelites. 
Eternal life should be something we want, today it means accepting new truths, believing the new knowledge about the Father and Jesus Christ, the new meanings to the Holy days and their dates.  There is much new knowledge being restored to the end time church, we must have faith, be strong and courageous and through much prayer continue our journey to that goal.


When the Israelites were offered the Promised Land they hated it, they wanted to kill Moses, Aaron, Joshua and Caleb, they wanted to return to slavery,
they rejected God and would not believe Him.

 

What will we, the modern day Israelites, do now that we are offered eternal life? Will we act as the Israelites did, or will we love the new knowledge of eternal life? Will we want it, will we believe God and the new truths, will we obey them?  The choice is ours to make individually, but God says CHOOSE LIFE.

 

Now Deuteronomy chapters 6 - 10 for today.

 

Deu 6:1  "Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess,

Deu 6:2  that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.

Deu 6:3  Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you— 'a land flowing with milk and honey.'

Deu 6:4  "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!

Deu 6:5  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.