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    Numbers 21 Look to Jesus who was lifted up.

    enJune 10, 2024

    Podcast Summary

    • God's faithfulness to his promisesGod's faithfulness to his promises results in military victory for the Israelites against opposition, demonstrating his protection and commitment to his people

      God's promise to the Israelites to give them the promised land is being fulfilled, but they encounter resistance from the people already living there. In response, God provides military victory for the Israelites, as seen in the account of their battle against the king of Arad. This theme of God's faithfulness to his promises and his protection of his people in the face of opposition is a recurring one throughout the Old Testament. It's important to remember that this text refers to the historical context of the Israelites and should not be confused with the church or the new covenant. God's plan for the Israelites includes establishing a community of blessed people in the land, which ultimately leads to the worship of Yahweh by the world. This theme of God's faithfulness and provision in the face of opposition is a powerful reminder of his character and his commitment to his people.

    • Old vs New Testament focusGod's methods of fulfilling his purposes and expressing his love changed from military victory in the Old Testament to spiritual growth and gospel spreading in the New Testament

      The Bible describes different seasons or dispensations in which God operates in unique ways. During the time of the Old Testament, God was establishing Israel and fulfilling promises through military victory and conquest. However, with the coming of Jesus Christ and the new covenant, God shifted his focus to spreading spiritual kingdom through the church. This shift is evident in the difference between the Old and New Testaments, with the Old Testament emphasizing military victory and the New Testament emphasizing spiritual growth and the spreading of the gospel. It's important to understand this context to fully appreciate the Bible as a whole. So, while God's love is a constant, the ways in which he manifests that love and accomplishes his purposes change throughout history.

    • Old Testament vs Church Age methods of God's workGod's methods of working in the world have changed from showing power through war and victory to calling us to love, reach out, and share the good news. God's patience and forgiveness are evident even when we make mistakes.

      Despite God's unchanging nature, His methods of working in the world have changed since the time of Jesus. During the Old Testament era, God showed His power through war and victory, but now in the church age, God calls us to love, reach out, and share the good news with others. The Israelites in the text faced hardships in the wilderness and complained against God and Moses. In response to their repentance, God sent fiery serpents as a punishment, but the people asked Moses to intercede on their behalf. This story serves as a reminder of God's patience and willingness to forgive, even when we make mistakes. It also highlights the importance of recognizing our wrongdoings and seeking forgiveness.

    • Exodus and New Testament salvation metaphorLooking to Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice, brings eternal life and forgiveness, just as looking at the bronze serpent saved the Israelites from death in the Exodus.

      Just as Moses lifted up a bronze serpent as a symbol of salvation during the Exodus, Jesus was lifted up on the cross as the ultimate sacrifice for sin in the New Testament. This story serves as a powerful metaphor for redemption and forgiveness. When the Israelites were bitten by serpents as a result of their disobedience, they could only be saved by looking at the bronze serpent. Similarly, we are all under the penalty of sin, and the only way to be saved is by looking to Jesus, who was lifted up on the cross. This act of looking to Jesus, or having faith in him, brings eternal life and forgiveness. This story highlights the importance of recognizing our need for salvation and the power of God's provision in the face of our struggles and mistakes.

    • Looking to Jesus for salvationBy looking to Jesus, the lifted up savior, we receive forgiveness for our sins and eternal life, as demonstrated in the Old Testament story of the bronze serpent.

      , just as the Israelites were saved from the venomous snakes by looking at the bronze serpent, we too can be saved from our sins by looking to Jesus, who is lifted up as the Lamb of God and the savior of the world. God did not send Jesus to judge us, but to save us, and by believing in him, we are forgiven and given eternal life. The bronze serpent in the Old Testament serves as a powerful symbol of Jesus, who was also lifted up to heal and save those who look to him in faith. The ultimate goal is for people to turn to Jesus for forgiveness, as the only way to be saved from the consequences of sin. The love of God is demonstrated through his gift of his son, who provides salvation and hope to all who believe.

    • God's promises in Numbers 21God fulfills His promises to the Israelites, providing them with victory and blessings as they prepare for battles to claim the promised land

      In Numbers 21, the Israelites are preparing for battles to claim the promised land, with God providing them with victory and blessings. The chapter includes a few battles yet to be read, and God's fulfillment of His promise to the Israelites is evident. In the upcoming chapter, Numbers 22, we will explore intriguing stories involving Balak, Boaz, and a donkey. These stories add excitement and depth to the biblical narrative. It's a reminder that God keeps His promises and guides His people through challenges. So, I encourage you to read the entirety of Numbers 21 and join us again as we explore Numbers 22. God bless you all.

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