The book of Numbers continues the story of the Israelite people, book four of the Torah, with an orderly account of the preparing to enter the Promised Land. There are three parts to the structure of Numbers, opening with the first generation, those who left with Moses from Egypt and descriptions of their camp in the wilderness. Yet, when asked to trust and enter into the land, that generation fails to trust God and continue their wandering, the second section of Numbers. This wandering log includes lengthy laws, teachings, and worship instructions to prepare the people again on how to live as God’s people in the land. When the second census is taken, a new generation rises with hope and trust to enter the land flowing with milk and honey.
“22So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and had him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation; 23he laid his hands on him and commissioned him—as the Lord had directed through Moses.”
Gracious Lord, sometimes in life I feel I am wandering the wilderness as well yet your teachings and love in Christ are able to sustain me and I pray will ultimately lead me home. Amen.