Just Looking for a Home, Part 7 (The Covenant & the Cross #88)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

We always like to start out with the Word of God, and today’s passage of Scripture is Numbers 20:23-27 which reads: “And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying, Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah. Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor: And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there. And Moses did as the Lord commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.”

Regarding this passage, Dr. R.C. Sproul note in the Reformation Study Bible:

Eleazar succeeds his father as high priest. Aaron had the joy of seeing his work carried on by a son; Moses, whose ministry as mediator of the Sinai covenant was unique, did not.

Today’s Covenant & the Cross quote about the Bible is from George Whitefield. He said: “I began to read the Holy Scriptures upon my knees, laying aside all other books, and praying over, if possible, every line and word. This proved meat indeed and drink indeed to my soul. I daily received fresh life, light, and power from above.”

Our topic for today is titled “Just Looking for a Home (Part 7)” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin. It is available on our website for just $20.

At this point we find the nation near the end of the forty-year period of “wandering.” As we look at the list of way stations, we realize that this was a time during which the nation did not really wander, but rather functioned as a mobile city. They mostly camped, moving from point to point without really getting closer to their objective. Over the forty-year period, they stayed in twenty-some different locations. The exact path the nation followed is not clear for two reasons. First, most of the places mentioned in the summary list of Numbers 33 are not known today. Second, it does not seem to be a complete list (e.g., Kadesh Barnea is not included). Giving such information, however, is not the purpose of this section. Rather, the point is that God preserved the people despite their rebellious spirit, and at the right time He brought them to the land He had promised. Several incidents that occurred in the interim are mentioned in this section to highlight that truth.

— Bypassing Edom

After the nation had crossed east of the Jordan Valley extension (through Ezion Geber on the Gulf of Aqaba), they came to the borders of Edom. A strong kingdom at this time, Edom was inhabited by the descendants of Esau, the brother of Jacob. At this point, the path Israel took intersected a major thoroughfare called “the king’s highway.” Moses sent messengers to the king of Edom asking for permission to use this thoroughfare to pass through his land. He promised the king that they would not leave the main route during the journey. Moreover, they promised to pay for any provisions they might use (including water). The king of Edom not only refused but also threatened armed conflict. God, however, did not desire conflict for His people with the descendants of Jacob’s brother, so He directed the Israelites to circle around Edom.

From our perspective, “highway’ is far too generous a term for the route called “the king’s highway.” It might correspond better to the Chisholm Trail, which in the late nineteenth century was the route for cattle drives from Texas to the railheads in Kansas. Basically, it was a route where herds and caravans had worn away the grass and trampled down the soil. However, it was also one of the two major north-south thoroughfares by which trade went from Egypt to Mesopotamia. The other was the coastal highway, which ran along part of the Mediterranean coast of Israel.

— The Death of Aaron

Circling around Edom brought the Hebrews to Mount Hor, another site whose location is uncertain today. Here God told Moses that it was time for Aaron to “be gathered to his people.” Before his death, the high priesthood was to pass to Eleazar, his son. So Moses, Eleazar, and Aaron went up on Mount Hor, where they removed the vestments of the high priest from Aaron and put them on Eleazar. There Aaron died at the age of 123.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that the most important thing you should know about the Bible is that it is the story of God working to save humanity from sin and the consequences of sin. He did this by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and take the punishment that we deserve on Himself. Romans 5:8 says, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today, here’s how.

All you have to do is believe “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” and you will be saved. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

Until next time, remember the word of God is the foundation to a successful life. God bless.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that the most important thing you should know about the Bible is that it is the story of God working to save humanity from sin and the consequences of sin. He did this by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and take the punishment that we deserve on Himself. Romans 5:8 says, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today, here’s how.

All you have to do is believe “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” and you will be saved. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

Until next time, remember the word of God is the foundation to a successful life. God bless.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

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