Just Looking for a Home, Part 13 (Covenant and the Cross #94)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

We always like to start out with the Word of God, and today’s passage of Scripture is Deuteronomy 34:4-5 which reads: “And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the Lord shewed him all the land… And the Lord said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.”

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

In this final section of his work, Moses provides for a smooth transition in covenant administration after his death. Also included are the Song of Moses and Moses’ blessing of the twelve tribes. The book concludes with an obituary for Moses. Chapter 34 is a supplement, probably added by the author of the Book of Joshua in order to connect his work with the books of Moses.

Today’s Covenant & the Cross quote about the Bible is from Billy Graham. He said: “Having knowledge of the Bible is essential to a rich and meaningful life.”

Our topic for today is titled “Just Looking for a Home (Part 13)” 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.

— The Succession of the Mediator

Although Moses had been the mediator between God and the people for nearly forty years, he would not be allowed to go into the land. Therefore, before the nation could proceed, the torch of leadership would have to be passed. We have already seen that Joshua was Moses’ designated replacement. He had been mentored by Moses for most of the past forty years and had already experienced leadership as the general of the armies. He had shown his faithfulness by believing God at Kadesh Barnea. He had also spent many hours at the tent of meeting with his mentor. Just so that there would be no mistake, however, Joshua was commissioned publicly before the people
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With this, Moses had wrapped up his work. Still, he had a few final words for the people—and they were not very complimentary. He told them that he fully expected that after his death they would act corruptly and turn from God’s ways. Nevertheless, he taught them one final song and gave them a final blessing.

The text then records the death of Moses, which raises a question. The traditional understanding is that Moses wrote Deuteronomy, but if so, how could he write of his own death? Most likely Joshua appended this section. He was now the mediator. The book of Joshua tells us that he was given the responsibility to add to the Book of the Law, a task he faithfully carried out.

— LOOKING AHEAD

As we wrap up our discussion of the Pentateuch, we find the nation finally ready to go into the land. Forty years have passed since the original group left Egypt, making the date approximately 1406 BCE. This generation has just renewed the covenant with God that the previous generation had made at Mount Sinai. We note a more positive spirit within the people but still see evidence that many of them had not really understood who God was or accepted His authority. The people carried this book of the covenant with them so that they had a history of how God worked with their parents and earlier generations. This book would serve to remind them of God’s faithfulness.

One interesting point, however, is that the location of entry has been changed from Kadesh Barnea. Instead of the most direct route from Sinai up a gentle slope to the central plateau, they will be entering the land through Jericho—one of the strongest cities in the land. To get in, then, they will need God to work just as mightily as He had in the past.

Let’s Pray —

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to help you better understand the Word of God — both the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament is the story of the Covenant which God made with His chosen people Israel. And the New Testament is the story of the Cross which signifies the fulfillment of the Old Covenant with Israel and the formation of a New Covenant with redeemed people from many nations.

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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.

Just Looking for a Home, Part 12 (Covenant and the Cross #93)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

We always like to start out with the Word of God, and today’s passage of Scripture is Deuteronomy 29:9-13 which reads: “Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do. Ye stand this day all of you before the Lord your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel, Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water: That thou shouldest enter into covenant with the Lord thy God, and into his oath, which the Lord thy God maketh with thee this day: That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”

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

In terming this a renewal of the Sinai covenant, we should remember that the covenant was the same, but the people were not. All those over twenty at Sinai had perished in the wilderness. Many of the people under twenty then, now between forty and sixty, had seen the great events but had not taken part. Now they too were to affirm the covenant.

Today’s Covenant & the Cross quote about the Bible is from A. Galloway. He said: “The Bible is a book stands alone. There never was, nor ever will be, another like it. As there is but one sun to enlighten the world naturally, so there is but one Book to enlighten the world spiritually. May that Book become to each of us the man of our counsel, the guide of our journey, and our support and comfort in life and in death?””

Our topic for today is titled “Just Looking for a Home (Part 12)” 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.

— A Perpetual Trust

The idea of a perpetual trust is a legal concept that takes the stipulations beyond the present generation. There are several indications of this concern through this section of the text, most specifically Deuteronomy 29:15, which states that in addition to the people standing there, the covenant covered “those who are not here today.” The context suggests that the reference was to their descendants.

Incorporated with this section are guidelines for a ceremony in which the people of the nation would renew the covenant on a regular basis. As laid out in Deuteronomy 27, this ceremony was to take place at Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, a pair of peaks located in the central highlands. Here large stones were to be set up and whitewashed. On these stones the words of the Law (the covenant between God and the people) were to be written for public observation. Following this, the people were to gather on the two mountains—six tribes on Ebal and six tribes on Gerizim. The tribes on Mount Ebal (today characterized as a barren peak) were to proclaim the curses that would result if the people did not obey the covenant. The tribes on Mount Gerizim (in contrast, a well-forested peak) were to proclaim the blessings that would result as long as the people obeyed the covenant stipulations. If the difference in the mountains was this significant, this ceremony must have provided a dramatic visual image.

We are not told specifically when these renewal ceremonies were to take place, but Deuteronomy 31:10-13 suggests that it would be associated with the Sabbath year celebrations. At that time, the people were to gather at a specific location (unnamed in this context), where they would have the entire Law read to them so that they would be familiar with and follow its precepts. As we read the blessings and curses, we note that there is a heavy emphasis on the curses as a warning. Furthermore, there is a progression to them. This aspect would be significant later when Josiah rediscovered the Law and noted that the people were at the next-to-the-last step. Joshua 8:30 shows that the Israelites observed this ceremony during the conquest as commanded. We have no record of follow-up celebrations, but it is likely that they took place during periods when the people tried to obey the entire Law. However, the failure to observe this ceremony was part of the reason the nation eventually suffered exile.

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.

Just Looking for a Home, Part 11 (The Covenant & the Cross #92)


This podcast is designed to help you better understand the Word of God — both the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament is the story of the Covenant which God made with His chosen people Israel. And the New Testament is the story of the Cross which signifies the fulfillment of the Old Covenant with Israel and the formation of a New Covenant with redeemed people from many nations.

We always like to start out with the Word of God, and today’s passage of Scripture is Deuteronomy 29:1-6 which reads: “These are the words of the covenant, which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant which he made with them in Horeb. And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land; The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles: Yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day. And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot. Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the Lord your God.”

Today’s Covenant & the Cross quote about the Bible is from John Flavel. He said: “The Scriptures teach us the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering, and the most comfortable way of dying.”

Our topic for today is titled “Just Looking for a Home (Part 11)” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.

Earlier we observed that the relationship between the nation of Israel and God was that of a covenant, specifically a treaty between a suzerain and His vassal. This relationship is evident in the terminology used throughout Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. It is also evident within their literary structure, although that feature is most apparent in the case of the book of Deuteronomy. The chart on the next page shows Deuteronomy laid out within that structure.

The relationship being discussed in Deuteronomy is a reiteration of that which we saw established at Mount Sinai. Deuteronomy 29:1 indicates the connection when it states that the covenant made while the Israelites were in Moab is “in addition to” the covenant at Mount Sinai (Horeb). In terms of content, the book of Deuteronomy is really a reiteration of much of what we have already seen.

Just Looking for a Home, Part 11 (The Covenant & the Cross #92)


This podcast is designed to help you better understand the Word of God — both the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament is the story of the Covenant which God made with His chosen people Israel. And the New Testament is the story of the Cross which signifies the fulfillment of the Old Covenant with Israel and the formation of a New Covenant with redeemed people from many nations.

We always like to start out with the Word of God, and today’s passage of Scripture is Deuteronomy 29:1-6 which reads: “These are the words of the covenant, which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant which he made with them in Horeb. And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land; The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles: Yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day. And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot. Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the Lord your God.”

Today’s Covenant & the Cross quote about the Bible is from John Flavel. He said: “The Scriptures teach us the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering, and the most comfortable way of dying.”

Our topic for today is titled “Just Looking for a Home (Part 10)” 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.

— TREATY RENEWAL

Earlier we observed that the relationship between the nation of Israel and God was that of a covenant, specifically a treaty between a suzerain and His vassal. This relationship is evident in the terminology used throughout Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. It is also evident within their literary structure, although that feature is most apparent in the case of the book of Deuteronomy.

Just Looking for a Home, Part 10 (Covenant and the Cross #91)

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 31:1-5 which reads: “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people. And Moses spake unto the people, saying, Arm some of yourselves unto the war, and let them go against the Midianites, and avenge the Lord of Midian. Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the war. So there were delivered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.”

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

Vengeance against the Midianites for their efforts to seduce the Israelites into idol worship and sexual immorality is undertaken. This narrative deals particularly with details concerning the plunder taken from the Midianites. Because the plunder of war had to be handled in a fashion that preserved the holiness of God and of the people, the principles stated here helped prepare the Israelites for the coming conquest of the land.

Today’s Covenant & the Cross quote about the Bible is from George Müller. He said: “I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God, and to meditation on it. The food of the inner man is the Word of God; and not the simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts.”

Our topic for today is titled “Just Looking for a Home (Part 10)” 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.

— REDEDICATION BEFORE CONQUEST

Encamped on the eastern shores of the Jordan River, the people began to concentrate on preparing to go into the land. However, several matters had to be completed before they could do so.

First, Moses conducted a second census of the new generation. A quick glance at these figures shows that the overall size of the nation was about the same as it had been at the start of the Exodus. This detail reminded the original audience of God’s faithfulness through hard times. Interestingly, several tribes had drastically decreased in numbers (e.g., Simeon, which was now only about a third of its original size), while others had had significant growth (e.g., Manasseh, which was more than 60 percent larger).

Second, Joshua was commissioned to succeed Moses as the leader of the nation. His new position seems to have been mediator of the covenant. As such, he represented the people before God, and God before the people. Moses was told at this point that he would soon leave the people and go up to a mountain where he would die. Analysis shows that some of this material is arranged topically rather than in a strictly chronological order. That seems to be the case from here to the end of the Pentateuch. For example, it is after this appointment that we read of the revenge against the Midianites in Numbers 31, which chronologically would seem to fit better with Numbers 25:17.

Third, we learn that several of the tribes have been eyeing the land on the eastern side of the Jordan River (an event that seems to have occurred chronologically before the Balaam incident). This region was good grazing land, and the tribes of Reuben and Gad and half of the tribe of Manasseh asked for permission to settle in this region. Initially, Moses was upset, comparing this request with the unbelief that had occurred a generation earlier at Kadesh Barnea. The tribes demurred, however, asserting that they were willing to participate in the conquest, but that this land seemed to fit their every desire. They argued that they would settle their families into the villages and cities, build sheepfolds, and then go with the rest of the nation through the conquest. Moses agreed, and this region became part of Israel but a part noted for its grazing (somewhat like the west Texas of ancient Israel).

Fourth, Moses described the land in the region west of the Jordan (modern Israel), which would become theirs. He laid out borders and told them to allocate the land by lots when they finished the conquest. He also set apart two groups of cities. The larger group was cities for the Levites, who would not receive a tribal inheritance but would be dispersed throughout the nation. As we have already observed, part of the reason for this decision seemed to be that they could represent God to the people in terms of teaching and offer certain sacrifices. Included in these Levitical towns were six that were called cities of refuge: three were on the west side of the Jordan and three on the east side. These were sanctuaries for people who had committed manslaughter.

The final act of Moses was to reiterate the covenant. This rededication is set forth in the book of Deuteronomy.

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.

Just Looking for a Home, Part 9 (Covenant and the Cross Podcast #90)


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 22:5-6 which reads: “Balak sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me: Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.”

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

Though the narrative itself has considerable literary charm, the Balaam incident must also be viewed within the context of God’s covenant relationship with His people. In the vivid portrayal of divine opposition to those who curse His people, God’s faithfulness to the covenant promises made to Abraham is demonstrated. Ironically, the Lord also used the pagan prophet Balaam, who had been hired by the Moabite king to curse God’s people, to bless them instead, and to prophesy the coming of a royal Star out of Jacob—the Messiah Himself—who would triumph over Israel’s enemies.

Today’s Covenant & the Cross quote about the Bible is from Martin Luther. He said: “Scripture is the manger in which the Christ lies. As a mother goes to a cradle to find her baby so the Christian goes to the Bible to find Jesus. Don’t let us inspect the cradle and forget to worship the baby.”

Our topic for today is titled “Just Looking for a Home (Part 9)” 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.

— Balak and Balaam

Israel was now camped on the plains of Moab, directly across the Jordan River from Jericho. This development appears to have put Balak, a Moabite king, in a precarious situation. Israel had conquered and eradicated two powerful city-states (or nations) on his northern flank. Although the Israelites had no intention of moving south, Balak did not know that, and he feared for his own security. He took two steps to resolve the issue. The first was to establish a military alliance with the Midianites, who lived further east. The second was to secure spiritual help. He and his allies sent messengers north to a town named Pethor, near the Euphrates River; they were to summon Balaam, a man who had a reputation for being able to curse or bless and who seemed to have some type of relationship with YHWH. Although God did not desire Balaam to go, Balaam kept arguing. So God allowed him to do what he wanted (instead of making him do what he knew he should). To reinforce His warning message, God spoke to Balaam through his donkey en route.

When Balaam arrived in the Transjordan, Balak took him up on a mountain to look over the plains. He explained the situation and asked for Balaam’s curse on these people he feared. After going through the mandated ritual, Balaam gave his prophetic declaration—an announcement that Israel was blessed by God and could not be cursed. After hearing four such declarations, Balak fired his prophet, and the text here suggests that Balaam went on his way. This, however, was not the end of the matter. Apparently Balaam gave his former employer some advice before he left: you cannot fight them, but you can seduce them.

With this, the Moabites invited the Israelites to partake in their worship of Baal (a fertility god). Their rituals involved meals and sacred prostitution. Some of the Israelites succumbed. One Israelite even brought a Midianite woman to his tent in front of the people who were weeping before the tent of meeting. In response to this brazen act, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the high priest, took a spear, followed them, and ran it through the embraced pair within the tent. God judged the people for their disobedience by sending a plague. Overall, about 24,000 people died.

God then told Moses that the Israelites were to attack the deceitful Moabites. Later, as he recounted this part of the conquest, Joshua observed that one of the casualties of this conflict was Balaam the son of Beor.

Following this battle, the nation of Israel began to focus on entering the land God had promised. This entire section would serve to remind the generation entering Canaan
remind the generation entering Canaan how God had both taken care of their predecessors and tried to purify them. As later observers, we note how the people continually failed to live up to God’s standards, yet He faithfully worked with them to take them one step further. We also notice that some claimed God’s name yet worked for their own agendas and selfish ambitions. Interestingly, God used them as well to advance His own goals, which would be for the good of all humankind—all the families of the earth.

The exact nature of Balaam’s relationship with YHWH is debated. Joshua 13:22 describes him as a diviner. Yet in Numbers we see him giving a prophetic declaration that apparently comes directly from YHWH. Furthermore, when he was invited down to Moab, Balaam’s first response was to tell the messengers that he needed to inquire of YHWH (and this name is used rather than the more generic “God”). Then, when he finally persuaded God to allow him to go, God sent an angel (the angel of YHWH) to meet him and his donkey. This all seems to suggest that Balaam had a special relationship with God, but he abused his position, which led to his death.

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 including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. 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.

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 University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Just Looking for a Home, Part 8 (The Covenant & the Cross #89)

Numbers 21:6-9 which reads: “And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”

Today’s Covenant & the Cross quote about the Bible is from Michael Horton. He said: “Once we truly grasp the message of the New Testament, it is impossible to read the Old Testament again without seeing Christ on every page, in every story, foreshadowed or anticipated in every event and narrative. The Bible must be read as a whole, beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation, letting promise and fulfillment guide or expectations for what we will find there.”

Our topic for today is titled “Just Looking for a Home (Part 8)” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.

— The Bronze Serpent

Leaving Mount Hor, the people had to travel south along the coast of Yam Suph (the section known today as the Gulf of Aqaba) to circle Edom. As they continued down through the desert, the people began to grumble again. This time, God sent fiery (poisonous) serpents among them. Many were bitten and a number died. The people realized their failure and asked Moses to intercede with God on their behalf. At God’s direction, Moses made a bronze replica of the serpents, which was to be put up on a pole. When the people looked to the bronze serpent, they lived. This bronze serpent would later become a stumbling block for the people as they began to offer incense to it. Consequently, Hezekiah destroyed it approximately seven hundred years later. Interestingly, this incident in the wilderness was used by Jesus to illustrate how His death on the cross would provide life for all humankind: “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

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.

Just Looking for a Home, Part 6 (The Covenant & the Cross #87)

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 20:9-12 which reads: “And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.”

Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from the Reformation Study Bible by Dr. R.C. Sproul:

In his exasperation with Israel, Moses acted presumptuously and failed to honor the holiness of God. After years of constant service and unparalleled patience Moses fell at his strongest point: (a) he spoke in anger; (b) he usurped the place of God, saying, “Shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” and (c) he acted violently, striking the rock twice, when God had told him only to speak to it. God’s word of judgment is directed to both Moses and Aaron, for Aaron had accompanied Moses and was implicated in the rashness of his brother’s action. Their ministry was coming to an end.

Today’s Covenant & the Cross quote about the Bible is from John Wesley. He said: “I want to know one thing, the way to heaven: how to land safe on that happy shore. God himself has condescended to teach the way; for this very end he came from heaven. He has written it down in a book! Oh, give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be: ‘A man of one book.’”

Our topic for today is titled “Just Looking for a Home (Part 6)” 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.

Interspersed with the accounts of Korah’s rebellion, there are several other passages giving further specifications regarding the duties of the community in their covenant with God as their suzerain. There are specifics regarding offerings, the Sabbath, the duties of the Levites, the red heifer, and aspects of uncleanness. The structure of this material gives the appearance of its being added as events occurred or as truths were revealed. This feature supports our observation that Numbers is basically a travelogue that was being added to the canon as the people journeyed on.

Near the end of this period, Miriam died and was buried. This event occurred at Kadesh, but it seems to have been a different place than Kadesh Barnea.

The final incident in this section is Moses’ major sin. After the people grumbled because of a lack of water, Moses was told to speak to the rock in order to bring forth water. Instead, Moses said, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” He then struck the rock twice with his staff. As a result of this act, Moses was told that he would not be able to enter the land.

These events served to remind the original audience (as well as all future generations) that God was serious in His claims. There was no room for pretenders or false claims of authority. It did not matter whether the one making the claim was the established high priest (Aaron) or just a member of the “masses” (Korah), God did not tolerate false pride. Neither was there any favoritism with him. Despite all that Moses had done (or perhaps even because of it), pretension on his part was dealt with directly and somewhat harshly. At the same time, God did not hold grudges. Aaron, despite his having joined Miriam in rebellion, was still the anointed high priest—and God defended that position by causing his staff to bloom. Moses, despite his failure in striking the rock, was still the designated leader—and would take the people on to the land (even though he was restricted from entering). This information would serve to encourage future generations who found themselves straying from God’s ways. They knew that God would not arbitrarily reject them for making mistakes. Of course, the other side of the coin was that they could be sure that God would judge them for failing to obey.

The punishment Moses was given seems to be out of proportion to the transgression; however, we are not privy to the tone of his declaration nor to what was going through his mind. His behavior seems to indicate an attitude of superiority, and his use of the word “we” seems to suggest that he was beginning to identify too closely with God against the people. Regardless, we do not see Moses protesting the punishment, and he continued to lead the people toward their destination.

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.

Just Looking for a Home, Part 5 (The Covenant & the Cross #86)

Numbers 16:1-3: “Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?”

Today’s Covenant & the Cross quote about the Bible is from John Newton. He said: “I know not a better rule of reading the Scripture, than to read it through from beginning to end and when we have finished it once, to begin it again. We shall meet with many passages which we can make little improvement of, but not so many in the second reading as in the first, and fewer in the third than in the second: provided we pray to him who has the keys to open our understandings, and to anoint our eyes with His spiritual ointment.”

Our topic for today is titled “Just Looking for a Home (Part 5)” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.

Moses, Aaron, Joshua, and Caleb expressed sorrow at this state of affairs and tried to sway the people back to seeing God at work. But the people refused to listen and attempted to stone their leaders. At this point, God intervened, showing forth His glory from the tent of meeting. In front of the people, He told Moses to stand back so that He could destroy them, but Moses interceded on their behalf, pointing out that the issue was God’s honor. I am sure it was humiliating for the people to hear directly from God that the only reason He was not destroying them was that the leader they had just rejected had put in a good word for them. But the next words were even more sobering. Every adult in the camp who had observed God’s works and had refined to believe God’s words would indeed die in the desert. The only exceptions would be Joshua and Caleb.