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Numbers Quiz
Miles McPherson - July 16, 2006

Message Recap

All of those who have experienced a quiz given by Miles McPherson know that these are fun and we learn a lot from them, and unlike in school, these quizzes move the spirit in all of us.

Miles has pointed out that we do learn better when we speak than just listening so if you missed this pop quiz, check out the next one.

In the coming weeks the Rock Church will learn about the fourth book of the Bible. But for this week, we quickly reviewed the first three books, as well as some incredible facts about the book of Numbers, as God uses numbers throughout the Bible to show his plans and wisdom.

The Old Testament

Miles reminds us that the Old Testament is the foundation for the New Testament and points to the coming of Jesus.

The first book of the bible is Genesis: The book of beginnings and how all came to be.

In the book of Exodus, we find that the Jewish people have left, or exited, Egypt to go to the promised land of milk and honey.

The third book, Leviticus, is the book about holiness and how God instructed the people how to live according to His laws.

The book of Numbers opens up with over two million people at Mt Sinai and ends with these chosen people in the plains of Moab, but this is really a book about faith.

Seeing the Promise Land

While the Jews were at Mt. Sinai, they were instructed to send 12 spies, one for each tribe of Israel (12 being the number of governmental perfection), to go into the Promised Land to see what a great gift God had provided for His people.

After 40 days of spying, ten of the spies returned, saying that the land was filled with giants and instilling fear into the people. The other two spies, Joshua and Caleb, returned joyful, saying the land that God has provided them with is great, but the people doubted and listened to the words of the 10 spies.

As punishment for everyone's lack of faith, God said that the two generations of people will wander for 40 years (40 represents a time of testing in the Bible)and raise up a new generation of people who will then get to enter the Promised Land. Because of their faithfulness, only Joshua and Caleb were allowed by God to enter the Promise Land.

The interesting thing about this is that the people, being at Mt Sinai, were only 11 days away from the Promise Land. This shows us how God has his great gifts for all of us at hand, and sometimes we just need to exercise a little faith to grab it.

40 Years of Wandering

I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

During the next 40 years of wandering (one year for every day of spying) the people's clothing and shoes never wore out; God sustained them. The people ate manna, a flakey, bread-like substance that fell from the sky; God sustained them. The people were provided meat in the form of quail; God sustained them. The people drank from a rock that miraculously became a spring of water; God sustained them.

It's no accident that in the New Testament, Jesus says, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty."

God loved and cared for his people during this road trip, even though they were faithless to him. Imagine what great things He has in store for us!

We look forward to digging deeper into Numbers and learning what God has for us about faith.

This Message

In preparing for a study of the fourth book of the Bible, Numbers, today’s message reviews the first three books of the Bible.

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