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Friday, March 28, 2014

Day 25 - 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge - Numbers 9 - 12 - The Great Adventure A Journey Through the Bible

Day 25 

Numbers 9-12
Bible Time Period:  Desert Wanderings 

You taught Israel to walk in faith through 40 years’ wandering in the desert:  Help me to trust in you today, O God.
Faithful Lord, the Israelites’ journey to the  Promised Land after the remembrance celebration of the day of the Passover redemption can be compared to our Journey to the Promised Land of heaven after our passing over from death to new life in the Sacrament of Baptism and our life’s journey toward our final destination in the eternal land of promise.  You never promised the Israelites that the journey would be easy, just as Your Son never promised His disciples that their faith journey through life was going to be without struggles.  In fact, Jesus warned His disciples that to follow Him we must be willing to take up our own crosses on the journey to salvation.  Send Your Holy Spirit to guide us, Lord, in our study of the Israelites’ promising start on their journey, keeping us ever mindful that a promising start does not always end in success but requires vigilance, perseverance and faith up to the very end before reaching the goal.  We pray in the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  (Agape Catholic Bible Study, Numbers Lesson5)
Numbers chapters 1 – 8 were concerned with the organization, purity, and function of the camp and maintaining the purity of the Sanctuary more than the chronological order of the events.  In chapter 9 we will read about the first commemorative celebration of the Passover since leaving Egypt.  All of the narrative in Numbers 1:1 – 10:28 took place in the period of about one month. 
The events recorded in Numbers 10:33 – 12:16 took place on the journey from Mt. Sinai to Kadesh-Barnes in the wilderness of Paran (Num 10:11-12).  The two interwoven themes of this section are the crisis over the people’s complaints and the crisis concerning the challenge to Moses’ leadership.  Complaints of the people are similar to the complaints raised on the journey from Egypt to Mt. Sinai.
Today’s Reading
Numbers 9 -12 

Discussion Boards Day 25
Agape Catholic Bible Study Commentary Numbers 9 - 10
Agape Catholic Bible Study Commentary Number 11 - 13
Part of the above 10-minute study was taken from the Great Adventure Bible Study for Catholics. 

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