Josephus, Book 4-Addressing the Book of Numbers, Lessons from 38 years of wandering and Saying Goodbye to Aaron and Moses Deacon/Lay Leader
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artist: Joshua Justice
title: Josephus, Book 4-Addressing the Book of Numbers, Lessons from 38 years of Wandering and Saying Goodbye to Aaron and Moses
album: Josephus
year: 2016
Following last week's discussion of the mixed multitude with all their ideas and ideologies, Josephus now takes up the need to make of this often-rebellious group a cohesive unit.  The 40 years in the wilderness became the training ground to work on and develop the people into the nation that becomes known as Israel.   They had to learn to surrender some control to the leaders, but still be independent and hardened enough to do the mission and jobs God will call them to do once they are ready to enter the Promised Land.  (Very much like the Christian life, we must go through tough times sometimes to become well-trained and thoroughly tested in knowing what to do when and on how to fully lean on the leadership of the Lord.)  The 38 years was filled with battles, confrontations (including among other problems Og, Sihon, Balak and Balaam), victories, and defeat, but by the end, they were a nation under God's leadership. Near the end of their 40 years, both Aaron and Miriam have left the scene, and Moses is the face of the nation, the chief lawgiver, and the standard towards which all the leadership now looks.  He is soon to lay down his burdens, having been a good and faithful servant as the old generation finally gives way to the new confederation of tribes that call themselves "Israel".  Copyright 2016  All Rights Reserved

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