Stages of Journey to the Promised Land
The Book of Numbers can be considered as a diary. And it is also the first Book of Travel ever published. God told the Israelites to leave Egypt to the Promised Land. They departed without knowing the route they were to take. It was a step of faith. Didn’t we all take the step of faith when we decided to follow Jesus?
They were led to and fro, forward and backward, as in a maze. The pillar of cloud and fire led them in the right way. They just followed the cloud of God. Don’t we all take our journey of faith with our eyes on Jesus Christ who promised to lead us in the right way?
God commanded Moses to write the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Thanks be to God for this wonderful command. Because it is He who have made it possible for you and me to know their going out and coming in detail. Their starting was indeed a grand event. They did not run from Egypt. The Bible says:
📖 They departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the day after the Passover the children of Israel went out with boldness in the sight of all the Egyptians. For the Egyptians were burying all their firstborn (Num 33:3, 4).
The NIV Bible says the they marched out defiantly in full view of all the Egyptians who were burying their firstborn. God ordered them to maintain a diary or journal when they began this tedious journey.
All the remarkable happenings were noted by Moses. He also noted all the places they had camped. The campsites comes to around 42 places. Their journey to the Promised Land was a memorable history. We have Spiritual lessons to learn from each stages of the journey.
Dear ones in Christ, can you remember the year, month and date when you accepted Jesus as your Savior? It will be profitable and edifying for the future generation if we write an account of the providences of God.
As we write the important occurrences and happenings our faith in God increases. It is good to recollect the goodness of God. The various stages in our faith life will be beneficial to others.
God bless us to be channels of blessings.
Mrs Sheela Jebakumar ✍️
Numbers 33:2 “At the Lord’s command Moses recorded the stages in their journey. This is their journey by stages.”
In Numbers 33, Moses remembers the Israelites’ travels to Canaan step by step, detailing what they saw, where they camped, and what they experienced.
Moses lists the 42 places that the Israelites camped during their forty years in the wilderness.
There are a few other more places which are not mentioned here.
God told Moses to record their journey because He knew the benefit in writing it down.
Writing events down allows us to remember how far the Lord has brought us and brings clarity to situations.
Also Moses’ records allowed the future generations to see God’s faithfulness in the past and maintain hope for the future.
Sometimes we ignore our past because we are so preoccupied by the present.
We become so busy with each day’s to-do list we quickly forget all that God has already done for us.
Just like God had a lot to teach Moses, He has so much He wants to teach us during each stage of life.
So ….. We, too, can keep a record of God’s work in our lives.
Keeping a journal of what we’re learning in the Bible,
memorizing meaningful verses, and
sharing our story are all ways to draw strength for the future from what God’s done in the past.
Take the time to reflect and remember.
Because remembering where God has taken us is, one of the best ways to trust Him with our future.
Spend time each day reflecting on God’s goodness.
Never forget what he has done to us
Give thanks for the ways God has blessed us today.
Jooley Mathew Z