Departing From Sinai
|Minister:||Rev. Ronald Van Overloop|
|Psalters:||179, 238, 290, 367|
- The great and terrible wilderness.
- The time of Israel’s departure was 20th day of the 2nd month of the 2nd year after they left Egypt.
- The distance from Sinai to Kadesh-Barnea, the southern border of Canaan, was a journey of 11 days.
- It was a massive group of people, with both families and cattle.
- The formation of the march was set (chapter 2).
- The princes of the 12 tribes had given six covered wagons for the tabernacle (7:1-3).
- The immediate path from Sinai (Horeb) was most forbidding (Deut. 1:19).
- Re. the geography, it is mostly plain of sand and gravel, but it is broken by some valleys.
- Also, this put them among enemies: were hedged between the Edomites and Amalekites and before them the Amorites.
- God’s provision for them.
- First, He continued all the other provisions:
- There was the message of care given in the silver trumpets (10;5,6).
- The trumpets had various functions:
- The sound of the trumpet meant that “ye shall be remembered before Jehovah your God” (9b, 10b).
- God provided Hobab, Moses’ brother-in-law, as a guide (29-32).
- There was the special words Joses was to speak whenever they began and ended a day of marching.
- When they stopped, Moses would said, “Rise up, Jehovah, and let Their enemies be scattered; and let them that hate Thee flee before Thee (35; Ps. 68:1).
- As they stopped Moses again called God to return to the thousands of Israel (36; Ps. 132:8).