BIBLE BOOT CAMP: NUMBERS
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- •Here's what the girls wrote on the board before the discussion
- •So these two main points kicked off discussion.
- •1. Only God's way will deliver us from our wilderness
- •The Lord has some lessons He wants to teach His people and it looks like they're only going to learn those through some struggle.
- •He leads them to the wilderness.
- •It's hard. They don't like being there. Sometimes it's so bad they wish they were slaves again in Egypt.
- •But everything they try to do is so often not what God wants them to do. If they would follow Him, their lives would be so much better.
- •When we're in the wilderness, we're often there because we try to do things our own way. And when we follow the same method to try to get out, it just doesn't work.
- •2. God is always working for our good, even when we don't understand.
- •If we could only have His perspective, things would be so much easier. But we don't, so we have to trust Him.
- •When things are hard or just not going the way we want, we need to remember that we only see from our limited perspective of our tiny little part of history. He's got a plan for us and He's working it out in the best possible way.
- •It might not look like that to us in the moment, but it would if we could see from His perspective.
- •This is the handout I made for the girls.There's an outline, which can be helpful to notice the flow of the book. I also noted some repeated phrases. This is one of my favorite things to look for in a book of the Bible because it helps point toward big ideas.
- •One big idea is the reminder that God is faithful even when we are faithless.This is constantly on display in Numbers. The people complain and try to do their own thing almost non-stop. But God stays true to them and protects them and guides them to the Promised Land anyway. He does the same for us!
- •Another big idea has to do with how we get to the Promised Land.Moses (who can also represent the Law or works) doesn't end up being the one to lead the people into the Promised Land. That honor goes to Joshua (which is Yeshua, also translated later as Jesus). What we can learn from that is the reminder that it's not my works or obedience that get me into the Promised Land (though obedience is important). Instead, my only way in come from faith in Jesus.
- •My personal biggest take-away/application is to trust God! He knows what He's doing. I just need to follow Him and not complain when things don't go my way, because His way it always better.
- •Hope this is encouraging!