Numbers 22:1 The Strongest Hostility

Numbers 22:1 (KJV)
And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho.

The chapters previous to this describe very rapid, may I say even aggressive, movement on the part of Israel toward their goal. It comes to a crescendo here with them finally pitching their tents across Jordan from Jericho, their point of entry to God’s Promised Land. 

These chapters also describe what I think is the strongest hostility Israel had encountered to date:

  • Edom then
  • Arad then
  • Sihon then
  • Og and then
  • Balak hired Balaam to curse Israel

In the midst of these battles there was also:

  • Moses’ sin at the water of American
  • The death of Miriam and Aaron and
  • The murmuring which led to the fiery serpents

And there will be yet more trouble before Joshua led them into their Promised Land. 

It reminds me of Revelation where, when Satan realizes he has little time left and doubles down on his assault against the people of God. 

Be assured, when you start to make spiritual progress, you will in turn face your fiercest battles.
Be assured as well that God is greater than all of the enemies of this world.

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Numbers 22:1 The Strongest Hostility

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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