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A Crisis of Belief: Rebellion in the Wilderness

December 6, 2015 Speaker:

Passage: Numbers 10:33–11:35

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A Crisis of Belief: Rebellion in the Wilderness

Numbers 10:33-11:35

I. Introduction



II.What up with the Book of “Numbers”?



III. God’s Ever-Abiding Presence (Num. 10:33-36)



IV. The People Complain (Num. 11:1-3)



V. Crisis in the Wilderness (Num. 11:4-35)



VI. So what? What now?



VII. Conclusion



“Jesus seems to have seen himself as reliving the experiences of Israel in the wilderness. When invited to turn stones into bread he quoted Deuteronomy 8:3, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Matt. 4:4). His feeding of the five and four thousand (Matt. 14:13ff.; 15:32ff. and parallels) recalls God’s provision for Israel. This parallel is explicitly alluded to in John 6:25ff., where Jesus identifies himself with the true bread from heaven: the disciples must eat his flesh if they would enjoy eternal life.” – Gordon J Wenham