March 8, Numbers 33-34

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33 These were the stages of the Israelites’ journey when they went out of the land of Egypt by their military divisions under the leadership of Moses and Aaron. At the Lord’s command, Moses wrote down the starting points for the stages of their journey; these are the stages listed by their starting points:They traveled from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the month. On the day after the Passover the Israelites went out defiantly[a] in the sight of all the Egyptians. Meanwhile, the Egyptians were burying every firstborn male the Lord had struck down among them, for the Lord had executed judgment against their gods. The Israelites traveled from Rameses and camped at Succoth.They traveled from Succoth and camped at Etham, which is on the edge of the wilderness.They traveled from Etham and turned back to Pi-hahiroth, which faces Baal-zephon, and they camped before Migdol.They traveled from Pi-hahiroth[b] and crossed through the middle of the sea into the wilderness. They took a three-day journey into the Wilderness of Etham and camped at Marah.They traveled from Marah and came to Elim. There were twelve springs and seventy date palms at Elim, so they camped there.10 They traveled from Elim and camped by the Red Sea.11 They traveled from the Red Sea and camped in the Wilderness of Sin.12 They traveled from the Wilderness of Sin and camped in Dophkah.13 They traveled from Dophkah and camped at Alush.14 They traveled from Alush and camped at Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink.15 They traveled from Rephidim and camped in the Wilderness of Sinai.16 They traveled from the Wilderness of Sinai and camped at Kibroth-hattaavah.17 They traveled from Kibroth-hattaavah and camped at Hazeroth.18 They traveled from Hazeroth and camped at Rithmah.19 They traveled from Rithmah and camped at Rimmon-perez.20 They traveled from Rimmon-perez and camped at Libnah.21 They traveled from Libnah and camped at Rissah.22 They traveled from Rissah and camped at Kehelathah.23 They traveled from Kehelathah and camped at Mount Shepher.24 They traveled from Mount Shepher and camped at Haradah.25 They traveled from Haradah and camped at Makheloth.26 They traveled from Makheloth and camped at Tahath.27 They traveled from Tahath and camped at Terah.28 They traveled from Terah and camped at Mithkah.29 They traveled from Mithkah and camped at Hashmonah.30 They traveled from Hashmonah and camped at Moseroth.31 They traveled from Moseroth and camped at Bene-jaakan.32 They traveled from Bene-jaakan and camped at Hor-haggidgad.33 They traveled from Hor-haggidgad and camped at Jotbathah.34 They traveled from Jotbathah and camped at Abronah.35 They traveled from Abronah and camped at Ezion-geber.36 They traveled from Ezion-geber and camped in the Wilderness of Zin (that is, Kadesh).37 They traveled from Kadesh and camped at Mount Hor on the edge of the land of Edom. 38 At the Lord’s command, the priest Aaron climbed Mount Hor and died there on the first day of the fifth month in the fortieth year after the Israelites went out of the land of Egypt. 39 Aaron was 123 years old when he died on Mount Hor. 40 At that time the Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev in the land of Canaan, heard the Israelites were coming.41 They traveled from Mount Hor and camped at Zalmonah.42 They traveled from Zalmonah and camped at Punon.43 They traveled from Punon and camped at Oboth.44 They traveled from Oboth and camped at Iye-abarim on the border of Moab.45 They traveled from Iyim[c] and camped at Dibon-gad.46 They traveled from Dibon-gad and camped at Almon-diblathaim.47 They traveled from Almon-diblathaim and camped in the Abarim range facing Nebo.48 They traveled from the Abarim range and camped on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho. 49 They camped by the Jordan from Beth-jeshimoth to the Acacia Meadow[d] on the plains of Moab.

Instructions for Occupying Canaan

50 The Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho, 51 “Tell the Israelites: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 52 you must drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you, destroy all their stone images and cast images, and demolish all their high places. 53 You are to take possession of the land and settle in it because I have given you the land to possess. 54 You are to receive the land as an inheritance by lot according to your clans. Increase the inheritance for a large clan and decrease it for a small one. Whatever place the lot indicates for someone will be his. You will receive an inheritance according to your ancestral tribes. 55 But if you don’t drive out the inhabitants of the land before you, those you allow to remain will become barbs for your eyes and thorns for your sides; they will harass you in the land where you will live. 56 And what I had planned to do to them, I will do to you.”34 The Lord spoke to Moses, “Command the Israelites and say to them: When you enter the land of Canaan, it will be allotted to you as an inheritance[a] with these borders:Your southern side will be from the Wilderness of Zin along the boundary of Edom. Your southern border on the east will begin at the east end of the Dead Sea. Your border will turn south of the Scorpions’ Ascent,[b] proceed to Zin, and end south of Kadesh-barnea. It will go to Hazar-addar and proceed to Azmon. The border will turn from Azmon to the Brook of Egypt, where it will end at the Mediterranean Sea.Your western border will be the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea; this will be your western border.This will be your northern border: From the Mediterranean Sea draw a line to Mount Hor;from Mount Hor draw a line to the entrance of Hamath,[c] and the border will reach Zedad. Then the border will go to Ziphron and end at Hazar-enan. This will be your northern border.10 For your eastern border, draw a line from Hazar-enan to Shepham. 11 The border will go down from Shepham to Riblah east of Ain. It will continue down and reach the eastern slope of the Sea of Chinnereth.[d]12 Then the border will go down to the Jordan and end at the Dead Sea. This will be your land defined by its borders on all sides.”13 So Moses commanded the Israelites, “This is the land you are to receive by lot as an inheritance, which the Lord commanded to be given to the nine and a half tribes. 14 For the tribe of Reuben’s descendants and the tribe of Gad’s descendants have received their inheritance according to their ancestral families,[e] and half the tribe of Manasseh has received its inheritance. 15 The two and a half tribes have received their inheritance across the Jordan east of Jericho, toward the sunrise.”

Leaders for Distributing the Land

16 The Lord spoke to Moses, 17 “These are the names of the men who are to distribute the land as an inheritance for you: the priest Eleazar and Joshua son of Nun. 18 Take one leader from each tribe to distribute the land. 19 These are the names of the men:Caleb son of Jephunneh from the tribe of Judah;20 Shemuel son of Ammihud from the tribe of Simeon’s descendants;21 Elidad son of Chislon from the tribe of Benjamin;22 Bukki son of Jogli, a leader from the tribe of Dan’s descendants;23 from the sons of Joseph:Hanniel son of Ephod, a leader from the tribe of Manasseh’s descendants,24 Kemuel son of Shiphtan, a leader from the tribe of Ephraim’s descendants;25 Eli-zaphan son of Parnach, a leader from the tribe of Zebulun’s descendants;26 Paltiel son of Azzan, a leader from the tribe of Issachar’s descendants;27 Ahihud son of Shelomi, a leader from the tribe of Asher’s descendants;28 Pedahel son of Ammihud, a leader from the tribe of Naphtali’s descendants.”29 These are the ones the Lord commanded to distribute the inheritance to the Israelites in the land of Canaan.

God instructs the Israelites to drive out all of the inhabitants of the promised land before they settle there.  Why?  Because God knows if they stay the foreigners will lead them astray and lead them to worship their false gods. 

God calls us to abandon everything and follow Him.  Why?  Because he knows we are prone to wander and prone to go back to our former ways if we don’t. 

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