February 7, 2023 - Numbers 22-27
To back up, just a bit, and continue the story: Deliverance by the bronze serpent (ch. 21). Water at Beer (21:16). Sihon, king of the Amorites defeated (21:24). Og, the king of Bashan defeated (21:34,35). Balak and his plans against Israel overcome, resulting in a blessing for Israel rather than a curse (chs. 22-24). Israel committing adultery and idolatry at Peor, and after judgment, ultimate deliverance (25:8). Provision for the daughters of Zelophedad (ch. 27).
Every. Step. Of. The. Way. God. Was. Providentially. And. Graciously. Overseeing. Israel. And. Providing. For. Her. As. He. Does. For. Us!
Even if I were to try with all my strength, I could not escape being amazed at how graciously and mercifully God treated Israel and how he has treated me, how he has treated us. Charles Wesley certainly nailed it, didn’t he: “Other refuge have I none; hangs my helpless soul on thee.” To have such a refuge! To rest there!
Jesus, lover of my soul,
let me to thy bosom fly,
while the nearer waters roll,
while the tempest still is high;
hide me, O my Savior, hide,
till the storm of life is past;
safe into the haven guide,
O receive my soul at last!
Other refuge have I none;
hangs my helpless soul on thee;
leave, ah! leave me not alone,
still support and comfort me.
All my trust on thee is stayed,
all my help from thee I bring;
cover my defenseless head
with the shadow of thy wing. -- Charles Wesley (1740)