devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2362
Num 33:16 And they set out from the wilderness of Sinai and camped at Kibroth-hattaavah.
Num 33:17 And they set out from Kibroth-hattaavah and camped at Hazeroth.
Num 33:18 And they set out from Hazeroth and camped at Rithmah.
Num 33:19 And they set out from Rithmah and camped at Rimmon-perez.
Num 33:20 And they set out from Rimmon-perez and camped at Libnah.
Num 33:21 And they set out from Libnah and camped at Rissah.
Num 33:22 And they set out from Rissah and camped at Kehelathah.
Num 33:23 And they set out from Kehelathah and camped at Mount Shepher.
Num 33:24 And they set out from Mount Shepher and camped at Haradah.
Num 33:25 And they set out from Haradah and camped at Makheloth.
Num 33:26 And they set out from Makheloth and camped at Tahath.
Num 33:27 And they set out from Tahath and camped at Terah.
Num 33:28 And they set out from Terah and camped at Mithkah.
Num 33:29 And they set out from Mithkah and camped at Hashmonah.
Num 33:30 And they set out from Hashmonah and camped at Moseroth.
Num 33:31 And they set out from Moseroth and camped at Bene-jaakan.
Num 33:32 And they set out from Bene-jaakan and camped at Hor-haggidgad.
Num 33:33 And they set out from Hor-haggidgad and camped at Jotbathah.
Num 33:34 And they set out from Jotbathah and camped at Abronah.
Num 33:35 And they set out from Abronah and camped at Ezion-geber.
Num 33:36 And they set out from Ezion-geber and camped in the wilderness of Zin (that is, Kadesh).
Num 33:37 And they set out from Kadesh and camped at Mount Hor, on the edge of the land of Edom.
Num 33:38 And Aaron the priest went up Mount Hor at the command of Yahveh and died there, in the fortieth year after the people of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt, on the first day of the fifth month.
Num 33:39 And Aaron was 123 years old when he died on Mount Hor.
Num 33:40 And the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who lived in the Negev in the land of Canaan, heard of the coming of the people of Israel.
Num 33:41 And they set out from Mount Hor and camped at Zalmonah.
Num 33:42 And they set out from Zalmonah and camped at Punon.
Num 33:43 And they set out from Punon and camped at Oboth.
Num 33:44 And they set out from Oboth and camped at Iye-abarim, in the territory of Moab.
Num 33:45 And they set out from Iyim and camped at Dibon-gad.
Num 33:46 And they set out from Dibon-gad and camped at Almon-diblathaim.
Num 33:47 And they set out from Almon-diblathaim and camped in the mountains of Abarim, in the sight of Nebo.
Num 33:48 And they set out from the mountains of Abarim and camped in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho;
Num 33:49 they camped by the Jordan from Beth-jeshimoth as far as Abel-shittim in the plains of Moab.
Pett comments on verse 40: “At this same time had come the Canaanite king of Arad who, living in ‘the South’ (the Canaanite part of the Negeb, compare Genesis 12:9), had ‘heard of the coming of the children of Israel’ and hoped to drive them away (Numbers 21:1-3). There is, in the way that this is put, the indication that the arrival of Israel was news which put fear in the hearts of the Canaanites (compare Numbers 14:14; Deuteronomy 2:25; Exodus 15:14-16). Thus the writer deliberately once more puts us in touch with the history described earlier, which he has deliberately neglected in the middle section. History has, as it were recommenced. ”
Sometimes we have to stop what we are doing long enough to remember that God’s plan is working itself out in our lives. No matter what we face, his will and his purpose will prevail.
LORD, we again surrender today to your purpose, because it will prevail.