Christian Community Church is presenting a series of messages from the Book of Numbers. Presentations, including PowerPoint slides and notes, are made about every four-six weeks at the Sunday service.
Numbers is one of the five books of the Torah that was written by Moses during the 38+ years of wandering in the Wilderness (note: the Jewish name for the book is “B’Midbar“, “In the Wilderness“). References and symbols relating to the coming Messiah are throughout the book; Jesus said to the Pharisees, “If you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me.” (John 5:46). Jesus spoke to two discouraged disciples on the Road to Emmaus: “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27) One of the most significant statements about the purpose of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is in John 3:14-15: “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” – this is a reference to an incident in Numbers Chapter 21.
In Numbers, we see God taking the initiative to reestablish the relationship broken by disobedience in the Garden. He institutes signs, symbols and rituals that enable a Holy God to dwell in the midst of the Israelite encampment, looking forward to that time when He will not only be “with” them but “in their midst” to lead them. The Apostle Paul considered the Book of Numbers as a great warning for the Church. Despite the miraculous deliverance from Egypt and the daily appearance of God’s presence and power, the Israelites grumbled and rebelled against Him and His promises on numerous occasions. Correction followed.