Numbers 20b - 21

Thursday Evening Bible Study

March 25, 2010


Do people see Jesus? Is the gospel preached? Does it speak to the broken hearted? Does it build up the church? Milk – Meat – Manna Preach for a decision

The nation of Israel was miraculously set free from their slavery in Egypt by the mighty works of a gracious God.

They spent their first year out of Egypt at the base of Mount Sinai where Moses received the commandments of God and they built their portable worship center called the Tabernacle.

Their journey from Sinai into the Promised Land should have taken two weeks, but because the people were not willing to trust God to help them, they ended up wandering in the wilderness for forty years.

The book of Numbers covers that period of forty years where the nation learns to grow up and become a lean, mean, fighting machine.

We are now at the end of the forty years, and the people have made a big circle back to Kadesh, the gateway to the Promised Land.

Kadesh – “holy”

They are going to start taking the steps necessary before crossing the border into the land of Canaan, the Promised Land.

20:14 –21 Edom says “no”

:14 Now Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom. “Thus says your brother Israel: ‘You know all the hardship that has befallen us,

:14 Kadesh = “holy” – where Israel has camped out, getting ready to head into Canaan.

:14 Edom – Isaac and Rebekah had twin sons named Esau and Jacob.  The Edomites were the descendants of Esau and the Israelites were the descendants of Jacob.

:14 Seir is one possible location for the king of Edom.

:15 how our fathers went down to Egypt, and we dwelt in Egypt a long time, and the Egyptians afflicted us and our fathers.

:16 When we cried out to the Lord, He heard our voice and sent the Angel and brought us up out of Egypt; now here we are in Kadesh, a city on the edge of your border.

:16 the Angel – the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night.

:17 Please let us pass through your country. We will not pass through fields or vineyards, nor will we drink water from wells; we will go along the King’s Highway; we will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory.’ ”

:17 the King’s Highway

This was an ancient highway that ran between the Gulf of Aqaba and Damascus.  By the time of Numbers, this road had been in existence 600-800 years.

One of the places it would pass through would be the ancient city of Sela, or “Petra”.

:18 Then Edom said to him, “You shall not pass through my land, lest I come out against you with the sword.”

:19 So the children of Israel said to him, “We will go by the Highway, and if I or my livestock drink any of your water, then I will pay for it; let me only pass through on foot, nothing more.”

:20 Then he said, “You shall not pass through.” So Edom came out against them with many men and with a strong hand.

:21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his territory; so Israel turned away from him.

The Edomites weren’t about to let this mass of two million people come through and destroy their land.

20:22-29 Aaron dies

:22 Now the children of Israel, the whole congregation, journeyed from Kadesh and came to Mount Hor.

:22 Hor – “mountain”

The Hebrew here is actually hōr hāhār, or “mountain of mountains”

There are two places called Mount Hor – one at the northern border of Israel, probably Mount Hermon.  The other one is located in the south, in modern Jordan, near the city of ancient Petra.

:23 And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in Mount Hor by the border of the land of Edom, saying:

:24 “Aaron shall be gathered to his people, for he shall not enter the land which I have given to the children of Israel, because you rebelled against My word at the water of Meribah.

:25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up to Mount Hor;

:26 and strip Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son; for Aaron shall be gathered to his people and die there.”

:26 gathered to his people – he is going to join his ancestors in Paradise, in death.

Imagine being told that this was the day you were going to die!

:27 So Moses did just as the Lord commanded, and they went up to Mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.

:28 Moses stripped Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there on the top of the mountain. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain.

:28 garments – these were the high priest’s garments.  They represented the job that Aaron had, as high priest.

Giving the garments to Eleazar was like passing the baton.  As soon as the clothes are switched, Aaron dies.

An interesting picture:  When our job is finished, we change clothes and go home.

:29 Now when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, all the house of Israel mourned for Aaron thirty days.

21:1-3 Canaanites defeated at Hormah

:1 The king of Arad, the Canaanite, who dwelt in the South, heard that Israel was coming on the road to Atharim. Then he fought against Israel and took some of them prisoners.

:2 So Israel made a vow to the Lord, and said, “If You will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.”

:3 And the Lord listened to the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites, and they utterly destroyed them and their cities. So the name of that place was called Hormah.

:3 utterly destroyed them

This may sound a bit extreme. 

There are several problems involved:

1.  We have a warped sense of justice today.
In today’s society, we have an unjust view of when death is wrong.

It’s wrong to kill whales.  But it’s okay to kill unborn children.

The Bible, on the other hand, condemns murder, but not punishment for criminal behavior.
2.  People don’t understand who the Canaanites were.
These were a people who had a HUGE morality problem. 

They worshipped their gods with crude sexual practices, or even with human sacrifices.

When they built their houses, they protected themselves from evil spirits by killing their babies and burying them in pots in the foundations of their houses.

God would use Israel as a tool of judgment on these wicked people.

:3 Hormah – “destruction”

This is not the first time they’ve been to this place.  The last time they were here was forty years earlier, when the spies gave the bad news about the giants, and the people initially refused to go into the Promised Land.  After God said that they were to turn around and go back into the wilderness, some people decided they would change their mind and try going without God.

(Nu 14:44–45 NKJV) 44 But they presumed to go up to the mountaintop. Nevertheless, neither the ark of the covenant of the Lord nor Moses departed from the camp. 45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwelt in that mountain came down and attacked them, and drove them back as far as Hormah.

This time is different.  This time they followed God’s leading and asked for His help.


Defeat or Defeated

You can’t get away from the battles.
There will be times in life that are going to be just plain difficult.
Will you defeat the enemy or will you be defeated?
Even when the difficulty looks to others as if you’ve lost, you haven’t.
(2 Co 4:7–12 NKJV) —7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death is working in us, but life in you.

It’s about where your focus is. 

If my focus is on doing my own thing, following my own leading, then I’m in trouble.

If my focus is on the Lord and following Him, then no matter what the outcome is, I am not truly defeated.

21:4-9 The Bronze Serpent

:4 Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way.

:4 discouraged

It would have been so much easier to have just taken this “King’s Highway” north, past the Dead Sea, and then hang a left into the Promised Land.

Instead they have to take a huge detour to the east around the land of Edom.


Life’s Detours

Sometimes things don’t go as easy as we wish they would.
They were getting impatient.  They were ready to do this “Promised Land” thing, and now they are faced with a detour.
When we get impatient, trouble’s right around the corner.

That’s one of the tricks a good salesman will use to get you to break down and buy something.  He’ll get you to think that if you don’t buy it now, right now, that it’s going to be gone, or you’ll lose your good deal.

One of the signs of spiritual maturity, one of the “fruit of the Spirit” is “patience”.
(Ga 5:22 NKJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering
(Jas 1:2–4 NKJV) —2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

“patience” is linked with “perfect”, being “mature” (Greek:  teleios, “finished”, “complete”)

James is saying that we ought to learn to “enjoy the detours”.

You can complain about the detours or you can learn to enjoy them.


I really like my GPS app on my phone.  When I go visit someone in a place I’ve never been, I don’t worry anymore about getting lost when I’m driving by myself.  As long as my GPS is working, I can make all kinds of wrong turns and it gets me back on track.  Yesterday I went to visit Dan Dalke.  He’s no longer at the USC county hospital, but has been moved to a nursing home in Inglewood.  Probably not the best part of town.  There was a strange mixture of adult book stores and churches.  Low rider Cadillacs.  I was concerned when the nursing home’s parking lot had a security fence around it and I had to park on the street.  And though I have to admit at times I was a little uncomfortable, it was also kind of cool being in a place I’ve never been before.  One of the cool things about Dan’s nursing home is that it faces a huge, beautiful park.  When I found Dan, he was in a chair with a view of this gorgeous park. 

You can complain or learn to enjoy it.

:5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.”

:5 worthless bread

This is how they’re describing the manna.

If we judged what manna was all about by their comments, we wouldn’t be too excited about it.
Moses told us what it tasted like:

(Ex 16:31 NKJV) —31 And the house of Israel called its name Manna. And it was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

The Psalmist calls it “bread of angels” –

(Ps 78:24–25 NKJV) —24 Had rained down manna on them to eat, And given them of the bread of heaven. 25 Men ate angels’ food; He sent them food to the full.

They didn’t go hungry, they had an abundance.  Problem was it was just all food that was good for them.


Hunger for good things.

We’ve often talked about how manna is kind of like the word of God.  We need to read it daily to feed ourselves.  But if we’re not careful, it can become “boring” to us.  We can get tired of reading it or listening to Bible Studies.
I find that most of the time this happens to me, it’s not the teacher that’s the problem, it’s my heart.
(Pr 27:7 NKJV) —7 A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
Am I “hungry” to hear from God?
(Mt 5:6 NKJV) —6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.

:6 So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.

:6 fiery serpents

Did the serpents actually breathe fire?  Or did their bites hurt like a burn?  Maybe their coloring was similar to fire?  Some translations (NIV) translate the Hebrew “venomous snakes”, but the actual word is saraph which means “burning”, the same word that is the root of “seraphim”, or “burning ones”, the angels around the throne of God.

The serpents were a judgment on the people’s complaining.

Paul wrote to the Corinthians that the things that happened to Israel in the wilderness were for our instruction, so we could learn from their mistakes.
(1 Co 10:9 NKJV) nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents;

They “tried” the Lord, ekpeirazo - to test thoroughly, tempt;

I see this as “putting God’s patience to the test”, “you’re really testing my patience”

The idea of “just how far can I go and get away with it”.

:7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

Moses has been so faithful over the last forty years to constantly intercede for the people.

Last week we saw Moses lose his temper with the people and their constant complaining.  But this time Moses handles the complaining okay.  He prays.

It looks as if God’s discipline has worked, Moses simply intercedes for the people.

:8 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.”

:9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

:9 Moses made a bronze serpent

Some have suggested that this is the origin of the sign for physicians.  Perhaps not.  A Caduceus was also a winged pole with two serpents, carried by the Greek mythological god Hermes.

Later on, the people would start to worship this bronze serpent.

Seven hundred years later, King Hezekiah would finally take the thing, break it to pieces, and get rid of it.
(2 Ki 18:4 NKJV) He removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan.

“Nehushtan” means simply, “a thing of brass”.

The people had taken something that was meant to heal them, and turned it into an idol.


Turning Good into Idolatry

That’s our tendency, to always be getting our eyes off of God, Who really did the work, and put it on material things, which don’t count for much.
Idols (this became an idol) are often found when people aren’t experiencing a fresh work of God.  Instead we think back to when we “really were close to God” and find ourselves focusing on something like a concert, or a certain pastor or speaker.
I think this is why some churches have written prayers and chant ancient songs.
There was a time when God answered a certain prayer in a magnificent way, and the people got to thinking that this was the way to pray…
The sad thing is that we can take something that has been a wonderful tool in God’s hands, and turn it into something that takes us away from God Himself.
Sometimes when I’m not careful, I get to thinking back to “the good old days of the Jesus Movement”.  But could it be that the best days are still ahead?

:9 when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived

Whenever any person got bit by one of these snakes, all he had to do was to find the bronze serpent and look up at it.  That’s it.

He didn’t have to utter some magic formula.
He didn’t have to do some impossible deed.
Just look at the thing of brass.

A person might get bit by a snake and immediately he’s faced by the thought, “Do I believe that looking at a brass snake is going to do me any good?”

What good does looking up at a bronze snake do?

It’s a physical act that demonstrates faith in God to heal.

Then God would see that that person chose to follow after God’s provision rather than disobey God’s ways, and God would respond by healing that person.
I wonder if anyone was ever bit by a snake, and refused to look up at the serpent, and then died of his snake bite?


Looking to Jesus.

Jesus chose this incident to illustrate what it was like to be saved.
(Jn 3:14–16 NKJV) —14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
What was Jesus saying?
1.  He would be lifted up.

The serpent was lifted up on a pole.

Jesus was to be lifted up on a cross.

2.  Salvation comes from believing.

Jesus, on a cross, would be placed before the world.

The world only has to believe enough to look to Him and trust Him to save them to receive eternal life.

21:10-20 From Hor to Moab

:10 Now the children of Israel moved on and camped in Oboth.

:11 And they journeyed from Oboth and camped at Ije Abarim, in the wilderness which is east of Moab, toward the sunrise.

:12 From there they moved and camped in the Valley of Zered.

:13 From there they moved and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that extends from the border of the Amorites; for the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.

:14 Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the Lord: “Waheb in Suphah, The brooks of the Arnon,

:14  the Book of the Wars of the Lord

We do not have a copy of this book.

:15 And the slope of the brooks That reaches to the dwelling of Ar, And lies on the border of Moab.”

See map of “Transjordan Conquest”

The people are going around the land of Edom on the east side.

The Arnon River is the ancient boundary between Moabites and the Amorites, but also the Moabites and the Ammonites.

If you looked at a map of the land east of Israel, the Bashan and Og’s kingdom would be at the top, then the Ammonites, then Sihon’s kingdom, then the Moabites, and in the south the Edomites.

:16 From there they went to Beer, which is the well where the Lord said to Moses, “Gather the people together, and I will give them water.”

:16 Beer – Hebrew for “well”

:17 Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well! All of you sing to it—

:18 The well the leaders sank, Dug by the nation’s nobles, By the lawgiver, with their staves.” And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah,

:17 Spring up, O well – When was the last time Israel needed water?

Num.20:2-13  The waters of Meribah

The people complained.
Moses got mad.
Where Moses disobeyed by not speaking to the rock, but striking it.
We talked about how the Rock was Jesus (1Cor.10), and the picture God was trying to make:  Striking the rock the first time (Jesus smitten for us), then speak to the rock (just believe in Him) to receive water.

And now the people are singing to the well!

I know that it says that the leaders dug the well, but it’s neat that the people were singing to it.
I can’t help but think of the Rivers of Living Water (John 7:37-39) that spring up in us as we worship God in song.
This seems to be where the song “I’ve Got a River of Life” comes from (at least partly).
I can’t but help think that the people are finally getting it.  They are doing a little better, at least with the water.

:19 from Mattanah to Nahaliel, from Nahaliel to Bamoth,

:20 and from Bamoth, in the valley that is in the country of Moab, to the top of Pisgah which looks down on the wasteland.

:20 in the country of Moab

See map of “Transjordan Conquest”

There are a few things that happened that are not in the account in Numbers.  We get the details later from Moses in the book of Deuteronomy.

When Israel was denied permission by Edom to travel through their land, God warned Israel that He wouldn’t give them any of the Edomite land.
At the same time, God also tells Israel not to hassle the Moabites (Deut.2:9) either.
As we’re going to see in chapters 22-25, it’s too bad that Moab didn’t know this at the time, or else they might not have given Israel so much trouble!

:20 Pisgah

Also known as Mount Nebo.

Show “Kadesh to Pisgah” map video

A mountain a few miles due east of the northeast edge of the Dead Sea, almost to the Plains of Moab across from Jericho.

This is where Moses viewed the promised land before his death (Deut.34:1).

Even though we will see the Israelites move northward and conquer two Amorite kingdoms, they will come back here to cross the Jordan and enter the Promised Land.

21:21-32 Sihon Defeated

:21 Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying,

:21 Sihon - Sihon’s capital was in Heshbon (see map)

This fight with Sihon was the turning point for Israel.  God seems to have considered this the beginning of their taking the Promised Land (Deut. 2:24-25)

(Dt 2:24–25 NKJV) —24 “ ‘Rise, take your journey, and cross over the River Arnon. Look, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land. Begin to possess it, and engage him in battle. 25 This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the nations under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you, and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.’

Sihon, along with the next king, Og, though we don't think about them much, were quite significant parts of Israel's history.

Sihon alone, outside our passage here in Numbers 21, is found in 27 others verses in the Bible! Even by Solomon's time (some 400 years later) that part of the country, Gilead, was known as Sihon's kingdom. (1Ki.4:19)

The battle here would be so important, that God would use this victory to shake up future enemies!

At Jericho

(Jos 2:10–11 NKJV) —10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.

For the Gibeonites, it was the same thing, they had heard about Israel’s victories (Josh.9:9-10)


One victory builds on another.

God often uses the victories in our past to build upon, preparing us for future battles!
(1 Sa 17:34–37 NKJV) —34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
Even if you've suffered a few defeats, remember that God is able to give you victory again.

:22 “Let me pass through your land. We will not turn aside into fields or vineyards; we will not drink water from wells. We will go by the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory.”

God promised victory over Sihon (Deut.2:24), so, Israel knew that they were going to have a battle on their hands.

Yet their emissaries came with a message of peace, not war.

They didn’t provoke the actual conflict.


Don’t start the fight.

You may have problems with certain people, and God may give you a measure of victory with them, but you are not to be the one to provoke the conflict.
(Ro 12:18 NKJV) —18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

:23 But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. So Sihon gathered all his people together and went out against Israel in the wilderness, and he came to Jahaz and fought against Israel.

Jahaz (see map)

:24 Then Israel defeated him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as the people of Ammon; for the border of the people of Ammon was fortified.

:24 Israel defeated him

Though it is Israeli men wielding Israeli weapons, later on Israel would realize that it was God who was doing the real battle.

(Dt 31:4 NKJV) And the Lord will do to them as He did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites and their land, when He destroyed them.


God’s deliverance, my hand.
We can get the idea sometimes that if I’m “trusting in the Lord” with my problems, that I can’t be doing anything about it.
And sometimes it does mean standing back and doing nothing

Moses was told at the Red Sea:  “Stand by and see the salvation ...” (Ex.14:13)

But sometimes, like here, trusting in God can mean getting up and letting God lead you to do something.

:24  from the Arnon to the Jabbok

This was the territory of the Amorites, of Sihon.

Arnon was Moab's border (though it had extended north of the Arnon before Sihon captured it).
The Jabbok was the Ammonite border.
God had warned Israel not to take the land of the Ammonites (Deut.2).
The Jabbok river was halfway between the Dead Sea and Kinnereth (Galilee).

:25 So Israel took all these cities, and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon and in all its villages.

:26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab, and had taken all his land from his hand as far as the Arnon.

:26  Heshbon

Sihon's capital.  Located east and slightly north of the north edge of the Dead Sea.  See map.

:27 Therefore those who speak in proverbs say:  “Come to Heshbon, let it be built;  Let the city of Sihon be repaired.

:27-29  Sihon's song

Apparently this was one of the top forty tunes of Sihon's day, after he had captured all this territory from the Moabites.

:28 “For fire went out from Heshbon,  A flame from the city of Sihon;  It consumed Ar of Moab,  The lords of the heights of the Arnon.

:29 Woe to you, Moab!  You have perished, O people of Chemosh!  He has given his sons as fugitives,  And his daughters into captivity,  To Sihon king of the Amorites.

:29 Chemosh

The god of the Moabites.

He was known in other places as Moloch or Milcom.
Chemosh was worshipped by burning your children to him.

:30 “But we have shot at them;  Heshbon has perished as far as Dibon.  Then we laid waste as far as Nophah,  Which reaches to Medeba.”

Israel took Sihon’s tune and did a “remix”, adding verse 30 which talked about their victory.

:31 Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites.

:32 Then Moses sent to spy out Jazer; and they took its villages and drove out the Amorites who were there.

21:33-35 Og Defeated

:33 And they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. So Og king of Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.

:33 Bashan

Another term for the land of Gilead, the land east of the Jordan to the north, east of the sea of Galilee (or, Kinnereth).

:34 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have delivered him into your hand, with all his people and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.”

:35 So they defeated him, his sons, and all his people, until there was no survivor left him; and they took possession of his land.

:33 Og

Og was no ordinary guy, he was a giant.

(Dt 3:11 NLT) (King Og of Bashan was the last survivor of the giant Rephaites. His bed was made of iron and was more than thirteen feet long and six feet wide. It can still be seen in the Ammonite city of Rabbah.)
The Rephaim were a race of giants.
A bed that’s 13 ½ feet long and 6 feet wide!  That’s a BIG bed!
Goliath wasn’t the only giant in the Bible.

The Israelites were originally afraid of going into the Promised Land because of the giants (Num. 13-14).  And yet here they are conquering a giant before they have even crossed the border.

Life is full of giants.  You won’t be able to avoid them.
The truth is, God is bigger than the giants.

:34  Do not fear him

Even though Og and his surroundings were huge, God was bigger.

What kind of fears do you face?


Don’t be afraid

Why should I not be afraid?
1.  God loves me
(Zec 2:8 NKJV) For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.
2.  God is on my side
(Ro 8:31 NKJV) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
3.  God is much bigger than my enemies
(1 Jn 4:4 NKJV) You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
4.  God’s will is good.
(what if God’s will for me is a terrible thing and I won’t be able to take it?)
(Je 29:11 NKJV) —11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.