Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wagon Master

O. T. #318 "Wagon Master"
July 10, 2014
Numbers 10-Part 3
And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the Midianite, Moses' father in law. We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the LORD hath spoken good concerning Israel.  Numbers 10:29


When I was a kid, I used to like watching the struggles and challenges which the guys dealt with on the show Wagon Trail. That group of cowboys took people to the unsettled west of our early nation. They met many hardships, from Indian raids to dried up waterholes, sickness and stampedes, rugged terrain and wagon wheels breaking. The wagon master always had help to deal with such things. Similarly, Moses wanted help to lead the two million people.

You will recall that earlier in this chapter, the children of Israel began their journey toward the Promised Land, after camping almost a year around the Sinai Wilderness. The cloud is leading them and the Ark of the Covenant is with them. God was  going before them while in their midst. He reminds the Israelites again, in verse 10, I am the LORD your God.

There is nothing that God cannot do, friends. He wants us to depend upon Him for everything, live by faith and not by sight. He looks into our hearts to see our motives and intentions, as well as our faithfulness to Him.


Now we begin today's lesson in verse 29 reading about Hobab, Moses' brother in law and Raguel (Jethro), Moses' father in law.

At the beginning of the march, Moses attempted to secure the services of his brother in law to act as a "wagon-master" guide for the people. It is not certain whether he accepted this offer or not. However, the context of Judges 4:11 would indicate he did not.  (Falwell)

Moses promised Hobab a portion of the inheritance of Israel within the land if he would come. Numbers does not explicitly state whether Hobab responded to Moses or not. but Judges 1:16 implies that Hobab agreed to Moses' request. Later, he joined with Judah in the conquest of the land and did receive the blessing of dwelling in the land.  (MacArthur)

When someone wants our help in God's Kingdom work, do we pray about our answer before giving it?

Even though the journey is hard  and the road is long, the One who goes before me will help me carry one. (from a song)
Keep moving for Jesus and carrying the Gospel.


Seek the Lord's will when asked to help in our church or ministry.

Surrender my will to His.

Honor the Lord in all I do.

Be ready to move when He says so.

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