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Battle

Consider yourself one of the approximate two million Israelites camped east of the Jordan River across from the city of Jericho. You have buried the generation of disobedient adults that decided not to follow the desires of Moses, Joshua and Caleb, and not to enter the Promise Land because you were scared of the "giants." Instead, you wandered for 38 more years. Now, that generation is gone and the instructions of the Lord through Moses are, "You must drive out all the people living there [land of Canaan]. You must destroy all their carved and molten images and demolish all their pagan shrines. Take possession of the land and settle in it because I [the Lord] have given it to you to occupy." (Numbers 33:52-53) The promise remains if the people will but follow these instructions. Paul uses the people of Israel as an illustration of what we are not to do today. He said, "These things happened [in the wilderness wanderings] as a warning to us, so that we would not …

Bulls, Rams, and Lambs

These animals were noted as "clean" in the Old Testament. That meant they could be used for sacrifices to God. Noah was instructed to "take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate…" (Genesis 7:2) and some of these were used on the altar he built and sacrificed on when he came out of the Ark. That's why he needed more of them than just the two of most other kinds of animals on the ark. (8:20) After God had defined sacrifice for sin the Israelites used these animals to cover over their sins, celebrate special festivals, and worship God. Numbers 28-29 repeats instructions as to quantity, quality and additions to these animals in offerings. They were a special reminder that friendship with God required a blood sacrifice and no one was absolved of any sin without first offering the prescribed sacrifice of the blood of an animal. This might seem gory, but God's holiness was protected and His message was clear repeatedly that only through …