Today’s QT

He Is with Us // Numbers 33:1-37 


1. Here are the stages in the journey of the Israelites when they came out of Egypt by divisions under the leadership of Moses and Aaron.
2. At the LORD’s command Moses recorded the stages in their journey. This is their journey by stages: 
3. The Israelites set out from Rameses on the fifteenth day of the first month, the day after the Passover. They marched out boldly in full view of all the Egyptians,
4. who were burying all their firstborn, whom the LORD had struck down among them; for the LORD had brought judgment on their gods.
5. The Israelites left Rameses and camped at Succoth.
6. They left Succoth and camped at Etham, on the edge of the desert.
7. They left Etham, turned back to Pi Hahiroth, to the east of Baal Zephon, and camped near Migdol.
8. They left Pi Hahiroth and passed through the sea into the desert, and when they had traveled for three days in the Desert of Etham, they camped at Marah.
9. They left Marah and went to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there. 10. They left Elim and camped by the Red Sea.
11. They left the Red Sea and camped in the Desert of Sin.
12. They left the Desert of Sin and camped at Dophkah.
13. They left Dophkah and camped at Alush.
14. They left Alush and camped at Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink.
15. They left Rephidim and camped in the Desert of Sinai.
16. They left the Desert of Sinai and camped at Kibroth Hattaavah.
17. They left Kibroth Hattaavah and camped at Hazeroth.
18. They left Hazeroth and camped at Rithmah.
19. They left Rithmah and camped at Rimmon Perez.
20. They left Rimmon Perez and camped at Libnah.
21. They left Libnah and camped at Rissah.
22. They left Rissah and camped at Kehelathah.
23. They left Kehelathah and camped at Mount Shepher.
24. They left Mount Shepher and camped at Haradah.
25. They left Haradah and camped at Makheloth.
26. They left Makheloth and camped at Tahath.
27. They left Tahath and camped at Terah.
28. They left Terah and camped at Mithcah.
29. They left Mithcah and camped at Hashmonah.
30. They left Hashmonah and camped at Moseroth.
31. They left Moseroth and camped at Bene Jaakan.
32. They left Bene Jaakan and camped at Hor Haggidgad.
33. They left Hor Haggidgad and camped at Jotbathah.
34. They left Jotbathah and camped at Abronah.
35. They left Abronah and camped at Ezion Geber.
36. They left Ezion Geber and camped at Kadesh, in the Desert of Zin.
37. They left Kadesh and camped at Mount Hor, on the border of Edom.


Journey to the Promised Land (33:1–2)
The Israelites’ journey in the wilderness was not only a physical journey but also a spiritual one— it is a testimony of how God provided for a people with no resources, food, or land for forty years. Without His sovereign provision, they surely would have perished. What is recorded here is a detailed account of the places they went, each carefully selected by the LORD as they traveled in the wilderness according to His leading. The LORD led His people with a cloud by day and fire by night. At times, they were told to set up camp and wait. Other times, they were told to gather their belongings and leave at a moment’s notice. What may have seemed like aimless wandering was really God’s gracious hand leading His people every step of the way.
Appointed Promises (33:3–37)
This is one of those passages in the Bible that we might be tempted to skim because it is primarily a list of hard-to-pronounce location names. This list, however, provides an important account of the places where the Israelites camped as they made their way toward the Promised Land. It was God who determined the exact amount of time they would spend in each place, right down to the precise day and hour. Sometimes, we may feel lost and abandoned, but God is always leading us to certain people and places so He can accomplish His purposes through us. Ultimately, He is working through our circumstances to make us more like Christ.


– As you reflect on the personal journeys of your past, do you see God’s hand upon your life? How much have you grown? How far have you traveled?

– Have you ever experienced a transition or waiting period that tested your faith? How did God prove Himself faithful?


Lord, guide me through the wilderness experiences of life. I believe You are in control and that You are leading me through the different seasons of my life. Grant me the grace to persevere, as I claim Your promise that You will be with me always. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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