Numbers 10: Come with Me

It is rather interesting to read Numbers chapter 10 in hindsight. Near the end of the chapter, Moses is trying to convince his father-in-law to travel with the Israelites toward the Promised Land.

Num 10:29  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.

At this point, this entire statement was unknown. Obviously, through faith in God Moses knew that God was leading them to a specific place, but he didn’t know the latitude and longitude so to speak. He knew that God would provide, but he did not know how.

However, he tried to bring people with him. Moses might not have understood every detail at the time, but he understood truth about God had told him, and he wanted other people to come as well. He knew that following God works out well for anyone.

This kind of reminds me of reaching out to nonbelievers.

On the surface, we might be intimidated because we do not know everything about Christianity or everything about God. Of course, no one has ever been everything about God (outside of God). However, we might have this type of nervousness in case some type of question comes up that we are not prepared to handle.

However, if we are indeed Christians, we do have one basic truth.

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

We know that we have promises from God that will last forever, and we need to be like Moses and try to bring people with us. We might not know everything about what heaven or eternity will be like, but we do know that is where we want to be in eternal fellowship with God.

On top of that, we have the Holy Spirit with us that will guide our words and help us to say what needs to be said.

It seems to be important then that we continue trying to reach out and minister to others. Even the basic promises of God should be enough to make us want people to come with us to heaven. We might not be theologians or understand every little detail of how eternity will work. However, we know that God has promised salvation to as many as believe. That should be enough for us to want to spread the Gospel.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

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