Numbers 33: Attack the Enemy
Numbers 33 is a little bit hard to write about because the direct application in our lives is a little bit daunting.
Num 33:51 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan;
Num 33:52 Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places:
Num 33:53 And ye shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it.
God essentially told Moses to tell the people of Israel that they needed to go into the Promised Land and tear everything down. They could not be around the idolatry that was there before. Later in the chapter, He even promised punishment if they didn’t.
Num 33:55 But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.
Num 33:56 Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them.
So, I said that the application of this chapter would be a little bit daunting because as I thought about this chapter, I was thinking about how having Jesus controlling our lives is kind of our Promised Land.
Ideally, when we surrender our lives to Jesus and the will of God, we are walking in a very special place.
However, when we get near that point, we need to tear down anything old that might hold us back. Everyone is different, but I’m sure that this brings up a few thoughts in your mind. We all have areas of weakness that we need to attack, and if we let them stay around, they can easily become a thorn in our side.
We need to take this challenge.