Numbers 21

Today we are reading Numbers 21. In this chapter we read about Israel trying to pass through various regions in what is modern day Jordan. “Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, “Let me pass through your land. We will not turn aside into field or vineyard. We will not drink the water of a well. We will go by the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory.” But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. He gathered all his people together and went out against Israel to the wilderness and came to Jahaz and fought against Israel. And Israel defeated him with the edge of the sword and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as to the Ammonites, for the border of the Ammonites was strong.” ‭‭Numbers‬ ‭21‬:‭21‬-‭24‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Water is the most precious resource in arid regions. The nations that Israel encountered east of the Dead Sea and the Jordan River had very little water. Every time Israel wanted to move in the direction of the Promised Land the countries they were about to cross feared they would lose their water supply. As a result, they would go to war over water. In our country water is fairly abundant. In many parts of the world clean water is scarce. What does God want us to do with precious resources? Is there a way that generosity can serve the Gospel? May God cause you to be most generous with your most precious resources. Pastor Tim

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