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            continue to be amazed at the relevance  not to be idolaters or immoral, “as some
            of Scripture. The Bible tells us more  of them were” (vv7-8). Paul exhorts us not
            about ourselves than any other book in  to “put Christ to the test” or “complain,
        history. The first pages of Scripture explain  as some of them did” (vv9-10). Obviously,
        how we got here, God’s desire to fellowship  Paul saw great relevance for us in the
        with us, how that fellowship was broken by  behavior of Israel during their desert trek.
        sin, and God’s promise to ultimately deal   Additionally, the writer to the Hebrews
        with sin forever. We learn about gender   emphasizes the typical meaning of the
        and the institution of marriage. We learn   wilderness experience in chapters 3 and 4,
        about the value of work and how work   warning us not to miss our promised rest
        became burdensome. We even discover   through unbelief and hardness of heart. As
        why childbirth is such a painful ordeal.     we read the New Testament, the parallels
          But we are not far into the text when   between  Israel’s  experiences  and  ours
        we might begin to wonder if the Bible’s   become clear, and valuable lessons are left
        relevance is starting to wear off. Suddenly,   for us to learn.
        we find ourselves immersed in the history   This issue of Truth & Tidings is dedicated
        of one particular nation and that nation’s   to a brief examination of Israel’s journey
        wandering in a wilderness for 40 years. Of   from Egypt to Canaan and its relevance to
        the nearly 4,000 years of human history   us as God’s people today.
        covered in the Old Testament, 40 of those
        consume the books of Exodus, Leviticus,   We will see what God did for His people
        Numbers and Deuteronomy. The timeline   then – and does for us now – by exploring the
        in Genesis, which was moving along so   themes of God’s omnipotence, deliverance,
        quickly, comes to a near standstill. Why?   guidance and sustenance. We will note
        Is it possible that the nation’s wilderness   what God demanded from His people then –
        journey so long ago has relevance for us   and demands from us now – as we trace the
        today, and that the pace has slowed down   weighty subjects of reverence, allegiance,
        for our contemplation? The Bible itself   endurance, dependence and remembrance.
        answers that question in the affirmative.   It will also be shown what God desired for
          Within a description of the many details   His people then – and desires for us now
        of Israel’s wilderness journey (1Co 10:1-11),   – by examining our entrance into God’s
        the apostle Paul says that “these things   rest, as well as Scripture’s many warnings
        happened as examples for us” (v6)  and   against resistance and its consequences.
        “were written for our instruction” (v11). He   Indeed, the Egypt to Canaan sojourn
        admonishes the Corinthians (and us) not  illustrates the whole Christian experience
        to “crave evil things as they did” (v6) and  from bondage to liberty, unfolding God’s
        ¹ All Scripture quotations in this article are from   redemptive plan for His people. And what
        the NET.                             could be more relevant to us than that?

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