Yesterday morning, following on from our week of prayer, we talked about ‘breaking camp’ from Deuteronomy 1 v 1- 8
These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel in the wilderness east of the Jordan —that is, in the Arabah —opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Dizahab. (It takes eleven days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by the Mount Seir road.) In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the Lord had commanded him concerning them. This was after he had defeated Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, and at Edrei had defeated Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth. East of the Jordan in the territory of Moab, Moses began to expound this law, saying: The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. See, I have given you this land . Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”
Moses is reviewing the Exodus, reminding a new generation that God is faithful despite human failure. If God’s people are faithful they will know success. Moses reviews each stage of Israel’s journey from Sinai to their present camp just East of the Jordan River. Moses applies the lessons of history and challenges the new generation to obey and worship God alone. The three sermons of Moses that make up the bulk of Deuteronomy were delivered just over the Jordan from the Promised Land. The site was just an eleven-day hike from Mount Horeb (Sinai) where God had given His people the Law. But the Law had been given 40 years earlier! What delay disobedience caused. As a church and as individuals, God is committed to bring us to the place of blessing. But the length of time it takes you and me to arrive still depends on our willingness to obey.
Yesterday Morning, was our vision Sunday for 2018 and although we are still thinking about what God has been saying to us throughout the week of prayer, we presented some of the things we are looking to do in the coming months. Each day this week we will look at one item of those plans.
The first thing we are looking to do is continue the momentum of prayer that we have in the church. It was good to see so many people at the prayer meetings throughout the week of prayer and the passion in which people prayed for our town and community. We want to continue that momentum with some additional weeks of prayer later on in the year and explore the possibility of a prayer room in the church where individuals and teams can meet together to pray for our town, community and church.
Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback from the meeting yesterday.