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God WILL Do What He Promised!

Numbers 21:4-6 New International Version (NIV)

The Bronze Snake 4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea,[a] to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this iserable food!” 6 Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died.

Monday - March 15

This passage comes near the end of the 40 years that Israel wandered in the wilderness (Exodus). God rescued the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and wanted to lead them directly into the Promised Land. However, they were afraid and did not trust God’s promise and aid, even after all He had done for them. Their punishment? 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. But still God never abandoned them. God provided quail and a bread-like substance called manna to eat every day. God provided water when they needed it. It was a “test” of their faith. Would they learn to trust in God’s promises? Yet, after 40 years they complained and wished they were still slaves in Egypt. Complaining is nasty, rebellious act. The complainer thinks they are the judge and that they know what is right. Faith is the sure confidence that God will do what He has promised to do.

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