Episode 15

full
Published on:

31st Jan 2021

Numbers 32 -- 34

Book of Numbers #15

Oftentimes, we ask God for help. He provides it and shows us the way, but at the first fork in the road, we drop God's plan and go our merry way.No sooner had Israel reached the outskirts of the promised land that two tribes Gad and Reuben ask Moses to settle in the Transjordan -- which was not part of God's initial plan. Moses initially refuses but a compromise is found and the two tribes take possession of this area.

Four hundred years earlier, Jacob Israel went down to Egypt to meet his son and stayed there. The Israelites had a good life in Goshen but God remained silent through four centuries. Gad and Reuben relied on their eyes to decide what was best for them and they will be two of the first tribes to disappear a mere five hundred years later.

The rest of the tribes listen to Moses as he divides for them Canaan and specifies the boundary of the Promised Land. It is God who gives us our lot in life and it is God who prepares our lot in Heaven.

Be careful not to increase the former at the expense of the latter.

Listen for free

Show artwork for Book of Numbers

About the Podcast

Book of Numbers
Journey to the Promised Land
If Exodus is the face of the Pentateuch turning away from Egypt, Numbers is the turning to the Promised Land. How painful it is sometimes for us to leave what we love behind to follow Love into the wilderness.This series is not a verse-by-verse study of the Book of Numbers; it is a study of the human heart as he learns to leave behind the good of the world for the greatest good:

Duties of the Priesthood: how they must serve the Lord
The celebration of the Second Passover
Israel's fall and the Forty Years of wandering
Rebelling against God
The Test of the Rods and the awful punishment
The death of Aaron
The Snake of Bronze
Balaam the Prophet
The Seventh Month and the First War
Settlement in the Transjordan and final instructions

Numbers is a journey, a long and difficulty, often tragic journey (when seen from man's perspective) of a people who did the impossible: leave behind a land they had settled in for four hundred years and walk into the wilderness towards a war of conquest, a conquest of the Promised Land.If you were an Israelite, would you have liked to leave behind the familiar chores of Egypt -- especially after the ten plagues that had decimated the Egyptians and incapacitated their military power? Goshen, it must be remembered, was unharmed from the plagues and the Israelites could have lived a comfortable life in Goshen.The Lord, the mighty one, brings them out of Egypt into the wilderness and promises He would be by their side during the conquest of Canaan.They don't believe him. How many of us would?Exodus is not a human journey then, for we are all too familiar with man's tendency to sin, fall, betray, steal, lie and kill; the world is filled with stories recounting man's fall. Numbers is the book of the fidelity, constancy and love of the Lord who stays with Israel all through the forty years and never ceases to lead them. Throughout this study, we gain a deeper and more incisive knowledge of the constant presence of God next to us. He is here, he listens, and he rules. "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life," says the Lord in John 14:6. Numbers echoes these words and shows us how God is the way, the life and the truth.Numbers, teaches us about God's way, God's love and his unassailable Truth.

About your host

Profile picture for Michael Mouawad

Michael Mouawad

Michael Joseph Mouawad, aka Naji Mouawad, is a Lebanese-born Maronite. The Maronite Rite is one of the eastern rites of the Catholic Church under the authority of the Pope. The Maronites go back to Antioch and are disciples of Saint Maron--hence the name.

Michael is a husband and a father of seven children. He taught scripture at several churches in the San Diego Area. Predominantly, he taught the bible at Saint Ephrem Maronite Church, and at Saint Margaret in Ocean Side. He chose to teach Scripture for Catholics who wanted to deepen their understanding of the Word of God and who were willing to dive deep into the text. While these studies are not a verse-by-verse examination of the pages, they dive deep into the original meaning. The singular goal of this study is to help every Catholic to live a more biblically-centered life and to understand our present times in light of the Scriptures.

Qorbono--notice no u!--is a Syriac word that means the Mass and the Eucharist. This was the site that Michael maintained for years to share these bible studies with the world and now he is happy to make them available via podcasts for easier access and availability.

Michael is also the author of a high-fantasy epic--The Epic of Ahiram. He has already published five books of that epic and is working on publishing the remaining four. The Epic is evangelization via story-telling. It introduces essential Catholic concepts, including angels, demons, and transubstantiation to a generation of readers who may have grown up never hearing of or understanding these notions.

Michael is a professional Lead Software architect with over twenty years of experience in this field and loves writing code for his own use.