For with joy you go out, and with peace you are brought in–the mountains and the hills break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field clap the hands. ~ Isaiah, 55:12
The departures of the children of Israel started with great joy and boldness, as they went out of the land of their enslavement, Egypt. Troop by troop, family by clan, tribe by tribe, they set out from Rameses, the morrow of the Passover:
“…the children of Israel started out defiantly, in plain view of all the Egyptians [Numbers 33:3]”.
Great victories were won over their former slave-masters! The Egyptians were now occupied in burying their first-born,
“…whom the LORD had struck down…whereby the LORD executed judgment on their gods [v.4]”.
Here are the departures and encampments in the Exodus:The children of Israel, over a million, led out by Moses and Aaron depart Rameses and camp at Succoth, in the biblical land of Goshen, near Wadi Tumilat, in the delta region of the Nile River[v.5; Exodus 12:37; 13:20].
- Succoth [Sukkot, in Hebrew] the first camp the first step to having a safe, strong relationship with Elohim, the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Succoth = booths, or huts, made of entwined branches. Elohim desired the Israelites be branches in the Branch entwined in branches in the Vine. The Messiah, the Branch [Isaiah 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5, 33:15, Zechariah 3:8, 6:12], proclaims He is the Branch or Vine, and we are the branches. There we are safe, strong and fruitful.
He who stays in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit. Because without Me, you are able to do nothing. [John/ Yohanan 15:5]
- During the Feast of Tabernacles, which is Sukkot, we dwell in entwined booths [Leviticus 23:42-43] to remember the Exodus . We “tabernacle” or dwell with Elohim for 7 days, and He tabernacles with us [ImmanuEl, with us (is) El, Isaiah 7:14] .* “Dwell” in Hebrew , is also “marry” or “tarry“, as in Psalm 91:1,
He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. [Abide means to “reside, permanently”!
- departed Sukkoth [departed their booths or tabernacle with Adonai]—> to camp at Etham —>
They depart Sukkot, camp in Etham [contemplation; still in Egypt], then enter the edge of the wilderness: the “mouth of the gorges”, Pnai-Hachiroth, near “Ba’al of winter or lord of North”, Ba’al Tzephon. Numbers 33:7 gives no other information.
- Ba’al Tzephon was an Egyptian diety of the sea and commerce and “North” refers to the “dark” side, in Hebrew, often. It can be surmised the Israelites ‘ hearts may have been turning to other elohim, gods of Egypt , thus entering a “danger” zone!
Worship of the Almighty, in a “mountain top” experience, with revelation and vows of commitment often are followed by tests and trials, dry periods not “hearing” from God nor being “filled” by His Spirit. At this point many turn back, to old ways, old gods, and old enemies [Exodus 14:9]. And fear can set in and overcome [v.10].
Often believers are in “camp” near their “enemies”. “Powers and principalities of darkness” all around us. But..camp “opposite” these “ba’al’s”, standing with all the armor ! We know the Presence goes before us, behind us, and beside us.
“The column of cloud did not cease by day, nor the column of fire by night [Ex.13:22]”.
Moshe [Moses] reminds the people [who had already witnessed the miracles in the 10 plagues], ” Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the deliverance of Yehovah…Yehovah fights for you, and you keep silent [14: 13-14]!”
“And I shall harden the heart of Pharaoh, and he shall pursue them. But I AM to be esteemed through Pharaoh … and the Egyptians shall know that I AM Yehovah [Ex. 14:4]”!
Map of the Nile river. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
- Yehovah turned them back to Pi Hachiroth [mouth of gorges, entering deep danger], opposite Ba’al Tzephon [lord of winter or the north =darkness, cold], near Migdol, [tower, fortress] west of the Red Sea, [?symbolic of blood, red glow from its habitat?] —>
- Adonai has them pass over miraculously through the midst of the sea [*Red, as in the blood, and/ or Sea of Reeds, qanah, in Hebrew, to bow or bend as in worship*]; the Israelites are cleansed and immersed, to new life in Adonai, while the enemy is drowned; depart into the wilderness of Etham or Shur, 3 days —->
- travel the wilderness, 3 days, to camp at Marah, [bitter, to be or make]; after complaints, bitter waters were made sweet by a tree, Ex.15:25, a foreshadow of Messiah’s miracle, His death at Golgotha on the tree, sweetening & transforming our lives ; there Yehovah made a judgement and a ruling and tested them and became their Yehovah-Rophecah, Yehovah- Your Healer [v.26]; 7 miles E of the Red Sea, East is direction of eternity!—>
- they moved from “bitter” Marah & came to Eylim, [palms, plural for “ayil”, strength, chief, oak, ram];Eylim [Elim] is an oasis of 12 springs [symbolic for the 12 tribes] or fountains, wells of water [“ayin“, for “out of his [a believer in Messiah] belly shall flow rivers of living water” [Yochanan/ John 7:38]; and 70 palm trees (70 elders were chosen to rise up on Mt. Sinai [Ex. 24:1 & 9]; Yeshua sends out 70 to witness [Luke 10:1 & 17] ). —->
- they moved from Eylim and encamped by the Sea of Reeds [the northern end of the Suez Gulf, by the Red Sea]; reeds or canes are bamboo like branches, empty or hollow inside, which bend and bow in the flow of the stream! [we are to empty ourselves and “go with the flow” of the Ruach HaKadosh, the Holy Spirit!]—>
- they took their journey from the Sea of Reeds, and encamped in the wilderness of Tzin [Sin, to prick or pierce; a craggy rock]; this happens to believers: immersed in the water of Life, purified, washed in the blood of Yeshua, then “pricked” or pierced by roughness in the journey of life; surely the Messiah was pierced because of our sin and transgressions [Isaiah 53, Zechariah 12:10].—>
- they took their journey out of the wilderness of Tzin, and encamped in Dophkah [to beat, press severe, knock]; from the wilderness prick, to be beaten, pressed down, knocked out as in a fight; the grapes here are pressed to get the fine wine; the gold is beaten to create the light! No promises but that He will be with you to the end, eternal life with Him!—->
- somewhere in the wilderness between Eylim and Senai, they received the Manna from Heaven [Ex. 16:4] and the quail [v.12]; the Israelites were taught to have their way in Adonai’s Torah, to work 6 days and rest on the 7th. A pot of Manna, the Bread, was stored up to be kept as the Testimony before Yehovah [v.33], representing Messiah in the ark. —>
- they departed from Dophkah [beat], and encamped in Alush [wild, knead as in punched down (dough); again referring to Messiah, the Bread of life, punched down for us; Isaiah 53].—>
- they moved from Alush and encamped at Rephidim [balusters or railings], for support; there was no water for the people to drink. “Rephidim” derives from “raphad“, to spread, to comfort, refresh! Out of our discomfort, our dry periods, our valleys, come the waters of regeneration and transformation. No water for over 2 million! Out of our difficulties come our miracles! The Rock, in Horev [17:2-7], a foreshadow of our Messiah, is smitten one time, for our sin, and out of it comes living water, “so that people may drink”! Moshe calls the place Massah [a testing, a trial, of Adonai] and Meribah [quarrel, provocation].
- “Then came Amalek, [descendants of Esau, twin of Ya’akov, Jacob; head of 12 Arabian princes] , and fought with Yisrael in Rephidim” [v.8-13]. Aaron and Hur held up Moshe’s hands while Joshua defeated Amelek and their people “with the edge of the sword” [the 2 edged sword = the Word]! Then came the trial, but then came the miracle, through the power of praise, prayer and the Word! Yehovah-Nissi, Yehovah my Banner will utterly erase the remembrance of Amelek , because his hand is on His throne [v.14-16]!—>
- they departed from Rephidim, and camped in the wilderness of Senai [Sinai] (Exodus 19:2), “before the mount [of Elohim]”. Moshe went up to Elohim, “and Yehovah called to him out of the mountain…:
“You have seen what I did to the Mitzrim [Egyptians], and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will obey My voice indeed, and guard My brit [covenant], then you shall be a peculiar treasure to Me, above all peoples: for all the earth is Mine [v.4-6]…”.
- And at Senai [Sinai : thorny], the word of Elohim spoke The Torah [instructions] (Ex.20 -23:33). After burnt offerings and peace offerings, Moshe sprinkled half of the blood on the altar. And the people said,” All that Yehovah has said will we do , and be obedient [v.7].” Moshe sprinkled blood on the people, the blood sealing the covenant!
- And it came to pass, Exodus 24-Numbers 10, the cloud of Yehovah upon them, they depart out of Senai, —>
“Rise up Yehovah, and let Your enemies be scattered; and let them that hate You flee before You [Numbers 10:35]…”.
- they moved from the desert of Senai, and camped at Kibroth–Hattaavah, graves of longing or tombs of delight: because there they buried people that lusted again after meat: Yehovah rained quail on them for days, which they asked for, and then smote them with a very great plague [11:10-34].—->
- they departed from Kibroth-Hattaavah and encamped at Hatzeroth [inclosed yards, a court, tower, village or hamlet, surrounded ]: here Miryam and Aaron broke rank to speak against their brother, Moshe and his Ethiopian wife; Miryam becomes leprous, healed only by the intercessory prayers of her brother, Moshe [12:1-15]! Yehovah surely enclosed Moshe with avid love , “…with him will I speak mouth to mouth [or face to face]…” and respect!—->
- the people, after waiting 7 days for cleansing of Miryam, left from Hatzeroth, and camped in the wilderness of Paran; from here 12 are sent to spy out the land of Kanaan [Canaan]. And again the people provoke Yehovah with murmurs, complaints and fear. He turns them back to the Sea of Reeds, and curses them not to enter the promised land [14:22-24] those “who have seen My esteem and the signs..have tried Me now these ten times, and have disobeyed My voice…but My servant Kaleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me completely…”. The 10 men who brought an evil report died by the plague and the Amaleqites smote the people without the Ark of the Covenant nor blessings of Moshe [v.26-45].—>
- they departed from Hatzeroth, and camped in Rithmah [juniper or broom tree, with pole-like branches] (Numbers 33:18]. “Rithmah” derives from “ratham”, to yoke up or bind. Messiah the Branch says His yoke is easy, His burden is light [Mattityahu/Matthew 11:29-30]”! The burden of the world is heavier, sin weighing it down.
- And they departed from Rithmah, and camped at Rimmon-Parez [pomegranate of the Breach]. The pomegranate is a red skin fruit, filled with 613 seeds, symbolic of the 613 “laws” in the Torah, covered in the blood; when pressed, it releases healing juice. Pomegranates lined the hems of the priests’ robes and columns in Solomon’s Temple [Ex. 39:25, 1 Kings 7:18, 20, 42]. “Rimmon” derives from “ramam”, to RISE, EXALT, get oneself up, lift up self, or mount! Yehovah broke His covenant with the grumblers [Num.14:34 “…you shall know My breaking off…”] but binds up the breach of His people [Isaiah 30:26] who “shall be called Repairer of the breach [Isaiah 58:12]…”! Yehovah is gracious and long-suffering, providing fruit in the breach, for us to rise up and exalt His Name! —>
- And they departed from Rimmon-Parez, and camped in Libnah [a white tree, from “laban“, to make white. Frankincense used at the golden altar burns white. Our prayers , as believers, are white smoke rising to the very throne of Elohim [Revelation 4, 8]. Our scarlet sins shall be white as snow, if we reason with Yehovah, submit and obey [Isaiah 1:16-20]. Saints shall be dressed in robes of white, as the priests, in fine linen [Revelation 19:8].—>
- And they moved from Libnah, and camped at Rissah [a ruin, dripping to pieces, as a dew drop]. “Rissah” comes from “rasas“, to temper or moisten with drops of water; to comminute, break down in minute particles or pulverize. As we “break down”, die to self, in Yeshua, we rise in Him, covered as with the “dew of Heaven” [Genesis 27:28, 39; Deut. 33:28; Ps. 133:3; Prov. 3:20, 19:12 “His favor is as dew upon the grass”; Hosea 14:5, “I will be as the dew unto Israel”; and Zechariah 8:12, “…and the heavens shall give their dew”]. The dew is a covering for vegetation; it shines and reflects the Light; it nourishes and waters and cleanses all beneath it!—->
- And they journeyed from Rissah, and camped in Kehelathah [a convocation, assembly, from qahal, to assemble]. (They assembled all the congregation in the Senai [Numbers 1:18] , again at Shiloh [Joshua 18:1], with Solomon to dedicate the Temple [1 Kings 8], with David [1 Chronicles 15:4, 28:1], and with Esther, at Shushan [Esther 9:18].) Convoke is to call together, to meet or assemble. Qorah rose up with 253 others before Moshe, [Numbers 16: 1-3], and then assembled all the congregation against them at the door of the Tent of Appointment. Yehovah opened up the earth to swallow them , with fire to consume, their censers beaten into covering the altar, for a sign [v.32, 35, 38]! Assemble to praise, worship, adore rather than rebel! Yehovah covered the Tent and His esteem appeared. He would have wiped out the whole congregation, but Moshe with Aaron put fire from the altar on the incense and made atonement, to stop another plague: “…and stood between the dead and the living [v.48]”. Our prayers are a matter of life and death for the assembly! Do not give up on them who transgress…—->
- And they went from Kehelathah, and camped in Mount Shapher [beauty, from shaphar: to glisten, be or make fair]! In Aramaic, it is to be pleasing [Daniel 6:1], be beautiful, bright. Psalm 16:6 says, ” the heritage is beautiful for pleasing to me’. —>
- And they moved from Mount Shapher, and encamped in Haradah [trembling, fear, anxiety]. In the wrath to come, “all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence [Ezekiel 38:20]. Isaac “shuddered with exceedingly great trembling” [Genesis 27:33] after he blessed Ya’akov, upon Esau appearing for his blessing. “There was trembling in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. The outpost and the raiders also trembled, and the ground shook. And it became a trembling of Elohim [1 Samuel 14:15]”. Fear or trembling before man is a snare of men [Proverbs 29:25]. But the supernatural can cause “terror” such as seeing “the vision” of Daniel [10:7] ! In the time of Ya’akov’s distress, when they heard a “voice of trembling“, Yehovah shall save him out of it [Jeremiah 30:5-7]!
- And they moved from Haradah, and camped in Makheloth [assemblies, for worship; from qahal]. “My foot shall stand on a level place; in the assemblies I bless Yehovah [Psalm 26:12]”!
- “Bless Elohim in the assemblies, Yehovah, from the fountain of Yisrael [Psalm 68:26]”! These assemblies may be choirs! When we praise Him , He inhabits our praise!—>
- And they moved from Makheloth, and encamped at Tahath [ bottom, under]. ” For the hand of Yehovah rests on this mountain, and Moab is trodden down under Him, as straw is trodden down in the water of dunghill [Isaiah 25:10]”. We are under Heaven and His authority; we belong to Him; He says, “And they are mine…”! Yithro, the Midianite priest , Moshe’s father-in-law, rejoiced and blessed Yehovah when told what Yehovah had done: “Blessed be Yehovah, who has delivered you out of the hand … from under the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that Yehovah is greater…[Exodus 18: 10-11].” —>
- And they departed from Tahath, and camped at Tarah [Tarach, Terach, father of Abraham; a kind of ibex]. Ibex are mountainous wild goats of Israel, clean before Yehovah [Deut. 14:5]. Terach begat Abram, Nahor and Harran [Genesis 11:26]. He took Abram and Lot out of Ur to Haran and dwelt there [parched, from charar, to glow, as in burn, hot, incite passion]. We are to be clean, rise up, remain on fire for Yehovah! —>
- And they moved from Tarah, and camped in Mithcah [sweetness, from mathaq: to suck, relish, be [made] sweet]. The Word is sweet as honey, “eat honey, for it is good…[Proverbs 24:13]”! Sampson’s riddle in Judges 14 speaks of honey out of the carcass of the lion : “out of the strong came forth sweetness“. The Word proclaimed is sharper than a 2-edged sword, returns not void. “Pleasant words are like the honeycomb, sweet to the being, and healing to the bones [Proverbs 16:24]”!—->
- And they went from Mithcah, and camped in Hashmonah [fertile, firm in resources, wealthy]. “The righteous one flourishes like a palm tree, He grows like a cedar …. Those who are planted in the House of Yehovah flourish in the courts of our Elohim [Psalm 92:12-13].” “…We went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to plenty [Psalm 66:12]”!—->
- And they departed from Hashmonah, and encamped at Moseroth [corrections, from “moserah“, chastisement, from “yasar“, to chastise , instruct]. “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him, seeks him with discipline [Proverbs 13:24]”. “My son, do not despise the discipline of Yehovah [Prov.3:11]”. ” O Yehovah, in distress they shall visit You, they shall pour out a prayer when Your disciplining is upon them [Isaiah 26:16]”! “The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed [Isaiah 53:5]”. —>
- And they departed from Moseroth, and camped in Bene-Yaakan , site of several wells [Bene:sons ; Ya’akan from “Aqan“, a son of Se’ir the Horite, in the land of Edom, Genesis 36:27. Esau is the forefather of the Edomites in Mount Se’ir.] “Aqan” means tortuous or twist. “See, a storm of Yehovah shall go forth in a rage, a whirling storm! It whirls on the head of the wicked [Jeremiah 23:19]”! —>
- And they moved from Bene-Yaakan, and encamped at Hor-Hagidgad , the Hollow at Gidgad [Hor: chor, a den, hole, cave, cavity, socket; HaGidgad: the cleft; from “gadad”: to crowd, to gash, as in pressing into, assemble selves by troops]. See a man called Zakkai, a chief rich, tax collector who seeking to see Yeshua , climbed a tree, because of the crowd pressing in [Luke 19:3]! The woman with the flow of blood 12 years, having heard about Yeshua, pressed in behind him in the crowd, and touched His garment to receive healing [Mark 5:27]! Rabbi Sha’ul [Paul] wrote in his letter to the Philippians, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of Elohim in Messiah [3:14]! —>
- And they went from Hor-HaGidgad, and camped in Yotvathah (Jotbath, Jotbathah in KJV)[pleasantness, from yatab: to be/make well, sound beautiful, happy, successful]. “The humble shall see, they rejoice, you who seek Elohim, and your hearts live [Psalm [69:32]”! “So the matter was good in the eyes of the children of Yisrael, and the children of Yisrael blessed Elohim [Joshua 22:33]”. “And it shall be, when you go with us, then it shall be that whatever good Yehovah does to us, the same we shall do to you [Numbers 10:32]”.—>
- And they moved from Yotvathah, and encamped at ‘Ebronah [transitional, from ‘Ebron, from ‘eber, a region across from, the other side, from ‘abar, to cross over, carry over, pass along]. After Abram’s defeat of the 5 kings, the King Malkitsedeq [priest of the Most High El] came out to meet him at the King’s Valley, bringing bread and wine [Genesis 14:17-18]. “O give thanks to Yehovah, for He is good…and made Yisrael pass through the midst of [Sea of Reeds], for His kindness is everlasting [Psalms 136:1, 14]”. —>
- And they departed from Ebronah, and encamped at Etzion-Gaber, a seaport on the Red Sea [backbone like of a man, spine, firmness to body]. “And from the peace offering he shall bring near-as an offering made by fire to Yehovah-its fat, all the fat tail …close to the backbone … [Leviticus 3:9]”. And he took up his proverb and said, ‘The saying of Bilam, son of Be’or, and the saying of the man whose eyes are opened…[Numbers 24:15]”. A man of Elohim is strong, in Him, sacrificing self, blessing His people, with eyes of the heart open.
- Numbers 17, 18, & 19 Yehovah choses Aaron with the blooming almond branch [17:1-13]; more atonement rulings given for the wickedness toward the Set-Apart Place, the Sanctuary, and the priesthood ; and the red heifer without blemish is sacrificed. —->
- And they departed from Etzion-Gaber, and camped in the wilderness of Tzin, which is Qadesh [sanctuary, or quasi-sacred person (temple prostitute), from qadash, to be/ make or pronounce clean; appoint, consecrate, dedicate, be/keep holy, purify, sanctify]. Eyn Mishpat [Fountain of Judgement] is another name for Qadesh [Genesis 14:7]. Hagar, servant of Sarai, called on Yehovah at Be’er Lahai Roi [Well of the Living One who sees], between Qadesh [the sanctuary] and Bered (hail!)**[Gen. 16:14]! Abraham dwelt between Qadesh [ the sanctuary] and Shur [a wall; from row of olive trees or vines] and stayed in Gerar [a Philistine city; rolling, from garar, to drag off roughly, chew, destroy!] when he lied to Abimelek about Sarah “his sister” [Genesis 20:1-2]! “And you shall take some of the blood that is on the altar…anointing oil and sprinkle it …and he and his garments shall be qodesh [holy] (Exodus 29:21)”. ” I shall exalt Myself and qadosh Myself, and I shall be known in the eyes of many nations. And they shall know that I AM Yehovah [Ezekiel 38:23]”.
- The congregation is in Qadesh, where Miryam dies. [Num. 20:1] The people contend again for no water, and Moshe, in anger, strikes The Rock twice, in defiance, for which he is never allowed to enter the promised land [v.11]! “Brother” Edom [Esau] refuses to allow ‘brother” Yisrael to pass over their land [v.14-21]. —>
- And they departed from Kadesh, and camped in Mount Hor, near the border of Edom. “And Aaron the priest went up into Mt. Hor at the command of Yehovah, and died there, in the 40th year after the children of Yisrael had come out…the 1st day of the 5th month [33:38]”. Aaron 123 years old, was not to enter the promised land because he also rebelled against “His Mouth” at Meribah [contention] (v.9-13]. Aaron was stripped of his priestly garments, given to El’azar his son. All wept 30 days [v. 24-29]. A Canaanite king Arad [sequester, fugitive] fought Yisrael and took some captive! Yisrael made a vow to Yehovah at Hormah [devoted, from charam, to seclude, by a ban to devote to religious uses only, make accursed, snub-nose]. They placed a ban on all Canaanite cities if Yehovah gave them victory, which He did [21:1-3]!—>
- And they departed from Mount Hor, and camped in Zalmonah [shadiness; derived from ‘shade of death’, grave, calamity]. Almost a warning! A shadow of death!—->
- And they departed from Zalmonah, and camped in Punon [perplexity, from puwn, to turn, be distracted, to be perplexed]! “…the people grew impatient because of the Way…”[v.4], going around Edom by the Way of the Sea of Reeds [qanah:bow, worship]. They spoke against Elohim and Moshe, so Yehovah sends fiery serpents among the people, to bite them! They repent, Moshe intercedes and makes the Bronze Serpent on a pole, to look upon and be healed [v.6-9]—->
- And they departed from Punon, and camped in Oboth [waterskins, from owb, prattling mumble, the hollow sound, necromancer or ventriloquist bottle, a familiar spirit!] Avoid necromancers, mediums, familiar spirits, all abomination to Yehovah [Deut. 18:9-13]—>
- And they departed from Ovoth, and camped in Iye-HaAbarim [ruins of passers or heap of cross-overs] at the east border of Moab, “toward the sunrise [Num. 21:11], toward the Eternal One! “You have broken down all his hedges, You have brought his strongholds to ruin. All who pass by the way plunder him; he is a reproach to his neighbors [Psalm 89:40]”. “Therefore I judge you, O house of Yisrael, every one according to his ways, declares the Master Yehovah. Repent, and turn back from all your transgressions, and let not wickedness be a stumbling-block to you [Ezekiel 18:30]”.—->
- And they departed from Iyim [heaps], and camped in a Moabite city, Dibon-Gad [mope, sorrow] (Numbers 33:45). Numbers 21:12 states from Iyim they camped at wadi or brook Zered [to be exuberant, lined with shrubbery], east of the Dead Sea; then departing and camping on the other side of the Arnon River…between Moab and the Amorites. There is a “Book of Battles of Yehovah”[v.14].
- And they departed from Dibon-Gad, and encamped in in Almon–Diblathayim [hidden].
- And they departed from Almon-Divlathayim, and camped in the mountains of Abarim [plural ‘eber, regions beyond, passages], before Nebo [Babylonian diety; Mt. Nebo, became a Reubenite territory, now Jordan].
- And they departed from the mountains of Abarim [cross-overs], and camped in the plains of Moab [“from her father”, the incestuous son of Lot, his territory and descendants; Genesis 19:37], by Yarden [the Jordan River, descender] near Yericho [Jericho; fragrant, a district abounding with in palms, rose-gardens, balsam & other].
- Numbers 21:15-18 mention Ar, capitol city of Moab and Be’er, well beyond the Arnon, from which Yehovah says to Moshe, “Gather the people, and let Me give them water”! Then Yisrael sang this song,
“Spring up, O well! Sing to it, a well the leaders sank, which the nobles of the people dug by hacking with their staves.”
- Numbers 21:18b-20 “Then from the desert wilderness on to Mattanah [present or sacrificial offering], from Mattanah to Nahaliel [valley of El], from Nahaliel to Bamoth [heights ] on the Arnon River, in the valley of Moab, to the top of Pisgah [a cleft, from pasag, to cut up, contemplate, consider] which looks down on the wasteland.” (Yisrael here smote Sihon [tempestuous] of the Amorites and dwelt in Heshbon [contrivance]: “For the fire went out from Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon. It consumed Ar of Moab, the masters of the heights of the Arnon. Woe to you, Moab…” [v.28-29]!)
- Numbers 21:31-35 Yisrael dwells in the land of the Amorites, taking its villages and drove out Og [round] of Bashan and took possession of the land!—>
- And they camped by Yarden, from Beth-Yesimoth [house of the deserts] even to Abel-Shittim [meadow of the acacias, scourging thorn bushes, the wood of the altars of the Tabernacle] in the plains of Moab by the Yarden. Here Yehovah says,
” When you pass over the Yarden into the land of Kanaan, then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their stone images, and destroy all their molded images, and demolish all their high places…for I have given you the land to possess… [Numbers 33:51-54]”.
“Defile not the land that you shall inhabit, in which I dwell: for I Yehovah dwell among the children of Yisrael [35:34]”.
“But if you will not drive out the inhabitants…then it shall come to pass, that those which you let remain shall be thorns in your eyes…in your sides, and shall distress you in the land…I shall do to you, as I thought to do to them [33:55-56]”.
Our choices, the choices of the Yisraelites: to tabernacle with and contemplate the wonders of Elohim, or the “mouth of gorges”;to bow & worship Yehovah or bitterness; strength from worship or piercing; beat/ pressed down or comfort/refreshment; His laws/ instructions or lust; His covering or to be yoked; fruit of His Spirit, to rise up, be exalted, cleansed and pure or ruins; assemble in worship, to glisten & glow or fear, anxiety; to praise in song, have sweetness; wealth, or corrections or torture; pressed in the cleft or pleasantness; transition, cross-overs, strength, sanctuary or shadows of death, perplexity, emptiness, ruin; mope, sorrow or exuberance; covering, passages, crossovers or taboo, incest; well of waters, His sacrifice on the cross, or the valley of El; the heights, to consider or the tempest; and the house in the desert or meadows of acacias!
Sanctuary under the wings of the Almighty or “the hail of Sodom” are our choices . Yehovah is faithful to the end, as with Yisraelites, who never went hungry nor whose shoes wore out! They received of the Waters of Life and the Bread from Heaven, were immersed in the cleansing waters, and led by the Spirit. They looked upon the Bronze Serpent on the pole and were healed, from the bites of the serpent. Yet many never entered the promised land! May we enter and drive out the spirits of depression, disbelief and pride and possess the land!
“O Yisrael, return to Yehovah your Elohim…I shall heal their backsliding, I shall love them spontaneously, for My displeasure has turned away from him. I shall be like the dew to Yisrael. He shall blossom like the lily…his branches spread, and his splendor shall be like an olive tree…[Hosea 14:1-6]”.
“Chazak Chazak VeNitchazak! ” Be Strong, Be Strong! And May we be strengthened!
In the Name of Yeshua, ahmein!