Welcome back to our series on Numbers, or if you just so happened to stumble across this blog, I encourage you to look back at last week’s blog to get filled in on the heart of this series.
Baseball has 9 innings (unless of course it goes into extra innings). Football and basketball have 4 quarters of 15 and 12 minutes respectfully (unless there is overtime). Hockey has 3 periods of 20 minutes. Soccer has 2 halves of 45 minutes with extra time added at the end based on the decision of the officials. Scholars break up the book of Numbers in either 2 or 3 sections.
Option 1: 3 sections
Section 1, the wilderness of Sinai (1:1-10:10)
Section 2, from the wilderness to the plains of Moab (10:11-22:1)
Section 3, on the plains of Moab (22:2-36)
Option 2: 2 sections
Section 1, the generation that left Egypt (chapters 1-19)
Section 2, the generation coming to Canaan (chapters 20-36)
I like the 2nd one better because it is more like college basketball than NBA (halves, rather than quarters). It is a cleaner separation: You are going, and then you are coming. This really works for us in our lives. We are running away, in separation of something. That separation may be security, comfort, or familiarity. For the Israelites, it was the latter. Egypt was not good to/for them, but it was what they knew, so they wanted to go back. The question for the day is, can we get passed our past enough to see/get to the future God has for us?
Can we overcome a bad 1st half, cut down the turnovers, take better shots, and win the game in the 2nd?