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Moses' Farewell & Death and Balaam Blesses Israel

Deuteronomy 1-4; 34 and Numbers 22-24

Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - God Chooses Gideon (Judges 6-7)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Opening Prayer

Faithful Moses (Hebrews 11:23-29)
    How early in Moses' life did it become apparent that he was chosen by God for a life of faith?
      Hebrews 11:23 = From birth; his parents hid him by faith; no ordinary child
    Was Moses blessed with the pleasures and treasures of Pharaoh's home because of faith?
      Hebrews 11:24-26 = No, it was his faith that allowed him to leave to do God's work
    How was Moses' faith revealed through his work as leader of Israel? = when failure was certain
      Hebrews 11:27-29 = Through these and many other stands of faith

    What does the last chapter of Moses' books (probably added by Joshua) say about Moses' faith?
      Deuteronomy 34:10-12 = No one else has since God face-to-face or done such deeds
    Assuming this last chapter was added by Joshua, how did Joshua believe he got his faith?
      Deuteronomy 34:9 = From working with Moses and by receiving the spirit from Moses

Moses' Perfect Obedience (Numbers 20:1-13)
    How enjoyable was it for Moses to be the leader of God's chosen people?
      Numbers 20:2-4 = Not much, the people complained & easily turned from God
    What kind of help did Moses have to deal with these difficult people?
      Numbers 20:6-8 = God was always there for him and would always save the day
    How well did Moses follow God's instructions?
      Numbers 20:9-11 = He hit the rock rather than just speaking, didn't show God's power
    How did God severely punish Moses for not trusting only in God's word?
      Numbers 20:12 = Moses would not get to enter the Promised Land

Moses Dies (Deuteronomy 34)
    What did God command Moses to do when Israel was camped east of the Jordan ready to go in?
      Deuteronomy 32:48-52 = Climb up Mount Nebo to see the land and then die
    How did Moses react to this command to go to his death?
      Deuteronomy 34:1, 4-5 = He did as God told him, including dying
    Did Moses die from the strenuous mountain climb's effects on an frail old man?
      Deuteronomy 34:6-8 = No, he still had his strength and sight, it was God's time

    Knowing that he was nearing death, what did Moses feel was most important to do?
      Deuteronomy 1:3 = He reminded the Israelites of what God had done & commanded
    Why is this book called Deuteronomy (Second Law)? = Hebrew name is These are the words
      Deuteronomy 1:5 = Moses gives God's Law a second time, before Israel goes into land

Israel's Travels (Deuteronomy 16-8)
    What was God's basic message for the Israelites on Mount Sinai?
      Exodus 19:3-6 = Obey Me & keep My covenant, you will be My priests & holy nation
    How long had Israel traveled when they reached Mount Sinai?
      Exodus 19:1 = Three months to the day
    How long did Israel stay at Sinai?
      Numbers 10:11 = 1 week shy of two years (Left 2/20/2)
    How did Israel know it was time to go and where to stop?
      Numbers 10:12-13 = God's command, Cloud led them to Desert of Paran
    What did God want them to do when they left Mount Sinai (Horeb)?
      Deuteronomy 1:6-8 = Go into Canaan and take the Promised Land from the people

Israel Attacks (Deuteronomy 1:9-46)
    What did Moses do before leaving Mount Sinai?
      Deuteronomy 1:9, 15 = He appointed leaders over the people
    What were the Israelites to do as soon as they arrived in the hill country of the Amorites?
      Deuteronomy 1:20-21 = Go in and take the Promised Land given by God
    How trusting were the Israelites in God's command to just go in and take the land?
      Deuteronomy 1:22-25 = They decided to send in spies first

    How well did the spies help strengthen their faith and boost their confidence?
      Deuteronomy 1:26-28 = They were scared by the human strength of those the spies saw
    How did God respond to this lack of trust?
      Deuteronomy 1:32-36 = He punished them by saying none would enter the Promised Land
    Would anyone else besides Caleb get to enter the Promised Land?
      Deuteronomy 1:37-40 = Joshua and the children would, Moses wouldn't
    How did the Israelites react to this punishment?
      Deuteronomy 1:41-44 = They decided to fight after all, defeated without the Lord's help

God Protects Edom, Moab and Ammon (Deuteronomy 2:1-23)
    What did the Israelites do after seeing that the Lord would not allow them to take the land?
      Deuteronomy 2:1 = They went back in the desert and wandered around Seir for a long time
    How did Israel decide when it was time to head back north?
      Deuteronomy 2:2-3 = Gold told them
    Why did God protect the Edomites from conquest by the Israelites?
      Deuteronomy 2:4-5 = I have given Esau the hill country of Seir
    How did Edom respond to Israel's request to pass through on the King's Highway?
      Numbers 20:14, 17-18, 21 = Wouldn't let them through, Israel went around
    Why did God protect the Moabites from conquest by the Israelites?
      Deuteronomy 2:9 = I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot
    Why did God protect the Ammonites from conquest by the Israelites?
      Deuteronomy 2:19 = I have given it to the descendants of Lot
    How long had passed when Israel reached Moab (Zered brook)?
      Deuteronomy 2:14-15 = 38 years since Kadesh, Entire generation had died

Israel's First Victories (Deuteronomy 2:24-3:11)
    How and why was Israel to capture the land east of the Jordan River?
      Deuteronomy 2:24-25 = Given Sihon & country, Other nations will hear of you and tremble
    Who was responsible for the victory over Sihon, king of Heshbon?
      Deuteronomy 2:32-33 = God gave Sihon to Israel at Jahaz
    Who was responsible for the victory over Og, king of Bashan?
      Deuteronomy 3:3-4 = God gave Og to Israel at Edrei

Israel's First Territory (Deuteronomy 3:12-20)
    What territory did Israel claim after these two victories?
      Deuteronomy 3:8 = Territory covers Arnon Gorge to Mount Hermon
    What did Moses do with this territory?
      Deuteronomy 3:12-13a = Gave it to Reuben, Gad and Manasseh
    What commitment did these tribes have to make before Moses gave them this land?
      Deuteronomy 3:18, 20 = Men from tribes must fight with rest of tribes until land is taken

Moses' Last Request (Deuteronomy 3:21-29)
    What did Moses want to do more than anything at this time?
      Deuteronomy 3:23-25 = To go across the Jordan and into the Promised Land
    How did God respond to this request?
      Deuteronomy 3:26,28-29 = Told Moses to stop asking, Told Moses to appoint Joshua as leader
    What did Moses tell Joshua?
      Deuteronomy 3:21-22 = To stay brave and strong by remembering what God has done

Moses' Last Words (Deuteronomy 4)
    What did Moses want the Israelites to remember?
      Deuteronomy 4:32-34 = Everything God had done for them
    Why had God done all of this for the Israelites?
      Deuteronomy 4:35, 40 = So they might know that the Lord is God and would trust in Him

    Would the Israelites have this land and blessings forever?
      Deuteronomy 4:25-27 = They would lose it and be scattered if they turned from Him
    How would the Israelites be able to receive and keep this Promised Land?
      Deuteronomy 4:1-2 = Keep the Lord's commands as taught through Moses
    How were the Israelites to remember all of these things over many years?
      Deuteronomy 4:9; 6:6-9 = Teach your children and constantly remind yourself

Moab's Concern (Numbers 22:1-20)
    How did Moab feel about this huge group of Israelites as neighbors?
      Numbers 22:2-6 = They were afraid of them, King Balak asked Balaam to curse them
    How did Balaam respond to the request?
      Numbers 22:12-13 = He said God wouldn't let him go, they were blessed, not cursed
    Was Balak good at accepting rejection?
      Numbers 22:15-17 = He asked Balaam again and said he would be well paid
    Did the money help?
      Numbers 22:18, 20 = It interested Balaam enough to ask again, God said he could go

Balaam's Donkey (Numbers 22:21-41)
    How did God feel about Balaam asking again after He had already said no once?
      Numbers 22:22 = He was upset with Balaam and send an angel to oppose him
    How was Balaam protected from this angel and how did Balaam react to this protection?
      Numbers 22:23-27 = The donkey tried to stay away from the angel, Balaam beat it

    How did the donkey feel about this?
      Numbers 22:28-30 = The donkey actually asked Balaam why he was beating her
    How did Balaam finally realize what was happening?
      Numbers 22:31-33 = He saw the angel, who told how the donkey had saved him
    Did Balaam keep going or did he turn back?
      Numbers 22:34-35 = He kept going, but with the warning to only say what God wants

Balaam's Oracles (Numbers 23-24)
    Did Balaam obey and say only what the Lord directed?
      Numbers 23:5, 7-8, 10 = Yes, he ended up blessing Israel's numbers & faithfulness
    How did Balak react to Balaam giving a blessing instead of a curse?
      Numbers 23:11-13 = He didn't like it and decided to try a change of scenery

    Did Balaam curse the Israelites this time?
      Numbers 23:19 (18-24) = No, he blessed them again, said God won't change His mind
    How did Balak react this time?
      Numbers 23:25-27 = Told Balaam to shut up, Tried another change of scenery

    What did Balaam say this third time?
      Numbers 24:9b (3-9) = He again blessed them, those who bless Israel be blessed
    Where did Balak want Balaam to go after this third blessing?
      Numbers 24:10-11 = He told him to go home, wouldn't pay him

    Was Balaam finished?
      Numbers 24:14, 17-19 = No, he had one more oracle - a prophesy of the Messiah

Closing Prayer

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