The Burden of Leadership (Numbers 20)

Numbers 20:12 And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. This chapter gives us an honest look at the challenges and burdens of leadership. Moses […]

Clean (Numbers 19)

Numbers 19:12 He shall purify himself with it on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean. Sin defiles. The blood of Christ cleanses. God calls us to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness and […]

They Fell on Their Faces (Numbers 16)

Numbers 16:4 “he fell upon his face” 16:22 “they fell upon their faces” 16:45 “they fell upon their faces” Three times in this chapter, Moses fell upon his face. Twice Aaron was included in this posture of intense prayer to God. They were faced with the most serious rebellion and trial yet. Hundreds of respected […]

Worthy of Death (Number 15)

Numbers 15:36 36 And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the Lord commanded Moses. The man who was stoned was found gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. In context (cf. Num. 15:30-31), it seems that this was not an accidental sin but a deliberate […]

The Chaos of Doubt (Numbers 14)

Numbers 14:1–2 1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. 2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had […]

The Lens of Faith (Numbers 13)

Numbers 13:33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. This chapter is such a dramatic visualisation of the difference faith in God makes. Twelve spies were sent into Canaan. They explored the […]

When the People Complained (Numbers 11)

Numbers 11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. A series of disruptions and difficulties are about to ensue among the Israelites. […]

Prepared for Victory (Numbers 10)

Numbers 10:9 And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the Lord your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies. Israel was now organised and ready to march and to take on […]

Living Each Day At the Lord’s Command (Numbers 9)

Numbers 9:18 At the commandment of the Lord the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the Lord they pitched: as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they rested in their tents. The commands of God not only governed what Israel did but where they went and when they went. God […]

Does London Need More Churches?

I wrote the following article for a website that I contribute to called reachtheisles.com, but I felt it would be appropriate to share on here.  The largest urban area in the United Kingdom is London. Apart from being one of the most famous cities in the world, it is also one of the most diverse […]