This is a chapter in the Bible we perhaps pass by without reflection. It appears to be nothing more than a long list of places tracing Israel's pilgrimage from Ramses in Egypt to their arrival in the plains of Moab. However, it must be important because it's the only section in Numbers that follows with the words: "At the Lord's command Moses recorded . . ." (Numbers 33:2).

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Why keep a record of this? Could it be that this list provides a framework upon which the Israelites  emerging from the wilderness could retrace that forty-year journey in their thoughts and recall God's faithfulness at teach location?

Can you envision an Israelite father, sitting near a campfire, reminiscing with his son: "I will never forget Rephidim! I was dying of thirst, nothing but sand and sage for hundreds of miles. Then God directed Moses to take his staff and strike a rock-actually a hard slab of flint. I though, What a futile gesture; he'll never get anything out of that stone. But to my amazement water gushed out of that rock! A generous flow that satisfied the thirst of the thousands of Israelites. I'll never forget that day" (Numbers 20:8).

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Why not give it a try? Reflect on your life, step by step, and remember all the ways God has shown you His faithful, covenant love. Count you many blessings, name them one by one.

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