BAMIDBAR-“In the Wilderness”
Numbers 1:1-4:20/Hosea 2:1-22/Revelations 7:1-7
Pastor Mark Biltz
Numbers 1:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness
4057. mid-bawr' from 1696 a desert; also speech
1696. daw-bar' a primitive root;to speak;
Mark 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
The absence of food and water, the blazing heat and utter emptiness of the wilderness make it a place of death
Numbers 14:35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
Deuteronomy 8:15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water;
The Wilderness of Refuge and Provision
Though the wilderness is a place of death, it is also a place of refuge. Those seeking to escape pursuit find the wilderness to be a safe place where they can hide among the caves. In their flight from Egypt, the Children of Israel fled into the wilderness.
Revelations 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
The Wilderness of Revelation
The wilderness is a place of spiritual revelation. Those seeking a vision or encounter with God often find it in wilderness places. The greatest revelation in human history—the epiphany at Sinai—occurred in the wilderness.