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Reaching Your Unbelieving Family and Friends for Jesus

Numbers 10:29-36
pastor J.B.

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Hi GAMErs,

In Numbers 10:29-32, Moses reaches out to his brother in law Hobab.  He says to Hobab, "Please do not leave us.  You know where we should camp in the wilderness and you can be our eyes." (v31)  Why would Moses ask Hobab to be their eyes?  Didn't Moses already have the best GPS possible, namely, the ark of the covenant and the pillar of cloud that God had sent to guide them on their journey? 

Moses' main intent was to bless Hobab and have him included among God's people.  Keep in mind that Hobab was from a different culture, people and religion (v30).  Moses reached out to Hobab, believing that if Hobab stayed with Moses Hobab and his descendants would be blessed.  When Hobab refused (v30), Moses added the "GPS" offer, perhaps as a way to coax the prideful Hobab into agreeing to stay with them. 

Did Moses actually rely on Hobab as their eyes?  Maybe not, since Moses still relied primarily, if not exclusively, on the ark of God and the cloud God had sent to guide their way, as shown in verse 33 to 36. 
But it appears Hobab did end up staying.  How do I know?  In Judges 4:11 we still find his descendants living among the Israelites.  Because Moses reached out to Hobab, Hobab and his descendants got to benefit from all the miracles and blessings God would later perform for His people.

What can we learn from this?  Just as Moses went out of his way to reach out to his unbelieving brother-in-law, let's go out of our way to reach our unbelieving family members and friends.  Just as Moses pointed to all the blessings that would come to Hobab if he stayed with them, may you point unbelievers to the blessings that come from having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.   May you share those blessings with them.
Finally, notice in verses 35 and 36 how desperate and dependent Moses was for the protection and presence of the Lord.  Whether the people were setting out or resting, Moses looked to the Lord for help.  May we do the same: never let the counsel of people replace your need for God's presence and guidance.  Whether we're working or resting, going out or winding down, let's ask the Lord to abide with us and in us, that we would at all times enjoy His blessing, protection and presence wherever we are.

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