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Our seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through Numbers chapters 1-14. Numbers is the fourth of the Pentateuch. In the Hebrew it is called ba-midbar, "in the wilderness." In the Septuagint version it is called Arithmoi or "numbers," and this name is now the usual title of the book. It is so called because it contains a record of the numbering of the people in the wilderness of Sinai (1-4), and of their numbering afterwards on the plain of Moab (26). The key chapters to review in advance are: Numbers 3, 6, 9, 11, 13 & 14.

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Our seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through Numbers chapters 1-14. Numbers is the fourth of the Pentateuch. In the Hebrew it is called ba-midbar, "in the wilderness." In the Septuagint version it is called Arithmoi or "numbers," and this name is now the usual title of the book. It is so called because it contains a record of the numbering of the people in the wilderness of Sinai (1-4), and of their numbering afterwards on the plain of Moab (26). The key chapters to review in advance are: Numbers 3, 6, 9, 11, 13 & 14.
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Bible from 30,000 Feet, The

Bible from 30,000 Feet, The

Have you ever wanted to learn how The Bible fits together? The Bible from 30,000 Feet is an overview study through the entire Bible, hitting the highlights of its people, places, events and themes in about a year. This series will give you a coherent understanding of the holy word of God.



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Numbers is the fourth of the Pentateuch. In the Hebrew it is called ba-midbar, "in the wilderness." In the Septuagint version it is called Arithmoi or "numbers," and this name is now the usual title of the book. It is so called because it contains a record of the numbering of the people in the wilderness of Sinai (1-4), and of their numbering afterwards on the plain of Moab (26).

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

c. 1527 B.C.
Moses Is Born

c. 1487 B.C.
Moses Flees Egypt For Midian

c. 1446 B.C.
The Israelites Cross The Red Sea And Arrive At Mt. Sinai

c. 1445 B.C.
The Law Is Given At Mount Sinai

c. 1445-1405 B.C.
Events In Numbers

c. 1407 B.C.
Return To The Wilderness Of Sin And The Instructions Of Deuteronomy

c. 1406 B.C.
Forty Years Of Wandering In The Wilderness

c. 1405 B.C.
Israel Enters The Promised Land Under Joshua

TRIP PLANNER:
The Book Of Numbers can be divided into two sections. The first section covers the process of organizing the wilderness march and ends with Israel refusing to enter into the Promised Land.

1. Organizing people and priesthood - Numbers 1-4
2. Consecration and obedience affirmed by God's Presence - Numbers 5-10
3. Complaint by the people, Moses, Miriam and Aaron - Numbers 11-12
4. Disbelief in the promises of God at Kadesh - Numbers 13-14

NOTE: Another way to look at the book of Numbers is by the generations. Part 1 deals with the first generation in the wilderness (1-25) and Part 2 deals with the second generation entering the Promised Land (26-36).

PLACES OF INTEREST:
Canaan - during the time of the Hebrews this was a thinly populated land with relatively prosperous agricultural communities. The Amorites occupied the hilly regions west of the Dead Sea and East of the Jordan River. The Phoenicians occupied the coastal regions.

Kadesh - the sacred city of the Hittites, on the left bank of the Orontes, about 4 miles south of the Lake of Homs.

Kibroth Hattaavah - Translated means "the graves of the longing or of lust." Located 30 miles northeast of Sinai, this is the place where the children of Israel complained regarding the way that God was providing for them. God punished them by giving them what they want - meat in the form of quail. The meat spread disease among them and a plague broke out killing many.

Wilderness Of Paran - the location of much of the wilderness wanderings. The Paran plateau contains a lot of gravel because with a lack of rain, there is no soil formation. It is located in the north-eastern section of the Sinai Peninsula with the Arabah on the east and the wilderness of Shur on the west.

PEOPLE OF INTEREST:
1. Caleb - From the tribe of Judah, Caleb was one of the twelve spies sent to scout the land of Canaan (Num 13). He gave an honest report, as did Joshua, and was later granted entrance into the Promised Land. When Israel did enter Canaan forty years later, Caleb was given the area around the city of Hebron.

2. Joshua - The son of Nun of the tribe of Ephraim. Of the twelve spies, Joshua and Caleb were the only two men who gave an encouraging report, and were rewarded with permission to enter Israel with the new generation of Israelites. Later, he was chosen to succeed Moses as the leader of Israel (Num 27).

3. Levi - the third son born to Jacob by Lea and a full brother of Reuben, Simeon and Judah. All the male descendants of Levi (Levites) were set apart by Moses, acting under Divine command, for the service of the sanctuary. Moses himself was a Levite. They never cultivated the soil, nor worked at trades, but were to receive one tenth as tithes from the people. Their duty was to instruct the people in the law.

4. Miriam - Miriam was the oldest sister of Aaron and Moses. According to some sources she was 7 years older than Moses. Miriam was the one who arranged for the mother of Moses to nurse and raise Moses until he was weaned.

5. Sons Of Aaron - Nadab and Abihu died before the Lord because they offered profane fire. Eleazar and Ithamar ministered as priests in the presence of Aaron.

6. Sons Of Gershon - They were responsible for transporting the curtains and the holy items of the tabernacle from place to place.

7. Sons Of Kohath - This family was in charge of setting up and taking down the tabernacle. They were part of the tribe of Levi.

8. Sons Of Merari - They were responsible for transporting the hardware for the tabernacle from place to place.

9. The Heads Of The Tribes Of Israel:
a.) Reuben
b.) Simeon
c.) Gad
d.) Judah
e.) Issachar
f.) Zebulun
g.) Joseph
h.) Manasseh
i.) Benjamin
j.) Dan
k.) Asher
l.) Naphtali

FUN FACTS:
Anointed - The verb means to wet or daub a person with olive oil. This ritual designated a person or object as set apart for God's special purposes. Kings, priests and prophets were anointed at the beginning of their service.

Cloud By Day And Fire By Night - Was this real? YES. The cloud would cover the people during the day - providing protection from the desert sun. The fire would burn in the midst of the camp providing warmth and comfort during the night.

Laying On Of Hands - This is actually an Old Testament ritual and represented that the person was being dedicated entirely to the Lord. Three things occurred: (1) Hands were physically placed on the person, (2) This symbolic act identified this person to the public as being dedicated to the Lord, (3) Prayers asking for God's divine sanction were offered publicly.

Nazarite Vow - A vow made voluntarily by those who desired to separate themselves unto the Lord for a determined season. During this time of separation the Nazarite was bound by three absolute restrictions: (1) Eat nothing made of the vine, (2) Cannot cut their hair, (3) He could not touch a dead body.

MAPS
Figure 1 The Wilderness Journey
Figure 2 The Placement Of The 12 Tribes Of Israel

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When I was a boy, my dad and mom wanted to take us four boys on family vacations. I think I mentioned that we had a Rambler station wagon that had no air conditioning and the trip was from California to Minnesota with four boys in the back seat, all fighting, screaming, throwing things, yelling, "Stop," and "When are we going to get there?" As you can see, I remember it vividly and I also remember that there were a couple of great places and whenever we boys saw them we wanted our parents to pull over: A & W root beer stands and Stuckey's because the pecan logs are like heaven. Go from four boys and imagine 3 million people plus their pets, 800,000 children, and 200,000 senior citizens going through the wilderness for about 40 years. Although it presents opportunity for faith and wonderful lessons to be learned, it's also a recipe for disaster and for some problems. The book of Numbers covers some of that territory of the Children of Israel in the wilderness. In fact, the Hebrew word for the book of Numbers is "bamidbar," which means, "in the wilderness" and that's really the Hebrew title for the book, "In the Wilderness." Our Bibles say the "Book of Numbers" because the Latin Vulgate translation says, "numeri," from which we get the term "numbers" in English and that came from a Greek translation, "arithmoi" from "arithmetic." Now I know you hear those terms and you think, "You know I hate math, I never liked it in school and I don't think I'm going to like it here." Relax, the title Numbers comes from the census that was taken - the numbers of people in the wilderness - the first census was taken in chapter 1, and the second census was taken in chapter 26. Some people call the book of Numbers the book of journeyings; others call it the book of murmurings; I'm going to give it my own title - On the Road Again. It's perfect, "On the road again, Moses and I are traveling on the road again!" This book will cover a span of time of 38 years and ten months. In fact, from chapter 1, the first census, to chapter 26, the second census, is 38 years and 10 months. Or you might want to title the book, "How to Turn a Two Week Journey into a Forty Year Trial." That's what it is and that's the failure that's recorded in this book. From Mount Sinai to the entrance of the Promise Land called Kadesh-Barnea, which was the bottom portal of the land, is about 150 to 200 miles. It is an 11 day journey according to Deuteronomy chapter, verse 2. It should have taken them 11 days. They wander in the wilderness for almost 40 years.
We've looked at the book of beginnings, Genesis - the formation of the heaven and the earth, the first family, the first nation. We saw four great events and we saw four great people: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. We've looked at the book of Exodus already: redemption and revelation. We looked at the book of Leviticus and those two themes that ran through the book: the way to God through sacrifice and then the walk with God through sanctification and that sums up that entire book. Now we come to the wilderness wanderings and we have great lessons in here of both faith and unbelief. One of the questions is: How do we transmit our faith in God and our relationship with God? Is there a way to transmit faith to the next generation? Yes, by example and by obedience; because I've learned that faith and unbelief can both be contagious. To be around somebody with great faith is very inspiring to your own walk with the Lord. It's contagious to find someone with great trust in God's power. But I've also discovered that unbelief is also very contagious and when there is complaining and murmuring, it spreads like wildfire as it does here in this book. We could divide the book of Numbers into two: we could look at the first generation that left Egypt (that's the first census that was taken), and then we could look at the second part of the book beginning in chapter 26, which is the generation of people that made it into the promise land. Rather than looking at it in two, I'm going to give it to you in three sections. Here's the outline that I'll give you of this book: number one - organization, number two - disorganization, and number three - reorganization. Those three words capture the whole flow of this book. They get organized, they get numbered, the census is taken, they march through the wilderness in an orderly, organized fashion, they then become disorganized because of unbelief and then a reorganization takes place. So that's how we're going to look at it. Tonight we're just going to cover the first one and part of the second one.
Let's look at chapter 1 verse 1 - this is the organization of the people of Israel and the priesthood. Beginning in chapter 1, verse 1, a census of all the 20 year old men and above is taken because they are going to create a draft; a military group of fighting men, 20 years and above, and all of them will be drafted for military service. Verse 1, "Now the Lord spoke to Moses in the Wilderness," (there's that word, Bamidbar), "of Sinai, in the tabernacle of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying: 'Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of names, every male individually, from twenty years old and above-all who are able to go to war in Israel. You and Aaron shall number them by their armies.'" So we have a census - names and numbers of people are given. You might be thinking, "What's so great about names and numbers? What's so spiritual about a census?" Nothing, unless your name is in it; if your name is in the list, it could be very exciting to read that list. Several years ago I remember being approached at our door by somebody from the census department who gave us a package and they wanted to know how many people were in the household, what their ages were and what their names were. Here they were taking a census of the city but at the same time wanting to register the names. So I look at the census with the numbers and the names as God saying to all the people of Israel, "I love you and you and you…" and just counting them all. It's a beautiful gesture of God's love. You see, in Egypt, they were an innumerable hoard of nameless slaves; the individual was expendable; but here the names are given of the tribes, names of the family, and numbers of people who are going to be in the army. It was Augustine who said, "God loves each one of us as if there were only one us to love." No person gets lost in the crowd when it comes to God; you're much more than a number to the Lord. Whenever God counts people it's because people count to God. There's a beautiful story in a Marvin Rosenthal book called, Israel, My Glory. It's the story of a census taker who went to a house where there was a mother with her children and the census taker said, "Give me the number of your children." She said, "Well, there's Billy, and there's Harry and there's Martha," and then she was interrupted and he said, "I don't care about the names just give me numbers." She became indignant and said, "My children don't have numbers, but they all have names." The Bible would indicate that God knows every name and every hair of your head and everything about you. Verse 45: "So all who were numbered of the children of Israel, by their fathers' houses, from twenty years old and above, all who were able to go to war in Israel-all who were numbered were," (here's the total), "six hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty." That's how big the army was of 20 year old males and above. They were drafted, conscripted into the military. It's interesting that even today in the nation of Israel there is this draft. If you're a male and your 18 years of age or if you're a female and your 19 years of age, you serve in the military; you get trained for a couple of years and then you go back to your life. They train virtually the whole nation that way and that's a smart idea because the Israeli Defense Force, the IDF, can mobilize five times its ordinary strength in about 48 to 72 hours. Whatever is there standing army at this moment could go five times larger within that short span of time - everybody is ready.
Chapter 2 shows the tribes that are organized into camps. The twelve tribes of Israel are divided up into four camps because there're four sides of the Tabernacle, north, south, east, and west. There are three tribes on one side, three on another, and so on, so there are four camps of three tribes. Each of those camps has a banner, or a standard, or a symbol, or a flag that would have picture of the emblem that represents their tribe. Therefore, you have Judah with the standard of a lion on a big ensign so that everybody could see. Then there was also Ephraim on the west and that was the symbol of an ox; and Reuben had the symbol of a man; Dan to the north, whose symbol was that of an eagle; those were their ensigns - sort of calling card representations of those camps. Those four camps of those twelve tribes become a model for us of the Throne of God. Typically, when you think of the Children of Israel, you think of them gathered in the wilderness. The Levites were in the center and then the other camps around them. So, you have these standards, these emblems of a lion, of an ox, of a man, and of an eagle. That should peak your interest, because you'll remember in the book if Ezekiel, the prophet gets a vision of these four creatures and they are wild looking. He says, "They have four faces and one is the face of a lion, one is the face of an ox, one is the face of man, and the other is the face of an eagle." Same sort of configuration - fourfold. We then get to the book of Revelation and we see that around the Throne of God are four living creatures and the description is very similar. "Around the throne were twenty four elders and before the throne were four living creatures. The first had the semblance of a lion, the second of a calf or an ox, the third of a man, and the fourth of an eagle." If you take those four faces and those four camps and then just for a moment think of four Gospels and you wonder, "Why four Gospels?" Couldn't one guy just have written one Gospel? We understand that each Gospel writer had a bent or a slant or a focus. When you read the Gospel of Matthew, you understand that Matthew was trying to show that Jesus fulfilled all of the Hebrew prophecy; He was the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and He fulfilled the Jewish ideal of Messiah. When you read the book of Mark you see that he has a completely different slant: he shows the servitude of Christ; words like "and", "immediately", "now", or "then"; we see Jesus as the Servant; immediately carrying out His Father's will - an ox. When you get to the Gospel of Luke the term "Son of Man" appears more than in any other Gospel. The humanity of Christ is seen through the eyes of Doctor Luke. You get to John and that's the eagle. This isn't the Son of Man; John focuses on the deity of Christ - the Son of the living God. So again there is that fourfold representation.
Also (we didn't read them all) but the numbers are given in the text as to the encampments of Israel. If we were to look at the configuration of the camps from on top of Mount Sinai, or you might say from heaven looking down to earth, it would have had the shape of a cross. Now I throw that out because I can just see the Holy Spirit smiling at all this as they're setting up the camp; knowing that this is all predictive in the eyes and in the mind of the Father.
Chapter 3 is the ministry chapter of the book. Aaron and the Levites that have been excluded from the census that was taken in chapter 1, have their own census. Verse 5: "And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 'Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may serve him.'" Let me remind you that Aaron had four boys who served along with him and two of them are dead, Nadab and Abihu were struck dead back in Leviticus because they brought strange fire. So there are two left; Eleazar and Ithamar and those two sons along with their dad are the ones that pick up the work where their brothers left off. Verse 7: "'And they shall attend to his needs and the needs of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of meeting, to do the work of the tabernacle. Also they shall attend to all the furnishings of the tabernacle of meeting, and to the needs of the children of Israel, to do the work of the tabernacle. And you shall give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are given entirely to him from among the children of Israel.'" Why? Because in order to do the work of a priest, in those days, it required all of those people in this tribe working together. There was just too much work in the tabernacle for any one man or small group to perform. Here are Aaron and his sons and it says that "This entire tribe is given unto the high priest for the service." Think for just a moment of who our Great High Priest is; none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says of you and I, that we are a royal priesthood; we call this doctrine the priesthood of all believers that says we don't need to go to a priest to represent us; we don't need a "go between"; we can go directly to the Father through our Great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ. We are a kingdom of priests - the priesthood of believers. We have been given to Jesus Christ to do His work as part of the body of Christ while He is away. That's why when Jesus prayed in John 17 (and we call it the high priestly prayer of Christ), He said, "I have manifested your name to the men whom You have given me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me."
The Bible says, "You belong to Christ," the Father gave you, with all of your gifts and all of your talents, to Jesus Christ which means that right now - presently - you and I ought to be about the business of discovering our gifts, seeing where we fit, seeing how we can be a part of the Lord's work on earth, and find that niche and serve the Lord with all of our heart.
Beginning in verse 14 of chapter 3 and into chapter 4, the family of the Levites, according to their names, are given. There are three names that are given and the work of the tabernacle is given to them. First is Gershon, the Gershonites are those from the family of Gershon; second is Kohath, and the Kohathites or in the Hebrew, Kohanime, are those of that family; and thirdly, Merari, and we just say the sons of Merari. So we have the Gershonites, the Kohathites, and the sons of Merari and all of them are camped around the tabernacle and they have a specific ministry in the tabernacle. Gershon and the Gershonites camp on the west side of the tabernacle opposite of Judah and those tribes and are real close to the tabernacle. Here's their job: they have to maintain, pack up, and set up the curtains, the cloths, and the skins that overlay the tent of the tabernacle. The Kohathites have to tend to the articles of furniture, the Ark of the Covenant, the altar of incense, the golden lamp stand, the table of show bread, and all of those holy implements. The sons of Merari looked after the infrastructure: the poles, the bases, and the stands that hold the curtains around that courtyard - that's their job. Chapter 4, verse 46: "All who were numbered of the Levites, whom Moses, Aaron, and the leaders of Israel numbered, by their families and by their fathers' houses, from thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old, everyone who came to do the work of service and the work of bearing burdens in the tabernacle of meeting-those who were numbered were eight thousand five hundred and eighty. According to the commandment of the Lord they were numbered by the hand of Moses, each according to his service and according to his task; thus were they numbered by him, as the Lord commanded Moses."
When it came time for them to move, this is how it would work. First of all they wouldn't just get up and say, "You know, we've seen enough of this terrain, let's just go a few miles down the road." They did not do that. First of all, a few miles down the road looked the same as where they were - this was a vast wilderness. What they would do is make sure that God was moving them and there was a pillar of cloud by day that began to move and as soon as that cloud began to move, Aaron signaled his boys. Aaron and his sons would go into the holy place and into the holy of holies, take down the veil that separated those two and place it over the Ark of the Covenant. Then they would put a blue cloth over it; and then they put badger skins over it to keep it from inclement weather. Then the Kohathites would rush in would poles and put those poles in the Ark of the Covenant and bear that furniture out, after it was covered. Then the Gershonites would come in and take down the tents, the curtains, the skins, and the cloth wall. Then the sons of Merari would take down the poles and the bases and all of those little infrastructure support elements and they would march. Whenever the cloud would stop, they would set this thing up again. It would probably take no more than 30 minutes - it was very portable, mostly cloth. Those things could be put in place rather rapidly and the whole camp could be set up. So at first, the Ark would be put down, then they would build the tabernacle proper, the tent, the holy place, and the holy of holies. Then they'd put the furniture in; they'd build the wall in the outer courtyard and in 30 minutes they could have it assembled. It is a beautiful story of going through the wilderness. All of them were needed for a particular task and all of them had to do their little part.
Chapters 5 through 10 deal with the consecration of the people. If chapters 1 through 4 deal with the organization of the people, chapters 5 through 10 deal with the consecration and it's all under that heading of organization but now they are going to be consecrated. Look at chapter 5 verse 2, because chapter 5 seems a little bit harsh. Here's a sample, "Command the children of Israel that they put out of the camp every leper, everyone who has a discharge, and whoever becomes defiled by a corpse." Some people read that and say, "Man, God is being a little hard on these poor people; they can't help it if they have this disease or if somebody keeled over dead next to them and they're defiled." Keep in mind that this is really an act of love. God is quarantining those that might have certain diseases so that it doesn't spread to the rest of the camp.
Chapter 6 is the law of the Nazirite. What's a Nazirite? A Nazirite is somebody who decides to go through a period of time where they want to consecrate all of their focus completely on the Lord. They want to do His bidding and they want to live a life of thanksgiving and there were certain requirements if you took this vow. The Bible has a few different people that we think took this vow. Samson, we believe, was probably the most famous Nazirite of all. He grew his hair long and some people think that his strength was in his hair; it wasn't. It was his strength in commitment to God via a Nazirite vow and in playing with that he was breaking his commitment to the Lord. Some people feel that John the Baptist was a Nazirite. Paul the apostle took a Nazirite vow with a few people in Acts chapter 21 and paid for their expenses at the Temple in Jerusalem.
Chapters 7 through 10 are the order of the march beginning with the offerings and now the tribes go out to march. By the way, look how many verses are in chapter 7. It's the second longest chapter in the Bible. What's the longest chapter in the Bible? Psalm 119 has 176 verses in it. So this is a close second with 89 verses. Go to chapter 9 and look with me at verse 15. This is the organization of the people; they've been consecrated to God and now there is the march that is commanded. In chapter 9 verse 15, there's this strange guidance system; this pillar of cloud by day and fire by night. "Now on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony; from evening until morning it was above the tabernacle like the appearance of fire. So it was always: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that the children of Israel would journey; and in the place where the cloud settled, there the children of Israel would pitch their tents. At the command of the Lord the children of Israel would journey, and at the command of the Lord they would camp; as long as the cloud stayed above the tabernacle they remained encamped." You never knew when God was going to move; there were no turn signals attached to this cloud; there was no brake light; it just began to move and when it began to move Moses said, "Aaron get your boys in there, cover up the ark and we're moving on." All of this system would just kick into place. God was moving and He was directing and even though they wander, God never removed His presence from them; it was an amazing act of grace. Even though they fail and they blow it and you might think that God would just set His people aside, He doesn’t do that. He will get His people to the land He promised, even though it will take almost 40 years.
There's a story about a pilot who was landing his plan on very foggy day and he couldn't see the ground and he had never been trained in all of the advance navigational techniques and instrument landing; he did not know how to do that. So he wired into the tower and the tower was walking him through all the things to do but the pilot also knew the terrain. He knew that though he couldn't see them there were hills, tall buildings and towers around and he started getting panicked. The tower could hear the panic in the pilot's voice and so in a stern but calm voice the tower said to the pilot, "You just obey our instructions and let us worry about the obstructions." I think that whenever the Lord is moving in your life, God has one thing and one thing only for you to do and that is to just do what He says: walk by faith, obey His commands, and don't worry about the rest of the stuff. So often we worry when God is moving us or calling us somewhere, and we think, "But what about this and what about that…?" Just follow instructions, just chill out, just take one step of faith and then another and another and pretty soon you'll have a whole walk of faith.
Look at verse 34 of chapter 10. The story continues and concludes: "And the cloud of the Lord was above them by day when they went out from the camp. So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: 'Rise up, O Lord! Let Your enemies be scattered,
And let those who hate You flee before You.' And when it rested, he said: 'Return, O Lord, to the many thousands of Israel.'" Some scholars will call this cloud the Shekinah. Have you ever heard the term, the Shekinah Glory? The term is Aramaic, shechinah, and it means the presence of God. One of the things that marked the children of Israel from all of the other peoples in Canaan, is that God's presence was with them and it was visible in this cloud. Their mistake was when they started turning to their own strength and their own defenses; they had numbered the army and when they started trusting in the army rather than in the God of the army is what got them into trouble - and it will get you into trouble. I had somebody wise tell me one time, "If you defend yourself, God will let you." So often something happens and we want to jump right in and start defending ourselves instead of letting the Lord be our defense, our shelter, and our shield, and carry us through.
Chapters 1 through 4 were the organization of the people; chapters 5 through 10 were the consecration of the people; and chapters 11 and 12 are where it takes a turn for the worse. This is the dissention of the people. Something happens in chapter 11 that's an obvious change in attitude and the people start grumbling and complaining. You say, "How could they? They watched a miracle of God open up the Red Sea and destroy the Egyptians. They saw manna on the ground and water come from a rock." Yes, they saw it all and they got used to it; it became old hat to them. Verse 1 of chapter 11: "Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp." There're were a lot of people, as I mentioned; we think about 3 million people out in the desert - that's more than four boys in a rambler station wagon. Complaining can be contagious and large groups of people complaining can get really crazy. In Acts chapter 6 it says: "And when the number of the disciples was multiplying there arose a disagreement," a dissention, a complaint, is the word. Growth is wonderful and great; we love seeing the crowds come out and the hunger for the Word and we love what we've seen over the years with this fellowship, but with growth comes a "perceived" lack of concern. "Oh, there are so many people, nobody cares about me. They probably cared about me when there were fewer of us but now there's so many and nobody cares. I'm just a number." When that multitude of disciples experienced explosive growth, there was that perceived lack of concern and a complaint arose and there was division; and there was here with the children of Israel. Verse 2: "Then the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the Lord, the fire was quenched. So he called the name of the place Taberah, because the fire of the Lord had burned among them." God's reaction is pretty instant. What is God's attitude toward grumbling and complaining among His people, especially when a person or a few people infect others; do you have any idea what His attitude is? I'll tell you exactly; it says so in the Bible. He hates it - strong word. In Proverbs 6: "Six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises evil schemes, feet that are swift to run to wickedness, A false witness who speaks lies, And he who sows discord among the brethren." God immediately rose up and He kindled in His anger against them and it will eventually lead to unbelief as we'll see and cause the entire generation not to enter into the promise land. In verse 4, notice part of this group: "Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: 'Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes.'" I'm sure the first day that manna showed up they thought, "That rocks; that's so cool; it tastes like Krispy Krème donuts; we can bake it; it's there and it's free! Wow!" Now they hate it, they loath it and they're complaining. Notice in verse 4 that it says the mixed multitude. These are people who are products of a mixed marriage. One of their parents is still in Egypt or died in Egypt or maybe came along on this trip and one of them is an Israelite. They are a mixed group and mixed heritage and these are the ones that cause a problem. Just as there are mixed multitudes back in the ancient days with the Children of Israel in the wilderness, I would say there's a mixed multitude even in churches today. People who come and like to mingle and hand out with church people but they also like to hang out and mingle with worldly values in a worldly setting and these group of people can often breed complaint and disruption through the body of Christ. They are trouble makers and it's contagious.
There was a lady who went to John Wesley and said, "Mr. Wesley, I think I've discovered my talent from the Lord." And he said, "What do you think it is?" She said, "I think God gave me a talent to speak my mind." John Wesley said, "Madam, I think that's one talent that God wouldn't mind if you bury." You know the parable about the talents and burying your talent or using it. The Children of Israel seemed to have forgotten something; they used to be slaves and they've been redeemed from slavery; and they're not working in the brickyards of Egypt anymore. Okay, granted they're in the middle of the desert, but God was taking care of them with water, food, clothing, and shelter. It's funny though, but even God's children can develop selective memory disorder. We tune things out. I've seen this happen with recent converts. After a while they sort of loose the thrill of the Christian walk and they complain, "Oh, I remember all the friends I had back in the world; I remember all those great parties I went to." Of course they forget about the night they were so drunk they couldn't walk; they woke up in their own puke; and their friends stabbed them in the back. But the devil loves to say, "Weren't the good old days great? Do you remember the good old days?" The good old days, I've discovered, is a combination of a good imagination and a bad memory and the enemy would love to tweak your nostalgic nerve so you only focus on a few things but it's all skewed. "Oh the good old days; oh, we miss Egypt; oh, the onions; oh, the leeks; oh, I'm having a Big Mac attack!" and they complained against God. Verse 7: "Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its color like the color of bdellium. The people went about and gathered it, ground it on millstones or beat it in the mortar, cooked it in pans, and made cakes of it; and its taste was like the taste of pastry prepared with oil." In Exodus 16 it said it was like wafers made with honey. "And when the dew fell on the camp in the night, the manna fell on it." I found an interesting text in Deuteronomy chapter 8 as now the 40 years was over and they were about ready to get into the land, Moses makes them look back and he says something to them. He said, "Do you remember those 40 years that your garments didn't wear out and your feet did not swell?" It's an interesting text. First of all they wore the same cloths for 40 years and their cloths didn't wear out. That would be a drag, wouldn't it? I mean to think that you couldn't change wardrobes. First of all your wife couldn't say, "Honey I need a new outfit." "No you don't, it looks fine. It's a miracle, but it looks great."It says that their feet didn't swell and doctors will tell us that if a person has the sameness of diet over and over again and lacks a variety there the necessary vitamins won't be present and one of the symptoms will be the swelling of the feet when they walk. It's interesting that this manna had all of the necessary ingredients, vitamins, and nutrients to keep them going for 40 years. Verse 10: "Then Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent;" (just imagine that sound), "and the anger of the Lord was greatly aroused; Moses also was displeased. So Moses said to the Lord, 'Why have You afflicted Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all these people on me?'" Is Moses complaining? Yes, he is. Moses isn't perfect; he had his flaws, he had his limit. He couldn't take it any longer and here's the human flawed Moses saying, "I'd like to resign now God. I didn't sign up for this job, you talked me into it. Can I quit now?" In verses 16 and 17 the Lord tells Moses to do what Jethro his father in law told him back in Exodus 18. "Get other guys with you. Get 70 men who could be leaders and who can hear the cases of the people and who can help adjudicate the cases and the tough ones can come to you." So this committee develops to help Moses. Later on, this committee becomes the Sanhedrin at the time of Jesus and that what started out to be a blessing turned into the Sanhedrin and the Sanhedrin was the committee that had Jesus Christ crucified. A good thing can sometimes turn out to be a bad thing. Sometimes people think in a church that they have to fix a problem, let's get a committee and that can be the worst thing because it can drag on and on or it can be ruinous like the Sanhedrin.
Chapter 12. We know very little about the home family life of Moses. We just have little snippets of information but one thing I can assure you is that Moses home life was far from perfect. In fact, here we see that there's an incident where he's not very happy and there's a dispute and frankly, I'm glad it's in the Bible because too many of us still view Bible heroes, men and women, through stain glass windows and as if they were perfect. They weren't; they were flawed as well. Verse 1: "Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married;" (they're talking about his wife, Zeporah; she was a Medianite), "for he had married an Ethiopian woman. So they said, 'Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?' And the Lord heard it. (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)" It's an interesting text to read especially in the light of the fact that the author of this was Moses. You might say that you can't be very humble if you say you're humble. I don't agree with that. A humble person is an honest person. Someone once defined humility as being known for who you are. What if you're a great tennis player and I were to say, "Hey can you play tennis very well?" And you'd say, "Oh, no, no - it's all the Lord, bro - no I can't do anything at all." I would say that's not humility; I would call that false humility. If you said, "Well, I like to play tennis and I'm actually pretty good and I've won a few titles." Then you'd say, okay that's honest; he's being known for who he is. So for Moses to write this is a statement of fact under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and it happens to be true. He's not say, "Nobody is as humble as I am; and I'm proud that I'm so humble." This is just a true statement.
What happens in the next few verses is that God explains to Miriam and Aaron that God speaks to Moses differently that to anyone else. "I chose Moses," the Lord says, "and I speak to him face to face." If God chose Moses and they're speaking against Moses, you've got a problem; now they're speaking against God's choice and that's a problem. If it's God's choice that Moses be here and their speaking against Moses, now they're fighting God's choice. I've always loved the fact that David, though he disagreed with King Saul and believed that he wasn’t the man for the job as the king, he said I'm never going to touch the Lord's anointed. It's not my job to do that and he had high respect for that office.
We're going to close with just a few verses in chapters 13 and 14. This is where organization goes to disorganization; this is the malfunction of the people of God. It says in verse 1, "And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them." What was their mission? To spy out the land, check out the terrain, inspect the inhabitants of the land, what are they like, how many are there, what are their strengths and weaknesses? In verse 12 they went and in verse 25: "And they returned from spying out the land after forty days." Verse 27: "Then they told him, and said: 'We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.'" They had the fruit and it was huge; they had the evidence of God's blessing but in spite of the evidence, their evidence was offset by fear. The fruit was here but the fear of the people offset the fruit that they had. Verse 28:
"Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there." Verse 30: "Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, 'Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.' But the men who had gone up with him said, 'We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.'" Most of the people didn't want to go up; two of them did; is the majority always right? No. Here's a case where they were wrong. "And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, 'The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.'"
In chapter 14, they now make the decision - are they going in or are they staying out? Will they enter the land or not? Verse 1, "So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, 'If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness!'" I think Moses under his breath was saying, "Amen!" "'Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?'" So they said to one another, 'Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.'" They're going to use their kids as an excuse for the problem. "God doesn't care about our kids!" God did care about their kids; in fact who will enter the promise land? Not them, but their kids. So they're blaming God saying "We're stuck in the desert with our kids; and what about our kids?" "I love your kids. In fact, you're going to die out here and your kids are going to inherit the promise land - how's that?" That's what happens here. Verse 10: "And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel." When did God's glory show up? When they complained. You know, sometimes no news is good news? Just because you don't see a powerful move of God, sometimes that can be good because this powerful move wasn't so good. Verse 29: "The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in."
Ladies and gentlemen, sometimes we remember things we ought to forget and we forget things we ought to remember. That is what the children of Israel had done. They had forgotten that they were redeemed from Egypt. They remembered the leeks, the garlic, the onions and not the slavery. There were certain things they should be remembering, certain things they should be forgetting, and they got it backwards. In Psalm 103 we're told, "Bless the Lord oh my soul and forget not all of His benefits."
Father we thank you for this time and we thank You for this study and our time of worship and we remember that you loved us and You love each of us as if there was only one of us to love. Lord You've blessed us so much in this country; You've blessed us so much with the friends and the fellowship around us. I pray that our hearts would be filled with joy and packed with thanksgiving and that our joy, our faith, our excitement in Your promises would be contagious and would spread throughout this community. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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7/11/2007
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Destination: Genesis 1-11
Genesis 1-11
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We begin The Bible from 30,000 Feet with a tour of Genesis Chapters 1-11. On this flight we'll travel all the way back to the very beginning - The Creation. We'll meet the first man and woman and their deceiver - the Serpent. We'll fly over God's new creation and meet a man named Noah, who God saved from His judgment - the Flood. We'll also take a look at "beginnings," the first time things are mentioned in the Bible a special significance should be given to them. The word Genesis itself is a Greek word that means "origin," the book describes the origins of creation.
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7/18/2007
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Destination: Genesis 12-50
Genesis 12-50
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This week's flight is going to take us over the second section of Genesis, which is biographical in nature and focuses on the lives of four key people. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. We'll travel through the time era known as the Age of the Patriarchs. If you look at your window, we'll be passing over Canaan and Egypt, Canaan is modern day Israel.
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7/25/2007
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Destination: Exodus 1-18
Exodus 1-18
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In our third tour, we'll be visiting the book of Exodus chapters 1-18. We'll get an overview of the central historical event contained in the book, the redemption of God's people from the bondage of Egypt. The setting for our journey is the nation of Egypt and Israel's wanderings through the wilderness. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 1, 2, 3, 5, 11, 12 and 14.
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8/1/2007
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Destination: Exodus 19-40
Exodus 19-40
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In our fourth tour, we'll again visit the book of Exodus, visiting chapters 19-40. The setting for this week's journey is the Sinai Peninsula where God reveals the Ten Commandments to the nation of Israel and gives specific instructions on how He is to be worshiped. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 20, 25, 26, 27, 29 and 32.
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8/8/2007
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Destination: Leviticus 1-17
Leviticus 1-17
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In our fifth flight from 30,000 Feet, we fly over the first seventeen chapters of the book of Leviticus. This is a book on worship and describes the worship life of the nation of Israel. In this first tour of Leviticus, we'll see how the first part of the book focuses on the way to God through sacrifice and lays down the law - literally - on how man was designed to live and how man can be atoned for his sins. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus: 1-5, 10, 16, 17.
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8/15/2007
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Destination: Leviticus 18-27
Leviticus 18-27
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This week's study will take us through Leviticus chapters 18-27. The theme of Leviticus could be summed up in one word - holiness. The second section of Leviticus focuses on our walk with God through sanctification. Sanctification is the process by which we become holy or set apart for God's purposes. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus 18-20, 22, 23, and 25.
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8/29/2007
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Destination: Numbers 15-36
Numbers 15-36
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In our eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give us a tour of Numbers chapters 15-36. We'll see that the second section of Numbers covers the failure of one generation to enter the Promised Land and the reorganization of a new generation that enters into the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, and 27.
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9/5/2007
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Destination: Deuteronomy 1-34
Deuteronomy 1-34
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In our ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us on a tour through the entire book of Deuteronomy. The Hebrews called it "Elleh Haddevarim," "These are the Words," or "Devarim," (words). Deuteronomy can be organized around three messages given by Moses while the Israelites were on the plains east of the Jordan River. It occurs after the 40 years of wandering and the Israelites are now ready to enter the Promised Land. The key word of this book is covenant and speaks of the special relationship that God has established with His people. Key chapters for this flight are: 6, 7, 31, 32, 33 and 34.
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9/12/2007
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Destination: Joshua 1-12
Joshua 1-12
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Pastor Skip Heitzig will be our tour guide during our tenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week's journey will take us through Joshua 1-12. We'll get to know Joshua, son of Nun, who shared in all the events of the Exodus, and held the place of commander of the host of the Israelites. The book of Joshua describes Israel's conquest of Canaan and the first section describe how Joshua conquered the land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10.
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9/26/2007
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Destination: Joshua 13-24
Joshua 13-24
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In our eleventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the Promised Land. We will see how Joshua divides the land "as an inheritance to Israel," and we'll see different tribes and where they settle, both in and out of the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 13 and 20-24.
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10/3/2007
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Destination: Judges 1-10
Judges 1-10
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In our twelfth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will once again be our tour guide as we take our first look at the book of Judges. We'll see on this tour how the nation of Israel is caught in the cycle of sin and how each cycle results in ever worsening conditions for them. We'll meet some of the characters that God divinely appointed to the office of Judge. The key chapters to review for this flight are Judges 1–3 and 6–8.
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10/10/2007
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Destination: Judges 11-21
Judges 11-21
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Flight thirteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over Judges chapters 11-21. Pastor Skip Heitzig will guide us as we complete this overview of Judges. We will see that the second part of Judges shows the fragile nature of these Judges and a people who, "did what was right in their own eyes," that kept them in their sin cycle.
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10/24/2007
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Destination: Ruth 1-4
Ruth 1-4
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In our fourteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the little romantic book of Ruth. We'll see how the book of Ruth shows the godly courage and love of two very different women from very different backgrounds. We'll meet some amazing characters on this flight who become key people in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
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11/7/2007
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Destination: 1 Samuel 1-15
1 Samuel 1-15
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The fifteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on journey through 1 Samuel chapters 1-15. Join our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig for this exciting tour on which we'll meet a man who would be become King. This man's good looks, physical size and success in war made him an obvious choice from a human perspective, but the book of 1 Samuel highlights his tragic flaw - he disobeyed God's commands. From the ashes of Saul's tragedy God raises up another man who would become King, a man after His own heart, King David. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 8-10 and 15.
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11/14/2007
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Destination: 1 Samuel 16-31
1 Samuel 16-31
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will complete our tour of the book of 1 Samuel, covering chapters 16-31. On this flight we'll meet the man who God calls, "a man after my own heart (Acts 13:22)," David son of Jesse. We'll see David as a young shepherd boy who defeats Goliath and rises to national prominence overnight. His instant popularity arouses the jealousy of King Saul and forces David into hiding.
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11/21/2007
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Destination: 2 Samuel 1-10
2 Samuel 1-10
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Flight Seventeen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over 2 Samuel chapters 1-10. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will show us David's triumphs as King over Israel, after the death of Saul. Join us as we see how David's faith in God leads him to be victorious politically and militarily as one by one he defeats his enemies. We will also see how David's obedience leads to a new promise from God. The key chapters to review for this flight are 1-3, 5, 7 and 9.
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12/5/2007
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Destination: 2 Samuel 11-24
2 Samuel 11-24
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In our eighteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us to our next destination, 2 Samuel 11-24. On this flight we'll see David's transgressions and the troubles that resulted from them. By presenting both the strengths and weaknesses of David, we see a complete picture of a very real person who was described as being "a man after God's own heart." The key chapters to review are 2 Samuel 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 23, and 24.
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Destination: 1 Kings 1-22
1 Kings 1-22
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Get your travel planner out for flight nineteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over 1 Kings 1-22. On this flight we will see the transition that Israel undertakes as it moves from the rule of King David to the rule of his son King Solomon after his death. After Solomon turns from the Lord, we will see how Israel is divided and moved in and out of the power of many kings such as Ahab, Jehoshaphat, and Ahaziah. These chapters will reveal a story of true loyalty and disobedience to God. The key chapters to review are 1 Kings 1-3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 18, and 19.
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Destination: 2 Kings 1-25
2 Kings 1-25
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Flight twenty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of 2 Kings. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will continue to lead us through the history of the divided nation of Israel, and how in spite of the many kings who took control of the land, we will still see a nation without true leadership. As we soar over this book, we will see first how Israel comes into captivity by Assyria, and then the triumph of Babylon over Judah. The key chapters to review are 2 Kings 1-4, and 18-21.
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1/23/2008
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Destination: 1 Chronicles 1-29
1 Chronicles 1-29
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of 1 Chronicles. On this flight we look back once again at God's promise that He would establish His reign on earth through King David. Chapters 1-9 of 1 Chronicles will look in-depth at the the royal line of David and then we will see again the reign of David in chapters 10-29. Join us as we fly at an altitude of 30,000 feet and see how God fulfilled His promises to David and how that presents a witness of His faithfulness to us as well. The key chapters to review are 1 Chronicles 17-18, 21-22, 25, and 28-29
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1/30/2008
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Destination: 2 Chronicles 1-36
2 Chronicles 1-36
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Get ready for our twenty-second departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us soaring over the entire book of 2 Chronicles to see the beginning of the reign of King Solomon all the way to the spiritual roller coaster after Solomon's death and the separation of the kingdoms. From the building of the temple (2 Chronicles 1-9), to the decline of the temple (2 Chronicles 10-36:16), to the destruction of the temple (2 Chronicles 36:17-23), we see a parallel to 1 and 2 Kings from a spiritual viewpoint. The key chapters to review are 2 Chronicles 17-20, and 29-32.
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2/6/2008
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Destination: Ezra 1-10
Ezra 1-10
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Flight twenty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Ezra. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will point out two very important sections of this book; the restoration of the temple (chapters 1-6), and the reformation of the people (chapters 7-10). This book will continue the narrative of 2 Chronicles by showing God's faithfulness to keep His promises by returning His people to their homeland. The key chapters to review are Ezra 1-10.
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2/13/2008
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Destination: Nehemiah 1-13
Nehemiah 1-13
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Get ready for our twenty-fourth departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the entire book of Nehemiah with our pilot, Pastor Skip Heitzig. In this book, Nehemiah, the king's cupbearer, is given permission to lead third and final return to Jerusalem to repair and rebuild the city's walls. This book will show us a political construction (chapters 1-7), and a spiritual instruction (chapters 8-13). Join us as we see how Nehemiah gathers his spiritual strength from God during a time of great opposition.
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2/27/2008
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Destination: Esther 1-10
Esther 1-10
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-five over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of Esther. The flight will be divided into two highly important sections: the threat to the Jews (chapters 1-4), in which we will see Haman's attempt to completely eradicate the Jewish people from Persia, and the triumph of the Jews (chapters 5-10), where we will see a young girl's godly strength and fight to save her people. This flight will show us a whole new set of villains, heroes, and ultimately the ever abounding faithfulness of God towards those who follow Him. The key chapters to review are Esther 1-10.
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3/5/2008
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Destination: Job 1-42
Job 1-42
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Our twenty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us over the entire book of Job, the first book in the section of poetical books. This is a powerful story of a man who has everything taken from him; his health, wealth, and even his beloved family. Yet as we see God allowing Satan to test Job, God's faithfulness to those he loves is clear and Job's steadfast faith prevails. Join us this week as we see Job's dilemma (ch.1-2), the debate with his four friends (ch. 3-37), and his final deliverance (ch. 38-42). The key chapters to review are Job1-4, 8,11-12, and 29.
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3/12/2008
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Destination: Psalms 1-72
Psalms 1-72
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Psalms 1-72. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us through the first seventy-two chapters of Psalms, which is divided into five books of songs, prayers, and poetry. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 1, 14, 23, 40, and 63.
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3/19/2008
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Destination: Psalms 73-150
Psalms 73-150
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Get ready for our twenty-eighth departure of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the last three books in Psalms as we read through chapters 73-150. We will see beautiful writings of gladness and grief, pleading and prayers, and reverence and worship. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 119, and 146-150.
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Destination: Proverbs 1-31
Proverbs 1-31
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Flight twenty-nine over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Proverbs. Known for the wisdom it contains, Proverbs reveals to us how to deal with every day situations; be it love and lust, life and death, friends and enemies, and what our God loves and hates. On this flight, Pastor Skip will point out some of the most noted chapters and verses of one of the most read books of the Old Testament. The key chapters to review are Proverbs 1-2, 5, 14, 22, and 31.
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4/23/2008
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Destination: Ecclesiastes 1-12
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Join us as we continue The Bible From 30,000 Feet, taking our thirtieth flight high above the book of Ecclesiastes. This book reveals some startling truths about how King Solomon felt about finding meaning and fulfillment in life through the things of this world, and ultimately his conclusion that "all is vanity" in a life lived without God. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 5, 8, and 12.
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4/30/2008
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Destination: Song of Solomon 1-8
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Song of Solomon. This poetic book gives us a glimpse into the true love that Solomon has for a shepherdess, and the love and fulfillment they share in a marriage relationship. At an altitude of 30,000 feet we will be able to see the strong tie into the fulfillment and joy seen in the love of God for His people. The key chapters to review are Song of Solomon 1-8.
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5/7/2008
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Destination: Isaiah 1-39
Isaiah 1-39
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Our thirty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us soaring over the entire book of Isaiah. Thought to be the greatest of all the Prophets of the Old Testament, Isaiah's ministry lasted around fifty years, and his prophecies are quoted in the New Testament more often than any other Prophet. This book shows us a mix of both prophecies of condemnation (chapters 1-39), as well as prophecies of comfort (chapters 40-66). The key chapters to review are Isaiah 1-2, 6, 40, 52-53, and 55.
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5/14/2008
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Destination: Isaiah 40-66
Isaiah 40-66
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In our thirty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the second half of Isaiah. As we look through chapters 40-66, we will see the continued work of Isaiah, and how God used his gift of prophecy, both comforting and condemning, to generate change in the individuals he encountered. The key chapters to review are Isaiah 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Jeremiah 1-52
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-four over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the entire book of Jeremiah. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us at an altitude of 30,000 feet to see the three writings of the book of Jeremiah. From the warning of judgment, to the promise of restoration, and finally the protective hand of God over those He loves, we will catch a glimpse of a man who openly allowed God to speak through him in unusual and sometimes bizarre ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Jeremiah 13, 18-20, 25, 31, and 52.
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Destination: Lamentations 1-5
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-five over the Bible From 30,000 Feet. On this departure, we will look once again at Jeremiah in the book of Lamentations. We will learn why Jeremiah is referred to as "the weeping prophet," as we see him lament over the destruction of Jerusalem. This poetic book begins by revealing a man who is distressed for a nation under the consequences of its own sin, and ends with a prayer for the restoration of the nation from captivity. The key chapters to review are Lamentations 1-5.
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Destination: Ezekiel 1-48
Ezekiel 1-48
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In our thirty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the book of Ezekiel. We will witness prophecies we've seen in past books being fulfilled as we see Jerusalem at the time of the Second Babylonian Deportation. As Ezekiel the Priest is deported alongside his people, we see God continue to offer promises of restoration through him, bringing the people a sense of hope in spite of their current tribulations. The key chapters to review are Ezekiel 1-3, 7, 33-34, and 38-39.
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Destination: Daniel 1-6
Daniel 1-6
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Flight thirty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on a tour of Daniel 1-6. In these chapters, we will see the first of the deportations of the Israelites to Babylon, and witness both the prophetic history of the book, as well as the four prophetic visions of Daniel. Ultimately, the powerful stories in Daniel reveal a man of God; unwilling to compromise and full of faith. The key chapters to review are Daniel 1-2.
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Destination: Daniel 7-12
Daniel 7-12
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Our thirty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through the second part of Daniel. As we look at chapters 7-12, we will see the four prophetic visions of Daniel, and observe how his faith in God's fulfillment of prophecies led him to fervent prayer for the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Daniel 9-12.
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Destination: Hosea 1-14
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our thirty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the entire book of Hosea, a man called to prophesy to the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam. As Hosea addresses the sins of the nation, we will see how God used the graphic parallel between his adulterous wife and the unfaithfulness of Israel. The key chapters to review are Hosea 1-4, 6, 9, and 11.
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Destination: Joel; Amos; Obadiah
Joel 1-3; Amos 1-9; Obadiah
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Get ready for flight forty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us soaring over Joel, Amos, and Obadiah. In these three books, we take a look at the strong warnings that God gives His people against greed, injustice, false worship, and self-righteousness. We'll see God's use of these ordinary men to give extraordinary messages; we'll witness His patience, and at the end, we'll see how He stands ready to forgive and restore all who turn away from their sin. The key chapters to review are Joel 1-3, Amos 1, 3 and 7, and Obadiah 1.
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Destination: Jonah 1-4
Jonah 1-4
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Our forty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us to the well known book of Jonah. In this book, we will see what God can do in the life of a prophet, even one who is blatantly disobedient. Despite Jonah's defiance, God strongly redirects his path and brings him to repentance through a very unique situation. By the end of the book, we will see Jonah right back where he started and bringing God glory by doing exactly what He had originally asked of him. The key chapters to review are Jonah 1-4.
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Destination: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk
Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our forty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk, three prophets used by God to criticize, comfort, and encourage the people of Judah. Through these prophets, God's people confess their sins and are confident in the salvation of God's mighty acts. The key chapters to review are Micah 1-7, Nahum 1-3, and Habakkuk 1-3.
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Destination: Zephaniah & Haggai
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Prepare yourself for our forty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This flight will take us soaring over the entirety of both Zephaniah and Haggai. The two books cover five chapters which speak of the coming Day of the Lord, His wrath upon Judah and her neighbors, and an encouragement after their return from exile to rejoice and rebuild the Temple. The key chapters to review are Zephaniah 1-3 and Haggai 1-2.
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Destination: Zechariah and Malachi
Zechariah; Malachi
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We are about to take our forty-forth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, journeying over the final two books of the Old Testament. In ending the Minor Prophets, we'll first look at the expanded message of rebuilding the temple as Zechariah encourages the people to look to the future reign of the Messiah. We will then speed forward 100 years after the temple was rebuilt to the book of Malachi, where God's chosen people had once again slid back into their sinful practices. After 400 years of prophetic silence, Malachi brings a message of exhortation to the people who had resettled in Jerusalem. The key chapters to review are Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi 1-4.
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Destination: Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Matthew, Mark; Luke
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Get your travel planner out for our opening tour of the New Testament and flight forty-five of the Bible from 30,000 Feet! This flight will take us on a sky-high tour over the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke. These three synoptic gospels give us our first glimpses of Jesus' life and death here on earth. We'll see the service, sermons, sacrifices, and sovereignty of our King as we witness the fulfillment of many of the Old Testament prophecies we have previously studied. The key chapters to review are Matthew 1-5 and 17, Mark, and Luke.
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Destination: John
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of John, written by the Apostle John from Ephesus between A.D. 80-90. The spiritual depth of this book and its presentation of the incarnation through the God-man Jesus Christ sets it apart from the other gospels.
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Destination: Acts
Acts
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On our forty-seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give a tour of the entire book of Acts. Acts is the history of how Christianity was founded and organized and solved its problems. The gospel writer Luke tells the story of how the community of believers began by faith in the risen Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, the promised Counselor and Guide, who enabled them to witness, to love, and to serve.
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Destination: Romans
Romans
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We are about to take our forty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Join us as we soar over the entire book of Romans, Paul's letter to the church in Rome. This letter primarily focuses on the basic gospel message along with God's plan of salvation and righteousness for all humankind, Jew and Gentile alike. In our broad overview, we'll take a look at Paul's strong emphasis of Christian doctrine and his concern for Israel. The key chapters to review are 1, 3, 4, and 9-11.
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Destination: 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! As we look at 1 Corinthians, we'll see Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. His letters to the influential church confront their "religious" and arrogant mindsets and defend his ability to be an apostle of Christ. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the turnaround and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 1 Corinthians 2-3 & 12-13.
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Destination: 2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
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Our fiftieth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us on a flight over the second of Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. Between 1 & 2 Corinthians, the congregation was influenced by false teachers who spread opposition to Paul. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the repentance of the people to God and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 2 Corinthians 4 & 12.
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Destination: Galatians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of Galatians, a clear letter to the church in Galatia about the importance of remembering grace through faith and not the law. Paul's forceful letter addresses issues of legalism in the church and the false gospel of works. The key chapters to review are Galatians 1-6.
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Destination: Ephesians
Ephesians
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Who are we in Christ? Grab your travel planner for flight fifty-two as we look at the book of Ephesians, Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus. In this book, Paul explains how we are the bride of Christ, a temple, and a soldier for the gospel. The unity that Paul emphasizes is described as a body working together for a common goal. The key chapters to review are Ephesians 1-6.
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Destination: Philippians
Philippians
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In our fifty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us through the book of Philippians, another of Paul's letters to the church. Referred to as "the epistle of joy," the message contained in these pages is one of long suffering and joy in the midst of Paul's time in prison. Despite his trials, we will see Paul rejoice over the church in Philippi and encourage them in unity, humility, and prayer. The key chapters to review are Philippians 1-4.
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Destination: Colossians
Colossians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-fourth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! On this flight, we will take a look at the young church in Colosse, and how they became the target of a heretical attack. The main theme in the book of Colossians is the complete adequacy of Christ as contrasted with the emptiness of mere human philosophy. The key chapters to review are Colossians 1-4.
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1/14/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Thessalonians
1 Thessalonians 1-5;2 Thessalonians 1-3:18
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In our fifty-fifth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Both books are written as an encouragement to the church in Thessalonica, exhorting them in the word, warning them against pagan immorality, and urging them to remain steadfast in the truth of the Lord. The key chapters to review are 1 Thessalonians 1-5 and 2 Thessalonians 1-3.
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1/21/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Timothy
1 Timothy 1-6;2 Timothy 1-4:22
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Join us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Timothy as we take our fifty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. These loving letters to Timothy, a young pastor in Ephesus, reveal Paul's true love for his brother in Christ and desire to encourage him in the Word and warn against false teachings. In these letters, Paul exhorts Timothy to stand strong and "preach the word" (2 Timothy 4:2). The key chapters to review are 1 Timothy 1-6 and 2 Timothy 1-4.
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1/28/2009
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Destination: Titus and Philemon
Titus 1-3:15;Philemon 1:1-25
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Get your travel planner out for flight fifty-seven of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the books of Titus and Philemon. While the letter to Titus focuses on the importance of sound doctrine and the elements of the church order, Philemon takes a more personal approach and speaks on the application of the great principles of Christian brotherhood to social life. The key chapters to review are Titus 1-3 and Philemon 1.
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2/4/2009
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Destination: Hebrews
Hebrews
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In our fifty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the book of Hebrews. Although the author of the book is not fully known, this well written letter reveals a man with a great desire to encourage Jewish believers to continue in the grace of Jesus Christ, instead of trying to escape persecution by bowing to the rites and rituals of Judaism. The key chapters to review are Hebrews 1-2, 6, 11, and 13.
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2/11/2009
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Destination: James
James
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Our fifty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the distinctive book of James. Although grace through faith in the cross was vital for Jewish believer to understand, James addresses the issue of faith without a consistent lifestyle. This epistle adamantly declares that, "Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead, also." (James 2:26) The key chapters to review are James 1-5.
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2/18/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Peter
1 Peter 1-5; 2 Peter 1-3
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us on a tour of the books of 1 & 2 Peter. Peter's first letter to the church exhorts Christians to remain steadfast in their faith when under persecution, and his second letter tackles the issue of false teachers and a need for discernment against the spreading apostasy. Both books contain a level of warmth in Peter's expressions, making them a great source of encouragement. The key chapters to review are 1 Peter 1-5 and 2 Peter 1-3.
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2/25/2009
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Destination: 1 John
1 John
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In our sixty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the book of 1 John. John writes to define and defend the nature of the person of Christ against heretical teachings affecting the early church. As John addresses the heretical teachings of the time, he also addresses the preeminence of God's love for us, and our duty to love others in return. The key chapters to review are 1 John 1-5.
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3/25/2009
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Destination: 2, 3 John and Jude
2 John, 3 John; Jude
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Flight sixty-two over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will give a sky high view over three small but concise books, 2 & 3 John and Jude. While all three books have a different primary focus, all are written with the purpose to encourage the church to keep a strong biblical foundation. This study will take us through the importance of biblical discernment, the need to be in fellowship with other believers, as well as the vital need to keep strong in the faith. The key chapters to review are 2 & 3 John, and Jude.
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4/1/2009
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Destination: Revelation 1-11
Revelation 1-11
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With only two more flights to go, we welcome you to get your travel planner ready for the first half of the book of Revelation and flight sixty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Considered to be one of the most powerful books in Scripture, Revelation is a direct vision from God, to John, which he was asked to record for future generations. Revelation 1:19, "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later." As the final warning to the world of the tribulation to come, it also serves as a source of hope for the Church. The key chapters to review are 1-4, 7, and 11.
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4/8/2009
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Destination: Revelation 12-22
Revelation 12-22
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Flight sixty-four brings us to the end of the scriptures and the second and final part of the book of Revelation. Chapters 12-22 lead us into some of the most thrilling text in the entire Bible, giving us a glimpse into the seven bowl judgments, the Beast, and the future tribulation, but also bringing us great hope for God's Church. The key chapters to review are Revelation 12-14, 18, and 20-22.
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4/15/2009
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Bible from 30k Final Q&A
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We have landed our flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. As we touch down and head to pick up the final baggage from our 65 flight series, our last sky-high view of the scriptures will includes this final Q&A Celebration. Pastor Skip and others answer questions from the last year, as well as on the spot questions from the audience.
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There are 64 additional messages in this series.