From Shittim to Gilgal

It is easy to read the Bible without actually reading it. These are some new discoveries that I have found.
O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the Lord (Micah 6:5).
Balak was a Moabite king who lived opposite the Israelites when they were camped in Shittim (Num. 25:1). The Moabites were scared of the horde Israelites and what they had done to the Amorites (Num. 21). Fearing their destruction in battle, Balak came up with a plan to ask Balaam the son of Beor to curse the Israelites. He thought the only way he could beat them was if God was against them (Num. 22:6). The problem is that each time Balaam went to curse the Israelites he ends up blessing them instead. This happens three times and it enrages Balak. Balaam says his hands are tied, he can only say what God tells him to say. We find out later that Balaam did not give up on cursing the Israelites and enticed them to sin against God with the women of Moab (Num. 25:1, Num. 31:16). God did not allow Balaam to curse the Israelites instead He blessed them (Num. 24:3-9).

Shittim was the last place the Israelites camped before crossing over the Jordan into the promised land (Josh. 3:1). It was also the place were they sinned against God with the women of Moab, worshipping Baal of Peor, and twenty-four thousand were killed by a plague (Num. 25:1-9). Gilgal was the first place the Israelites camped in the promised land. This was no ordinary crossing since God stopped the waters and they crossed on dry land just like He did when they left Egypt and crossed over the Red Sea (Josh. 4:22-23). Gilgal sounds like "to roll" in Hebrew and Shittim means "the acacias" or thorntree. Gilgal was the place where the Lord said, "Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you." The Israelites came from a place called "thorntree" where they had worshiped the gods of this world (Baal of Peor), stayed beside the Jordan for three days (Josh 3:1), and then crossed over into the promised land (Canaan) rolling away the reproach of Egypt. Jesus put on a crown of thorns for us who worshipped the gods of this world, made his way to the cross, spent three days in the grave, and then was raised from the dead bringing us into Heaven by rolling away our sins.
"With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn fro my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?" He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?


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