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Bible Gem 9 - Paran means to endow with glory (Num 11:10-13)

March 3, 2019


 I have received  questions from people and the struggles they are going through so decided to bless you all with an especially significant gem i was planning  to do later.


Now in the second year, in the second month, on the twentieth of the month, the cloud was lifted from over the tabernacle of the testimony; 

and the sons of Israel set out on their journeys from the wilderness of Sinai. Then the cloud settled down in the wilderness of Paran. 

So they moved out for the first time according to the commandment of the LORD through Moses. Numbers 10:11-13  


Interesting isn’t it? We know they were led by the presence of God by cloud.


“Throughout all their journeys whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the sons of Israel would set out; but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day when it was taken up.  For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the LORD was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel.”  Exo 40:36-38  


When the cloud stopped they stopped; when the cloud moved they moved. It couldn’t have been clearer. Wow wish I was led like that you say. 


Hang on a minute. Let’s take note of some things. 

After Sinai they went to Taberah

From Taberah to Kibroth-hattaavah

From Kibroth-hattaavah to Hazeroth

From Hazeroth to Kadesh Barnea in the Desert of Paran. 


All those names mean something. We will only take note of the last one. I have included them all to give you some food for thought and study. 


They find themselves in Kadesh Barnea in the Desert of Paran. Remember the cloud has led them here. 

The name Kadesh Barnea means holy place of Barnea. Kadesh Barnea is found in the midst of the Desert of Paran. 

Would it surprise you to know that Paran is an archaic noun from the verb para’  which means to endow with glory?

Wow think about that.  This place, called the holy place of Barnea where they stopped for quite some years.


“It is eleven days' journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea.” Deu 1:2  


"Now the time that it took for us to come from Kadesh-barnea until we crossed over the brook Zered was thirty-eight years, until all the generation of the men of war perished from within the camp, as the LORD had sworn to them.” Deu 2:14  


Wow that is interesting. They spent 38 years in and around Kadesh Barnea. Seemingly in this holy place of Barnea it was God’s intention to endow them with glory in the desert of Paran. But they just didn’t learn the lesson. Do you realise that it is God’s intention to fill you with His glory in the hard places but so often we miss the lesson? 


It is in the desert of Paran that you find God and He endows you with glory in the holy place. But think about it! The Israelites let Horeb, the Mountain of God, the place of Glory and travelled to Kadesh Barnea in the Desert of Paran. In other words they went from the place of glory to another place where the glory was to dwell within them. We are all on a journey from Glory to Glory. From one degree of glory to another to the point where we are indwell with God's glory. (2 Cor 3:18) 



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