Forty years in the wilderness & forty-two plus camp sites
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|departed from:||Egyptian city of Rameses||Exodus of 600,000 men, plus women and children, (perhaps 2 million people),
on the fifteenth day of the first month of "ABIB", (later known as the month of NISAN).
|day 1||Succoth: (booths)|
|day 2||Etham: (fortress)||the LORD went before them in a pillar of a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.|
|day 3||Pi-Hahiroth||between Migdol: (watchtower) and the sea, opposite Baal-Zephon: (baal of winter)|
|wilderness of Shur||They traveled for 3 days and found no water, Exodus 15:22|
|day 7||Marah, (bitter)||Bitter waters made sweet, Exodus 15:22, Jehovah-Rapha (the Lord my Healer) revealed.|
|Elim: (large trees)||Twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees|
|by the Red Sea|
|day 30||Wilderness of Sin||Eating of Manna was introduced, Exodus 16.|
|Alush: (wild place)|
also called Meribah
|No water, Moses strikes rock of Horeb and water flows,
Joshua defeats Amalek, Exodus 17:8 Jehovah-Nissi (the Lord is my Banner) revealed, .
Moses' father-in-law, Jethro and wife Zipporah, join Him, Exodus 18.
|Wilderness of Sinai
Jebel el Lawz or
Jebel el Musa aka. mountain of Moses or Mountain of the Lord
|Moses received 10 commandments on Mount Sinai,
The people told Aaron to make them a god, (the making of the golden calf), Exodus 32.
Moses set up the Court of the Tabernacle on the 1st day of 1st month / 2ndyear Exodus 40:16
The first census was taken, a year and two months after leaving Egypt. Numbers chapter 1
Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu offer up profane fire before the LORD, Leviticus 10:1-3
the people now traveled and camped within their tribes, Numbers 10:11.
|~ 7 day stay||Kibroth Hattaavah: (graves of lust)||People complained, we want meat to eat, the Lord sent quails however, they who yielded to
the craving were buried there,
This site could also have been named Taborah which means (burning) Numbers 11:3.
|~ 7 day stay||Hazeroth: (villages)||Aaron & Miriam spoke against Moses in the Wilderness of Paran, Numbers chapter 12,|
Rithmah (wild broom)
aka. Kadesh Barnea
12 spies sent out, 10 gave a bad report,
The Amalekites and Canaanites smote and discomfited them unto Hormah.
|Rimmon Perez: (pomegranate of the breach)|
|Rissah: (heap of ruins)|
|Mount Shepher: (brightness)|
|Bene Jaakan: (sons of intelligence)|
|Hor Hagidgad: (cavern of Gidgad)|
|Ezion Geber: (backbone of a man)||Near Elath on the shore of the Red Sea.|
|38 year||Wilderness of Zin, at Kadesh||
Miriam, Moses sister dies,
No water, Moses strikes the rock twice, God said speak to the rock Numbers 20:2
Refused passage through Edom, (went around it), Numbers 20:14.
boundary of Edom
Aaron, the priest, dies at age 123,
with Canaanites, Israel destroyed them, Numbers 21
|Punon, (ore pit)||Moses made bronze serpent and people who looked at it were healed, Numbers 21:4.|
|Oboth: (water skins)|
east of Moab
| with the Midianites,
killed their five kings,
Moses dies on Mount Abarim, age 120, Deuteronomy 34
|39 year||Valley of Zered||Numbers 21:12|
|Arnon||between the borders of the Amorites and Moab, Numbers 21:13|
|Beer||Where the LORD gave the people water, Numbers 21:16|
|The valley of the country of Moab.||
Amorites refused land passage, Israel took possession of their land,
King of Moab requests Balaam to curse the Israelites, Numbers 22:1.
|Dibon Gad||Perhaps a conquered city taken.|
|Almon Diblathaim||between Dibon Gad and the mountains of Abarim.|
|Mountains of Abarim||before Nebo|
|40 years||Plains of Moab by Jordan at Jericho||The Israelites crossed over the Jordan river into the land of Canaan on the eleventh month of the fortieth year|
|The Journey continues in the book of Joshua, leading the Israelites and conquering the promise land of Canaan.|
The ordered account of the journeys listed in Numbers chapter 33, lists 42 locations. This is counting the Egyptian city of Rameses and the final site before crossing the Jorden river. Omitting these two sites gives us the number 40. Theologians over the years like the symbolism of numbers as does God also like certain numbers. Both number 40 & 42 are found many times in scriptures, a quick account is given below.the number 42
I have used the heading of "42 plus campsites", for there are other campsites or names of campsites mentioned throughout the scriptures that are not included in the Numbers chapter 33 account and we should not simply ignore these, here are a few explanation for this: