The Warehouse Men Wilderness Blog

We are journeying through the Book of Numbers together as a group of men. In coordination with the In the Wilderness teaching series at Warehouse, we’re exploring a blog post each week and gathering in informal meetups to discuss the ways our reading plan is transforming us. Each week, Eric Orizco will post a blog about the teaching and reading that is driving this series.

Wilderness Men 9: A Mystery of Redemption
April 7th, 2014 by

“Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him.” -Numbers 31:17 Periodically, we come upon passages in the Bible like Numbers Chapter 31. Somehow, like a discipline hard to come by, we must reconcile passages like these with our moral compasses – if […]

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Wilderness Men 8: Methuselah
March 31st, 2014 by

How appropriate, on the heels of Kurt’s “day by day” message yesterday and the opening weekend of Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah, that our reading these next two days brings up the theme of “long life”. Some really, really long-lived people come up in Chapter 25 and 26. As a New Testament backgrounds guy, I just […]

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Wilderness Men Recap: Weeks 5, 6 and 7 – “Arcs”
March 28th, 2014 by

One striking chord about this past few weeks’ meetups is the sheer difficulty encountered by group leaders drawing out discussions on the topic of leadership.  Why is it difficult for us men to reflect openly with one another on the topic of leadership? Kelly Summerrow reflected that perhaps the difficulty is that many men do […]

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Wilderness Men 7: Israel from the Crags
March 24th, 2014 by

“He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob, nor has he seen trouble in Israel. The LORD their God is with them, and the shout of a king is among them.” – Numbers 23:21 Above are the captivating words of Balaam, the gentile prophet, whose prophecies actually all came to fruition, so we know they are […]

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Wilderness Men 6 – Part 2: Aaron
March 18th, 2014 by

“And when all the congregation saw that Aaron had perished, all the house of Israel wept for Aaron thirty days.” -Numbers 20:29   During my days as a student in Jerusalem, Rabbi Moshe Silberschein of Hebrew Union College helped introduce me to the world of the Rabbis. One of the things I learned in his […]

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Wilderness Men 6 – Part 1: Miriam
March 17th, 2014 by

“And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.’” – Numbers 20:12 The chapters that follow from our reading today to […]

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Wilderness Men Recap: Weeks 3 & 4 – “Complaining”
March 13th, 2014 by

The consensus I have from the meetup group leaders is that these weeks in Chapters 11 through 14, the chapters of complaining and questioning and losing heart in the face of giants, were particularly rich places for analysis and discovery into the many things that keep us back from trusting our lives with God. As […]

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Wilderness Men 5: What is man?
March 10th, 2014 by

“…So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the LORD your God.” – Numbers 15:40-41 When Moses ascended Mt. Sinai to receive the Law, the commandments of […]

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Wilderness Men 4: Giants
March 3rd, 2014 by

“The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height.” – Numbers 13:32  The people of great height that the twelve spies of Israel had encountered during their tour of the Judean hill country, […]

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Wilderness Men Recap: Weeks 1 and 2
February 28th, 2014 by

I hope the fact that some readers are sensing that there is more to this book than was maybe bargained for is making this very worthwhile for all of you.  Rather than inspiring headaches and doubts (which I’m sure is a struggle for everyone nonetheless), meetup leaders related to me that their group discussions showed […]

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