The Book of Numbers

The Book of Numbers

The book of Numbers relates the story of Israel's wandering (38 years) in the desert. Some scholars called this book as The Book of Wandering / The Book of Murmuring

240 Days Bible Reading Table for Numbers:

Day

Chapters 

Content

Reading Date

26

Numbers 1 to 4

First census, priestly duties

14th November 2019

27

Numbers 5 to 7

✝ Holiness and Purity, the camp, unfaithfulness, the Nazirite, Tabernacle consecration

15th November 2019

28

Numbers 8 to 13

Feeling of Helplessness and Hopelessness, journeying by cloud and fire, complaints, Qualities of the Servant of God

16th November 2019

29

Numbers 14 to 17

Unbelief keeps you from enjoying God's best, bread, idol worship, Mixed report of the scouts and Israel's response

17th November 2019

30

Numbers 18 to 21

Egypt to Canaan in the wilderness, Water from Rock, Miriam's and Aaron's deaths, serpents 

18th November 2019

31

Numbers 22 to 25

Fiery serpent bite, Spiritual Warfare, King of Arad, Balaam's donkey 

19th November 2019

32

Numbers 26 to 30

Feast of Trumpets, Final Days of Moses, eternity, Sheep without a shepherd

20th November 2019

33

Numbers 31 to 35

Repentance always bring Blessings and Exaltation, Stations of the Israelites’ journeys, memory of Amalek

21st November 2019

34

Numbers 36 & Deuteronomy 1 to 3

 Final Acts of Moses, instructions for conquest, cities for Levites 

22nd November 2019

Numbering The Numbers

✅ The book of Numbers presents God's unchanging Character as he responds with both mercy and justice. In mercy He heard their complaints and supply their needs. In justice He allowed them to reap the consequences of their lack of trust and disobedience. 

✅ The book of Numbers can be divided into three sections:

(i) 1:1-10 These chapters describes how God organised the people to prepare them to enter and possess the promised land.

(ii) 11:1-25:18 These chapters narrates how the Israelites behave ( disobedience and rebellion) as they began the journey to the promised land.

(iii) 26:1-36:13 These chapters portrays how God refined and prepared the second generation to conquer and possess the promised land.

✒ Paul in his first letter to the church at Corinth writes, "For God is not the God of disorder .." 14:33. In other words He is the God of order who organize the things in such a way that no human beings can think of it. His orderly commands in the book of Numbers includes:

1) The Census (1:5-46) 
~ For military preparation: Young and energetic boys above 20 years or more ( 603,550) were included in Israeli Army. 
~ Preparation for distributing the promised land according to the tribe, clan and family ( in the later part )

2) Camp Organization (1:48-54) 
~ Levites are to set up their tents around the tabernacle 
~ Israelites are to camp around the Tent of Meeting maintaining a specific distance. The tribes are arranged in 4 divisions of 3 tribes each positioned at East, West, South and North.

3) Duties of Levites (3:14-48) 
The Lord said to Moses, "I have taken the Levites from among the Israelites... the Levites are mine.." 3:11-13 
> They have a special role and responsibilities in and around the tabernacle. 
> They were divided in three clans /groups: Gershonites, Kohathites and Merarites. 
> Age permissible were 30-50 years (4:3,23,30). 
> 22,000 Levites were counted (3:39)

4) Purity in the camp
Ceremonial Uncleanness (5:1-4). Send them outside the camp so that their presence will not defile God's Sanctuary.
Restitution ( 5:5-10). Need to confess and make amends for wrongs done to others.
Adultery ( 5:11-31). Unfaithful woman was to stand before the Lord while the priest prepared bitter water. The priest would pronounce a curse that would only harm the woman if she was guilty. The woman would drink the water and it would not harm her if she was innocent..

5) Nazirite Vows (6:1-21) 
~ It focus on the purity of an individual who voluntarily dedicates himself/herself to the Lord.
~ Nazirite means separated or set apart. 
~ They were bound by three rules: 
(a) Abstain from all types of drinks 
(b) Not allowed to cut their hairs 
(c) Not to go near a dead person.

As we read and study the book of Numbers, may we learn to stand firm by trusting God for provision and protection, accepting His anointed leaders and submitting to His discipline.

Glory to God
 Mark Boje, ArP 

 

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