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THE BOOK OF NUMBERS
"Wilderness Wandering"
WALKING
Numbers 1-12
WANDERING
Numbers 13-25
WAITING
Numbers 26-36
Counting &
Camping
Nu 1-4
Cleansing &
Congregation
Nu 5-8
Carping &
Complaining
Nu 9-12
12 Spies &
Death in Desert
Nu 13-16
Aaron & Levites in
Wilderness
Nu 17-18
Serpent of Brass & Story of Balaam
Nu 21-25
Second Census 7 Laws of Israel
Nu 26-30
Last Days of Moses as Leader
Nu 31-33
Sections, Sanctuaries &
Settlements
Nu 34-36
Law
& Order
Rebellion
& Disorder
New Laws
for the New Order
Old
Generation
Tragic
Transition
New
Generation
Preparation for the Journey:
Moving Out
Participation in the Journey:
Moving On
Prize at end of the Journey:
Moving In
At Sinai
Mt Sinai
To Moab
Mt Hor
At Moab
Mt Nebo
En Route to Kadesh
(Mt Sinai)
En Route to Nowhere
(Wilderness)
En Route to Canaan
(Plains of Moab)
A Few Weeks to
2 Months
38 years,
3 months, 10 days
A Few
Months
Christ in Numbers = Our "Lifted-up One"
(Nu 21:9, cp Jn 3:14-15)
Author: Moses

Key Words (NAS95): Service (41x/37v), sin/sins (49x), Passover (11x/10v), covenant (5x), holy (38x/35v), atonement (17x/15v), offering(s) (296x/167v), "the LORD spoke to" (47x), war (31x/30v), wilderness (48x/44v), tent/tabernacle (93v), cloud (20x/16v), curse(s) (23x/19v)

Also in the KJV the phrases "thou shalt" occurs 208x/154v and "thou shalt not" occurs 80x/76v

OUTLINE OF THE BOOK--

Forty Years of Wandering (Deut 1-4)

Promise of Blessings for Obedience and Curses for Disobedience (Deut 5-28)

The Palestinian Covenant (Deut 29,30)

Joshua Appointed Moses' Successor (Deut 31)

The Farewell Song of Moses (Deut 32)

Final Blessings for the Tribes; Moses' Death (Deut 33,34)

See Much More Detailed Outline of Numbers

Christ in the Book of Numbers: Portrayed as our "Lifted-Up One" (Nu 21:9, cp Jn 3:14-15)

See Christ in the Old Testament by A M Hodgkin

See The Old Testament Presents... Reflections of Christ by Paul R Van Gorder

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Numbers-Chuck Huckaby

Introduction to the Book of Numbers – John MacArthur

Numbers – Analysis – James Van Dine

Numbers – Living Messages-G Campbell Morgan

Numbers 1-19 Synthetic Bible Studies - including spiritual lessons

Numbers 20-36 Synthetic Bible Studies – James Gray

Numbers The Incomplete Christian Life – Ray Stedman – very practical

Theology of Numbers – Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology

INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS

Ray Stedman - Now we come to the book of Numbers. In Numbers we have dramatically set forth what is perhaps the hardest lesson a Christian has to learn -- to trust God instead of his own reason. This is where we struggle, isn't it? We think that what we want to do and the way we want to do it is the right way. The hardest struggle we have, even as these Israelites had, is to learn to believe that God knows what he is talking about and that what he tells us is the truth, and is for our good, and to operate on that basis despite what friends and others around are telling us concerning the right way. Proverbs puts it so graphically, "There is a way which seems right to a man, and its end is the way to death." (Pr 14:12) The book of Numbers is a picture of that experience in the believer. You will recognize, of course, that it is the experience of Romans 7 where the unhappy, defeated Christian, who is his own worst enemy, is being disciplined by God because God as a father loves him. He is experiencing in the midst of this discipline the fatherly love and care of God and protection from his enemy. That is what the book of Numbers portrays. It is a picture of people who have come out of Egypt but who have not yet reached Canaan. They had the faith to follow God out of the bondage and slavery of sin but have not yet come into the fullness of liberty and rest in the Holy Spirit -- Canaan being a picture of the Spirit-filled life. (Overview of Numbers- The Incomplete Christian Life - Recommended)

Henrietta Mears - The children of Israel were saved to serve. So is every child of God today. Beware of unbelief! The apostle Paul says to us, "You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?" (Galatians 5:7). Unbelief hinders blessing. God tells why we cannot enter into His blessings (Hebrews 3:19). This book might be called the Wilderness Wandering from Sinai to the border of Canaan, the land of promise, covering about forty years. Numbers is also called the Book of the March and the Roll Call (Numbers 33:1-2). It might, too, be called the Book of Murmurings because from beginning to end it is filled with the spirit of rebellion against God. Read what God says about this in Psalm 95:10. Numbers is indeed the book of the wilderness, recording the pitiable failure of Israel at Kadesh-barnea, and the consequent wanderings and experiences of the people in the wilderness. It records the pilgrimage, warfare, service and failure of the second generation of the nation after the Exodus from Egypt. This, however, is not all the message of Numbers. The first ten chapters give us the divine legislation; Numbers 11-20 tells the story of the nation's failure; but the closing chapters of the book record Israel's return to Jehovah's favor and final victory, even in the wilderness.

While the annals of many powerful nations of that same time are lost to the world, these of a comparative handful of people are preserved. The reason for this is that the Messiah who would redeem the world was to come from this people. This is the reason God was so patient with them. He wanted to preserve them for Himself. In 1 Cor. 10, we learn that the things that happened to them were "examples" unto us. In other words, their whole history was an "object lesson" to us, illustrating God's dealing with us today.

The key thought is discipline. Numbers is the fourth book of Moses. Someone has said that the order of the books is as follows:

In Genesis, we see humanity ruined.

In Exodus, humanity redeemed.

In Leviticus, humanity worshiping.

In Numbers, humanity serving.

This is the order the Law lays down. Only someone who is saved can serve and worship God. Remember, we are saved to serve. We are not saved by good works, but we are "created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Eph 2:10). The law can bring us up to the land of promise, but only our divine Joshua (Christ) can bring us in. Paul says that the law is the "schoolmaster" (KJV) to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24). The law cannot save us, for we are saved "not by works, so that no one can boast" (Eph 2:9).

Leviticus deals with the believer's worship.

Numbers deals with the believer's walk.

In Leviticus we see the believer's privileges.

In Numbers the wilderness is the drill field.....

It was God's plan that the children of Israel should go straight into the land He had promised them, the land of Canaan, but the people would not. God said that all those at Kadesh over twenty years old, except Joshua and Caleb, would have to die. A new generation arose during the forty years of wandering, but at the end the nation was about as strong in numbers as the day they left Egypt. (Read Numbers 26.) (What the Bible is All About)

Paul Van Gorder - A key phrase of the book, ''all who were able to go forth to war,'' appears 14 times in chapter one. In typology, the theme of Numbers is service and walk. (Van Gorder on the Red Heifer in Numbers 19:1-22) God prescribed for Israel both a basis and method of cleansing. The sacrifice was to be a red heifer that was without blemish or spot and that had never borne a yoke. This speaks of the spotless character of Christ, who never came under the yoke of the curse for sin. That heifer was slain outside the camp. So also our Lord, though holy, was treated as unclean. By this He became the substitute for the unclean. The entire sacrifice had to be consumed. Christ offered Himself-- every part-- unto God. Cedar and hyssop and scarlet were cast into the midst of the burning sacrifice. The ashes from the sacrifice were gathered up and laid in a clean place-- set apart for those that were defiled. Likewise, our Lord went through the agony and sacrifice of Calvary, and His body was laid in a clean, new tomb. But He did not remain there. He arose from the grave, and ''He ever liveth to make intercession for us'' (Heb 7:25).The Israelites were told, ''He who toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days'' (Nu 19:11). Just a touch was enough to make a person unclean. Death is the work of sin, and the entire race has come under sin's penalty. ''There is none righteous, no, not one'' (Ro 3:10). The believer in Jesus, after he has received by faith the sacrifice of Christ, comes in contact with the defilement of the flesh and of the world. Just a touch of sin is enough to break fellowship with God and render a person unclean. For such an unclean person in Israel, the priest sprinkled the ashes of the burnt heifer in running water and put them into a container. Then a clean person would dip hyssop in the water and sprinkle it upon the tent, the utensils, and the person that had become unclean. This speaks of cleansing from the defilement of sin. The slaying of the sacrifice and the keeping of the ashes were not enough. For the sacrifice to be effective, it had to be appropriated through the ceremony of the running water.

How vividly this speaks of the water of the Word! The Lord Jesus said, ''Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you'' (John 15:3). Just as it was running water for Israel, so it is by the moving of the Spirit of God through the Word that we are convicted of our sin and also cleansed from it. Paul said that Christ gave Himself for the church ''that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word'' (Eph 5:26). The apostle John wrote, ''But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness'' (1John 1:7-9). (OT Reflections of Christ - Numbers)

THE PENTATEUCH
SUMMARIZED
BOOK KEY
IDEA
THE
NATION
THE
PEOPLE
GOD'S
CHARACTER
GOD'S
ROLE
GOD'S
COMMAND
Genesis Beginnings
Ruin
Chosen Prepared Powerful
Sovereign
Creator "Let there be!"
Exodus Redemption Delivered Redeemed Merciful Deliverer "Let My people go!"
Leviticus Worship Set Apart Taught Holy Sanctifier "Be Holy!"
Numbers Wandering Directed Tested Just Sustainer "Go in!"
Deuteronomy Renewed
Covenant
Made
Ready
Retaught Loving
Lord
Rewarded "Obey!"

Source: Talk Thru the Bible

Numbers Bible Study
Precept Ministries International Inductive Study

Lesson 1 can be downloaded as Pdf (click here)
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Inductive Study)
Updated Dec, 2015

Numbers
Precept Upon Precept

Do you wonder if you are following the Lord's leading to the place where He wants you to be? The Israelites cried out to God, and He heard them, raising up Moses to deliver them out of slavery in the land of Egypt and lead them towards the Promised Land. Because of their sin, however, they suffered the consequences and wandered in the wilderness for nearly forty years. What can you learn from the children of Israel so that you won't make the same mistakes?

7 weeks, 7 lessons (Download Lesson 1 - 54 page Pdf)

Brian Bell
Sermons on Numbers

Numbers 1-2: In the Wilderness
Numbers 3: Playing With Fire
Numbers 5: Sanctification Through Separation
Numbers 6: Aaronic Blessing
Numbers 7,8: Leaders, Lamps, & Levites
Numbers 9,10: Red Light, Green Light
Numbers 11: The Gift of Grumbling
Numbers 12: Pride & Prejudice
Numbers 13: Walking by Sight & not by Faith
Numbers 14: We Wont Go
Numbers 15: Small Things with a Big Message
Numbers 16: God's Sinkhole
Numbers 17: Aaron's Almonds
Numbers 18: Our Perpetual Portion
Numbers 19: God Provides - Mp3 Only
Numbers 20: Waterless Places
Numbers 21: Steve Wimberly - Mp3 Only
Numbers 22: Serving 2 Masters
Numbers 23, 24: Prophet For Hire
Numbers 25: The Javelin of Phinehas
Numbers 26, 27: The Next Leader
Numbers 28, 29: Deity's Delight
Numbers 32: Living On the Wrong Side of the Cross
Numbers 33: Irritants and Thorns
Numbers 34-36: Special Boundaries in Canaan

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Commentary on the Book of Numbers
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1858

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John Calvin
Commentary on the Book of Numbers

No verse by verse comments on this book

Numbers 6:2 6:3 6:5 6:6 6:9 6:13

Numbers 9:1 9:6

Numbers 15:20 15:38 15:41

Rich Cathers
Notes on Numbers

Numbers 1-4

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Adam Clarke
Commentary on the Book of Numbers

(1760-1832)
See caveat regarding his interpretative approach

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W A Criswell
Sermons
on the Book of Numbers

Numbers 9:1-14 A Memorial of Redemption

Numbers 10-12 the Nobility of Moses

Numbers 13 The Promised Land

Numbers 13:26-33 I Feel Inferior, What Shall I Do?

Numbers 14 The Bitter, Bitter Disappointment

Numbers 16 Faithful Under Reproach

Numbers 17 Aaron's Rod That Budded

Numbers 19:1-22 Red Heifer: God's Sevenfold Provision for Cleansing

Numbers 20:1-12 How It Went Ill With Him

Numbers 21:22 Going Along the King's Highway

Numbers 21:4-9 The Nation of Israel (The Scarlet Thread Through The Bible)

Numbers 21:5-9 The Brazen Serpent

Numbers 27:13-23 We Begin our 45th Year

Commentary on the Book of Numbers
Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible

Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown. Published 1871

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Thomas Constable
Commentary and Expositional Notes on Numbers

Conservative, Millennial

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Ron Daniel
Sermons on Numbers

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Numbers 27:1-30:16

Numbers 31:1-54

Numbers 32:1-34:29

Numbers 35:1-36:13

J Ligon Duncan
Sermons
Book of Numbers

Updated December 12, 2015

Numbers 1:1-4 Introduction and Outline

Numbers 1:1-46 Numbered

Numbers 2 Arranged

Numbers 3:1-51 Priests, Duties, Firstborn

Numbers 4:1-49 Priests, Duties, Firstborn (2)

Numbers 5:1-10 Defiled

Numbers 5:11-31 The Adultery Test

Numbers 6:1-21 The Nazarites

Numbers 6:22-27 The Total Blessing

Numbers 6:22-27 Good Words - William E. Dempsey

Numbers 6:22-27 The Great Blessing of God's Name Mark Ross

Numbers 7:1-89 Offerings of the Leaders

Numbers 8:1-26 Lamps, Levites, and Retirement

Numbers 9:1-14 Passover

Numbers 9:15 -10:10 Cloud and Trumpets

Numbers 10:11-36 Leaving Sinai

Numbers 11:1-15 Grumbling

Numbers 11:16-30 Elders and Quail

Numbers 11:31-35 The Plague

Numbers 12:1-16 Murmuring in the House

Numbers 13:1-33 Spies in the Land

Numbers 14:1-45 Rebellion and Rebuke

Numbers 15:1-41 The Laws of the Land

Numbers 16:1-50 Korah's Rebellion

Numbers 17:1-13 Aaron's Rod Blossoming

Numbers 18:1-32 Levites’ Duties and Priestly Portion

Numbers 19:1-22 The Red Heifer

Numbers 20:1-29 Just Another Day in the Wilderness

Numbers 20:1-13 More Than a Rock - Billy Dempsey

Numbers 21:1-9 Snakebit

Numbers 21:10-35 The Wars of the Lord

Numbers 22:1-21 Conspiracy to Curse

Numbers 22:22-40 Balaam's Ass

Numbers 22:41-23:26 Balaam's Prophecy

Numbers 23:27 - 24:25 Balaam's Prophecy (2)

Numbers 25:1-18 Zeal of Phinehas

Numbers 26:1-65 The New Generation

Numbers 27:1-14 With God in the Wilderness (37): Inheritance Laws

Numbers 27:12-23 Succession Plan

Numbers 28:1-31 The Laws of Offerings

Numbers 29:1-40 The Offerings of the Seventh Month

Numbers 33:1-49 With God in the Wilderness (44): From Egypt to Jordan

Numbers 34:1-29 With God in the Wilderness(47) Divvying Up Canaan

Numbers 36:1-13 No Inheritance Transferred

Bob Deffinbaugh
Sermons on the Book of Numbers

Numbers 10-11-14-45 Israel's Failure at Kadesh Barnea

Numbers 22:1-35 Balaam, Part I

Numbers 22:36–24:25 Balaam, Part II

Numbers 25:1-18 Balaam, Part III

Marcus Dods, et al
Commentary on the Book of Numbers
Introduction

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Numbers 10
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Numbers 12
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Numbers 32
Numbers 33
Numbers 34
Numbers 35
Numbers 36

Alfred Edersheim
Old Testament History
Book of Numbers

Numbers 1-4; 10:1-11 - Analysis Of The Book Of Numbers - The Numbering Of Israel - And That Of The Levites - Arrangement Of The Camp, And Its Symbolical Import - The March

Numbers 7-9 The Offerings Of The Princes - The Setting Apart Of The Levites - Second Observance Of The Passover

Numbers 10:29-11 Departure From Sinai - March Into The Wilderness Of Paran - At Taberah And Kibroth-Hattaavah

Numbers 12-14 -Murmuring Of Miriam And Aaron - The Spies Sent To Canaan - Their "Evil Report" - Rebellion Of The People, And Judgment Pronounced Upon Them - The Defeat Of Israel - "Unto Hormah"

Numbers 33:19-37; 16, 17; Deuteronomy 1:46-11:15 - The Thirty-Eight Years In The Wilderness - The Sabbath-Breaker - The Gainsaying Of Korah And Of His Associates - Murmuring Of The People; The Plague, & How It Was Stayed - Aaron's Rod Budding, Blossoming, And Bearing Fruit

Numbers 20; 21:1-3 - The Second Gathering Of Israel In Kadesh - The Sin Of Moses And Aaron - Embassy To Edom - Death Of Aaron -Retreat Of Israel From The Borders Of Edom -Attack By The Canaanitish King Of Arad

Numbers 21:3-35; 33:35-49; Deuteronomy 2, 3 - Journey Of Children Of Israel In "Compassing" Land Of Edom - The "Fiery Serpents" And The "Brazen Serpent" - Israel Enters The Land Of The Amorites - Victories Over Sihon And & Og, - The Kings Of The Amorites And Of Bashan - Israel Camps In "Lowlands Of Moab" Close By The Jordan

Numbers 22 - Israel About To Take Possession Of The Land Of Promise - Decisive Contest Showing The Real Character Of Heathenism - Character And History Of Balaam

Numbers 22:36-31:1-20 - The "Prophecies" Of Balaam - The End Of Balaam - Parallel Between Balaam And Judas

Numbers 26-36 - The Second Census Of Israel - The "Daughters Of Zelophehad" - Appointment Of Moses' Successor - Sacrificial Ordinances - The War Against Midian - Allocation Of Territory East Of The Jordan - Levitical And Cities Of Refuge

Numbers 27:15-23 Death And Burial Of Moses. Deut 3:23-29; Deut 34

Charles J Ellicott
Commentary on the Book of Numbers
For English Readers

Introduction

Numbers 1
Numbers 2
Numbers 3
Numbers 4
Numbers 5
Numbers 6
Numbers 7
Numbers 8
Numbers 9
Numbers 10
Numbers 11
Numbers 12
Numbers 13
Numbers 14
Numbers 15
Numbers 16
Numbers 17
Numbers 18
Numbers 19
Numbers 20
Numbers 21
Numbers 22
Numbers 23
Numbers 24
Numbers 25
Numbers 26
Numbers 27
Numbers 28
Numbers 29
Numbers 30
Numbers 31
Numbers 32
Numbers 33
Numbers 34
Numbers 35
Numbers 36

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Numbers 6:1-15 Stay True to Your Commitments

Numbers 9:1-11a,15-19 Stay on Track with God's GPS

Numbers 13:26-28,31; 14:6-9,17-23 Stay Fearless in Your Obedience

Numbers 24:17; Matthew 1:16-21; 2:1,7-11 The Messiah Has Come!

Numbers 22:4b-6,31-35; 23:19-23 Stay Grateful for God's Care

Numbers 32:1,5-8,16-18,20-24; 33:51-3 Stay Focused on the Goal

OUTLINE OF NUMBERS

Book One:
The End of the First Generation
in the Wilderness (Numbers 1:1–25:18)

I. Faithfulness of Israel at Sinai (Numbers 1:1–10:10)

1. Sinai Cycle A: Census and Consecration of the Tribes of Israel (Numbers 1:1–6:27)

(1) Historical Setting: Prologue (Numbers 1:1)

(2) Military Conscription of the Twelve Tribes of Israel (Numbers 1:2–46)

Census Instructions (Numbers 1:2–4)

Census Assistants Enlisted (Numbers 1:5–16)

Census Directed by Moses (Numbers 1:17–19)

Census Results by Tribal Households (Numbers 1:20–43)

Census Summary and Total (Numbers 1:44–46)

Responsibilities of Uncounted Levites (Numbers 1:47–53)

Census Conclusion: Faithful Obedience (Numbers 1:54)

(3) Holy Arrangement of the Israelite Camps (Numbers 2:1–34)

Introduction (Numbers 2:1–2)

East Side, South Side West Side, North Side Encampments (Numbers 2:3–31)

Conclusion: Faithful Obedience (Numbers 2:32–34)

(4) Responsibilities and Census of the Levite Clans (Numbers 3:1–4:49)

Introduction: Genealogy of Aaron and Moses (Numbers 3:1–4)

Levite Consecration to Service (Numbers 3:5–10)

Levite Replacement of the Firstborn (Numbers 3:11–13)

Genealogical Delineation of Levite Clans (Numbers 3:14–20)

Census and Responsibilities of the Levite Clans (Numbers 3:21–39)

Dedication of the Levites in Firstborn Redemption (Numbers 3:40–51)

Further Responsibilities and Census of Levites for Service (Numbers 4:1–49)

Kohathite Service Detailed (Numbers 4:1–20)

Gershonite Service Detailed (Numbers 4:21–28)

Merarite Service Detailed (Numbers 4:29–33)

Summary Census of Levites (Numbers 4:34–49)

(5) Purification Laws for the Faithful Community (Numbers 5:1–31)

Cultic Isolation of Various Disease Carriers (Numbers 5:1–4)

Restitution for Wrongs Done (Numbers 5:5–10)

The Case of a Suspected Adulterous Wife (Numbers 5:11–31)

(6) The Sacred Nazirite Vow (Numbers 6:1–21)

Introduction (Numbers 6:1–2)

Prohibitions (Numbers 6:3–8)

Purification from Corpse Defilement (Numbers 6:9–12)

Completion Rituals of the Nazirite Vow (Numbers 6:13–20)

Summary (Numbers 6:21)

(7) The Priestly Blessing (Numbers 6:22–27)

2. Sinai Cycle B: Tabernacle and Celebration (Numbers 7:1–10:10)

(1) Offerings of the Leaders of the Israelite Tribes (Numbers 7:1–89)

Historical Setting and Introduction (Numbers 7:1–11)

Tribal Gifts Delineated (Numbers 7:12–83)

Summary of Offerings Presented (Numbers 7:84–88)

Yahweh Speaks with Moses in the Tabernacle (Numbers 7:89)

(2) Menorah Lamp Arrangement (Numbers 8:1–4)

(3) Installation of the Levites (Numbers 8:5–26)

Ritual Cleansing (Numbers 8:5–7)

Presentation of Levites with Sacrifices (Numbers 8:8–11)

Offering of Sacrifices (Numbers 8:12–14)

Levite Substitutionary Role (Numbers 8:15–19)

Summary of the Levite Dedication (Numbers 8:20–22)

Postlude: The Levite Retirement (Numbers 8:23–26)

(4) The Second Passover: With New Delineations (Numbers 9:1–14)

(5) Pattern of the Journey: The Lord and the Cloud (Numbers 9:15–23)

(6) The Silver Trumpets (Numbers 10:1–10)

Gathering and Disembarking the Camps (Numbers 10:1–7)

Rallying for Battle and Rejoicing in Festival Offerings (Numbers 10:8–10)

II. The Rebellious Generation in the Wilderness (Numbers 10:11–25:18)

1. Rebellion Cycle A: From Sinai to Zin—Decline and Fall of the First Generation (Numbers 10:11–15:41)

(1) Historical Reference: From Mount Sinai to the Paran Desert (Numbers 10:11–13)

(2) The Departure from Sinai (Numbers 10:14–36)

The Israelite Tribes Depart in Orderly Array (Numbers 10:14–28)

Hobab: Departure or Guidance in the Wilderness? (Numbers 10:29–32)

First Stage of the Journey (Numbers 10:33–36)

(3) First Rebellion: General Murmuring (Numbers 11:1–3)

(4) Second Rebellion: Complaint about Food (Numbers 11:4–35)

The Rabble’s Complaint (Numbers 11:4–6)

Yahweh’s Provision of Manna (Numbers 11:7–9)

Moses’ Complaint about the People (Numbers 11:10–15)

Yahweh Responds: Assemble Seventy Elders (Numbers 11:16–17)

Preparation for Provision of Meat: Purification and Confession (Numbers 11:18–20)

Moses Expresses Disbelief to Yahweh (Numbers 11:21–22)

Yahweh Responds to Moses’ Disbelief (Numbers 11:23)

Preparation for Blessing: Elders Assembled (Numbers 11:24)

Yahweh Sends Spirit upon the Seventy Elders (Numbers 11:25–27)

Moses Responds to Joshua’s Complaint (Numbers 11:28–30)

Yahweh’s Fresh Provision of Meat (Numbers 11:31–32)

Plague upon the People: With Meat in their Mouths (Numbers 11:33–34)

Second Stage of the Journey: Kibroth Hattaavah to Hazeroth (Numbers 11:35)

(5) Third Rebellion: Challenge to Moses’ Authority (Numbers 12:1–16)

Miriam and Aaron’s Challenge of Moses (Numbers 12:1–3)

God Speaks to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam (Numbers 12:4–8)

The Judgment against Miriam (Numbers 12:9–13)

God’s Reply to Moses, Miriam, and Aaron (Numbers 12:14–15)

Third Stage of the Journey (Numbers 12:16)

(6) Fourth Rebellion: Rejection of the Promised Land (Numbers 13:1–14:45)

Instructions from Yahweh to Explore the Promised Land (Numbers 13:1–3)

Tribal Scouts Enlisted (Numbers 13:4–16)

Moses Instructs the Tribal Scouts (Numbers 13:17–20)

Scouts Explore the Land (Numbers 13:21–25)

Report of the Scouts (Numbers 13:26–33)

Congregational Response to the Report (Numbers 14:1–4)

Leadership Response to the People (Numbers 14:5–10)

God Intervenes: Glory of Lord Appears (Numbers 14:10b–12)

Moses Intercedes with Yahweh for the People (Numbers 14:13–19)

Yahweh Responds to Moses’ Prayer (Numbers 14:20–23)

Caleb My Servant Will Live (Numbers 14:24–25)

Yahweh Speech: The Unfaithful Community Will Die in the Wilderness (Numbers 14:26–35)

Judgment against the Leaders: The Ten versus Joshua and Caleb (Numbers 14:36–38)

Conclusion: Moses Reports Judgment—Israel Mourns (Numbers 14:39–45)

(7) Offerings from the Land of Promise: Covenant Hope (Numbers 15:1–41)

Offerings from the Land (Numbers 15:1–16)

Offerings of the Firstfruits (Numbers 15:17–21)

Offerings for Inadvertent versus Intentional Sins (Numbers 15:22–36)

Covenant Epilogue: Garment Tassels and Growing Faith (Numbers 15:37–41)

2. Rebellion Cycle B: Korah and Company Challenge Moses (Numbers 16:1–19:22)

(1) Rebellion of Korah and the Reubenites (Numbers 16:1–50)

Korah Instigates Rebellion versus Moses and Aaron (Numbers 16:1–3)

Moses’ Initial Response: Yahweh Will Demonstrate (Numbers 16:4–7)

Moses’ Confrontation with Rebellious Leaders (Numbers 16:8–15)

Moses’ Further Instructions to Korah (Numbers 16:16–19)

Yahweh’s Judgment and Moses’ Appeal (Numbers 16:20–22)

Yahweh’s Response: Judgment Is Imminent (Numbers 16:23–30)

Yahweh’s Judgment (Numbers 16:31–35)

Yahweh’s Instruction to the Priests (Numbers 16:36–40[Hb. 17:1–5])

People’s Response: Grumbling (Numbers 16:41–43[Hb. 17:6–8])

Yahweh Dispenses Judgment (Numbers 16:44–50[Hb. 17:9–15])

(2) Aaron’s Budding of Staff: Primacy of the Aaronic Priesthood Reconfirmed (Numbers 17:1–13 [Hb. 17:16–28])

Requirements: Instructions and Commands (Numbers 17:1–5 [Hb. 17:16–20])

Ready Compliance of the People and Moses (Numbers 17:6–7 [Hb. 17:21–22])

Results of the Test (Numbers 17:8–9[Hb. 17:23–24])

Renewed Instructions (Numbers 17:10–11[Hb. 17:25–26])

Rhetorical Response of the Israelites (Numbers 17:12–13 [Hb. 17:27–28])

(3) The Priests and the Levites: Additional Responsibilities and Provisions (Numbers 18:1–23)

Priests and Levites as Guardians of the Sanctuary (Numbers 18:1–7)

Provisions of Tribute for the Priests (Numbers 18:8–19)

Provisions for the Levites (Numbers 18:20–24)

Tithes and Offerings of the Levites (Numbers 18:25–32)

(4) Red Heifer Ashes and the Waters of Purification (Numbers 19:1–22)

Introduction: Divine Instruction and First Statute (Numbers 19:1–2a)

Preparation of the Ashes of the Red Heifer (Numbers 19:2b–10)

General Rule for Applying Red Heifer Ashes (Numbers 19:11–13)

Second Statute: Applying the Waters of Purification for Death Impurity (Numbers 19:14–22)

3. Rebellion Cycle C: From Zin to Moab: The Rebellion and Replacement of Moses (Numbers 20:1–25:19)

(1) From Kadesh of Zin to Mount Hor: The End of an Era (Numbers 20:1–29)

Historical Setting: Kadesh of Zin and the Death of Miriam (Numbers 20:1)

Moses’ Rebellion at Meribah- Kadesh (Numbers 20:2–13)

Edom Denies Passage to the Israelites (Numbers 20:14–21)

The Death and Burial of Aaron (Numbers 20:22–29)

(2) Victory over the Canaanites of Arad Hormah (Numbers 21:1–3)

(3) Rebellion and Judgment (Numbers 21:4–9)

(4) Journey through Moab (Numbers 21:10–20)

(5) Victory over the Amorites of Transjordan (Numbers 21:21–35)

Victory over Sihon of Heshbon (Numbers 21:21–31)

Victory over Og of Bashan (Numbers 21:32–35)

(6) The Book of Balaam (Numbers 22:1–24:25)

Literary Analysis of Numbers 22–25

Introduction to the Balaam Oracles (Numbers 22:1–24:25)

Geographical Setting: Arabah of Moab along the Jordan across from Jericho (Numbers 22:1)

Cycle I: First Messengers Sent to Balaam (Numbers 22:2–14)

Balak Sees—Moses Fears the Numerous Israelites (Numbers 22:2–4)

First Messengers Sent (Numbers 22:5a)

The Message: Curse the Mighty Israel (Numbers 22:5b–6)

Elders of Moab and Elders of Midian Journey to Pethor to Meet Balaam (Numbers 22:7)

Balaam’s Response (Numbers 22:8)

God’s Encounter with Balaam (Numbers 22:9–12)

Balaam’s Response of Refusal (Numbers 22:13)

Messengers Return Home to Moab (Numbers 22:14)

Cycle II: Second Set of Messengers Sent to Balaam (Numbers 22:15–21)

Messengers Again Sent to Balaam (Numbers 22:15–17)

Balaam’s Response to Balak’s New Messengers (Numbers 22:18–19)

God’s Second Encounter with Balaam (Numbers 22:20)

Balaam Departs with Messengers (Numbers 22:21)

Cycle III: God’s Messenger Sent to Balaam (Numbers 22:22–38)

Introduction: God’s Anger with Balaam (Numbers 22:22a)

The Angel of Yahweh Appears (Numbers 22:22b)

The Donkey Responds (Numbers 22:23)

The Angel of Yahweh Appears Again (Numbers 22:24)

Donkey Responds Again (Numbers 22:25)

The Angel of Yahweh Appears the Third Time (Numbers 22:26)

Donkey Responds the Third Time (Numbers 22:27)

God’s Third Encounter with Balaam (Numbers 22:28–35)

Balak Goes out to Meet Balaam (Numbers 22:36–38)

Preparation for the First Oracular Event (Numbers 22:39–40)

Balaam’s First Oracle (Numbers 22:41–23:10)

Balak Leads Balaam to Bamoth Baal (Numbers 22:41)

Balaam Instructs Balak to Prepare Sacrifices (Numbers 23:1)

Balak Obeys Balaam (Numbers 23:2)

Balaam to Balak: Stand Beside Your Burnt Offering (Numbers 23:3)

God Manifested Himself to Balaam (Numbers 23:4–5)

Balaam Returns to Balak (Numbers 23:6)

Balaam Obeys Yahweh: Speaks the First Oracle (Numbers 23:7–10)

Balak’s Response to Balaam and the Rejoinder (Numbers 23:11–12)

Balaam’s Second Oracle (Numbers 23:13–26)

Balak Sacrifices Animals on Seven Altars (Numbers 23:14b)

Balaam to Balak: Stand Beside Your Burnt Offering (Numbers 23:15)

God Manifested Himself to Balaam (Numbers 23:16)

Balaam Returns to Balak (Numbers 23:17)

Balaam Obeys Yahweh: Speaks the Second Oracle (Numbers 23:18–24)

Balak’s Second Response to Balaam and the Rejoinder (Numbers 23:25–26)

Balaam’s Third Oracle (Numbers 23:27–24:14)

Balak Leads Balaam to Bamoth Baal (Numbers 23:27–28)

Balaam Instructs Balak to Prepare Sacrifices (Numbers 23:29)

Balak Obeys Balaam (Numbers 23:30)

God Manifested Himself to Balaam (Numbers 24:1–2)

Balak’s Angry Response (Numbers 24:10–11)

Balaam’s Retort (Numbers 24:12–14)

Balaam’s Fourth Oracle (Numbers 24:15–19)

Balaam’s Final Three Oracles (Numbers 24:20–24)

Balaam’s Fifth Oracle: Against the Amalekites (Numbers 24:20)

Balaam’s Sixth Oracle: Against the Kenites (Numbers 24:21–22)

Balaam’s Seventh Oracle: Against Assyria (Numbers 24:23–24)

Balaam Departs Homeward (Numbers 24:25)

(7) The Final Rebellion: Idolatry at Baal Peor (Numbers 25:1–19)

Setting of Immorality (Numbers 25:1–3)

Moses Receives Instruction from Yahweh (Numbers 25:4)

Moses Instructs the Leaders of Israel (Numbers 25:5)

Phinehas Follows Moses’ Instruction (Numbers 25:6–8a)

Wrath of Yahweh Allayed (Numbers 25:8b)

The Results of Israel’s Immorality (Numbers 25:9)

Moses Receives Further Instruction from the Lord (Numbers 25:10–18)

Conclusion: The End of the Former Generation and Setting for the New (Numbers 25:19)

Book Two:
The New Generation
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III. Preparation of the New Generation of Israel (Numbers 26:1–30:16)

1. The Second Census in the Plains of Moab (Numbers 26:1–65)

(1) Census Instructions (Numbers 26:1–4)

(2) Reuben’s descendants (Numbers 26:5–11)

(3) Simeon’s Descendants (Numbers 26:12–14)

(4) Gad’s Descendants (Numbers 26:15–18)

(5) Judah’s Descendants (Numbers 26:19–22)

(6) Issachar’s Descendants (Numbers 26:23–25)

(7) Zebulun’s Descendants (Numbers 26:26–27)

(8) Sons of Joseph: Manasseh’s Descendants (Numbers 26:28–34)

(9) Sons of Joseph: Ephraim’s Descendants (Numbers 26:35–37)

(10) Benjamin’s Descendants (Numbers 26:38–41)

(11) Dan’s Descendants (Numbers 26:42–43)

(12) Asher’s Descendants (Numbers 26:44–47)

(13) Naphtali’s Descendants (Numbers 26:48–50)

(14) Total Population of the Second Generation (Numbers 26:51)

(15) Instructions for Division of the Land (Numbers 26:52–56)

(16) Levi’s Descendants (Numbers 26:57–62)

(17) Conclusion of the Second Census (Numbers 26:63–65)

2. Land Inheritance Laws: The Case of Zelophehad’s Daughters (Numbers 27:1–11)

(1) The Case of Zelophehad’s Daughters (Numbers 27:1–5)

(2) Case Decision and Derived Principles (Numbers 27:6–11)

3. Joshua Heir to Moses (Numbers 27:12–23)

(1) Moses’ Sin Recapitulated (Numbers 27:12–14)

(2) Moses’ Entreaty for a New Leader (Numbers 27:15–17)

(3) Moses’ Instruction from the Lord (Numbers 27:18–21)

(4) Moses Commissions Joshua (Numbers 27:22–23)

4. The Appointed Times and Offerings (Numbers 28:1–29:40)

(1) Introduction (Numbers 28:1–2)

(2) Daily Offerings (Numbers 28:3–8)

(3) Weekly (Sabbath) Offerings (Numbers 28:9–10)

(4) Monthly (Rosh Chodesh) Offerings (Numbers 28:11–15)

(5) Passover (Pesach) and Unleavened Bread Offerings (Numbers 28:16–25)

(6) Feast of Weeks (Shavuoth / Pentecost) Offerings (Numbers 28:26–31)

(7) Feast of the Blowing Trumpets Offerings (Numbers 29:1–6)

(8) Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) Offerings (Numbers 29:7–11)

(9) Feast of Booths (Sukkoth) Offerings (Numbers 29:16–38)

(10) Summary (Numbers 29:39–40)

5. Women’s Vows (Numbers 30:1–16)

(1) Introduction: General Principle for Vows (Numbers 30:1–2)

(2) Vows of Unmarried Women (Numbers 30:3–5)

(3) Vows of Newly Married Women (Numbers 30:6–8)

(4) Vows of Widowed or Divorced Women (Numbers 30:9)

(5) Vows of Married Women (Numbers 30:10–15)

(6) Summary (Numbers 30:16)

IV. Advent Cycle B: Preparation for War and Entry into the Promised Land (Numbers 31:1–36:13)

Introduction to the Second Advent Cycle

1. The Midianite Campaign (Numbers 31:1–54)

Critical Issues in Numbers 31

(1) Israelite Armies Battle the Midianites (Numbers 31:1–12)

(2) Preserving the Sanctity of the Camp (Numbers 31:13–24)

(3) Division of the War Booty among the Israelites (Numbers 31:25–54)

2. Settlement of the Transjordan Tribes (Numbers 32:1–42)

(1) Reubenite and Gadite Request (Numbers 32:1–5)

(2) Moses’ Response (Numbers 32:6–15)

(3) Promise of Support (Numbers 32:16–19)

(4) Moses’ Response to the Promise (Numbers 32:20–24)

(5) Gad and Reuben Ratify the Agreement (Numbers 32:25–27)

(6) Moses Informs Eleazar and Joshua of the Decision (Numbers 32:28–30)

(7) Gad and Reubenite Reiterate the Promise (Numbers 32:31–32)

(8) Moses Grants Transjordan Tribal Territory (Numbers 32:33–42)

3. The Israelite Victory March: From Ramses to the Plains of Moab (Numbers 33:1–49)

4. Instructions for the Conquest of the Land (Numbers 33:50–56)

5. Preparation for Allocation of the Promised Land (Numbers 34:1–29)

(1) Boundaries of the Promised Land Delineated (Numbers 34:1–15)

(2) Leaders Appointed to Divide the Promised Land (Numbers 34:16–29)

6. Levitical Cities and the Cities of Refuge (Numbers 35:1–34)

(1) The Levitical Cities (Numbers 35:1–8)

(2) Cities of Refuge (Numbers 35:9–34)

7. Inheritance Laws: Zelophehad Clarifications (Laws and Land) (Numbers 36:1–12)

Legal Precedent: Historical Background of the Request by Zelophehad’s Daughters (Numbers 36:1–2)

The Case Presented by the Gileadite Clans (Numbers 36:3–4)

Moses Presents the Case Adjudication at Yahweh’s Command (Numbers 36:5–12)

8. Conclusion to the Case and the Book of Numbers (Numbers 36:13)

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Numbers 14:1- 10 Israel at Kadesh-Barnea, part II
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Numbers 20-22:1 Meribah, Aaron's Death and the Brazen Serpent
Numbers 20: 1-40 The Dunce and the Donkey (Balaam)
Numbers 22:41-23:14 Balaam's Prophecies I: The Distinctiveness of Israel
Numbers 23:13-16 Balaam's Prophecies II: Israel's Immutable Covenantal Blessing
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Henry Linton
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Numbers 11:14 Moses Despondent

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Numbers 14:1-10 Weighed and Found Wanting

Numbers 14:19 Moses the Intercessor

Numbers 18:7 Service A Gift

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Numbers, Book Of - Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological

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Numbers Overview

Numbers 6:22-27 The Lord Bless Thee

Numbers 13:16 Jehovah Is Salvation

Numbers 14:24 Follow The Lord Fully

Numbers 14:24 Follow The Lord Fully

Numbers 14:24 Follow the Lord Fully

Numbers 19:1-22 The Red Heifer

Numbers 23:16-21 What hath the Lord spoken

Numbers 23:16-24 What hath God Wrought

Numbers 23:21 God Sees No Sin In His People

Don Fortner

Bible Manners and Customs - Numbers - 5 pages

James Freeman

Numbers 1-19 Synthetic Bible Studies - with long list of spiritual lessons

Numbers 20-36 Synthetic Bible Studies

James Gray

Christ in the Book of Numbers

A M Hodgkin

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Numbers

Chuck Huckaby

Holman Christian Standard Bible Study Bible - Nice notes but you must create a free account to utilize.

Holman Publishing
Lesson 1- Miriam in Exodus and Numbers Vickie Kraft
Numbers sermons (2) - Mp3's Steve Kreloff

Introduction to the Book of Numbers (Identical to that found in MacArthur Study Bible)

John MacArthur
An Argument of the Books of Exodus and Numbers
An Introduction to Numbers
Selected Bibliography of Numbers - Bible.org
David Malick

Maps related to Book of Numbers

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Bible Maps - Excellent Maps - Recommended

Bible Maps - More Excellent Maps

Maps
Numbers Survey - 46 minute Mp3 Bill McRae
Overview of Numbers- 17 pages J Vernon McGee
Overview of Numbers, Numbers, Deuteronomy Middletown Bible
Numbers - Outline Studies - 5 page overview William G. Moorehead
Numbers - Living Messages G Campbell Morgan

Defender's Study Bible Notes - Excellent, conservative, literal study Bible notes from a leading creationist commentator, Dr Henry Morris. Click Chapter number below and see right margin for links to available notes.

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Henry Morris

Numbers - Old Testament Studies- Being the Lessons Given at Various Union Bible - Scroll up to the 20 page study on Numbers - interesting

Old Testament Studies- Review of the Pentateuch

William Newell
Keys to Numbers - 2 page overview William Orr
Numbers - Through the Bible - 5 page overview Myer Pearlman
Numbers - Timeline Wil Pounds
Numbers - Study Helps Precepts Louisiana
Numbers: The Incomplete Christian Life-very applicational Ray Stedman
Numbers - Reformation Study Bible Notes Reformation Study Bible
Spring Feast (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost) - 33 page booklet in Pdf RBC Booklet
Fall Feasts (Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles) - 33 page booklet in Pdf RBC Booklet
Numbers - Theology of - Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology Robert D Spender
Numbers - Book of Wanderings - nice charts

Except sample - Have you ever had a wilderness experience? It was a time when everything seemed to dry up - a time when God took you and put you on the shelf. It happened to me with drastic suddenness on my 30th birthday. I had been serving within a small church when suddenly, through no fault of my own, the situation changed and I found myself removed from the teaching ministry. For the next two and a half years, my wife and I were without a church home. During that time, I did very little teaching. Now, I want you to know that there is nothing harder for a Bible teacher to do than to keep quiet. But God wanted to teach me something during that period. I couldn't hear Him at first, but He was shouting to me in that silence. God speaks to us in the wilderness. I have learned a lot about God in Bible College and in seminary. I have learned a lot about Him in the church and in Bible Studies. But I learned the most about Him in the wilderness. Are you in the wilderness right now? There are some lessons that you can learn in the wilderness.

John Stevenson

A People Freed- Preparing for the Land - video

Manuscript

Study Questions

Paul Taylor
Numbers - Analysis- 26 page overview with outline & bibliography James Van Dine

NUMBERS RESOURCES
COMMENTARIES AND SERMONS

The Conquest of the East - Numbers 21 - Map correlating with verses
Numbers 3 Sons of Levi Diagram
Numbers 4 Diagram of Tabernacle Duties of the Levites
Numbers 7 The Leaders Offerings - Diagram
Numbers 24 Old Testament Witness that Jesus is the Christ
Numbers 28-29 Calendar of Feasts - Diagram
Numbers 28-29 Offerings - Diagram
Numbers 28-29 Offerings - Table of Grain, Oil, Wine Offerings
Gregg Allen
Numbers Commentary 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Albert Barnes
Numbers Commentary 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Biblical Illustrator
Numbers Commentary 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 John Dummelow
Numbers Commentary 10 11 13 14 16 20 21 22 23 24 26 32 Expositor's Bible
Numbers Commentary 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 L M Grant
Numbers Commentary 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Robert Hawker
Numbers Commentary 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Paul Kretzmann
Numbers Commentary 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 F B Meyer
Numbers Commentary (Living Waters) 9 11 16 17 18 22 Robert Neighbors
Numbers Commentary 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Matthew Poole
Numbers Commentary 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Pulpit Commentary
Numbers Commentary 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 John Trapp

Numbers Sermons

Brian Bell

Numbers Commentary

Providing concise exposition on Numbers and Deuteronomy, Henry Blunt moves verse-by-verse through each chapter. Providing both historical and cultural background, Blunt offers practical commentary and application

Henry Blunt

Numbers Commentary

George Bush

Numbers Sermon Notes

Rich Cathers

Numbers Sermons

W A Criswell

Numbers Commentary

Marcus Dods

Numbers Sermons

J Ligon Duncan

Numbers 1-10: The Israelites at the Start of their Journey

Numbers 11-20: The Israelites Travel through the Desert

Numbers 21-36: The Israelites Prepare to Enter the Promised Land

Easy English

Numbers Commentary - for English Readers

Charles Ellicott

Numbers Commentary - brief comments

Arno C. Gaebelein
Numbers Commentary F. B. Hole

Numbers Sermons

S L Johnson
Numbers Commentary William Kelly

Numbers - The Gospel in Numbers

Henry Law

Numbers Commentary

Henry Linton
Numbers Commentary Keil & Delitzsch
Numbers Devotional Commentary C H Mackintosh
Numbers Commentary - interesting
Related: Meaning of Book of Numbers for the Christian
Allan MacRae
Numbers Sermons Alexander Maclaren
Numbers Commentary Notes Net Bible
Numbers Devotions Our Daily Bread
Numbers Sermons Rob Salvato
Numbers Sermons - over 200 pages of material Charles Simeon
Numbers Sermons Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Numbers Sermons Chuck Smith
Numbers Devotions Today in the Word

Numbers Sermons

Chris Vogel

Numbers Sermons

Robert Watson

NUMBERS RESOURCES
Chapter and Verse

Numbers 1:1-6:27 Getting Your Camp in Order Dale Ralph Davis
Numbers 1:2-3 The Numbered People Henry Law
Numbers 2:2 The Camp Henry Law
Numbers 6:21 The Nazarite Henry Law
Numbers 6:22-27 The Aaronic Blessing Robert Morgan
Numbers 6:22-27 The Blessing Jeff Williams
Numbers 6:22-27 An Old Ending for a New Beginning Dale Ralph Davis
Numbers 6:24-26 The Threefold Blessing Henry Law
Numbers 7-9 Everything You Need for a Trip Dale Ralph Davis
Numbers 9:15-23 and Ex 13:17-222 The Pillar of Cloud and Fire S Lewis Johnson
Numbers 9:15-23 Keeping the Charge of the Lord Gregg Allen
Numbers 10:2 The Silver Trumpets Henry Law
Numbers 10:13 Moving Ahead! Theodore Epp
Numbers 10:11-121:16 The Nasties Begin Dale Ralph Davis
Numbers 10:29-31 Come with Us (20 pages) James Hastings
Numbers 10:29 The Invitation
Numbers 10:35-36 The Rising and the Resting of Prayer
Henry Law

Numbers 10:29-32 The Invitation To Companionship

Numbers 11:1-25 That's It, I Quit!

Alan Carr
Numbers 11:1-15 Complaining Is Contagious Theodore Epp
Numbers 11: The Malnutrition Of The Soul David Legge

Numbers 11:1-15 Depression

Don Robinson

Numbers 11:4-3 - Fullness and Leanness of Spirit

Bob Fromm
Numbers 11 Dealing With the Demands of Life Bruce Goettsche
Numbers 11-13 Lessons from the Wilderness Brian Bell
Numbers 11:4-34 Prayer Possibilities - Audio only Ray Stedman
Numbers 11:27-29 Zealous for What? Woodrow Kroll
Numbers 12:1 Married to an Ethiopian Woman? C H Spurgeon
Numbers 12 Wounded By Those You Love Bruce Goettsche
Numbers 12: Awakened from Resentment Steve Zeisler
Numbers 12:3 Meekness: Strength Under Control Theodore Epp
Numbers 12:1-16 Jealousy Uses Spiritual Cloak Theodore Epp
Numbers 13: 1 On the Edge of Greatness
Numbers 13-14 Looking Up for Vision
Numbers 13:17-33 At The Border
Don Robinson
Numbers 13: 1-33 Israel at Kadesh-Barnea, part I S Lewis Johnson
Numbers 13:1-3, 25,33 Walking by Sight, Not by Faith Theodore Epp
Numbers 13-14 The Caleb Option
Numbers 13-14 The Nevertheless of Unbelief
Gregg Allen
Numbers 13-14 Who Can You Trust? Bruce Goettsche
Numbers 13:23 Grapes of Eschol Henry Law
Numbers 13:23-27 Grapes of Eschol John MacDuff
Numbers 13:23 Devotional J R Miller

Numbers 13:26-14:12 Defining Moments- Driven by Fear or Trusting in God’s Promises - audio/visual only

Tom Nelson
Numbers 13:30-31 Ten to Two Woodrow Kroll
Numbers 13:33 There we saw the giants Streams in Desert

Ex. 32 & Num. 13, 16, 21 The Story of Israel and the Law – From Sinai to the Wilderness Wanderings --audio only

Numbers 14 and 21 Kadesh and Hormah “If God is With Us…?”- audio only

Tom Nelson
Numbers 14 The Lost Generation - Mp3 Gary Inrig
Numbers 14:1- 10 Israel at Kadesh-Barnea, part II
Numbers 14:11-45 Israel at Kadesh-Barnea, part III
S Lewis Johnson
Numbers 14:44 Moving in Presumption - TGIF Bible Gateway Devotionals
Numbers 14:26-38 God's Judgment Falls Theodore Epp

Numbers 14:6-9 The Breakfast Of Champions

Numbers 15:38-41 The Hem Of His Garment

Alan Carr

Numbers 16: Who’s in Charge Here?

Bob Fromm
Numbers 16: Which Side Of The Line Are You Standing On? David Legge
Numbers 16-17 An Old Testament Easter -- Audio only Tom Nelson
Numbers 16:1-50 The Gainsaying of Korah
Numbers 17: 1-13 Aaron's Rod that Budded
S Lewis Johnson
Numbers 17 The Budded Rod Henry Law
Numbers 18:20 The Psalm of Inheritance F B Meyer
Numbers 19:2 The Red Heifer Henry Law
Numbers 19 The Red Heifer - Recommended Alfred Edersheim
Numbers 19 The Red Heifer H. L. Rossier

Numbers 20:1-13, 23-29 Moses' Sin

Don Robinson
Numbers 20-22:1 Meribah, Aaron's Death and the Brazen Serpent S Lewis Johnson
Numbers 20:1-40 The Dunce and the Donkey (Balaam) S Lewis Johnson
Numbers 20:1-13a, 22-29 Christ Our Rock Theodore Epp
Numbers 20:1-3: Almost, But Not Quite Bruce Goettsche

Numbers 21:4 Dangers of Discouragement

Numbers 21:4 Key Words Of The Christian Life: Discouraged

Numbers 21:4-9 The Brazen Serpent

Don Robinson
Numbers 21: Look And Live! David Legge
Numbers 21:4-9: Gratitude for the Snake Bruce Goettsche
Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:14-16: The Bronze Serpent
Numbers: Book of Wanderings - Wandering in the wilderness of sin
Wil Pounds
Numbers 21:8-9 Look and Live (22 pages) James Hastings
Numbers 21:8-9 The Brazen Serpent Henry Law
Numbers 21:6-9 Fiery Serpents Thomas Watson
Numbers 21:1-9 The Case of the Vicious Vipers Alan Carr
Numbers 21:9 The Bronze Serpent Wil Pounds
Numbers 21:16-18 The Song at the Well Theodore Cuyler

Numbers 21:21-35 Taking War to the Hilt -- audio only

Tom Nelson
Numbers 22-25: Prophet for Hire Bruce Goettsche
Numbers 22-31 An Odd Little War- The Lesson of “Danger Within" - audio

Numbers 22 – Joshua God’s Nation of Law- Saved By Grace

Tom Nelson
Numbers 22:41-23:14 Balaam's Prophecies, part I: The Distinctiveness of Israel
Numbers 23:13-16 Balaam's Prophecies, part II: Israel's Immutable Covenantal Blessing
Numbers 23:27-24:13 Balaam's Prophecies, part III: Israel Blessed and the Touchstone of the Gentiles
S Lewis Johnson
Numbers 23:9 The Vision of the Rocks Horatius Bonar
Numbers 23:10 The Death to Die (20 pages) James Hastings
Numbers 23:19 God's Faithfulness - Audio only

LeRoy Eims

Numbers 24:14-25 Balaam's Prophecies, part IV: Jacob's Awesome Star S Lewis Johnson
Numbers 24:15-19 A Star Will Come out of Jacob Greg Herrick
Numbers 24:17 Jacob's Star and Israel's Scepter Henry Law
Numbers 24:17-19 Messianic Prophecies Allen Ross
Numbers 25:1-18; 31:3,16 Balaam's Last End S Lewis Johnson
Numbers 25:10-13 Phinehas Henry Law
Numbers 29:7-11 Day of Atonement - Recommended Alfred Edersheim

Numbers 30 - Vows: Keeping Our Word

Bob Fromm
Numbers 30:2 As Good As Your Word Woodrow Kroll
Numbers 31:8 The Doom of the Double Hearted Horatius Bonar
Numbers 32:20-23: A Sinful Certainty David Legge
Numbers 32:6-7 Discouraging by Default Woodrow Kroll
Numbers 32:11-12 Total Commitment Woodrow Kroll
Numbers 32:23 Sin the Detective (22 pages) James Hastings
Numbers 35:6 Refuge Henry Law

Net Bible Notes
Book of Numbers

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Our Daily Bread
Devotional illustrations
Book of Numbers
See More Our Daily Bread Devotionals
Links Updated December 12, 2015

Numbers 6:22-27 Benediction Blessing

Numbers 6:22-27 Smile! - Our Daily Bread

Numbers 8:23-26 Don't Just Retire!

Numbers 9:15-23 Following The Master - Our Daily Bread

Numbers 9:15-23 To Work Or to Wait?

Numbers 11:1-9 Tired Of Manna?

Numbers 11:1-10 Are You A Complainer?

Numbers 11:4-17 Help for a Heavy Load

Numbers 11:6 Boring?

Numbers 12:1 Jealousy or zeal?

Numbers 12:1 The Friction of Jealousy

Numbers 13:17-33 Only a Scarecrow

Numbers 13:25-14:9 Trouble Ahead

Numbers 13:25–14:19 House-Hunting Ants - Our Daily Bread

Numbers 14:18 Caricature God

Numbers 14:26-35 So Near And Yet So Far

Numbers 14:1-11 Thorns Or Roses?

Numbers 14:1-4, 11-23 Rearview Mirror

Numbers 15:37-41 The Color Of Blue

Numbers 15:37-41 Look at the Tassels

Numbers 15:38 Holy Blue (Very convicting!)

Numbers 16 Passing Judgment

Numbers 20:1-13 Danger: Explosives

Numbers 20:1-13 Are You Listening?

Numbers 20:12,24 A Bitter Attitude

Numbers 22:10-34 Unstoppable

Numbers 22:21-31 The Unseen World

Numbers 27:12-23 Change Of Leaders

Numbers 27:15-23 Going Out & Coming In

Numbers 32:23 Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out

Numbers 32:23 What's the Trouble?

Numbers 32:23 Collision Course

Pastor Life
Sermons
Book of Numbers

Why Has He Brought Us Into This Land? Numbers 14:1-10 Bill Cannon
The Danger of Presumption Numbers 15:30-31 Franklin L. Kirksey
Discouraging Pathways Numbers 21:4 Alan Stewart
The Greatest Work In The World Numbers 21:4-9 J. Mike Minnix
The Cross in the Wilderness Numbers 21:4-9 Johnny L. Sanders
Lessons From A Dog Numbers 22 Alan Stewart
The Strangest Character in the Scripture Numbers 22:1-25 Franklin L. Kirksey
Jochebed - The Momma of Moses Numbers 26:59 Ron Hale

Robert Rayburn
Sermon Series
Book of Numbers
Preached in 2008-2009

Introduction to Numbers

Numbers 1:1-54

Numbers 2:1-34

Numbers 3:1-4:49

Numbers 5:1-10

Numbers 5:11-31

Numbers 6:1-21

Numbers 6:22-27

Numbers 7:1-89

Numbers 8:1-26

Numbers 9:1-14

Numbers 9:15-10:36

Numbers 11:1-35

Numbers 12:1-16

Numbers 13:1-33

Numbers 14:1-45

Numbers 15:1-41

Numbers 16:1-50

Numbers 17:1-13

Numbers 18:1-32

Numbers 19:1-22

Numbers 20:1-13

Numbers 20:14-21

Numbers 20:22-29

Numbers 21:1-3

Numbers 21:4-9

Numbers 21:10-35

Numbers 22:1-41

Numbers 23:1-24:25

Numbers 25:1-17

Numbers 26:1-65

Numbers 27:1-11

Numbers 27:12-23

Numbers 28:1-29:40

Numbers 30:1-16

Numbers 31:1-54

Numbers 32:1-42

Numbers 33:1-56

Numbers 34:1-35:34

Numbers 36:1-13

Charles Simeon
Sermons On Numbers

200 pages of sermons

Numbers 5:29 The Jealousy Offering

Numbers 5:21 The Law of Nazarites

Numbers 6:23-27 God Will Bless His Own Ordinances

Numbers 9:21-23 The Journeys of the Israelites

Numbers 10:29 Moses' Initiation at Hobab

Numbers 10:35-36 Moses' Prayer at the Removal and Resting of the Ark

Numbers 11:10-13 Inordinate Desire Punished

Numbers 11:23 God's Word Sure

Numbers 11:27-29 Joshua's Envy Reproved

Numbers 12:8-9 Aaron and Miriam Reproved

Numbers 14:4-5 Apostasy Deprecated

Numbers 14:6-9 The People Murmuring at the Report of the Spies

Numbers 14:20-21 God's Answer to the Intercession of Moses

Numbers 14:24 Following the Lord Fully

Numbers 14:44 Presumption of the Rebellious Israelites

Numbers 15:30-31 The Danger of Presumptuous Sin

Numbers 15:32-36 The Sabbath Breaker Stoned

Numbers 15:37-41 The Use and Intent of Fringes on the Garments

Numbers 16:38 Korah's Rebellion

Numbers 16:48 Aaron's Intercession

Numbers 17:10 Aaron's Rod that Budded

Numbers 19:17-20 The Law of Purification

Numbers 20:12 Moses and Aaron Sentenced to Die in the Wilderness

Numbers 20:27-28 Death of Aaron

Numbers 21:4 The Israelites Discouraged by the Way

Numbers 21:8-9 The Brazen Serpent

Numbers 27:18-19 Balaam's Character

Numbers 22:31 Balaam Obstructed by the Angel

Numbers 23:7-10 Balaam's First Attempt to Curse Israel

Numbers 23:18-23 Balaam's Second Attempt to Curse Israel

Numbers 23:19 God Will Fulfill His Word

Numbers 24:5-8 Balaam's Third Attempt to Curse Israel

Numbers 24:15-17 Christ the Star Spoken of by Balaam

Numbers 25:10-13 Phinehas Rewarded for His Zeal

Numbers 26:63-65 Perishing of the Israelites in the Wilderness

Numbers 27:15-21 Appointment of Joshua to Succeed Moses

Numbers 28:3-10 The Morning and Evening Sacrifice

Numbers 31:48-50 Destruction of the Midianites

Numbers 32:6-7 Moses Reproves the Reubenites

Numbers 32:23 The Certainty that Sin Will Find Us Out!

Numbers 35:21-28 The Cities of Refuge

Chuck Smith
Sermon Notes
Book of Numbers
Calvary Chapel

Numbers 6:2 The Vow of the Nazarite

Numbers 6:22-26 The LORD Bless You

Numbers 6:23-27 The LORD Bless You

Numbers 6:23-27 Priestly Benediction

Numbers 6:24 The LORD Bless You

Numbers 11:4 The Mixed Multitude

Numbers 11:4 The Mixed Multitude - 2

Numbers 11:4 The Mixed Multitude - 3

Numbers 11:4 The Mixed Multitude - 4

Numbers 13-14 The Tragedy of Kadesh Barnea

Numbers 13:26 Life Divided into Three Planes

Numbers 13:26 The Tragedy of Kadesh Barnea 3

Numbers 13:26-14:34 Legitimate and Illegitimate Wilderness Experience

Numbers 14 Unbelief

Numbers 14:22-23 Unbelief the Thief

Numbers 15:1,2 God's Amazing Grace

Numbers 21:5 The Brass Serpent (See how it became a "snare" to Israel - 2Ki 18:4)

Numbers 21:5-9 The History of the Brazen Serpent

Numbers 21:5-9 The Serpent of Brass

Numbers 22-20,35 Going Beyond the Word

Numbers 23:10 The Death of the Righteous

Numbers 23:10 - The Death of the Righteous (Read the warning in part III.)

Numbers 26:9 Famous for Infamy

Numbers 26:29 The Twelve Tribes

Numbers 27:12-14 God's Representative (very practical!)

Numbers 32:5 Less Than Best (The Danger of Falling Short)

Numbers 32:23 Your Sin Will Find You Out (in your face, conscience, life, death)

Numbers 32:23 Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out

Numbers 32:23 Discovered! (Three common errors about sin)

Numbers 32:23 You Can Be Sure

Numbers 33:50-56 A Clean Sweep

Numbers 35:11-12 The Place of Refuge (in many ways a type of Christ)

Chuck Smith Audio Chapter by Chapter

C2000 Series on Numbers 1-10

C2000 Series on Numbers 11-20

C2000 Series on Numbers 21-28

C2000 Series on Numbers 29-36

Chuck Smith Commentary (same material as C2000 Series above)

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Numbers 18

Numbers 19

Numbers 20

Numbers 21

Numbers 22

Numbers 23

Numbers 24

Numbers 25

Numbers 26

Numbers 27

Numbers 28

Numbers 29

Numbers 30

Numbers 31

Numbers 32

Numbers 33

Numbers 34

Numbers 35

Numbers 36

C H Spurgeon
All of Spurgeon's Sermons
On the Book of Numbers

Numbers 4:24-26 Lowly Service

Numbers 4:49 The Numbered People

Numbers 6:22-27 The Blessing of the High Priest

Numbers 6:23-27, 2 Cor 13:14 Two Choice Benedictions

Numbers 9:11, 12 Feeding on a Whole Christ

Numbers 10:29 A Generous Proposal

Numbers 10:35 The March

Numbers 11:1 Against Murmuring - Sermon Notes

Numbers 11:23 The Glorious Right Hand of the Lord

Numbers 13:32, 14:6-7 The Spies

Numbers 14:11 Mistrust of God Deplored and Denounced

Numbers 14:24 Caleb - The Man for the Times

Numbers 16:47-48 The High Priest Standing Between the Dead and the Living

Numbers 19:2, 3 The Red Heifer

Numbers 21:8 Man's Ruin and God's Remedy

Numbers 21:9 Lifting Up the Brazen Serpent

Numbers 21:16-18 A Song At the Well Head

Numbers 23:10 The End of the Righteous Desired

Numbers 23:21 The Best War Cry

Numbers 24:17 The Star Our of Jacob

Numbers 26:63-65 The Census of Israel

Numbers 27:5 Women's Rights -- A Parable

Numbers 32:23 The Great Sin of Doing Nothing

Numbers 35:11 The Sinner's Refuge

C H Spurgeon
Devotionals on Numbers
Morning and Evening
Faith's Checkbook

Numbers 2:31

Numbers 6:4

Numbers 6:24

Numbers 11:11

Numbers 11:23

Numbers 12:1

Numbers 14:2

Numbers 14:11

Numbers 15:25

Numbers 21:8

Numbers 21:17

Numbers 23:9

Numbers 23:23

Numbers 32:6

C H Spurgeon
Exposition on Numbers

Numbers 4

Numbers 7

Numbers 8

Numbers 9

Numbers 10

Numbers 11

Numbers 19

Numbers 21

Numbers 22

Numbers 26

Third Millennium
Study Notes on
The Book of Numbers

Outline & References

Structural Outline

References and Related Resources

Numbers 1

Numbers: List of Major Bible Charts, Maps, & Pictures

Israel's First-Generation Army - Numbers 1:1-9:14

Census and Arrangement of Israel's Army - Numbers 1:1-4:49

The Count of the Men of War - Numbers 1:1-54

Numbers 2

The Arrangement of the 12 Tribes - Numbers 2:1-34

Numbers 3

Levite Service and Census - Numbers 3:1-4:49

Service of the Levities - Numbers 3:1-13

Census of the Levities - Numbers 3:14-39

Redemption of the Firstborn Levites - Numbers 3:40-51

Numbers 4

The Work of the Levites - Numbers 4:1-33

The Work of the Kohathites - Numbers 4:1-20

The Work of the Gershonites - Numbers 4:21-28

The Work of the Merarites - Numbers 4:29-33

The Census of the Levites - Numbers 4:34-49

Numbers 5

The Central Tabernacle - Numbers 5:1-9:14

The Tabernacle's Importance - Numbers 5:1-6:27

Sin as Ritual Defilement: Exclusion of the Unclean - Numbers 5:1-4

Sin as Transgression: Cases of Restitution - Numbers 5:5-10

Sin as Unfaithfulness: The Law of Jealousy - Numbers 5:11-31

Numbers 6

The Law of the Nazirite - Numbers 6:1-21

The Priestly or Aaronic Blessing - Numbers 6:22-27

Numbers 7

Offerings for the Tabernacle - Numbers 7:1-8:4

Introduction of the Gifts for the Tabernacle - Numbers 7:1-11

12 Tribes, 12 Days of Gifts - Numbers 7:12-83

A Summary of the Tabernacle Offerings - Numbers 7:84-88

The Lamps of the Tabernacle - Numbers 7:89-8:4

Numbers 8

Other Important Aspects of the Tabernacle - Numbers 8:5-9:14

The Appointment of the Levites - Numbers 8:5-26

Numbers 9

The Passover Celebration - Numbers 9:1-14

The Failed March of Israel's First-Generation Army - Numbers 9:15-25:18

Introduction to the March - Numbers 9:15-10:10

The Leading Cloud - Numbers 9:15-23

Numbers 10

Two Silver Trumpets - Numbers 10:1-10

Israel's Early Travels - Numbers 10:11-12:16

The March Ensues - Numbers 10:11-36

Numbers: Some Prayers of Moses

Numbers 11

Grumbling About Hardships - Numbers 11:1-3

Murmuring About Manna - Numbers 11:4-35

Numbers 12

Complaining Against Moses - Numbers 12:1-16

Numbers 13

Israel's Time of Wandering - Numbers 13:1-19:22

The Rebellion at Kadesh Barnea - Numbers 13:1-14:45

Exploring Canaan: The Spies Go Out - Numbers 13:1-24

Exploring Canaan: The Spies Return - Numbers 13:25-33

Numbers 14

Exploring Canaan: Rebellion in Israel - Numbers 14:1-45

Rebellion: What is in the Heart of the Unfaithful? - Numbers 14:1-4

Rebellion: What is the Response of the Faithful? - Numbers 14:5-9

Rebellion: What is the Righteous Response of the Lord? - Numbers 14:10-12

Rebellion: What is the Plea of the Righteous? - Numbers 14:13-19

Rebellion: Forgiveness and Righteous Punishment - Numbers 14:20-38

Rebellion: Israel's Worldly Repentance - Numbers 14:39-45

Numbers 15

Remembering the Offerings - Numbers 15:1-41

Offerings for Intimate Fellowship - Numbers 15:1-16

The First Dough Offering - Numbers 15:17-21

Atonement for Unintentional Sins - Numbers 15:22-29

Punishment for Intentional (Defiant) Sins - Numbers 15:30-36

Tassels on Garments - Numbers 15:37-41

Numbers 16

Rebellion Against Moses and Aaron - Numbers 16:1-50

The Levite Opposition - Numbers 16:1-11

The Summoning Dathan and Abiram - Numbers 16:12-15

Judgment Upon Korah and His Associates - Numbers 16:16-40

A Plague for Grumbling - Numbers 16:41-50

Numbers 17

Reaffirmation of Aaronic Priesthood - Numbers 17:1-19:22

Aaron's Staff - Numbers 17:1-13

Numbers 18

Priests and Levites - Numbers 18:1-32

Duties of the Priests and Levites - Numbers 18:1-7

Offering for the Priests and Levites - Numbers 18:8-32

Numbers 19

Arrangements for Cleansing - Numbers 19:1-22

Numbers 20

Israel's Later Travels - Numbers 20:1-25:18

Changing Generations - Numbers 20:1-21:35

Moses and the Rock - Numbers 20:1-13

Troubles with Edom - Numbers 20:14-21

Aaron's Death - Numbers 20:22-29

Numbers 21

Victory Over Arad - Numbers 21:1-3

The Bronze Snake - Numbers 21:4-9

Blessings on the Way to Moab - Numbers 21:10-20

Victory Over Sihon and Og - Numbers 21:21-35

Numbers 22

Israel and the Moabites - Numbers 22:1-25:18

The Summoning of Balaam - Numbers 22:1-40

Balaam's Prophecies - Numbers 22:41-24:24

Balaam's Rituals - Numbers 22:41-23:6

Numbers 23

Balaam's First Oracle and Balak's Response - Numbers 23:7-17

Balaam's Second Oracle and Balak's Response - Numbers 23:18-30

Numbers 24

Balaam's Third Oracle and Balak's Response - Numbers 24:1-14

Balaam's Fourth Oracle - Numbers 24:15-19

Balaam's Final Oracle(s) - Numbers 24:20-25

Numbers 25

The Aftermath of the Balaam Incident - Numbers 25:1-18

Numbers 26

Israel's Second-Generation Army - Numbers 26:1-36:13

The Count and Continuity of the Generations - Numbers 26:1-27:23

The New Count of the Men of War - Numbers 26:1-51

Distribution of the Land - Numbers 26:52-56

The Numbers of the Levites - Numbers 26:57-65

Numbers 27

Tribal Continuity and Zelophehads' Daughters - Numbers 27:1-11

The New Leader of Israel's Army - Numbers 27:12-23

Numbers 28

The Centrality of the Tabernacle Reaffirmed - Numbers 28:1-31:54

Daily Observances - Numbers 28:1-8

Weekly Observances - Numbers 28:9-10

Monthly Observances - Numbers 28:11-15

Annual Observances - Numbers 28:16-29:40

Numbers 29

A Theological Summary - Numbers 29:1-40

Numbers 30

Rules About Vows - Numbers 30:1-16

Numbers 31

Tributes of Holy War - Numbers 31:1-54

Numbers 32

Looking Ahead to the Conquest - Numbers 32:1-36:13

The Transjordan Controversy - Numbers 32:1-42

Numbers 33

Israels' Travels and Call to Conquest - Numbers 33:1-56

Numbers 34

The Boundaries of the Land - Numbers 34:1-15

The Distributors of the Land - Numbers 34:16-29

Numbers 35

Levite Towns and Cities of Refuge - Numbers 35:1-34

Numbers 36

The Inheritance of Zelophehads' Daughters - Numbers 36:1-13

Chris Vogel
Sermons on Numbers

Robert A Watson
Commentary on Numbers

Introduction

Numbers 1:1-46 The Census and the Camp Numbers 2 The Camp

Numbers 3:1-10 The Priesthood

Numbers 3:11-13, 40-51 The Firstborn

Numbers 3:14-39 Thru Nu 4 Levitical Service

Numbers 5:14 Exclusion From the Camp

Numbers 5:5-10 Atonement for Trespass

Numbers 5:11-31 The Water of Jealously

Numbers 6 Naziritism: The Blessing of Aaron

Numbers 7 Sanctuary and Passover: The Offering of the Princes Numbers 8:4 The Candelabrum

  • Numbers 9:1-14 The Passover

    Numbers 9:15-23 The Cloud and the March: The Guiding Cloud (Shekinah)

    Numbers 10:1-10 The Silver Trumpets

    Numbers 10:11-28 The Order of March

    Numbers 10:29-36 Hobab the Kenite

    Numbers 11 The Strain of the Desert Journey

    Numbers 12 The Jealousy of Miriam and Aaron

    Numbers 13, 14:1-10 The Spies and their Report

    Numbers 14 The Doom of the Unbelieving

    Numbers 15 Offerings: Sabbath-Keeping: Dress

    Numbers 16, 17 Korah, Dathan, and Abiram

    Numbers 18, 19 Tithes and Cleansings

    Numbers 20 Sorrow and Failure at Kadesh

    Numbers 21 The Last March and the First Campaign

    Numbers 22:1-19 Balaam Invoked

    Numbers 22:20-38 Balaam on the Way

    Numbers 22:39-24:9 Balaam's Parables

    Numbers 24:20-25:18 The Matter of Baal-Peor

    Numbers 26, 27 A New Generation

    Numbers 28-30 Offerings and Vows

    Numbers 20 The Laws and the Vows

    Numbers 31:War and Settlement: The War with Midian

    Numbers 32 The Settlement

    Numbers 33, 34 The Way and the Lot

    Numbers 35, 36 The Cities of Refuge

    Index

  • Today in the Word
    Devotionals on Numbers
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    Numbers 1:1-19

    Numbers 1:44-54

    Numbers 3:1-13

    Numbers 3:38-51

    Numbers 5:1-4

    Numbers 6:1-21

    Numbers 6:22-27

    Numbers 7:1-17

    Numbers 7:89-8:26

    Numbers 9:1-14

    Numbers 9:15-23

    Numbers 10:1-36

    Numbers 11:1-35

    Numbers 11:1-17

    Numbers 12:1-16

    Numbers 13:1-33

    Numbers 13:1-3, 17-33

    Numbers 13:1-14:38

    Numbers 14:1-10

    Numbers 14:1-45

    Numbers 14:1-10

    Numbers 14:11-16, 26-38

    Numbers 14:39-45

    Numbers 15:1-41

    Numbers 16:1-50

    Numbers 18:1-32

    Numbers 18:20-24

    Numbers 19:20

    Numbers 20:1-19

    Numbers 20:1-13

    Numbers 20:4-9

    Numbers 20:14-21

    Numbers 21:21-35

    Numbers 23:1-26

    Numbers 23:19

    Numbers 23:23

    Numbers 24:15-19

    Numbers 26:51-27:23

    Numbers 26:52-56

    Numbers 27:1-11, 36:1-13

    Numbers 30:2

    Numbers 32:1-42

    Numbers 32:23

    Numbers 33:50-56

    Numbers 35:1-8

    Numbers 35:9-34

    Numbers 35:9-34a

    Numbers 35:29-34

    DEVOTIONALS
    ON THE BOOK OF NUMBERS

    C H SPURGEON

    Morning and Evening
    Faith's Checkbook

    Numbers 2:31

    “They shall go hindmost with their standards.” — Numbers 2:31 (from Morning and Evening)

    The camp of Dan brought up the rear when the armies of Israel were on the march. The Danites occupied the hindmost place, but what mattered the position, since they were as truly part of the host as were the foremost tribes; they followed the same fiery cloudy pillar, they ate of the same manna, drank of the same spiritual rock, and journeyed to the same inheritance. Come, my heart, cheer up, though last and least; it is thy privilege to be in the army, and to fare as they fare who lead the van. Some one must be hindmost in honour and esteem, some one must do menial work for Jesus, and why should not I? In a poor village, among an ignorant peasantry; or in a back street, among degraded sinners, I will work on, and “go hindmost with my standard.”

    The Danites occupied a very useful place. Stragglers have to be picked up upon the march, and lost property has to be gathered from the field. Fiery spirits may dash forward over untrodden paths to learn fresh truth, and win more souls to Jesus; but some of a more conservative spirit may be well engaged in reminding the church of her ancient faith, and restoring her fainting sons. Every position has its duties, and the slowly moving children of God will find their peculiar state one in which they may be eminently a blessing to the whole host.

    The rear guard is a place of danger. There are foes behind us as well as before us. Attacks may come from any quarter. We read that Amalek fell upon Israel, and slew some of the hindmost of them. The experienced Christian will find much work for his weapons in aiding those poor doubting, desponding, wavering, souls, who are hindmost in faith, knowledge, and joy. These must not be left unaided, and therefore be it the business of well-taught saints to bear their standards among the hindmost. My soul, do thou tenderly watch to help the hindmost this day.

    Numbers 6:4

    “All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk.” — Numbers 6:4 (from Morning and Evening)

    Nazarites had taken, among other vows, one which debarred them from the use of wine. In order that they might not violate the obligation, they were forbidden to drink the vinegar of wine or strong liquors, and to make the rule still more clear, they were not to touch the unfermented juice of grapes, nor even to eat the fruit either fresh or dried. In order, altogether, to secure the integrity of the vow, they were not even allowed anything that had to do with the vine; they were, in fact, to avoid the appearance of evil. Surely this is a lesson to the Lord’s separated ones, teaching them to come away from sin in every form, to avoid not merely its grosser shapes, but even its spirit and similitude. Strict walking is much despised in these days, but rest assured, dear reader, it is both the safest and the happiest. He who yields a point or two to the world is in fearful peril; he who eats the grapes of Sodom will soon drink the wine of Gomorrah. A little crevice in the sea-bank in Holland lets in the sea, and the gap speedily swells till a province is drowned. Worldly conformity, in any degree, is a snare to the soul, and makes it more and more liable to presumptuous sins. Moreover, as the Nazarite who drank grape juice could not be quite sure whether it might not have endured a degree of fermentation, and consequently could not be clear in heart that his vow was intact, so the yielding, temporizing Christian cannot wear a conscience void of offence, but must feel that the inward monitor is in doubt of him. Things doubtful we need not doubt about; they are wrong to us. Things tempting we must not dally with, but flee from them with speed. Better be sneered at as a Puritan than be despised as a hypocrite. Careful walking may involve much self-denial, but it has pleasures of its own which are more than a sufficient recompense.

    Numbers 6:24

    He Blesses and Keeps (Faith's Checkbook)

    “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee.” Numbers 6:24

    THIS first clause of the high-priest’s benediction is substantially a promise. That blessing which our great High Priest pronounces upon us is sure to come, for He speaks the mind of God.

    What a joy to abide under the divine blessing! This puts a gracious flavor into all things. If we are blessed, then all our possessions and enjoyments are blessed; yea, our losses and crosses, and even our disappointments are blessed. God’s blessing is deep, emphatic, effectual. A man’s blessing may begin and end in words, but the blessing of the Lord makes rich and sanctifies. The best wish we can have for our dearest friend is not “May prosperity attend thee,” but “The Lord bless thee.”

    It is equally a delightful thing to be kept of God: kept by Him, kept near Him, kept in Him. They are kept indeed whom God keeps: they are preserved from evil; they are reserved unto boundless happiness. God’s keeping goes with His blessing to establish it and cause it to endure.

    The author of this little book desires that the rich blessing and sure keeping here pronounced may come upon every reader who may at this moment be looking at these lines. Please breathe the text to God as a prayer for His servants.

    Numbers 11:11

    “Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant?” — Numbers 11:11 (from Morning and Evening)

    Our heavenly Father sends us frequent troubles to try our faith. If our faith be worth anything, it will stand the test. Gilt is afraid of fire, but gold is not: the paste gem dreads to be touched by the diamond, but the true jewel fears no test. It is a poor faith which can only trust God when friends are true, the body full of health, and the business profitable; but that is true faith which holds by the Lord’s faithfulness when friends are gone, when the body is sick, when spirits are depressed, and the light of our Father’s countenance is hidden. A faith which can say, in the direst trouble, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him,” is heaven-born faith. The Lord afflicts his servants to glorify himself, for he is greatly glorified in the graces of his people, which are his own handiwork. When “tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope,” the Lord is honoured by these growing virtues. We should never know the music of the harp if the strings were left untouched; nor enjoy the juice of the grape if it were not trodden in the winepress; nor discover the sweet perfume of cinnamon if it were not pressed and beaten; nor feel the warmth of fire if the coals were not utterly consumed. The wisdom and power of the great Workman are discovered by the trials through which his vessels of mercy are permitted to pass. Present afflictions tend also to heighten future joy. There must be shades in the picture to bring out the beauty of the lights. Could we be so supremely blessed in heaven, if we had not known the curse of sin and the sorrow of earth? Will not peace be sweeter after conflict, and rest more welcome after toil? Will not the recollection of past sufferings enhance the bliss of the glorified? There are many other comfortable answers to the question with which we opened our brief meditation, let us muse upon it all day long.

    Numbers 11:23

    “Thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.” — Numbers 11:23 (from Morning and Evening)

    God had made a positive promise to Moses that for the space of a whole month he would feed the vast host in the wilderness with flesh. Moses, being overtaken by a fit of unbelief, looks to the outward means, and is at a loss to know how the promise can be fulfilled. He looked to the creature instead of the Creator. But doth the Creator expect the creature to fulfil his promise for him? No; he who makes the promise ever fulfils it by his own unaided omnipotence. If he speaks, it is done—done by himself. His promises do not depend for their fulfilment upon the co-operation of the puny strength of man. We can at once perceive the mistake which Moses made. And yet how commonly we do the same! God has promised to supply our needs, and we look to the creature to do what God has promised to do; and then, because we perceive the creature to be weak and feeble, we indulge in unbelief. Why look we to that quarter at all? Will you look to the north pole to gather fruits ripened in the sun? Verily, you would act no more foolishly if ye did this than when you look to the weak for strength, and to the creature to do the Creator’s work. Let us, then, put the question on the right footing. The ground of faith is not the sufficiency of the visible means for the performance of the promise, but the all-sufficiency of the invisible God, who will most surely do as he hath said. If after clearly seeing that the onus lies with the Lord and not with the creature, we dare to indulge in mistrust, the question of God comes home mightily to us: “Has the Lord’s hand waxed short?” May it happen, too, in his mercy, that with the question there may flash upon our souls that blessed declaration, “Thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.”

    Numbers 12:1

    “He had married an Ethiopian woman.” — Numbers 12:1 (from Morning and Evening)

    Strange choice of Moses, but how much more strange the choice of him who is a prophet like unto Moses, and greater than he! Our Lord, who is fair as the lily, has entered into marriage union with one who confesses herself to be black, because the sun has looked upon her. It is the wonder of angels that the love of Jesus should be set upon poor, lost, guilty men. Each believer must, when filled with a sense of Jesus’ love, be also overwhelmed with astonishment that such love should be lavished on an object so utterly unworthy of it. Knowing as we do our secret guiltiness, unfaithfulness, and black-heartedness, we are dissolved in grateful admiration of the matchless freeness and sovereignty of grace. Jesus must have found the cause of his love in his own heart, he could not have found it in us, for it is not there. Even since our conversion we have been black, though grace has made us comely. Holy Rutherford said of himself what we must each subscribe to—“His relation to me is, that I am sick, and he is the Physician of whom I stand in need. Alas! how often I play fast and loose with Christ! He bindeth, I loose; he buildeth, I cast down; I quarrel with Christ, and he agreeth with me twenty times a day!” Most tender and faithful Husband of our souls, pursue thy gracious work of conforming us to thine image, till thou shalt present even us poor Ethiopians unto thyself, without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing. Moses met with opposition because of his marriage, and both himself and his spouse were the subjects of an evil eye. Can we wonder if this vain world opposes Jesus and his spouse, and especially when great sinners are converted? for this is ever the Pharisee’s ground of objection, “This man receiveth sinners.” Still is the old cause of quarrel revived, “Because he had married an Ethiopian woman.”

    Numbers 14:2

    “And all the children of Israel murmured.” — Numbers 14:2 (from Morning and Evening)

    There are murmurers amongst Christians now, as there were in the camp of Israel of old. There are those who, when the rod falls, cry out against the afflictive dispensation. They ask, “Why am I thus afflicted? What have I done to be chastened in this manner?” A word with thee, O murmurer! Why shouldst thou murmur against the dispensations of thy heavenly Father? Can he treat thee more hardly than thou deservest? Consider what a rebel thou wast once, but he has pardoned thee! Surely, if he in his wisdom sees fit now to chasten thee, thou shouldst not complain. After all, art thou smitten as hardly as thy sins deserve? Consider the corruption which is in thy breast, and then wilt thou wonder that there needs so much of the rod to fetch it out? Weigh thyself, and discern how much dross is mingled with thy gold; and dost thou think the fire too hot to purge away so much dross as thou hast? Does not that proud rebellious spirit of thine prove that thy heart is not thoroughly sanctified? Are not those murmuring words contrary to the holy submissive nature of God’s children? Is not the correction needed? But if thou wilt murmur against the chastening, take heed, for it will go hard with murmurers. God always chastises his children twice, if they do not bear the first stroke patiently. But know one thing—“He doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.” All his corrections are sent in love, to purify thee, and to draw thee nearer to himself. Surely it must help thee to bear the chastening with resignation if thou art able to recognize thy Father’s hand. For “whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons.” “Murmur not as some of them also murmured and were destroyed of the destroyer.”

    Numbers 14:11
    “How long will it be ere they believe me?” — Numbers 14:11 (from Morning and Evening)


    Strive with all diligence to keep out that monster unbelief. It so dishonours Christ, that he will withdraw his visible presence if we insult him by indulging it. It is true it is a weed, the seeds of which we can never entirely extract from the soil, but we must aim at its root with zeal and perseverance. Among hateful things it is the most to be abhorred. Its injurious nature is so venomous that he that exerciseth it and he upon whom it is exercised are both hurt thereby. In thy case, O believer! it is most wicked, for the mercies of thy Lord in the past, increase thy guilt in doubting him now. When thou dost distrust the Lord Jesus, he may well cry out, “Behold I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.” This is crowning his head with thorns of the sharpest kind. It is very cruel for a well-beloved wife to mistrust a kind and faithful husband. The sin is needless, foolish, and unwarranted. Jesus has never given the slightest ground for suspicion, and it is hard to be doubted by those to whom our conduct is uniformly affectionate and true. Jesus is the Son of the Highest, and has unbounded wealth; it is shameful to doubt Omnipotence and distrust all-sufficiency. The cattle on a thousand hills will suffice for our most hungry feeding, and the granaries of heaven are not likely to be emptied by our eating. If Christ were only a cistern, we might soon exhaust his fulness, but who can drain a fountain? Myriads of spirits have drawn their supplies from him, and not one of them has murmured at the scantiness of his resources. Away, then, with this lying traitor unbelief, for his only errand is to cut the bonds of communion and make us mourn an absent Saviour. Bunyan tells us that unbelief has “as many lives as a cat:” if so, let us kill one life now, and continue the work till the whole nine are gone. Down with thee, thou traitor, my heart abhors thee.
    Numbers 15:25
    Sins of Ignorance
    (Faith's Checkbook)

    “And it shall be forgiven them; for it is ignorance.”—Numbers 15:25

    BECAUSE of our ignorance, we are not fully aware of our sins of ignorance. Yet we may be sure they are many in the form both of commission and omission. We may be doing in all sincerity, as a service to God, that which He has never commanded and can never accept.

    The Lord knows these sins of ignorance, every one. This may well alarm us, since in justice He will require these trespasses at our hand; but on the other hand, faith spies comfort in this fact, for the Lord will see to it that stains unseen by us shall yet be washed away. He sees the sin that He may cease to see it by casting it behind His back.

    Our great comfort is that Jesus, the true priest, has made atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel. That atonement secures the pardon of unknown sins. His precious blood cleanses us from all sin. Whether our eyes have seen it and wept over it or not, God has seen it, Christ has atoned for it, the Spirit bears witness to the pardon of it, and so we have a three-fold peace.

    O my Father, I praise thy divine knowledge, which not only perceives my iniquities, but provides an atonement which delivers me from the guilt of them, even before I know that I am guilty

    Numbers 21:8
    Look and Live
    (Faith's Checkbook)

    “And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that everyone that is bitten, when he lookethupon it, shall live.”—Numbers 21:8

    THIS is a glorious gospel type. Jesus, numbered with the transgressors, hangs before us on the cross. A look to Him will heal us of the serpent-bite of sin, will heal us at once: “When he looketh upon it, he shall live.” Let the reader who is mourning his sinfulness note the words, “Everyone that looketh upon it shall live.” Every looker will find this true. I have found it so. I looked to Jesus and lived at once. I know I did. Reader, if you look to Jesus you will live too. True, you are swelling with the venom and you see no hope. True, also there is no hope but this one. But this is no doubtful cure, “Everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.”

    The brazen serpent was not lifted up as a curiosity to be gazed upon by the healthy; but its special purpose was for those who were “bitten.” Jesus died as a real Savior for real sinners. Whether the bite has made you a drunkard, or a thief, or an unchaste or a profane person, a look at the Great Savior will heal you of these diseases and make you live in holiness and communion with God. Look and live.

    Numbers 21:17
    “Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it.” — Numbers 21:17 (from Morning and Evening)


    Famous was the well of Beer in the wilderness, because it was the subject of a promise: “That is the well whereof the Lord spake unto Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water.” The people needed water, and it was promised by their gracious God. We need fresh supplies of heavenly grace, and in the covenant the Lord has pledged himself to give all we require. The well next became the cause of a song. Before the water gushed forth, cheerful faith prompted the people to sing; and as they saw the crystal fount bubbling up, the music grew yet more joyous. In like manner, we who believe the promise of God should rejoice in the prospect of divine revivals in our souls, and as we experience them our holy joy should overflow. Are we thirsting? Let us not murmur, but sing. Spiritual thirst is bitter to bear, but we need not bear it—the promise indicates a well; let us be of good heart, and look for it. Moreover, the well was the centre of prayer. “Spring up, O well.” What God has engaged to give, we must enquire after, or we manifest that we have neither desire nor faith. This evening let us ask that the Scripture we have read, and our devotional exercises, may not be an empty formality, but a channel of grace to our souls. O that God the Holy Spirit would work in us with all his mighty power, filling us with all the fulness of God. Lastly, the well was the object of effort. “The nobles of the people digged it with their staves.” The Lord would have us active in obtaining grace. Our staves are ill adapted for digging in the sand, but we must use them to the utmost of our ability. Prayer must not be neglected; the assembling of ourselves together must not be forsaken; ordinances must not be slighted. The Lord will give us his peace most plenteously, but not in a way of idleness. Let us, then, bestir ourselves to seek him in whom are all our fresh springs.
    Numbers 23:9
    Among the Redeemed
    (Faith's Checkbook)

    “Lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall notbe reckoned among the nations.”—Numbers 23:9

    WHO would wish to dwell among the nations and to be numbered with them? Why, even the professing church is such that to follow the Lord fully within its bounds is very difficult. There is such a mingling and mixing that one often sighs for “a lodge in some vast wilderness.”

    Certain it is that the Lord would have His people follow a separated path as to the world and come out decidedly and distinctly from it. We are set apart by the divine decree, purchase, and calling, and our inward experience has made us greatly to differ from men of the world. Therefore, our place is not in their Vanity Fair, nor in their City of Destruction, but in the narrow way where all true pilgrims must follow their Lord.

    This may not only reconcile us to the world’s cold shoulder and sneers, but even cause us to accept them with pleasure as being a part of our covenant portion. Our names are not in the same book; we are not of the same seed; we are not bound for the same place; neither are we trusting to the same guide. Therefore, it is well that we are not of their number. Only let us be found in the number of the redeemed, and we are content to be odd and solitary to the end of the chapter.

    Numbers 23:23
    God Routs Fear
    (Faith's Checkbook)

    “Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel.”—Numbers 23:23

    HOW this should cut up root and branch all silly, superstitious fears! Even if there were any truth in witchcraft and omens, they could not affect the people of the Lord. Those whom God blesses, devils cannot curse.

    Ungodly men, like Balaam, may cunningly plot the overthrow of the Lord’s Israel; but with all their secrecy and policy they are doomed to fail. Their powder is damp, the edge of their sword is blunted. They gather together; but as the Lord is not with them, they gather together in vain. We may sit still, and let them weave their nets, for we shall not be taken in them. Though they call in the aid of Beelzebub and employ all his serpentine craft, it will avail them nothing: the spells will not work; the divination will deceive them. What a blessing this is! How it quiets the heart! God’s Jacobs wrestle with God, but none shall wrestle with them and prevail. God’s Israels have power with God and prevail, but none shall have power to prevail against them. We need not fear the fiend himself, nor any of those secret enemies whose words are full of deceit and whose plans are deep and unfathomable. They cannot hurt those who trust in the living God. We defy the devil and all his legions.

    Numbers 32:6

    “Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here?” — Numbers 32:6 (from Morning and Evening)

    Kindred has its obligations. The Reubenites and Gadites would have been unbrotherly if they had claimed the land which had been conquered, and had left the rest of the people to fight for their portions alone. We have received much by means of the efforts and sufferings of the saints in years gone by, and if we do not make some return to the church of Christ by giving her our best energies, we are unworthy to be enrolled in her ranks. Others are combating the errors of the age manfully, or excavating perishing ones from amid the ruins of the fall, and if we fold our hands in idleness we had need be warned, lest the curse of Meroz fall upon us. The Master of the vineyard saith, “Why stand ye here all the day idle?” What is the idler’s excuse? Personal service of Jesus becomes all the more the duty of all because it is cheerfully and abundantly rendered by some. The toils of devoted missionaries and fervent ministers shame us if we sit still in indolence. Shrinking from trial is the temptation of those who are at ease in Zion: they would fain escape the cross and yet wear the crown; to them the question for this evening’s meditation is very applicable. If the most precious are tried in the fire, are we to escape the crucible? If the diamond must be vexed upon the wheel, are we to be made perfect without suffering? Who hath commanded the wind to cease from blowing because our bark is on the deep? Why and wherefore should we be treated better than our Lord? The firstborn felt the rod, and why not the younger brethren? It is a cowardly pride which would choose a downy pillow and a silken couch for a soldier of the cross. Wiser far is he who, being first resigned to the divine will, groweth by the energy of grace to be pleased with it, and so learns to gather lilies at the cross foot, and, like Samson, to find honey in the lion.

    OTHER DEVOTIONALS
    ON THE BOOK OF NUMBERS

    F B Meyer
    Woodrow Kroll
    Theodore Epp

    Numbers 10:1-13
    Theodore Epp

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    Moving Ahead!

    The 11 months at Sinai had brought about many changes in the life of Israel. The people had arrived at Sinai a fugitive and unorganized people; they left a well-organized nation, molded into a commonwealth of 12 tribes. All was beautifully ordered.

    Moses had spent the first 40 years of his life being trained in the courts of Pharaoh as a possible successor to Pharaoh. As such, Moses was trained in organization, and the writings of Josephus assert that he was the general of the Egyptian army."

    He learned all that would be necessary to lead the greatest nation on earth at that time.

    Moses used all the knowledge he had accumulated in leading the Israelites. It was not, however, the unaided genius of Moses that God used. God leads through minds competent to receive and transmit His teaching.

    In Moses' case, his mental abilities were used to transmit to the Israelites an order of organization that was second to none. What Moses had learned in the world was translated into use for the glory of God.

    The Israelites left Sinai as a mighty nation in battle array. They had been furnished with a code of laws, including sanitary regulations, which have been a model for civilized peoples of the world.

    They had also been provided with a system of sacrifices that continued for centuries. These sacrifices prophetically pointed to the priesthood of the Lord Jesus Christ for believers.

    "Be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts" (Hag. 2:4).

    Numbers 11:1-15
    Theodore Epp
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    Complaining Is Contagious

    The mixed multitude (Num. 11:4) was probably a group of Gentiles who left Egypt with the Israelites. Although the complaining was started by the mixed multitude, the Israelites were also guilty of complaining.

    This indicates how infectious a complaining attitude can be. Because every person has a sin nature, it does not take long even for believers to become disheartened and to develop an attitude of complaining against the goodness of God.

    After salvation, Christians too often remember what they enjoyed in the world and occasionally long for the pleasures of sin. When this happens, the believer is guilty of leaving his first love.

    Christians who have not grown spiritually as they should, through the reading of God's Word and applying it to daily life, find it easy to murmur as the Israelites did.

    Only a small minority may begin the complaining, but the Christian who is not mature is also susceptible. Just as the bark of one dog can start a whole group of dogs barking, one complaining believer can affect an entire group.

    Many pastors have had their hearts broken, and church work has been greatly hampered by a few disgruntled people who influence the entire church.

    Every church group seems to have a few people who find it easy to complain about anything. Unless the other believers are mature, they will soon follow the pattern of the murmuring, weak believer.

    "Do not complain, brethren, against one another, that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door" (James 5:9, NASB).

    Numbers 12:1-16
    Theodore Epp
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    Jealousy Uses Spiritual Cloak

    Miriam and Aaron were Moses' older sister and brother. But even they took issue with Moses' leadership, although at first their complaints concerned his wife.

    Numbers 12 does not specifically say what Miriam and Aaron found objectionable about Moses' wife, but jealousy must have been the main problem.

    This jealousy took its usual hypocritical turn. Miriam and Aaron did not talk to Moses about his wife; instead, they complained about his authority.

    How easy it is to disguise jealousy beneath a cloak of zeal for the law of God or to think of oneself as pure while rebuking somebody else's faults. Real jealousy originates from power hunger, and it usually breaks out in faultfinding, just as it did in this case.

    We need to spend time in the Word and be alone with God until we are more concerned about His honor than our own. We do not have to worry about competition from other believers; our concern is only to glorify the Lord in all that we do.

    When a Christian is more concerned about God's honor than about his own, God will take care of his worries about competition from fellow believers.

    Granted, it is much easier to say this than to really live it, but we must come to grips with this problem if we are going to have victory in our Christian lives. We must be aware of the indwelling Christ and rely on Him to give us victory in these areas.

    "For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing" (James 3:16, NASB).
    Numbers 12:3
    Theodore Epp

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    Meekness: Strength Under Control

    Numbers 12:3; Galatians 5:22,23; Colossians 3:12

    In reviewing Isaac's life, we should also take special note of his spirit of meekness. All through his life his temperament was of a passive nature rather than of an active or aggressive nature.

    In childhood he was subjected to the insults of Ishmael, but there is no record that he became angry about them. As a young man he was taken to Mount Moriah to be offered as a sacrifice, and in meekness he surrendered and made himself available.

    He did not even choose his own wife, as she was chosen for him through his father's arrangements and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

    Isaac also accepted the rebuke of Abimelech in meekness. There were no reprisals. He and his men yielded whenever they were wrongly driven away from the wells they had redug.

    Isaac's meek spirit brought forth praise from even his enemies. They testified concerning his great power and might and their realization that the Lord was with him.

    The world thinks little of meekness, yet it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:23). The Apostle Paul urged all Christians: "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand" (Phil. 4:5).

    Meekness involves the self-sacrifice of our own desires and interests. Because Isaac gladly gave up his own personal desires, it pleased God to refer to Himself as "the God of Isaac."

    "For thus saith the Lord God,... In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength" (Isa. 30:15).

    Numbers 13:23
    J R Miller

    They… cut down … a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff. - Numbers 13:23

    God has sent over into our earthly wilderness-life many samples of the good things of the heavenly life - foretastes of the full glories there awaiting us.

    The joy, peace, love, and grace we get here are very sweet, but they are just little specimens of fruits that grow everywhere in the Better-Land. The old rabbis say that when the famine began in Egypt and the storehouses were opened, Joseph threw the chaff of the grain upon the Nile, that it might float down on the river and show those who lived below that there was abundance of provision laid up for them farther up the river.

    So the blessings of divine grace, which we enjoy in this world, are little more than the husks of the heavenly good things, sent down on the river of divine grace as foretastes or intimations of what is in store for us in heaven. The joy the Christian has here is deep and rich, but heaven's joy is infinitely deeper and richer.

    Numbers 13:1-3, 25-33
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    Walking by Sight, Not by Faith

    In addition to being characterized by unbelief, the Israelites were also characterized by self-will.

    Concerning the Israelites, the psalmist said, "They quickly forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel, but craved intensely in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. So He gave them their request, but sent a wasting disease among them" (Ps. 106:13-15, NASB).

    The King James Version translates this last verse: "He gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul" (v. 15). This reveals that God sometimes permits what is not in His direct will. It also reveals that the individual loses out spiritually.

    What a paradox! The Israelites were to walk by faith, but they wanted to send spies into the land (see Deut. 1:19-23). What does faith want with spies? Apparently they were more concerned about walking by sight than by faith.

    Many believers today find it extremely difficult to take God at His word. Instead of walking by faith, they want proofs about the future beyond what God has said and the power He has demonstrated.

    They are just like the Israelites who wanted to send spies into the land so they would know what it was like and how strong it was. Then they would choose whether or not to go in.

    Every believer should remember 2 Corinthians 5:7: "(For we walk by faith, not by sight.)"

    "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him" (Col. 2:6).

    Numbers 14:26-38
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    God's Judgment Falls

    Even Joshua and Caleb, who dared to believe God, had to return to the wilderness with the others. Joshua and Caleb had to suffer along with them for 38 more years. This is an example of the way decisions affect other people.

    But the faith of Joshua and Caleb was characterized by great patience. Because they believed God, they were able to endure even the experiences of the desert without losing hope.

    After God pronounced that none would enter the land except Joshua and Caleb and the younger generation, the Bible records God's judgment on the ten spies. They were judged by physical death right there and then.

    "The men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land, even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the Lord" (Num. 14:36,37).

    Surely this judgment caused the others to realize that the Lord was not to be trifled with. This surely underscored in their minds that God expects to be taken at His word and not mocked by unbelief.

    "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Heb. 10:31).

    Numbers 18:20

    Our Daily Walk

    F B Meyer

    THE PSALM OF INHERITANCE

    "I am thy portion and thine inheritance among the children of Israel."-- Numbers 18:20.

    "The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him."-- Lam 3:24.

    IT IS a wonderful thing when we can look upon God as being our portion, when we can lay our hand upon all His nature and say there is nothing in God which will not in some way contribute to my strength and joy. It makes one think of the early days of the settlement of emigrants in the Far West of Canada or Australia. The settler and his family would slowly travel forward, with their implements and seeds, till they reached the plot of ground allocated to them by the Government. At first the family would encamp on the edge of it, then they would prospect it, and go to and fro over its acres with a sense that it all belonged to them, though it needed to be brought under cultivation. In the first year, within the fence hastily constructed, the farmer and his sons would begin to cultivate some small portion of their newly-acquired territory. This would yield the first crops; next year they would press the fences farther out, until at the end of a term of years the whole would have been brought under cultivation.

    So it is with the mighty Nature of God. when first we are converted and led to know Him for ourselves, we can claim to apprehend but a small portion of the length and depth and breadth and height of His Love; but as the years go slowly on, amid the circumstances of trouble and temptation and the loss of earthly things, we are led to make more and more of God, until the immensity of our inheritance, which can never be fully explored or utilized, breaks upon our understanding. No wonder that the Psalmist breaks forth into thanksgiving in Ps 16:6-7, and Psalm 91.

    The devout soul rejoices in God as his great Inheritance. When He is always present to our mind, when we are constantly making use of Him, when we find ourselves naturally turning to Him through the hours of the day, then such quiet peace and rest settle down upon us that we cannot be moved by any anxiety of the present or future. Death itself will make no difference, except that the body which has obscured our vision will be left behind, and the emancipated soul will be able more fully to expatiate in its inheritance, which is incorruptible, undefiled, and unfading (1Pe 1:4-5).

    PRAYER: We thank Thee, O Lord, that all things are ours in Christ, working for us, co-operating with us, and bearing us onward to that glorious destiny for which Thou art preparing us. AMEN.

    Numbers 20:1-13a, 22-29
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    Christ Our Rock

    The rock mentioned in Exodus 17 foreshadowed Christ on the cross because there He was smitten. However, the rock of Numbers 20 foreshadowed the ascended Christ, who now intercedes as a High Priest for believers.

    The significant difference in the rocks of Exodus 17 and Numbers 20 is also indicated in that a different word for "rock" is used in these two passages.

    Although both rocks speak of Christ, God was endeavoring to communicate two different things to us concerning the Person of Christ.

    In Exodus 17 the rock was smitten, just as Christ was "smitten of God" (Isa. 53:4) and was "bruised for our iniquities" (v. 5).

    The rock of Numbers 20 foreshadowed Christ in the heavens, as referred to in Hebrews 9:24: "For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us."

    In the incident of Numbers 20 the rock foreshadowed the exalted Christ, and that is why it needed only to be spoken to.

    It is so important that this distinction between the smitten Christ and the exalted Christ as He is foreshadowed in the two rocks be maintained.

    Since the Lord Jesus Christ has been judged on the cross by having all of the sins of the world placed on Him, those of us who have received Him as Saviour need now to speak to Him for our needs.

    "And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ" (1 Cor. 10:4).

    Numbers 30:2

    Woodrow Kroll

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    As Good As Your Word by Tony Beckett and Woodrow Kroll

    Numbers 29-31, Mark 9:1-29

    Key Verse: Numbers 30:2

    Although today a Christian is not under responsibility to fulfill the ceremonial law, the New Testament emphasis on the moral law is strong. We may not make vows as is referenced in Numbers 30:2, but we are to be truthful people. Moses commanded the Israelites that a man "must not break his word but must do everything he said."

    In the course of a year, a person makes many more "vows" than is probably realized. For example, each credit card slip we sign is a vow. Don't sign unless you intend to pay. A tax form will ask if the answers given were truthful. Don't sign unless they were. A code of conduct may be included in the regulations for a student or an employer. Don't sign unless you plan to live by it.

    Then there are the other slips-not of paper, but of tongue. "I'll get back to you about that." "The check is in the mail." "We will get together for a meal while you are in town."

    Jesus said, "Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one" (see note Matthew 5:37).

    How good is your word? And are you as good as your word?

    Think before you speak today. Ask yourself, "Will I do what I am about to say?" Keep your word.

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    Numbers 32:6-7
    Woodrow Kroll
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    Discouraging by Default by Tony Beckett and Woodrow Kroll

    Numbers 32-34, Mark 9:30-50

    Key Verses: Numbers 32:6-7

    "Looking out for number one" is an old saying, but its sentiment is as popular as ever. We have been taught that we can have it our way and that we deserve a break today.

    Too often a Christian can be subtly sucked into thinking about self with little regard for others. The follower of Christ, however, must remember that every believer is part of the Body and must consider how individual actions affect others.

    This is not a new problem. The Reubenites, Gadites and half the tribe of Manasseh liked the look of the land east of the Jordan. It was suitable for livestock. Their request to stay there seemed reasonable.

    But Moses saw the effect it would have on Israel: "Shall your countrymen go to war while you sit here? Why do you discourage the [nation]?" (Numbers 31:6-7).

    To their credit, when reminded of similar past situations and when made aware of how their action would affect others, these tribes did not choose to be discouragers. Yes, their families and livestock remained, but the men went to war with the rest of Israel.

    Too often people in the church think of themselves and not how their choices might discourage others. Determine to encourage others by your actions as well as your words.

    You can be an encourager or a discourager. Putting your interests first can discourage others. Choose to be an encourager.

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