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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
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), wilderness (48x/44v), tent/tabernacle (93v), cloud (20x/16v), curse(s) (23x/19v)  

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

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

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: Precept Ministries International Inductive Study
Lesson 1 can be downloaded as Pdf (click here)
(
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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
Numbers32: Living On the Wrong Side of the Cross
Numbers 33: Irritants and Thorns
Numbers 34-36: Special Boundaries in Canaan

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George Bush
Commentary on the Book of Numbers
Chapter by chapter exegesis.
1858

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Biblical Art
Book of Numbers

1-4   3:4   5:11-31   6:22-27   7   8:1-4   9:1-15   10:1-10   10:11-36   11:1-3   11:4-34   12   13   14   14:11-25   15:32-36   16:1-40   16:41-50   17   19   20:1   20:2-13   20:22-29   21:1-9   21:21-35   22-24   25   26:61   27:1-11   27:12-23   28:9f.   28:16-25   29:1-6   29:7-11   29:12-39   31   32   33:15   36

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

Numbers 5-6

Numbers 7-8

Numbers 9

Numbers 10-11

Numbers 12-13

Numbers 14

Numbers 15

Numbers 16-17

Numbers 17-18

Numbers 18:20-32

Numbers 19-20

Numbers 20-21

Numbers 22-24

Numbers 25

Numbers 26-27

Numbers 28

Numbers 29

Numbers 30-31:18

Numbers 31:19-32:42

Numbers 32:6-33:56

Numbers 34

Numbers 35 

Adam Clarke
Commentary on the Book of Numbers

(1760-1832)
See caveat regarding his interpretative approach

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

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

Numbers Intro
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

Thomas Constable
Commentary and Expositional Notes on Numbers
Conservative, Millennial

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Ron Daniel
Sermons on Numbers

Numbers 1:1-4:49

Numbers 5:1-8:26

Numbers 9:1-10:36

Numbers 11:1-35

Numbers 12:1-16

Numbers 13:1-14:45

Numbers 15:1-16:50

Numbers 17:1-18:32
Numbers 19:1-22

Numbers 19:1-22

Numbers 20:14-21:35

Numbers 22:1-24:25

Numbers 25:1-26:65

Numbers 27:1-30:16

Numbers 31:1-54

Numbers 32:1-34:29

Numbers 35:1-36:13

J Ligon Duncan
Sermons on the Book of Numbers

Numbers 1:1-4 Introduction and Outline

Numbers 1:1-46 Numbered

Numbers 2 Arranged

Numbers 3 Priests, Duties, Firstborn

Numbers 4 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 7 Offerings of the Leaders

Numbers 8 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 Land

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 Aaron's Rod Blossoming

Numbers 18:1-32 Levites' Duties and Priestly Responsibility

Numbers 19 The Red Heifer

Numbers 20 Just Another Day in the Wilderness

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)

Bob Deffinbaugh
Sermons on the Book of Numbers

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

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

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

Explore the Bible
Studies on the Book of Numbers
Founders Ministries

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

Arnold Fruchtenbaum
Israelology

Israelology: Part 1 of 6  Introduction: Definition of Terms
Israelology: Part 2 of 6  Israel Present (Note: Article begins on Page 2)
Israelology: Part 3 of 6  Israel Present (Continued)
Israelology: Part 4 of 6 - Israel Future (Part One)
Israelology: Part 5 of 6 - Israel Future (Part Two)
Israelology: Part 6 of 6 Other Relevant Topics - Illustrations of Israel (including marriage)

Arno C. Gaebelein
Commentary on the Book of Numbers
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

John Gill
Commentary on the Book of Numbers

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

Dave Guzik
Commentary on the Book of Numbers
 Conservative, Evangelical, Millennial Perspective

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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S Lewis Johnson
Expository Sermons on the Book of Numbers

Numbers 9:15-23 and Ex 13:17-222 The Pillar of Cloud and Fire
Numbers 13:1-33 Israel at Kadesh-Barnea, part I
Numbers 14:1- 10 Israel at Kadesh-Barnea, part II
Numbers 14:11-45 Israel at Kadesh-Barnea, part III
Numbers 16:1-50 The Gainsaying of Korah
Numbers 17: 1-13 Aaron's Rod that Budded
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
Numbers 23:27-24:13  Balaam's Prophecies III: Israel Blessed and the Touchstone of the Gentiles
Numbers 24:14-25 Balaam's Prophecies IV: Jacob's Awesome Star

Numbers 25:1-18; 31:3,16 Balaam's Last End

Henry Linton
Notes on the Book of Numbers
1884

Numbers Intro
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

Henry Law
The Gospel in Numbers

Numbers 1:2-3 The Numbered People

Numbers 2:2 The Camp

Numbers 2:he Nazarite

Numbers 6:21 The Threefold Blessing

Numbers 10:2 The Silver Trumpets

Numbers 10:29 The Invitation

Numbers 10:35-36 The Rising and the Resting Prayer

Numbers 13:23 Grapes of Eshcol

Numbers 17:8 The Budded Rod

Numbers 19:2 The Red Heifer

Numbers 21:8-9 The Brazen Serpent

Numbers 24:17 Jacob's Star and Israel's Scepter

Numbers 25:10-13 Phinehas

Numbers 35:6 The Refuge

Keil & Delitzsch
Commentary on the Old Testament
Book of Numbers

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

C H Mackintosh
Devotional Commentary
On Numbers

Mackintosh, a Plymouth Brethren, was a gifted teacher and writer. D L Moody said that "it was C. H. Mackintosh who had the greatest influence" upon his learning of the Word of God. One of his most respected works was Notes on the Pentateuch. Further biographical Note

1   2   3-4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17-18   19   20   21   22-24   25   26   27   28-29   30   31   32   33-34   35 (Note: 36 has been referred to in the meditation on 17)

Appendix 1 - HISTORY OF THE TRIBE OF LEVI

Appendix 2 - GRACE AND GOVERNMENT

Alexander Maclaren
Sermons on Numbers

Numbers 4:23 The Warfare of Christian Service
Numbers 9:16 The Guiding Pillar
Numbers 10:29: Hobab
Numbers 10:35-36 The Hallowing of Work and of Rest
Numbers 11:14 Moses Despondent
Numbers 13:17-33 Afraid of Giants
Numbers 14:1-10 Weighed and Found Wanting
Numbers 14:19 Moses the Intercessor
Numbers 18:7 Service A Gift
Numbers 20:1-13 The Waters of Meribah
Numbers 21:4-9 The Poison and the Antidote
Numbers 22:6 Balaam
Numbers 23:10, 31:8 An Unfulfilled Desire

J Vernon McGee
Thru the Bible
Mp3 Audio
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Complete Book of Numbers in 87 individual files

F B Meyer
Our Daily Homily
Devotional Commentary
On Numbers

Numbers 1:18
Numbers 2:2-34
Numbers 3:45
Numbers 4:19
Numbers 5:3
Numbers 6:12
Numbers 7:89
Numbers 8:11, 13, 15, 21
Numbers 9:19
Numbers 10:32
Numbers 11:29
Numbers 12:7-8
Numbers 13:33
Numbers 14:13
Numbers 15:38
Numbers 16:5
Numbers 17:5
Numbers 18:20

Numbers 19:17
Numbers 20:8, 11
Numbers 21:17
Numbers 22:22
Numbers 23:20
Numbers 24:2
Numbers 25:3
Numbers 26:65
Numbers 27:21
Numbers 28:2
Numbers 29:1, 7, 12, 35
Numbers 30:5, 8, 12
Numbers 31:23
Numbers 32:23
Numbers 33:9
Numbers 34:13
Numbers 35:25, 28, 32
Numbers 36:2

Miscellaneous
Resources on Numbers
Conservative, Evangelical

Enter Query below to search articles in 33 conservative Theological Journals - An annual $50 fee (click here) is required to view the entire article but will give you access to literally thousands of conservative articles. Search by book You can also search by chapter like: John 1 or Gen. 2 You can also search by simple or complex references like: James 1:2 or Hebrews 1:1-3,6; 5:4

Examples of Articles in Theological Journals...

The Character And Prophecies Of Balaam. Numbers 22-24 - R D C Robbins
Short Study Why Did Moses Strike Out?...Numbers 20:1-13 - John A Beck
The Book Called “Numbers" - Allan MacRae
The Release of Homicides from the Cities of Refuge A Critical Monograph on Nu 35:25-Warren Driver

Does God “Change His Mind”? - Nu 23;19 - Robert B Chisholm
The Angel of The Lord In The Old Testament—Part I - John Baze
The Angel of The Lord In The Old Testament—Part II - John Baze
The Nazarite Vow - Numbers 6 - James McLeish

Articles on Numbers Bible.org
Keys to Numbers BaptistBibleBelievers
Outline and Introduction - Pdf Baptistbiblebelievers
Tabernacle Schematic Martyn Barrow
ESV Study Bible - $15 for lifetime online access or free with print version.
ESV MacArthur Study Bible - $20 for lifetime online access

Comment: This online resource allows one to view both the MacArthur Study Bible Notes & ESV Study Bible Notes at the same time & both synchronize with the Scripture! Very nice tool but note that purchase is required. Includes online ESV audio version.
Crossway Publishing

The Book of Numbers

Dictionary Articles

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 - Enter Scripture. The HCSB Study Bible notes are well done and can be accessed in the right panel entitled "STUDY BIBLE NOTES TOOL". Select "Study Bible Notes". To read all the notes on a given chapter click "READ" tab. Very nice!

Hint: Be sure and check the brief (5-15') pithy, practical videos by Dr Gene Getz which present powerful principles for life application! Instructions: Click Holman Christian Study Bible LINK. Type in the Scripture and click Video Player Tool in right column for Dr Getz's practical points related to that Scripture.

Holman Publishing

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
David Malick
Maps related to Book of Numbers
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Maps
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 - Excellent, conservative, literal study Bible notes from a leading creationist commentator, Dr Henry Morris. In the box labeled "All these words" type in the name of the book and the chapter number and click "Advance Search." Scroll down to see Dr Morris' notes.

Henry Morris
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
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 - 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 tbi
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 dcb
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 lmg
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 pmc
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 kpc
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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 6:24-26 The Threefold Blessing Henry Law
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 10:29-31 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 11:1-15 Depression

Don Robinson
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 13:30-31 Ten to Two Woodrow Kroll
Numbers 13:33 There we saw the giants Streams in Desert
Numbers 14:1- 10 Israel at Kadesh-Barnea, part II
Numbers 14:11-45 Israel at Kadesh-Barnea, part III
S Lewis Johnson
Numbers 14:26-38 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 16:1-50 The Gainsaying of Korah
Numbers 17: 1-13 Aaron's Rod that Budded
S Lewis Johnson
Numbers 17L8 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 21:4-9: 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 21:9 The Bronze Serpent Wil Pounds
Numbers 21:16-18 The Song at the Well Theodore Cuyler
Numbers 22-25: Prophet for Hire Bruce Goettsche
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 31:8 The Doom of the Double Hearted Horatius Bonar
Numbers 30:2 As Good As Your Word Woodrow Kroll
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

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Numbers 6:22-27 Benediction Blessing

Numbers 8:23-26 Don't Just Retire!
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 11:6 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 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 15:38 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 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

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
On 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 2

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)

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

Chris Vogel
Sermon
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Numbers 6:22-27  The Pronouncement of God’s Grace 
Numbers 9:15-23  God’s Guidance for Today  
Numbers 11:10-17 When God Gives You More Than You Can Handle 
Numbers 12 Jealous of Jesus 
Numbers 13-14 When People are Big and God is Small 
Numbers 16 On Shaky Ground with God 
Numbers 17 The Answer to Complaining 
Numbers 20:1-13 Angry at God’s Grace
Numbers 21:4-9 Look and Live
Numbers 22:21-35 The Warning Signs of False Teachers
Numbers 23-24 God’s Covering for Us
Numbers 35:9-28  Running for Refuge

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 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

 

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

"Be still, and know that I am God." - Psalm 46:10

A gifted and active Christian woman was stricken with an illness that confined her to bed. On her wall hung a motto, 'Be Strong - And Work For the Lord', based on 1 Chronicles 28:20. But those words, which used to bring her encouragement and strength, now brought only distress.

A friend recognized her troubled state of mind and read the last  part of Numbers 9 to her. She pointed out that during Israel's  wilderness wanderings, they rested whenever the guiding cloud remained over the tabernacle. But when the cloud moved on, they journeyed forward.

The friend then said that there are times when God expects us to move ahead in our work for Him. At other times He expects us to rest. To emphasize her point, she walked over to the wall, took down the first motto, and replaced it with a new one: 'Be Still, And Know that I Am God' (Psalm 46:10).

All of us need to recognize that God in His wisdom not only leads us into service but also provides times of rest. Often we desire the thrill of activity when He knows we will draw closer to Him through peaceful stillness. A real test of consecration is the ability to wait when we prefer to work. - H G Bosch

Whenever your plans are thwarted,
Just Quietly keep still,
And wait for God's sure leading,
His timing, and His Will.-Anon.

Thought for the Day: God orders our stops as well as our steps.

Numbers 11:6
Boring
?

Our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes! —Numbers 11:6

Many of our recurring complaints focus not on what we don't have, but on what we do have and find uninteresting. Whether it's our work, our church, our house, or our spouse, boredom grumbles that it's not what we want or need. This frustration with sameness has been true of the human spirit since the beginning.

Notice the protest of God's people about their menu in the wilderness. Recalling the variety of food they ate as slaves in Egypt, they despised the monotony of God's current provision: "Our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!" (Numbers 11:6).

God provided exactly what they needed each day, but they wanted something more exciting. Are we tempted to do the same? Oswald Chambers said: "Drudgery is the touchstone of character. There are times when there is no illumination and no thrill, but just the daily round, the common task. Routine is God's way of saving us between our times of inspiration. Do not expect God always to give you His thrilling minutes, but learn to live in the domain of drudgery by the power of God."

During the boring times of life, God is working to instill His character in us. Drudgery is our opportunity to experience the presence of the Lord. —David McCasland

Steadfast, then, in our endeavor,
Heavenly Father, may we be;
And forever, and forever,
We will give the praise to Thee. —MacKellar

Blessing is found along the pathway of duty

NUMBERS 12:1
Jealousy or zeal?

"Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman)" (Nu 12:1)

"Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife" (Philippians 1:15).

When the famous sculptor Michelangelo and the painter Raphael were creating works of art to beautify the Vatican, a bitter spirit of rivalry rose up between them. Whenever they met, they refused to speak to each other. Yet each was supposedly doing his work for the glory of God.

Jealousy often parades behind the facade of religious zeal. Miriam and Aaron criticized their brother Moses for marrying an Ethiopian. But God's anger revealed that it was actually jealousy that prompted their criticism. Out of jealousy, Saul sought to kill David, whom God had chosen to succeed Saul as king. And when the apostle Paul was in prison, some people were so jealous of the way God was using him that they preached Christ in order to add to the apostle's distress.

We can overcome this harmful attitude, but first we must identify it. Jealousy believes that someone else is getting what we deserve—whether money, popularity, wisdom, skill, or spiritual maturity. Sec­ond, we must confess it. Call it what it is—sin. And third, we must give thanks. The moment we see someone enjoying any advantage, we must accept it with gratitude. We can keep jealousy in check by refusing to compare ourselves with others.
As we learn to find our satisfaction in God, His grace enables us to rejoice with those who rejoice. When we do that, we have little room for envy. —D. J. De Haan

When we turn green with jealousy, we are ripe for trouble.

Numbers 12:1b
The Friction of Jealousy

"Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?" (Numbers 12:2).

In the world of technology, friction is an enemy of efficiency. That's why auto engineers put so much emphasis on aerodynamics, easy-rolling tires, and short-stroke engines. They want to reduce the fric­tion caused by air resistance, road contact, and moving parts.

In Numbers 12, we read about a form of friction that creates discord, makes everybody uneasy, diminishes our witness, weakens our worship, and hinders the Spirit's work in our lives. Miriam's jealous revolt against her brother Moses brought God's rebuke and slowed the Israelites' progress. The energy-robbing friction she caused was not unlike personality problems among jealous church members today.

Probably all of us have felt the sting of cruel verbal barbs shot at us by "envious archers." But the greatest pain caused by envy is felt by the person who harbors it. A God-centered, loving attitude is at the heart of the believer's life and health, but envy eats like a consuming disease into the bones and marrow of a person's moral fiber. That's why Socrates called envy "the soul's saw."

Whenever we begin to feel friction due to our envy or jealousy, we must confess it as sin and ask the Lord for His help. Then we must forgive those who have wronged us or apologize to those we have wronged. The friction will disappear, and we'll once again become spiritually energy-efficient. —H. V. Lugt & H. G. Bosch

Numbers 13:17-33
Only a Scarecrow


"He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." - 1 John 4:4

Like the children of Israel in today's Bible reading, Hannah Hurnard, author of "Hinds' Feet on High Places," was once paralyzed by fear. Then she heard a sermon on scarecrows that challenged her to turn her fear to faith.

The preacher said, "A wise bird knows that a scarecrow is simply an advertisement. It announces that some very juicy and delicious fruit is to be had for the picking. There are scarecrows in all the best gardens...If I am wise, I too shall treat the scarecrow as though it were an invitation. Every giant in the way which makes me feel like a grasshopper is only a scarecrow beckoning me to God's richest blessings." He concluded, "Faith is a bird which loves to perch on scarecrows. All our fears are groundless."

Hannah testified that this humble parable has encouraged her to walk along some frightening but fruitful pathways
more times than she could number.

What is your scarecrow today? Difficult circumstances? Personal inadequacy? Uncertainty? The enemy of your soul wants to keep you away from the place of God's blessing. Perch on your scarecrow by faith, start singing, and expect an abundant feast! -- J E Yoder

So let us trust Him in our troubles,
For He is loving, kind, and wise;
And most often trials and troubles
Are but blessings in disguise.-- Jarvis

When you fix your eyes on God, your fears will vanish.

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


"Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.- Galatians 5:1

Some people go through life looking into the rearview mirror. They yearn for the "good old days" when life seemed better. Families were stronger, Christians were nobler, people were happier -- or so they think!

The ancient Hebrews were masters of glorifying the ugly past. As slaves in Egypt they had been desperate! Yet after Moses led they out of bondage, they were soon idealizing the "good old days." Many of them actually wanted to go back to Egypt and again stick their necks under a yoke and feel Pharaoh's lash. Little wonder that God canceled their passport to the Promised Land.

Some Christians would like to get back to the "good old days" of the church. But which church? Believers have faced huge difficulties since the days of Paul. The early church was plagued by sexual immorality (1 Cor. 5:1), heresy (Gal. 1:6-7), and dissension (Acts 15:1-2). There were no good old days for the church -- not in the first century, not in the sixteenth, and not in the twentieth.

Avoid the trap of looking back -- unless it's to recall a lesson learned or to glory in what God has accomplished. Remember, for those whose lives are centered in Christ, the best is always yet to come. - H W Robinson

How often God gives victory
And then we revel in the deed,
While present opportunity
Slips past its bloom and turns to seed.- Gustafson

When we live in the past, we tarnish the present and ignore the future.

Numbers 16
Passing Judgment

"Then the whole congregation ... murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness (Exodus 16:2).

Fred Grimm, a Christian probation officer, told of a father who made a scapegoat of his son by blaming him for family conflicts. Although the man and his wife had been fighting for years, the father told his son, "It's always because of your big mouth that your mother and I fight. If I leave you and your mother, it will be your fault." The youngster's problems were compounded when the father died suddenly from a stroke and the mother accused her son of having caused his father's death. The boy was devastated.

Blaming others for our problems is not only unjust and cruel, it's displeasing to the Lord. The children of Israel did this in the wilder­ness shortly after their deliverance from the land of Egypt. When food and water were short, they panicked and blamed Moses and Aaron for getting them into their predicament. They made scapegoats of their leaders. Yet God mercifully overlooked their lack of faith and unfair criticism of His servants in those two incidents. Later, though, when the Israelites committed the same sin again, He judged them severely (see Numbers 16).

Scapegoating can do great damage. Instead of looking for someone else to blame for our problems, we need to analyze our situation, acknowledge our failures, and ask God for forgiveness and help.—H. V. Lugt

We won't get closer to God by passing judgment on others.

Numbers 20:1-13
Danger: Explosives

"The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression." Proverbs 19:11

A man from Michigan had an idea for removing a tree stump from the yard of a friend. He decided to use some dynamite he had stored away in his house. It did the trick. The explosion turned the stump into an airborne missile that traveled 163 feet downrange before crashing through a neighbor's roof. The stump opened a 3-foot hole in the roof, split the rafters, and pushed through the ceiling of the dining room.

If we are honest, we can see ourselves in the actions of the dynamite user. We have used explosive words and actions to try to solve problems, which only made things worse. We get action, but we leave much damage in our wake.

We are not the first to let anger make trouble for us. It happened to people in the Bible too. Moses, for instance, became extremely frustrated with his murmuring followers (Numbers 20:10). So, instead of speaking to the rock to get water, as the Lord had instructed him, he angrily struck it twice (Numbers 20:11). He did get water from the rock, but there was a problem—Moses had disobeyed God. Because of this, God told him he could not enter the Promised Land (Numbers 20:12).

Anger, like dynamite, is explosive. Unless it is handled with wisdom and self-control, it can do great damage. —M R De Haan II

Angry words take just one moment
And bring forth a flood of tears,
But the wounds they have created
Linger on for months and years. —Stairs

When a person's temper gets the best of him, it reveals the worst of him.
 

 

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
Theodore Epp
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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
Theodore Epp
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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
Theodore Epp
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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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