Numbers 26-27

5 more days (counting today) and we are done with Numbers already.

Chapter 26:

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When they get in the Promised Land, the land will be distributed according to size.  These numbers are important.

52 The Lord said to Moses, 53 “The land is to be allotted to them as an inheritance based on the number of names. 54 To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one; each is to receive its inheritance according to the number of those listed. 55 Be sure that the land is distributed by lot. What each group inherits will be according to the names for its ancestral tribe. 56 Each inheritance is to be distributed by lot among the larger and smaller groups.” (Lot means chosen by God according to the Urim and Thummim)

A new census is necessary because the generation counted in Chapter 1 is now gone.  Well, except Joshua and Caleb. 

  • Trivia: 
    • why are Joshua and Caleb the only 2 that are on both Census? 
    • why is the tribe of Levi NOT counted in the census?

64 Not one of them was among those counted by Moses and Aaron the priest when they counted the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai. 65 For the Lord had told those Israelites they would surely die in the wilderness, and not one of them was left except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.

The census is after the plague which reduced the number by 24,000.  The census was only slightly down from the earlier census.  This census includes a few notes about the past such as:

The son of Pallu was Eliab, and the sons of Eliab were Nemuel, Dathan and Abiram. The same Dathan and Abiram were the community officials who rebelled against Moses and Aaron and were among Korah’s followers when they rebelled against the Lord. 10 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them along with Korah, whose followers died when the fire devoured the 250 men. And they served as a warning sign. 11 The line of Korah, however, did not die out.

I want you to stop and think about how awesome it is to read that scripture about Korah and recall “If I opened my Bible 3 months ago and read that would I have a clue what it was talking about”  And here you are!  Anyway, Korah’s line did not die out, actually, they become the author of 11 Psalms.

Zelophehad- I love these women.  I think if I was in a woman in the OT, they would be my second choice.  (Deborah the Judge is by far my first)

Moses named a successor: The last 4 paragraphs.  Click here for a reread.

Paragraph 1- A great reminder to honor God.  The story I talked about the other day (the one where I cursed like a truck driver and threw my Bible because I thought it was unfair), is now one of my favorites.  Read John 15:4

Paragraph 2-Rather than argue about politics,  wouldn’t it be great if we just quietly prayed paragraph 2.

Paragraph 3- Super cool.  Joshua and Eleazar are going to be like Batman and Robin. Verse 21:

21 He is to stand before Eleazar the priest, who will obtain decisions for him by inquiring of the Urim before the Lord. At his command, he and the entire community of the Israelites will go out, and at his command, they will come in.”

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So who is in charge??  God is.  Eleazar will use the Urim and Thummim and tell Joshua the decisions the Lord makes.  If you jumped in and out of the read-through and do not know what these are just put a note in the comments and we will cover.

Paragraph 4…..and Moses did as God commanded. ❤


Numbers 23-25

Jaxon, yesterday you asked me why the Lord was mad at Balaam.  Great question.  Today’s read will answer that.  I didn’t want to ruin the surprise yesterday.  He knows our THOUGHTS.

Chapter 23 and 24- Balak brought Balaam to the edge of the Israelite community as he attempts to have Balaam curse the nation.  All three attempts conclude with Balaam blessing them rather than cursing them.  God used him regardless of his heart.

Attempt 1: He cannot curse them because God has not cursed them.

Attempt 2:He cannot undo the blessing of God.  God is their King and even warns Balak that they are protected by God.

Attempt 3: He admits that his words are from God himself.  He exalts him even above Agag, the future king of the Amalekites (remember this is an oracle from God, he knows the future!).  He ends the 3rd message restating the blessing on Abraham “may those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed”.

Balak was done with Balaam and fires him, but I can just see God saying to himself…Balaam is on a roll…let’s give them some more!  God continues to use Balaam to give 4 more messages regarding future prophecies.

Chapter 25-

Why was Balaam’s head down yesterday and unable to see in front of him?  He was brainstorming!  God will not let me use my ‘mouth’ to curse Israel.  He wanted the money so he had to think if a plan.  Apparently, after Balaam was fired, he brainstormed a way to still claim the reward from Balak after all.  He knew that if the Israelites were seduced to worship another god the Lord wouldn’t protect them.  So Balaam said to himself “I am a man…what is my weakness? Sex.”  (He didn’t say that, but I am sure he thought it).  Jaxon, if you don’t know what this is…I will tell your father to have the “talk” with you. 😂

Back in Exodus 34:

11 Obey what I command you today. I will drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.  Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you.  Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles (idols to worship false gods). Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

15 “Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land; for when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to them, they will invite you and you will eat their sacrifices.  And when you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will lead your sons to do the same.

NOW we can jump into Chapter 25.

If you are tracking the voyage on a map, I want you to see how close they are to crossing the Jordan River into Cannan the Promised Land!

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While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before these gods. So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal (he is the head honcho of the false gods) of Peor. And the Lord’s anger burned against them.

But the men quickly fall into sexual immorality and bowing down before their gods just as Balaam planned.  If you printed the handout on the Priest genealogy,  you will see where Phineas is the son of Eleazar. So Phineas (not Ferb is a priest.   Phinehas puts a quick end to the ordeal by making a sacrifice for their wrongdoing to get them back on track.  While Zimri (from the tribe of Simeon) is doing the horizontal mambo with Zozbi (a Midianite), Phineas drove his spear into both of them at the same time.  I am sure you can imagine HOW this was possible 😂 if not I can text you a picture.  I am cracking myself up today!

One of the last verses today was:

The Lord said to Moses, 17 “Treat the Midianites as enemies and kill them.

Do they obey and kill these hot ladies??

So here we stand.  When the sun is up we can see Jericho!  Are we ready?  Is the next generation ready?  Let me rephrase, have you taught the next generation the Word of God ready to take on the enemies of the world?

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Number 21-22

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Look at 12 (Kadesh Barnea).

Spot 13 is Edom from yesterday.
So now look at 14 and 15.   That is where we are.  It is important to see it so that when we cross the Jordan River and divide land “Trans-Jordan” you will totally get it.BibleTrack: Bible Commentary - Numbers 21, 22

The Bronze Snake:

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Let’s start with John 3:14- Yes, the Gospel of John.

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

In the Gospel, John was speaking to Nicodemus; a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin.  If you do not know who they are,  just know that he was a legalistic important Jewish man that was raised under the Law (as a way of Salvation).  He is questioning Jesus about how a person would get to Heaven.  Jesus knows he needs to speak his “lingo”, so he references a story from the Torah (the 1st 5 books), I am sure Nicodemus has memorized.  The Bronze Snake:

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

Ready for something cool:  The universal healing symbol on an ambulance.  This will remind you to pray for healing for that person.  Also, what a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel if you are in the car with someone and see this symbol.  This is how it looks in my car: “See that symbol, do you have a phone on you, google Numbers 21 and John 3….” it is the coolest conversation!

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21:10 forward.  They are back on track following the way the Lord directs.  So refer to your maps, they are coming up on the east side of the Jordan River.  “Trans-Jordan”.  You are going to hear that phrase a lot, so put it in your pocket!.  The Israelites want to pass through peacefully, but when the Amorites refuse, the Israelites battle them.  Flag on the field!  Look at verse 25: Israelites captured ALL the cities of the Amorites.  This was a huge victory for this new generation.  God was giving them the confidence that if they follow HIM and trust HIM when they enter the Promised Land, there was nothing to be afraid of!!  Their god- Chemosh- in verse 29, gave them up as fugitives!

Balak Summons Balaam.

The strongest armies are hearing about the reputation of these Israelites because of their God!  So Balak, a Moabite King,  allies with the Midianites,  and hires a sorcerer named Balaam to put a curse on the Israelites. (Look on your genealogies if you want to remember who Moab/Midian are).

The story starts out pretty straightforward and then takes a turn at verse 21.  God told him to GO with them, so he went.  Then God is mad at him??  What?  Read it closely.

20 That night God came to Balaam and said, “Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you.”

21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. 22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.

Did God tell him to take all his things and servants with him?  NO.  Balaam, a believer in the Lord, had a change in him when he woke up.   $ $ $ $ $ $ And God knew it!

2 Peter 2:15- They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer,who loved the wages of wickedness.

So the reading ends mid-story?  I am not sure why BUT I am thinking that God wants me to ponder why I can’t see Him when He is right in front of my face!  Why do I wait till He forces me to be in a tight spot before I look up!   Here is your visual for today:


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or this if you share my brain

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Numbers 18-20

Chapter 18-19

These chapters, although I admit I skimmed a little, are the cleansing of the camp after the rebellion.

Our understanding of true worship begins with the sense that He controls and directs true worship; who the priests are and how they function are his concerns. This means that worship is not a game where we may make up the rules as we play.

Often we think of worship in terms of what we like and appreciate. This misses the mark; worship is principally for God’s pleasure.

Chapter 20:

OK. where are we?

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We are at Kadesh-Barnea.  If the Israelites stand on your toes, you can see the Promise Land!  It has been about 38 years since their elders sent the spies in to assess it.  The people are thirsty, they complain, Moses talks to the Lord, the Lord tells him to provide water, he does (but with his own little dramatic flair), and Moses is reprimanded and his consequence is “Your ticket is void, you cannot enter the Promise Land” What???

THIS is when I walked over to my mentor’s house and said “This is crap! (may have been a few other choice words for my own dramatic flair).  After all Moses has done for these people, he makes one little mistake and BAM, he’s out!

Well,  I tip-toed back over to her house (she pretended not to see me) and I took my Bible back to wrestle with God over it.

Let’s think for a minute:

  • Who brought the plagues to Egypt?  God.
  • Who redeemed the people from slavery? God.
  • Who parted the Red Sea? God.
  • Who brought manna, quail, and turned water from bitter to sweet? God.
  • Chapter 17…who brought water from the rock? God
  • Chapter 20…who brought water from the Rock? God or Moses.

The Lord said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.”

This is a NEW generation.  God has patiently waited for the last generation to pass away so that he can continue the plan.  This generation did not see God do any of the miracles listed above, they only heard about it from their parents.  This is a HUGE moment!  GOD WILL PROVIDE SO THAT THIS NEW GENERATION KNOWS WHO IS BRINGING THEM INTO THE PROMISE LAND!  GOD.

So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must WE bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.

What in Sam Hill!! WHO brought the water? This generation will go into the Promise Land trusting Moses, not God. Oh, this would be a big deal.  I totally understand why Moses cannot be leader into the Promise Land now.

12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”

  • Moses harshly rebuked the people (v. 10),
  • took credit for what God had done (v. 10),
  • resented the Israelites (v. 10),
  • lost his temper(v. 11),
  • disobeyed God (v. 11),
  • did not trust God’s power (v. 12),
  • failed to glorify God (v. 12),
  • and rebelled against God (v. 24).

Now I get the enormity of this chapter and the consequence.  So I kept reading my Bible. 😁 (And it gives me a lot to think about when I use “I” in my own accomplishments.

Edom denies Passage 😢

The Edomites were the descendants of Esau, Jacob’s (Israel’s) brother. (feels like forever so jog your brain or look at your handouts )

The “king’s highway” was a major road through Edom that caravans and armies passed through. In spite of Moses’ peaceful request, the Edomites refused to let Israel pass and God will bring them eastward to enter through the Jordan River.

first and add in my notes from the weekly Bible lessons and post that. This is without rereading and looking at other inteerpretations.

If you are looking at the map, we leave Kadesh Barnea, continue through the wilderness.  The Edomites refusal to let the Israelites pass through their land WILL come up again in our reading.  God deals with all our enemies in His time, so we should have Peace when wrongs seemed to go unnoticed.

Aaron dies.  Man, what would the obituary say?  Just as God proclaimed, the High priest position is handed to his son, Eleazar.  The clothes were removed before he died so that they were never contaminated by a corpse.  (Spoiler Alert: when we get to the Gospel, who is the High Priest, and how did he get that job??  All this careful planning get flushed down the toilet). If you really want to know ask me in comments, I don’t want to ruin it for those who want to wait.

Numbers 16-17

Korah, Datham, and Abiram-Line of Korah

This is dramatic chapter.  When you think about all the detailed planning from God we just read, this moment could throw it all away. This is not complaining.  This is REBELLION.   The leaders of this rebellion were “Korah”—a Levite of the Kohathite branch of the tribe and a first cousin of Moses and Aaron. These men gained the support of 250 other men from the other tribes, who were leaders among the Israelites. These men intended to overthrow God’s plan, and to replace it with one that seemed better to them. The rebels attributed Moses and Aaron’s position of leadership to personal ambition, rather than to obedience to God’s commands.

12 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab. But they said, “We will not come!  Isn’t it enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the wilderness? (what? Egypt?) And now you also want to lord it over us!  Moreover, you haven’t brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Do you want to treat these men like slaves ? No, we will not come!” 

Did you get all that??

  • Moses was not the one that brought them out of Egypt.  God did.
  • Did they just call Egypt the Land of milk and honey?  Oh no they didn’t!
  • What? Moses didn’t bring them into the next land called the Land of milk and honey? He tried!  They refused to trust God.
  • Moses and Aaron do not want to lord over them…they fall on their face in prayer for them!

Good Grief!  It is a reality show.  So next we have this horrible scene:

Back in Numbers 14:18 ‘The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’

Such a hard scripture to chew on.  But here is an example this.

27 So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram had come out and were standing with their wives, children and little ones at the entrances to their tents. 😢………the ground under them split apart 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions.

Chapter 17: Aaron’s staff.

So far:

  • Aaron’s rod was the one that turned into a snake in Pharaoh’s court
  • It was Aaron’s rod that God used to turn the water of Egypt into blood
  • It was Aaron’s rod that summoned the plagues of the frogs and gnats.

God set apart Aaron and his sons as priests. The rest of the Levites were to minister to the Lord in the tabernacle, offer sacrifices, and hear from God for the good of the whole nation.  To put an end to the unrest, God used Aaron’s staff to show them who God chose. God commanded Moses to have the leader of each tribe of Israel bring his rod or staff to the tent of meeting, with Aaron’s rod representing the tribe of Levi. Each of the twelve leaders was to have his name inscribed on his rod. The Lord told Moses, “Buds will sprout on the staff belonging to the man I choose. Then I will finally put an end to the people’s murmuring and complaining against you”.

So did it just SPROUT?  NO!!!  Aaron’s staff, representing the tribe of Levi, had sprouted, budded, blossomed, and produced ripe almonds!

I am not an almond grower BUT I did research the process.  It takes about 200 days to produce an almond AFTER a 3-4 year germination period. (Oh I could make a sermon out of this)Aaron's Rod Buds Story

Aaron’s rod didn’t just sprout buds; it brought forth flowers and fruit, a clear demonstration of the power of the One who gives life. Verse 10 says, “And the Lord said to Moses: ‘Place Aaron’s staff permanently before the Ark of the Covenant to serve as a warning to rebels. This should put an end to their complaints against me and prevent any further deaths.’”

You would think!!  Ummmm…

Trivia: What are the 3 items placed in the Ark of the Covenant?

Numbers 14-15, and Psalm 90

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Recap: After being told by the Lord, “I will give you the land…” the men still made their own conclusion.  Wait, let me get this straight.  This generation saw the Lord battle 10 Egyptian gods, part the Red Sea, provide manna, speak to Moses, provide water…..and they think He cannot handle a promise He has been making for 500 years?

Chapter 14: The voices of 10 men influenced the opinions of the ones listening.  Yesterday in the comments “lookoutlookinblog” wrote a great comment about the mixed multitude.   Complaining and negatively affect those listening, and could change their actions.  When the Lord looks down on you,  who are you:

  • The 10 men believing in a God, but not trusting Him.
  • The group listening and agreeing without first-hand knowledge?
  • Caleb or Joshua?

They all have the same facts: it’s the perception that matters.

God is going to strike all of them with a plague and start over, but Moses loves the Lord so much and says

 15 If you put all these people to death, leaving none alive, the nations who have heard this report about you will say, 16 The Lord was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them on oath, so he slaughtered them in the wilderness.’

God agrees to not kill the people outright and harm His reputation but will keep them in the wilderness until they all die and can be replaced by their children.  He refuses to reward rebellion and lack of trust.  If He did, it would send a wrong message to the world about his character and holiness.

Last month I said I look for something new I have never read before and when I do it hits me hard…it is 14:20!  I think I get so wrapped up in the story that only Caleb and Joshua from this generation will enter the Promised Land,  I glazed over something so important

“I have forgiven them…Nevertheless….”

This is not a story about salvation, that occurred at the Passover.  This is a story that when we walk in Faith we live an abundant life.

Chapter 15: So we continue reading and you see that we are back to sacrifices. The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘After you enter the land I am giving you as a home and you present to the Lord food offerings from the herd or the flock, as an aroma pleasing to the Lord

The next generation (40 years later-for the 40 days they scoped out the land) will enter the land.  Had they rebelled?  Do they need to make a sin offering?  NO.  They are instructed to make the VOLUNTARY offerings only. 😁. When they enter the land the sacrifices will

  • show their devotion to God
  • acknowledge that the land belongs to the Lord
  • Peace and fellowship with God

15 The community is to have the same rules for you and for the foreigner residing among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You and the foreigner shall be the same before the Lord: 16 The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the foreigner residing among you.’”

I love this!  No one is excluded from the Lord, EVEN in the Old Testament.  In the New Testament, it is restated in Romans 10:11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

As they enter the land and they are teaching and reading the Law (just like us sitting here reading our Bibles) they will see that they have unintentionally sinned.  (just like when I am reading my Bible).  Sin MUST be dealt with.  So NOW it is time to offer the required sacrifices.

22 “‘Now if you as a community unintentionally fail to keep any of these commands the Lord gave Moses—

Who is the foreshadow of the High Priest? I will give you a clue:  starts with “J” ends in “s” 😉25 The priest is to make atonement for the whole Israelite community, and they will be forgiven, for it was not intentional and they have presented to the Lord for their wrong a food offering and a sin offering. 

15:30 “‘But anyone who sins defiantly…”(How does God view that?) This might want to make you me pause for a moment.”I know I shouldn’t say this but…I know I should do this but…I know it is wrong, but…”

God lets us know immediately how He feels about INTENTIONAL sin with an example:

The Sabbath Breaker is the example in this chapter.

The Brick Testament


Tassels.  I love that we are told to have visual reminders to remember God’s commandments and promises.    For those of you who don’t know me, I live in the South, the “land flowing with scriptures painted on wood”.

  • A reminder or just decorative?

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The Significance of the Jewish Prayer Shawl | Messianic Bible

Here is an OT example and a current-day example of Tassles (we will discuss the boxes on their heads in Deuteronomy)

Psalm 90- Click here 

When you hear Psalms…we think of David?  Well, Moses wrote Psalms 90-106.  No, I am not kidding.  🤓

I wanted to quote a section of it…but I want it to fall fresh on your eyes since it is our first Psalm.  Feel free to comment…I bet we liked the same part. ❤️

Numbers 11-13

Chapter 11: My goodness, I am not sure what to write about.

  • Should we talk about how Moses prays and how that affects the Lord?  When I pray do I really comprehend how that actually affects the Lord?  Verse 2: Moses prayed and the fire died down!
  • Do we talk about complaining??  What in the world!!  Wait….that’s me.  All the Lord has provided and yet I still find things to complain about.
  • My favorite….Moses’ conversation with the Lord!

The complaining has BEGUN.  The Lord has 2 plans.

  1. He takes 70 elders to help share the burden of leading these people.  It’s like herding cats at this point.  The Lord gives 70 men the Holy Spirit so that they can help manage these whiner babies!  (How cool is it to see the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, so many of us think of it as a New Testament gift)
  2. He is to give them what they ask for (we will see this MANY times as we continue to read….otherwise, we wouldn’t have the books of Kings!).  These people were given redemption, freedom, safety, food, shelter, AND the community with the Lord…and they wanted MORE!  Wanting it was one issue, But ACTING on it was another!

Chapter 12:  Find Moses, Aaron and Miraim.  They are siblings!

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What in Sam Hill is going on here!  Miriam and Aaron call Moses’ wife a “Cushite” as a racial slur.  We do not know if this is Moses’ wife Zipporah (the Midianite) or if he has a different wife now (I think it is a different wife).

As much as I would love to say “that’s sibling rivalry”,  it’s not.  It is jealousy and pride.  Aaron is also very aware that Moses grew up in Egypt and married a non-Israelite.   The Lord inflicts Miriam with a skin disease that changes her “color”, the very characteristic she was using to instigate the issue of Moses’ wife.  Aaron was not inflicted because that would disqualify him from priestly service.   What does Aaron do?  He confesses.

“Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed. 12 Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother’s womb with its flesh half eaten away.”

Once again, Moses prays and God relents.


Let’s pull the two names out that we are going to follow: (Circle them in your Bible)

from the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh;

from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea son of Nun; (Moses gave Hoshea son of Nun the name Joshua.)

Joshua in Hebrew means “Salvation”.

The 12 spies went into the Promised Land.  They traveled 150 miles in 40 days.

Numbers 13 and 14 Had traveled in the wilderness from Sinai On Southern edge of the Promised land Sent 12 spies to look over the land After 40 days they. - ppt download

Here is a panned out viewBible Commentary: Numbers 12-13 | United Church of God

It is the Big BUTT Chapter!  It is everything the Lord Promised BUT

28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”

31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”

They might as well have said “BUT they are more powerful than the Lord!!”  

I want you to stop and think about the hardest prayer you have right now.  “Lord I need you to…”  think of the lost person in your life, the stronghold someone might have, the situation someone is gotten themselves into.  Pray for them.  When you are done did you say in your head after “ but they won’t change” “That won’t happen”….etc.  If you did,  you might as well have said “But they are more powerful than the Lord!”

Numbers 8-10

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Chapter 8: The lighting of and continual burning of the lamps in the tabernacle symbolized the consecration of the Levites, who were to represent the whole nation as lights to the world. The high priest was in charge of the lampstand.  This is was the final task before the journey, setting apart the Levites as the priesthood.

Picture for a moment how dark it would be without the lampstand.  Have you ever lost power in your house.  You light a candle, and suddenly the whole room is lit. Without it you would sit in darkness.  We are spending so much time thinking about this tabernacle because it is a foreshadow of Jesus.  We are also spending so much time on the Priesthood because they are a foreshadow of believers.  The Levites are being set apart, as HIS.  This is you.

John 1:9 “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world” (Jesus/Lampstand)

Matthew 5 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.- 1 Peter 2:9

Finally…The anniversary of the Passover (Exodus 12).  It has been 1 year since they have been freed as slaves.  They spent time learning and now it is time to go into the world and be that light.  God graciously allows all to participate, even though some are considered unclean(exposure to a corpse), He always has a plan.

Chapter 10 Trumpets.

Don’t skim this part. this is a good one.  From here to the end of Revelation we are going to read about many Trumpet blows.  Actually 114 times.

The Lord said to Moses: “Make two trumpets of hammered silver, and use them for calling the community together and for having the camps set out. When both are sounded, the whole community is to assemble before you at the entrance to the tent of meeting…

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“The sons of Aaron, the priests, are to blow the trumpets. This is to be a lasting ordinance for you and the generations to come. When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the Lord your God and rescued from your enemies. 10 Also at your times of rejoicing—your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts—you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the Lord your God.”

1 Thessalonians 4 (when the church is Raptured before End Times)

16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Should we even talk about the trumpets in Revelation!!  I CAN ALL DAY.  (But I have a lot of laundry to catch up on…so I won’t torcher you)   But a fun thing to do would be to circle them in your BIBLE as we keep reading.  One is coming up soon when we get to Jericho 😁)


The cloud is moving!  Amazing that they follow without knowing the destination.  God tells them to go, and they do.  Faith.  Trust.   One of my favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:1Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.”

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At the end of the reading, we have this beautiful conversation between Moses and his Father in Law.

29 Now Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place about which the Lord said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will treat you well, for the Lord has promised good things to Israel.”

Reuel has been a constant comfort to Moses.  When Moses fled Egypt, Reuel took him in for 40 years.  Moses marries his daughter Zipporah.  Years later, when Moses is in danger in Exodus 18, he sends his wife and kids back to Reuel for safety.  Reuel reunites them at Mt. Sinia when the coast is clear.  Reuel is a Midianite, which is a distant cousin to the Moses’ family (from Keturah) that’s why she knew to circumcise, remember the flint knife/penis moment 😂 , however, they will become enemies to the Israelites over time.

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The cloudy pillar stood over the tabernacle.   It lifted and in the tribal arrangement order, they marched.  The GPS says: you will reach your destination in 11 days!  The cloud leads them toward Kadesh Barnea.

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As the nation left Mt. Sinai, the people were at their strongest spiritually, having received the Law and having committed themselves to follow it faithfully.  What could go wrong??

“Rise up, Lord!
    May your enemies be scattered;
    may your foes flee before you.”

Numbers 7

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  • It is only one chapter, BUT it is the SECOND LONGEST chapter in the book.  (Psalm 119 is the longest)
  •  (if anyone grew up catholic you will get this-) “Forgive me Father, for I have sinned, it has been 40 years since my last confession.  After reading Nashon’s offering,  I skimmed today”. 😉

Numbers 7:

Today’s chapter describes the offerings the tribes of Israel made for the tabernacle.

The process of altar dedication takes twelve days, and offerings by a leader representing each of the tribes are made on each of these sacred days. The offerings:

Day 1 Nahshon the son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah
Day 2 Nethanel the son of Zuar, the chief of Issachar
Day 3 Eliab the son of Helon, the chief of the people of Zebulun
Day 4 Elizur the son of Shedeur, the chief of the people of Reuben
Day 5 Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai, the chief of the people of Simeon
Day 6 Eliasaph the son of Deuel, the chief of the people of Gad
Day 7 Elishama the son of Ammihud, the chief of the people of Ephraim
Day 8 Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur, the chief of the people of Manasseh
Day 9 Abidan the son of Gideoni, the chief of the people of Benjamin
Day 10 Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai, the chief of the people of Dan
Day 11 Pagiel the son of Ochran, the chief of the people of Asher
Day 12 Ahira the son of Enan, the chief of the people of Naphtali

The leaders who make the offerings are the same as those who assist with the census in Num 1:5–15, but there is a distinct order of offering.

Here in Num 7:1–88 the order of offering is influenced by the order of encampment given in Num 2, not birth order like it usually is.

(Jennifer H. I put this picture just for you.  ❤️) 4 Square & the 5th Encampment

In case you “skimmed”, like me.  (Evidently, my husband has not skipped a word, but I think he is a liar!)The chapter ends with a large summary of all the offerings and donations given for the tabernacle.  Plates, basins, dishes, bulls, rams, lambs, grain offerings, goats.

The tabernacle itself is anointed when it is dedicated.

89 And when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the LORD, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim; and it spoke to him.

Once it was dedicated, Moses entered the tent of meeting and the LORD spoke to him from the mercy seat.

What a moment!!!  Time to start packing our bags…we are so close to getting on the road!  Only a few things left to do…

      • Remember that they are to be the light of the world
      • Commemorate where they were 1 year ago (slaves)
      • Blow the trumpet (gather the people)


Numbers 5-6

These chapters are similar to what we read in Leviticus, they explain the importance of holiness among the Israelites.  However, chapter 5 talks about restitution.  
“Say to the Israelites: ‘Any man or woman who wrongs another in any way and so is unfaithful to the Lord is guilty and must confess the sin they have committed. They must make full restitution for the wrong they have done, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the person they have wronged.

This is one of those scriptures that many have never read or heard in church. It’s weird.
5:11-31 The test of the unfaithful wife. 
I actually had to read this a few times and process it for a while.
  • In biblical law, this is the only kind of case in which the Lord Himself renders the verdict through a spiritual procedure.
  • The Israelite court was made of all-men, and God knew that men would naturally side with a man who suspected his wife of unfaithfulness. and women would have difficulty attaining a fair hearing.
  • When a woman would pass the test, her husband could have full confidence in their marriage.
  • Unfortunately, if she failed, her “womb” (not baby) would miscarry, becoming infertile.

The Nazarite Vow:

The Nazarite vow is taken by a man or woman who has voluntarily dedicated themselves to God.  The Hebrew word nazir means “to be separated or consecrated.”  I love that we read this during Lent (some will know what that is)

  1. It is voluntary
  2. can be done by either men or women
  3. has a specific time frame,
  4. has specific requirements and restrictions
  5. at its conclusion, a sacrifice is offered.

Three guidelines are given to the Nazirite:

  •  abstain from wine or any fermented drink, nor was the Nazirite to drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins, not even the seeds or skins.
  • the Nazirite was not to cut his hair for the length of the vow.
  • he/she was not to go near a dead body, because that would make him ceremonially unclean. Even if a member of his immediate family died, he was not to go near the corpse.

The vow ended with a purification ritual that paralleled the consecration of the priests.  The vow allows an ordinary Israelite to enjoy a brief moment of exceptional closeness to God. ❤. However, there are a few in the Bible that were dedicated by their parents for life.

Who else will be a Nazarite in the Bible?

  • Samuel
  • John the baptist
  • Samson
  • also, Paul took a temporary vow possibly (Acts 18:18)

Ohhhh now the story of Samson will totally make sense when we get there!

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