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

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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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Numbers 3-4

The Levites:

The tribe of Levi was set apart from the other tribes. They are to become the Priests:

They are to perform duties for him and for the whole community at the tent of meeting by doing the work of the tabernacle.

Let’s start out with a Trivia Question:  Look below.  Who were the black triangles and why are they not there now? (meaning what did they do)

Hebrew Lineage Organization


God exempted the Levites from the military. He did this because He chose the whole tribe to assist the priests, Aaron’s “family” within the tribe of Levi, in the service of the Tabernacle.

The tabernacle responsibilities of each group were as follows:

  • Gershonites-curtains and coverings
  • Kohathites-furniture and utensils
  • Merarites- boards and bars

A prominent emphasis in this book appears again at the end of this chapter:  Moses carried out the Lord’s commands exactly. (for now!)

Short Post!  Nice!!!  Have a great day.   Wash your hands… a terrible stomach bug going around this week.  All 3 of my kids have it. That’s why I am posting at 2:15 a.m. ☹️

Numbers 1-2

This is a quick easy read.  If you do the audio, it is only 10 mins.  This is the one time I am going to say the blog is worth reading though.  So cool!

My hope is that when you read these chapters they actually make some sense.  We know these are Jacob’s sons.  He has 12 sons.  Jacob’s name is changed to Israel: so we now know where the phrase “the 12 tribes of Israel” comes from.

  • from Reuben
  • from Simeon
  • from Judah
  •  from Issachar
  • from Zebulun
  •  from the sons of Joseph:
      • from Ephraim
      • from Manasseh
  •  from Benjamin
  •  from Dan
  •  from Asher
  • from Gad
  •  from Naphtali

Joseph is split Ephraim and Manasseh to replace the tribe of Levi that will not be in the fighting census.  (Which is their loss if you remember how ruthless the Levites were in the past). Trivia:  What 2 events am I referring to?

The Levites (the Priesthood) however have a special role.

47 The ancestral tribe of the Levites, however, was not counted along with the others. 48 The Lord had said to Moses: 49 “You must not count the tribe of Levi or include them in the census of the other Israelites. 50 Instead, appoint the Levites to be in charge of the tabernacle of the covenant law—over all its furnishings and everything belonging to it. 

Chapter 2- Tribal arrangement.  Ready for this!!!!

If you took a piece of paper and drew the ark in the middle (God).  Of course, you need a compass rose for direction in the corner of your drawing.  Now write the tribes and the numbers as dictated.

The ENTRANCE of the Tabernacle is EAST.  The ONLY way to enter God’s presence is through Jesus.  Jesus is born from the Tribe of Judah.  So which tribe will be arranged in the East?  JUDAH.

The Camp of Israel

WAIT FOR IT!!!!  🤯 2 MIllion People are on the move.  They need to stay organized.  The largest tribe on each side would hold up a flag (like at kids camp). The largest tribes on each side are (and their Flag logo:

  • Judah-Lion
  • Rueben-Man
  • Ephraim-Ox
  • Dan-Eagle

The CROSS in the Wilderness

The Tabernacle is a picture of God’s Throne.  When we get to Ezekiel we get a glimpse of God’s actual throne.  There were 4 creatures surrounding God:

Ezekiel 1:10 Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces

.Ezekiel 1-A Strange God - Starr Presbyterian Church

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THEN The Throne of Judgement is shown to John in Revelation 4:

In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle.

I Was Watching the Living Creatures” — Watchtower ONLINE LIBRARY

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If you are confused let me know.  That’s a lot.  If you are not confused, and your head did not just explode, then I don’t know if we can be friends. 😂

OK, if that did not move you, let’s try one more.  There are 4 Gospels.  Each one illustrated Jesus as a different characteristic:

  • Matthew-as King-Lion
  • Mark- as Servant-Ox
  • Luke-his humanity-Man
  • John-his divinity-Eagle

OK, I am done trying to explode your head.  This whole revelation is new to me today and I am on fire from it.  I never knew!  I was always in awe of just the view from God’s perspective looking down on Earth and seeing a Cross…but…this is a whole new concept for me.🤓

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34 So the Israelites did everything the Lord commanded Moses; that is the way they encamped under their standards, and that is the way they set out, each of them with their clan and family.

And you thought a census would be boring!

Numbers Overview for tomorrow.

If you totally fell behind and missed Leviticus and feel like you just can’t move forward without it:  Just click here and you will be all caught up.

Let’s look at the timeline.  We begin tomorrow at 1444 BC.  First Census.  As the cloud of smoke and the pillar of fire lift, God will use it to direct His people towards the land that was promised to Abraham.

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The map below shows our starting point.  Mt. Horeb (Mt. Sinai).

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The Hebrew title of this book is “Bemidbar”-In the Wilderness.   As noted earlier, when the book was translated (Septuagint) the English title became Numbers because the book begins with a census.  However, if you looked at the timeline you will notice there is a second census.

This book begins right where Leviticus ended, at the base of Mount Sinai.  The Law has been given, the tabernacle has been built, the priests have their jobs, and we are ready to go forward to the land flowing with milk and honey, the land that was promised to them by God himself.  He now wants them (us) to trust in Him.  Why wouldn’t they?  Sounds so easy.  So as we move forward we are going to be so tempted to say:

“What is wrong with these people??”

When you are tempted to say that (like me), that’s where your own application will take place.  What is God saying to you??

Our first 2 chapters will begin with a census and how the tribes will be arranged.  Let’s get a visual:  A football stadium holds about 70,000people.Tennessee Titans' Nissan Stadium goes blue for COVID-19 workers

600,000 fighting men will be recorded,  now add women and children: about 2 million people.  God is organizing 28 stadiums to walk perfectly to the Promised Land. (I struggle walking a class to the cafeteria in a straight line) 😂

They are organizing and will travel about 220 miles to Kadesh Barnea.  The journey would take 11 days.  However, it will take 40 years to get to the destination instead.   YOU know you are going to find personal application in this book.

Some of the chapters might be “listen to it while driving to work” BUT there will be some cool gems to pull out even in the boring chapters.  However, Numbers is also filled with:

  • the Nazarite Vow (which will explain the Samson hair issue later)
  • reread of the tabernacle for those who jumped in and may have missed it
  • lots of meat to eat! (quail)
  • Miriam and Aaron will make you angry
  • a rebellion
  • lots of complaining
  • another rebellion
  • Numbers 20!  The day I threw my Bible away the first time I read it!
  • The bronze snake
  • the talking donkey (just like from Shrek)
  • a plan of seduction
  • a second census
  • Joshua
  • an explanation why 2 1/2 tribes will get land on the east side of the Jordan River one day
  • and where the priests will live in the Promised land

Numbers will take us 2 weeks to read.  If you miss the wrong day you might miss something good so make sure you have 15 minutes carved out to get your reading in.