Numbers

Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

Numbers 9

Jan 16, 19

Voice of the Martyrs: China and the crackdown on Christianity. Genesis 17, 18, 21: Abraham and Sarah laugh at God. In return, God names their first born Isaac ("laughter") to indicate their lack of faith and God's faithfulness. Num 8:1-26. Ch. 8 provides guidance on lampstands (menorahs that represent Jesus Christ, the Light of the world) and the cleansing and dedication of the Levites (the "firstborns").

Numbers 8

Jan 9, 19

Gen 15-21: Observations about Abraham, walking with God, keeping our eyes on Him, and trusting Him. Num 7:1-89. Ch. 7, the second longest chapter in the Bible, opens with the completion, blessing, and consecration of the tabernacle by Moses (v. 1, Ex 40:1). The remainder of the chapter details the offerings the tribal leaders brought to the tabernacle for the Lord. While the chapter seems repetitive, the dedication of the tabernacle was critical to Israel. 

Numbers 7

Jan 2, 19

Num 6:1-27. In ch. 6, we study consecration and blessing as represented by Nazarite vow. God set provisions so that any man or woman could take a special vow to be a Nazarite for a specific period of time. This period of separation for God was demonstrated by abstinence from vine (v. 3-4), razor (v. 5), and contact with dead bodies (v. 6-7). Vow represents God's desire for Israelites to be set apart for Him (v. 2) and reminds us that proper devotion to Lord may require abstinence from certain activities. Lesson concludes with priestly blessing seen in v. 22-27.

Numbers 6

Dec 19, 18

Num 4:21 - 5:1-31. Duties of Gershonites, Merarites, and priests (specifically, Eleazar and Ithamar) discussed as it relates to moving tabernacle. Special care is given to this endeavor because of importance of items being moved. Study of ch. 4 concludes with numbering of Levites and how it differs from general census. Ch. 5 describes how to deal with purity, sin, and infidelity in camp. These rules ultimately given to demonstrate importance of maintaining holiness in presence of God, but also to prepare Israelites for entry into Canaan.

Numbers 5

Dec 12, 18

Reading from Johannes Vogel's Pre-Trib presentation, "From Hate to Love." Num 4:1-20. While ch. 3 provides a general explanation of duties of priests and Levitical families, ch. 4 deals more specifically with functions of families (Kohath, Gershon, and Merari). Unlike other tribes, Levites are counted selectively based on their ability to perform these functions. The significance of rituals and warnings inherent in these duties reminds us that God cares about details and should be treated reverently. It's important for us to honor Him with that in mind.

Numbers 4

Nov 28, 18

Bill Nye's comments on colonizing Mars. Num 3:1-51. Third chapter explores Aaron, his sons, and the selection, numbering, and placement of the Levites. God's special instructions for Levitical priesthood help us understand the principles of substitution and redemption seen throughout the Bible. While today we have direct access to God previously granted to the priests, we must understand that God is still holy and needs to be treated as holy.

Numbers 3

Oct 24, 18

Num 2:1-34. Recap/update on CEF Rhode Island by Kathi Haley. Intro to Numbers continued. Bible Knowledge Commentary Outline shared as a way to view Numbers by chapters (vs. by geography or topic). In the first chapter, God's purpose for Numbers is both stated (military roster) and non-stated (He cares about details, knew size of nation would be challenged, etc.). Second chapter explores the placement of the tribes in the Israelite encampment.

Numbers 2

Oct 17, 18

Num 1:1-54. The Moon: Required for Life on earth. Introduction to Numbers continued. Historical background: Israel's exodus from Egypt and and first year spent in the wilderness. First chapter explores purpose and logistics of Israel's first census. Dispute over final census numbers discussed.

Numbers 1

Oct 10, 18

Ps 19:1-6. Article by Jamie McIntyre: “Stargazing: What will the next 60 years bring to space?" Introduction to the Book of Numbers: name & author, date, theme & purpose, and outlines. Continuing Exodus's narrative, Numbers compares and contrasts the Exodus generation to the next generation. The book, which records two censuses, spans the time from the Israelites' second year in the wilderness to Moab, as the Next-Gen prepares to enter the Promised Land.