Week Twenty

 WEEK TWENTY 

THE BOOK OF NUMBERS

  •  Numbers, the fourth book of Moses, is so called because it contains two ‘numberings’ (censuses) of Israel in the wilderness (Numbers chapter 1 and chapter 26).
  • The bulk of the generation that left Egypt at the time of the Exodus died in the wilderness because of lack of FAITH. A new generation was given the opportunity to show more faith.
  • Numbers continues the account of how the 12 tribes became a nation ready to occupy the land of Canaan.

 

 CHRIST AND THE WILDERNESS JOURNEY

  • Israel’s experiences provide many ‘types’ or ‘shadows’ pointing forward to Christ.
  • In Numbers we meet several examples, including:

(a)   Caleb – man of faith of the tribe of Judah (14:24).

(b)   Joshua – his name is the same as Jesus and he too became leader of God’s people (14:30).

(c)   Aaron – the High Priest. Jesus is the greater High Priest (Hebrews 7:11,22).

(d)   Aaron’s rod that budded (17:8). See note below.

(e)   The smitten rock (Exodus 17:6 compared with Numbers 20:11) (1 Corinthians 10:4)

(f)     The brazen serpent – like Christ crucified (21:8-9). 

DAILY READINGS AND NOTES – WEEK TWENTY 

Day 1: Numbers 14 Verse 21. In spite of man, God will fulfil His promise to fill the earth with His glory. Compare Habakkuk 2:14.
Day2: Numbers 17 Verse 8. The almonds coming from a dead rod point forward to Christ and the resurrection.
Day 3:Numbers 20 Moses was commanded to speak to the rock (verse 8) but he smote it (verse 11) and displeased God.
Day 4: Numbers 21 John 3:14 should be read alongside verses 8-9 of this chapter.
Day 5: Numbers 22 God’s angel was an adversary (the Hebrew word is “Satan’) to prevent Balaam cursing Israel (verse 22).
Day 6: Numbers 23 God will keep His promises about Israel, made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (verse 19). (Romans 11:29).
Day 7 Numbers 24 Verses 17-19. This is a prophecy about Jesus who will appear, and save Israel in a time of trouble in ‘the future’ (verse 14) -often called ‘latter days’ in other versions of the Bible.