Week #22; Wed, May 30: Num. 18:1–23:30

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:

NUMBERS 18: DUTIES OF PRIESTS AND LEVITES

1. AARON AND HIS SONS ALONG WITH THE TRIBE OF LEVI WERE TO MINISTER BEFORE THE TENT OF TESTIMONY, THE TENT OF MEETING, AND GUARD THE PRIESTHOOD

2. THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE GIFTS AND OFFERINGS WERE GIVEN TO AARON, HIS SONS, AND THE LEVITES AS A PERPETUAL DUE SINCE THEY DID NOT HAVE A LAND ASSIGNED TO THEM AS AN INHERITANCE; IT WAS A REWARD IN RETURN FOR SERVICE IN THE TENT OF MEETING.

3. SELECT ANIMALS WERE SACRIFICED AS A FOOD OFFERING WITH A PLEASING AROMA TO THE LORD; THEIR BLOOD WAS SPRINKLED ON THE ALTAR. THE MEAT WAS RESERVED FOR THE PRIESTS.

4. THE TITHE OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL PRESENTED TO THE LORD WAS GIVEN TO THE LEVITES FOR AN INHERITANCE.

NUMBERS 19: LAWS OF PURIFICATION

1. RED HEIFERS WITHOUT BLEMISH AND NEVER UNDER A YOKE WERE SLAUGHTERED AS A SACRIFICE

2. TOUCHING A DEAD BODY RESULTED IN BEING UNCLEAN; THE WATER FOR IMPURITY MUST BE THROWN ON THAT PERSON.

3. WHEN A PERSON DIES IN A TENT, SPECIFIC ACTION WAS NECESSARY TO OVERCOME UNCLEANLINESS.

NUMBERS 20: DEATH OF MIRIAM

1. MIRIAM DIED IN KADESH AND WAS BURIED THERE IN THE WILDERNESS OF ZIN

2. THE WATERS OF MERIBAH RESULTED FROM THE GURMBLINGS OF THE PEOPLE FOR THE LACK OF WATER.

3. MOSES AND AARON APPEARED BEFORE THE GLORY OF THE LORD AND RECEIVED A COMMAND TO STRIKE THE ROCK OF MERIBAH WITH MOSES’ STAFF RESULTING IN WATER FOR THE PEOPLE AND THEIR LIVESTOCK

4. SINCE MOSES AND AARON DID NOT GIVE THE LORD THE HONOR DUE FOR THE WATER, THEY WERE DENIED PERMISSION TO ENTER INTO THE PROMISED LAND.

5. EDOM REFUSED PASSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL TO PASS THROUGH ON THEIR WAY TO THE PROMISED LAND.

6. AARON DIED ON MOUNT HOR ON THE BORDER OF THE LAND OF EDOM; HE NEVER MADE IT TO THE PROMISED LAND AND HIS SON, ELEAZAR WAS APPOINTED TO TAKE AARON’S POSITION.

NUMBERS 21: ARAD DESTROYED

1. WHEN THE CANAANITE KING FOUGHT AGAINST ISRAEL THE LORD DEVOTED THEM AND THEIR CITIES TO DESTRUCTION.

2. WHILE GOING AROUND EDOM, THE PEOPLE BECAME IMPATIENT AND AGAIN THEY SPOKE AGAINST GOD AND MOSES.

3. THEN THE LORD SENT FIERY SERPENTS AMONG THE PEOPLE AND SOME WERE BITTEN AND DIED.

4. SO MOSES PRAYED FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD SAID TO MOSES, “MAKE A FIREY SERPENT AND SET IT ON A POLE.” WHEN A PERSON WHO IS BITTEN SEES IT, THEY WILL LIVE.

5. AGAIN WATER WAS PROVIDED TO THE PEOPLE FROM A WELL AT BEER IN THE WILDERNESS.

6. SIHON, KING OF THE AMORITES, REFUSED PASSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AND HE WENT OUT AGAINST ISRAEL AND FOUGHT THEM, BUT THE AMORITES WERE DEFEATED.

7. KING OG OF BASHAN WAS LIKEWISE DEFEATED WHEN HE CAME OUT AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.

NUMBERS 22: BALAK SUMMONS BALAAM

1. FEES FOR DIVATION WERE PAID TO BALAAM BY BALAK FOR SUPPORT IN BATTLE WITH THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.

2. GOD TOLD BALAAM NOT TO SUPPORT BALAK.

3. BUT, A SECOND REQUEST FOR SUPPORT WAS APPROVED BY GOD TO BALAAM.

4. THE ANGER OF GOD WAS KINDLED AGAINST BALAAM BECAUSE HE WENT WITH THE PRINCES OF BALAK/MOAB.

5. THE ANGEL OF THE LORD TOOK HIS STAND WITH DRAWN SWORD IN THE WAY OF BALAAM.

6. BALAAM’S DONKEY SAW THE ANGEL FIRST AND STOPPED. BALAAM’S DONKEY SPOKE TO HIM AND BALAAM FINALLY SAW THE ANGEL.

7. THE ANGEL COMMANDED BALAAM TO ONLY SPEAK WHAT HE WAS TOLD.

NUMBERS 23: BALAAM’S ORACLES

1. BALAAM TOLD BALAK TO BUILD SEVEN ALTARS AND PREPARE SEVEN BULLS AND RAMS FOR A BURNT OFFERING.

2. GOD MET BALAAM AND TOLD HIM TO RETURN TO BALAK AND INSTRUCTED HIM ON WHAT TO SPEAK

3. BALAAM WAS NOT TO SUPPORT BALAK BY CURSING ISRAEL.

4. BALAK PERSISTED, SEEKING BALAAM TO COME WITH HIM TO A SECOND PLACE TO CURSE ISRAEL THERE.

5. THE MESSAGE FROM BALAAM TO BALAK WAS THE SAME; HE WAS INSTRUCTED BY GOD NOT TO CURSE ISRAEL.

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