Week #23; Wed, 6/06/18: Num. 24–30

Week #23; Wed, Jun 06: Num. 24:1–30:16

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:

NUMBERS 24: Balaam’s Third Oracle
1. Balaam gives up on omens when he sees that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel.
2. The Spirit of the Lord came upon Balaam and his eye was opened.
3. So, regarding Israel, Balaam says, “Blessed are those who bless you, and cursed are those who curse you.”
4. Balaam held on to his position, “What the Lord speaks, that will I speak.”
5. Three times Balaam held true to this position with Balak.
6. Balaam gives a final oracle with opened eyes, ears who hear the Lord, and knowledge of the Most High.
7. A star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth. Amalek will end in destruction. Kain shall be burned by Asshur, but Kittim shall afflict Asshur and Eber and brought to destruction.
8. Balaam and Balak went their own way.

NUMBERS 25: Baal Worship at Peor
1. When Israel began to follow the gods of Peor, the anger of the Lord came out against Israel and the chiefs of the people were hanged along with all of the men who have yoked themselves to Baal of Peor.
2. When Zimri, one of the people of Israel brought Cozbi, a Midianite woman, into his tent before the camp of Israel, Phinehas, son of Aaron the priest, Phinehas took his spear and pierced them both thus ending the plague against Israel, but not before 24,000 had died.
3. Phinehas was given the Lord’s covenant of perpetual priesthood because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the people of Israel.
4. The Lord told Moses to strike down the Midianites.

NUMBERS 26: Census of the New Generation
1. The Lord said to Moses and to Eleazar to take another census of all the congregation of the people of Israel from 20 years and up.
2. The list of the people of Israel was 601,730 9 (versus 603,550 in the first census in Sinai).
3. The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Among these the land shall be divided for inheritance according to the number of names.”
4. The inheritance shall be divided by lot between the larger and the smaller clans within the tribes.
5. The Levites were separate according to their clans.
6. Not one of those listed by Moses and Aaron the priest, who had listed the people of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai 40 years earlier, were left except Caleb, son of Jephunneh and Joshua, the son of Nun.

NUMBERS 27: The Daughters of Zelophehad
1. Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah came before Moses and Eleazar stating, “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah, but died for his own sin. And he had no sons. Why should the name of our father be taken away from his clan because he had no son?”
2. When Moses brought their case before the Lord, He said the daughters of Zelophehad are right. You shall give them possession of an inheritance too.
3. Also, it was to be a statute in Israel and rule that an inheritance shall pass from a man to his daughters if he has no son, else to his brothers, then his father’s brothers, then nearby kinsman of his clan.
4. The Lord said to Moses, “Go up into this mountain of Abarim and see the land that I have given to the people of Israel.” There you will be gathered to your people and die.
5. Because Moses rebelled against the Lord’s word in the wilderness of Zin when the congregation quarreled and he did not uphold the Lord as holy at the waters of Meribah, it would be Joshua who would be commissioned with authority to lead the people of Israel.

NUMBERS 28: Daily offerings, Sabbath offerings, Monthly offerings, Passover offerings, and the Feast of Weeks

1. Food, regular, grain, burnt, sin, and drink offerings were specified for appointed times using lambs, bulls, grain, oil, rams, wine, goats
2. No ordinary work shall not be done
3. Offerings must not have any blemish
4. A holy convocation was specified for particular days for these offerings

NUMBERS 29: Offerings for the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Boots

1. A holy convocation for blowing trumpets was assigned with a burnt offering without blemish; no work was permitted.
2. The new moon was observed with a burnt offering as well.
3. The Day of Atonement was on the tenth day of the seventh month
4. The Feast of Booths was on the fifteenth day of the seventh month and lasted for eight days.
5. A vow offering and a freewill offering was also observed.

NUMBERS 30: Vows by men and women

1. Moses stated, “This is what the Lord commands, If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word.”
2. Women were included with additional provisions pertaining to her father or her husband.

Week #24; Wed, 6/13/18: Num. 31–36

Week #24; Wed, Jun 13: Num. 31:1–36:13

PERSONAL OBSERVATION: It was a real personal pleasure to see that one member in our Bible Study group just finished the entire 3-year Bible Study schedule last week. His comment to me was that once he put “Faith Comes by Hearing” on a USB memory stick and plugged it into his car radio, he just kept playing it anytime he was in his car/home setting. Voila! Done in five months. If you want to proceed ahead of our schedule, I encourage you to do so. Please let the rest of us know how you are doing. “BZ” to Lt.Gen. Steven Hummer, USMC (ret.)!

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:

NUMBERS 31: Vengeance on Midian
1. Moses is about to be gathered to the Lord, but first, Midian must be defeated.
2. Notice that Balaam (the local divinatory), son of Beor, was killed with the sword in the defeat of Midian. Not a man was missing from Israel’s warriors.
3. The spoils of Midian were divided among the warriors and the congregation of Israel, with a contribution for the Lord to Eleazar the priest and the Levites.

NUMBERS 32: Reuben and Gad Settle in Gilead
1. The land of Gilead was perfect for livestock and Reuben and Gad had livestock, so they requested that they be allowed to settle in Gilead and not go across the Jordan River.
2. But Moses and the Lord demanded that the warriors of Reuben and Gad cross over the Jordan and do battle with the other tribes of Israel while leaving women, children and livestock behind.
3. The warriors of Reuben and Gad could return to the east side of the Jordan to inherit the land once the inhabitants of Canaan were defeated.

NUMBERS 33: Recounting Israel’s Journey
1. The people of Israel departed Egypt from Rameses on the 15th day of the first month, the day after Passover.
2. In the fortieth year after the people of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt; it was the 1st day of the fifth month which also marks the death of Aaron, the priest.
3. Aaron was 123 years old when he died on Mount Hor.
4. Upon arriving at the plains of Moab by the Jordan, the Lord spoke to Moses saying, “When you pass over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and destroy all their figured stones, and destroy all their metal images and demolish all their high places. And you shall take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given the land to you to possess it.”
5. The Lord also said, “But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those of them whom you let remain shall be as barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides and they shall trouble you in the land where you dwell. And I will do to you as I thought to do to them.”

NUMBERS 34: Boundaries of the Land
1. The land of Canaan’s borders are defined with landmarks on the south, west, north and east for the nine tribes and the half-tribe of Manasseh.
2. The other two tribes and the half-tribe have received their inheritance beyond the Jordan east of Jericho, toward the sunrise.
3. Chiefs of the tribes were named by the Lord to divide the inheritance for the people of Israel in the land of Canaan.

NUMBERS 35: Cities for the Levites
1 The Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying, “Command the people of Israel to give the Levites some of the inheritance of the possession as cities for them to dwell in.
2 The cities for the Levites shall be 48, including six cities of refuge, where a manslayer may flee.
3 The six cities of refuge were for anyone who kills any person without intent to flee there.
4 The one who flees could be put to death if he killed the person deliberately.
5 No person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness.

NUMBERS 36: Marriage of Female Heirs
1. The daughters of Zelophehad must marry within the clan of the tribe of their father to maintain the balance of inheritance within each tribe.
2. The inheritance of the people of Israel shall not be transferred from one tribe to another, for every one of the people of Israel shall hold on to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers.

Week #25; Wed, 6/20/18: Dt. 1–5

Week #25; Wed, Jun 20: Deuteronomy 1:1–5:33

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
Just watched a short video on Gods411 on “How to Read the Bible” that contains three practical steps:
1. Pray for God to interpret the Bible as you read; find God’s meaning not ours.
2. Read with the Gospel in mind; it is easier to read within the context of the whole Bible (past, present, future).
3. Read the Bible to know God; not to just gain knowledge about God. Seek a connection and relationship.
Me thinks that this approach is like plugging in a lamp (connect to a receptacle, turn on the switch to receive the power, light up your life with a face to face relationship with Jesus). You may be thinking that is hard to do in the OT; however, whenever you see the term “The Angel of the Lord” pause and reflect on the “Alpha” and the “Omega” with a “Trinitarian” scope. I’m told that the canonization of the Bible was based on the “blood line” of Christ appearing in all 66 books.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:

DEUTERONOMY 1: Leaving Horeb-the long way around
1. Go to the land and take possession of it; the land that was promised to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their offspring after them. Note that God restates in broad terms the boundaries of the land of milk and honey. An example of my observations above comes to mind here when we compare the function of boundaries to today in Acts 17:26-27 pertaining to our own borders. Also, see Rev. 21-22 for more on boundaries in heaven. The use of boundaries is the same then, now and future.
2. Multiplication of the children of Israel dictated appointment of leaders for each tribe.
3. Leaders shall not be partial in judgment. The same applies to today.
4. When Israel became fearful, they refused to go into the land to occupy it. But God told them to not be fearful; He will go before them and He will fight for them. Note where God employs “hornets” on the enemies of Israel.
5. That generation that rebelled, was denied going into the Promised Land; that is why the people of Israel were forced to live in the wilderness for forty years until those fearful ones died. Only Caleb and Joshua lived through the time in the wilderness because they were willing to enter into the land.

DEUTERONOMY 2: The Wilderness Years
1. Thirty-eight years elapsed from the time Israel was sent back to the wilderness from Kadesh-barnia (notice how your Bible maps indicate a reverse loop back to the Red Sea during this period after almost being at the land God promised them)
2. As soon as all the men of war had perished, the Lord led them back to Moab at Ar. So they rose up and set out.
3. The occupants of the land became fearful and were in anguish hearing of Israel’s approach.
4. Sihon, king of Sihon and Og, king of Bashan were given into the hands of Israel by the Lord.

DEUTERONOMY 3: Moses Forbidden to Enter the Land
1. God directed Moses up to the top of Mt. Pisgah and lift his eyes to see the land, but he was not permitted to go into the land beyond the Jordan.

DEUTERONOMY 4: Moses Commands Obedience
1. Moses instructs the people to follow the commandments of the Lord your God that he commanded them when you go in to take possession of the land.
2. Also, teach them to the children and their children.
3. The Ten Commandments were written on two tablets of stone
4. Idolatry is forbidden; no carved images-not even the heavens, sun, moon, or stars.
5. The Lord God in heaven above and on the earth beneath is the only God; there is no other.
6. Cities of refuge were set apart for safety for the manslayer, both intentional and accidental.

DEUTERONOMY 5: The Ten Commandments
1. Before he died, Moses summoned all Israel to hear the statutes and rules they were to follow that were contained in the covenant of the law given at Mount Horeb out of the midst of the fire.
2. #4 is a commandment with a promise of long life and good will.
3. All others combined include the same promise.

Week #26; Wed, 6/27/18: Dt. 6–12

Week #26; Wed, Jun 27: Dt. 6:1–12:32

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
Chapter six eliminates any wiggle room with an element of fear of the Lord. Note what goes on your doorposts and gates as reminder. I find the term “Deuteronomy 5&6” will generally fit in the name holder of a front doorbell. Tada, then we can “fess-up” each time the bell is rung. Note how all the enemies in the Promised Land were to be thrown out to discourage the people from following their gods. The voice of Moses is blunt and clear in these chapters; Jesus tells us to keep the Commandments too.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:

DEUTERONOMY 6: The Greatest Commandment
1. Note how “fear of the Lord” is a major component in “keeping” all his statutes and his commandments.
2. This “keeping” is followed by a promise that the people’s days may be long, it may go well with them, and they will multiply greatly.
3. The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
4. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
5. Moses told the people that, “These words shall be on your heart.”
6. “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
7. “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”
8. “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
9. “It is the Lord your God you shall fear.”
10. “Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.”
11. “You shall not go after other gods.” Else, destruction from the God in our midst.
12. “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massa.
13. The people were to thrust out all their enemies in the land the Lord swore to give them.

DEUTERONOMY 7: A Chosen People
1. The Lord will clear away many more powerful nations (seven) before the people as they enter the land.
2. No covenants; no mercy, only complete destruction.
3. No intermarriage with the enemies to avoid being led away to serve other gods.
4. They must break down their altars, pillars, Asherim, and burn the carved images of the enemy.
5. Hornets will be sent among the enemies of the people to destroy them.
6. Clearing out the nations must be done little by little, not all at once.

DEUTERONOMY 8: Remember the Lord Your God
1. The commandments, rules, and statutes are to be carefully followed.
2. “Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”
3. For forty years in the wilderness their clothing did not wear out and their feet did not swell.
4. Manna prevented their hunger in the desert.

DEUTERONOMY 9: Not Because of Righteousness
1. This chapter records the day the people were to cross over the Jordan to take possession of the land.
2. They would be successful not because of their righteousness, but because of the wickedness of the nations the Lord God is driving out.
3. This confirms the word that the Lord swore to Abraham, Isaac, and to Jacob.
4. The people were cautioned to remember how quickly they rebelled against the Lord in the wilderness where they created a metal image of a golden calf for themselves.

DEUTERONOMY 10: New Tablets of Stone
1. The ark was built to hold the two new stones with the Ten Commandments to replace the first two that were broken by Moses.
2. The Levites were set aside to carry the ark of the covenant with the two new stones containing the Ten Commandments.
3. Moses stayed on the Mountain of God for forty days and nights fasting without bread or water prior to receiving the stones with the Ten Commandments each time they were prepared by the finger of God out of the midst of the fire.
4. While we are to be conscious of God’s allotted boundaries (Acts 17:26-27), we are to love the sojourner (Dt., verse 19).

DEUTERONOMY 11: Love and Serve the Lord
1. The great works of the Lord are summarized by Moses covering bondage in Egypt and leading up to going into the Promised Land.
2. The people are cautioned to be careful to do the commandments, statutes, and rules given by the Lord.
3. The larger boundary of the land is restated (the wilderness, Lebanon, Euphrates River, western sea).
4. A blessing on Mount Gerizim (to obey the commandments) and a curse on Mount Ebal (to go after other gods) are pronounced by Moses.

DEUTERONOMY 12: The Lord’s Chosen Place of Worship
1. The “Lord’s chosen place for worship” will be identified from one of the tribes upon crossing the Jordan.