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