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.)!
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.