'Studies in the Old Testament'

Moses and the Nation of Israel - 9

August 2009

(Continued from page 494)

The Three Divisions in the Book of Numbers

The book of Numbers is divided into three parts:

Part One reads from Chapter 1:1 to 10:10 and describes the preparations for the march from Sinai.

Encompassed in this preparation is the ordering of the tribes (Chapters 1-2), instructions to the Levites (Chapters  3-4), cleansing and consecration (Chapters  5-6), tabernacle service (Chapters 7-8), Passover instructions (Chapter 9:1-14), and the accompaniment of the Lord (Chapter 9:15-10:10).

Part Two begins in Chapter 10:11 and continues through 21:10. This division covers the history of the wanderings.

This encompasses the journey to Kadesh Barnea (Chapter 10:11-14:45) and onto the Plains of Moab (Chapter15:1-21:1) with the accompanying rebellions.

Part Three, covers Chapter 21:11 through to chapter 36 and recounts the activities that take place east of the Jordan River [in the Trans-Jordan] before the Israelites enter Canaan. 

Here we learn again of Israel's propensity to fall into idolatry (Chapter 25) under the influence of surrounding tribes, such as the "daughters of Moab" (Chapter 25:1-3) and the typified false prophet, the Midianite Balaam (Chapter 22-24), who was used by God to test his people (Deuteronomy 13 and 18) when he is turned from his occultic influences to the truth (Chapter 24) but, despite this enlightenment,  returns to his old ways and is finally killed when Israel slaughters the Midianites (Numbers 31) .5-7

When we begin to consider the land of Canaan, we also gain an understanding of  the importance of the Jordan River which divides the northern portion of land from the southern portion at the Dead Sea. The territory east of the Jordan River is referred to as the Trans-Jordan, and the land west of the Jordan River is referred to as the Cis-Jordan.

(Continued on page 496)

'Moses and the Nation of Israel!'

Moses parentage

God changes Moses during forty years in Midian

The Ten Plagues in Egypt

The Crossing of the Red Sea

God uses Joshua to bring victory over the Amalekites

Moses on Mount Sinai

Aaron and the priest's garment

Leviticus 26 and God's future Judgments on Israel

The Three Divisions in the Book of Numbers

Levites not to be part of the "numbered men"

Twelve Spies report on 'the land of Canaan'

God's Judgement of Israel's failure to enter Canaan

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