The Book of Numbers – Introduction

Hey everyone! I am excited to be sharing with you all my next series – The book of Numbers.  It has been a few years since I spent some time in this book and am looking forward to seeing what the Lord teaches me this time.

As I share what I learn with all of you, I am well aware that my attempts through a passage may not necessarily comprise the depth and knowledge that some of you may hold over this text. But I do not want that to hold me back from sharing.  I grow a lot in my understanding of the word each time I revisit a book. So, with humility I approach this book, and invite you all to journey with me.

Numbers is the fourth book in the Pentateuch (the first five books of the bible), the Hebrew title of the book is ‘Bemidbar’ which means ‘In the wilderness’ and is quite apt considering that the book tells of the account of the nearly 40 years of the Israelite journey in the desert after the Israelite exodus from Egypt where God through Moses, freed them from slavery, and at Mount Sinai they enter into covenant (Exodus 19-24) with God to be his people among whom he will reside (tabernacle).

The book depicts Israel’s identity as God’s people, as servants of God to be obedient to Him and be a part of establishing his purpose and kingdom on earth.

While it is a fairly short distance from Egypt to Israel, it took the people nearly 40 years to get there and we get to see the ‘why’ through this book. The grumblings and rebellion of the people against God invokes the chastening wrath of God on his disobedient people. Besides this we also get to see the long-suffering nature of God, his patience, mercy, and the ultimate fulfillment of his promise.

The book of Numbers accounts the fulfillment of God’s promise, His faithfulness, protection and discipline in light of Israelites’ stubbornness and rebellion.  

Birds eye view of Numbers

Numbers 1-4:  Israel at Sinai, preparation of their journey towards the promised land and the order they are to follow while they will camp in the wilderness.

Numbers 5-9: The Nazerite vow and the observance of Passover

Numbers 10-12: The journey from Sinai to Kadesh.

Numbers 13-20: Israel at Kadesh and the delay resulting from their rebellion.

Numbers 20-22: The Journey from Kadesh to the plains of Moab.

Numbers 22-26: Balaam blesses Israel instead of cursing them, the Israelites who turned from the Lord were slain and the people are numbered again and Moses sets Joshua apart to lead Israel.

Numbers 27-30: Instructions for the new generation

Numbers 31-36: The war against Midian, Moses reflects on Israel’s journeys and instructs the people.

As I have done my other studies through topics or books of the bible, I have found that Journeying with you all helps me stay accountable to finish what I started, so thank you and I look forward to the journey through this book.

God Bless.

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  1. Manu, I know this will be an intriguing journey and we will all learn a lot. I very much appreciate you leading us through your studies, so we can grow as well. I am looking forward to this. God bless you, my friend 🦋

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    1. Thank you so much Bridget. I look forward to doing this study and am glad that you will be joining me here. I value your thoughts and support my friend 🤗💙

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  2. Looking forward to gleaning from what the Lord is teaching you through this study. More grace and wisdom to you, it takes commitment to do this week after week, month after month and you are an inspiration and a challenge to us. Blessings Manu!

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    1. Thank you so much Lucy 🤗. I look forward to it but like you said it take commitment and that sure does being a little hesitation too. Thank you again for being on this with me.

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  3. I recall one of the blessings Father gave me when going through Numbers devotionally many years ago, was connecting Numbers 1:1 to 1:17.
    Moses was in the Tent of Meeting when YHWH spoke to him on a specific day.
    AND it was on that SAME day that Moses obeyed and began to do what YHWH had commanded. May we be as obedient.
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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  4. I am looking forward to journeying with you through Numbers. I know I will be learning a lot. Praying God guides you through every lesson you share with us. ❤️

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  5. Hi Manu, Recently, I read through the book of Numbers – Moses had his hands full; what a blessing God was with him, guiding him. I didn’t absorb all that was happening in the wilderness but was impressed with the wonder of God’s patience and fulfillment of His promises. I am looking into you leading us through the study of Numbers! Blessings! 💖💐🌺

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    1. Moses sure did have his hands full. What a responsibility he had. And yes God was tremendously patient with the people. Thank you Jeanne and I am so happy you will be joining me and I always love hearing from you 🤗

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  6. Hi Manu! I get so sick of the world but then I see in the Old Testament that people have been disobeying God since Adam and Eve. And the thing He favors most is TRUSTING Him. And thanking Him. Yey for Numbers lessons! ❤🥰❤

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  7. Hmmm… 🤔

    “I have found that Journeying with you all helps me stay accountable to finish what I started.”

    I have been thinking about sharing my poetic journey through the book of John, but I haven’t managed to work on it for some time. I even have written something that introduces sharing this study, but I always worry that I won’t be able to finish what I’ve started, but maybe I should just start putting it out there and trust that God will provide?

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    1. I always have hesitation when I start a series on the blog that if I put it out there then I am committing to it and will I be able to finish it. But when I feel led to study something, I take that step( although with some worry) and know that I will push through those moments when I want to give up.

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  8. You taught me something already. I didn’t realize that the book of Numbers was about the 40-year Israelite exodus from Egypt.

    I’ll be teaching some pieces of literature this year that I’ve never taught before. I’m convinced that’s how we learn. Good luck, Manu! This will be great!

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