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December 16, 2018

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Text: 2 Timothy
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Numbers 1 (ESV)

The Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, “Take a census of all the congregation of the people of Israel, by clans, by fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, every male, head by head. From twenty years old and upward, all in Israel who are able to go to war, you and Aaron shall list them, company by company. And there shall be with you a man from each tribe, each man being the head of the house of his fathers. And these are the names of the men who shall assist you. From Reuben, Elizur the son of Shedeur; from Simeon, Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai; from Judah, Nahshon the son of Amminadab; from Issachar, Nethanel the son of Zuar; from Zebulun, Eliab the son of Helon; 10 from the sons of Joseph, from Ephraim, Elishama the son of Ammihud, and from Manasseh, Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur; 11 from Benjamin, Abidan the son of Gideoni;12 from Dan, Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai; 13 from Asher, Pagiel the son of Ochran; 14 from Gad, Eliasaph the son of Deuel; 15 from Naphtali, Ahira the son of Enan.” 16 These were the ones chosen from the congregation, the chiefs of their ancestral tribes, the heads of the clans of Israel.

17 Moses and Aaron took these men who had been named, 18 and on the first day of the second month, they assembled the whole congregation together, who registered themselves by clans, by fathers’ houses, according to the number of names from twenty years old and upward, head by head, 19 as the Lordcommanded Moses. So he listed them in the wilderness of Sinai.

20 The people of Reuben, Israel’s firstborn, their generations, by their clans, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, head by head, every male from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go to war: 21 those listed of the tribe of Reuben were 46,500.

22 Of the people of Simeon, their generations, by their clans, by their fathers’ houses, those of them who were listed, according to the number of names, head by head, every male from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go to war: 23 those listed of the tribe of Simeon were 59,300.

24 Of the people of Gad, their generations, by their clans, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go to war: 25 those listed of the tribe of Gad were 45,650.

26 Of the people of Judah, their generations, by their clans, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go to war: 27 those listed of the tribe of Judah were 74,600.

28 Of the people of Issachar, their generations, by their clans, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go to war: 29 those listed of the tribe of Issachar were 54,400.

30 Of the people of Zebulun, their generations, by their clans, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go to war: 31 those listed of the tribe of Zebulun were 57,400.

32 Of the people of Joseph, namely, of the people of Ephraim, their generations, by their clans, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go to war: 33 those listed of the tribe of Ephraim were 40,500.

34 Of the people of Manasseh, their generations, by their clans, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go to war: 35 those listed of the tribe of Manasseh were 32,200.

36 Of the people of Benjamin, their generations, by their clans, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go to war: 37 those listed of the tribe of Benjamin were 35,400.

38 Of the people of Dan, their generations, by their clans, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go to war: 39 those listed of the tribe of Dan were 62,700.

40 Of the people of Asher, their generations, by their clans, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go to war: 41 those listed of the tribe of Asher were 41,500.

42 Of the people of Naphtali, their generations, by their clans, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go to war: 43 those listed of the tribe of Naphtali were 53,400.

44 These are those who were listed, whom Moses and Aaron listed with the help of the chiefs of Israel, twelve men, each representing his fathers’ house. 45 So all those listed of the people of Israel, by their fathers’ houses, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go to war in Israel— 46 all those listed were 603,550.

47 But the Levites were not listed along with them by their ancestral tribe. 48 For the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 49 “Only the tribe of Levi you shall not list, and you shall not take a census of them among the people of Israel. 50 But appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of the testimony, and over all its furnishings, and over all that belongs to it. They are to carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings, and they shall take care of it and shall camp around the tabernacle. 51 When the tabernacle is to set out, the Levites shall take it down, and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up. And if any outsider comes near, he shall be put to death. 52 The people of Israel shall pitch their tents by their companies, each man in his own camp and each man by his own standard. 53 But the Levites shall camp around the tabernacle of the testimony, so that there may be no wrath on the congregation of the people of Israel. And the Levites shall keep guard over the tabernacle of the testimony.” 54 Thus did the people of Israel; they did according to all that the Lord commanded Moses.

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  1. The Book of Numbers

    To paraphrase Augustine, the Bible is shallow enough for a child to paddle around in and deep enough to drown an elephant. Just as the story of David and Goliath is simple to understand in a general sense, the story is much more profound the closer you look and the deeper you dig. 

    By no means is the Book of Numbers simple. It's a complex book and it's easy to get bogged down "in the numbers" and miss the forest for the trees. On the surface we might simply look at the book as historical data. But as we take a closer look and dig a little deeper into Numbers, it will enrich our lives and help us know God better. 

    Let's walk together into the forest of Numbers and see what God might have for us beyond the trees these next thirty-six days.

    Numbers 1

    Numbers chapter 1 picks up one month after the close of Exodus (which is a year after Israel's departure from Egypt). The book covers the remaining thirty-nine years of Israel's stay in the wilderness. 

    As an introduction to this book, I want to share some insight from trusted resources to help us on our journey and equip us for some of the challenges we will face together. 

    In his introductory notes on Numbers, Charles Spurgeon writes, "Numbers shows us how God responded to the unbelief of the Israelites. There are consequences to our disobedience, but God’s grace remains, and his redemptive plan and desire for us will not be stopped. The book of Numbers underscores for us the importance of obedience in the life of a Christian, and Paul reminded us of the value of learning from the way God has worked in the past (Romans 15:4; 1Corinthians 10:6, 11).

    Spurgeon. (2017). The Spurgeon Study Bible: Notes (p. 167). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

    Iain Duguid writes in his commentary on Numbers, "The gospel is not a New Testament invention; on the contrary, it is the center of the whole Bible. When Jesus caught up with the dispirited disciples on the road to Emmaus that first Easter Sunday, he rebuked them for being “foolish” and “slow of heart” because they had failed to recognize that fact (Luke 24:25). Then, taking them on a tour of the Old Testament, beginning with Moses (Genesis to Deuteronomy) and continuing through all the Prophets (Joshua to Malachi), he showed them how obvious it should have been that the Christ had to suffer death and then enter his glory (vv. 26, 27). Sometimes we may wish that we had been able to eavesdrop on that conversation, because it may not always be immediately obvious to us as we skim the book of Numbers exactly how this book points to the sufferings of Christ and the glories that will follow. Yet if we approach the book with an understanding of this apostolic hermeneutical key, we will find that what seemed at first sight dusty and irrelevant antiquities open up their pages to us and yield rich food for our souls."

    Duguid, I. M., & Hughes, R. K. (2006). Numbers: God’s presence in the wilderness (pp. 16–17). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

    Who would have through the Book of Numbers is a Christ-centered book? 

    In writing about the themes of Numbers in his commentary, Timothy Ashley writes, "The themes of obedience, disobedience, holiness, and the presence of God are keys to understanding the book of Numbers. For purposes of thematic discussion it will be helpful to break the book into three constituent parts: 

    Orientation (Numbers 1:1–10:10)

    Disorientation (Numbers 10:11–22:1)

    New Orientation (Numbers 22:1–36:13). 

    The travel sections (Numbers 10:11–12:16; 20:1–22:1) are transitional."

    Ashley, T. R. (1993). The Book of Numbers (p. 8). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

    Will you overcome the obstacles that lie before us as we walk through this challenging book together?

    Will you prepare your heart and ask God to help you endure the struggles you might face while reading through Numbers?

    Will you "lead by example" and encourage others in our church by making daily Bible reading a priority even when you might not understand what you read or see how it applies to your life?

    Let us remember, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

    I pray this book will be the blessing God intends it to be for us all.
     

  2. I prayed that very thing this morning – that God would help me to learn, to comprehend & remember what I read each day in His Word. He must want us to know these things, or it wouldn't be in the Bible! 

    I read through the names, tried to pronounce them, too; I want to know God's Word. I want to be equipped to go out and make disciples. I feel like that may be a ways off for me; I have so much to learn. 

    But I know that I need to seek, in order to find.

  3. I began reading Numbers from the beginning today while I rest, and writing notes/questions in a journal:

    a) What exactly is the “tabernacle of the testimony” in v. 50? 

    b) Wow…603,550 warrior-ready men (v. 46). And all of the same family! (Abraham > Isaac > Jacob > Jacob’s 12 sons)

    c) Any non-Levite (layperson, not a priest) who comes near the tabernacle of the testimony “shall be put to death.” Why? Holiness? (v. 51)

    d) The Levites camped around the tabernacle of the testimony to protect the sons of Israel. (v. 53) Why? From wrath? God’s wrath? Was the encampment of the Levites a physical barrier or a symbolic one? Foreshadowing Jesus (our high priest – Hebrews 10:21-22) protecting us from God’s wrath? 

    *******

    I looked into “tabernacle of the testimony” and found this reference to Revelation 15:5!! Wow!! 

    https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/revelation/revelation-15/revelation-15-5.html

    Here’s just an excerpt: 

    “The term testimony or witness referred primarily to the tablets of the Ten Commandments which stood as a witness of the Mosaic Covenant and the entire body of Mosaic Law which Israel came under at Mount Sinai. ‘And you shall put into the ark the Testimony which I will give you’ (Ex. Ex. 25:16). This testimony set forth God’s law, especially as embodied by the Ten Commandments, and now stands as a witness against the immoral actions of the nations in their rejection of God.”

     

     

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