Through the Bible, February 20

Reading: Numbers 26:1-4, 63-65; 27:15-23; 32 Summary: Wandering Officially Ends Previously at Mt. Sinai God had Moses conduct a census of the people. It counted males 20 years old and over of all the tribes (except Levi).  Now after the plague at Peor, God instructs a second census to be …

Through the Bible, February 19

Read: Numbers 22-25 Summary: Balaam No more curious figure and odd events are found in the Bible than those related in connection with Balaam.  Here was a man not even from among the Israelites, yet in communication with God, hired by a scared king to bring calamity on this massive …

Through the Bible, February 18

Read: Numbers 20-21 Summary: Wandering Nears Its End Relatively few details are given concerning the events of the 40 years of wandering.  Remember that punishment didn’t begin until following the incident with the twelve spies (Num. 13-14).   Though few in number, some important things do happen: Moses’ sin that will …

Through the Bible; February 17

Read: Numbers 16-17 Summary: Korah’s Rebellion Has there ever been a greater leader of people among men than Moses?  Yet, his leadership was challenged.  The incident with Korah demonstrates how great leaders are not necessarily popular. Their focus is on what is right and what is needed, not just what …

Through the Bible, February 17

Read: Numbers 13-14 Summary: The Twelve Spies Along with the sin of the golden calf at Mt. Sinai, failure to take the land as God commanded and being persuaded by the ten unfaithful spies are the two signature failures of the people in the wilderness.  On both of these occasions …

Through the Bible, February 15

Read: Numbers 9:15-23; 10:11-12:16 Summary: From Mt. Sinai to Kadesh A lot can happen in a year.  That’s just about how long it’s been since the people of Israel arrived at Mt. Sinai from Egypt–eleven months actually. Much has been written about their time at Sinai; Exodus 19-40, Leviticus 1-27, …

Through the Bible, February 13

Read: Exodus 23:20-33; 31:1-11; 35:4-29; 40:34-38; Leviticus 10:1-7; 26:1-46; Numbers 6:22-27; 9:1-14 Summary: Miscellaneous Incidents at Sinai Several additional interesting and important events and statements took place while the people stayed at Mt. Sinai. Today’s reading relates several of these. Devotional Thought: Walk Erect Did you ever study about homo …

Through the Bible, February 9

Read: Exodus 20:22-21:32; Leviticus 25, 27; Numbers 5 Summary: The Law of Moses Though all of the books from Genesis to Deuteronomy are called the books of Law, the actual commandments and rules that comprise the Laws of Moses are found scattered amongst other instructions and events that take place …