This is an in-depth study on Numbers, which was written to show how Yahweh dealt with and prepared His people to enter the Promised Land, to take control of the land, and to represent Him in the midst of the foreign nations. This study is 12 hours long (recorded in 2018). This is worth 2 Bible CEUs.

 

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January 22, 2018

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Numbers Introduction
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21:38 min
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Numbers 1:1-54
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Numbers 2:1-34
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Numbers 3:1-51
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Numbers 4:1-5:4
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20:55 min

January 29, 2018

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Numbers 5:5-31
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Numbers 6:1-10:10
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Numbers 10:11-11:15
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Numbers 11:16-35
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February 05, 2018

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Numbers 12:1-16
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Numbers 13:1-25
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Numbers 13:26-33
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Numbers 14:1-25
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Numbers 14:26-45
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Numbers 15:1-41
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17:23 min

February 12, 2018

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Numbers 16:1-19
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Numbers 16:20-35
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26:00 min
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Numbers 16:36-17:13
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18:46 min
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Numbers 18:1-19:22
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11:01 min
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Numbers 20:1-13
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30:17 min

February 19, 2018

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Numbers 20:14-21
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18:54 min
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Numbers 20:22-29
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Numbers 21:1-9
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Numbers 21:10-19
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Numbers 21:21-35
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11:15 min
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Numbers 22:1-27
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17:07 min
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Numbers 22:28-41
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21:26 min

February 26, 2018

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Numbers 23:1-30
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19:45 min
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Numbers 24:1-25
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Numbers 25:1-18
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21:34 min
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Numbers 26:1-65
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Numbers 27:1-30:16
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11:07 min

March 05, 2018

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Numbers 31:1-54
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Numbers 32:1-42
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Numbers 33:1-35:34
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Numbers 36:1-13
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The Hebrew title of the book of Numbers comes from the fifth word in the book, bammidbar, translated "in the wilderness." This is appropriate since the Israelites spent most of the time covered in this narrative wandering in the wilderness. The more familiar English title, "Numbers," comes from the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible), which had as the title Arithmoi, referring to the two censuses of the Israelites, which Moses recorded in Numbers 1 and 26. Numbers is the sequel to Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus in the Torah. The book of Numbers begins with the conjunction and (just like the books of Exodus and Leviticus), meaning it was meant to be read along with the books of Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus—as their sequel.

Numbers was written by Moses after the Israelites' exodus from Egypt and their forty years in the wilderness. Though many dispute Moses as the author of the Torah, Scriptures affirm his authorship (Ex. 17:14; 24:4; Num. 33:1-2; Deut. 31:9; Josh. 1:8; 2 Kgs. 21:8). Jesus Christ also attributed authorship to Moses (Matt. 19:8; Mark 7:10; Luke 18:29-31; 20:37; 24:27; John 7:19).

Numbers focuses on the promised land and Israel’s journey toward it. Even though Israel’s wanderings cover the majority of the forty years written about in Numbers, Moses skimmed over the events of those years fairly quickly. Yahweh's emphasis is on Israel’s preparations for entering Canaan and their receiving of the blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-4). Thus, the purpose of the book is to show how Yahweh dealt with and prepared His people to enter Canaan, to take control of the land, and to represent Him in the midst of the foreign nations.

A secondary purpose of the book is to show the necessity of trusting and obeying Yahweh in order to receive His covenant blessings. Numbers tells of Israel's constant lack of belief that Yahweh could provide for them and ultimately lead them to a land of rest in the fulfillment of His promises. Because Israel failed to trust Yahweh and enter the land in obedience, an entire generation failed to receive the blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant, and the blessings were postponed until the next, more faithful generation.

In addition to this, Numbers shows that the people's unfaithfulness could not frustrate Yahweh's plans for the people any more than their enemies could. Despite their lack of faith and a series of judgments, Yahweh faithfully brought the next generation into the promised land. Though individuals may miss out on the blessings of Yahweh due to their lack of faith, Yahweh is always faithful to care for His covenant people and to bless those who trust Him.