217 – Numbers 21 – Words

Last time we considered Numbers 21:5-9, which talks about Yahweh sending fiery serpents among the people. I pointed out the New Testament connection explaining that these serpents of the Old Testament were a type of Christ. Numbers 21:10-20 continue the narrative explaining the different geographical locations that this wandering nation visited. As an aside Numbers 21:14-16 offer curious details because it references, even quotes the scroll of the Wars of Yahweh. Unfortunately, the book has been lost to us, but as I consulted various commentaries it appears it was ...

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216 – Numbers 21 – serpent on a pole

Last time we talked about Numbers 21:4-5. You may remember in previous verses that because the Edomites would not let them pass through their territory, the Israelites were forced to take the long way around. Numbers 21:4-5 inform us that the Israelites became impatient, and complained. We are going to consider Numbers 21:6-9, which describes how Yahweh responded to their complaining. But before we do, I want to point out a contrast that occurs in the early part of this truly historical chapter.   In the first part of chapter twenty-one, the Israelites ...

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215 – Numbers 21 – This again?

If you’ve been following us through the book of Numbers you may recall at the end of Number twenty Aaron died while they were on the edge of the Edomite’s territory. They did a succession ceremony where Aaron’s son Eleazar was ordained the high priest in place of his father. Numbers 21:1       21:1       The Canaanite king of Arad, who was dwelling in the Negev, heard that Israel came along the way of Atharim; he fought against Israel and took some of them captive.    There is actually quite a bit to notice before we get to the part in ...

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214 – Numbers 20 – Mount Hor

In our trek through the book of Numbers, we come upon a seemingly “normal” set of events that is pretty easy to just read. This part doesn’t have any really difficult concepts or confusing notions. And yet, it is the word of God and worthy of our notice. I want to point out just a few observations you may have missed in a casual reading of the text.   The first thing I want us to notice is not something that is in the text, but rather something that isn’t in the text. Look at Numbers 20:21-22 with me.   Numbers 20:21-22        ...

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213 -Numbers 20 – Edom

Have you ever approached the same passage of scripture you’ve read a hundred times and said to yourself, “huh, I never noticed that before”? Let’s look at three verses and I’ll tell you what I mean. Numbers 20:14-16 14 From Kadesh Moses sent messengers to the king of Edom: “Thus your brother Israel has said, ‘You know all the hardship that has found us;  15 our ancestors went down to Egypt, and we lived in Egypt ⌊a long time⌋, and the Egyptians mistreated us and our ancestors.  16 Then we cried to Yahweh, and he heard our voice; he sent ...

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212 – Numbers 20 – That Spiritual Rock

The last verse in Numbers chapter twenty that we considered was twelve. I’d like to take another peek at it. This time I’d like to consider verses twelve and thirteen together because they are a sort of summary of the “water from the rock” event. Here they are in the Lexham English Bible. Numbers 20:12-13       12 But Yahweh said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you have not trusted in me, to regard me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this assembly into the land that I have given to them.”  13       Those were the ...

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211 – Numbers 20 – Two out of three

Last time we saw the nation of Israel without water in the wilderness. They complained against Aaron and Moses accusing the brothers of wanting to see them and their cattle die (vs. 4) of thirst. We pick up the account with Moses and Aaron prostrating themselves before Yahweh. Numbers 20:6 6       And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the doorway of the tent of assembly. They fell on their faces, and the glory of Yahweh appeared to them.    Obvious among our observations is the sharp contrast between how the entire nation of ...

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210 – Numbers 20 – Introduction

For today’s article, I’ll be quoting from the Lexham English Bible because I much prefer how they handle the translation of God’s personal name. They transliterate the Hebrew word YHWH as Yahweh, when other translations use the much weaker, and not at all accurate translation, LORD.  Numbers 20:1       20:1       Then the entire community of the Israelites came to the desert of Zin on the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh; Miriam died and was buried there.    Although verse one is not a theologically earth-shattering verse ...

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209 – Numbers 19 – Red Heifer

At the risk of losing some readers immediately, and in the interest of full disclosure, I need to tell you I’m not going to talk about the red heifer that will supposedly be used when the temple sacrifices are once again instituted in Jerusalem. I’m simply not qualified for such a discussion. I apologize if the title of the article gave you false hope that I would be talking about it. I’m gonna strive to keep the discussion about the red heifer in the context of the biblical passage in which we encounter it. I did a search for “red heifer” in Logos Bible ...

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208 – Numbers 18 – It is on you

Numbers eighteen opens with an unusual scene. Yahweh addresses Aaron directly without going through Moses. Numbers 18:1       18:1       Then the LORD said to Aaron: “You and your sons and your father’s house with you shall bear the iniquity related to the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you shall bear the iniquity associated with your priesthood.    Remember Moses’ initial encounter with Yahweh God? Moses complains that he’s not really a public speaker and God assigns Aaron to Moses. Exodus 4:15-16           ...

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