Numbers (Numbers, #1) by Rachel Ward
Book of Numbers Summary
On their way to the promised land, the people of Israel grumble, complain, and rebel Num. As they move out from Sinai, the people quickly begin complaining. In fact, the book of Numbers is organized around seven stories of grumbling and complaining. They complain about hardship Num. Each of these mishaps are met with a judgment from God. Jealous criticism of Moses resulted in a weeks worth of leprosy for Miriam
Numbers begins at Mount Sinai , where the Israelites have received their laws and covenant from God and God has taken up residence among them in the sanctuary. The people are counted and preparations are made for resuming their march. The Israelites begin the journey, but they "murmur" at the hardships along the way, and about the authority of Moses and Aaron. For these acts, God destroys approximately 15, of them through various means. They arrive at the borders of Canaan and send spies into the land. Upon hearing the spies' fearful report concerning the conditions in Canaan, the Israelites refuse to take possession of it. God condemns them to death in the wilderness until a new generation can grow up and carry out the task.
But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected. But you — your bodies will fall in this desert. Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the desert. For forty years — one year for each of the forty days you explored the land — you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you. Numbers is the 4th book of the Pentateuch.
Purpose: To call the second generation of the exodus to serve God as his holy army in the conquest of the promised land by avoiding the failures of the past and by remaining faithful to God's directives. Date: c. Key Truths: God fully prepared his people to serve him and to succeed in the conquest of the Promised Land. The members of the first generation failed to succeed because they were ungrateful for the grace God had shown them and feared the power of the Canaanites. God raised up another generation for the conquest of the promised land, but they also had to remain faithful to the Lord in order to succeed. Author: Like the rest of the Pentateuch, Numbers was written by Moses, although a few portions may have been added at later times. See the " Introduction to the Pentateuch " for further discussion of the authorship of the Pentateuch and of Numbers.