Archive for February, 2016

Week 9: Wanderings in Numbers

Numbers gets its title because in chapters 1 and 26 we find the men of Israel numbered. But that is not the main theme of the book.

In the midst of wilderness wanderings and numberless murmurings, God can be seen amply supplying their every need.

The lesson presented in this book still needs to be learned today…the importance of faith, courage and trust in the Lord!

  • To see a chart that attempts to summarize Numbers,
  • a map that charts their journeys, and
  • a graphic that maps out the tribes camping arrangement,
  • click on the picture below:
Balaam and the donkey

The prophet Balaam being thwarted by a donkey (and an angel) from prophesying against God’s purpose with the Israelites.

Week 8: Exodus – Deuteronomy: The Law

Often times this is when people get bogged down in their efforts to read the Bible straight through…all the statutes, edicts, law, commandments, judgments, etc of Torah, particularly Leviticus, can feel a bit overwhelming, and truthfully, a bit archaic!  While reading the few samples provided in our selections this week, try not to get too befuddled with the particulars, but recognize it is Yahweh attempting to make His chosen people who were to serve others, distinct, different, just, holy, and healthy.

I’m sure you will be surprised to find yourself recognizing some of the passages you read. The New Testament quotes from the book of Leviticus very often. That serves as the best commentary in understanding more fully this detailed book, as well as the rest of the Torah and Old Testament.

By clicking on the picture below you will see a 4-page handout that hopefully will shed a little light on the law…

Depiction of a scroll containing Torah written in Hebrew

Depiction of a scroll containing Torah written in Hebrew

Week 7: Exodus 15-40 Mt. Sinai

Genesis began as a family. Exodus opened with that family becoming a nation. Exodus concludes with that nation becoming the chosen vessel of God to share His blessings with the world. This is where the Top Ten comes in!

But, um, there were a few hiccups along the way. Exodus 15-Numbers 10 has the Israelites camped out at the base of Mt. Sinai for about a year, and God wants to camp with them. So first things first, they construct Him a portable tent which will serve as a place of fellowship, or trysting place, during their sojourn.

Click on the picture below to get a 3-page, real high-bird’s eye view of the last 25 chapters of Exodus:

Thunder and fire surrounding Mt. Sinai where God inscribed the 10 Commandments on the tablets for Moses and the Israelites.

Thunder and fire surrounding Mt. Sinai where God inscribed the 10 Commandments on the tablets for Moses and the Israelites.

Week 6: Exodus 1-14 Moses & The Exodus

Exodus means the way out. In Genesis, God calls the patriarchs as individuals; in Exodus, He calls a people to Himself.

His call is threefold: “Let My people go”

  • “that they may serve Me,”
  • “that they may hold a feast unto Me,” and
  • “that they may do sacrifice.”

He is still seeking those who will

  • serve Him,
  • fellowship with Him and
  • worship Him.

To see a one-page overview of the whole book of Exodus as well as a write up about the first 14 chapters of the book, click on the picture below:

God parting the Red Sea before the Hebrew children start to escape over to the other side.

God parting the Red Sea before the Hebrew children start to escape over to the other side.