Learning from Our History

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READ : Deuteronomy 1-2 Genesis takes us from creation to the people of Israel being in Egypt. Exodus is the story of their escape from Egypt and travel to Mount Sinai. Leviticus takes place at Mount Sinai. Numbers tells the story from Mount Sinai to the borders of the promised land. Deuteronomy takes place at those borders. Deuteronomy means literally …

Cities of Refuge

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READ : Numbers 33-36 The Levites were not to have a separate area for their inheritance as did the other tribes. Rather, they were to be given 48 cities and the surrounding territory to live in. The idea was that scattered among the tribes they would be available to teach the law of God to the people. There is no …

The Lord's Battles

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READ : Numbers 31-32 The idea that God commanded the children of Israel to slay their enemies, men, women and children, is highly offensive to many people, and understandably so. It has caused some people to reject the Bible and others to reject parts of the Bible such as this. The problem needs to be faced honestly. If Israel was …

Punctuating Time

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READ : Numbers 28-30 Can you imagine what life would be like if our time was not divided into weeks and months and years? There would be a dreariness about it. God knows that human beings need time broken up into segments. So to Israel He gave a religious calendar which broke life down into manageable segments. And all these …

The Danger from Within

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READ : Numbers 25-27 Balaam could not harm Israel by cursing her. But he knew how he could harm her and perhaps yet get the pay he wanted so badly. According to Numbers 31:16, it was the advice of Balaam that caused the young women among Balak’s people to lead the young men of Israel astray, luring them through sex …