Cities of Refuge

Claudia Elzinga

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 historical evidence that such a program was practiced; perhaps that was one reason for the downfall of Israel. May all …

The Lord's Battles

Claudia Elzinga

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 to be a blessing to the whole world, she needed to be a holy people. The nations around her were …

Punctuating Time

Claudia Elzinga

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 segments were occasions for worship. God gave Israel commandments to worship each day, each week, each month and on special …

The Danger from Within

Claudia Elzinga

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 and leading them to worship the idol Baal. It was only decisive action on the part of Phinehas, the grandson …

The Lure of Money

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Numbers 22-24 What a story! The prophet Balaam is offered a large honorarium by Balak if he will curse Israel. O how he wanted to go, for the sake of that money, but God said “No”. Balaam is not ready to give up so easily. He tells Balak he will see what else God might say. He is not satisfied with God’s answer so God does what He often does for us-He gives us what we want if …

Losing Your Temper

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Numbers 19-21 What a great man Moses was! How much he had to put up with in leading Israel through the wilderness. How often he interceded for the people when God was ready to destroy them. Once he lost his temper, with tragic results. The people needed water and God told Moses to speak to the rock. Instead, in anger, he struck it with his rod. The result was that in losing his temper, he lost the opportunity …