In An Introduction to the Old Testament, Edward J.
Young divided the book of Numbers into three parts as
Preparation for the departure from Sinai (1:1-10:10)
The journey from Sinai to the plains of Moab (10:11-21:35)
Lesson 1 Numbering the People, Redeeming the Firstborn, Duties of the Levites
READ Numbers 1 - 4
NUMBERING THE PEOPLE
1. From what age up were they numbered?
2. Was it just men that were numbered, or
were both men and women numbered?
3. Complete the table on the following
page, showing the population by tribe, in
with the numbers given in chapters 1 and 2.
4. Do the numbers for the respective
tribes add up to the total number given in Numbers
5. Did these numbers appear to be
6. If so, to what place do most seem to be
7. Are there any exceptions?
8. If so, what does this suggest about the
Old Testament practice of rounding numbers,
1. What tribe is not included in the
2. Why was it not included?
3. How many of this tribe were there?
|Numbering the People|
|Numbering the Levites|
6. Does the sum of the population of the
three families equal the number given for the
adult male population for the whole tribe of Levi in Numbers 3:39?
7. What does this suggest about the Old
Testament practice of rounding numbers, if
8. What number was used when the Levites
were taken by God in place of the first-born
sons of all Israel?
9. When they numbered the firstborn males
of all Israel, they included all those from
what age up?
10. How many first-born males of all
Isreal, one month old and older, were there?
11. How many of the first-born of Israel
were redeemed with money, and what was the
amount for each individual?
DUTIES OF THE LEVITES
1. What were the names of Levi's three
2. What incident is referred to in Numbers
3:4. Cite the passage where this incident is
most fully described.
3. What were the names of the sons of
4. Identify the Levitical family that was responsible for carrying each of the following:
golden altar of
altar of burnt
curtains of the
hangings of the
pillars of the tabernacle
5. Before the Kohathites could carry the furnishings of the tabernacle, what did the priests
have to do? Why?
6. The Levites who served were those in
what age bracket?
4. Complete the table below, showing the
population by family of male Levites who were
between 30 and 50 years of age.
|the Levites, age 30 - 50|
THE LAWS PERTAINING TO DEFILEMENT
1. Who was to be sent away from the camp?
2. What was the purpose in sending them
3. What was the potential defilement?
Consider the following sources of defilement and
passages where these are discussed: leprosy (Lev 13:9-17, 45-46), discharge (Lev 15:2,25),
corpse (Nu 6:12).
4. Notice the things that would prevent a
priest from eating "of the holy gifts" (Lev.
5. Consider the following:
In the Old Testament, defilement was not merely a matter of unhealthy practices, nor did it pertain solely to moral impurity, nor was it merely ceremonial. Rather, defilement could involve any, or all of these things. By means of the outward aspects of defilement, God was teaching his people, and mankind, a lesson concerning inward defilement.
Do you agree, or disagree?
1. Numbers 5:5ff takes up the case where
one sins against "mankind," and yet the one
who does so is said to have acted unfaithfully against whom?
2. Compare Leviticus 6:1-5. This passage
speaks of one who "acts unfaithfully against
the LORD" by doing what to whom?
3. Is a sin against my neighbor always a
sin against the LORD? See also 1 John
4. In Numbers 5:6-7 (see also Lev. 6:4-5),
was the required restitution determined on a
one to one basis?
5. Was restitution all that was required
of the offender? (See Numbers 5:8 and Leviticus
6. If one has corrected his sin insofar as
his offended neighbor is concerned, does that
mean that things are right with God?
7. If I sin against my neighbor, and my
neighbor chooses to take no offense, does that
mean things are right between me and God?
8. If my brother sins against me, should I
be concerned about more than the disruption in
the relationship between him and me? (Mt 18:15, Gal 6:1, James 5:19-20)
Do I do him a favor by pretending that he didn't wrong me?
THE ADULTERY TEST 5:11-31
1. In what circumstance was this test
2. To whom was the man to bring his wife?
3. The offering which the husband would
bring was to be of barley. What do you know
about the relative value of barley in the Old Testament? (2 Ki 7:1, 1 Ki 4:28).
4. Compare this offering with that
described in Lev. 2:1-2. What differences do you
Then note that these differences are explained by the phrase, "for it is a grain offering of
jealousy, a grain offering of a memorial a reminder of iniquity." Any thoughts?
5. Where would the priest get "holy
6. What went into the water? What
connotation does dust have? (Gen 3:14, Micah 7:17,
7. What do you note about the woman's
hair, and just as a matter of interest, what
implications do you see regarding the typical manner in which women of ancient
Israel wore their hair?
8. What was to be in the woman's hands?
9. What oath did was the woman to take?
10. How was it that the internalizing of
this oath was symbolized?
11. If the woman had indeed committed
adultery, what consequences would follow?
12. If the woman had not committed adultery, what would be the outcome?
THE NAZIRITE VOW
1. Was the Nazirite vow unique to one
gender or the other?
2. All of the foodstuffs from which the
Nazirite was to abstain were of what category?
3. During the days of his vow, what was
the Nazirite not to do with respect to his hair?
4. In the event of the untimely death of a
family member, what restriction did the
5. At the end of his days of separation,
that is, the days of his vow, the Nazirite was to
come with his offering to what place?
6. Which of the following things were to
be offered to God on this occasion?
year old male lamb
year old ewe lamb
unleavened cakes made of flour and oil
unleavened wafers spread with oil
year old bullock
the hair shaved from his head
7. What indication is there that an
individual might vow to something in addition to the
8. Describe the peace offering (Numbers
6:17-20). Read Leviticus 7:28-34 and determine
whether or not the peace offering of the Nazirite was a typical peace offering, such as
would be made by any Israelite.
9. Again referring to Leviticus 7:28-34,
and also considering 1 Cor. 10:14-18, be prepared
to discuss the significance of the designation "peace offering."
10. Was the Nazirite vow taken
voluntarily? What verse supports your answer?
ACCIDENTAL DEFILEMENT OF THE NAZIRITE, AND STARTING OVER
1. The circumstance wherein a Nazirite
might inadvertently become defiled is considered.
Describe that circumstance.
2. On the 7th day after such inadvertent
defilement, the Nazirite was to shave his head.
What was significant about the 7th day after the defilement?
3. After providing two turtledoves or two
young pigeons for a sin offering and a burnt
on the eight day, the one who had inadvertently been defiled was to do what, with respect
to his head?
4. In the case where a Nazirite had
inadvertently become defiled, what days were to
be recognized as dedicated to the LORD?
5. The heading of this section refers to
"starting over." Can you explain why?
6. Now that you have studied this passage,
in your own words, explain why the Nazirite
was not to cut his hair.
1. Was there such a thing as a perpetual
Nazirite, that is one who was to be a Nazirite
for all his life? (Judges 13:2-7)
2. Explain why Samuel is thought to have
been a perpetual Nazirite (1 Samuel 1:11, 28)
3. Explain why John the Baptist is
thought to have been a perpetual Nazirite (Luke 1:8-17, 7:33)
3. Jesus was not a Nazirite, but a
_______________ (Mt. 2:23). What does this mean?
THE NAZIRITE VOW IN THE BOOK OF ACTS
1. Read Acts 18:18. What evidence is there
that Paul took a Nazirite vow?
2. Read Acts 21:17-26. Do you see evidence
of a Nazirite vow in this passage? If so,
who took it? Also, who covered the cost of the vow, and why?
3. Discuss the implications of Acts
21:17-26 in connection with such passages as
Matthew 5:17f, Colossians 2:13-17, and Hebrews 8:13.
SPECIAL OFFERING OF THE LEADERS
1. There is an offering described in the
first nine verses of chapter seven. Rather than a
burnt offering, what sort of offering was it?
2. The carts were distributed to the sons
of Gershon and the sons of Merari. In view of
the respective responsibilities of the the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari (see
lesson 1, "DUTIES OF THE LEVITES," question 4), does it make sense that the sons
of Merari were given the majority of the carts? Why were none of the carts given to
3. "Shekel" is a measure of
which of the following:
4. There is a reference to the
"shekel of the sanctuary." Was this a different shekel
other shekels mentioned in the Old Testament?
5. Over a period of 12 days, a leader from
each tribe came to present an offering for the
dedication of the altar. Were the offerings given by any of the leaders different from
what was given by the others?
LEVITES CLEANSED AND OFFERED
1. In the context, when you read the word
"Levites," does this include the priests (Aaron
and his sons) or not? Give scripture to support your answer.
2. Describe the procedure for cleansing
3. The Levites were then to be offered to
the LORD as what kind of an offering?
4. Describe the offering whereby atonement
was made for the Levites.
5. Again, it is said the Levites are taken
by God in place of whom?
6. And again, reference is made back to
what incident in Egypt?
7. A Levite could was to begin service at what age?
8. At what age was a Levite to retire?
1. When the anniversary of the Passover
came, God told Moses that Israel was to
observe it as he had instructed. However, some where unable to participate for what
2. When these men questioned their being
excluded, what did Moses say he would do?
3. And what was God's response?
Specifically, when were these men to observe the
4. Who was eligible to observe the
Passover at the later time?
1. What passage in Exodus describes the
same things as are described in Numbers
2. What was over the tabernacle during the
day, and what was over the tabernacle at
3. By what means did God indicate when
Israel should stay where they camped and
when they should move?
4. For how long might the Israelites stay
in one place?
1. What did it mean if only one trumpet
2. What did it mean if two trumpets were
3. What was to happen when an alarm was
4. What was to happen when the alarm was
sounded the second time?
5. Notice Numbers 10:9 and compare 1 Cor. 14:8.
THE PEOPLE SET OUT FROM SINAI
1. Chapter 10, verse eleven, marks the
time as being "in the second year, in the second
month, on the twentieth of the month." From when is this reckoned?
2. Notice how verses 10-12 serve to as the
short version of what is subsequently
described in more detail. Often in the Old Testament, one will find a short version of
events, maybe just a single verse, serving as either a preface or a conclusion to a more
detailed account. The section that is summarized begins in 10:13 and continues to
what chapter and verse?
3. In 10:13, the NASB has, "So they
moved out for the first time...," while the ASV and
the KJV have "And they first took their journey...." What is the significance of this
4. In chapter 10, verses 14 through 28
mention each tribe and its leader as the people set
out, tribe by tribe. Are the leaders mentioned here the same men as those mentioned in
chapter seven, where the leader of each tribe brought an offering for the dedication of
5. Which two of the following correctly
describes the order in which the people set out?
a. Judah, ark of
the covenant, Benjamin, tabernacle frame and coverings,
furnishings, Ephraim, Manasseh, Dan, Asher, Naphtali
Issachar, Zebulun, tabernacle coverings, Reuben, furnishings,
frame, Ephraim, Manasseh, Benjamin, Dan, Asher, Naphtali
Issachar, Zebulun, tabernacle frame and coverings, Reuben,
Gad, furnishings, Ephraim, Manasseh, Benjamin, Dan, Asher, Naphtali
Issachar, Zebulun, tabernacle coverings, furnishings, Ephraim,
Benjamin, Dan, Asher, Naphtali
Issachar, Zebulun, two families of the three families of the
Reuben, Simeon, Gad, the third family of the Levites, Ephraim, Manasseh,
Benjamin, Dan, Asher, Naphtali
7. For the most part, were the tribes
embarking one by one, or three by three?
8. What particular responsibility did the
tribe of Dan have?
9. In relation to the rest of the people,
where were the priests who carried the ark?
10. How many days did the people journey
on this first march?
MOSES' INVITATION TO HOBAB
1. Who was Hobab?
2. According to Exodus 3:1, what was the
name of Moses' father-in-law? Compare this
with the name given in Exodus 2:18. See also Exodus 4:18, 18:12, Numbers 10:29 and
3. After Hobab first declined Moses'
invitation, Moses explained how Hobab could be
useful to the Israelites. Explain how that was, and why that was. (Remember where
Moses was when he saw the burning bush while tending the sheep of his father-in-law.)
1. In chapter 11, verses 1-3, when the
people complained what happened?
2. What sort of people complained about
the lack of meat?
a. The Hebrew word used in 11:4, translated "rabble" in the NASB and "mixed
multitude" in the KJV, is also used in Exodus 12:38. Read Exodus 12:37-38 to
gain insight into the identity of these people.
3. Was the complaining limited to these of
the "mixed multitude"?
4. Sometimes, when English translations
refer to "meat," they mean food in general. In
other cases, they mean "flesh". Which is meant in this passage?
5. Comment on the recollection of life in
Egypt. (Numbers 11:5, cf. Ex. 1:11-14, 2:23,
6. Was there stress associated with
serving God and leading His people?
7. The LORD saw fit to give Moses some help. He also saw fit to give the people meat.
He said they would eat meat until what would happen?
8. What aspect of Moses' character is seen
9. How did God provide meat, why did many
of the people die?
10. Find the passage in the Psalm 78 that
refers to the events of this chapter.
11. IMPORTANT LESSON: According to
these verses in Psalm 78, what was the
fundamental failing of the Israelites?
12. Find the passage in Psalm 106 that
refers to the events of this chapter.
13. Find the verse in 1 Corinthians 10 that refers to the events of this chapter.
1. Who spoke out against Moses, and on
2. Was this Moses' first wife?
3. Where was Cush?
4. See Exodus 34:12-16 and 1 Kings 11:1-2.
Was it wrong for Moses to marry a
5. Miriam and Aaron complained about the
Cushite woman, but what seems to have been
the real sore spot with Moses' siblings? Consider not only what
they said, but also that to which the LORD responded.
6. Why does the text at this point tell us
how humble Moses was?
7. To the best of our knowledge, who wrote
this statement about Moses' humility? What
do you think about that? Define "humble," noting in particular how Jesus humbled
himself (Philippians 2:5-8).
8. What contrast do you see in verses six
9. In what way was Miriam stricken?
1. Whose idea was it to send spies into
the land of Canaan?
2. Twelve spies were selected, one from
each tribe. Each of the men was a "leader" (vs.
2). They were "heads of the sons of Israel" (vs. 3). In any instance, was a man chosen
to be a spy also a man who was designated as a leader of his tribe in chapter 2 and chapter 7?
3. No one was selected from the tribe of
Levi. Why not? Also, how could there be
twelve tribes represented without a representative from Levi?
4. What was the name of the spy selected
5. What was the name of the spy selected
6. What did Moses call this man? What did
each of these names mean? What familiar
New Testament character has the same name? (Hint, see Mt. 2:21)
7. In verse 17, if your Bible uses the
word "Negev" determine what this means. If your
Bible does not use the word "Negev" determine what word in your Bible is so
translated (transliterated) in other versions.
8. At what time of year were the spies
sent into the land?
9. Verse 22 mentions the descendants of
Anak. Joshua 11:22 mentions the Anakim. What
is the relationship between these two words. What do you know about the Anakim?
(Numbers 13:31-33, Deuteronomy 2:10-11; 9:1-2)
10. What famous man was of the Rephaim,
what did the Rephaim have in common with
the Anakim? (Deuteronomy 3:11, 2:10-11)
11. After Joshua destroyed the cities of
the Anakim, those of them that were left settled in
12. Later in history, what famous man
would hail from one of these cities? (1 Samuel
13. After how many days did the spies
return from their mission?
14. What evidence did the bring of the
15. In Numbers 13:29, Amalek, the
Hittites, the Jebusites and the Amorites are all
distinguished from the Canaanites. Is there a sense in which any or all of these peoples
could be called Canaanites?
16. Which of the spies were confidant that
the Land could be taken?
17. How many spies were fearful, and for
18. On the whole, the people of Israel
believed the spies who were fearful. What did the
Israelites say about their wives and children?
19. How did the people propose to escape
their supposed doom?
20. On what basis were Joshua and Caleb
confident that the land of Canaan could be
21. And what was the response of the
people to Joshua and Caleb?
22. Apparently, what event saved Joshua
23. What did God propose to do?
24. What reason did Moses give for not
destroying the people "as one man"?
25. God declared, "just as you have
spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you."
What did this mean?
26. However, in contrast to the earlier
words of the people, what did God say about their
27. Why was the period wandering chosen to
be 40 years?
28. When the people realized and
acknowledged their sin, how did some of them suppose
they could fix things? And what was the result of their effort? What lesson do you
learn from this?
LAWS FOR CANAAN
1. With respect to the burnt offerings
and the offerings made in connection with special
vows, was there to be a difference in how the Israelite and the sojourner would make
their offerings? What is the significance of Numbers 15:16?
2. Were offerings required in the event of
3. With regard to this circumstance, was
there a different requirement for the Israelite and
4. What was the difference in the law
concerning the one who sinned unintentionally,
and the one who sinned willfully? Compare Hebrews 10:26.
1. In what way did one of the Israelites
violate the fourth commandment?
2. Why was he taken into custody?
3. Who declared that this man should be
put to death?
1. What purpose were the tassels to serve?
2. For how long was this practice to be
3. Explain the phrase, "and not
follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after
which you played the harlot."
4. What was wrong with the practice which
Jesus mentioned in Matthew 23:5, which had
apparently grown out of this Old Testament practice?
KORAH, DATHAN, AND ABIRAM; AARON'S ROD
1. Korah was of what tribe?
2. Of what tribe were Dathan, Abiram, and On? (Numbers 16:1, compare 26:5-9,
Deuteronomy 11:6. ) What did they seek? (Note Numbers 16:10.)
3. How many of the Israelites allied
themselves with these men?
4. These men argued that "All the
congregation are holy, every one of them, and the
LORD is in their midst." Was this true? Comment on how the fact that these men
thought this argument was valid suggests something about their own understanding of
5. In verses 8-11, is Moses addressing the
6. Explain what is meant by, "do the
service of the tabernacle of the LORD"
7. What attitude should a Levite have had
about doing "the service of the LORD"?
8. How did Dathan and Abiram respond when
Moses called for them?
9. What did Dathan and Abiram accuse Moses
10. Why did they ask, "Would you put
out the eyes of these men?"
11. God warned the congregation to get
away from what?
12. Put verse Numbers 16:29 in your own
13. What became of Korah, Dathan, and
Abiram and their families?
14. What became of their 250 followers?
15. What became of the censers that had
belonged all these men?
16. How did the congregation react to the
deaths of these men?
17. The plague that came upon the people
due to their grumbling was stopped when Aaron
18. How many were killed in this plague?
19. After all of this, there is a sign
from God intended to settle the issue of who would
serve as priests. Describe this sign.
20. What was done with Aaron's rod? (Numbers 17:10, cf. Hebrews 9:4)
PORTION DUE THE PRIESTS AND THE LEVITES
1. Aaron, his sons, and his father's
household would bear the guilt of the sanctuary, and
Aaron and his sons would bear the guilt of the priesthood. What does "bear the
2. What is meant by "stranger,"
or "outsider," in 18:4 and 18:7?
3. The grain offerings, sin offerings, and
guilt offerings, the wave offerings and oil, wine,
and ripe fruits that were offered, were all given to Aaron and his sons. Practically
speaking, of what value were these to Aaron and his sons? (I'm looking for the obvious answer, here.)
4. Every firstborn offspring, whether man
or beast, also belonged to Aaron and his sons.
Practically speaking, of what value were these?
5. What does "redeem" mean?
6. What firstborn animals were not
7. What does "tithe" mean?
8. Who benefitted from the tithe of all
9. Did the Levites also have to give a
tenth, and if so, a tenth of what?
ORDINANCE OF THE RED HEIFER
1. Describe the process of burning the
heifer and obtaining the ashes. Note how many
men were involved in the process.
2. For what would the ashes be used?
3. There is a passage in the book of
Haggai that poses a question we need to consider:
"If a man carries holy meat in the fold of his garment, and touches bread with this
fold, or cooked food, wine, oil, or any other food, will it become holy?" (Haggai
2:12). Conversely, verse 13 asks, "If one who is unclean from a corpse touches
any of these, will the latter become unclean?" In other words, does some good make
acceptable what is evil? Or, on the other hand, does some of what is evil, make
useless what is good? Discuss these questions in light of Numbers 19:14-22, and
consider the following modern day aphorism:
BEGINNING OF THE 40TH YEAR
1. Do the events described in chapter 20,
verses 1-14 seem to follow one another in close
succession? (Is this always as it seems?)
a. Where were the
Israelites as of 20:1?
b. Where were the
Israelites as of 20:14?
c. Had the
Israelites ever been at this place before the time of Numbers 20?
d. Explain how the
phrase "come full circle" is applicable here.
2. In what year did Aaron die? (33:38)
3. The reference to the month (20:1)
without indicating the year is unusual in contexts
where the year is not known. This suggests the reader is expected to know what year
it was. If so, what year was it?
1. By way of review, cite recorded
incidents involving Miriam.
2. What can you say regarding Miriam's age
at the time of her death?
MOSES AND AARON REBEL
1. In addition to the present text, read
Numbers 27:12-14, Deuteronomy 32:48-52, and
2. What passage justifies the wording of
the heading for this section of the lesson?
3. By whose authority did Moses take the
4. When was this rod last mentioned prior
to the present text?
5. From where did Moses retrieve the rod?
6. According to the 106th Psalm, what was
it that Moses did wrong on this occasion?
7. Who else, besides Moses, was faulted?
8. To the best of your understanding, what
was it that Moses and Aaron did wrong?
9. What penalty was pronounced as a result
of this breach of faith, and upon whom was
1. In Moses' message to the king of Edom,
to what hardship (KJV: "travail") did Moses
2. Why did Moses say, "your brother
Israel..."? What was the historical relationship
between Edom and Israel? (Gen 25:19-26; 32:24-28; 36:8-9, 40-43; Deuteronomy 2:8;
Malachi 1:1-3; Obadiah 1-10)
3. How would you describe Moses' message
to the King of Edom? Was it belligerent,
presumptuous, threatening, conciliatory, or what? Explain.
4. What was Edom's response? For another
account of this, read Judges 11:12-18.
5. Comment on Moses' description of this
incident in Deuteronomy 2:29.
1. Where did Aaron die?
2. Aaron's garments were put upon whom?
WAR WITH THE KING OF ARAD
1. If the translation you use says
"Negev" in verse one, find outwhat that means.
2. Bywhat way were the Israelites coming?
3. What was Israel's reaction when some of
there people were taken captive?
4. What did "Hormah" mean, and
why was it so named?
5. Remember that we saw Hormah mentioned
earlier, in Numbers 14:45. Explain how it
could have been mentioned in Numbers 14:45 and yet its name came from events
described in Numbers 21. Compare similar phenomenon concerning "Bethel" in
Genesis 12:8 and 28:19. (Hint: who wrote these accounts and when?)
THE BRONZE SERPENT
1. What was the complaint of the people
2. What was the consequence of the
complaining this time?
3. What was the people's response to the
consequence this time?
4. Was a different scenario than in the
cases of Numbers 16?
5. What did the Lord tell Moses to make?
6. In order to be saved from the bite of
the serpents, what were the people to do?
ITS MESSIANIC SIGNIFICANCE
1. Read John 3:14. Who is compared to the
2. What Messianic significance can you see
a. in the fact
that the thing that saved the people was the very likeness of the
thing that afflicted them?
b. in the fact that the Isrealites were being saved from death?
3. What does this parallel suggest. Was it
merely happenstance, or were the events of
Numbers 21:4-9 designed by God to have Messianic significance?
HOW DO YOU
1. King Hezekiah's reforms in Judah are
described in 2 Kings 18. About how many years
passed between the events of Numbers 21 and the events of 2 Kings
2. The high places, the sacred pillars,
and the Asherah were all examples of what?
3. Along with these, Hezekiah destroyed
something Moses had made. What was it?
4. Why did Hezekiah destroy this?
5. Was Hezekiah right in destroying this?
1. Israel camped in the plains of what
2. According to Numbers 22:3, who was in
great fear because of the people?
3. Who was the son of Lot's oldest
daughter, and what people descended from him?
4. What other country was involved with
Moab in the effort to withstand Israel?
5. What was the name of the man that the
elders of Moab and the elders of Midian
wanted to hire?
6. What did they want this man to do?
7. What did God first tell this man that
his response should be?
8. When the messengers returned to Balak,
having failed in their mission, Balak sent a
second entourage, "more numerous and more distinguished than
the former." Had the
request Balak made of Balaam changed since the first group came?
9. Had God already told Balaam the
appropriate answer to the request? Why do you
think Balaam asked the second group of messengers to spend the
night and await
further communication from God?
10. What did God say this time? (22:21)
11. Was God pleased that Balaam went? (22:22)
a. Why did the
angel of the LORD come out as an adversary against Balaam?
b. Did Balaam work
to bring about the downfall of God's people? (Cite two
references in support of your answer.)
c. Was Balaam
motivated by greed?
d. With all this in mind, what do you think was Balaam's reason for asking Balak's second group of messengers to stay the night and await further word from the Lord?
e. What do you
think Balaam had in mind when he departed for Moab?
13. Did the incident with the angel and
the donkey have an effect on
Did it altogether cause Balaam to cease
his attempts to satisfy Balak's request?
14. In the space below, paraphrase Numbers
15. What was Balak's reaction to the words
of Balaam recorded in Numbers 23:7-10?
16. Balak took Balaam to another place
from which Balaam could view Israel and asked
him to try again to curse them. Give the essence of Balaam's
17. What was Balak's reaction to Balaam's second utterance?
19. Did Balaam speak by inspiration?
20. Again, read Numbers 25:1-9. How did
Moab finally bring great trouble for Israel?
21. Who had advised this method of harming
22. Who was Phinehas, what did he do, and was God pleased with Phinehas' action?
NUMBERING THE PEOPLE AGAIN
|Numbers 2||Numbers 26||Increase/(Decrease)|
2. Does this surprise you? Why or why not?
3. When you look at the change for each
individual tribe, did most tribes have an
increase, or a decrease?
4. Does this surprise you? Why or why not?
5. Which tribe stands out as having an
unusually large decrease in population?
6. Who was Jochebed? According to Numbers
26:9, who was Jochebed's father?
7. Is this consistent with Exodus 6:16-20?
8. This time, in Numbers 26, there is
significance to the order in which the tribes are
named. See Numbers 2 and look for the geographical groupings.
Which group (north,
east, south, west) is mentioned first, second, third, and fourth,
1. Numbers 27:1-11 mentions a man named
Zelophehad, of the tribe of Manasseh, who
had died in the wilderness having had no sons. What did his
2. What stipulation did God make about
selling property (Leviticus 25:23)?
3. Land that was sold was to be returned
to the seller at what time? (Leviticus 25:23-28).
4. At the end of the book of Numbers, we
are told of a concern that arose among the
tribe of Manasseh with respect to Zelophehad's portion of the
land allotted to
Manasseh. If his daughters were to receive his portion, and if
they should then marry
into other tribes, there was a danger that this land that was
part of Manasseh's
allotment would be transferred to another tribe. The concern was
that, at the time of
Jubilee, the land would be sold back to the tribe into which one
daughters had married. What transaction is assumed to take place
between the time the
land is inherited by the daughter, and the time the land might be
sold back to the tribe
of her husband?
JOSHUA TO SUCCEED MOSES
1. According to Numbers 27:12, from what
vantage point was Moses to view the land?
Compare this passage with Numbers 33:47, and give the name of the
which Moses was to view the land.
2. After viewing the land, what was to
happen to Moses, and why?
3. Was Moses attitude one of bitterness?
What request does Moses make that provides a
basis for your answer?
4. Who would inquire of the LORD for Joshua, and by what means?
1. Correlate the sections of Numbers
28-29, wherein various offerings are discussed,
with the list of offerings found in 1 Chronicles 23:30-31.
2. Correlate the sections of Numbers
28-29, wherein various offerings are discussed,
with the list of offerings found in 2 Chronicles 31:3.
3. Correlate the sections of Numbers
28-29, wherein various offerings are discussed,
with the list of offerings found in Numbers 10:33.
4. Correlate the sections of Numbers
28-29, wherein various offerings are discussed,
with the list of offerings found in Colossians 2:16.
5. Necessarily, what kind of Sabbath is
meant in Colossians 2:16, a weekly Sabbath, or
some other kind?
Most of the words in this crossword puzzle can be found in Numbers 31-36. Use the clues below to help you solve the puzzle.
6. Aaron's _________ is given in chapter
7. When the Israelites entered Canaan,
were to drive out all the inhabitants of
10. The land would be divided among the
families of Israel by _______________.
11. The inheritance desired by the sons of
Reuben and the sons of Gad was
__________ of the Jordan River.
13. These two tribes were told they could
have their request if they first armed
themselves and assisted the rest of the
tribes in driving out the inhabitants of the promised land.
Moses told them that if they did not thus assist the
other tribes, their ______ would find them out. (What did this
14. Although, in general, the men who were
twenty years old or older when they came out of Egypt died in the
wilderness, there were two notable exceptions. One was the son of
Jephunneh and the other was the son of
16. In dividing up the land of Israel, the
Israelites were to provide cities for the Levites, rather than
geographical area for the whole tribe. Among the cities, six were
to serve as places of _____________ for
individuals who accidently cause someone's death.
19. In Deuteronomy 10:8-9, it is said
that, instead of a "portion or inheritance with his
inheritance was the LORD. In part this
consisted of having the responsibility to carry the _________.
21. Numbers 27:1-11 mentions a man named Zelophehad, of the tribe of Manasseh, who had died in the wilderness having had no sons. His daughters petitioned Moses to allow that the inheritance of Zelophehad
be given to them. Moses was instructed by the LORD to grant this request. Then, at the end of the
Numbers, we are told of a concern that arose among the tribe of
Manasseh with respect to Zelophehad's portion
of the land allotted to Manasseh. If his daughters were to
receive his portion, and if they should then marry
into other tribes, there was a danger that this land that was
part of Manasseh's allotment would be transferred
to another tribe. The critical time was the _______________, for
at that time land that had been sold was to
be returned (for a fair price) to the family that had sold it.
Although this was intended to insure that land
would not be transferred in perpetuity from one family to
another, in this particular case, it seems that the
concern was the marriage of a daughter of Zelophehad to a man of
another tribe would cause the land in
question would to revert to the other tribe every fifty years,
even if it had at some time been sold. (See
Numbers 27:1-11, 36:1-12, and Leviticus 25:8-17; 23-24.)
23. Included in the land possessed by Gad,
Reuben, and Manasseh was the land that had belonged to
___________, king of Bashan.
24. In addition to the cities of refuge,
the Levites were to be given _________-two cities.
25. Although the inheritance of the land
by family was to be determined by lot, the borders of the whole
land were defined by the _________.
1. Among the sons of Manasseh was a man
named __________. He called the villages he possessed
2. He was one of the kings whose land was
possessed by the tribes that settled east of the Jordan. He is
elsewhere in the Old Testament as having had a bed, or couch,
that measured 9 by 4 cubits (roughly 13½ by
6 feet), apparently due to his great stature. His name was
3. The tribe of ____________, descended
from the oldest son of Jacob, desired to settle east of the
4. ________ was the father of the man who
would eventually succeed Moses.
5. In the case of a murderer, or in the
case of a man who has fled to a city of refuge after
someone, to accept a ransom payment and allow such an individual
to go free is to allow the land to be
defiled. This is so because ____________ pollutes the land. Can
you explain this?
8. In part, a city of refuge was to serve
as a safe haven for one who had killed another, until such time
congregation could hear the matter and judge between the
manslayer and the blood avenger. In cases where
the congregation determined the killing to have been
unintentional, the congregation was to ___________ the
manslayer from the hand of the blood avenger, and the manslayer
was to live in the city of refuge.
12. There were to be _________ cities of
refuge on each side of the Jordan River.
15. The manslayer who was granted refuge
in a city of refuge was to remain there until the death of the
_________. If he ventured therefrom prematurely, the blood
avenger could kill him with impunity.
17. _______ was one of the tribes that
settled east of the Jordan river.
18. The Lord told Moses to take vengeance
on the Midianites. (For what did Israel take vengeance?) Among
kings of Midian who were killed was __________, who had the same
name as one of the men who held up
Moses' hands in the battle against Amalek.
20. Among those named in Numbers 31:8 as having been killed in the vengeance against Midian, the only one who was not a _________ was Balaam.
22. ___________ and a half tribes settled
east of the Jordan. Can you name them?