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Numbers

Author
– Moses
Time – 1,500 – 1,460 B.C.

Summary – Numbers is the fourth book of the Pentateuch. It is a historical book, whose name refers to the two censuses which were taken to number the people. However, it was known to the Jewish people as "In the Wilderness", because it primarily tells of the rebellion of the Israelites in the desert where they wandered after the Exodus from their slavery in Egypt. Because of this rebellion, only 2 men of the adults leaving Egypt were to enter into the land of Canaan promised to Abraham in Genesis. The rest died in the desert. The book covers a 38 year period.

Preparation in the wilderness – Chapter 1 v 1 to 10 v 10
Passage
Subject
Chapter 1 Census of warriors
Chapter 2 Order of worshippers
Chapters 3 & 4 Service of workers
Chapter 5 The camp cleansed from defilement
Chapter 6 Separated to God
Ch.7 v 1 to 88 Co–operating with God
Ch. 7 v 89 to Ch.10 God with His people

Provocation in the wilderness – Chapter 10 v 11 to 19 v 22
Passage
Subject
Ch. 10 v 11 to 36 Journeying at God’s command
Chapters 11 & 12 Murmuring and discontent
Chapters 13 & 14 Lack of faith and rejection
Chapter 15 Instructions for the next generation
Chapters 16 to 19 Revolt against God’s appointments

Vindication in the wilderness – Chapter 20 v 1 to 36 v 13
Passage
Subject
Ch. 20 v 1 to 21 v 3 The fortieth year: From Kadesh to Hor
Ch. 21 v 4 to 22 v 1 To Moab via Ezion–Geber
Ch. 22 v 2 to 25 v 18 Balaam’s curse turned into a blessing
Chapters 26 to 36 Preparations to enter the Land

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