Ch 1

v 2 God commands Moses to take a census of the whole Israelite community.

– People 20 and older who were able to serve in the army were listed according to their families.

v 49-50 God commanded Moses to not count the Levites or include them in the census; instead, they were appointed to be in charge of the tabernacle of the Testimony.

v 51 If anyone other than a Levite goes near the tabernacle, they will be put to death.

Ch 2

– east is toward the sunrise.

v 17 Tent of Meeting and the Levites will be set out in the middle of the camps.

Ch 3

– The tribe of Levi are to assist the priests and also do the work of the tabernacle.

– Every firstborn of the Israelites belong to God.

Levi has 3 sons: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari

> Each of them had their own clans and responsibilities for the tabernacle and sanctuary.

– Moses and Aaron were responsible for the care of the sanctuary on behalf of the Israelites.

Ch 4

v 1-20 Instructions for the Kohathites

– What do the different colored cloths mean?

– If the Kohathites go look and see the holy things, they will die.

v 21-28 Instructions for the Gershonites

v 29-33 Instructions for the Merarites

– The Merarites were the largest of the clans in population of men from thirty to fifty years old, and they were assigned to carry things, most likely the heavy equipment

Ch 5

– Why were unclean people sent out of the camp? Were they allowed back in?

v 5-10 Restitution for wrongs

v 11-31 test for an unfaithful wife

– What about an unfaithful husband?

Ch 6

v 1-21 If a man or woman wants to make a special vow to the Lord as a Nazirite

v 24-26 The Priestly Blessing; Pastor Jae always recites this one after every sermon!

Ch 7

– First time oxen are introduced in the Bible?

v 10-11 The Lord commanded Moses to have one leader each day bring his offering for the dedication of the altar.

v 12-17 Nahshon tribe of Judah, first day

v 18-23 Nethanel tribe of Issachar, second day

v 24-29 Eliab tribe of Zebulun, third day

v 30-35 Elizur tribe of Reuben, fourth day

v 36-41 Shelumiel tribe of Simeon, fifth day

v 42-47 Eliasaph tribe of Gad, sixth day

v 48-53 Elishama tribe of Ephraim, 7th day

v 54-59 Gamaliel tribe of Manasseh, 8th day

v 60-65 Abidan tribe of Benjamin, 9th day

v 66-71 Ahiezer tribe of Dan, 10th day

v 72-77 Pagiel leader of Asher, 11th day

v 78-83 Ahira leader of Naphtali, 12th day

– Each leader gave the same offering

– Does the twelve tribes in any way have anything to do with the 12 disciples?

– What is it like talking to God, as Moses did? v 89

Ch 8

– Why seven lamps?

– Levites were set apart from the Israelites so that they may serve the Lord faithfully

– v 25 fifty was the age of retirement back then!

Ch 9

– If the Passover is not celebrated by someone clean and not on a journey, then He must be cut off from the people! v 13

– v 15-23 The Israelites received guidance from God by a cloud. That must have been a pretty interesting experience, following a cloud whereever it went, while stopping whenever the cloud stopped and settled on the Tent of the Testimony. Our God is very interesting! X]

Ch 10

v 1-10 The 2 silver trumpets and their use

– The ark of the covenant went before them for three days v 33

Does the three have anything to do with Jesus resurrecting after three days?

Ch 11

v 1 The Lord became angry

– How do the people complain so much? I’m sure I would do the same though, if put in the same situation.

– The Israelites got their meat, but God was very angry

Ch 12

v 3 Mose was more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth

– Miriam and Aaron were jealous of Moses

Ch 13

– Hoshea son of Nun was renamed Joshua!

– It took forty days to explore the land. Why is the number 40 found so many times in the Bible?

– Caleb and Joshua were the only spies who had faith in the Lord.

Ch 14

– The Israelites are complaining again! They are even talking about stoning Moses, Aaron, Joshua, and Caleb.

– Moses calmed the Lord’s anger. Does that mean we can change God’s mind? Is His decisions absolute, or could we actually do something; such as praying that the devil would repent for his sins; that everyone would be saved? No.

v 30 Caleb and Joshua are the only two people of their generation to enter the Promised Land because they had faith in the Lord. ( These are the names of my friends’, German missionaries in America, two sons, Joshua is the older one!)

v 29 The Lord promises to the Israelites that anyone twenty-years or older will not see the Promised Land.

v 37 The other spies were instantly struck down with a plague and died

v 39-45 When the Israelites heard God’s judgement, they mourned; but yet they still try to enter the Promised Land without God! They were beaten down by the people living in the land.

Ch 15

v 30 Anyone who sins defiantly must be cut off from his people.

v 32-37 Being stoned to death because you went to gather wood on the Sabbath day is really harsh, but remember the magnitude of how much God detests sin. Then think about Jesus, who died so that our sins may be washed away. What an indescribable love!

v 41 “I am the Lord your God” is repeated twice in this one verse.

Ch 16

– Many of the leaders rebel against Moses because they are angry they cannot enter the Promised Land.

v 15 Moses talks to God so easily. God is there, go talk to Him!

v 31-35 The earth swallowed the people who rebelled against God, and the fire consumed the 250 men offering the incense.

v 41-50 The people of Israel began to rebel against Moses and God was going to wipe them all out, but Moses and Aaron intervened and saved most of them from dieing.

– Don’t use part of God’s Word to support what you want, rather than allowing its entirety to shape your wants.

Ch 17

v 2 God commands Moses to get twelve staffs from each of the leader of each ancestral tribe. What is the significance of the number 12?

v 8 Aaron was the chosen leader

v 12-13 I don’t know why, but I laughed when I read this. The Israelites just start panicking. Why are they always panicking?

Ch 18

– The priests get some of the offering presented to the Lord.

v 23-24 The Levites will get no inheritance among the Israelites, but instead their inheritance will come from the tithes that the Israelites present to the Lord.

v 26 A tenth of our income for the Lord, at the very least. Who gave us everything? We should be giving all of ourselves to God.

v 29 Give to the Lord your very best.

Ch 19

– Back then, the killing of animals must have been a common sight.

v 6 Why scarlet wool?

v 13 If anyone touched a dead body and did not purify themselves, they would have been cut off from Israel!

Ch 20

v 12 Moses sinned against God by striking the rock, when God told him to just speak to it.

v 28 God had Aaron die at a specific place.

Ch 21

v 2 The Israelites trusted in God

v 5 Again with the same complaint about the food they were receiving out of nowhere. Did they forget the last time? It hasn’t even been that long, has it?

v 9 The snake saves, is that kind of ironic?

v 23 Why were the other nations so against letting the Israelites pass through?

Ch 22

v 9 This sorcerer named Balaam was talking to God!

v 28-29 Balaam did not seem surprised that his donkey started talking, or maybe he was blind with anger. Maybe for someone who could talk to God, a talking animal would seem pretty normal.

v 38 Balaam was rebuked and learned from it.

Ch 23

v 4 Balaam’s heart was out of place, God knew, and yet was with him?

Ch 24

v 13 Balaam understood how powerful God was.

Ch 25

v 8 Killing is ok when God commands it? Or in His will? v12-13 Phinehas was rewarded for his zealousness.

Ch 26

– The second census of the nation

v 65 Every Israelite, including Moses and Aaron, did not live to see the Promised Land, except Joshua and Caleb.

Ch 27

– Noah was also the name of a daughter of Zelophehad.

v5 We in turn should also lift our conflicts up to the Lord.

v 13-14 Moses sinned when he chose to strike the rock for the water, instead of speaking to it. God is telling him that he will see the Promised Land, but will not enter it.

v 15 Moses is most likely hurt, but still obeys God.

v 18 The leadership is transferred to Joshua, son of Nun.

Ch 28

v 3 Two lambs a year old as a regular burnt offering each day? That’s a lot of lamb.; One is presented in the morning, while the other night.

Ch 29

v 1 What does it mean for a day of sounding the trumpets? Music?

v 13-32 On the first day they start with thirteen bulls, then every day after they sacrifice one

less bull than the subsequent day, ending at seven.

Ch 30

v 2 Instructions for a man who makes a vow

v 3-5 Instructions for a daughter who makes a vow

v 6-15 Instructions for a wife who makes a vow

Ch 31

v 2 The Lord just gave Moses his last task, and told him that he would be gathered to his people.

v 15-18 Even the women were not to be spared, most likely because they were wicked and would lead the Israelite men astray. All the boys were killed too, most likely because they may hold a grudge against the Israelites, or were in the same way wicked and would lead the Israelites astray. Virgin women were spared, because they were innocent of sexual impurity.

v 28 God only wanted 1 of every 500 of the spoils of war as a tribute. That is so less!

v 30 The Levites received 1 of every 50 of the spoils of war.

v 49 They won the battle without losing one man. When God is in control, you can be sure He will prevail, and do the impossible so all glory would be given to Him!

Ch 32

v 1-5 The Reubenites and Gadites saw that the land( not the Promised Land) was good for livestock, so they wanted to stay here. In the same way God has so much more in store for us, do not chase after temporary gains, but wait for even greater blessings to come. Wait, and trust in the Lord.

v 16-19 The Reubenites and Gadites were good people, and understood that they could not just desert the rest of the Israelites fighting to get to the Promised Land, so they promised to continue fighting, on the front lines (wow!), until the Israelites receive their inheritance. If we were in a situation to help someone else out but get nothing out of it, would we do it?

Ch 33

-A summary of the journey of the Israelites from the time they came out of Egypt to when they reach the outskirts of Jericho.

v 11 Desert of Sin?

v 38 Aaron was commanded to die on Mount Hor.

v 55 Everyone of the people of the land had to be driven out; this was to prevent the Israelites from their wicked influence.

Ch 34

– God gives the boundaries for the Promised Land, then assigns leaders to distribute the land to the Israelites.

v 3-12 The land boundaries of the Promised Land

v 13-15 These tribes were content with the land they came across before the Promised Land, and asked to let them stay there instead of the Promised Land.

Ch 35

– The Levites are included in the inheritance, then God gives the commands for the city of refuges, which are cities where people who have killed on accident can go to as a safe haven.

v 1-5 The Levites get a share of the Israelite’s inheritance (the Promised Land). Their pastureland is three thousand feet extending out all sides around the town the Israelites will give the Levites.

v 6 City of refuge? And 6 of them. Sort of a safe haven for people who accidentally killed someone.

v 19 It is ok to take revenge for a murder, back then; Or, who is the avenger of death? Is that the person who wants to take revenge, or is it referring to some sort of angel of Death? Most likely a person.

v 25 Stay in the city of refuge until the high priest dies?

v 33 Does this verse support the death penalty? Is this command still in effect today, after Jesus came? Probably not.

Ch 36

– Zelophehad’s only had daughters, so the solution for their tribe to keep their inheritance was to have the daughters marry only members of the tribe. Basically, marrying into your close relatives. This was ok back then.

O Lord,

  • I want to see you more CLEARLY,
  • I want to follow you more NEARLY,
  • I want to love you more DEARLY

The mark of every true believer of Jesus Christ

  • We want to know Him more
  • We want more than redemption, we want a relationship
  • We want more than gifts, we want the giver

Five Ways to Draw Closer to Jesus

  1. Be FRESHLY cleansed – you can’t worship with dirty hands, defiled hearts, double minds
  2. Be FRAGRANTLY consecrated – put on perfume!  be sweet to be around!
  3. Be FITLY clothed – put on the garments of salvation & praise, He will be more real to you
  4. Be FULLY committed – put your feet at the feet of your Redeemer
  5. Be FAITHFULLY compliant – be ready to obey, not just a hearer, but a doer of the word

“Your responsibility is your response to His ability