Numbers

Numbers is quite interesting, like Leviticus it delves a lot into the laws outlined, but rather than just listing and explaining them, it uses situations that arise in the Israelites journey to show the laws and how they affect the people of Israel.

There were a few sections in it that I found quite interesting, particularly the emphasis on God speaking directly to Moses and how unique that is and was.

One example is in Number 7:89 “When Moses entered the Tent of Meeting to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the atonement cover on the ark of the Testimoney. And he spoke with him.” That would be a pretty amazing experience! God speaks directly to Moses numerous times in Numbers and in Chapter 12 when Miriam and Aaron were talking against Moses because of his Cushite wife and seeming jealousy over the way God used Moses, God speaks directly in terms that I think would just about make any one think again about opposing God’s leadership of the Israelites through Moses.

4 At once the LORD said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Come out to the Tent of Meeting, all three of you.” So the three of them came out. 5 Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the Tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When both of them stepped forward, 6 he said, “Listen to my words:
“When a prophet of the LORD is among you,
I reveal myself to him in visions,
I speak to him in dreams.

7 But this is not true of my servant Moses;
he is faithful in all my house.

8 With him I speak face to face,
clearly and not in riddles;
he sees the form of the LORD.
Why then were you not afraid
to speak against my servant Moses?”

9 The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he left them.

10 When the cloud lifted from above the Tent, there stood Miriam—leprous, like snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had leprosy;

Despite this though, in chapter 16, 250 members of the council rebelled against Moses and Aaron. God dealt very dramatically with these people and then the next day a huge assembly of the Israelites rebelled, despite the display of God’s power the previous day, swallowing up the leaders of the 250 in an earthquake and then consuming those that remained in fire. It’s a very dramatic scene that is well worth a read if you get a chance!

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