Teacher: Won Huh
The Book of Numbers contains the story of the Israelites turning an 11-day journey from Mount Sinai to the Promised Land into a 39-year wandering in the wilderness.
We will focus on the stories in the Book of Numbers, so you can skip around a bit and just read chapters 11–14, 16–17 and 20–25 and think about these questions:
- The stories are filled with Israelites complaints, grumblings and rebellions. What were they complaining about? Was it legit? Can you relate or sympathize with any?
- What caused the Israelites to want to give up the Promised Land and go back into slavery or die in the wilderness?
- Why were God’s reactions so harsh? What made God so angry?
- Can you find love and grace in God’s responses or just His anger and wrath? How do you explain the apparent anger and wrath of God?
- The events in Numbers 13 & 14 are referred to as “The Rebellion” by other Biblical authors. What was so significant about that event and what can we learn from it? (See Hebrews 3)
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Short Outline of Numbers from Today's English Version
- The Israelites prepare to leave Mount Sinai (1:1 – 9:23)
- The first census (1:1 – 4:49)
- Various laws and rules (5:1 – 8:26)
- The second Passover (9:1 – 21:35)
- From Mount Sinai to Moab (10:1 – 21:35)
- Summary of the journey from Egypt to Moab (33:1-49)
- Instructions before crossing the Jordan (33:50 – 36:13)