Numbers 1-18

Called Numbers

The Five Books of Moses

1. Genesis is a history from creation to the entering into Egypt of the family of Israel [Jacob].

2. Exodus is a history of the deliverance of physical Israel as an allegory and prophecy of the deliverance from bondage to sin of the Called out of God.

3. Leviticus is instructions for the physical and the spiritual priesthood. The physical priesthood of Aaron was to offer the physical sacrifices. All of the physical sacrifices were lessons and pictures of the atoning work and sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God. All of the called out of the New Covenant are called to become priests of the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ; and after their resurrection are to teach the spiritual meaning of the physical sacrificial lessons.

4. Numbers is about the wondering after Sinai and before entering the promised land. This is a lesson on the life of the converted, from their baptism until their death or change to spirit and entry into that spiritual Promised Land of eternal life.

5. Deuteronomy is the last instructions and warnings to the people immediately before their entry to the promised land. This is also a reminder to us of who may, and who may not; enter the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life. As only those who are zealously faithful to live by every Word of God may enter and remain in the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life.

 

NUMBERS INTRODUCTION

Numbers begins at Mount Sinai, where the Israelites have received the law and covenant from God; and God has taken up residence among them in the sanctuary. The task before them is to take possession of the Promised Land.

The people are numbered and preparations are made for resuming their journey. The Israelites begin the journey, but they “murmur” (complain) at the hardships along the way, and about the authority of Moses and Aaron. For these acts, God destroys approximately 15,000 of them through various means.

They arrive at the borders of Canaan and send spies into the land, but upon hearing the spies report concerning the conditions in Canaan the Israelites refuse to take possession of it, and God condemns them to die in the wilderness until a new generation can grow up and carry out the task. The book ends with the new generation of Israelites in the plain of Moab ready for the crossing of the Jordan River.

Summary

God orders Moses, in the wilderness of Sinai, to number those able to bear arms—of all the men “from twenty years old and upward,” and God appoints princes over each tribe. 603,550 Israelite men are found to be fit for military service. In chapter 26, a generation later and after forty years of wandering the desert, the Lord orders a second census. 601,730 men are counted.

The tribe of Levi is exempted from military service and therefore not included in the census totals. Moses consecrates the Levites for the service of the Tabernacle in the place of the first-born sons, who hitherto had performed that service.

The Levites are divided into three families, the Gershonites, the Kohathites, and the Merarites, each under a chief, and all headed by the high priest, Eleazar, son of Aaron.

The first journey of the Israelites after the Tabernacle had been constructed is commenced. The people murmur against God and are punished; Moses complains of the stubbornness of the Israelites and is given seventy elders [the later Sanhedrin is based on this model] to assist him in the government of the people.

Miriam and Aaron insult Moses at Hazeroth, which angers God; Miriam is punished with leprosy and is shut out of camp for seven days, at the end of which the Israelites proceed to the desert of Paran. Twelve spies are sent out into Canaan and come back to report to Moses.

Joshua and Caleb, two of the spies, report that the land is abundant and is “flowing with milk and honey”; the other spies report the land is inhabited by giants, and the Israelites refuse to enter the land. Yahweh decrees that the Israelites will be punished for their loss of faith by having to wander in the wilderness for 40 years.

With the two hundred fifty censers left after God’s destruction of Korah’s band for questioning the authority of Moses and Aaron, Moses is ordered by God to make plates to cover the altar. The children of Israel murmur against Moses and Aaron on account of the destruction of Korah’s men and are stricken with the plague, with 14,700 perishing.

Aaron and his family are declared by God to be responsible for any iniquity committed in connection with the sanctuary. [This means that today’s elders are to be held responsible by God for the sin and false doctrine that they permit in the assemblies (Ezekiel 33)!  The Levites are again appointed to help in the keeping of the Tabernacle. The Levites are ordered to surrender to the priests a tenth of the tithes given to them.

Miriam dies at Kadesh Barnea and the Israelites set out for Moab, on Canaan’s eastern border. The Israelites blame Moses for the lack of water. Moses is ordered by God to speak to a rock but disobeys, and is punished by the announcement that he shall not enter Canaan. The king of Edom refuses permission to the Israelites to pass through his land and they go round it. Aaron dies on Mount Hor. The Israelites are bitten by Fiery flying serpents for speaking against God and Moses.

The Israelites arrive on the plains of Moab. A new census gives the total number of males from twenty years and upward as 601,730, and the number of the Levites from a month old and upward as 23,000. The land shall be divided by lot. The daughters of Zelophehad, their father having no sons, are to share in the allotment. Moses is ordered to appoint Joshua as his successor. Prescriptions for the observance of the feasts, and the offerings for different occasions are enumerated.

As Egypt is a type of bondage, and Israel was a type of the called out; the Canaanites were types of unrepentant sinners and their total destruction was representative of the final judgment of all unrepentant sinners, compromisers with sin and tolerators of sin and all false teaching in the lake of fire.

The Reubenites and the Gadites request Moses to assign them the land east of the Jordan. Moses grants their request after they promise to help in the conquest of the land west of the Jordan. The land east of the Jordan is divided among the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

Moses recalls the stations at which the Israelites halted during their forty years’ wanderings and instructs the Israelites to exterminate the Canaanites and destroy their idols. The boundaries of the land are spelled out; the land is to be divided under the supervision of Eleazar, Joshua, and twelve princes, one of each tribe.

 

Numbers 1

Two weeks after Passover in the second year of the exodus God instructs Moses to prepare to enter the promised land.

Numbers 1:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 1:2 Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls; 1:3 From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies.

God selects and reveals to Moses who God wants as commander of the fighting men of each tribe of Israel.

1:4 And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers.

1:5 And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: of the tribe of Reuben; Elizur the son of Shedeur.

1:6 Of Simeon; Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.

1:7 Of Judah; Nahshon the son of Amminadab.

1:8 Of Issachar; Nethaneel the son of Zuar.

1:9 Of Zebulun; Eliab the son of Helon.

1:10 Of the children of Joseph: of Ephraim; Elishama the son of Ammihud: of Manasseh; Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.

1:11 Of Benjamin; Abidan the son of Gideoni.

1:12 Of Dan; Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.

1:13 Of Asher; Pagiel the son of Ocran.

1:14 Of Gad; Eliasaph the son of Deuel.

1:15 Of Naphtali; Ahira the son of Enan.

1:16 These were the renowned of the congregation, princes of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands in Israel.

The commanders chosen by God are gathered together and were introduced to the fighting men, placed under their charge.

1:17 And Moses and Aaron took these men which are expressed by their names: 1:18 And they assembled all the congregation together on the first day of the second month, and they declared their pedigrees after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, by their polls.

1:19 As the LORD commanded Moses, so he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai.

The following is a list of the numbers of each tribe

1:20 And the children of Reuben, Israel’s eldest son, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; 1:21 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Reuben, were forty and six thousand and five hundred.

1:22 Of the children of Simeon, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, those that were numbered of them, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; 1:23 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Simeon, were fifty and nine thousand and three hundred.

1:24 Of the children of Gad, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; 1:25 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Gad, were forty and five thousand six hundred and fifty.

1:26 Of the children of Judah, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; 1:27 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Judah, were threescore and fourteen thousand and six hundred.

1:28 Of the children of Issachar, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; 1:29 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Issachar, were fifty and four thousand and four hundred.

1:30 Of the children of Zebulun, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; 1:31 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Zebulun, were fifty and seven thousand and four hundred.

1:32 Of the children of Joseph, [Joseph was given the right of the first born and had a double portion through his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh] namely, of the children of Ephraim, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; 1:33 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Ephraim, were forty thousand and five hundred.

1:34 Of the children of Manasseh, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; 1:35 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Manasseh, were thirty and two thousand and two hundred.

1:36 Of the children of Benjamin, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; 1:37 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Benjamin, were thirty and five thousand and four hundred.

1:38 Of the children of Dan, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; 1:39 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Dan, were threescore and two thousand and seven hundred.

1:40 Of the children of Asher, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; 1:41 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Asher, were forty and one thousand and five hundred.

1:42 Of the children of Naphtali, throughout their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; 1:43 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Naphtali, were fifty and three thousand and four hundred.

These are the twelve tribes of Israel, exclusive of Levi which was the priesthood tribe

1:44 These are those that were numbered, which Moses and Aaron numbered, and the princes of Israel, being twelve men: each one was for the house of his fathers. 1:45 So were all those that were numbered of the children of Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel; 1:46 Even all they that were numbered were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.

In the following case the term “Levites” refers to the entire tribe of Levi, including both the priests and the Levites. Aaron and his sons were to be the priests and the other sons of Levi to be the Levites [helpers of the priests] ; but the whole tribe of Levi was to be the tribe called to serve in the holy things of God.

1:47 But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.

1:48 For the LORD had spoken unto Moses, saying, 1:49 Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:

The priest offers the sacrifices; while the responsibilities of the Levites are ordained by God here.  As Israel was called out of Egypt, the tribe of Levi was called out from Israel to minister before God for them.

1:50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle. 1:51 And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

The armies of Israel were then organized into groups [within their tribes] and each man [with his family] belonged to his own regiment under his own leader.

1:52 And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts.

The Levites shall camp around the tabernacle of God as the intercessors of the Mosaic Covenant between Israel and God; that no person would be destroyed for approaching God. In the same way, Jesus Christ is now our High Priest and our ONLY Intercessor between us and God the Father, atoning for us; so that we may not be destroyed for our sins.

1:53 But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.

1:54 And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did they.

 

Numbers 2

The war camp of Israel

The people were organized by their tribes and clans [families]. These numbers of men include only the fighting men from the age of 20 who were capable of fighting in battle.

Israel was a type of the called out of bondage, and Egypt was a type of bondage, while Canaan was a type of sin.

This war machine represents the faithful and zealous followers of Christ; called out to conquer sin and defeat wickedness.

Brethren, we are called out to be mighty men of war against all sin and evil!

We are NOT called out to compromise or tolerate sin and false teachings! But to conquer and destroy them by the whole word of God! and by faithfully and zealously obeying and following our Husband Jesus Christ!

Numbers 2:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 2:2 Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father’s house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch.

Army Group East

Judah, Issachar and Zebulun

2:3 And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies: and Nahshon the son of Amminadab shall be captain of the children of Judah. 2:4 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were threescore and fourteen thousand and six hundred [74,600].

2:5 And those that do pitch next unto him shall be the tribe of Issachar: and Nethaneel the son of Zuar shall be captain of the children of Issachar. 2:6 And his host, and those that were numbered thereof, were fifty and four thousand and four hundred [54,400].

2:7 Then the tribe of Zebulun: and Eliab the son of Helon shall be captain of the children of Zebulun. 2:8 And his host, and those that were numbered thereof, were fifty and seven thousand and four hundred [57,400].

2:9 All that were numbered in the camp of Judah [Issachar and Zebulun] were an hundred thousand and fourscore thousand and six thousand and four hundred, throughout their armies. These shall first set forth. [186,400]

Army Group South

Reuben, Simeon and Gad

2:10 On the south side shall be the standard of the camp of Reuben according to their armies: and the captain of the children of Reuben shall be Elizur the son of Shedeur. 2:11 And his host, and those that were numbered thereof, were forty and six thousand and five hundred. [46,500]

2:12 And those which pitch by him shall be the tribe of Simeon: and the captain of the children of Simeon shall be Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai. 2:13 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were fifty and nine thousand and three hundred. [59,300]

2:14 Then the tribe of Gad: and the captain of the sons of Gad shall be Eliasaph the son of Reuel. 2:15 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were forty and five thousand and six hundred and fifty. [45,650]

2:16 All that were numbered in the camp of Reuben [Simeon and Gad] were an hundred thousand and fifty and one thousand and four hundred and fifty, throughout their armies. And they shall set forth in the second rank. [151,450]

The Levites including the priests shall surround the tabernacle in the center of the camp.

2:17 Then the tabernacle of the congregation shall set forward with the camp of the Levites in the midst of the camp: as they encamp, so shall they set forward, every man in his place by their standards.

Army Group West

Ephraim, Manasseh and Benjamin

2:18 On the west side shall be the standard of the camp of Ephraim according to their armies: and the captain of the sons of Ephraim shall be Elishama the son of Ammihud. 2:19 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were forty thousand and five hundred. [40,500]

2:20 And by him shall be the tribe of Manasseh: and the captain of the children of Manasseh shall be Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur. 2:21 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were thirty and two thousand and two hundred. [32,200]

2:22 Then the tribe of Benjamin: and the captain of the sons of Benjamin shall be Abidan the son of Gideoni. 2:23 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were thirty and five thousand and four hundred. [35,400]

2:24 All that were numbered of the camp of Ephraim [Manasseh and Benjamin] were an hundred thousand and eight thousand and an hundred, throughout their armies. And they shall go forward in the third rank. [108,100]

Army Group North

Dan, Asher and Naphtali

2:25 The standard of the camp of Dan shall be on the north side by their armies: and the captain of the children of Dan shall be Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai. 2:26 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were threescore and two thousand and seven hundred. [62,700]

2:27 And those that encamp by him shall be the tribe of Asher: and the captain of the children of Asher shall be Pagiel the son of Ocran. 2:28 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were forty and one thousand and five hundred. [41,500]

2:29 Then the tribe of Naphtali: and the captain of the children of Naphtali shall be Ahira the son of Enan. 2:30 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were fifty and three thousand and four hundred. [53,400]

2:31 All they that were numbered in the camp of Dan [Asher and Naphtali] were an hundred thousand and fifty and seven thousand and six hundred. They shall go hindmost with their standards. [157,600]

The total Number of fighting men

2:32 These are those which were numbered of the children of Israel by the house of their fathers: all those that were numbered of the camps throughout their hosts were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty. [603,550]

2:33 But the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses.

2:34 And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses: so they pitched by their standards, and so they set forward, every one after their families, according to the house of their fathers.

 

Numbers 3

Brethren, these things are instructional examples for us.

Jesus Christ has replaced the high priesthood of Aaron, and has become our eternal High Priest! Even so, we are all called to become priests of the order of Jesus Christ! if we remain steadfast in overcoming zeal, for the whole Word of God!

Moses as the Mosaic Covenant mediator, was a type of Christ, the Mediator of the New Covenant; and Aaron as the high priest of the Mosaic Covenant, was a type of the High Priest of a New Covenant, even Jesus Christ.

Separately the Levites were called to assist the priests in the physical things and as such have no spiritual counterpart; for all physical things shall pass away and only the spiritual; shall remain forever.

Yet in the millennium a new temple will be built and the physical priesthood of Aaron and the Levites of Levi shall be converted to the New Covenant and shall again serve in that new physical temple! And as before, their job will be to serve God in the physical things of the temple. With the physical priests offering sacrifices and the physical Levites assisting them; while being overseen by the new High Priest of the New Covenant Jesus Christ and all of his spiritual priesthood! Therefore these things which reveal the duties of the physical priests and Levites are of importance for us to understand their physical millennial functions.

This will be further explained in the Ezekiel study.

One of the purposes of these studies is to prepare for Passover, and studies in Hebrews and the Epistles alongside these studies in the Books of Moses would be of great help in that preparation.

Numbers 3:1 These also are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that the LORD spake with Moses in mount Sinai.

The Descendants of Aaron; the Priesthood

Aaron had four sons.

3:2 And these are the names of the sons of Aaron; Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 3:3 These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests which were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister in the priest’s office.

Only Eleazar and Ithamar had descendants, so the priesthood was divided between these two lines of Aaron.

3:4 And Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD, when they offered strange fire before the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children: and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest’s office in the sight of Aaron their father.

The tribe of Levi are the whole descendants of Levi; while the priesthood is Aaron’s and his descendants. the sons of Aaron were to be the priests and offer the sacrifices and minister in the tabernacle, later the temple; while their brothers of Levi were called to serve and assist the priests.

3:5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 3:6 Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him. 3:7 And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle. 3:8 And they shall keep all the instruments of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle.

The children of Levi were given to the priests to assist them in serving God.

3:9 And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.

The priests shall serve God, helped by the Levites; and no stranger [unconverted person] shall be allowed in the tabernacle, or temple area. This commandment forbids the taking into the assemblies of worship any [uncircumcised, unconverted person; Exodus 12:48] not committed to live by every Word of God.

This shows the great evil and rebellion against God with trying to attract people, including those repentant in name only, as has been done in the Ekklesia.

3:10 And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest’s office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

The Levites are to serve the priesthood in place of the first born which were redeemed by the blood of the Lamb in Egypt.

3:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 3:12 And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;

The first born of the called out are hallowed unto God, because God the Father gave his first born son for humanity; the Passover lambs in Egypt sacrificed for the first born of Israel in Egypt, being a type of the Lamb of God sacrificed spiritually us; and in the place of the first born God has provided the Levites to serve him by assisting the priesthood.

3:13 Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the LORD.

The Levites Are Counted

3:14 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, saying, 3:15 Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: every male from a month old and upward shalt thou number them. 3:16 And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD, as he was commanded.

The family of Levi was according to the three sons of Levi.

3:17 And these were the sons of Levi by their names; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari.

The sons of Gershon, Kohath and Merari  listed

3:18 And these are the names of the sons of Gershon by their families; Libni, and Shimei.

3:19 And the sons of Kohath by their families; Amram, and Izehar, Hebron, and Uzziel.

3:20 And the sons of Merari by their families; Mahli, and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to the house of their fathers.

3:21 Of Gershon was the family of the Libnites, and the family of the Shimites: these are the families of the Gershonites.

The total of these men of Levi at Sinai was:

3:22 Those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, even those that were numbered of them were seven thousand and five hundred. [7,500]

The Levites are now organized. The Gershonites led by Eliasaph the son of Lael shall camp to the west of the tabernacle.

3:23 The families of the Gershonites shall pitch behind the tabernacle westward. 3:24 And the chief of the house of the father of the Gershonites shall be Eliasaph the son of Lael.

The responsibilities of the sons of Gershon. They are to be in charge of all the tent and curtains with their cords.

3:25 And the charge of the sons of Gershon in the tabernacle of the congregation shall be the tabernacle, and the tent, the covering thereof, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, 3:26 And the hangings of the court, and the curtain for the door of the court, which is by the tabernacle, and by the altar round about, and the cords of it for all the service thereof.

The family of Kohath

3:27 And of Kohath was the family of the Amramites, and the family of the Izeharites, and the family of the Hebronites, and the family of the Uzzielites: these are the families of the Kohathites. 3:28 In the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were eight thousand and six hundred, keeping the charge of the sanctuary. [8,600]

The family of Kohath camped south of the tabernacle.

3:29 The families of the sons of Kohath shall pitch on the side of the tabernacle southward.

3:30 And the chief of the house of the father of the families of the Kohathites shall be Elizaphan the son of Uzziel.

The responsibilities of the sons of Kohath

3:31 And their charge shall be the ark, and the table, and the candlestick [lampstand, menorah], and the altars, and the vessels of the sanctuary wherewith they minister, and the hanging, and all the service thereof.

The high priest shall be the ruler of all the families of the Levites.

3:32 And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest shall be chief over the chief of the Levites, and have the oversight of them that keep the charge of the sanctuary.

The families of Merari

3:33 Of Merari was the family of the Mahlites, and the family of the Mushites: these are the families of Merari. 3:34 And those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were six thousand and two hundred. [6,200]

Merari shall camp to the north of the tabernacle.

3:35 And the chief of the house of the father of the families of Merari was Zuriel the son of Abihail: these shall pitch on the side of the tabernacle northward.

The sons of Merari shall have responsibility for the wood, metal and pillars of the tabernacle

3:36 And under the custody and charge of the sons of Merari shall be the boards of the tabernacle, and the bars thereof, and the pillars thereof, and the sockets thereof, and all the vessels thereof, and all that serveth thereto, 3:37 And the pillars of the court round about, and their sockets, and their pins, and their cords.

Moses and Aaron shall camp to the east of the tabernacle that they must go to the west to seek God. That is, they will have their back to the east and its rising sun; pagans and the wicked always seek to go to the east.

3:38 But those that encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, even before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, shall be Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger [unconverted] that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

We are never to baptize a person who is repentant in name only, and lacks basic understanding, NEVER

3:39 All that were numbered of the Levites, which Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, throughout their families, all the males from a month old and upward, were twenty and two thousand. [22,000 total Levites]

The male firstborn of Israel are then counted.

3:40 And the LORD said unto Moses, Number all the firstborn of the males of the children of Israel from a month old and upward, and take the number of their names.

3:41 And thou shalt take the Levites for me (I am the LORD) instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel; and the cattle of the Levites instead of all the firstlings among the cattle of the children of Israel.

3:42 And Moses numbered, as the LORD commanded him, all the firstborn among the children of Israel. 3:43 And all the firstborn males by the number of names, from a month old and upward, of those that were numbered of them, were twenty and two thousand two hundred and threescore and thirteen. [22,272]

God then commands an exchange of Levites for the first born of Israel who were bought [redeemed] with the blood of the lamb [the sacrifice of the Lamb of God] in Egypt. The first born of cattle were also redeemed or passed over in Egypt and therefore belong to God; which is why the firstborn of beasts are to be given to the Eternal.

3:44 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 3:45 Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD.

Those first born of Israel which over numbered the Levites, are to be redeemed with five shekels of silver. to be given to the priests.

3:46 And for those that are to be redeemed of the two hundred and threescore and thirteen of the firstborn of the children of Israel, which are more than the Levites; 3:47 Thou shalt even take five shekels apiece by the poll, after the shekel of the sanctuary shalt thou take them: (the shekel is twenty gerahs:) 3:48 And thou shalt give the money, wherewith the odd number of them is to be redeemed, unto Aaron and to his sons.

3:49 And Moses took the redemption money of them that were over and above them that were redeemed by the Levites: 3:50 Of the firstborn of the children of Israel took he the money; a thousand three hundred and threescore and five shekels [1,365], after the shekel of the sanctuary: 3:51 And Moses gave the money of them that were redeemed unto Aaron and to his sons, according to the word of the LORD, as the LORD commanded Moses.

 

Numbers 4

At this point the counting of the Levites from one month old and upward as an exchange for the firstborn of Israel has been completed; and Moses is now commanded to count the number of Levites qualified to serve the priesthood in the tabernacle, being those between 30 and 50 years old. This is in preparation for moving the tabernacle and beginning the journey into the promised land.

Remember that the Levites were all the sons of Levi, while the priesthood belonged to the sons of Aaron son of Levi only.

The duties of the Levites were about moving the tabernacle and about assisting the priests in the physical aspects of the temple service. It is from this office of Levites, that the office of deacons to help the physical New Covenant called out elders came.

Today the elders are to remain focused on spiritual service and intense study of the whole Word of God; to study continually, to learn, to set a godly example and to rebuke sin and teach the righteousness of the word of God. They are to leave physical service like organizing sports or camps or winter weekends to others [that is what deacons were ordained for]; and are to focus on the spiritual!

Numbers 4:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 4:2 Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers, 4:3 From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation.

This is speaking of serving Levites as helps for the priests.

Badgers skins: The word “tachash”, mistakenly rendered “badger” in the Authorized Version, refers to ram’s skins dyed royal blue. The ancient versions seem nearly all agreed that it denotes not an animal but the color, royal-blue. Badgers did not live in that region and are unclean; we should know by now what God thinks of any unclean thing associated with him, his tabernacle or his temple. The duty of the Kohathites to place blue on just about everything in the tabernacle, strongly supports this conclusion.

4:4 This shall be the service of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation, about the most holy things:

When the tabernacle is to be moved, the high priest and all the priests, shall wrap all of the things of the tabernacle in coverings; so that the Levitical Kohath family which will carry them, will not come into direct contact with the holy things which only the priests are allowed to touch.

4:5 And when the camp setteth forward [is to be moved], Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the covering vail, and cover the ark of testimony with it:

4:6 And shall put thereon the covering of badgers’ skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof.

The royal blue covering of ram’s skins dyed blue, represents Jesus Christ as BOTH King and Atoning Sacrifice, while the blue cloth pictures the kingship and sovereignty of Christ as Husband of Israel.

The twelve pieces of unleavened bread were covered with scarlet picturing the twelve tribes covered by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ.

The table of the Lord is to be covered with a royal blue tablecloth; then the Bread of Life is to have a covering cloth of scarlet on itself and the dishes, picturing the atonement of Christ; which scarlet cloth is in its turn to be covered by the ram’s skins dyed royal blue as a sign of Royal Sovereignty over the twelve tribes.

This is the meaning of the table of the Lord in Malachi 1, which is called contemptible by the church of God today. How So? They reject the sovereignty of Christ and therefore reject him and his Word as the Bread of Life eternal; they choose their own ways over the Word of God!

The Table of the Lord

4:7 And upon the table of shewbread they shall spread a cloth of blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and covers to cover withal: and the continual bread shall be thereon: 4:8 And they shall spread upon them a cloth of scarlet, and cover the same with a covering of badgers’ skins [ram’s skin dyed royal blue] , and shall put in the staves thereof.

The Menorah

4:9 And they shall take a cloth of blue, and cover the candlestick [lampstand of oil burning lamps; menorah] of the light, and his lamps, and his tongs, and his snuffdishes, and all the oil vessels thereof, wherewith they minister unto it: 4:10 And they shall put it and all the vessels thereof within a covering of badgers’ skins [Ram’s skins dyed royal blue], and shall put it upon a bar [as a hanging curtain].

How to Move The Golden Altar and It’s Implements

4:11 And upon the golden altar they shall spread a cloth of blue, and cover it with a covering of badgers’ skins [ram’s skins dyed royal blue], and shall put to the staves thereof:

4:12 And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers’ skins [ram’s skins dyed blue], and shall put them on a bar: 4:13 And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon: 4:14 And they shall put upon it all the vessels thereof, wherewith they minister about it, even the censers, the fleshhooks, and the shovels, and the basons, all the vessels of the altar; and they shall spread upon it a covering of badgers’ skins [rams skins dyed blue], and put to the staves of it.

When the holy things have been prepared by Aaron and his descendants; then the sons of Kohath may come to move them.

4:15 And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.

The high priest is to supply the pure olive oil for the lamps, the anointing oil and the Unleavened Bread offering; which is symbolic of Jesus Christ our High Priest supplying the sinless unleavened Bread of Life, and the anointing oil of the Holy sSirit of salvation that the light of the Word of God may shine within us.

4:16 And to the office of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest pertaineth the oil for the light, and the sweet incense, and the daily meat [Unleavened Bread] offering, and the anointing oil, and the oversight of all the tabernacle, and of all that therein is, in the sanctuary, and in the vessels thereof.

The family of Kohath may not even see the holy things uncovered by the priests.

4:17 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron saying,

Do not allow the Kothathites to be destroyed by touching or seeing the holy things uncovered.

4:18 Cut ye not off the tribe of the families of the Kohathites from among the Levites: 4:19 But thus do unto them, that they may live, and not die, when they approach unto the most holy things: Aaron and his sons shall go in, and appoint them every one to his service and to his burden: 4:20 But they shall not go in [be curious to see what these things look like and open their coverings] to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.

The Levitical duties of the sons of Gershon

4:21 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 4:22 Take also the sum of the sons of Gershon, throughout the houses of their fathers, by their families; 4:23 From thirty years old and upward until fifty years old shalt thou number them; all that enter in to perform the service, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation.

4:24 This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, to serve, and for burdens: 4:25 And they shall bear the curtains of the tabernacle, and the tabernacle of the congregation, his covering, and the covering of the badgers’ skins [ram’s skins dyed blue] that is above upon it, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, 4:26 And the hangings of the court, and the hanging for the door of the gate of the court, which is by the tabernacle and by the altar round about, and their cords, and all the instruments of their service, and all that is made for them: so shall they serve.

The Levitical sons of Gershon shall be under the hand [authority of] of Ithamar [and his descendants], the son of Aaron the priest

4:27 At the appointment of Aaron and his sons shall be all the service of the sons of the Gershonites, in all their burdens, and in all their service: and ye shall appoint unto them in charge all their burdens. 4:28 This is the service of the families of the sons of Gershon in the tabernacle of the congregation: and their charge shall be under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.

The Levitical service of the sons of Merari

4:29 As for the sons of Merari, thou shalt number them after their families, by the house of their fathers; 4:30 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old shalt thou number them, every one that entereth into the service, to do the work of the tabernacle of the congregation.

4:31 And this is the charge of their burden, according to all their service in the tabernacle of the congregation; the boards of the tabernacle, and the bars thereof, and the pillars thereof, and sockets thereof, 4:32 And the pillars of the court round about, and their sockets, and their pins, and their cords, with all their instruments, and with all their service: and by name ye shall reckon the instruments of the charge of their burden.

4:33 This is the service of the families of the sons of Merari, according to all their service, in the tabernacle of the congregation, under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.

Moses obeys God and numbers the Levites from 30 to 50 years old for their service in the tabernacle.

4:34 And Moses and Aaron and the chief of the congregation numbered the sons of the Kohathites after their families, and after the house of their fathers, 4:35 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that entereth into the service, for the work in the tabernacle of the congregation: 4:36 And those that were numbered of them by their families were two thousand seven hundred and fifty. [2,750] 4:37 These were they that were numbered of the families of the Kohathites, all that might do service in the tabernacle of the congregation, which Moses and Aaron did number according to the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

4:38 And those that were numbered of the sons of Gershon, throughout their families, and by the house of their fathers, 4:39 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that entereth into the service, for the work in the tabernacle of the congregation, 4:40 Even those that were numbered of them, throughout their families, by the house of their fathers, were two thousand and six hundred and thirty. [2,630] 4:41 These are they that were numbered of the families of the sons of Gershon, of all that might do service in the tabernacle of the congregation, whom Moses and Aaron did number according to the commandment of the LORD.

4:42 And those that were numbered of the families of the sons of Merari, throughout their families, by the house of their fathers, 4:43 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that entereth into the service, for the work in the tabernacle of the congregation, 4:44 Even those that were numbered of them after their families, were three thousand and two hundred. [3,200] 4:45 These be those that were numbered of the families of the sons of Merari, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

4:46 All those that were numbered of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron and the chief of Israel numbered, after their families, and after the house of their fathers, 4:47 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that came to do the service of the ministry, and the service of the burden in the tabernacle of the congregation. 4:48 Even those that were numbered of them, were eight thousand and five hundred and fourscore, [The serving Levites numbered at Sinai totaled 8,560]

4:49 According to the commandment of the LORD they were numbered by the hand of Moses, every one according to his service, and according to his burden: thus were they numbered of him, as the LORD commanded Moses

RECAP

The whole tribe, all the children of Levi, were separated out as belonging to God. Later the children of Aaron were called to be priests of God.

The Levites who were not of the sons of Aaron, were to be helps and to assist the priests, the sons of Aaron. From this we get the idea of Deacons, although this was not really exactly the same thing, since ALL the Called out of the New Covenant are called to become priests.

The Levites were not priests but assisted the priests. The priests carried out the tasks involving the sacrifices and directly serving God, wile the Levites served and assisted in the physical necessities of the tabernacle and the temple.

To maintain the allegory of the high priest being the intermediary between men and God, as typical of the new High Priest Jesus Christ being the ONLY intercessor between God the Father and humanity, and the called to become priests of the New Covenant being an allegory of the Priests of the High Priesthood of Christ; the Levites were not to touch or to even see the holy things of the priests on pain of death.

This demonstrates that the High Priest Jesus Christ is the ONLY Mediator of the New Covenant and stands between the people and God the Father, and that all those Called Out to become priests of Jesus Christ shall perform the works of a Holy Priesthood and teach the way to reconciliation to God the Father and salvation through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone [Jesus Christ], disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

We then being called to the priesthood of Jesus Christ, are to offer spiritual sacrifices which is our intense zeal to learn and live by every Word of God. A thing that we, for the most part have left off doing, in order to exult our idols of men and corporate entities.

5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

To believe is not enough for belief with the works of sincere repentance is dead.

James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

1 Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

Christ is a stumbling block to the disobedient, because teh wicked believe that Christ winks at and tolerates disobedience.

7Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the [obedience to the whole word of God] word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

The Called Out are called into the priesthood of Jesus Christ; who has REPLACED the high priesthood of Aaron, and we are called to qualify by overcoming, to replace the priests of Aaron.

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar [special] people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him [By setting an example of living by every Word of God] who hath called you out of darkness [and ignorance of sin (commandment breaking)] into his marvellous light [the light of learning and keeping the whole word of God]; 10Which in time past were not a people [being individuals], but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

We see then that the high priest of Aaron was only a physical type of the spiritual High Priest, Jesus Christ; and that the priests of Aaron were only physical types of those called to become spiritual priests of our spiritual High Priest Jesus Christ.

While the Levites were physical helpers for the physical priests, and were also representative of all of the first born in Israel; and as such, the Levites were representative of ALL of the tribes of Israel [the first born being the heads of the families of Israel in the Patriarchal System] assisting the priests in their duties. In short the Levites served on behalf of and represented; ALL Israel serving God! And physical Israel was a type of the Called Out of Spiritual Israel!

Brethren, in the spiritual sense; not the ministry, but every single one of the Called Out, has been called to become Priests and Levites of the New Covenant! (Rev 1:6, 5:10 and 20:6)! Yet in the New Covenant several different RESPONSIBILITIES have been given to aid the brethren, as helps to focus them and proclaim to the world a passionate zeal for the whole Word of God!

 

Numbers 5

Remember that this is a Battle Group and not the everyday camp, and that Christ is to be in their midst leading them into the physical battle against Canaan which was a type of sin! Therefore purity and godliness is paramount in order that Christ who will not tolerate any sin, might be in their midst!

Brethren, as they were going into physical battle, we are in a spiritual fight with sin, led by Jesus Christ dwelling in us through his Spirit! As Christ required purity and cleanness in the physical army; even so he requires spiritual cleanness and purity from all tolerance of, and compromise with willful sin.

The new tolerance for diversity of doctrine [false teachings] and for sin; is an abomination to Jesus Christ! As priests in training of Jesus Christ we are to rebuke with power all willful sin and to destroy every false doctrine while accepting every good thing; by proving it with the scriptures.

Let us obey this Word of God and put every willful sin and all spiritual uncleanness of tolerating sin out of our lives; that our Mighty One may dwell among us and lead us to victory over the sin that we are now falling prey to! Let the bride make herself ready by removing every spot of sin on her garments of the righteous word of God!

Numbers 5:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 5:2 Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever is defiled by the dead: 5:3 Both male and female shall ye put out, without the camp shall ye put them; that they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell. 5:4 And the children of Israel did so, and put them out without the camp: as the LORD spake unto Moses, so did the children of Israel.

More on the law of Trespass

When we do damage to another we are to repay him and add an additional 20% for his trouble. For example, if we accidently kill one of his animals we are to repay its value plus an added 20%.

5:5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 5:6 Speak unto the children of Israel, When a man or woman shall commit any sin that men commit, to do a trespass against the LORD, and that person be guilty; 5:7 Then they shall confess their sin which they have done: and he shall recompense his trespass with the principal thereof, and add unto it the fifth part thereof, and give it unto him against whom he hath trespassed.

If the offended person is not found, the repayment is to be made to his family; and if he have no family the money is to be given to the priesthood, in addition to the sacrifice of the trespass offering.

5:8 But if the man have no kinsman to recompense the trespass unto, let the trespass be recompensed unto the LORD, even to the priest; beside the ram of the atonement, whereby an atonement shall be made for him.

5:9 And every offering of all the holy things of the children of Israel, which they bring unto the priest, shall be his [the officiating priest’s]. 5:10 And every man’s hallowed things shall be his: whatsoever any man giveth the priest, it shall be his [the officiating priest’s, the ministry are to be paid according to the extent of their service].

The law of jealousy

5:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 5:12 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man’s wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him, 5:13 And a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no witness against her, neither she be taken with the manner; 5:14 And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:

The unleavened bread offering shall have no symbol of the Holy Spirit [oil], nor symbol of the sweetness of prayer and praise [frankincense] because its purpose is to expose sin.

5:15 Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, and he shall bring her offering for her, the tenth part of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon; for it is an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial, bringing iniquity to remembrance.

5:16 And the priest shall bring her near, and set her before the LORD: 5:17 And the priest shall take holy water [pure blessed water, symbolic of the living water of faithfulness to the word of God] in an earthen vessel; and of the dust [symbolic of the evil being trodden under foot] that is in the floor of the tabernacle the priest shall take, and put it into the water:

5:18 And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and uncover [remove the symbol of loyalty to her husband] the woman’s head, and put the offering of memorial [the barley meal] in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth the curse:

The priest shall pronounce the terms of the trial

5:19 And the priest shall charge her by an oath, and say unto the woman, If no man have lain with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness with another instead of thy husband, be thou free from this bitter water that causeth the curse:

5:20 But if thou hast gone aside to another instead of thy husband, and if thou be defiled, and some man have lain with thee beside thine husband: 5:21 Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell; 5:22 And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen.

5:23 And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water: 5:24 And he shall cause the woman to drink the bitter water that causeth the curse: and the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter.

5:25 Then the priest shall take the jealousy offering [the grain [barley meal) offering] out of the woman’s hand, and shall wave the offering before the LORD, and offer it upon the altar: 5:26 And the priest shall take an handful of the offering [the barley meal], even the memorial thereof, and burn it upon the altar, and afterward shall cause the woman to drink the water.

5:27 And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people.

This is a physical lesson that God knows when we follow other gods and are unfaithful to him, even if such a thing is not openly and publically evident to the assembly.

Jesus Christ knows who the false wolves in sheep’s clothing are, and he is allowing them to remain for a short time to test the faithfulness of his people; as to whether they will remain faithful to live by every  Word of God, or whether they will turn to follow after these false teachers.

Those who are falsely accused and persecuted by their brethren, Christ will exonerate and they will bring forth much spiritual fruit.

5:28 And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.

5:29 This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth aside to another instead of her husband, and is defiled; 5:30 Or when the spirit of jealousy cometh upon him, and he be jealous over his wife, and shall set the woman before the LORD, and the priest shall execute upon her all this law.

Then shall the accusers be silenced. But if we be guilty of spiritual adultery, we shall bear our sin and the correction of our sin, unless we quickly and sincerely repent.

5:31 Then shall the man be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her iniquity.

 

Numbers 6

In the Mosaic Covenant any Israelite of any tribe or sex [not only a priest or Levite] can volunteer to serve God.

In the New Covenant: We are all called to become the priests of God.

The Law of the Nazarite

Numbers 6:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 6:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD:

They shall avoid eating any grapes of the vine or anything made from those grapes. Drinking a little alcohol is not sin; however in the Set Apart condition of the Nazarite, it is representative of false human pride in themselves which is the leaven of sin.

In scripture; Sanctified Wine,  is poured out with the sacrifice or drunk with a sacrificial meal is symbolic f death; since the life is in the blood. The sanctified wine offering is symbolic of the death of Christ for the SINS of the world.

Otherwise alcohol is symbolic of the pride and false teachings of our own imagination which is a root cause of sin and death; and pride comes forth from the sin of doing our own ways and not being zealous to live by every Word of God. Today most of the Ekklesia is  intoxicated with pride as this prophecy of Isaiah proclaims. They are full of their own ways and have no zeal to keep the ways of God.

Isaiah 29:9 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. 10 For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. 11And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: 12And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.

Here is the sin of the corporate Ekklesia

13Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

Wine is also equated with a loss of a sound mind, and good judgment; and with the deception of false teachings and false religion. Today we are filled with an unsound mind by being intoxicated with pride and our own false traditions. We are in rebellion against any zeal to learn and live by the whole Word of God in any meaningful practical manner.

Jeremiah 51:6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.

7Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord’s hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.

8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

Numbers 6:3 He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor [juice] of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. 6:4 All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk.

NOTHING that pertains to wine or its sources may be consumed. God’s Word is to be our desire and not the intoxicating false imaginations and pride of our own ways of men.

No hair of the head shall be cut, symbolizing the Nazarite as a part of the bride of Christ, and submission to the authority of Christ and the whole Word of God. The  Nazarites hair is a symbol of voluntary consecration to God and is therefore holy to God. It is to be cut at the end of the period of consecration and burned as holy upon the altar, the smoke ascending up to God as a pleasant perfume to be accepted by Him.

6:5 All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.

The Nazarite shall touch no dead body, because he must be HOLY and pure from all defilement of death, which is the wages of sin. For the Nazarite is consecrated [Set Apart] to holiness

6:6 All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body. 6:7 He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head.

6:8 All the days of his separation he is holy unto the LORD.

If the Nazarite is accidently defiled by a dead person

6:9 And if any man die very suddenly by him, and he hath defiled the head of his consecration; then he shall shave his head in the day of his cleansing, on the seventh day shall he shave it.

6:10 And on the eighth day [an eighth day is always a new beginning] he shall bring two turtles [turtle doves], or two young pigeons, to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: 6:11 And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, and make an atonement for him, for that he sinned by the dead, and shall hallow his head that same day.

The Nazarite who was accidently defiled must begin his days of Set Apartness anew, after being cleansed of the defilement

6:12 And he shall consecrate unto the LORD the days of his separation, and shall bring a lamb of the first year for a trespass offering: but the days that were before shall be lost, because his separation was defiled.

The offering to conclude the period of service

6:13 And this is the law of the Nazarite, when the days of his separation are fulfilled: he shall be brought unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: 6:14 And he shall offer his offering unto the LORD, one he lamb of the first year without blemish for a burnt offering [symbolic of meek voluntary whole hearted zealous service], and one ewe lamb of the first year [from one month to a full year old, that is the sacrifice must be within the first year of life] without blemish for a sin offering, and one ramwithout blemish for peace offerings, 6:15 And a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mingled with oil [the unleavened bread mingled with oil pertains to having the Holy Spirit and internalizing the unleavened (sinless)  Bread of Life], and wafers of unleavened bread anointed with oil, [the unleavened bread anointed with oil is to show the anointing (Set Apartness) with the Holy Spirit for service to God] and their meat offering, and their drink offerings.

This was a very expensive offering and it was usual for sponsors and contributors to assist the Nazarite in his dedicated service to God and in these offerings.

6:16 And the priest shall bring them before the LORD, and shall offer his sin offering, and his burnt offering: 6:17 And he shall offer the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD, with the basket of unleavened bread: the priest shall offer also his meat offering, and his drink offering.

At this point the hair of separation is to be shaved and burned in the fire of the Peace Offering.  The Peace Offering representing the faithful zealous whole hearted voluntary service of the Nazarite being at peace with and in complete unity with God, the smoke of the burning hair rising up as representing the voluntary service as wonderful and acceptable pleasant thing to God.

6:18 And the Nazarite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it in the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace offerings.

6:19 And the priest shall take the sodden shoulder of the ram, and one unleavened cake out of the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them upon the hands of the Nazarite, after the hair of his separation is shaven:

After placing these pieces in the hands of the Nazarite and then lifting them up to be accepted by God as a representation of the Nazarites service; and the service and Holy Set Apartness of the Nazarite as accepted and the vow ended.

6:20 And the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD: this is holy for the priest, with the wave breast and heave shoulder: and after that the Nazarite may drink wine.

No specific time span is commanded for a Nazarite vow, the period of commitment being left to the volunteer.

Besides the sacrifices, the Nazarite must also pay any commitments that he had made as a part of his vow.

In several cases God has commanded that a certain person be a special Nazarite from birth.

6:21 This is the law of the Nazarite who hath vowed, and of his offering unto the LORD for his separation, beside that that his hand shall get: according to the vow which he vowed, so he must do after the law of his separation.

More on the Nazarite vow:  The Nazarite Vow

6:22 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 6:23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,

Christ teaches the priests how to bless the brethren, [and this blessing comes ONLY through diligent zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God!]

6:24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: 6:25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 6:26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

In the spiritual sense, placing the name of God on the people, does not refer to the verbal name by which people are called,

It refers to teaching the people to become like God, to become holy as God is holy; and then the people shall be at one with God in his holiness, and shall be brought into the family of God, and given the family name of God!

6:27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them

 

Numbers 7

Numbers 7 is about preparing for anointing the altar and the consecration of the Levites to their service.

The new commanders of the tribes brought wagons and oxen as a gift to God

Numbers 7:1 And it came to pass on the day that Moses had fully set up the tabernacle, and had anointed it, and sanctified it, and all the instruments thereof, both the altar and all the vessels thereof, and had anointed them, and sanctified them; 7:2 That the princes of Israel, heads of the house of their fathers, who were the princes of the tribes, and were over them that were numbered, offered: 7:3 And they brought their offering before the LORD, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen; a wagon for two of the princes, and for each one an ox: and they brought them before the tabernacle.

These gifts were then given to the Levites. These were is preparation for the moving of the items of the tabernacle. These wagons were to be used to carry the utensils and coverings of the tabernacle, and this may have led David to try to move the Ark of the Covenant on an ox pulled cart.

7:4 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 7:5 Take it of them, that they may be to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; and thou shalt give them unto the Levites, to every man according to his service. 7:6 And Moses took the wagons and the oxen, and gave them unto the Levites.

The wagons were given to the two families of Levi, Gershon and Merari, to carry their part of the tabernacle as in Numbers 4.

The holy things were to be wrapped by the priests and then carried by hand by the sons of Kohath.

7:7 Two wagons and four oxen he gave unto the sons of Gershon, according to their service: 7:8 And four wagons and eight oxen he gave unto the sons of Merari, according unto their service, under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. 7:9 But unto the sons of Kohath he gave none: because the service of the sanctuary belonging unto them was that they should bear upon their shoulders.

7:10 And the princes offered for dedicating of the altar in the day that it was anointed, even the princes offered their offering before the altar.

Then on each day for twelve days, each new ruler of the various tribes shall offer an offering for the new tabernacle out of their particular tribe: In this way providing for the anointing and consecration of the Altar. These offerings included silver and gold implements and grain for the unleavened bread offerings, and animals for sacrifices.

7:11 And the LORD said unto Moses, They shall offer their offering, each prince on his day, for the dedicating of the altar.

7:12 And he that offered his offering the first day was Nahshon the son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah: 7:13 And his offering was one silver charger, the weight thereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them were full of fine flour mingled with oil for a [an unleavened bread offering] meat offering: 7:14 One spoon of ten shekels of gold, full of incense: 7:15 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering: 7:16 One kid of the goats for a sin offering: 7:17 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two

oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year [from one month up to one year old]: this was the offering of Nahshon the son of Amminadab.

7:18 On the second day Nethaneel the son of Zuar, prince of Issachar, did offer: 7:19 He offered for his offering one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering: 7:20 One spoon of gold of ten shekels, full of incense: 7:21 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering: 7:22 One kid of the goats for a sin offering: 7:23 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Nethaneel the son of Zuar.

7:24 On the third day Eliab the son of Helon, prince of the children of Zebulun, did offer: 7:25 His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering: 7:26 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense: 7:27 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering: 7:28 One kid of the goats for a sin offering: 7:29 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Eliab the son of Helon.

7:30 On the fourth day Elizur the son of Shedeur, prince of the children of Reuben, did offer: 7:31 His offering was one silver charger of the weight of an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering: 7:32 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense: 7:33 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering: 7:34 One kid of the goats for a sin offering: 7:35 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Elizur the son of Shedeur.

7:36 On the fifth day Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai, prince of the children of Simeon, did offer: 7:37 His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering: 7:38 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense: 7:39 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering: 7:40 One kid of the goats for a sin offering: 7:41 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.

7:42 On the sixth day Eliasaph the son of Deuel, prince of the children of Gad, offered: 7:43 His offering was one silver charger of the weight of an hundred and thirty shekels, a silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering: 7:44 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense: 7:45 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering: 7:46 One kid of the goats for a sin offering: 7:47 And for a sacrifice of peace

offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Eliasaph the son of Deuel.

7:48 On the seventh day Elishama the son of Ammihud, prince of the children of Ephraim, offered: 7:49 His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering: 7:50 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense: 7:51 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering: 7:52 One kid of the goats for a sin offering: 7:53 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Elishama the son of Ammihud.

7:54 On the eighth day offered Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur, prince of the children of Manasseh: 7:55 His offering was one silver charger of the weight of an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering: 7:56 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense: 7:57 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering: 7:58 One kid of the goats for a sin offering: 7:59 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.

7:60 On the ninth day Abidan the son of Gideoni, prince of the children of Benjamin, offered: 7:61 His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering: 7:62 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense: 7:63 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering: 7:64 One kid of the goats for a sin offering: 7:65 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Abidan the son of Gideoni.

7:66 On the tenth day Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai, prince of the children of Dan, offered: 7:67 His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering: 7:68 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense: 7:69 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering: 7:70 One kid of the goats for a sin offering: 7:71 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.

7:72 On the eleventh day Pagiel the son of Ocran, prince of the children of Asher, offered: 7:73 His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering: 7:74 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense: 7:75 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering: 7:76 One kid of the goats for a sin offering: 7:77 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Pagiel the son of Ocran.

7:78 On the twelfth day Ahira the son of Enan, prince of the children of Naphtali, offered: 7:79 His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering: 7:80 One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense: 7:81 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering: 7:82 One kid of the goats for a sin offering: 7:83 And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Ahira the son of Enan.

We should notice that while the gifts of each tribe were identical,, each tribe, its leader and its gift is carefully listed. That is because this is for the dedication and consecration of the tabernacle, which is to be the residence of God through the dwelling of the Holy Spirit, the Shekinah of God; within the assembly of Israel: This being a picture of God dwelling within His people through the Shekinah or Holy Spirit.

After the end of the bringing of these gifts, the altar was dedicated and consecrated [Set Apart] as HOLY.

7:84 This was the dedication of the altar, in the day when it was anointed, by the princes of Israel: twelve chargers of silver, twelve silver bowls, twelve spoons of gold: 7:85 Each charger of silver weighing an hundred and thirty shekels, each bowl seventy: all the silver vessels weighed two thousand and four hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary: 7:86 The golden spoons were twelve, full of incense, weighing ten shekels apiece, after the shekel of the sanctuary: all the gold of the spoons was an hundred and twenty shekels.

The physical  sin offering, pictures the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to atone for all sin in the spiritual sense; and after our repentance and the application of the Sin Offering of the Lamb of God, we are to go and sin no more! 

Sinning no more and instead going on to wholeheartedly living by every Word of God is pictured by the Burnt Offering.

The whole animal of the Burnt Offering is to be  consumed in the fire, picturing a continual zeal and whole hearted service to God the Father in heaven; with the smoke rising up symbolic of the faithful dedicated service rising up as a very sweet and acceptable thing to God the Father in heaven.

The opposite being a lukewarm spiritually lax and compromising service to God, a following of idols of men and corporate entities, contrary to living by every Word of God. That Laodicean attitude which has overwhelmed the corporate Ekklesia groups today is an ABOMINATION to God and to Jesus Christ.

7:87 All the oxen for the burnt offering were twelve bullocks, the rams twelve, the lambs of the first year twelve, with their meat offering: and the kids of the goats for sin offering twelve.

Once sin has been sincerely repented of, we go on to never again sin willfully; instead serving God and living by every Word of God with a whole hearted dedication of will and deeds; then we will come into a unity of spirit with God the Father in heaven and his Son.

True Spiritual Unity of the people comes through unity with God through a deep dedication to learn and to keep his Word. Those who seek a corporate unity based on tolerating the false teachings of men; separate themselves from God!

It is through enthusiastically living by every Word of God that we are totally at one with God and are in full peace with God! Which is represented by the peace offering.

7:88 And all the oxen for the sacrifice of the peace offerings were twenty and four bullocks, the rams sixty, the he goats sixty, the lambs of the first year sixty. This was the dedication of the altar, after that it was anointed.

7:89 And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him [God], then he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubims: and he spake unto him.

Then God commanded Moses to sanctify the Levites to their service, which is in Chapter 8.

 

Numbers 8

God commands concerning the seven branched lamp stand and its seven lights while are wicks set in pure olive oil and lighted. In King James England olive oil was not common but wax candles were, which confused the translation.

Numbers 8:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 8:2 Speak unto Aaron and say unto him, When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light over against the candlestick [lampstand]. 8:3 And Aaron did so; he lighted the lamps thereof over against the candlestick, as the LORD commanded Moses.

The seven branched lamp stands or menorah to be placed in the tabernacle were to be made of beaten gold. The light produced by burning pure olive oil, pictured the light of Godliness, produced by using the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and following that Holy Spirit into Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God.

Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15Neither do men light a candle [lamp], and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick [lampstand] ; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let the light of your zeal for the whole Word of God shine brightly in your example of passion to learn and live by every Word of God, which is the product and proof of the indwelling of the Spirit of God within you. It is the indwelling of God’s Spirit and our zeal to follow it, which leads  us into unity with God, and makes the light of our example to shine before all who see us.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Numbers 8:4 And this work of the candlestick was of beaten gold, unto the shaft thereof, unto the flowers thereof, was beaten work: according unto the pattern which the LORD had shewed Moses, so he made the candlestick.

Exodus 25:31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops [buds], and his flowers, shall be of the same.

32And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side:

33 Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop [bud] and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.

34And in the candlesticks shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers.

35And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick.

36 Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold.

The consecration of the Levites

Numbers 8:5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 8:6 Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

They are to shave off all the hair on their bodies and then to wash themselves and their clothes, so as to be completely clean: Spiritually depicting the removal of all uncleanness of sin and service to any other.  The hair being symbolic of service to others before dedication to God.

8:7 And thus shalt thou do unto them, to cleanse them: Sprinkle water of purifying upon them, and let them shave all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean.

8:8 Then let them take a young bullock with his meat offering, even fine flour mingled with oil, and another young bullock shalt thou take for a sin offering.

Then the people shall lay hands on and ordain the Levites to the service of God. We are to ordain ONLY those who God has clearly chosen as revealed by their fruits of faithful diligence in the righteousness of the whole Word of God. The ordaining of people for graduating from a college or for their loyalties to men as is done is a false ordination and is not respected by God. 

8:9 And thou shalt bring the Levites before the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt gather the whole assembly of the children of Israel together: 8:10 And thou shalt bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites: 8:11 And Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD for an offering of the children of Israel, that they may execute the service of the LORD.

The Levites shall then offer a bull for a sin offering to cover their sins; and then are to offer another bull as a burnt offering representing the patient, powerful, single minded, whole hearted service, that they are called to.

8:12 And the Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads of the bullocks: and thou shalt offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, unto the LORD, to make an atonement for the Levites.

Then the Levites shall be presented to the priests as an offering of service to God, and a help to the priests.

8:13 And thou shalt set the Levites before Aaron, and before his sons, and offer them for an offering unto the LORD.

This whole process in how the priests and Levites are to be consecrated to their service is analogous of the consecration of baptism of the called out to be priests of the High Priest Jesus Christ.  The Mosaic priests and Levites had to wash and remove all uncleanness and sin and Baptism is the washing away of all past uncleanness, service to false gods and sin. 

Those who teach that the New Covenant ministry are a kind of spiritual priests and Levites have missed the point that EVERY called out person has been called into the priesthood of Jesus Christ. 

8:14 Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.

The Levites are given to serve God by assisting the priests, in place of the first born of Israel; and after their consecration are sanctified to the service in the physical things of the tabernacle. The “spiritual or holy” things being the actual sacrifices and holy things, being reserved for the priesthood.

8:15 And after that shall the Levites go in to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt cleanse them, and offer them for an offering.

The first born of Israel were saved in Egypt by the blood of the lamb on their doorposts and they all belong to God because he spared them.

This is a symbol that all of those sincerely repentant of the New Covenant, have also had the blood of the Lamb applied to the doorposts of their hearts and have been spared from their bondage to sin as a kind of first fruits of a much larger harvest of lives; the Lamb Himself being the first born of many brethren.

Therefore they [and we]  belong to Christ and are NOT their [or our] own; we are to fully and whole heartedly become like Christ for we belong to him! We are to learn and to keep the whole Word of God, which is Jesus Christ in print; which is our reasonable service to him.

8:16 For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, even instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me.

8:17 For all the firstborn of the children of Israel are mine, both man and beast: on the day that I smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself.

8:18 And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.

8:19 And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of Israel: that there be no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary.

8:20 And Moses, and Aaron, and all the congregation of the children of Israel, did to the Levites according unto all that the LORD commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did the children of Israel unto them. 8:21 And the Levites were purified, and they washed their clothes; and Aaron offered them as an offering before the LORD; and Aaron made an atonement for them to cleanse them. 8:22 And after that went the Levites in to do their service in the tabernacle of the congregation before Aaron, and before his sons: as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did they unto them.

The physical work of the Levites was from the age of 25 to the age of 50; after which they were to retire from physical labor and to only teach and supervise others.

8:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 8:24 This is it that belongeth unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: 8:25 And from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the service thereof, and shall serve no more: 8:26 But shall minister [be with to supervise and teach] with their brethren in the tabernacle of the congregation, to keep the charge, and shall do no service [no physical work]. Thus shalt thou do unto the Levites touching their charge.

 

Numbers 9

Here we have an inset back to the Passover of the second year of the Exodus; the previous events in Numbers came in the second month of the second year.

Numbers 9:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 9:2 Let the children of Israel also keep the passover at his appointed season. 9:3 In the fourteenth day of this month, at even [the beginning of the evening beginning the 14th day] , ye shall keep it in his appointed season: according to all the rites of it, and according to all the ceremonies thereof, shall ye keep it.

The Passover is to be kept on the fourteenth day, and therefore is not to be kept after sunset ENDING the 14th day; which would be on the 15th day. Since the Passover is to be kept on the evening and also ON the 14th day it is to be kept just after sunset BEGINNING the 14th day.

9:4 And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, that they should keep the passover. 9:5 And they kept the passover on the fourteenth day; of the first month at even in the wilderness of Sinai: according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did the children of Israel.

A solution for those unable to keep the Passover in the 14th day of the first month.

9:6 And there were certain men, who were defiled by the dead body of a man, that they could not keep the passover on that day: and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day: 9:7 And those men said unto him, We are defiled by the dead body of a man: wherefore are we kept back, that we may not offer an offering of the LORD in his appointed season among the children of Israel? 9:8 And Moses said unto them, Stand still, and I will hear what the LORD will command concerning you.

Being physically unclean or far off is a symbol of being separated from God and far off from HIM through spiritual uncleanness by reason of unrepented sin. Spiritually Passover cannot be taken while in a state of unrepented sin.

That repentance must be a sincere and whole hearted commitment to go and sin no more; it is because the vast majority of the Ekklesia take the Passover unworthily by repenting in name only and insisting on their own ways, that there is so much correction falling upon them.

Here we also have a command to eat the Passover lamb with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Eating the lamb and the unleavened bread, represented internalizing the life and sinless nature of Jesus Christ to live as he lived. The bitter herbs representing the acceptance of our trials as he accepted his trials.

9:9 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 9:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover unto the LORD. 9:11 The fourteenth day of the second month at even they shall keep it, andeat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

No bone shall be broken, as no bone of Messiah was broken in his life nor in his death. No part of the Passover shall be left over until the morning [all leftovers must be burned]; symbolizing that Jesus would be buried before the sunset ending the 14th day of the first month.

9:12 They shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break any bone of it: according to all the ordinances of the passover they shall keep it.

Taking the Passover was essential to remain in the Mosaic Covenant, it is also essential to take the Passover at the appointed time; to remain reconciled to God the Father in the New Covenant.

Eating the Passover pictures internalizing the very nature of Jesus Christ and God the Father; failing to eat the Passover is a rejection of the commandment of God, and pictures a refusal to internalize the Word and nature of God.

Those who do take the Passover without sincerely repenting of all sin and compromising with the Word of God and all tolerance of sin; are making a mockery of the sacrifice of Christ.

Brethren we are in grave danger of reaching the state where we will not repent and would rather follow men and not God. We think of ourselves as righteous in our own ways and are standing on the brink of the sin of refusing to repent of our idolatry, which refusal to repent is unpardonable.

Our only hope is that we have been deceived into this evil and that our Lord will cast us into great tribulation so that we might see the errors of standing on the false traditions of men contrary to any part of the whole Word of God.

Hebrews 6:6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

If we take the Passover without repenting of our lack of faithful zeal to live by every Word of God; by idolizing men and not exlting the Ruler of Eternity; we make a mockery of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God!

If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

Numbers 9:13 But the man that is clean, and is not in a journey, and forbeareth to keep the passover, even the same soul shall be cut off from among his people: because he brought not the offering of the LORD in his appointed season, that man shall bear his sin.

The stranger may keep the Passover only if he sincerely repents, symbolized at that time by being circumcised, and commits to live by every Word of God.

Genesis 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

Numbers 9:14 And if a stranger shall sojourn among you, and will keep the passover unto the LORD; according to the ordinance of the passover, and according to the manner thereof, so shall he do: ye shall have one ordinance, both for the stranger, and for him that was born in the land.

Now comes the explanation of how the people knew when to stay put or to move in their journey. They followed Christ by following the movement of the cloud, for Christ was in the cloud from the time that they began to leave Egypt. This too is an allegory for us; the cloud of water and the pillar of fire representing the lead of God’s Holy Spirit; that we are to follow ONLY the Word of God which is Jesus Christ in print, from the time that we are called out of bondage in spiritual Egypt

9:15 And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, namely, the tent of the testimony: and at even there was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until the morning.

9:16 So it was alway: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. 9:17 And when the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, then after that the children of Israel journeyed: and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel pitched their tents. 9:18 At the commandment of the LORD the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the LORD they pitched: as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they rested in their tents. 9:19 And when the cloud tarried long upon the tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of the LORD, and journeyed not.

Brethren, we are to ONLY follow the lead of Jesus Christ who is the chief cornerstone of the whole Word of Almighty God. He and he ONLY leads us out of bondage in spiritual Egypt, and out of the sin of breaking or compromising with any part of God’s Word. The Lamb of God is our ONLY Deliverer; not the traditions of men!

9:20 And so it was, when the cloud was a few days upon the tabernacle; according to the commandment of the LORD they abode in their tents, and according to the commandment of the LORD they journeyed.

9:21 And so it was, when the cloud abode from even unto the morning, and that the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they journeyed: whether it was by day or by night that the cloud was taken up, they journeyed.

9:22 Or whether it were two days, or a month, or a year, that the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle, remaining thereon, the children of Israel abode in their tents, and journeyed not: but when it was taken up, they journeyed.

The Passover is a commitment to follow ONLY Jesus Christ and God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures and commandments; without compromise or turning to the left or the right: FOREVER!

9:23 At the commandment of the LORD they rested in the tents, and at the commandment of the LORD they journeyed: they kept the charge of the LORD, at the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

 

Numbers 10

The two silver trumpets

Numbers 10:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 10:2 Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.

The two silver trumpets are to be made of one piece of silver; this is speaking of BOTH trumpets coming from a very large piece of pure silver, so that they both are of the same lump of foundation. They are to both be sounded together, and their purpose is to call all the people to assemble. And if only one is sounded that is to call the captains of the people to assemble.

The two silver trumpets are to sound to call all the people to assemble before the mediator of the covenant Moses at the door of the tabernacle before God.

In like manner, the trumpets will sound on the Feast of Remembrance of the Blowing of Trumpets, to all the people to the Mediator of the New Covenant!

10:3 And when they shall blow with them [both], all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Obviously when God names the rulers of the tribes and armies these rulers then organized these armies of Israel by their thousands.

10:4 And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee.

If the alarm [the meaning of alarm is unclear either a special trumpet call or the shofar] also sounds the camp shall move forward.

10:5 When ye blow an alarm, then the camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward. 10:6 When ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an alarm for their journeys.

10:7 But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow [to call an assembly], but ye shall not sound an alarm.

Only the priests may sound the silver trumpets, while any person could sound the shofar.

10:8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations.

When the priests sound these special silver trumpets calling the people to assemble before the mediator of the Mosaic Covenant; they shall be remembered by God, and shall be saved from their enemies.

Likewise on the Feast of the Remembrance of the Blowing of Trumpets; the people will be called to assemble before the mediator of the New Covenant and shall be saved from all their enemies, from all bondage and sin!

10:9 And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.

The two silver trumpets shall be sounded on the new moons, and on the High Days; as a memorial that God may remember the people who are called to assemble before him; to learn of him and to live by every Word of God to keep and to obey our Mighty One!

These two silver trumpets are also to be sounded over all the burnt and peace offerings, which are indicative of the faithful whole hearted service of Christ to God the Father as an example that we should do likewise.

10:10 Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God.

Called out of the bondage of Egypt and married to Christ at Sinai; where the commandments, law, statutes, and judgments are received by Israel, the Levites now sanctified to their service and the army organized; the journey to the promised land begins.

10:11 And it came to pass on the twentieth day of the second month, in the second year, that the cloud was taken up from off the tabernacle of the testimony.

10:12 And the children of Israel took their journeys out of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Paran. 10:13 And they first took their journey according to the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

10:14 In the first place went the standard of the camp of the children of Judah according to their armies: and over his host was Nahshon the son of Amminadab. 10:15 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Issachar was Nethaneel the son of Zuar. 10:16 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Zebulun was Eliab the son of Helon.

10:17 And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set forward, bearing the tabernacle.

10:18 And the standard of the camp of Reuben set forward according to their armies: and over his host was Elizur the son of Shedeur. 10:19 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Simeon was Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai. 10:20 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Gad was Eliasaph the son of Deuel.

10:21 And the Kohathites set forward, bearing the sanctuary: and the other did set up the tabernacle against they came.

10:22 And the standard of the camp of the children of Ephraim set forward according to their armies: and over his host was Elishama the son of Ammihud. 10:23 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Manasseh was Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur. 10:24 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Benjamin was Abidan the son of Gideoni. 10:25 And the standard of the camp of the children of Dan set forward, which was the rereward of all the camps throughout their hosts: and over his host was Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.

10:26 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Asher was Pagiel the son of Ocran. 10:27 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Naphtali was Ahira the son of Enan.

10:28 Thus were the journeyings of the children of Israel according to their armies, when they set forward.

Moses and his father in law separate close to the border of the promised land.

10:29 And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the Midianite, Moses’ father in law, We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the LORD hath spoken good concerning Israel.

10:30 And he said unto him, I will not go; but I will depart to mine own land, and to my kindred.

Moses asks this Bedouin chief to be his guide to inform him of the land and promises to share all things with him.

10:31 And he said, Leave us not, I pray thee; forasmuch as thou knowest how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and thou mayest be to us instead of eyes. 10:32 And it shall be, if thou go with us, yea, it shall be, that what goodness the LORD shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.

They took a three day journey from Mt Sinai

10:33 And they departed from the mount of the LORD three days’ journey: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them in the three days’ journey, to search out a resting place for them.

10:34 And the cloud of the LORD was upon them by day, when they went out of the camp.

Moses called upon Christ to scatter and destroy the enemies of God whenever the cloud obscuring the presence of Christ went forward. Should we not do the same thing and call out to God for our deliverance, faithfully following the lead of the Spirit of God to live by every Word of God! Instead of trusting in the false traditions of men!

Let us keep with consummate zeal, the whole Word of God; let us keep the sanctity of the Sabbath, not buying or selling or working or paying others to serve us on God’s Holy Sabbath Day! and keep the sanctity of all the things of God: Let us rejoice to do the will of our beloved; regardless of what men can do!

10:35 And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee.

10:36 And when it rested, he said, Return, O LORD, unto the many thousands of Israel.

 

The Blowing of Trumpets

In the law of God the blasting of the Silver Trumpets is enjoined: to call the people to God. The two silver trumpets were also to be sounded over all Sabbath, New Moon and Festival sacrifices offered by the high priest on behalf of the whole people; to call on God to remember the people and accept the sacrifices offered by the high priest on behalf of all the people. 

In spiritual New Covenant terms, the two silver trumpets were a figure of calling all people to Christ by God the Father; and of Christ calling all people to God the Father [therefore there are two silver trumpets]; and of calling on God the Father to remember  [see] and accept the sacrifice offered by Christ as our spiritual High Priest.

Numbers 10:10   Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days [Sabbaths, Appointed Times and Festivals] , and in the beginnings of your months [New Moons] , ye shall blow with the [the two silver] trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings [The special offerings of those days; not the personal offerings made at other times]; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God [To call you to remember and come to God]: I am the LORD your God.

The sounding of the silver trumpets called on God to remember the people and to accept the sacrifices made by the high priest for the whole people; this being a physical type of calling on God to remember the people and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, offered by the eternal High Priest, for the people!

The Two Silver Trumpets and the Shofar

There are two different kinds of trumpet:  First the two silver trumpets calling God to remember the people and calling the people to remember God [I.E. Reconciling the two] at the place that God has placed his name, the tabernacle and later the temple; and second, the shofar of rejoicing to be sounded in every community throughout the land.

Leviticus 23:23  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 23:24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets  [Strong’s 8643 Shout for joy, hence the rejoicing of sounding the shofar being added to the silver trumpets], an holy convocation. 23:25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

Numbers 29:1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets [8643 Shout for joy, hence the rejoicing of sounding the shofar being added to the silver trumpets] unto you.

When the temple was destroyed and the two silver trumpets lost; the sounding of the two silver trumpets was lost for a time, but the blasting of the shofars continues. 

The sounding of the silver trumpets was a type of calling God to remember the people and of calling the people to remember and come to God. 

 

The Command Concerning the Silver Trumpets

The first section is about the journey in the wilderness, during which the trumpets were used to call the people to meet with Moses [the mediator of the Mosaic Covenant].  This a type of the calling of those in the spiritual wilderness to come to Jesus Christ the Mediator of the new Covenant.  

Numbers 10:1-10  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 10:2 Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.

10:3 And when they shall blow with them [both], all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation [to assemble before God]. 

10:4 And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee.

10:5 When ye blow an alarm [a special call], then the camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward. 10:6 When ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an alarm for their journeys.

10:7 But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm [a special call to battle].

10:8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the [silver] trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations.

The spiritually called out are called into the priesthood of Jesus Christ and in the spiritual sense are to be silver trumpets calling the nations to God. Which is the task given to the Ekklesia. 

Matthew 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

In this section the silver trumpets are sounded to call God to remember the people.

Numbers 10:9 And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.

10:10 Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God.

Edersheim: “The object of sounding the silver trumpets is expressly stated to have been ‘for a memorial,’ that they might be remembered by God, specifically that God might remember the people and that the people might be called to come before God; it being specially added: ‘I am the LORD [YHVH]  your God.’  

At the blast of the priest’s silver trumpets the people were to come before God, acknowledging the Eternal as ‘the LORD their God.   In the spiritual New Covenant sense coming before God in sincere repentance to acknowledge the authority of God as their Head, to remember God; that they might be remembered and delivered by God “

Eidersheim:  “Every occasion of blowing the silver  trumpets, whether at New Moons, at the Feast of Trumpets, at other festivals, on the Sabbaths; or in the Sabbatical year and Year of Jubilee, or in the time of war, was to call upon God to remember and deliver His people; and was a public acknowledgment of the Eternal as sovereign above all else and the true Head of God’s people.”  

 

Numbers 11

The camp moved to Taberah where the people began to complain and were corrected by Christ.

These complaints were not about going to God and asking for his help to bring them relief, these folks in Sinai were complaining that God had caused their distress.

This is a repeated theme in Numbers and was recorded as an example for us, that we should not blame God and his Word for our trials, but should understand that such trials came to test their loyalty and steadfastness to God and his Word.

As they were given the fire of correction for falling away from the Word of God and failing the test, so the modern Ekklesia will also be corrected in the furnace of affliction.

Numbers 11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.

The people repented, but they repented in name only, to try and avoid the correction; and did not sincerely and wholeheartedly turn from their own ways to embrace their Husband and all HIS ways! How like them we are! We trust in our own ways and when things go wrong, we repent in word only and compromise further and further away from any zeal to keep the whole Word of God.

11:2 And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched. 11:3 And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them.

A mixed people took the opportunity to leave Egypt with Israel and within the assembly they stirred up dissent against the sound doctrine of the Word of God and affected Israel by their example. This is an example of what has happened the church of God since they adopted the Business Model Outreach and knowingly allowed very many unconverted into the assembly baptizing sincere people who supported the corporate entity did not understand that they were making a commitment to live by every Word of God. 

To this day the corporate Ekklesia commit the same error of baptizing those who are repentant in name only and without any depth of understanding, just to gain finances and to inflate numbers.

The people longed to go back into Egypt because of the hardships involved in coming out of bondage to sin. Even as some today long to go back into the spiritual Egypt of bondage to sin, and seek to do so by compromising with the Word of God and doing as they think good instead of doing as God commands.

11:4 And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? 11:5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:

These things will be covered again in the Exodus study [Exodus 16]

Manna

11:6 But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

The manna was a kind of seed out of which bread could be made

11:7 And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium. 11:8 And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.

Manna seed came down in the night with the dew

11:9 And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.

Christ was greatly angered by the complaints of the people, which began in the associated mixed people until this unclean attitude had leavened the whole lump of Israel.

Brethren, this is why we are not to tolerate unclean doctrine or sin, or the willfully sinful in our assemblies!  Lest they corrupt us and leaven our whole assembly with spiritual uncleanness and false doctrine!

Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

Brethren, how long will it be before we learn the lesson of the clean and the unclean; and put a difference between the holy and the profane; to burn with zeal for the holy and to reject the profane?

How long will it be before we STOP sinning and compromising with the Word of God; to make it easier for satan to sow his tares among us and pollute our assemblies with false teachings and sin?

How long will we lust after worldly pleasures, and fail to be totally faithful to the Word of God?

11:10 Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased.

Moses was highly displeased as every true servant of God should be highly displeased by this rebellious attitude today.

11:11 And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me? 11:12 Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers? 11:13 Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.

Moses was so disgusted that the people wanted to go back into Egypt and preferred the pleasures of bondage to sin above the perfection of the Word of God; that wanted to die, for he saw no hope for Israel.

It is the same today, as the corporate Ekklesia entities compromise with the Word of God and idolizes men and corporations above their Deliverer, committing spiritual adultery.

11:14 I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me. 11:15 And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.

Jesus Christ commands that 70 elders be brought before him; and promised that he will place his Spirit on the 70 that they may assist Moses in judging and leading the people. This is the scripture used to establish the later Sanhedrin of 70 men plus one president.

11:16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.11:17 And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.

The people had desired to eat flesh, but they had many flocks and herds; the real issue was that that they were intimidated by the hardships and difficulties of coming out from the bondage of Egypt and wanted to go back to the pleasures of Egypt.

This is a lesson for us that Satan comes after us when we are delivered form his bondage and pressures us and tempts us into thinking that his way, the worldly way is better, and that God’s way is a very heavy burden; which is of course a big lie! God’s way is easy and his burden light; it is Satan’s attacks on the godly that are a heavy burden and are intended to get us to compromise with God’s ways and to give up and turn back into the bondage to worldliness that we were delivered from.

The mixed people and physical Israel had their great herds and flocks and yet lusted after the things of Egypt; therefore Christ gave them flesh and killed thousands with that flesh, for their lust for the pleasures of Egypt.

Many of us also compromise with the Word of God, lusting after the pleasures of this world, and Jesus Christ is just as angry with us as he was with physical Israel. He is preparing to correct us and to destroy our idols of men and corporate groups and those things that we lust after.

11:18 And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.

11:19 Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; 11:20 But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?

Moses is amazed and Christ tells him that his power will perform it

11:21 And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month. 11:22 Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them? 11:23 And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD’s hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.

The 70 elders receive God’s Spirit and prophesy. Here is another of those places where people had God’s Holy Spirit given to them before Pentecost 31 A.D. God has been calling out people since Abel for six thousand years; at the end of which will be the resurrection of the chosen, followed by the millennial Sabbath of rest. That is the prophetic lesson of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Please see: An Overview of the Biblical Holy Days and Appointed Times

11:24 And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle. 11:25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

NOTICE the attitude of Moses and how godly it was; the absolute opposite of the lusting for the chief seats of many ungodly modern latter day elders and leaders.

11:26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp. 11:27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.

Here Joshua the “apprentice” of Moses learns a lesson that will keep him all his life

11:28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his [Moses helpers] young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.

11:29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD’s people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!

11:30 And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.

And after this God brought a wind that carried to the camp a dense concentration of quails about three feet deep over all the camp to a distance of about 15 miles or more, on either side.

11:31 And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day’s journey on this side, and as it were a day’s journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.

11:32 And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.

These quails were brought to demonstrate the power of God, after which God corrected them for the sin of lusting to return to the pleasures of Egypt

11:33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague. 11:34 And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.

11:35 And the people journeyed from Kibrothhattaavah unto Hazeroth; and abode at Hazeroth.

 

Numbers 12

Moses marries an Ethiopian [black] woman. This is also an allegory that people shall be called out from all nations to be a part of the bride of the Mediator of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ.

Numbers 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

Moses was the mediator of the Mosaic Covenant, and as such was a representation of Jesus Christ the Mediator of the New Covenant, who’s bride will include people from all nations.

12:2 And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

In this Miriam and Aaron exalted themselves over the mediator of the Mosaic Covenant; as many of today’s Ekklesia leaders and groups exalt themselves over the Mediator of the New Covenant, to turn the brethren away from zeal to follow God’s words, towards exalting themselves and their own ways.

Christ heard and judged Miriam

12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) 12:4 And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.

Christ calls Miriam and Aaron and speaks to them

12:5 And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.

12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. 12:7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.

12:8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? 12:9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.

At the correction of Christ, Miriam and Aaron repented of their rebellion against the mediator of their covenant

12:10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous. 12:11 And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned. 12:12 Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother’s womb.

Moses, the aggrieved person, cried out in complete forgiveness for the afflicted and repentant Miriam

12:13 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.

Christ forgives but maintains the correction for seven days.  Even so the repentant often have to continue to suffer for their sins, to learn not to sin any more. 

12:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again. 12:15 And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again.

12:16 And afterward the people removed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Paran.

 

Numbers 13

At the border of the promised land God commands Moses to send in a leader from among each tribe to spy out the land. Consider: there was no need for such a mission, for God could direct their path. This mission was a test of faith for the people.

Numbers 13:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 13:2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.

13:3 And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.

The names of these leading men were:

13:4 And these were their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur.

13:5 Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori.

13:6 Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

13:7 Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph.

13:8 Of the tribe of Ephraim, Oshea [Joshua] the son of Nun.

13:9 Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu.

13:10 Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi.

13:11 Of the tribe of Joseph, namely, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi.

13:12 Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli.

13:13 Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael.

13:14 Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi.

13:15 Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.

13:16 These are the names of the men which Moses sent to spy out the land.

And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua. [this is KJV spelling, the name is the same as the name Yeshua, or Jesus: meaning Salvation]

Moses gives them their mission

13:17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain: 13:18 And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many; 13:19 And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds; 13:20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.

13:21 So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath. 13:22 And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)

13:23 And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. 13:24 The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.

They covered a vast area for being on foot and returned only after 40 days

13:25 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

13:26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.

The report of the twelve

13:27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. 13:28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. 13:29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.

How like physical Israel we are! We see the wonders of the spiritual Promised Land of eternity, but we lack the faith and the moral courage to stand steadfast to trust and live by every Word of God!

While they were too afraid of men to enter the land; we are also afraid of what men can do, and therefore we are afraid to zealously live by every Word of God; which is the KEY to entering eternity! And satan uses our fears and deceives us into believing in a false “no pain” entry into eternal life; perverting grace as a license to compromise and to remain in sin through repenting in name only (Jude)!

Then Caleb stood strong and full of faith in the promises and power of God.

Where are the Caleb’s today! Where are the men of faith and courage, who dare to stand up and be counted; who dare to openly rebuke sin and to teach passionate zeal to follow Jesus Christ and to keep his whole word?

Where are those who have the faith and courage to take a stand for God’s word and to stand fast and unmovable on the foundation of the Prophets, Apostles and Jesus Christ the Cornerstone of Salvation?

13:30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Of course Israel was not able to overcome these things; they had forgotten their Mighty God who is well able to deliver the victory over all opposition and to give them the land of the birthright of their calling.

Even so, we lack faith in our Mighty One and his power to lead us and deliver us from our trials, and we therefore lack courage and faith to go forward, trusting on our God to deliver us.  Like these ancient people, we compromise with God’s Word, and reject living by every Word of God.

We fear men, and because we fear men and lust after the pleasures of spiritual Egypt; we back off on our commitment to our espoused Husband! As they lost their chance to enter the promised land; we are losing our opportunity to enter that spiritual Promised Land of eternity by making idols of men and polluting God’s Sabbaths!

13:31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

13:32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.

13:33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Hebrews 3:7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,

8Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from [following the whole word of] the living God.

Did Paul say to hide away your light of sound doctrine and zeal for God’s Word and tolerate evil to have some kind of false organizational unity?

NO, he said to encourage one another daily lest anyone be deceived by false doctrine and led into the deceitfulness of tolerating and committing sin.

13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

We are to remain in Christ and to live as Christ lived, without sin; and if we do so, we shall surely face opposition and the temptation to sin. Nevertheless we must remain steadfast in growing and living by every Word of God.

14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

We are NOT to lust after worldliness, nor are we to turn away from our calling to return to the bondage of spiritual Egypt. We are to live as Christ lived and to remain steadfast in learning and living by every Word of God, with passionate zeal, turning neither to the left nor to the right.

15While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

As Christ was grieved with the faithless who lusted after the pleasures of Egypt, and grumbled over difficulties; so He is grieved with those of US, who are faithless and grumble over difficulties, desiring the pleasures of worldliness and the easy way more than we are zealous for our God.

17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

As those folks could not enter into the physical promised land because of fear and unbelief; we also will NOT enter into the Promised Land of eternal life, if we fear men and do not believe that God is able to deliver us from all our trouble.

If we depart from a zeal to live by every Word of God, to try and alleviate our trials by compromising with our zeal and obedience to our espoused Husband and Mighty God; we shall NOT enter into the Promised Land of eternal life!

 

Numbers 14

The people wept over their sufferings, brought on by their lust to return to Egypt, and repented not. Instead they blamed God for their troubles and continued to blame God for their troubles and lust for the pleasures of worldliness.

How very like them we are today. We fast and beg God to bless us, while we continue to exalt our corporate entities and leaders above the Word of God and trample all over any possible zeal to keep the Word of God! We call out to God, as we trample all over his Word and follow our own ways!

Numbers 14:1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.

14:2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! [regretting being called out to obey God] or would God we had died in this wilderness! 14:3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? 14:4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

Today the Ekklesia has made themselves many captains, who are leading them AWAY from any zeal for the practical application of the Word of God; to follow men and organizations in idolatry and spiritual adultery! as they lead the brethren back into the worldliness of spiritual Egypt.

Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before God and the people; knowing that the fierce anger of Christ had been aroused: Moses as mediator of the covenant and Aaron as the high priest and also a mediator between the people and God.

14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.

Joshua and Caleb rose up and take a stand against all the other spies before the people, to tell the truth that our Mighty God is above all others and can deliver us from all our enemies.

As Egypt was a type of bondage; Canaan was a type of unrepentant sin

The fight to possess Canaan was a type of the fight of the called out, to OVERCOME all sin and to wash away all sin, by internalizing the very nature of God through a diligent study and the keeping of every Word of God.

The physical battle of Israel to possess Canaan, was a type of the spiritual battle to OVERCOME all sin by the faithful called out to the New Covenant and to the spiritual Promised Land!

Canaan was a type of unrepentant sin and that is why they were to be utterly destroyed. They will be raised up and given their opportunity during the Feast of Tabernacles main harvest of humanity.

As physical Israel was commanded to destroy all of Canaan as a type of wickedness and unrepentant sin so that we will learn that unrepentant sinners will be destroyed; we have been called out to DESTROY all sin and compromise with any part of the Word of God within ourselves.

Let us stand up against all sin, compromise and toleration of false doctrine [teachings]; with the FAITH and the ZEAL of Caleb and Joshua!

14:6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: 14:7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.

If we make God and the things and Word of God our delight, to follow and obey; then God will delight in us!

14:8 If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.

Fear not men, never exalt the word of men above the Word of God the Almighty! Have courage and faith to live by every Word of God, which is for our good! Run to our God to find his deliverance, and NEVER tolerate false ways, or fall away to compromise with sin for the sake of fear of men, or enticement to sin!

14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

Those who take a stand for the Word of God may face intense persecution from even those who are in the congregation, yet God will love the zealous for him; and deliver them in that day; and they shall shine like the stars forever and ever (Dan 12).

14:10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.

The fury of Christ for the rebellions of the brethren is the same today, as it was thousands of years ago. Today, we stand at the very point of complete rejection by Jesus Christ into the correction of great tribulation, because of the overspreading of our rebellions, idolatries and spiritual adulteries.

Jesus said; I will destroy this people and make of Moses a great nation; and Moses mediated for the people to save them.

14:11 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? 14:12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.

14:13 And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;) 14:14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.

14:15 Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying, 14:16 Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.

When most of us are given over to great affliction of the flesh, it is so that the spirit can be saved; that the Almighty may be glorified.

For we are in the depths of a complete unwillingness to repent and we now face eternal death for our willingness to obey men [commit idolatry] over the Word of God.

Today the Ekklesia call the imaginations of their leaders good; and they reject any zeal to live by every Word of God! We do indeed make a mockery of Jesus Christ by rejecting faithfulness and Christ-like zeal to live by  God’s Word, and put Jesus Christ to an open shame by claiming to be his while having no zeal for his Word.

Indeed we are in greater danger of the judgment than the Pharisees were, for we claim to have the Spirit of God and reject any zeal for God’s Word for our own ways; while they did not have God’s Spirit. They had their excuse, but where is the cloak for our sin ?

Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

By bringing the Ekklesia to repentance, God will save us; and God will be glorified in his wisdom that he is able to do his will; for nothing is beyond his might!

Numbers 14:17 And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my LORD be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying, 14:18 The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. 14:19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.

14:20 And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word: 14:21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.

Christ then proclaims that only those who have been zealously faithful to him may enter the promised land. The same is true of that spiritual Promised Land of eternal life!

14:22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; 14:23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

The people are commanded to flee the area, because the enemy is gathering to resist them.

14:25 (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) Tomorrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.

Our Lord is also losing patience with our idolatry and sin (Rev 3:15).

14:26 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 14:27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.

Except for the two faithful, all physical Israel was prevented from entering the physical promised land for their rebellion and false words.  Again, this is a lesson for us; that only the faithful to follow and live by every Word of God, shall inherit the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life.

Even so, all spiritual Israel who turns back from their task of overcoming, and turns away from any zeal to live by every Word of God; shall die in a wilderness of affliction; in the hope that by afflicting the flesh we might repent and our spirits might be saved

14:28 Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: 14:29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward which have murmured against me. 14:30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

Only the children of these people could enter the physical promised land. Spiritually only these who are humble and teachable and run to follow and live by the Word of God their Father in heaven, may enter the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life.

Matthew 18:2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Numbers 14:31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.

14:32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. 14:33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. 14:34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise. 14:35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.

Many then died immediately by a plague form God

14:36 And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land, 14:37 Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD.

14:38 But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still.

14:39 And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.

The people did not understand and repenting of not entering the land, they then committed the same sin of rebellion and refusal to accept and obey the Word of God.

14:40 And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.

Moses warns them

14:41 And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper. 14:42 Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies. 14:43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.

Moses refused to let the Ark be moved to be with these rebellious people, and God allowed the people to be defeated for their rebellion against him.

14:44 But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp. 14:45 Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.

 

Numbers 15

Commandments concerning offerings. Unleavened bread made with salt and oil shall be offered; the salt picturing the everlasting nature of our Covenant to live by every Word of God, and the oil representing the enabling Holy Spirit of God.

Leviticus 2:13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.

And wine shall be poured out; picturing Christ as the unleavened bread of life and the wine picturing the pouring out of the life of Christ, for the wine is a type of the blood and the life is in the blood.

Numbers 15:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 15:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land of your habitations, which I give unto you, 15:3 And will make an offering by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, or a sacrifice in performing a vow, or in a freewill offering, or in your solemn feasts, to make a sweet savour unto the LORD, of the herd or of the flock:

15:4 Then shall he that offereth his offering unto the LORD bring a meat offering of a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of oil. 15:5 And the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering shalt thou prepare with the burnt offering or sacrifice, for one lamb.

15:6 Or for a ram, thou shalt prepare for a meat offering two tenth deals of flour mingled with the third part of an hin of oil. 15:7 And for a drink offering thou shalt offer the third part of an hin of wine, for a sweet savour unto the LORD.

15:8 And when thou preparest a bullock for a burnt offering, or for a sacrifice in performing a vow, or peace offerings unto the LORD: 15:9 Then shall he bring with a bullock a meat offering of three tenth deals of flour mingled with half an hin of oil. 15:10 And thou shalt bring for a drink offering half an hin of wine, for an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

15:11 Thus shall it be done for one bullock, or for one ram, or for a lamb, or a kid.

The unleavened bread with oil and salt; and the pouring out of wine; shall be as proscribed for each sacrificial animal. These represent Jesus Christ the Lamb of God as the Bread of Life filled with the Holy Spirit, pouring out his life for the people. This ties the unleavened bread and wine commanded for Passover with all the various sacrifices.

15:12 According to the number that ye shall prepare, so shall ye do to every one according to their number.

The commandment here is not in regards to any sin or trespass offering; but concerns the Burnt Offering.  The unleavened bread and wine offering commanded here is to be offered with all things that are burnt on the altar as representing a sweet service and peaceful relationship with God the Father in heaven. The smoke rising up as representing faithful zealous service and unity with the Father in heaven, rising up as a pleasing thing to be accepted by God the Father..

15:13 All that are born of the country shall do these things after this manner, in offering an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD. 15:14 And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever be among you in your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD; as ye do, so he shall do. 15:15 One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD.

15:16 One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.

Below is an allusion to the Wave Offering of Lev 23:9. Since the Wave Offering is commanded in Lev 23, why do the COG Groups [except for me] not obey it and have a service on the Wave Offering Sunday to at least discuss and expound on this commandment?

15:17 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 15:18 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land whither I bring you, 15:19 Then it shall be, that, when ye eat of the bread of the land, ye shall offer up an heave offering unto the LORD. 15:20 Ye shall offer up a cake of the first of your dough for an heave offering: as ye do the heave offering of the threshingfloor, so shall ye heave it. 15:21 Of the first of your dough ye shall give unto the LORD an heave offering in your generations.

When the whole assembly has erred without realizing it, when they do realize their error; the whole people are to offer a burnt offering along with a sin offering. This offering is for a organizational sin committed in ignorance. This offering like the daily and all other offerings on behalf of the congregation was the responsibility of the High Priest.

15:22 And if ye have erred, and not observed all these commandments, which the LORD hath spoken unto Moses, 15:23 Even all that the LORD hath commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the day that the LORD commanded Moses, and henceforward among your generations; 15:24 Then it shall be, if ought be committed by ignorance without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one young bullock for a burnt offering, for a sweet savour unto the LORD, with his meat offering, and his drink offering, according to the manner, and one kid of the goats for a sin offering.

15:25 And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for it is ignorance: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire [a burnt offering] unto the LORD, and [accompanied by a sin offering ] their sin offering before the LORD, for their ignorance: 15:26 And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; seeing all the people were in ignorance.

If any individual sin in ignorance

15:27 And if any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering. 15:28 And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.

15:29 Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.

There is no sacrifice for unrepented willful sin.  When we justify our departure from living by every Word of God instead of sincerely repenting [which is the state of they corporate Ekklesia today] we have rejected God and God (Rev 3:15) will reject us and cut us off from being His people.

15:30 But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously [willfully and knowingly], whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 15:31 Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath [willfully and knowingly] broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.

Upholding the sanctity of the Sabbath

This event is not just picking up a stick and playing with it, people gathered sticks and carried then on their backs back to the camp for firewood, and such burdens often weighed 40 or more pounds. This was hard work.

15:32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day. 15:33 And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.

They held the person until they could inquire of God what to do

15:34 And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.

This is a judgment of God concerning working on the Sabbath. God’ s judgment is that anyone working on Sabbath, and that includes paying others to serve us in restaurants [or to serve us in other ways and places] on Sabbath; must die.

This judgment is in effect today; and all those who do not repent of calling the Sabbath holy and then willfully polluting it, will be cast into great tribulation. That is the judgment of Jesus Christ, NOT my judgment.

15:35 And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. 15:36 And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.

The people are then commanded to place fringes on their garments as a sign to remember to keep the commandments of God.

In the New Covenant the Holy Spirit has been given to us to bring to remembrance the commandments and doctrines of God: yet we call the Sabbath holy, showing that we know the commandments, while refusing to keep the Sabbath holy!

In view of our unconverted attitude and lack of zeal for the sanctity of God’s Sabbaths; perhaps we should go back to wearing these fringes; lest we all suffer the same judgment of DEATH for our wickedness.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Numbers 15:37 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 15:38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:

15:39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: 15:40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.

It is about time that we remember who our God should be! NOT any idol of men or corporate entities, but the Eternal Almighty One!

Remember WHO, brought us out of the spiritual Egypt of bondage to sin and is our HELP to overcome and destroy all sin; so that we may enter the spiritual Promised Land of eternity!

It is God’s Word that we must obey to attain eternal life ,and it is the Lamb of God that is to be followed and to be adored as our espoused Husband!

15:41 I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.

 

Numbers 16

Korah a Levite, and Dathan and Abiram of Reuben led 250 other leaders, to rise up against Moses. For decades this has been misapplied as a lesson that we are to accept and to follow any man who takes to himself a title and are not to question his leadership.

The true lesson here is the exact opposite of that teaching.

Moses had been personally chosen by God and had proved his loyalty and zeal for God over many trials and many years; this faithful Moses was the mediator of the Mosaic Covenant, and as such; Moses was a type of the Mediator of the New Covenant, “that prophet” Jesus Christ (Deu 18:18).

These three men were leading a rebellion against the faithful mediator of the Mosaic Covenant; which was a type of rebellion against the faithful Mediator of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ!

The lesson here is that we are to be absolutely faithful to every Word of God, which was inspired by the ONLY Mediator of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ, the Logos.

If someone says: “do not question me, remember Korah” he is misapplying this lesson. We have a command not to blindly follow any man, but to prove and test all the words of men by every Word of God and to reject what is different from the Word of God. Remember the Berean’s and the words of Paul:

1 Thess 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Moses was a type of Christ, and these men were rebelling against Moses; which is the same thing as rebelling against Jesus Christ, the HEAD and High Priest, the Mediator of the New Covenant under God the Father.

1 Timothy 2:5   For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

To follow any man contrary to any part of the Word of God, is the same as these folks following Korah against Moses, it is rebellion against Jesus Christ and the Word of God.

Those who claim that questioning them is as the rebellion of Korah are exalting themselves to the same level as the Mediator of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ; they have forgotten who their HEAD is, and they are usurping the authority of the Mediator of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ!

Numbers 16:1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: 16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:

16:3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

Moses as a mortal man did not defend himself at all; instead he called on God to reveal God’s will!

Why will so many elders not call on the Eternal to reveal his will for your leadership today? There  are many Korah’s today, each one rejecting any zeal for the Mediator of the New Covenant, seeking the pre-eminence for himself and doing what he wants instead of doing as God commands.

16:4 And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face: 16:5 And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.

Take censors of incense, symbolic of rising prayers and appealing to God for God’s judgment; and the Eternal shall judge and reveal who he wants to lead his people.

16:6 This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company; 16:7 And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.

Moses warns the Levites of their called out place and heritage, and asks them why they want to rise out of their place. Why are they not content with the honor of a Levite and want to have the preeminence also.

16:8 And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi: 16:9 Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them? 16:10 And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also?

These men would not submit to the mediator of the Mosaic Covenant, Moses, nor submit to and serve the priesthood of Aaron. And although it was they themselves who had refused to go into the land; they claimed a breach of the Covenant by God, for not bringing them into the promised land. 

Today many elders in the Ekklesia engage in this same rebellion against God; insisting that the brethren must follow and obey them and their organization instead of living by every Word of God to enter the Promised Land of eternal life

16:11 For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him? 16:12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up: 16:13 Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us? 16:14 Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.

Moses is furious that they will not submit to the will of God, and says that he has taken nothing from them:  Just as Jesus Christ is furious with us today for our rebellion against him, to decide right and wrong for ourselves instead of living by every Word of God.

16:15 And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them.

Moses demands that these rebels appear before God, with Moses and Aaron to see who God has chosen for the office of mediator of the Mosaic Covenant.

16:16 And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow: 16:17 And take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring ye before the LORD every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each of you his censer.

16:18 And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron.

Korah then came and brought very many supporters with him. Perhaps he was beginning to realize the magnitude of his offense and needed the moral support of numbers?

16:19 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation.

Jesus Christ then appeared in the cloud of glory and commanded the faithful to separate themselves from the wicked rebels that the rebels might be destroyed.

Even so the time is almost at hand in our day, where those who rebel against zealously living by every Word of God; who rebel against Jesus Christ the Mediator of the New Covenant and their espoused Husband; will be separated from the zealous, that they may be cast into the furnace of affliction.

16:20 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 16:21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.

God commands that the faithful to his Word separate themselves out from among these rebels, that the good not be destroyed with the bad.

The time of the separation of the zealous to live by every Word of God are to be separated OUT, from those who rebel against any zeal for the whole Word of God is almost at hand. Yes, God IS the author of division; dividing the holy from the profane, the good from the evil and the faithful from the faithless!

16:22 And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? 16:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 16:24 Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.

My Dear and Much Beloved Brethren; it is those men who are not zealous for the sanctity of the Sabbath or for the practical keeping of the Word of God that are in rebellion against Jesus Christ the Mediator of the New Covenant! The time is very near at hand when it WILL be time to separate out the zealous so that the idolaters and compromisers may be cast into the furnace of affliction for their good, to humble them and bring them to sincere repentance.

16:25 And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. 16:26 And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of their’s, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.

Then the faithful removed themselves because they believed the warnings and trusted in their God

16:27 So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.

Moses then asks God to reveal who his true servants are

16:28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. 16:29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me. 16:30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.

At the words of Moses; Jesus Christ: yes, the same Christ which many falsely claim will wink at sin and overlook transgressions and tolerate false teachings [doctrines]; opened up the very earth and swallowed up these rebels against his Word directly into the grave.

16:31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: 16:32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. 16:33 They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.

When these rebels began to scream as they felt the earth open under them, the others nearby fled away

16:34 And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.

Then the men who offered incense on behalf of Korah were killed by fire from Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ WILL NOT TOLERATE any departure from the Word of God to idolize men and exalt men above the authority of the Word of God!!! NO! NO! NO! A thousand times NO!

16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.

Christ then commanded Eleazar to beat the censors into plates to cover the altar, that the people may see and remember to never rebel against any part of the Word of God.

16:36 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 16:37 Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire yonder; for they are hallowed.

Those who compromise with or fail to zealously live by every Word of God, sin against their own lives.

16:38 The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make them broad plates for a covering of the altar: for they offered them before the LORD, therefore they are hallowed: and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel. 16:39 And Eleazar the priest took the brasen censers, wherewith they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar:

These Levites wanted to be the deciders and leader in rebellion against the Word of God; and they wanted to usurp this position by self will and open rebellion.

Today in the Ekklesia men rule by their own ways and are not diligent to live by every Word of God; thereby rebelling against many parts of the Word of God to do as they choose.

The time of separating the faithful to God from such people is almost at hand

16:40 To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of Moses.

Astounding! The next day the people accused Moses of killing God’s people!

16:41 But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD.

The people gathered against Moses and Aaron and Jesus Christ came down in the cloud of glory to meet them.

16:42 And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared. 16:43 And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation.

The Eternal then told Moses and Aaron and the faithful to immediately separate themselves from the sinning people that he might destroy them. This same event is to soon be repeated as God’s two servants will call, by the Word of the Eternal, for the faithful to leave so that the faithless may be corrected in great tribulation

16:44 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 16:45 Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.

Moses commanded Aaron to quickly offer an atonement for the people as the plague was upon them for their rejection of the Word and Will of their God. This is Jesus Christ doing this and destroying the unrepentant compromisers and tolerator’s of sin and the false ways of human imagination!

Because he has been a long time patient with us, does not mean that out correction will not come soon now.

16:46 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun.

16:47 And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people. 16:48 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. 16:49 Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.

16:50 And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed.

 

Numbers 17

Jesus then moves to clearly identify who he has chosen as the high priest of Mosaic Israel.

Numbers 17:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 17:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man’s name upon his rod.

The name of the head of each tribe is to be written on Rods, with Aaron’s name written on the rod of Levi. God was going to clearly identify which tribe and which person he had called going to be the first high priest and father of the priesthood of physical Mosaic Israel.

17:3 And thou shalt write Aaron’s name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers. 17:4 And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony, where I will meet with you.

17:5 And it shall come to pass, that the man’s rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you.

Moses then obeyed and gave each a rod. This is very similar to the choosing of Matthias as an apostle in Acts 1:26.

17:6 And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers’ houses, even twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. 17:7 And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness.

The rod of Aaron had budded and bloomed and brought forth the fruit of almonds.

Here I want to point out that the Menorah lampstands in the tabernacle, were to be decorated as almond branches with almond buds, flowers and fruit.

We are nothing on our own and our own ways are nothing; it is the internalizing of the whole Word of God and living by every Word of God by his Holy Spirit dwelling in us [the Spirit of God the Father and Jesus Christ living in us  as they have lived through eternity], being totally zealous for the whole Word and Will of God the Father in heaven; which makes us shining lights in this dark world.

Tolerating false doctrine and sin, while idolizing men above the Word of God; quenches God’s Spirit and dims our light to extinction!

ONLY if we are filled with whole hearted Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God; will we be given the Spirit of God; ONLY if we follow God’s Spirit in passionate zeal to keep God’s Word, can our light truly shine! And ONLY then will we spiritually grow, bud and blossom and bear much fruit!

17:8 And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. 17:9 And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod.

Aaron’s rod was then set in the tabernacle as proof of the Mosaic priesthood of Aaron; and we who are called to the spiritual priesthood of Jesus Christ; if we remain steadfast and faint not, will grow, bud, blossom and bear fruit; as a shining light in the spiritual darkness of this world; not on our own, but through the Holy Spirit of God and its passionate zeal for the Word and ways of the Almighty.

17:10 And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron’s rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not. 17:11 And Moses did so: as the LORD commanded him, so did he.

The people now realized that Christ meant it when he said that they would die in their sins.

17:12 And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish. 17:13 Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?

 

Numbers 18

The Mosaic priesthood of Aaron would cover the sins of the people against the Mosaic Covenant by sacrificing for them; in an allegory, that spiritually Jesus Christ, would bear the sins of humanity against the spiritual New Covenant; offering himself as the Lamb of God.

Numbers 18:1 And the LORD said unto Aaron, Thou and thy sons and thy father’s house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood.

The priests shall minister in the holy things, and the Levites shall assist with the physical needs of the tabernacle [later the temple].

18:2 And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness. 18:3 And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they [the non priest Levites] shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also [for allowing the pollution of the holy things], die.

NO stranger [no unconverted person, not called to the priesthood] is to be allowed to approach any holy thing. This is representative of the fact that in the New Covenant, no unconverted person can understand the holy things of God, unless they are converted and called into the priesthood of the New Covenant, the priesthood of Jesus Christ.

18:4 And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you.

The priests are to maintain the holiness of the holy things, by keeping them pure and clean from all pollution; as we are to keep our assemblies holy, by keeping out the repentant in name only, and rejecting all self justifying and willful sin and compromise with any part of the holiness of the Word of God.

Seeking numbers by watering down teachings is an abomination to Jesus Christ!  He wants QUALITY, HOLINESS and spiritual PURITY; he wants our full unity with God, which comes through a passionate zeal to be like HIM!

18:5 And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel.

The Levites are to assist in the physical work as the priests are to be Set Apart, ministering in the HOLY THINGS.

18:6 And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Those spiritually called to become priests of Jesus Christ, if we endure and overcome, will receive that reward on that day. But no stranger who was not called out to the New Covenant of zeal to live by every Word of God, shall be raised to eternal life to become a part of that holy priesthood of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Numbers 18:7 Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priest’s office for everything of the altar, and within the vail; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest’s office unto you as a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

The heave offerings are to be given to the priests for their service to Christ in the holy things.

18:8 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also have given thee the charge of mine heave offerings of all the hallowed things of the children of Israel; unto thee have I given them by reason of the anointing, and to thy sons, by an ordinance for ever.

Those parts not burned in the fire are to be given to the priests as explained in Leviticus.

18:9 This shall be thine of the most holy things, reserved from the fire: every oblation of theirs, every meat offering of theirs, and every sin offering of theirs, and every trespass offering of theirs which they shall render unto me, shall be [reserved as] most holy for thee and for thy sons [the officiating priests].

18:10 In the most holy place shalt thou eat it; every male shall eat it: it shall be holy unto thee.

And all offerings not burned but lifted up before the Lord, like the Wave Offering and the Pentecost first fruits offering etc, shall belong to the priests. These offerings are not only for the male priest but also belong to the female family members of the children of Aaron. The only restriction is that a person must be “clean: to eat these offerings.

In the spiritual sense of the New Covenant, being clean means being free from the pollution of any sin as well as the physical uncleanness. Today the Ekklesia are full of spiritual uncleanness and sin and most are not fit for the priesthood, until they sincerely repent.

18:11 And this is thine; the heave offering of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Israel: I have given them unto thee, and to thy sons and to thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: every one that is clean in thy house shall eat of it.

18:12 All the best of the oil, and all the best of the wine, and of the wheat, the firstfruits of them which they shall offer unto the LORD, them have I given thee.

The first fruits offerings shall belong to the priests; spiritually all of the New Covenant called out are to be priests in the millennium and the people will bring these things to them in the kingdom of God.

18:13 And whatsoever is first ripe in the land, which they shall bring unto the LORD, shall be thine; every one that is clean in thine house shall eat of it.

All the things devoted to God shall belong to the high priest of Aaron, as an allegory that all holy things shall belong to the High Priest of the New Covenant Jesus Christ and to his spiritual priesthood in the millennial Sabbath of rest.

18:14 Every thing devoted in Israel shall be thine.

All the first born of man and beast along with the first fruits of the field shall belong to the high priest of Aaron, as an allegory that they shall belong to the New Covenant High Priest Jesus Christ and his priesthood.

18:15 Every thing that openeth the matrix in all flesh, which they bring unto the LORD, whether it be of men or beasts, shall be thine: nevertheless the firstborn of man shalt thou surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou redeem.

To redeem the firstborn of men, five shekels are to be paid to the sanctuary.

18:16 And those that are to be redeemed from a month old shalt thou redeem, according to thine estimation, for the money of five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs.

The first born of all sacrificial animals shall be sacrificed and may NOT be redeemed.

18:17 But the firstling of a cow, or the firstling of a sheep, or the firstling of a goat, thou shalt not redeem; they are holy: thou shalt sprinkle their blood upon the altar, and shalt burn their fat for an offering made by fire, for a sweet savour unto the LORD.

18:18 And the flesh of them shall be thine [the officiating priests], as the wave breast and as the right shoulder are thine. 18:19 All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer unto the LORD, have I given thee, and thy sons and thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: it is a covenant of salt for ever before the LORD unto thee and to thy seed with thee.

The priests shall have no land, for God is their inheritance; the priests are to fully trust in God to provide for them.

18:20 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel.

The priests are to be supported by the sacrifices; and the tithe is to be given exclusively to the Levites who assist the priests and the Levites are to tithe of the tithe to the High Priest for the daily and national sacrifices.

18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Israel is warned to keep away from the tabernacles and let the priests and Levites do their jobs.

18:22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.

The inheritance of the Levites is the tithe of the people; they shall have no other inheritance in Israel.

18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance. 18:24 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.

The Levites are to take a tenth from the people and are then to give a tenth of what they received to the priests.

18:25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 18:26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe. 18:27 And this your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshingfloor, and as the fulness of the winepress. 18:28 Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the LORD of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and ye shall give thereof the LORD’s heave offering to Aaron the priest.

The Levites are also to share with the priests whatever gifts that they receive above the tithes of the people.

18:29 Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the LORD, of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it. 18:30 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, When ye have heaved the best thereof from it, then it shall be counted unto the Levites as the increase of the threshingfloor, and as the increase of the winepress.

The Levites may eat the tithe and gifts anywhere and need not eat them in the tabernacle.

18:31 And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your households: for it is your reward for your service in the tabernacle of the congregation.

The priests shall not sin in desiring more than their share [tithe of the tithe]  from the Levites, for they have been given the meat of the various offerings. Neither shall the priests take for themselves any holy thing.

18:32 And ye shall bear no sin by reason of it, when ye have heaved from it the best of it: neither shall ye pollute the holy things of the children of Israel, lest ye die

 

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