Numbers 19-36

Numbers 19

The Red Heifer

For non cattle people a heifer is a virgin cow, usually under two years old.

The Red Heifer shall be killed before the high priest outside the camp, as Christ was killed outside the city; and wholly burnt with cedar wood, and hyssop, and with scarlet cast into the fire.

The redness of this heifer being typical of the red of the blood of Christ shed for us; the red heifer being of the cattle kind, was typical of strength and patient service, while its virginity was representative of total loyalty. These things of Christ as an example of what WE should be.

The burning of the whole heifer representing serving the God the Father whole heartedly, the cedar to be burnt and to rise up as a sweet smelling smoke, typical of the service of Christ as a very sweet and acceptable thing to God the Father, and scarlet typical of the shed blood of Christ, and the hyssop typical of the cleansing quality of the sacrifice of Christ.

Numbers 19:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 19:2 This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke:

The yoke of men here being typical of the yoke of the bondage of sin; therefore never having been yoked was representative of Jesus Christ who was without any sin.

19:3 And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, that he may bring her forth without the camp, and one shall slay her before his face: 19:4 And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times: 19:5 And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn: 19:6 And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer.

The red heifer took on itself the uncleanness of the world, as Jesus Christ took upon himself the sin and uncleanness of the world. Therefore the high priest and everyone involved in the killing and the burning of this heifer was unclean and must be washed and remain unclean until the sun set.

19:7 Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even. 19:8 And he that burneth her shall wash his clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even.

The ashes are then to be gathered up by a clean person and shall be used as a cleansing from uncleanness.

19:9 And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin.

The clean ash gatherer’s shall be unclean by their contact with the ashes.

19:10 And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among them, for a statute for ever.

Uncleanness by contact with a dead person

Death being the wages of sin, and all have sinned except Christ; contact with the dead is a type of contact and being made unclean by sin. The operative word here is DEATH.

Those who have become unclean by death are to cleanse themselves with the ashes of the red heifer mixed with water on the third and seventh days.

This cleansing on the third and seventh day’s, and being made clean at the END of the seventh day. While the beginning of the eighth day, represents a new beginning for the person, cleansed by Christ from the uncleanness of sin.

At the END of the seventh day of Tabernacles; the Eighth Day Feast represents all changed humanity going forward into eternity with all uncleanness and sin, and even death itself being destroyed.  

19:11 He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days. 19:12 He shall purify himself with it [the ashes of the red heifer mixed with water] on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean.

Here we see that Christ calls the converted human person; “the tabernacle of the LORD”; revealing the prophetic nature of this ritual.

The red heifer was an allegory of the need to apply the sacrifice of Christ [the ashes mixed with water]; the ashes representing Jesus Christ the ultimate sacrifice for all our sin and uncleanness, and the water, typical of the Spirit and Word of God, which makes us clean by replacing our sin with the righteousness of living by every Word of God.

Ephesians 5:25 . . . even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Only those having their uncleanness of sin which brings death, atoned for by sincere repentance and the sacrifice of Christ and who then go and sin no more, being washed clean by the application of the sacrifice of Christ and the water of the zealous keeping of the whole Word of God; shall be wholly clean and acceptable as a part of the congregation of the bride in the resurrection to eternity.

Numbers 19:13 Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth the tabernacle of the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is yet upon him.

Any and ALL association with those who have reaped the wages of sin [death]; MUST be atoned for; for NO uncleanness or sin, or being polluted by any association with evil, will be permitted in the resurrection. Those who claim that it is godly Christ-like love to tolerate sin: are LIARS!

We are to be zealous to prove every word of men, and are to reject anything that is not consistent with every Word of God. No one who tolerates a diversity of doctrine, uncleanness or sin; will be in the resurrection to spirit!

Jesus Christ here condemns any association with death [which is the wages of sin and compromise with the Word of God], and requires cleansing atonement for this uncleanness, which is typical of all uncleanness of sin in the spiritual sense.

19:14 This is the law, when a man dieth in a tent: all that come into the tent, and all that is in the tent, shall be unclean seven days. 19:15 And every open vessel, which hath no covering bound upon it, is unclean. 19:16 And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.

Mosaic cleansing with the red heifer from defilement by any dead body.

A clean person is to mix the ashes with running water [living as opposed to stagnant (dead) water], and sprinkled with a branch of hyssop [a plant with cleaning properties]; sprinkling the unclean person and things on the third and seventh days.

The clean person doing the sprinkling then also becomes unclean, and must himself wash and remain unclean until the evening [sunset].

Then the person and things unclean for seven days, and shall be clean at sunset ending the seventh day and have a new beginning on the eighth day.

19:17 And for an unclean person they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel: 19:18 And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave: 19:19 And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.

If a person does not sincerely repent and seek the cleansing of Jesus Christ to be applied to him; he is cut off from God. Anyone who idolizes men to do his own ways, and is not zealous to live by every Word of God, will reap the wages of his sin and will be cut off from Jesus Christ and God the Father.

19:20 But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify [spiritually: sincerely repent] himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he hath defiled the sanctuary of the LORD: the water of separation hath not been sprinkled upon him; he is unclean.

19:21 And it shall be a perpetual statute unto them, that he that sprinkleth the water of separation shall wash his clothes; and he that toucheth the water of separation shall be unclean until even.

This teaching absolutely prohibits any tolerance of the spiritual uncleanness of diverse  doctrines; and of the willfully sinful among the assemblies of the called out.

19:22 And whatsoever the unclean person toucheth shall be unclean; and the soul that toucheth it shall be unclean until even.

 

Numbers 20

Instead of seeking deliverance from God; the people complain and rebel against Christ; we do the very same thing today! Oh, we would deny that! But in fact we attempt to water down the commandments of God rather than run to Christ for deliverance and the strength to obey the Word of God!

Yes, We are NO different from these complainers when we call the Sabbath holy and then refuse to keep it holy! We make the Word of God of no effect by our watering down of his Word and the rejection of any zeal to live by every Word of  God.  We would rather judge the Word of God by the words of men; than the other way round, as we exalt and idolize men above the Word of God.

Like physical Israel in the wilderness, we complain about God’s Word and seek to turn back into the bondage of the spiritual Egypt of our idols of men.

Numbers 20:1 Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there. 20:2 And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. 20:3 And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD! 20:4 And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there? 20:5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.

While the people complained against God for their problem; faithful Moses and Aaron went to God and asked him for his help. They did not water down teachings to bring in more numbers or money!  NO absolutely not; They ran to their God for deliverance, instead of trying to deliver themselves by turning away from and compromising with the Word of God!

Brethren, this was recorded for OUR example!

20:6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.

This is the second time in their journeys where this matter of water became a problem. Do you not think that God knew where the water was and could have led them to water. These things happened and were recorded for OUR instruction.

1 Corinthians 10 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3And did all eat the same spiritual meat [the word of God]; 4And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

These two times were an allegory for us; at the first time Moses was commanded to strike the rock and the water would come out. That was an allegory that the death of Christ would bring forth the living waters of salvation; the water of the whole Word of God, the way to life eternal for humanity. And today we have the Ekklesia rejecting the living water of salvation; the water of the whole Word of God!

Exodus 17:5 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. 6Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

The second time Moses was commanded to SPEAK to the rock and the living waters of salvation would flow out. This is in reference to the fact that Christ would only die [be struck] ONCE and that at the appointed time all who call on the name of the Lord would be saved.

Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.

Numbers 20:7 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 20:8 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.

Moses lost his temper and did not obey Christ by speaking to the rock, instead striking it twice and breaking the intended allegory. For this SIN Moses was corrected, for God is NOT a respecter of persons; therefore you elders and leaders take heed that Jesus Christ will indeed correct you for departing from him to lead the people to idolize men.

20:9 And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him. 20:10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? 20:11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

The water came out to continue the allegory and to give drink to the people; but God corrected Moses. Indeed Jesus used this sin of Moses to teach us that no sinner who is not totally faithful to EVERY WORD of God may enter the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life.

Jesus Christ forbade Moses to enter the promised land as an instruction to us that He will NOT wink at any self justified sin; and will NOT let any willful sinner into his Promised Land of eternity.

It’s time that  we WOKE UP and understood that Jesus Christ will not tolerate any sin or false teachings that he will NOT wink at compromise or sin.

20:12 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

20:13 This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them.

As Israel now prepares to enter the promised land they make preparations to travel up on the east side of Jordan and Moses sends a letter to the ruler of Edom.

20:14 And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh unto the king of Edom, Thus saith thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the travail that hath befallen us: 20:15 How our fathers went down into Egypt, and we have dwelt in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians vexed us, and our fathers: 20:16 And when we cried unto the LORD, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt: and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of thy border: 20:17 Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king’s high way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders.

Edom refuses free passage and threatens to fight Israel if they enter his land

20:18 And Edom [Esau] said unto him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword.

The dialogue continues with Moses offering to pay for anything that might be used

20:19 And the children of Israel said unto him, We will go by the high way: and if I and my cattle drink of thy water, then I will pay for it: I will only, without doing anything else, go through on my feet.

The king of Edom rejected Israel and mobilized his armies to defend his borders

20:20 And he said, Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out against him with much people, and with a strong hand.

Israel turned back and stayed near but outside the border, of Canaan and Edom

20:21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border: wherefore Israel turned away from him. 20:22 And the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, journeyed from Kadesh, and came unto mount Hor.

Because Moses rebelled against Christ by striking the rock, Aaron was also forbidden to enter the promised land.

20:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying, 20:24 Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah.

Aaron is stripped of the garments of the high priest, and that sign of office was given to Eleazar as the indication that God had chosen him as the new high priest.

20:25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor: 20:26 And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there.

The congregation was gathered to see the death of Aaron and the change of men in the office of high priest.

20:27 And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. 20:28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount.

20:29 And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

 

Numbers 21

A Canaanite king comes forth to battle the coming invasion, attacking in the area south west of Edom. The people then turned to God for deliverance. They were slowly learning their lesson. The wonderings in Sinai for 40 years is an allegory of a spiritually called out person’s journey to learn zeal for the Word and promises of God

Numbers 21:1 And when king Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt in the south, heard tell that Israel came by the way of the spies; then he fought against Israel, and took some of them prisoners.

21:2 And Israel vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities. 21:3 And the LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hormah.

21:4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way [Red Sea road] of the Red sea, to compass [go around] the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.

How quickly we forget; the people were again complaining over the hardships of the journey, just as many in the spiritual Israel of the called out; today complain about the hardship of keeping the commandments of God.

21:5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

Jesus Christ then sent fiery serpents to torment and kill them. This was a lesson that “the way of the serpent” [Satan, and rebellion against zeal to keep the Word of God] is pain and death; the word “fiery” referring to an intense burning pain upon being bitten.

21:6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

The people repent again and beg for relief

21:7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

The likeness of the serpent [an allegory of sin] which brings burning pain and death, is hanged on a pole. This being an instruction that Jesus Christ would be hanged on a pole and would bear the sins of the world: And that sacrifice was complete and total victory over sin and the serpent in the garden which brought sin into the world.

21:8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. 21:9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

Some of the journeys of Israel to go around Edom and reach the Jordan River

21:10 And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in Oboth.

21:11 And they journeyed from Oboth, and pitched at Ijeabarim, in the wilderness which is before Moab, toward the sunrising.

21:12 From thence they removed, and pitched in the valley of Zared.

21:13 From thence they removed, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, which is in the wilderness that cometh out of the coasts of the Amorites: for Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.

21:14 Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the LORD, What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of Arnon, 21:15 And at the stream of the brooks that goeth down to the dwelling of Ar, and lieth upon the border of Moab.

21:16 And from thence they went to Beer: that is the well whereof the LORD spake unto Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water.

21:17 Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it: 21:18 The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver [Jesus Christ], with their staves. And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah: 21:19 And from Mattanah to Nahaliel: and from Nahaliel to Bamoth: 21:20 And from Bamoth in the valley, that is in the country of Moab, to the top of Pisgah, which looketh toward Jeshimon.

Israel appeals for passage through the Amorites

21:21 And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, 21:22 Let me pass through thy land: we will not turn into the fields, or into the vineyards; we will not drink of the waters of the well: but we will go along by the king’s high way, until we be past thy borders.

Sihon would fight and not allow safe passage

21:23 And Sihon would not suffer Israel to pass through his border: but Sihon gathered all his people together, and went out against Israel into the wilderness: and he came to Jahaz, and fought against Israel.

The Amorites are defeated by Christ, and Israel came to the border of Ammon

21:24 And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land from Arnon unto Jabbok, even unto the children of Ammon: for the border of the children of Ammon was strong.

The Amorites also included the land of Moab which Sihon had taken. So Israel defeated the Amorites and took the land of the Amorites and the land of Moab which was occupied by the Amorites.

21:25 And Israel took all these cities: and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all the villages thereof. 21:26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab, and taken all his land out of his hand, even unto Arnon.

21:27 Wherefore they that speak in proverbs say, Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and prepared: 21:28 For there is a fire gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon: it hath consumed Ar of Moab, and the lords of the high places of Arnon. 21:29 Woe to thee, Moab! thou art undone, O people of Chemosh: he hath given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity unto Sihon king of the Amorites. 21:30 We have shot at them; Heshbon is perished even unto Dibon, and we have laid them waste even unto Nophah, which reacheth unto Medeba.

Sihon ruled from the border of Edom south of the Dead Sea including Moab at the east side of the Dead Sea, up to the border of Ammon. After conquering Sihon Israel went around Ammon and moved up into Bashan [modern Syrian side Golan]. Nevertheless the Amorites were a large nation of the Canaanites and other kings of the Amorites lived west of Jordan which were later destroyed by Joshua.

21:31 Thus Israel dwelt [occupied] in the land of the Amorites. 21:32 And Moses sent to spy out Jaazer, and they took the villages thereof, and drove out the Amorites that were there.

After destroying the Amorites they continued north to fight against Og king of the Golan region.

21:33 And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan [the Golan region] went out against them, he, and all his people, to the battle at Edrei.

Jesus Christ tells Moses to go forward fearlessly into the Golan region. Is this the wimpy, tolerate anything in the name of a false emotional love, false Christ of some of today’s Ekklesia, and the other evangelical minded false teachers in the assemblies? These folks were sinners and were to be destroyed for their unrepentant sin!

Jesus Christ will deliver a great victory over all sin; if we would only follow him, live by every Word of God and seek him to fight for us: against the sin and temptation that besets us.

21:34 And the LORD said unto Moses, Fear him [Og] not: for I have delivered him into thy hand, and all his people, and his land; and thou shalt do to him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.

21:35 So they smote him [Og of (Bashan) Golan], and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left him alive: and they possessed his land.

 

Numbers 22

Israel then turned back south to Moab now free from the Amorites; and Moab was sore afraid of Israel

22:1 And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho.

Balak was ruler of Moab and was greatly afraid because of the destruction of the Amorites by Israel

22:2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 22:3 And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel. 22:4 And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time.

Balak sends messengers to Balaam for Balaam had a great reputation to bless and to curse. Balak asks Balaam to curse Israel the called out of Egypt and the wife of Christ.

22:5 He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me: 22:6 Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.

The messengers brought with them payment for Balaam; these being rewards of divination. I have heard some imply that Balaam was a man of God, how they could get this idea about this wicked satanic man is beyond understanding. Balaam was a diviner and magician who’s workings were by the power of Satan.

He had great power by Satan, yet Satan and his instruments are limited by God in what they are allowed to do.

22:7 And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak.

Balaam then inquires of God as to what he may do. This is not strange considering that Satan appears before God to give an account of his doings (Job 1:6-8).

22:8 And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam.

Christ appears to Balaam and Balaam makes his request

22:9 And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee? 22:10 And Balaam said unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying, 22:11 Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out.

Jesus Christ forbids cursing Israel; and calls them blessed

22:12 And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.

Balaam informs the messengers that he has been refused permission to go with them to curse Israel. We should begin to get the picture that even though Satan is the God of this world, he is limited by the Eternal in what he may do. The God family is always in charge and in full control.

22:13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the LORD refuseth to give me leave to go with you.

The messengers returned to the king and the king sent them back to Balaam with offers of much reward

22:14 And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and said, Balaam refuseth to come with us.

22:15 And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they. 22:16 And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me: 22:17 For I will promote thee unto very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people.

Balaam then admits that he is completely limited by the Word of God; so it is in this end time. When we have trials we are to run to our Mighty Deliverer who has power over every work of Satan.

22:18 And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more.

Yet, Balaam enticed by the offers, decides to ask God once more

22:19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more.

Jesus allows Balaam to go with the men, but speak only the words of God

22:20 And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do. 22:21 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.

Jesus was angry because Balaam went to take reward of the king. And he sent his angel to threaten to kill Balaam, in order to impress upon him that he must say only what Christ would tell him to say.

22:22 And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. 22:23 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.

The ass seeing the angel tried to turn away and crushed the foot of Balaam against a wall

22:24 But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. 22:25 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again.

The angel went a little distance further, where the ass on seeing her refused to go further and laid down in the way.

22:26 And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 22:27 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.

Then the ass was given to speak the words of God

22:28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? 22:29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee. 22:30 And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.

Then Balaam was made to see why the ass had tried to stop

22:31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

The angel tells Balaam that his life had been saved by his ass

22:32 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me: 22:33 And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.

Obviously, normally asses cannot speak, and this ass was allowed to speak by God’s power so that Balaam would be thoroughly warned to say ONLY those things that God wanted said.

22:34 And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again. 22:35 And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

22:36 And when Balak heard that Balaam was come, he went out to meet him unto a city of Moab, which is in the border of Arnon, which is in the utmost coast.

Balaam now warns Balak that he may speak only the word that God gives him; regardless of any reward

22:37 And Balak said unto Balaam, Did I not earnestly send unto thee to call thee? wherefore camest thou not unto me? am I not able indeed to promote thee to honour? 22:38 And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have I now any power at all to say any thing? the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak.

22:39 And Balaam went with Balak, and they came unto Kirjathhuzoth. 22:40 And Balak offered [sacrificed to his gods] oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him. 22:41 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see the utmost part of the people [of Israel].

 

Numbers 23

Balaam sought to entice Christ with offerings; making offerings with evil in his heart. How many today make offerings while having malice or some evil like Sabbath pollution in their hearts? How many people give a High Day offering and then rush out to pollute the High Day by buying in a restaurant?

Numbers 23:1 And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams. 23:2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram. 23:3 And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand by thy burnt offering, and I will go: peradventure the LORD will come to meet me: and whatsoever he sheweth me I will tell thee. And he went to an high place.

Christ commands Balaam what he should speak

23:4 And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram. 23:5 And the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

23:6 And he [Balaam] returned unto him [Balak], and, lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab.

Then Balaam declared the word of God to the king

23:7 And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel.

Jacob [Israel] is blessed by Christ through the words of Balaam

23:8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied? 23:9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.

23:10 Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!

Balak who paid for a curse is enraged that a blessing is accounted to Israel

23:11 And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether. 23:12 And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth?

Balak tries again

23:13 And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence. 23:14 And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.

Balaam then again consults with Jesus Christ the Husband of Israel, apparently unaware that God was in fact the Husband of Israel and that he was asking a Husband to curse his wife.

23:15 And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the LORD yonder.

Christ instructs Balaam what to say

23:16 And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus. 23:17 And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him, What hath the LORD spoken?

Balaam admits that he cannot reverse the word of God

23:18 And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor: 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? 23:20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

This statement is now about physical Israel as an analogy about the resurrected spiritual Israel; who was called out of the bondage of spiritual Egypt, with their King Jesus Christ among them

23:21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them. 23:22 God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.

As physical Israel overcame many enemies by the power of Christ, to take possession of the promised land, so the faithful of spiritual Israel shall overcome all adversity, to steadfastly conquer sin by the power of our Mighty One.

23:23 Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! 23:24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.

Balak commands Balaam not to speak of Israel again

23:25 And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all. 23:26 But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do?

Balak later asks Balaam to try one more time

23:27 And Balak said unto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence. 23:28 And Balak brought Balaam unto the top of Peor, that looketh toward Jeshimon. 23:29 And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams. 23:30 And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.

 

Numbers 24

Balaam set himself to go into the wilderness to consider and to commune with Christ

Numbers 24:1 And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness.

God then inspired Balaam by God’s Spirit to prophesy again concerning Israel

24:2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him.

Balaam in a trance from God delivers a blessing and a prophecy of Israel

24:3 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: 24:4 He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

This is a prophecy of physical Israel at that time, about entering Canaan and possessing the land; and is a prophecy of millennial physical Israel being the head of all nations; and spiritual Israel overcoming all through zeal to live by every Word of God and receiving the Promised Land of eternal life.

24:5 How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! 24:6 As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.

24:7 He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.

24:8 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.

24:9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.

The king is furious at Balaam

24:10 And Balak’s anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times. 24:11 Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back from honour.

24:12 And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying, 24:13 If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what the LORD saith, that will I speak?

Another prophecy of the latter days

24:14 And now, behold, I go unto my people: come therefore, and I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days.

24:15 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: 24:16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

Balaam prophesies of the Millennial coming of Jesus Christ; and the destruction of the nations which had destroyed end time physical Israel. For Psalm 83 shows us that the nations of the Middle East shall ally themselves with the king of the North to defeat and to occupy Jerusalem and Judea until the armies of the Far East come to gather at Jerusalem, and Messiah comes with all his chosen to take rule over the whole earth.

24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh [in Balaam’s day the coming of Messiah was far off] : there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

24:18 And Edom [Turkey] shall be a possession, Seir [Turkey] also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly.

24:19 Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.

24:20 And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever.

24:21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock. 24:22 Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.

24:23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this! 24:24 And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever.

24:25 And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.

 

Numbers 25

Here we find that Balaam had advised king Balak that since Christ would not curse Israel, they could cause Israel to bring a curse upon themselves by enticing them into sinning against the commandments of God. This will become clear as we cover the story further.

This is exactly how Satan works. He uses a combination of pressure and persecution, together with enticements and temptations to sin. We must remember Satan’s methods in our personal lives and the leaders and brethren should remember these things and be ever alert to remain steadfastly grounded on the whole word of God.

Numbers 25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim [the acacia woods], and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.

The people of Moab sent out the willing among their women to entice Israel to sin; offering themselves to fornicate and then inviting those Israelites they came in contact with to come to the sacrifices and Feasts of their gods. Today very many attend Christmas and other heathen feasts in rebellion against the Word of God; who commands us NOT to participate in the sins of others.

1 Timothy 5:22 . . . neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

Numbers 25:2 And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

Baalpeor: Lord of the opening, a god of the Moabites (Num. 25:3; 31:16; Josh. 22:17), worshipped by indiscriminate sexual orgies. So called from the mountain pass of Mount Peor, where this worship was celebrated, the Baal [the lord or god] of Mount Peor. The Israelites fell into the worship of this idol (Num. 25:3, 5, 18; Deut. 4:3; Ps. 106:28; Hos. 9:10). 

Peor the “opening” was not some sexual thing as some suggest, instead it referred to a mountain pass on the border.

25:3 And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.

Jesus Christ the jealous Husband, commands to slay all the leaders of the people who allowed this apostasy from the commandments of God.

And some in the Ekklesia dare to claim that Jesus will overlook sin so they can go ahead and compromise with God’s commandments and tolerate diversity of doctrine [false teachings that turn us away from the truth and of the Word of God] with impunity!

No, Jesus Christ is not the pathetic man who would permit his espoused wife to commit spiritual adultery and reject zeal for HIM, in favor of zeal for others.

Exodus 34:14 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

Brethren, we are to destroy every idols of  organizations and men; every false doctrine, false teaching and false way; to live by every Word of God! We are NOT to tolerate and overlook sin, nor are we to fail to strongly rebuke the sin that brings sorrow and death; and neither will Jesus Christ!

Deuteronomy 6:13 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name. 14Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;

15 (For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth. 16Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.

17Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.

18And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers.

We are commanded by Jesus Christ to be strong, intense and zealous, to destroy every false way and to be passionately committed to live by every Word of God.

God knows and will afflict those who commit spiritual adultery by tolerating and following false teachings, and by exalting the word of men above the Word of God.

Jesus Christ knows those who have a false feigned love for him and will not keep God’s Word in passionate Christ-like zeal; and he will NOT close his eyes to our sins.

Christ knows those who are zealous and absolutely faithful to HIM and GOD’S WORD, and he will care for them and defend them like the jealous God he is.  He calls us to repent of following a false Christ who tolerates and overlooks the spiritual adultery of sin against HIM!

Nahum 1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

2 God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries [those who break his commandments and go contrary to his word], and he reserveth wrath for his enemies [who teach false doctrine and a false Christ of tolerance for sin].

The men who teach a false, tolerant of sin, evangelical love love Christ, are the enemies of the true Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ will NOT tolerate sin and will judge every person by their works according to the Word of God! He will not at all acquit the wicked and n or will he apply his sacrifice to the unrepentant, or the repentant in name only.

3 The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

Jesus Christ is Mighty to Save his faithful beloved, who follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth; and is Mighty to Destroy the unrepentant sinful.

4He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. 5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. 6Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

Jesus Christ is also Strong to Save those who are faithful and diligent to learn and keep the whole Word of God, who love Christ and God the Father enough to DO what they say and to internalize the very nature of God by learning and living by every Word of God without any compromise or turning to the left or to the right.

Let us flee temptation, and stand fast in trials; let always take refuge in the arms of our Mighty One!

7 The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

Christ commands Moses to tell the leaders of the people to slay the wicked who fell into idolatry. The Ekklesia today is full of idolatry and spiritual adultery and is now facing the same kind of powerful affliction and correction, as they will soon be spewed out of the body of Christ, the Ekklesia [which was typified by physical Israel] into great tribulation.

Numbers 25:4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads [leaders] of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel. 25:5 And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor.

Then a man brought in a woman of Midian, openly before those who were lamenting the sin and the killing of the people who had sinned with the idols of Moab.

This is in type done today, as many COG leaders openly commit spiritual adultery by turning away from any zeal for the Word of God in the sight of the whole Ekklesia.

25:6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Remember that they had been commanded by God to destroy the idolaters who had gone to the feasts of Baalpeor of Moab in rebellion against the Word of God.

Now here was a sinner of Israel who was openly fornicating with a woman of Midian; and Phinehas the priest, full of zeal for God, acted.

25:7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; 25:8 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.

25:9 And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.

Phinehas the zealous for Jesus Christ and the Word of God is granted an exceptional blessing; while those who justified attending pagan feasts and following pagan ways to commit spiritual adultery against their Husband were destroyed; as those who do the same sin today in following the idols of men and organizations, will also be afflicted in this latter day. 

Today, those who take a stand against the general overwhelming idolatry and spiritual adultery in the Ekklesia are latter day Phinehas’ who will receive an everlasting spiritual priesthood.

25:10 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 25:11 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.

This matter of Phinehas was recorded for our instruction. If we are zealous for the Word of God to learn it and to keep it; we shall also receive an everlasting priesthood of eternal life as priests and kings of our God, in the resurrection to spirit.

25:12 Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: 25:13 And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.

The names of the wicked are also recorded. Those who compromise with the Word of God and follow men and organizations in idolatry; will be corrected in great tribulation, and if they will still not repent after exhausting all opportunity, will be destroyed in the lake of fire and held in eternal contempt.

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Numbers 25:14 Now the name of the Israelite that was slain, even that was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a chief house among the Simeonites. 25:15 And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head over a people, and of a chief house in Midian.

Jesus Christ then commands Israel to attack and destroy Midian. It seems apparent that Moab was confederate with Midian in these things, but that God had other things in mind for Moab.

25:16 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 25:17 Vex the Midianites, and smite them: 25:18 For they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, which was slain in the day of the plague for Peor’s sake.

At this point Moses covers other subjects and returns to the war against Midian in Chapter 31

 

Numbers 26

Christ commands Moses to count the army of Israel

Numbers 26:1 And it came to pass after the plague, that the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, saying, 26:2 Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, throughout their fathers’ house, all that are able to go to war in Israel.

They are now camped in Midian by Moab on the east side of Jordan near Jericho. The army is being numbered and prepared to attack Midian [be God’s command in Chapter 25] for following the advice of Balaam and leading Israel into sin.

26:3 And Moses and Eleazar the priest spake with them in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho, saying, 26:4 Take the sum of the people, from twenty years old and upward; as the LORD commanded Moses and the children of Israel, which went forth out of the land of Egypt.

The families of the Reuben

26:5 Reuben, the eldest son of Israel: the children of Reuben; Hanoch, of whom cometh the family of the Hanochites: of Pallu, the family of the Palluites: 26:6 Of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites: of Carmi, the family of the Carmites. 26:7 These are the families of the Reubenites: and they that were numbered of them were forty and three thousand and seven hundred and thirty. [43,730]

An explanation of the family of Reuben in reference to Dathan and Abiram

26:8 And the sons of Pallu; Eliab. 26:9 And the sons of Eliab; Nemuel, and Dathan, and Abiram.

This is that Dathan and Abiram, which were famous in the congregation, who strove against Moses and against Aaron in the company of Korah, when they strove against the LORD: 26:10 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died, what time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men: and they became a sign. 26:11 Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not.

The family of Simeon

26:12 The sons of Simeon after their families: of Nemuel, the family of the Nemuelites: of Jamin, the family of the Jaminites: of Jachin, the family of the Jachinites: 26:13 Of Zerah, the family of the Zarhites: of Shaul, the family of the Shaulites. 26:14 These are the families of the Simeonites, twenty and two thousand and two hundred. [22,200]

The family of Gad

26:15 The children of Gad after their families: of Zephon, the family of the Zephonites: of Haggi, the family of the Haggites: of Shuni, the family of the Shunites: 26:16 Of Ozni, the family of the Oznites: of Eri, the family of the Erites: 26:17 Of Arod, the family of the Arodites: of Areli, the family of the Arelites. 26:18 These are the families of the children of Gad according to those that were numbered of them, forty thousand and five hundred. [40,500]

The family of Judah

26:19 The sons of Judah were Er and Onan: and Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. 26:20 And the sons of Judah after their families were; of Shelah [the son that Judah was afraid to give Tamar], the family of the Shelanites [the twins of Tamar by Judah were accounted as the children of Shelah]: of Pharez, the family of the Pharzites: of Zerah, the family of the Zarhites.

26:21 And the sons of Pharez were; of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites: of Hamul, the family of the Hamulites.

26:22 These are the families of Judah according to those that were numbered of them, threescore and sixteen thousand and five hundred. [76,500]

The family of Issachar

26:23 Of the sons of Issachar after their families: of Tola, the family of the Tolaites: of Pua, the family of the Punites: 26:24 Of Jashub, the family of the Jashubites: of Shimron, the family of the Shimronites. 26:25 These are the families of Issachar according to those that were numbered of them, threescore and four thousand and three hundred. [64,300]

The family of Zebulun

26:26 Of the sons of Zebulun after their families: of Sered, the family of the Sardites: of Elon, the family of the Elonites: of Jahleel, the family of the Jahleelites. 26:27 These are the families of the Zebulunites according to those that were numbered of them, threescore thousand and five hundred. [60,500]

The family of Joseph; Joseph was given the place of the first born and exalted over his brothers to receive a double portion.

26:28 The sons of Joseph after their families were Manasseh and Ephraim.

26:29 Of the sons of Manasseh: of Machir, the family of the Machirites: and Machir begat Gilead: of Gilead come the family of the Gileadites. 26:30 These are the sons of Gilead: of Jeezer, the family of the Jeezerites: of Helek, the family of the Helekites: 26:31 And of Asriel, the family of the Asrielites: and of Shechem, the family of the Shechemites: 26:32 And of Shemida, the family of the Shemidaites: and of Hepher, the family of the Hepherites.

Verse 33 will become relevant later

26:33 And Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters: and the names of the daughters of Zelophehad were Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.

26:34 These are the families of Manasseh, and those that were numbered of them, fifty and two thousand and seven hundred. [52,500]

26:35 These are the sons of Ephraim after their families: of Shuthelah, the family of the Shuthalhites: of Becher, the family of the Bachrites: of Tahan, the family of the Tahanites. 26:36 And these are the sons of Shuthelah: of Eran, the family of the Eranites. 26:37 These are the families of the sons of Ephraim according to those that were numbered of them, thirty and two thousand and five hundred. These are the sons of Joseph after their families. [32.500]

The family of Benjamin

26:38 The sons of Benjamin after their families: of Bela, the family of the Belaites: of Ashbel, the family of the Ashbelites: of Ahiram, the family of the Ahiramites: 26:39 Of Shupham, the family of the Shuphamites: of Hupham, the family of the Huphamites. 26:40 And the sons of Bela were Ard and Naaman: of Ard, the family of the Ardites: and of Naaman, the family of the Naamites. 26:41 These are the sons of Benjamin after their families: and they that were numbered of them were forty and five thousand and six hundred. [45,600]

The family of Dan

Here we have the name of Dan’s son Shuham, applied to the children of Dan.

26:42 These are the sons of Dan after their families: of Shuham, the family of the Shuhamites. These are the families of Dan after their families. 26:43 All the families of the Shuhamites, according to those that were numbered of them, were threescore and four thousand and four hundred. [64,400]

The family of Asher

26:44 Of the children of Asher after their families: of Jimna, the family of the Jimnites: of Jesui, the family of the Jesuites: of Beriah, the family of the Beriites. 26:45 Of the sons of Beriah: of Heber, the family of the Heberites: of Malchiel, the family of the Malchielites. 26:46 And the name of the daughter of Asher was Sarah. 26:47 These are the families of the sons of Asher according to those that were numbered of them; who were fifty and three thousand and four hundred. [53,400]

The family of Naphtali

26:48 Of the sons of Naphtali after their families: of Jahzeel, the family of the Jahzeelites: of Guni, the family of the Gunites: 26:49 Of Jezer, the family of the Jezerites: of Shillem, the family of the Shillemites. 26:50 These are the families of Naphtali according to their families: and they that were numbered of them were forty and five thousand and four hundred. [45,400]

The total fighting men of all Israel

26:51 These were the numbered of the children of Israel, six hundred thousand and a thousand seven hundred and thirty. [601,730]

They have been numbered by their families for the war and also so that lots can be cast in the names of the various families for the dividing of the land.

26:52 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 26:53 Unto these the land shall be divided for an inheritance according to the number of names. 26:54 To many thou shalt give the more inheritance, and to few thou shalt give the less inheritance: to every one shall his inheritance be given according to those that were numbered of him.

Jesus Christ was to decide who had possession of each part of the promised land; and Jesus Christ will decide who occupies various offices in the Promised Land of eternity

Proverbs 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.

Numbers 26:55 Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit. 26:56 According to the lot shall the possession thereof be divided between many and few.

Now comes the counting of the Levites.

26:57 And these are they that were numbered of the Levites after their families: of Gershon, the family of the Gershonites: of Kohath, the family of the Kohathites: of Merari, the family of the Merarites.

26:58 These are the families of the Levites: the family of the Libnites, the family of the Hebronites, the family of the Mahlites, the family of the Mushites, the family of the Korathites. And Kohath begat Amram.

Amram and Jochebed were born in Egypt of the family of Kohath the son of Levi, as descendants of Levi. The mother of Moses, Aaron and Miriam; is identified as Jochebed, and their father was Amram. Moses, Aaron and Miriam were Kohathites of Levi.

26:59 And the name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, the daughter [descendent of] of Levi, whom her mother bare to Levi in Egypt: and she bare unto Amram Aaron and Moses, and Miriam their sister.

Aaron had four sons of which two died for placing strange fire on the altar of God

26:60 And unto Aaron was born Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 26:61 And Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire before the LORD.

26:62 And those that were numbered of them were twenty and three thousand, [23,000] all males from a month old and upward: for they were not numbered among the children of Israel, because there was no inheritance given them among the children of Israel.

26:63 These are they that were numbered by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho.

ONLY Caleb, Joshua and Moses remained of Israel from forty years previous; and not one person remained of those who had refused to follow Christ into the promised land. And Moses was to die, also not being allowed to enter the land.

26:64 But among these there was not a man of them whom Moses and Aaron the priest numbered, when they numbered the children of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai. 26:65 For the LORD had said of them, They shall surely die in the wilderness. And there was not left a man of them, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

 

Numbers 27

A judgment is sought regarding inheritance of land. A judgment in the context of the scriptural law, is a request for God to decide a matter, which is then recorded in the scriptures.

Numbers 27:1 Then came the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah.

27:2 And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, 27:3 Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons. 27:4 Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father.

27:5 And Moses brought their cause before the LORD.

27:6 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 27:7 The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.

The judgment of Christ

This is in regards to the inheritance of the perpetual possession of farmland, to keep every tribe on its own land.  If a man die without a son; the inheritance should be given to his daughters, and if he also have no daughters, then his inheritance should go to his brothers; and if he have no brothers then the inheritance shall go to his father’s brothers.

27:8 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter. 27:9 And if he have no daughter, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his brethren. 27:10 And if he have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his father’s brethren.

27:11 And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it: and it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of judgment, as the LORD commanded Moses.

Moses may not go in, but is allowed to see the promised land before he dies

27:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. 27:13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered.

Moses could not enter the physical promised land because he struck a rock instead of speaking to it. Will Jesus Christ not also hold us fully accountable for our lack of zeal to fully and correctly perform his Word? Our entry into the Promised Land of eternity is directly contingent upon our zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God.

27:14 For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.

Moses then asks Christ to appoint a leader to replace him

27:15 And Moses spake unto the LORD, saying, 27:16 Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, 27:17 Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

Jesus Christ commands Moses to lay hands on Joshua before all the people, from this comes the concept of the laying on of hands. However notice that Moses laid hands on the person who was selected by GOD! 

He did not lay hands on anyone because they finished a course or had proved organizationally loyal; hands are to be laid on those who have proved themselves to be absolutely loyal to God and full of the Holy Spirit that leads us into the zealous keeping of the every Word of God.

Today, very many of those who have had the hands of men laid on them, are not qualified and are not faithful to live by every Word of God.

27:18 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him; 27:19 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. 27:20 And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.

27:21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.

27:22 And Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation: 27:23 And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

 

Numbers 28

Jesus Christ here commands the offerings ot be made by the high priest on behalf of the whole congregation, as differentiated from individual personal offerings. This includes the Daily evening and morning offering. The Daily consists of a lamb in its first year for a burnt offering, accompanied by unleavened bread made with oil and salt.

1. The Daily pictures the Lamb of God giving himself wholly and completely, in service to the Father as the Mediator between God the Father and the whole congregation.

2. The term evening and morning refers to a whole 24 day of service, as the evening and the morning are one whole day.

3. The unleavened bread pictures Jesus Christ as the Bread of Life for the whole collective called out, of physical and spiritual Egypt.

4. These things are to be wholly burned in the fire and the smoke ascends upward as symbolic of the service on behalf of the nation being very sweet and acceptable to the Father.

5. This is to be done continually day by day, demonstrating that it is the Lamb of God which reconciles the assembly of the called out to God the Father in Heaven.

6. The physical Daily is symbolic of the spiritual daily service of Christ as the Intercessor for the spiritually called out of bondage to sin.

7. In this latter day the spiritual Daily of the intercession of Jesus Christ for the collective body of the called out with God the Father will be halted, because of the overspreading of our idolatry, spiritual adultery and our many sins, like Sabbath pollution and rejecting any zeal to live by every Word of God in favor of zeal to follow the words of men.

The stopping of the spiritual daily, means the stopping of the intercession of Christ for the called out as a collective body of people, and their rejection by Christ for all their sins; so that they may be cast out from any relationship with God the Father and Christ (Rev 3:15), into great tribulation for the affliction of the flesh, in the hope of humbling to repentance and saving the spirit.

While the collective body is cast out; individuals can still have a good relationship with God the Father and Christ by their individual zeal for the whole Word of God.

The reestablishment of the physical Daily before the tribulation is NOT necessary

Please see: Understanding The Daily and The Sacrificial System

Numbers 28:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 28:2 Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season.

28:3 And thou shalt say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto the LORD; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering. 28:4 The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even; 28:5 And a tenth part of an ephah of flour for a meat offering, mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil.

28:6 It is a continual burnt offering, which was ordained in mount Sinai for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD.

The wine or drink offering represents the blood, the poured out life of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.

28:7 And the drink offering thereof shall be the fourth part of an hin for the one lamb: in the holy place shalt thou cause the strong wine to be poured unto the LORD for a drink offering.

28:8 And the other lamb shalt thou offer at even: as the meat offering of the morning, and as the drink offering thereof, thou shalt offer it, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

The special Sabbath offering in addition to the daily sacrifice

28:9 And on the sabbath day two lambs of the first year without spot, and two tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, and the drink offering thereof: 28:10 This is the burnt offering of every sabbath, beside the continual burnt offering, and his drink offering.

The new moons beginning the months are to be sanctified by special offerings

For an explanation of these different offerings and the meaning of each animal; Please see: Understanding The Daily and The Sacrificial System

28:11 And in the beginnings of your months ye shall offer a burnt offering unto the LORD; two young bullocks, and one ram, seven lambs of the first year without spot; 28:12 And three tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, for one bullock; and two tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, for one ram; 28:13 And a several tenth deal of flour mingled with oil for a meat offering unto one lamb; for a burnt offering of a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD. 28:14 And their drink offerings shall be half an hin of wine unto a bullock, and the third part of an hin unto a ram, and a fourth part of an hin unto a lamb: this is the burnt offering of every month throughout the months of the year.

A sin offering shall also be made on the new moon, besides the continual Daily offering and the new moon burnt offerings and if applicable the Sabbath offering.

28:15 And one kid of the goats for a sin offering unto the LORD shall be offered, beside the continual burnt offering, and his drink offering.

The Passover in on the 14th day of the first month, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on the 15th day of the first month.

28:16 And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the LORD. 28:17 And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.

The first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which is the 15th day of the first month, is a holy convocation.

28:18 In the first day shall be an holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work [work of any kind] therein:

The special offerings of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. These are heavy with meaning and help to give us an understanding of this High Day.

28:19 But ye shall offer a sacrifice made by fire for a burnt offering unto the LORD; two young bullocks, and one ram, and seven lambs of the first year: they shall be unto you without blemish: 28:20 And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil: three tenth deals shall ye offer for a bullock, and two tenth deals for a ram; 28:21 A several tenth deal shalt thou offer for every lamb, throughout the seven lambs:

28:22 And one goat for a sin offering, to make an atonement for you.

28:23 Ye shall offer these beside the burnt offering in the morning, which is for a continual burnt offering.

The burnt offerings and the unleavened bread offerings shall be offered daily for the seven days of this Feast.

28:24 After this manner ye shall offer daily, throughout the seven days, the meat [the Burnt and ULB offering] of the sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD: it shall be offered beside the continual burnt offering, and his drink offering.

28:25 And on the seventh day ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work.

The sacrifices of the Feast of First Fruits, sometimes called Pentecost.

28:26 Also in the day of the firstfruits, when ye bring a new meat [Bread] offering unto the LORD, after your weeks be out, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work [work of any kind]:

28:27 But ye shall offer the burnt offering for a sweet savour unto the LORD; two young bullocks, one ram, seven lambs of the first year; 28:28 And their meat offering of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals unto one bullock, two tenth deals unto one ram, 28:29 A several tenth deal unto one lamb, throughout the seven lambs; 28:30 And one kid of the goats, to make an atonement for you.

28:31 Ye shall offer them beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat [Bread] offering, (they shall be unto you without blemish) and their drink [wine] offerings.

 

 

Numbers 29

Special sacrifices for the Feast of Trumpets

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 [work of any kind]: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.

29:2 And ye shall offer a burnt offering for a sweet savour unto the LORD; one young bullock, one ram, and seven lambs of the first year without blemish: 29:3 And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals for a bullock, and two tenth deals for a ram, 29:4 And one tenth deal for one lamb, throughout the seven lambs: 29:5 And one kid of the goats for a sin offering, to make an atonement for you:

The above offerings are in addition to the Daily and to the New Moon offerings, and where this Feast falls on a weekly Sabbath, the Sabbath offerings.

29:6 Beside the burnt offering of the month, and his meat offering, and the daily burnt offering, and his meat offering, and their drink offerings, according unto their manner, for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD.

The Fast of Atonement special offerings

29:7 And ye shall have on the tenth day of this seventh month an holy convocation; and ye shall afflict your souls: ye shall not do any work therein: 29:8 But ye shall offer a burnt offering unto the LORD for a sweet savour; one young bullock, one ram, and seven lambs of the first year; they shall be unto you without blemish: 29:9 And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals to a bullock, and two tenth deals to one ram, 29:10 A several tenth deal for one lamb, throughout the

seven lambs: 29:11 One kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the sin offering of atonement, and the continual burnt offering, and the meat offering of it, and their drink offerings.

The Burnt and Unleavened Bread Offerings of the Feast of Tabernacles

The first day is a High Holy Day, followed by six more days for a complete seven day fall Feast

29:12 And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work [no work of any kind], and ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days:

The acknowledged expert on the Temple and its services is Albert Edersheim. Here is an extraction of his comments on the Feast of Tabernacles, Notice that the Last Great Day is clearly identified as the seventh day of Tabernacles and it is NOT the Eighth Day Feast.

THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES, BURNT OFFERINGS AND THE SEVENTY NATIONS OF MANKIND

“The Tabernacles Offerings were altogether unique. The sin-offering for each of the seven days was ‘one kid of the goats.’ A parallel of the Fast of Atonement, with a goat [typical of the of the main harvest, as the lamb was the sin offering for the early harvest called out.

The burnt-offerings consisted of bullocks, rams, and lambs, with their appropriate meat [ULB]- and drink-offerings. But, whereas the number of the rams and lambs remained the same on each day of the festival, that of the bullocks decreased every day by one— thirteen on the first to seven bullocks on the seventh and last day of Tabernacles, ‘that great day of the feast.’

As no special injunctions are given about the drink-offering, we infer that it was, as usually (Num 15:1-10), 1/4 of a hin of wine for each lamb, 1/3 for each ram, and 1/2 for each bullock (the hin = 1 gallon 2 pints). The ‘meat-offering’ is expressly fixed (Num 19:12, etc.) at 1/10 of an ephah of flour, mixed with 1/4 of a hin of oil, for each lamb; 2/10 of an ephah with 1/3 hin of oil, for each ram; and 3/10 of an ephah, with 1/2 hin of oil, for each bullock.

The offerings for Tabernacles are greatly increased for those of the Feast of Unleavened bread, this signifying the main fall harvest as opposed to the small early harvest in the spring.

Three things are remarkable about these burnt-offerings.

First, they are evidently the characteristic sacrifice of the Feast of Tabernacles. As compared with the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the number of the rams and lambs is double, while that of the bullocks is fivefold (14 during the Passover week, 5 x 14 during that of Tabernacles).

Second, the number of the burnt-sacrifices, whether taking each kind by itself or all of them together, is always divisible by the sacred number seven. We have for the week 70 bullocks, 14 rams, and 98 lambs, or altogether 182 sacrifices (26 x 7), to which must be added 336 (48 x 7) tenths of ephahs of flour for the meat-offering; whereas the sacred number 7 appeared at the Feast of Unleavened Bread only in the number of its days, and at Pentecost in the period up to its observance (7 x 7 days after Passover), the Feast of Tabernacles lasted seven days, took place when the seventh month was at its full height, and had the number 7 impressed on its characteristic sacrifices.

Third, is the daily diminution in the number of bullocks offered. and that these sacrifices were offered, not for Israel, but for the nations of the world: ‘There were seventy bullocks, to correspond to the number of the seventy nations in the world.”

At Babel mankind was divided into seventy basic nations.

The burnt offering of a bullock pictures the strength and patient labour of the ox; as an example of the powerful and patient service of Jesus Christ, in this case to reconcile all of humanity to God the Father.

The burning of the whole bullock and its smoke rising up, is indicative of the sweetness to the Father of the strong patient labour and dedication of Christ to the Father; in labouring to reconcile humanity to God the Father. The work of Christ is much more than an atonement for past sin; his work is also to spiritually heal the people, that they go and sin no more.

This is a fall Festival and the sacrifice of the seventy bullocks, pictures the labor and strength of Christ to bring in the seventy families of mankind into the Family of God.

The lambs in Burnt Offerings picture the meek child-like trust and dedication of Christ to serve God the Father; and the rams in Burnt Offerings, picture Jesus Christ as the head of the flock [the Ekklesia] under God the Father [the owner of the flock], leading the flock to keep the whole Word of God, and into internalizing the nature of God the Father, and into eternal Salvation.

The goat of the sin offering like the goat of Atonement, is a sin offering for all those not covered by the Lamb sin offerings of the spring Festivals. The Passover was for the called out of the early harvest, and the goat sin offering was for those of the main fall harvest of humanity.

29:13 And ye shall offer a burnt offering, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD; thirteen young bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year; they shall be without blemish: 29:14 And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals unto every bullock of the thirteen bullocks, two tenth deals to each ram of the two rams, 29:15 And a several tenth deal to each lamb of the fourteen lambs: 29:16 And one kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.

29:17 And on the second day ye shall offer twelve young bullocks, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without spot: 29:18 And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner: 29:19 And one kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and the meat offering thereof, and their drink offerings.

29:20 And on the third day eleven bullocks, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish; 29:21 And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner: 29:22 And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering, and his drink offering.

29:23 And on the fourth day ten bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish: 29:24 Their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner: 29:25 And one kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.

29:26 And on the fifth day nine bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without spot: 29:27 And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner: 29:28 And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering, and his drink offering.

29:29 And on the sixth day eight bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish: 29:30 And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner: 29:31 And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.

29:32 And on the seventh day seven bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish: 29:33 And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner: 29:34 And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.

The Feast of the Eighth Day and its special sacrifices

29:35 On the eighth day ye shall have a solemn assembly: ye shall do no servile work [no work of any kind] therein: 29:36 But ye shall offer a burnt offering, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD: one bullock, one ram, seven lambs of the first year without blemish: 29:37 Their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullock, for the ram, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner: 29:38 And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering, and his drink offering.

29:39 These things ye shall do unto the LORD in your set feasts, beside your vows, and your freewill offerings, for your burnt offerings, and for your meat [Unleavened Bread] offerings, and for your drink [wine] offerings, and for your peace offerings.

29:40 And Moses told the children of Israel according to all that the LORD commanded Moses.

 

Numbers 30

The law of vows. remember that God the Father is the Head of Christ and that Christ is the Head and Husband of the chosen called out.

The law of vows, in its spiritual sense, is a law of deliverance from all sin. This law says that God the Father and Jesus Christ will KEEP their solemn promises to those zealously faithful to live by every Word of God.

This law of vows also permits Jesus Christ to disannul all of his wife’s [our own] vows made to others; including past vows to false religions, and such wickedness as the Masonic vows.

This law also means that we must be absolutely faithful to our baptismal commitment [vow] of espousal to marriage with Jesus Christ!

If we compromise with the Word of God to follow any person other than our espoused Husband, we are breaking our vow of espousal; to be absolutely faithful to, and to follow our Husband Jesus Christ over all others.

In the physical area, if we divorce the physical spouse that we vowed to be faithful to for life; we are breaking our vow made before and in the presence of God!

Any person who divorces their spouse in the faith, and marries another, is not worthy of their calling and should be immediately ejected from the assembly, yet the Ekklesia of today allow divorce almost at will and even have elders living in this commandment breaking adultery of divorce and remarriage sin.

By equating loyalty to men, or organizations, or friends, or physical family; with loyalty to our espoused Husband Jesus Christ; we are breaking our baptismal commitment [marriage vow] and are committing spiritual adultery.

Numbers 30:1 And Moses spake unto the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded. 30:2 If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

30:3 If a woman also vow a vow unto the LORD, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father’s house in her youth; 30:4 And her father hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her; then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.

When we sincerely repent and commit to follow the Lamb of God withersoever he goeth and to sin no more; all our vows and promises to follow others will be disannulled by God our Father in heaven.  Then the sacrifice of Christ will be applied to us and wash us clean from all such uncleanness and evil; and we shall be accounted spiritual virgins and fit to be a part of the collective bride; as long as we remain completely faithful to Christ and God the Father, and are zealous to learn and Keep the Word of God to please HIM!

There are those who believe that they are bound be the blood curdling vows of masonry to Lucifer, and there are others who believe they are bound by vows to other religions and groups. Don’t you believe it!  Jesus Christ is conqueror of the Pharaoh of this world, and liberates us from all bondage; if we will turn to him in sincere repentance! Satan has NO power over anyone, when Christ lifts his strong right arm to deliver us!

30:5 But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand: and the LORD shall forgive her, because her father disallowed her.

If God the Father or our Husband approve the vow and do not disannul it then the vow stands; but if they hear it and disannul it; the vow shall not stand.  All pagan vows made before conversion are disannulled by God the Father upon our repentance and conversion; but all vows made to God from conversion onward must be kept.

30:6 And if she had at all an husband, when she vowed, or uttered ought out of her lips, wherewith she bound her soul; 30:7 And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her in the day that he heard it: then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she bound her soul shall stand.

30:8 But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard it; then he shall make her vow which she vowed, and that which she uttered with her lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect: and the LORD shall forgive her.

In the physical sense the woman who has no authority over her, must keep all her vows, but when we are espoused to Jesus Christ he becomes an authority over us and  disannulles all our past foolish vows

30:9 But every vow of a widow, and of her that is divorced, wherewith they have bound their souls, shall stand against her.

30:10 And if she vowed in her husband’s house, or bound her soul by a bond with an oath; 30:11 And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her, and disallowed her not: then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she bound her soul shall stand.

30:12 But if her husband hath utterly made them void on the day he heard them; then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning the bond of her soul, shall not stand: her husband hath made them void; and the LORD shall forgive her.

30:13 Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void.

30:14 But if her husband altogether hold his peace at her from day to day; then he establisheth all her vows, or all her bonds, which are upon her: he confirmeth them, because he held his peace at her in the day that he heard them.

If the husband frees his wife or daughter from her vows, he bears the responsibility for doing so. Jesus Christ will bear the iniquity of our evil vows through his atoning sacrifice, broken so that we may come to him; if we remain totally faithful to our vow of espousal to him at baptism to live by every Word of God and to do all that he requires.

30:15 But if he shall any ways make them void after that he hath heard them; then he shall bear her iniquity.

30:16 These are the statutes, which the LORD commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between the father and his daughter, being yet in her youth in her father’s house.

 

Numbers 31

In Numbers 25:16 Jesus Christ commands Moses to attack the Midianites; the narrative then turns to other issues in Numbers 26-30 and is now returning to the war between Israel and the Midianites.

Numbers 31:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 31:2 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people. 31:3 And Moses spake unto the people, saying, Arm some of yourselves unto the war, and let them go against the Midianites, and avenge the LORD of Midian.

Moses calls for a thousand from each tribe except Levi to go up to fight Midian for enticing Israel into idolatry and fornication.  This whole situation is an allegory that we must fight all temptation and enticement to sin; with the powerful irresistible force of Jesus Christ the Deliverer going before us to give us victory if we remain steadfast.

31:4 Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the war. 31:5 So there were delivered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.

The twelve thousand, with Phinehas [who had stayed the plague in Israel by his zeal against the idolatry of Baalpeor and fornication with Midian] and the silver trumpets, and Christ in the midst of the army’ went forward to make war. Even so, we are to go forward to make war against all sin and compromise with the Word of God, and against the committing of spiritual idolatry by exalting any man or organizations above the Word of God!

31:6 And Moses sent them to the war, a thousand of every tribe, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy instruments, and the trumpets to blow in his hand.

Physical Israel defeated Midian by the power of Jesus Christ with them; demonstrating that we can have victory over all sin through Jesus Christ dwelling in us by his Spirit; doing in us, what he has always done; zealously living by every Word of God the Father in heaven.

Dear brethren, how sad it is that we choose to follow our idols of men and we choose to compromise or to even reject much of the Word of God for our own false traditions.

How very sad that there is virtually no zeal to follow the Lamb of God, our own espoused Husband withersoever he goeth in the Ekklesia today. For it is HE who can give the victory over the bondage of Egypt and the forces of sin;

Christ is Strong, he is Mighty, he is Worthy to be Followed and Praised! and he will NEVER compromise, or overlook any sin, or fail to rebuke and destroy unrepentant sinners.

It is to their SHAME, that so many have forgotten the Might of our Lord, and turned away to a false evangelical powerless Christ; welcoming him in name only, while denying his authority and power over us that we are bound to keep his Word.

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Christ gave them victory over Midian as an example that he also gives victory over all sin to those who follow him. When we are tempted by sin to turn away from zeal for the Word of God: We must reject these temptations and run to the Strong Refuge of our Husband, to seek his Powerful Deliverance, and rededicate ourselves in zeal for God’s Word and Will!

Numbers 31:7 And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew all the males. 31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.

The men of Israel still desired the women of Midian who led them into sin and idolatry which brought the plagues upon Israel.

31:9 And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods. 31:10 And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt, and all their goodly castles, with fire. 31:11 And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of men and of beasts. 31:12 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by Jordan near Jericho.

Moses rebuked the army for the sin of sparing the women of Midian; For Jesus Christ had commanded them to destroy Midian, lest they be again led astray by the women of Midian. Does this sound like a wimpy Christ who paid for our sins in advance so that we need not depart from sin, only mouth the words “I repent” and repent in name only? This is an instruction for us, that we should not involve ourselves in false religions and false doctrines.

Why do you think that the Unitarian One God Movement is so prevalent in the Ekklesia today? Its purpose is to deny that Jesus Christ inspired the whole Word of God and destroyed the wicked, in order to introduce a false Christ who will tolerate sin. Read the words of Jude; these wicked men were prophesied of long ago.

31:13 And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp. 31:14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle.

Moses rebuked the army for saving the women who had been the guilty party in leading them into fornication/adultery and idolatry! It was their lust for these very women that had been their downfall! 

Our desire for the pleasures of worldliness like buying in restaurants on Sabbath and Holy Days is also leading us to our destruction.

31:15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? 31:16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.

Moses commands to kill every mature woman [who would lead them into idolatry] and to leave only the very young females alive.

31:17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. 31:18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him [at that time and in that society those under about 9.10 years old], keep alive for yourselves.

Moses then commands the soldiers to purify themselves from the uncleanness of the dead on the third and seventh day’s and then return into the camp on the Eighth Day as the law of the Red Heifer requires.

31:19 And do ye abide without the camp seven days: whosoever hath killed any person, and whosoever hath touched any slain, purify both yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day. 31:20 And purify all your raiment, and all that is made of skins, and all work of goats’ hair, and all things made of wood.

As for the metal only, it must pass through the fire and then be sprinkled with the water of the Red Heifer to be purified, and all the other spoil that cannot survive the fire shall be washed in water and sprinkled with the water of the Red Heifer.

31:21 And Eleazar the priest said unto the men of war which went to the battle, This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD commanded Moses; 31:22 Only the gold, and the silver, the brass, the iron, the tin, and the lead, 31:23 Every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean: nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of separation: and all that abideth not the fire ye shall make go through the water. 31:24 And ye shall wash your clothes on the seventh day, and ye shall be clean, and afterward ye shall come into the camp.

The dividing of the spoil as commanded by God. Moses

Eleazar and the leaders are to assess the spoil and to divide it as Christ commands.

31:25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 31:26 Take the sum of the prey that was taken, both of man and of beast, thou, and Eleazar the priest, and the chief fathers of the congregation:

Those who had defeated the enemy and taken the spoil are to have one half. The congregation are to have the other half.

31:27 And divide the prey into two parts; between them that took the war upon them, who went out to battle, and between all the congregation:

An offering is to be given by the men who fought the battle, for the great victory and spoil given to them. The tribute was to be one part out of each five hundred parts of the spoil.

31:28 And levy a tribute unto the Lord of the men of war which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep: 31:29 Take it of their half, and give it unto Eleazar the priest, for an heave offering of the LORD.

The whole congregation that did not go to the battle must then give one part out of each fifty parts of the spoil that they received. The men going to battle being required to give less because they followed Christ in faith and hazarded their lives; while the congregation remained in the camp.

31:30 And of the children of Israel’s half, thou shalt take one portion of fifty, of the persons, of the beeves, of the asses, and of the flocks, of all manner of beasts, and give them unto the Levites, which keep the charge of the tabernacle of the LORD. 31:31 And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses. 31:32 And the [total spoil] booty, being the rest of the prey which the men of war had caught, was six hundred thousand and seventy thousand and five thousand sheep [675,000], 31:33 And threescore and twelve thousand beeves [72,000], 31:34 And threescore and one thousand asses [61,000], 31:35 And thirty and two thousand persons in all [32,000 female children], of women that had not known man by lying with him.

31:36 And the half, which was the portion of them that went out to war, was in number three hundred thousand and seven and thirty thousand and five hundred sheep [337,500]: 31:37 And the LORD’s tribute of the sheep was six hundred and threescore and fifteen [675]. 31:38 And the beeves were thirty and six thousand [36,000 cattle]; of which the LORD’s tribute was threescore and twelve [72]. 31:39 And the asses were thirty thousand and five hundred [30,500]; of which the LORD’s tribute was threescore and one [61]. 31:40 And the persons were sixteen thousand [16,000 female children]; of which the LORD’s tribute was thirty and two persons [32] .

31:41 And Moses gave the tribute, which was the LORD’s heave offering, unto Eleazar the priest, as the LORD commanded Moses.

31:42 And of the children of Israel’s half, which Moses divided from the men that warred, 31:43 (Now the half that pertained unto the congregation was three hundred thousand and thirty thousand and seven thousand and five hundred sheep [337,500], 31:44 And thirty and six thousand beeves [36,000], 31:45 And thirty thousand asses and five hundred [30,500], 31:46 And sixteen thousand persons; [16,000] ) 31:47 Even of the children of Israel’s half, Moses took one portion of fifty, both of man and of beast, and gave them unto the Levites, which kept the charge of the tabernacle of the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses.

Not one Israelite man of war was killed in the battle, because the LORD went before them.  This is a lesson for us that we are to live by every Word of God and run to our Deliverer trusting in him in times of trouble.

31:48 And the officers which were over thousands of the host, the captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, came near unto Moses: 31:49 And they said unto Moses, Thy servants have taken the sum of the men of war which are under our charge, and there lacketh not one man of us.

Because not a life was lost the army chose to give of the jewels, and precious metals an offering for their deliverance.

31:50 We have therefore brought an oblation for the LORD, what every man hath gotten, of jewels of gold, chains, and bracelets, rings, earrings, and tablets, to make an atonement for our souls before the LORD. 31:51 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of them, even all wrought jewels. 31:52 And all the gold of the offering that they offered up to the LORD, of the captains of thousands, and of the captains of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels [16,750 shekels weight] .

31:53 (For the men of war had taken spoil, every man for himself.) 31:54 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the tabernacle of the congregation, for a memorial for the children of Israel before the LORD.

 

Numbers 32

Reuben and Gad ask for land in modern Golan

Numbers 32:1 Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle: and when they saw the land of Jazer, and the land of Gilead, that, behold, the place was a place for cattle; 32:2 The children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and spake unto Moses, and to Eleazar the priest, and unto the princes of the congregation, saying, 32:3 Ataroth, and Dibon, and Jazer, and Nimrah, and Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Shebam, and Nebo, and Beon, 32:4 Even the country which the LORD smote before the congregation of Israel, is a land for cattle, and thy servants have cattle: 32:5 Wherefore, said they, if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan.

Moses initially rejects this, thinking the idea was from fear of the wars to come. They were accused of not wanting to enter the land to fight with their brethren.

32:6 And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here? 32:7 And wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD hath given them? 32:8 Thus did your fathers, when I sent them from Kadeshbarnea to see the land. 32:9 For when they went up unto the valley of Eshcol, and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, that they should not go into the land which the LORD had given them.

32:10 And the LORD’s anger was kindled the same time, and he sware, saying, 32:11 Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed me: 32:12 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of Nun: for they have wholly followed the LORD.

32:13 And the LORD’s anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the LORD, was consumed. 32:14 And, behold, ye are risen up in your fathers’ stead, an increase of sinful men, to augment yet the fierce anger of the LORD toward Israel. 32:15 For if ye turn away from after him, he will yet again leave them in the wilderness; and ye shall destroy all this people.

Reuben and Gad then offered to go up to war against the Canaanites until all the tribes had inherited their land, before returning to Bashan [Golan]

32:16 And they came near unto him, and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones: 32:17 But we ourselves will go ready armed before the children of Israel, until we have brought them unto their place: and our little ones shall dwell in the fenced cities because of the inhabitants of the land.

32:18 We will not return unto our houses, until the children of Israel have inherited every man his inheritance. 32:19 For we will not inherit with them on yonder side Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side Jordan eastward.

Then Moses agreed that they should have the land north of Ammon and into Syria as pasturage for their many cattle and for their land. Moses agreed because he had the promise from Christ that Israel would inherit the land from El Arish in Sinai to the Euphrates of they would only follow and keep the whole Word of God.

Genesis 15:18 In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

Today the more radical Jews only, who replace the Word of God with their traditions [without the ten tribes] claim the land from the Nile to the Euphrates and will not give up a centimeter for peace. Entering and remaining in the land is completely conditional on zeal to keep the whole Word of God; therefore there will be another fall of Judah for the overspreading of sin in the Jewish State.

Numbers 32:20 And Moses said unto them, If ye will do this thing, if ye will go armed before the LORD to war, 32:21 And will go all of you armed over Jordan before the LORD, until he hath driven out his enemies from before him, 32:22 And the land be subdued before the LORD: then afterward ye shall return, and be guiltless before the LORD, and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession before the LORD.

Moses warns them about any failure to keep their vow to God to help their brethren

32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

Moses then permits them to build defensed cities to secure their women and children [doubtles also secured by garrisons of men]

32:24 Build you cities for your little ones, and folds for your sheep; and do that which hath proceeded out of your mouth.

32:25 And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben spake unto Moses, saying, Thy servants will do as my lord commandeth. 32:26 Our little ones, our wives, our flocks, and all our cattle, shall

be there in the cities of Gilead: 32:27 But thy servants will pass over, every man armed for war, before the LORD to battle, as my lord saith.

Moses then charged his successor Joshua and also the high priest, with enforcing the agreement and allowing an inheritance east of the Jordan

32:28 So concerning them Moses commanded Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the chief fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel: 32:29 And Moses said unto them, If the children of Gad and the children of Reuben will pass with you over Jordan, every man armed to battle, before the LORD, and the land shall be subdued before you; then ye shall give them the land of Gilead for a possession: 32:30 But if they will not pass over with you armed, they shall have possessions among you in the land of Canaan.

32:31 And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben answered, saying, As the LORD hath said unto thy servants, so will we do. 32:32 We will pass over armed before the LORD into the land of Canaan, that the possession of our inheritance on this side Jordan may be ours.

Here Manasseh enters the agreement. Manasseh and Ephraim are each half tribes of Joseph.

32:33 And Moses gave unto them, even to the children of Gad, and to the children of Reuben, and unto half the tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land, with the cities thereof in the coasts, even the cities of the country round about.

A list of the cities which each tribe took east of Jordan, before Israel moved into Canaan across Jordan

32:34 And the children of Gad built Dibon, and Ataroth, and Aroer, 32:35 And Atroth, Shophan, and Jaazer, and Jogbehah, 32:36 And Bethnimrah, and Bethharan, fenced cities: and folds for sheep.

32:37 And the children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kirjathaim, 32:38 And Nebo, and Baalmeon, (their names being changed,) and Shibmah: and gave other names unto the cities which they builded.

32:39 And the children of Machir the son of Manasseh went to Gilead, and took it, and dispossessed the Amorite which was in it. 32:40 And Moses gave Gilead unto Machir the son of Manasseh; and he dwelt therein.

32:41 And Jair the son of Manasseh went and took the small towns thereof, and called them Havothjair.

32:42 And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages thereof, and called it Nobah, after his own name.

 

Numbers 33

A list of the camps of Israel from Egypt to the crossing place of Jordan. This physical journey to the Mosaic promised land, reveals that the journey to the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life, is also not an easy one; being filled with trials and temptations to turn aside from diligently following our Might One!

Numbers 33:1 These are the journeys of the children of Israel, which went forth out of the land of Egypt with their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron. 33:2 And Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys by the commandment of the LORD: and these are their journeys according to their goings out.

They left Egypt on the 15th day of the first month while the Egyptians were burying their dead, after the Passover of the destroyer at midnight on the 14th day of the first month.

33:3 And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians. 33:4 For the Egyptians buried all their firstborn, which the LORD had smitten among them: upon their gods also the LORD executed judgments.

33:5 And the children of Israel removed from Rameses, and pitched in Succoth.

There were only three camps between leaving Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea

33:6 And they departed from Succoth, and pitched in Etham, which is in the edge of the wilderness. 33:7 And they removed from Etham, and turned again unto Pihahiroth, which is before Baalzephon: and they pitched before Migdol. 33:8 And they departed from before Pihahiroth, and passed through the midst of the sea into the wilderness, and went three days’ journey in the wilderness of Etham, and pitched in Marah.

Please see: Understanding the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the journey out of Egypt. Please do visit the Spring Festivals category for articles on the true meaning of the early harvest Festivals and High Days.

After crossing the sea they journeyed to Sinai

33:9 And they removed from Marah, and came unto Elim: and in Elim were twelve fountains of water, and threescore and ten palm trees; and they pitched there.

33:10 And they removed from Elim, and encamped by the Red sea. 33:11 And they removed from the Red sea, and encamped in the wilderness of Sin.

33:12 And they took their journey out of the wilderness of Sin, and encamped in Dophkah.

33:13 And they departed from Dophkah, and encamped in Alush.

33:14 And they removed from Alush, and encamped at Rephidim, where was no water for the people to drink.

33:15 And they departed from Rephidim, and pitched in the wilderness of Sinai.

33:16 And they removed from the desert of Sinai, and pitched at Kibrothhattaavah.

33:17 And they departed from Kibrothhattaavah, and encamped at Hazeroth.

33:18 And they departed from Hazeroth, and pitched in Rithmah.

33:19 And they departed from Rithmah, and pitched at Rimmonparez.

33:20 And they departed from Rimmonparez, and pitched in Libnah.

33:21 And they removed from Libnah, and pitched at Rissah.

33:22 And they journeyed from Rissah, and pitched in Kehelathah.

33:23 And they went from Kehelathah, and pitched in mount Shapher.

33:24 And they removed from mount Shapher, and encamped in Haradah.

33:25 And they removed from Haradah, and pitched in Makheloth.

33:26 And they removed from Makheloth, and encamped at Tahath.

33:27 And they departed from Tahath, and pitched at Tarah.

33:28 And they removed from Tarah, and pitched in Mithcah.

33:29 And they went from Mithcah, and pitched in Hashmonah.

33:30 And they departed from Hashmonah, and encamped at Moseroth.

33:31 And they departed from Moseroth, and pitched in Benejaakan.

33:32 And they removed from Benejaakan, and encamped at Horhagidgad.

33:33 And they went from Horhagidgad, and pitched in Jotbathah.

33:34 And they removed from Jotbathah, and encamped at Ebronah.

33:35 And they departed from Ebronah, and encamped at Eziongaber.

33:36 And they removed from Eziongaber, and pitched in the wilderness of Zin, which is Kadesh.

33:37 And they removed from Kadesh, and pitched in mount Hor, in the edge of the land of Edom.

33:38 And Aaron the priest went up into mount Hor at the commandment of the LORD, and died there, in the fortieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the first day of the fifth month. 33:39 And Aaron was an hundred and twenty and three years old when he died in mount Hor.

33:40 And king Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt in the south in the land of Canaan, heard of the coming of the children of Israel.

This king went out to prepare for war against Israel so Israel departed from that place

33:41 And they departed from mount Hor, and pitched in Zalmonah.

33:42 And they departed from Zalmonah, and pitched in Punon.

33:43 And they departed from Punon, and pitched in Oboth.

33:44 And they departed from Oboth, and pitched in Ijeabarim, in the border of Moab.

33:45 And they departed from Iim, and pitched in Dibongad.

33:46 And they removed from Dibongad, and encamped in Almondiblathaim.

33:47 And they removed from Almondiblathaim, and pitched in the mountains of Abarim, before Nebo.

33:48 And they departed from the mountains of Abarim, and pitched in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho.

33:49 And they pitched by Jordan, from Bethjesimoth even unto Abelshittim in the plains of Moab.

Here, as they were ready to cross Jordan Jesus Christ gives Moses instructions to warn Israel to be faithful, and to follow his instructions and destroy the Canaanites [as typical of unrepentant sinners, which they were] , and to divide the land by lot.

These instructions are also instructions for us, that we must be faithful to follow the Lamb of God and not sin; and that the dividing of the spiritual Promised Land, to the chosen; will be by the Word of Jesus Christ, for it is Jesus who judges people by their zeal and loyalty to HIM and to live by every Word of God.  As Christ determined the disposition of the lots, he shall determine the reward of each overcomer in the resurrection to spirit.

John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

We shall all be judged and rewarded by our zeal to live by every Word of God

John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Numbers 33:50 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho, saying, 33:51 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan; 33:52 Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places: 33:53 And ye shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it.

33:54 And ye shall divide the land by lot for an inheritance among your families: and to the more ye shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer ye shall give the less inheritance: every man’s inheritance shall be in the place where his lot falleth; according to the tribes of your fathers ye shall inherit.

Israel was not to allow the Canaanites, who were types of unrepented sinners, to remain among them.

If we, like Mosaic Israel, permit the unconverted, repentant in name only, sinful to remain in our midst and continuing in unrebuked and unrepentant sin, following their idols of men and corporate entities; they will lead us to do the same thing for the sake of an appearance of corporate “unity” instead of true spiritual unity with God the Father and  our Husband Jesus Christ.

Brethren this was a example for us, that we are not to permit false doctrine and open unrebuked sin in our assemblies

33:55 But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.

By the business model outreach of catering to the perceived desires of what people want to hear, as opposed to our God commanded gospel message of warning, sincere repentance, condemnation of unrepentant sinners, and the good news of salvation; we have brought in very many spiritual Canaanites.

People with no understanding and with no zeal for the commandments of God are overwhelming the zeal of the truly converted and leading them astray into tolerance for unrebuked sin and any teaching [doctrine] except the truth of God.

Therefore by tolerating sin and rejecting sound doctrine and any zeal to live by every Word of God; we will also face the great tribulation unless we sincerely repent.

33:56 Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them.

 

Numbers 34

The borders of Israel defined by Christ. West is the Med Sea; southeast is the east side of the Dead Sea down to the Sinai Wadi of El Arish, then south to the Red Sea.

Numbers 34:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 34:2 Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land of Canaan; (this is the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan with the coasts thereof:)

34:3 Then your south quarter shall be from the wilderness of Zin along by the coast of Edom, and your south border shall be the outmost coast of the salt sea eastward: 34:4 And your border shall turn from the south to the ascent of Akrabbim, and pass on to Zin: and the going forth thereof shall be from the south to Kadeshbarnea, and shall go on to Hazaraddar, and pass on to Azmon: 34:5 And the border shall fetch a compass from Azmon unto the river of Egypt, and the goings out of it shall be at the sea. 34:6 And as for the western border, ye shall even have the great sea for a border: this shall be your west border.

The northern border shall be a straight line from the Med Sea east to mount Hor and then northwards to Hamath and the Euphrates

34:7 And this shall be your north border: from the great sea ye shall point out for you mount Hor: 34:8 From mount Hor ye shall point out your border unto the entrance of Hamath; and the goings forth of the border shall be to Zedad: 34:9 And the border shall go on to Ziphron, and the goings out of it shall be at Hazarenan: this shall be your north border.

The border shall come down from Euphrates in the north and end at the border of Moab Edom at the brook Arnon as it flows in to the Dead Sea

34:10 And ye shall point out your east border from Hazarenan to Shepham: 34:11 And the coast shall go down from Shepham to Riblah, on the east side of Ain; and the border shall descend, and shall reach unto the side of the sea of Chinnereth eastward: 34:12 And the border shall go down to Jordan, and the goings out of it shall be at the salt sea: this shall be your land with the coasts thereof round about.

34:13 And Moses commanded the children of Israel, saying, This is the land which ye shall inherit by lot, which the LORD commanded to give unto the nine tribes, and to the half tribe: 34:14 For the tribe of the children of Reuben according to the house of their fathers, and the tribe of the children of Gad according to the house of their fathers, have received their inheritance; and half the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance: 34:15 The two tribes and the half tribe have received their inheritance on this side Jordan near Jericho eastward, toward the sunrising.

The promised land eastern border runs from the Euphrates  south to the land of Moab and then south along the Dead Sea directly down to the Red Sea.

34:16 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 34:17 These are the names of the men which shall divide the land unto you: Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun.

The leaders chosen by God to divide the land to the tribes

34:18 And ye shall take one prince of every tribe, to divide the land by inheritance. 34:19 And the names of the men are these: Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh. 34:20 And of the tribe of the children of Simeon, Shemuel the son of Ammihud. 34:21 Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad the son of Chislon. 34:22 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Dan, Bukki the son of Jogli.

34:23 The prince of the children of Joseph, for the tribe of the children of Manasseh, Hanniel the son of Ephod. 34:24 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Ephraim, Kemuel the son of Shiphtan. 34:25 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Zebulun, Elizaphan the son of Parnach. 34:26 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Issachar, Paltiel the son of Azzan. 34:27 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Asher, Ahihud the son of Shelomi. 34:28 And the prince of the tribe of the children of Naphtali, Pedahel the son of Ammihud.

34:29 These are they whom the LORD commanded to divide the inheritance unto the children of Israel in the land of Canaan.

 

Numbers 35

Levitical cities commanded by Christ

35:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho, saying, 35:2 Command the children of Israel, that they give unto the Levites of the inheritance of their possession cities to dwell in; and ye shall give also unto the Levites suburbs for the cities round about them. 35:3 And the cities shall they have to dwell in; and the suburbs of them shall be for their cattle, and for their goods, and for all their beasts.

35:4 And the suburbs of the cities, which ye shall give unto the Levites, shall reach from the wall of the city and outward a thousand cubits round about.

35:5 And ye shall measure from without the city on the east side two thousand cubits, and on the south side two thousand cubits, and on the west side two thousand cubits, and on the north side two thousand cubits; and the city shall be in the midst: this shall be to them the suburbs of the cities.

Six judicial cities are Levitical towns besides 42 other cities

35:6 And among the cities which ye shall give unto the Levites there shall be six cities for refuge, which ye shall appoint for the manslayer, that he may flee thither: and to them ye shall add forty and two cities. 35:7 So all the cities which ye shall give to the Levites shall be forty and eight cities: them shall ye give with their suburbs. 35:8 And the cities which ye shall give shall be of the possession of the children of Israel: from them that have many ye shall give many; but from them that have few ye shall give few: every one shall give of his cities unto the Levites according to his inheritance which he inheriteth.

35:9 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 35:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come over Jordan into the land of Canaan; 35:11 Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares.

35:12 And they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation in judgment.

35:13 And of these cities which ye shall give six cities shall ye have for refuge.

35:14 Ye shall give three cities on this side Jordan, and three cities shall ye give in the land of Canaan, which shall be cities of refuge.

There were six judicial cities where an accused person my seek judgment at law

35:15 These six cities shall be a refuge, both for the children of Israel, and for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them: that every one that killeth any person unawares may flee thither. 35:16 And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be

put to death. 35:17 And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death. 35:18 Or if he smite him with an hand weapon of wood, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

The court shall rule that the next of kin of the murdered person has the right to kill the  convicted murderer; after a verdict at law that the killer was indeed a murderer, and that the death was not accidental..

35:19 The revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: when he meeteth him, he shall slay him. 35:20 But if he thrust him of hatred, or hurl at him by laying of wait, that he die; 35:21 Or in enmity smite him with his hand, that he die: he that smote him shall surely be put to death; for he is a murderer: the revenger of blood shall slay the murderer, when he meeteth him.

If the death was ruled accidental

35:22 But if he thrust him suddenly without enmity, or have cast upon him any thing without laying of wait, 35:23 Or with any stone, wherewith a man may die, seeing him not, and cast it upon him, that he die, and was not his enemy, neither sought his harm:

The judgment shall be made in the judicial city where the accused has gone; the judgment will decide of the death was an accident or a genuine murder and pronounce their sentence.

35:24 Then the congregation shall judge between the slayer and the revenger of blood according to these judgments: 35:25 And the congregation shall deliver the slayer out of the hand of the revenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to the city of his refuge, whither he was fled: and he shall abide in it unto the death of the high priest, which was anointed with the holy oil.

35:26 But if the slayer shall at any time come without the border of the city of his refuge, whither he was fled; 35:27 And the revenger of blood find him without the borders of the city of his refuge, and the revenger of blood kill the slayer; he shall not be guilty of blood: 35:28 Because he should have remained in the city of his refuge until the death of the high priest: but after the death of the high priest the slayer shall return into the land of his possession.

35:29 So these things shall be for a statute of judgment unto you throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

At least two or three witnesses musty confirm the guilt of the murderer; however some of the witness may be documents etc.

35:30 Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die.

We are to take no compensation to obtain the release of a willful murder, the willful murderer must die

35:31 Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction [no compensation (or bribe) to save the life of a convicted willful murderer] for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death. 35:32 And ye shall take no satisfaction for him that is fled to the city of his refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.

35:33 So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. 35:34 Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.

 

Numbers 36

A further judgment is requested regarding the inheritance of the daughters of Zelophehad

Numbers 36:1 And the chief fathers of the families of the children of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of the sons of Joseph, came near, and spake before Moses, and before the princes, the chief fathers of the children of Israel:

The question is put concerning: If these ladies marry outside their tribe, their inheritance will go to another tribe breaking up the tribal hegemony over that area

36:2 And they said, The LORD commanded my lord to give the land for an inheritance by lot to the children of Israel: and my lord was commanded by the LORD to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother unto his daughters. 36:3 And if they be married to any of the sons of the other tribes of the children of Israel, then shall their inheritance be taken from the inheritance of our fathers, and shall be put to the inheritance of the tribe whereunto they are received: so shall it be taken from the lot of our inheritance.

36:4 And when the jubile of the children of Israel shall be, then shall their inheritance be put unto the inheritance of the tribe whereunto they are received: so shall their inheritance be taken away from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers.

Moses renders the judgment from Christ

36:5 And Moses commanded the children of Israel according to the word of the LORD, saying, The tribe of the sons of Joseph hath said well.

36:6 This is the thing which the LORD doth command concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, Let them marry to whom they think best; only to the family of the tribe of their father shall they marry. 36:7 So shall not the inheritance of the children of Israel remove from tribe to tribe: for every one of the children of Israel shall keep himself to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers.

36:8 And every daughter, that possesseth an inheritance in any tribe of the children of Israel, shall be wife unto one of the family of the tribe of her father, that the children of Israel may enjoy every man the inheritance of his fathers.

36:9 Neither shall the inheritance remove from one tribe to another tribe; but every one of the tribes of the children of Israel shall keep himself to his own inheritance.

Marriage to cousins is the closest allowable legal marriage possible under the law of God

36:10 Even as the LORD commanded Moses, so did the daughters of Zelophehad: 36:11 For Mahlah, Tirzah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married unto their father’s brothers’ sons: 36:12 And they were married into the families of the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of the family of their father.

36:13 These are the commandments and the judgments, which the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses unto the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho

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