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Destination: Numbers 15-36
Numbers 15-36
Skip Heitzig

Numbers 15 (NKJV™)
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
2 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you have come into the land you are to inhabit, which I am giving to you,
3 'and you make an offering by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering or a sacrifice, to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering or in your appointed feasts, to make a sweet aroma to the LORD, from the herd or the flock,
4 'then he who presents his offering to the LORD shall bring a grain offering of one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour mixed with one-fourth of a HIN of oil;
5 'and one-fourth of a HIN of wine as a drink offering you shall prepare with the burnt offering or the sacrifice, for each lamb.
6 'Or for a ram you shall prepare as a grain offering two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with one-third of a HIN of oil;
7 'and as a drink offering you shall offer one-third of a HIN of wine as a sweet aroma to the LORD.
8 'And when you prepare a young bull as a burnt offering, or as a sacrifice to fulfill a vow, or as a peace offering to the LORD,
9 'then shall be offered with the young bull a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with half a HIN of oil;
10 'and you shall bring as the drink offering half a hin of wine as an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD.
11 'Thus it shall be done for each young bull, for each ram, or for each lamb or young goat.
12 'According to the number that you prepare, so you shall do with everyone according to their number.
13 'All who are native-born shall do these things in this manner, in presenting an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD.
14 'And if a stranger dwells with you, or whoever is among you throughout your generations, and would present an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD, just as you do, so shall he do.
15 'One ordinance shall be for you of the assembly and for the stranger who dwells with you, an ordinance forever throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD.
16 'One law and one custom shall be for you and for the stranger who dwells with you.'"
17 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
18 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land to which I bring you,
19 'then it will be, when you eat of the bread of the land, that you shall offer up a heave offering to the LORD.
20 'You shall offer up a cake of the first of your ground meal as a heave offering; as a heave offering of the threshing floor, so shall you offer it up.
21 'Of the first of your ground meal you shall give to the LORD a heave offering throughout your generations.
22 'If you sin unintentionally, and do not observe all these commandments which the LORD has spoken to Moses--
23 'all that the LORD has commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the day the LORD gave commandment and onward throughout your generations--
24 'then it will be, if it is unintentionally committed, without the knowledge of the congregation, that the whole congregation shall offer one young bull as a burnt offering, as a sweet aroma to the LORD, with its grain offering and its drink offering, according to the ordinance, and one kid of the goats as a sin offering.
25 'So the priest shall make atonement for the whole congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them, for it was unintentional; they shall bring their offering, an offering made by fire to the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD, for their unintended sin.
26 'It shall be forgiven the whole congregation of the children of Israel and the stranger who dwells among them, because all the people did it unintentionally.
27 'And if a person sins unintentionally, then he shall bring a female goat in its first year as a sin offering.
28 'So the priest shall make atonement for the person who sins unintentionally, when he sins unintentionally before the LORD, to make atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.
29 'You shall have one law for him who sins unintentionally, for him who is native-born among the children of Israel and for the stranger who dwells among them.
30 'But the person who does anything presumptuously, whether he is native-born or a stranger, that one brings reproach on the LORD, and he shall be cut off from among his people.
31 'Because he has despised the word of the LORD, and has broken His commandment, that person shall be completely cut off; his guilt shall be upon him.'"
32 Now while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day.
33 And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation.
34 They put him under guard, because it had not been explained what should be done to him.
35 Then the LORD said to Moses, "The man must surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp."
36 So, as the LORD commanded Moses, all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him with stones, and he died.
37 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
38 "Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners.
39 "And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the LORD and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined,
40 "and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God.
41 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God."
Numbers 16 (NKJV™)
1 Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men;
2 and they rose up before Moses with some of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, representatives of the congregation, men of renown.
3 They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?"
4 So when Moses heard it, he fell on his face;
5 and he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying, "Tomorrow morning the LORD will show who is His and who is holy, and will cause him to come near to Him. That one whom He chooses He will cause to come near to Him.
6 "Do this: Take censers, Korah and all your company;
7 "put fire in them and put incense in them before the LORD tomorrow, and it shall be that the man whom the LORD chooses is the holy one. You take too much upon yourselves, you sons of Levi!"
8 Then Moses said to Korah, "Hear now, you sons of Levi:
9 "Is it a small thing to you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the work of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to serve them;
10 "and that He has brought you near to Himself, you and all your brethren, the sons of Levi, with you? And are you seeking the priesthood also?
11 "Therefore you and all your company are gathered together against the LORD. And what is Aaron that you complain against him?"
12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, but they said, "We will not come up!
13 "Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you should keep acting like a prince over us?
14 "Moreover you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up!"
15 Then Moses was very angry, and said to the LORD, "Do not respect their offering. I have not taken one donkey from them, nor have I hurt one of them."
16 And Moses said to Korah, "Tomorrow, you and all your company be present before the LORD--you and they, as well as Aaron.
17 "Let each take his censer and put incense in it, and each of you bring his censer before the LORD, two hundred and fifty censers; both you and Aaron, each with his censer."
18 So every man took his censer, put fire in it, laid incense on it, and stood at the door of the tabernacle of meeting with Moses and Aaron.
19 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to all the congregation.
20 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,
21 "Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment."
22 Then they fell on their faces, and said, "O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and You be angry with all the congregation?"
23 So the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
24 "Speak to the congregation, saying, 'Get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.'"
25 Then Moses rose and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him.
26 And he spoke to the congregation, saying, "Depart now from the tents of these wicked men! Touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins."
27 So they got away from around the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram; and Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the door of their tents, with their wives, their sons, and their little children.
28 And Moses said: "By this you shall know that the LORD has sent me to do all these works, for I have not done them of my own will.
29 "If these men die naturally like all men, or if they are visited by the common fate of all men, then the LORD has not sent me.
30 "But if the LORD creates a new thing, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the pit, then you will understand that these men have rejected the LORD."
31 Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground split apart under them,
32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods.
33 So they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the assembly.
34 Then all Israel who were around them fled at their cry, for they said, "Lest the earth swallow us up also!"
35 And a fire came out from the LORD and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering incense.
36 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
37 "Tell Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, to pick up the censers out of the blaze, for they are holy, and scatter the fire some distance away.
38 "The censers of these men who sinned against their own souls, let them be made into hammered plates as a covering for the altar. Because they presented them before the LORD, therefore they are holy; and they shall be a sign to the children of Israel."
39 So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers, which those who were burned up had presented, and they were hammered out as a covering on the altar,
40 to be a memorial to the children of Israel that no outsider, who is not a descendant of Aaron, should come near to offer incense before the LORD, that he might not become like Korah and his companions, just as the LORD had said to him through Moses.
41 On the next day all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron, saying, "You have killed the people of the LORD."
42 Now it happened, when the congregation had gathered against Moses and Aaron, that they turned toward the tabernacle of meeting; and suddenly the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared.
43 Then Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of meeting.
44 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
45 "Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment." And they fell on their faces.
46 So Moses said to Aaron, "Take a censer and put fire in it from the altar, put incense on it, and take it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them; for wrath has gone out from the LORD. The plague has begun."
47 Then Aaron took it as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and already the plague had begun among the people. So he put in the incense and made atonement for the people.
48 And he stood between the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped.
49 Now those who died in the plague were fourteen thousand seven hundred, besides those who died in the Korah incident.
50 So Aaron returned to Moses at the door of the tabernacle of meeting, for the plague had stopped.
Numbers 17 (NKJV™)
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
2 "Speak to the children of Israel, and get from them a rod from each father's house, all their leaders according to their fathers' houses--twelve rods. Write each man's name on his rod.
3 "And you shall write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi. For there shall be one rod for the head of each father's house.
4 "Then you shall place them in the tabernacle of meeting before the Testimony, where I meet with you.
5 "And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom; thus I will rid Myself of the complaints of the children of Israel, which they make against you."
6 So Moses spoke to the children of Israel, and each of their leaders gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers' houses, twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron was among their rods.
7 And Moses placed the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness.
8 Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds.
9 Then Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD to all the children of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod.
10 And the LORD said to Moses, "Bring Aaron's rod back before the Testimony, to be kept as a sign against the rebels, that you may put their complaints away from Me, lest they die."
11 Thus did Moses; just as the LORD had commanded him, so he did.
12 So the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, "Surely we die, we perish, we all perish!
13 "Whoever even comes near the tabernacle of the LORD must die. Shall we all utterly die?"
Numbers 18 (NKJV™)
1 Then the LORD said to Aaron: "You and your sons and your father's house with you shall bear the iniquity related to the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you shall bear the iniquity associated with your priesthood.
2 "Also bring with you your brethren of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, that they may be joined with you and serve you while you and your sons are with you before the tabernacle of witness.
3 "They shall attend to your needs and all the needs of the tabernacle; but they shall not come near the articles of the sanctuary and the altar, lest they die--they and you also.
4 "They shall be joined with you and attend to the needs of the tabernacle of meeting, for all the work of the tabernacle; but an outsider shall not come near you.
5 "And you shall attend to the duties of the sanctuary and the duties of the altar, that there may be no more wrath on the children of Israel.
6 "Behold, I Myself have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel; they are a gift to you, given by the LORD, to do the work of the tabernacle of meeting.
7 "Therefore you and your sons with you shall attend to your priesthood for everything at the altar and behind the veil; and you shall serve. I give your priesthood to you as a gift for service, but the outsider who comes near shall be put to death."
8 And the LORD spoke to Aaron: "Here, I Myself have also given you charge of My heave offerings, all the holy gifts of the children of Israel; I have given them as a portion to you and your sons, as an ordinance forever.
9 "This shall be yours of the most holy things reserved from the fire: every offering of theirs, every grain offering and every sin offering and every trespass offering which they render to Me, shall be most holy for you and your sons.
10 "In a most holy place you shall eat it; every male shall eat it. It shall be holy to you.
11 "This also is yours: the heave offering of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Israel; I have given them to you, and your sons and daughters with you, as an ordinance forever. Everyone who is clean in your house may eat it.
12 "All the best of the oil, all the best of the new wine and the grain, their firstfruits which they offer to the LORD, I have given them to you.
13 "Whatever first ripe fruit is in their land, which they bring to the LORD, shall be yours. Everyone who is clean in your house may eat it.
14 "Every devoted thing in Israel shall be yours.
15 "Everything that first opens the womb of all flesh, which they bring to the LORD, whether man or beast, shall be yours; nevertheless the firstborn of man you shall surely redeem, and the firstborn of unclean animals you shall redeem.
16 "And those redeemed of the devoted things you shall redeem when one month old, according to your valuation, for five shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty GERAHS.
17 "But the firstborn of a cow, the firstborn of a sheep, or the firstborn of a goat you shall not redeem; they are holy. You shall sprinkle their blood on the altar, and burn their fat as an offering made by fire for a sweet aroma to the LORD.
18 "And their flesh shall be yours, just as the wave breast and the right thigh are yours.
19 "All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer to the LORD, I have given to you and your sons and daughters with you as an ordinance forever; it is a covenant of salt forever before the LORD with you and your descendants with you."
20 Then the LORD said to Aaron: "You shall have no inheritance in their land, nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel.
21 "Behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work which they perform, the work of the tabernacle of meeting.
22 "Hereafter the children of Israel shall not come near the tabernacle of meeting, lest they bear sin and die.
23 "But the Levites shall perform the work of the tabernacle of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity; it shall be a statute forever, throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
24 "For the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer up as a heave offering to the LORD, I have given to the Levites as an inheritance; therefore I have said to them, 'Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.'"
25 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
26 "Speak thus to the Levites, and say to them: 'When you take from the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them as your inheritance, then you shall offer up a heave offering of it to the LORD, a tenth of the tithe.
27 'And your heave offering shall be reckoned to you as though it were the grain of the threshing floor and as the fullness of the winepress.
28 'Thus you shall also offer a heave offering to the LORD from all your tithes which you receive from the children of Israel, and you shall give the LORD'S heave offering from it to Aaron the priest.
29 'Of all your gifts you shall offer up every heave offering due to the LORD, from all the best of them, the consecrated part of them.'
30 "Therefore you shall say to them: 'When you have lifted up the best of it, then the rest shall be accounted to the Levites as the produce of the threshing floor and as the produce of the winepress.
31 'You may eat it in any place, you and your households, for it is your reward for your work in the tabernacle of meeting.
32 'And you shall bear no sin because of it, when you have lifted up the best of it. But you shall not profane the holy gifts of the children of Israel, lest you die.'"
Numbers 19 (NKJV™)
1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,
2 "This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD has commanded, saying: 'Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which a yoke has never come.
3 'You shall give it to Eleazar the priest, that he may take it outside the camp, and it shall be slaughtered before him;
4 'and Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger, and sprinkle some of its blood seven times directly in front of the tabernacle of meeting.
5 'Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight: its hide, its flesh, its blood, and its offal shall be burned.
6 'And the priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet, and cast them into the midst of the fire burning the heifer.
7 'Then the priest shall wash his clothes, he shall bathe in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp; the priest shall be unclean until evening.
8 'And the one who burns it shall wash his clothes in water, bathe in water, and shall be unclean until evening.
9 'Then a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and store them outside the camp in a clean place; and they shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for the water of purification; it is for purifying from sin.
10 'And the one who gathers the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until evening. It shall be a statute forever to the children of Israel and to the stranger who dwells among them.
11 'He who touches the dead body of anyone shall be unclean seven days.
12 'He shall purify himself with the water on the third day and on the seventh day; then he will be clean. But if he does not purify himself on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not be clean.
13 'Whoever touches the body of anyone who has died, and does not purify himself, defiles the tabernacle of the LORD. That person shall be cut off from Israel. He shall be unclean, because the water of purification was not sprinkled on him; his uncleanness is still on him.
14 'This is the law when a man dies in a tent: All who come into the tent and all who are in the tent shall be unclean seven days;
15 'and every open vessel, which has no cover fastened on it, is unclean.
16 'Whoever in the open field touches one who is slain by a sword or who has died, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.
17 'And for an unclean person they shall take some of the ashes of the heifer burnt for purification from sin, and running water shall be put on them in a vessel.
18 'A clean person shall take hyssop and dip it in the water, sprinkle it on the tent, on all the vessels, on the persons who were there, or on the one who touched a bone, the slain, the dead, or a grave.
19 'The clean person shall sprinkle the unclean on the third day and on the seventh day; and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, wash his clothes, and bathe in water; and at evening he shall be clean.
20 'But the man who is unclean and does not purify himself, that person shall be cut off from among the assembly, because he has defiled the sanctuary of the LORD. The water of purification has not been sprinkled on him; he is unclean.
21 'It shall be a perpetual statute for them. He who sprinkles the water of purification shall wash his clothes; and he who touches the water of purification shall be unclean until evening.
22 'Whatever the unclean person touches shall be unclean; and the person who touches it shall be unclean until evening.'"
Numbers 20 (NKJV™)
1 Then the children of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh; and Miriam died there and was buried there.
2 Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron.
3 And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: "If only we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!
4 "Why have you brought up the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here?
5 "And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink."
6 So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the LORD appeared to them.
7 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
8 "Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals."
9 So Moses took the rod from before the LORD as He commanded him.
10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, "Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?"
11 Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.
12 Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them."
13 This was the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the LORD, and He was hallowed among them.
14 Now Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom. "Thus says your brother Israel: 'You know all the hardship that has befallen us,
15 'how our fathers went down to Egypt, and we dwelt in Egypt a long time, and the Egyptians afflicted us and our fathers.
16 'When we cried out to the LORD, He heard our voice and sent the Angel and brought us up out of Egypt; now here we are in Kadesh, a city on the edge of your border.
17 'Please let us pass through your country. We will not pass through fields or vineyards, nor will we drink water from wells; we will go along the King's Highway; we will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory.'"
18 Then Edom said to him, "You shall not pass through my land, lest I come out against you with the sword."
19 So the children of Israel said to him, "We will go by the Highway, and if I or my livestock drink any of your water, then I will pay for it; let me only pass through on foot, nothing more."
20 Then he said, "You shall not pass through." So Edom came out against them with many men and with a strong hand.
21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his territory; so Israel turned away from him.
22 Then the children of Israel, the whole congregation, journeyed from Kadesh and came to Mount Hor.
23 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in Mount Hor by the border of the land of Edom, saying:
24 "Aaron shall be gathered to his people, for he shall not enter the land which I have given to the children of Israel, because you rebelled against My word at the water of Meribah.
25 "Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up to Mount Hor;
26 "and strip Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son; for Aaron shall be gathered to his people and die there."
27 So Moses did just as the LORD commanded, and they went up to Mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.
28 Moses stripped Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there on the top of the mountain. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain.
29 Now when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, all the house of Israel mourned for Aaron thirty days.
Numbers 21 (NKJV™)
1 The king of Arad, the Canaanite, who dwelt in the South, heard that Israel was coming on the road to Atharim, then he fought against Israel and took some of them prisoners.
2 So Israel made a vow to the LORD, and said, "If You will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities."
3 And the LORD listened to the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites, and they utterly destroyed them and their cities. So the name of that place was called Hormah.
4 Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way.
5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses: "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread."
6 So the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, "We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD that He take away the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people.
8 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live."
9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
10 Now the children of Israel moved on and camped in Oboth.
11 And they journeyed from Oboth and camped at Ije Abarim, in the wilderness which is east of Moab, toward the sunrise.
12 From there they moved and camped in the Valley of Zered.
13 From there they moved and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that extends from the border of the Amorites; for the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.
14 Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the LORD: "Waheb in Suphah, The brooks of the Arnon,
15 And the slope of the brooks That reaches to the dwelling of Ar, And lies on the border of Moab."
16 From there they went to Beer, which is the well where the LORD said to Moses, "Gather the people together, and I will give them water."
17 Then Israel sang this song: "Spring up, O well! All of you sing to it--
18 The well the leaders sank, Dug by the nation's nobles, By the lawgiver, with their staves." And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah,
19 from Mattanah to Nahaliel, from Nahaliel to Bamoth,
20 and from Bamoth, in the valley that is in the country of Moab, to the top of Pisgah which looks down on the wasteland.
21 Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying,
22 "Let me pass through your land. We will not turn aside into fields or vineyards; we will not drink water from wells. We will go by the King's Highway until we have passed through your territory."
23 But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. So Sihon gathered all his people together and went out against Israel in the wilderness, and he came to Jahaz and fought against Israel.
24 Then Israel defeated him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as the people of Ammon; for the border of the people of Ammon was fortified.
25 So Israel took all these cities, and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon and in all its villages.
26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab, and had taken all his land from his hand as far as the Arnon.
27 Therefore those who speak in proverbs say: "Come to Heshbon, let it be built; Let the city of Sihon be repaired.
28 "For fire went out from Heshbon, A flame from the city of Sihon; It consumed Ar of Moab, The lords of the heights of the Arnon.
29 Woe to you, Moab! You have perished, O people of Chemosh! He has given his sons as fugitives, And his daughters into captivity, To Sihon king of the Amorites.
30 "But we have shot at them; Heshbon has perished as far as Dibon. Then we laid waste as far as Nophah, Which reaches to Medeba."
31 Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites.
32 Then Moses sent to spy out Jazer; and they took its villages and drove out the Amorites who were there.
33 And they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. So Og king of Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
34 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Do not fear him, for I have delivered him into your hand, with all his people and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon."
35 So they defeated him, his sons, and all his people, until there was no survivor left him; and they took possession of his land.
Numbers 22 (NKJV™)
1 Then the children of Israel moved, and camped in the plains of Moab on the side of the Jordan across from Jericho.
2 Now Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.
3 And Moab was exceedingly afraid of the people because they were many, and Moab was sick with dread because of the children of Israel.
4 So Moab said to the elders of Midian, "Now this company will lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field." And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time.
5 Then he sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor at Pethor, which is near the River in the land of the sons of his people, to call him, saying: "Look, a people has come from Egypt. See, they cover the face of the earth, and are settling next to me!
6 "Therefore please come at once, curse this people for me, for they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed."
7 So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the diviner's fee in their hand, and they came to Balaam and spoke to him the words of Balak.
8 And he said to them, "Lodge here tonight, and I will bring back word to you, as the LORD speaks to me." So the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam.
9 Then God came to Balaam and said, "Who are these men with you?"
10 So Balaam said to God, "Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent to me, saying,
11 'Look, a people has come out of Egypt, and they cover the face of the earth. Come now, curse them for me; perhaps I shall be able to overpower them and drive them out.'"
12 And God said to Balaam, "You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed."
13 So Balaam rose in the morning and said to the princes of Balak, "Go back to your land, for the LORD has refused to give me permission to go with you."
14 And the princes of Moab rose and went to Balak, and said, "Balaam refuses to come with us."
15 Then Balak again sent princes, more numerous and more honorable than they.
16 And they came to Balaam and said to him, "Thus says Balak the son of Zippor: 'Please let nothing hinder you from coming to me;
17 'for I will certainly honor you greatly, and I will do whatever you say to me. Therefore please come, curse this people for me.'"
18 Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, "Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more.
19 "Now therefore, please, you also stay here tonight, that I may know what more the LORD will say to me."
20 And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, "If the men come to call you, rise and go with them; but only the word which I speak to you--that you shall do."
21 So Balaam rose in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the princes of Moab.
22 Then God's anger was aroused because he went, and the Angel of the LORD took His stand in the way as an adversary against him. And he was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.
23 Now the donkey saw the Angel of the LORD standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand, and the donkey turned aside out of the way and went into the field. So Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back onto the road.
24 Then the Angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between the vineyards, with a wall on this side and a wall on that side.
25 And when the donkey saw the Angel of the LORD, she pushed herself against the wall and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall; so he struck her again.
26 Then the Angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.
27 And when the donkey saw the Angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam; so Balaam's anger was aroused, and he struck the donkey with his staff.
28 Then the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?"
29 And Balaam said to the donkey, "Because you have abused me. I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now I would kill you!"
30 So the donkey said to Balaam, "Am I not your donkey on which you have ridden, ever since I became yours, to this day? Was I ever disposed to do this to you?" And he said, "No."
31 Then the LORD opened Balaam's eyes, and he saw the Angel of the LORD standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand; and he bowed his head and fell flat on his face.
32 And the Angel of the LORD said to him, "Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to stand against you, because your way is perverse before Me.
33 "The donkey saw Me and turned aside from Me these three times. If she had not turned aside from Me, surely I would also have killed you by now, and let her live."
34 And Balaam said to the Angel of the LORD, "I have sinned, for I did not know You stood in the way against me. Now therefore, if it displeases You, I will turn back."
35 Then the Angel of the LORD said to Balaam, "Go with the men, but only the word that I speak to you, that you shall speak." So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.
36 Now when Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at the city of Moab, which is on the border at the Arnon, the boundary of the territory.
37 Then Balak said to Balaam, "Did I not earnestly send to you, calling for you? Why did you not come to me? Am I not able to honor you?"
38 And Balaam said to Balak, "Look, I have come to you! Now, have I any power at all to say anything? The word that God puts in my mouth, that I must speak."
39 So Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kirjath Huzoth.
40 Then Balak offered oxen and sheep, and he sent some to Balaam and to the princes who were with him.
41 So it was the next day, that Balak took Balaam and brought him up to the high places of Baal, that from there he might observe the extent of the people.
Numbers 23 (NKJV™)
1 Then Balaam said to Balak, "Build seven altars for me here, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams."
2 And Balak did just as Balaam had spoken, and Balak and Balaam offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
3 Then Balaam said to Balak, "Stand by your burnt offering, and I will go; perhaps the LORD will come to meet me, and whatever He shows me I will tell you." So he went to a desolate height.
4 And God met Balaam, and he said to Him, "I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram."
5 Then the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak."
6 So he returned to him, and there he was, standing by his burnt offering, he and all the princes of Moab.
7 And he took up his oracle and said: "Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, From the mountains of the east. 'Come, curse Jacob for me, And come, denounce Israel!'
8 "How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?
9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, And from the hills I behold him; There! A people dwelling alone, Not reckoning itself among the nations.
10 "Who can count the dust of Jacob, Or number one-fourth of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, And let my end be like his!"
11 Then Balak said to Balaam, "What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and look, you have blessed them bountifully!"
12 So he answered and said, "Must I not take heed to speak what the LORD has put in my mouth?"
13 Then Balak said to him, "Please come with me to another place from which you may see them; you shall see only the outer part of them, and shall not see them all; curse them for me from there."
14 So he brought him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
15 And he said to Balak, "Stand here by your burnt offering while I meet the Lord over there."
16 Then the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, "Go back to Balak, and thus you shall speak."
17 So he came to him, and there he was, standing by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab were with him. And Balak said to him, "What has the LORD spoken?"
18 Then he took up his oracle and said: "Rise up, Balak, and hear! Listen to me, son of Zippor!
19 "God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
20 Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.
21 "He has not observed iniquity in Jacob, Nor has He seen wickedness in Israel. The LORD his God is with him, And the shout of a King is among them.
22 God brings them out of Egypt; He has strength like a wild ox.
23 "For there is no sorcery against Jacob, Nor any divination against Israel. It now must be said of Jacob And of Israel, 'Oh, what God has done!'
24 Look, a people rises like a lioness, And lifts itself up like a lion; It shall not lie down until it devours the prey, And drinks the blood of the slain."
25 Then Balak said to Balaam, "Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all!"
26 So Balaam answered and said to Balak, "Did I not tell you, saying, 'All that the LORD speaks, that I must do'?"
27 Then Balak said to Balaam, "Please come, I will take you to another place; perhaps it will please God that you may curse them for me from there."
28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, that overlooks the wasteland.
29 Then Balaam said to Balak, "Build for me here seven altars, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams."
30 And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on every altar.
Numbers 24 (NKJV™)
1 Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not go as at other times, to seek to use sorcery, but he set his face toward the wilderness.
2 And Balaam raised his eyes, and saw Israel encamped according to their tribes; and the Spirit of God came upon him.
3 Then he took up his oracle and said: "The utterance of Balaam the son of Beor, The utterance of the man whose eyes are opened,
4 The utterance of him who hears the words of God, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Who falls down, with eyes wide open:
5 "How lovely are your tents, O Jacob! Your dwellings, O Israel!
6 Like valleys that stretch out, Like gardens by the riverside, Like aloes planted by the LORD, Like cedars beside the waters.
7 He shall pour water from his buckets, And his seed shall be in many waters. "His king shall be higher than Agag, And his kingdom shall be exalted.
8 "God brings him out of Egypt; He has strength like a wild ox; He shall consume the nations, his enemies; He shall break their bones And pierce them with his arrows.
9 'He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him?' "Blessed is he who blesses you, And cursed is he who curses you."
10 Then Balak's anger was aroused against Balaam, and he struck his hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, "I called you to curse my enemies, and look, you have bountifully blessed them these three times!
11 "Now therefore, flee to your place. I said I would greatly honor you, but in fact, the LORD has kept you back from honor."
12 So Balaam said to Balak, "Did I not also speak to your messengers whom you sent to me, saying,
13 'If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the LORD, to do good or bad of my own will. What the LORD says, that I must speak'?
14 "And now, indeed, I am going to my people. Come, I will advise you what this people will do to your people in the latter days."
15 So he took up his oracle and said: "The utterance of Balaam the son of Beor, And the utterance of the man whose eyes are opened;
16 The utterance of him who hears the words of God, And has the knowledge of the Most High, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Who falls down, with eyes wide open:
17 "I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult.
18 "And Edom shall be a possession; Seir also, his enemies, shall be a possession, While Israel does valiantly.
19 Out of Jacob One shall have dominion, And destroy the remains of the city."
20 Then he looked on Amalek, and he took up his oracle and said: "Amalek was first among the nations, But shall be last until he perishes."
21 Then he looked on the Kenites, and he took up his oracle and said: "Firm is your dwelling place, And your nest is set in the rock;
22 Nevertheless Kain shall be burned. How long until Asshur carries you away captive?"
23 Then he took up his oracle and said: "Alas! Who shall live when God does this?
24 But ships shall come from the coasts of Cyprus, And they shall afflict Asshur and afflict Eber, And so shall Amalek, until he perishes."
25 So Balaam rose and departed and returned to his place; Balak also went his way.
Numbers 25 (NKJV™)
1 Now Israel remained in Acacia Grove, and the people began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab.
2 They invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.
3 So Israel was joined to Baal of Peor, and the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel.
4 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Take all the leaders of the people and hang the offenders before the LORD, out in the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may turn away from Israel."
5 So Moses said to the judges of Israel, "Every one of you kill his men who were joined to Baal of Peor."
6 And indeed, one of the children of Israel came and presented to his brethren a Midianite woman in the sight of Moses and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.
7 Now when Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose from among the congregation and took a javelin in his hand;
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 body. So the plague was stopped among the children of Israel.
9 And those who died in the plague were twenty-four thousand.
10 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
11 "Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned back My wrath from the children of Israel, because he was zealous with My zeal among them, so that I did not consume the children of Israel in My zeal.
12 "Therefore say, 'Behold, I give to him My covenant of peace;
13 'and it shall be to him and his descendants after him a covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.'"
14 Now the name of the Israelite who was killed, who was killed with the Midianite woman, was Zimri the son of Salu, a leader of a father's house among the Simeonites.
15 And the name of the Midianite woman who was killed was Cozbi the daughter of Zur; he was head of the people of a father's house in Midian.
16 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
17 "Harass the Midianites, and attack them;
18 "for they harassed you with their schemes by which they seduced you in the matter of Peor and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a leader of Midian, their sister, who was killed in the day of the plague because of Peor."
Numbers 26 (NKJV™)
1 And it came to pass, after the plague, that the LORD spoke to Moses and Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, saying:
2 "Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel from twenty years old and above, by their fathers' houses, all who are able to go to war in Israel."
3 So Moses and Eleazar the priest spoke with them in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho, saying:
4 "Take a census of the people from twenty years old and above, just as the LORD commanded Moses and the children of Israel who came out of the land of Egypt."
5 Reuben was the firstborn of Israel. The children of Reuben were: of Hanoch, the family of the Hanochites; of Pallu, the family of the Palluites;
6 of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites; of Carmi, the family of the Carmites.
7 These are the families of the Reubenites: those who were numbered of them were forty-three thousand seven hundred and thirty.
8 And the son of Pallu was Eliab.
9 The sons of Eliab were Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram. These are the Dathan and Abiram, representatives of the congregation, who contended against Moses and Aaron in the company of Korah, when they contended against the LORD;
10 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up together with Korah when that company died, when the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men; and they became a sign.
11 Nevertheless the children of Korah did not die.
12 The sons of Simeon according to their families were: of Nemuel, the family of the Nemuelites; of Jamin, the family of the Jaminites; of Jachin, the family of the Jachinites;
13 of Zerah, the family of the Zarhites; of Shaul, the family of the Shaulites.
14 These are the families of the Simeonites: twenty-two thousand two hundred.
15 The sons of Gad according to their families were: of Zephon, the family of the Zephonites; of Haggi, the family of the Haggites; of Shuni, the family of the Shunites;
16 of Ozni, the family of the Oznites; of Eri, the family of the Erites;
17 of Arod, the family of the Arodites; of Areli, the family of the Arelites.
18 These are the families of the sons of Gad according to those who were numbered of them: forty thousand five hundred.
19 The sons of Judah were Er and Onan; and Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan.
20 And the sons of Judah according to their families were: of Shelah, the family of the Shelanites; of Perez, the family of the Parzites; of Zerah, the family of the Zarhites.
21 And the sons of Perez were: of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites; of Hamul, the family of the Hamulites.
22 These are the families of Judah according to those who were numbered of them: seventy-six thousand five hundred.
23 The sons of Issachar according to their families were: of Tola, the family of the Tolaites; of Puah, the family of the Punites;
24 of Jashub, the family of the Jashubites; of Shimron, the family of the Shimronites.
25 These are the families of Issachar according to those who were numbered of them: sixty-four thousand three hundred.
26 The sons of Zebulun according to their families were: of Sered, the family of the Sardites; of Elon, the family of the Elonites; of Jahleel, the family of the Jahleelites.
27 These are the families of the Zebulunites according to those who were numbered of them: sixty thousand five hundred.
28 The sons of Joseph according to their families, by Manasseh and Ephraim, were:
29 The sons of Manasseh: of Machir, the family of the Machirites; and Machir begot Gilead; of Gilead, the family of the Gileadites.
30 These are the sons of Gilead: of Jeezer, the family of the Jeezerites; of Helek, the family of the Helekites;
31 of Asriel, the family of the Asrielites; of Shechem, the family of the Shechemites;
32 of Shemida, the family of the Shemidaites; of Hepher, the family of the Hepherites.
33 Now Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters; and the names of the daughters of Zelophehad were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
34 These are the families of Manasseh; and those who were numbered of them were fifty-two thousand seven hundred.
35 These are the sons of Ephraim according to their families: of Shuthelah, the family of the Shuthalhites; of Becher, the family of the Bachrites; of Tahan, the family of the Tahanites.
36 And these are the sons of Shuthelah: of Eran, the family of the Eranites.
37 These are the families of the sons of Ephraim according to those who were numbered of them: thirty-two thousand five hundred. These are the sons of Joseph according to their families.
38 The sons of Benjamin according to their families were: of Bela, the family of the Belaites; of Ashbel, the family of the Ashbelites; of Ahiram, the family of the Ahiramites;
39 of Shupham, the family of the Shuphamites; of Hupham, the family of the Huphamites.
40 And the sons of Bela were Ard and Naaman: of Ard, the family of the Ardites; of Naaman, the family of the Naamites.
41 These are the sons of Benjamin according to their families; and those who were numbered of them were forty-five thousand six hundred.
42 These are the sons of Dan according to their families: of Shuham, the family of the Shuhamites. These are the families of Dan according to their families.
43 All the families of the Shuhamites, according to those who were numbered of them, were sixty-four thousand four hundred.
44 The sons of Asher according to their families were: of Jimna, the family of the Jimnites; of Jesui, the family of the Jesuites; of Beriah, the family of the Beriites.
45 Of the sons of Beriah: of Heber, the family of the Heberites; of Malchiel, the family of the Malchielites.
46 And the name of the daughter of Asher was Serah.
47 These are the families of the sons of Asher according to those who were numbered of them: fifty-three thousand four hundred.
48 The sons of Naphtali according to their families were: of Jahzeel, the family of the Jahzeelites; of Guni, the family of the Gunites;
49 of Jezer, the family of the Jezerites; of Shillem, the family of the Shillemites.
50 These are the families of Naphtali according to their families; and those who were numbered of them were forty-five thousand four hundred.
51 These are those who were numbered of the children of Israel: six hundred and one thousand seven hundred and thirty.
52 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
53 "To these the land shall be divided as an inheritance, according to the number of names.
54 "To a large tribe you shall give a larger inheritance, and to a small tribe you shall give a smaller inheritance. Each shall be given its inheritance according to those who were numbered of them.
55 "But the land shall be divided by lot; they shall inherit according to the names of the tribes of their fathers.
56 "According to the lot their inheritance shall be divided between the larger and the smaller."
57 And these are those who were numbered of the Levites according to their families: of Gershon, the family of the Gershonites; of Kohath, the family of the Kohathites; of Merari, the family of the Merarites.
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, and the family of the Korathites. And Kohath begot Amram.
59 The name of Amram's wife was Jochebed the daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi in Egypt; and to Amram she bore Aaron and Moses and their sister Miriam.
60 To Aaron were born Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
61 And Nadab and Abihu died when they offered profane fire before the LORD.
62 Now those who were numbered of them were twenty-three thousand, every male from a month old and above; for they were not numbered among the other children of Israel, because there was no inheritance given to them among the children of Israel.
63 These are those who were numbered by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho.
64 But among these there was not a man of those who were numbered by Moses and Aaron the priest when they numbered the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Sinai.
65 For the LORD had said of them, "They shall surely die in the wilderness." So there was not left a man of them, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.
Numbers 27 (NKJV™)
1 Then came the daughters of Zelophehad the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, from the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph; and these were the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
2 And they stood before Moses, before Eleazar the priest, and before the leaders and all the congregation, by the doorway of the tabernacle of meeting, saying:
3 "Our father died in the wilderness; but he was not in the company of those who gathered together against the LORD, in company with Korah, but he died in his own sin; and he had no sons.
4 "Why should the name of our father be removed from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among our father's brothers."
5 So Moses brought their case before the LORD.
6 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
7 "The daughters of Zelophehad speak what is right; you shall surely give them a possession of inheritance among their father's brothers, and cause the inheritance of their father to pass to them.
8 "And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'If a man dies and has no son, then you shall cause his inheritance to pass to his daughter.
9 'If he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers.
10 'If he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father's brothers.
11 'And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to the relative closest him in his family, and he shall possess it.'" And it shall be to the children of Israel a statute of judgment, just as the LORD commanded Moses.
12 Now the LORD said to Moses: "Go up into this Mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given to the children of Israel.
13 "And when you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother was gathered.
14 "For in the Wilderness of Zin, during the strife of the congregation, you rebelled against My command to hallow Me at the waters before their eyes." (These are the waters of Meribah, at Kadesh in the Wilderness of Zin.)
15 Then Moses spoke to the LORD, saying:
16 "Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,
17 "who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the LORD may not be like sheep which have no shepherd."
18 And the LORD said to Moses: "Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him;
19 "set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight.
20 "And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.
21 "He shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire before the LORD for him by the judgment of the Urim. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, he and all the children of Israel with him--all the congregation."
22 So Moses did as the LORD commanded him. He took Joshua and set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation.
23 And he laid his hands on him and inaugurated him, just as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.
Numbers 28 (NKJV™)
1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
2 "Command the children of Israel, and say to them, 'My offering, My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time.'
3 "And you shall say to them, 'This is the offering made by fire which you shall offer to the LORD: two male lambs in their first year without blemish, day by day, as a regular burnt offering.
4 'The one lamb you shall offer in the morning, the other lamb you shall offer in the evening,
5 'and one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering mixed with one-fourth of a hin of pressed oil.
6 'It is a regular burnt offering which was ordained at Mount Sinai for a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the LORD.
7 'And its drink offering shall be one-fourth of a hin for each lamb; in a holy place you shall pour out the drink to the LORD as an offering.
8 'The other lamb you shall offer in the evening; as the morning grain offering and its drink offering, you shall offer it as an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD.
9 'And on the Sabbath day two lambs in their first year, without blemish, and two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering, mixed with oil, with its drink offering--
10 'this is the burnt offering for every Sabbath, besides the regular burnt offering with its drink offering.
11 'At the beginnings of your months you shall present a burnt offering to the LORD: two young bulls, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year, without blemish;
12 'three-tenths of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering, mixed with oil, for each bull; two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering, mixed with oil, for the one ram;
13 'and one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour, mixed with oil, as a grain offering for each lamb, as a burnt offering of sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the LORD.
14 'Their drink offering shall be half a hin of wine for a bull, one-third of a hin for a ram, and one-fourth of a hin for a lamb; this is the burnt offering for each month throughout the months of the year.
15 'Also one kid of the goats as a sin offering to the LORD shall be offered, besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.
16 'On the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the LORD.
17 'And on the fifteenth day of this month is the feast; unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days.
18 'On the first day you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work.
19 'And you shall present an offering made by fire as a burnt offering to the LORD: two young bulls, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year. Be sure they are without blemish.
20 'Their grain offering shall be of fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah you shall offer for a bull, and two-tenths for a ram;
21 'you shall offer one-tenth of an ephah for each of the seven lambs;
22 'also one goat as a sin offering, to make atonement for you.
23 'You shall offer these besides the burnt offering of the morning, which is for a regular burnt offering.
24 'In this manner you shall offer the food of the offering made by fire daily for seven days, as a sweet aroma to the LORD; it shall be offered besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.
25 'And on the seventh day you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work.
26 'Also on the day of the firstfruits, when you bring a new grain offering to the LORD at your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work.
27 'You shall present a burnt offering as a sweet aroma to the LORD: two young bulls, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year,
28 'with their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for each bull, two-tenths for the one ram,
29 'and one-tenth for each of the seven lambs;
30 'also one kid of the goats, to make atonement for you.
31 'Be sure they are without blemish. You shall present them with their drink offerings, besides the regular burnt offering with its grain offering.
Numbers 29 (NKJV™)
1 'And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets.
2 'You shall offer a burnt offering as a sweet aroma to the LORD: one young bull, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year, without blemish.
3 'Their grain offering shall be fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for the bull, two-tenths for the ram,
4 'and one-tenth for each of the seven lambs;
5 'also one kid of the goats as a sin offering, to make atonement for you;
6 'besides the burnt offering with its grain offering for the New Moon, the regular burnt offering with its grain offering, and their drink offerings, according to their ordinance, as a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the LORD.
7 'On the tenth day of this seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall afflict your souls; you shall not do any work.
8 'You shall present a burnt offering to the LORD as a sweet aroma: one young bull, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year. Be sure they are without blemish.
9 'Their grain offering shall be of fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for the bull, two-tenths for the one ram,
10 'and one-tenth for each of the seven lambs;
11 'also one kid of the goats as a sin offering, besides the sin offering for atonement, the regular burnt offering with its grain offering, and their drink offerings.
12 'On the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work, and you shall keep a feast to the LORD seven days.
13 'You shall present a burnt offering, an offering made by fire as a sweet aroma to the LORD: thirteen young bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs in their first year. They shall be without blemish.
14 'Their grain offering shall be of fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for each of the thirteen bulls, two-tenths for each of the two rams,
15 'and one-tenth for each of the fourteen lambs;
16 'also one kid of the goats as a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.
17 'On the second day present twelve young bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs in their first year without blemish,
18 'and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, by their number, according to the ordinance;
19 'also one kid of the goats as a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering with its grain offering, and their drink offerings.
20 'On the third day present eleven bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs in their first year without blemish,
21 'and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, by their number, according to the ordinance;
22 'also one goat as a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.
23 'On the fourth day present ten bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs in their first year, without blemish,
24 'and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, by their number, according to the ordinance;
25 'also one kid of the goats as a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.
26 'On the fifth day present nine bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs in their first year without blemish,
27 'and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, by their number, according to the ordinance;
28 'also one goat as a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.
29 'On the sixth day present eight bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs in their first year without blemish,
30 'and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, by their number, according to the ordinance;
31 'also one goat as a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.
32 'On the seventh day present seven bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs in their first year without blemish,
33 'and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, by their number, according to the ordinance;
34 'also one goat as a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.
35 'On the eighth day you shall have a sacred assembly. You shall do no customary work.
36 'You shall present a burnt offering, an offering made by fire as a sweet aroma to the LORD: one bull, one ram, seven lambs in their first year without blemish,
37 'and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bull, for the ram, and for the lambs, by their number, according to the ordinance;
38 'also one goat as a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.
39 'These you shall present to the LORD at your appointed feasts (besides your vowed offerings and your freewill offerings) as your burnt offerings and your grain offerings, as your drink offerings and your peace offerings.'"
40 So Moses told the children of Israel everything, just as the LORD commanded Moses.
Numbers 30 (NKJV™)
1 Then Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, "This is the thing which the LORD has commanded:
2 "If a man makes a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.
3 "Or if a woman makes a vow to the LORD, and binds herself by some agreement while in her father's house in her youth,
4 "and her father hears her vow and the agreement by which she has bound herself, and her father holds his peace, then all her vows shall stand, and every agreement with which she has bound herself shall stand.
5 "But if her father overrules her on the day that he hears, then none of her vows nor her agreements by which she has bound herself shall stand; and the LORD will release her, because her father overruled her.
6 "If indeed she takes a husband, while bound by her vows or by a rash utterance from her lips by which she bound herself,
7 "and her husband hears it, and makes no response to her on the day that he hears, then her vows shall stand, and her agreements by which she bound herself shall stand.
8 "But if her husband overrules her on the day that he hears it, he shall make void her vow which she took and what she uttered with her lips, by which she bound herself, and the LORD will release her.
9 "Also any vow of a widow or a divorced woman, by which she has bound herself, shall stand against her.
10 "If she vowed in her husband's house, or bound herself by an agreement with an oath,
11 "and her husband heard it, and made no response to her and did not overrule her, then all her vows shall stand, and every agreement by which she bound herself shall stand.
12 "But if her husband truly made them void on the day he heard them, then whatever proceeded from her lips concerning her vows or concerning the agreement binding her, it shall not stand; her husband has made them void, and the LORD will release her.
13 "Every vow and every binding oath to afflict her soul, her husband may confirm it, or her husband may make it void.
14 "Now if her husband makes no response whatever to her from day to day, then he confirms all her vows or all the agreements that bind her; he confirms them, because he made no response to her on the day that he heard them.
15 "But if he does make them void after he has heard them, then he shall bear her guilt."
16 These are the statutes which the LORD commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, and between a father and his daughter in her youth in her father's house.
Numbers 31 (NKJV™)
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
2 "Take vengeance on the Midianites for the children of Israel. Afterward you shall be gathered to your people."
3 So Moses spoke to the people, saying, "Arm some of yourselves for war, and let them go against the Midianites to take vengeance for the LORD on Midian.
4 "A thousand from each tribe of all the tribes of Israel you shall send to the war."
5 So there were recruited from the divisions of Israel one thousand from each tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.
6 Then Moses sent them to the war, one thousand from each tribe; he sent them to the war with Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, with the holy articles and the signal trumpets in his hand.
7 And they warred against the Midianites, just as the LORD commanded Moses, and they killed all the males.
8 They killed the kings of Midian with the rest of those who were killed--Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian. Balaam the son of Beor they also killed with the sword.
9 And the children of Israel took the women of Midian captive, with their little ones, and took as spoil all their cattle, all their flocks, and all their goods.
10 They also burned with fire all the cities where they dwelt, and all their forts.
11 And they took all the spoil and all the booty--of man and beast.
12 Then they brought the captives, the booty, and the spoil to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the congregation of the children of Israel, to the camp in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho.
13 And Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the congregation, went to meet them outside the camp.
14 But Moses was angry with the officers of the army, with the captains over thousands and captains over hundreds, who had come from the battle.
15 And Moses said to them: "Have you kept all the women alive?
16 "Look, these women caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.
17 "Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known a man intimately.
18 "But keep alive for yourselves all the young girls who have not known a man intimately.
19 "And as for you, remain outside the camp seven days; whoever has killed any person, and whoever has touched any slain, purify yourselves and your captives on the third day and on the seventh day.
20 "Purify every garment, everything made of leather, everything woven of goats' hair, and everything made of wood."
21 Then Eleazar the priest said to the men of war who had gone to the battle, "This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD commanded Moses:
22 "Only the gold, the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin, and the lead,
23 "everything that can endure fire, you shall put through the fire, and it shall be clean; and it shall be purified with the water of purification. But all that cannot endure fire you shall put through water.
24 "And you shall wash your clothes on the seventh day and be clean, and afterward you may come into the camp."
25 Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
26 "Count up the plunder that was taken--of man and beast--you and Eleazar the priest and the chief fathers of the congregation;
27 "and divide the plunder into two parts, between those who took part in the war, who went out to battle, and all the congregation.
28 "And levy a tribute for the LORD on the men of war who went out to battle: one of every five hundred of the persons, the cattle, the donkeys, and the sheep;
29 "take it from their half, and give it to Eleazar the priest as a heave offering to the LORD.
30 "And from the children of Israel's half you shall take one of every fifty, drawn from the persons, the cattle, the donkeys, and the sheep, from all the livestock, and give them to the Levites who keep charge of the tabernacle of the LORD."
31 So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses.
32 The booty remaining from the plunder, which the men of war had taken, was six hundred and seventy-five thousand sheep,
33 seventy-two thousand cattle,
34 sixty-one thousand donkeys,
35 and thirty-two thousand persons in all, of women who had not known a man intimately.
36 And the half, the portion for those who had gone out to war, was in number three hundred and thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep;
37 and the LORD'S tribute of the sheep was six hundred and seventy-five.
38 The cattle were thirty-six thousand, of which the LORD'S tribute was seventy-two.
39 The donkeys were thirty thousand five hundred, of which the LORD'S tribute was sixty-one.
40 The persons were sixteen thousand, of which the LORD'S tribute was thirty-two persons.
41 So Moses gave the tribute which was the LORD'S heave offering to Eleazar the priest, as the LORD commanded Moses.
42 And from the children of Israel's half, which Moses separated from the men who fought--
43 now the half belonging to the congregation was three hundred and thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep,
44 thirty-six thousand cattle,
45 thirty thousand five hundred donkeys,
46 and sixteen thousand persons--
47 and from the children of Israel's half Moses took one of every fifty, drawn from man and beast, and gave them to the Levites, who kept charge of the tabernacle of the LORD, as the LORD commanded Moses.
48 Then the officers who were over thousands of the army, the captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, came near to Moses;
49 and they said to Moses, "Your servants have taken a count of the men of war who are under our command, and not a man of us is missing.
50 "Therefore we have brought an offering for the LORD, what every man found of ornaments of gold: armlets and bracelets and signet rings and earrings and necklaces, to make atonement for ourselves before the LORD."
51 So Moses and Eleazar the priest received the gold from them, all the fashioned ornaments.
52 And all the gold of the offering that they offered to the LORD, from the captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels.
53 (The men of war had taken spoil, every man for himself.)
54 And Moses and Eleazar the priest received the gold from the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the tabernacle of meeting as a memorial for the children of Israel before the LORD.
Numbers 32 (NKJV™)
1 Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of livestock; and when they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, that indeed the region was a place for livestock,
2 the children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and spoke to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the leaders of the congregation, saying,
3 "Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Shebam, Nebo, and Beon,
4 "the country which the LORD defeated before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock."
5 Therefore they said, "If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession. Do not take us over the Jordan."
6 And Moses said to the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben: "Shall your brethren go to war while you sit here?
7 "Now why will you discourage the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD has given them?
8 "Thus your fathers did when I sent them away from Kadesh Barnea to see the land.
9 "For when they went up to the Valley of Eshcol and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, so that they did not go into the land which the LORD had given them.
10 "So the LORD'S anger was aroused on that day, and He swore an oath, saying,
11 'Surely none of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and above, shall see the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they have not wholly followed Me,
12 'except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, the Kenizzite, and Joshua the son of Nun, for they have wholly followed the LORD.'
13 "So the LORD'S anger was aroused 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 gone.
14 "And look! You have risen in your father's place, a brood of sinful men, to increase still more the fierce anger of the LORD against Israel.
15 "For if you turn away from following Him, He will once again leave them in the wilderness, and you will destroy all these people."
16 Then they came near to him and said: "We will build sheepfolds here for our livestock, and cities for our little ones,
17 "but we ourselves will be armed, ready to go before the children of Israel until we have brought them to their place; and our little ones will dwell in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land.
18 "We will not return to our homes until every one of the children of Israel has received his inheritance.
19 "For we will not inherit with them on the other side of the Jordan and beyond, because our inheritance has fallen to us on this eastern side of the Jordan."
20 Then Moses said to them: "If you do this thing, if you arm yourselves before the LORD for the war,
21 "and all your armed men cross over the Jordan before the LORD until He has driven out His enemies from before Him,
22 "and the land is subdued before the LORD, then afterward you may return and be blameless before the LORD and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession before the LORD.
23 "But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out.
24 "Build cities for your little ones and folds for your sheep, and do what has proceeded out of your mouth."
25 And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben spoke to Moses, saying: "Your servants will do as my lord commands.
26 "Our little ones, our wives, our flocks, and all our livestock will be there in the cities of Gilead;
27 "but your servants will cross over, every man armed for war, before the LORD to battle, just as my lord says."
28 So Moses gave command concerning them to Eleazar the priest, to Joshua the son of Nun, and to the chief fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel.
29 And Moses said to them: "If the children of Gad and the children of Reuben cross over the Jordan with you, every man armed for battle before the LORD, and the land is subdued before you, then you shall give them the land of Gilead as a possession.
30 "But if they do not cross over armed with you, they shall have possessions among you in the land of Canaan."
31 Then the children of Gad and the children of Reuben answered, saying: "As the LORD has said to your servants, so we will do.
32 "We will cross over armed before the LORD into the land of Canaan, but the possession of our inheritance shall remain with us on this side of the Jordan."
33 So Moses gave to the children of Gad, to the children of Reuben, and to 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 its cities within the borders, the cities of the surrounding country.
34 And the children of Gad built Dibon and Ataroth and Aroer,
35 Atroth and Shophan and Jazer and Jogbehah,
36 Beth Nimrah and Beth Haran, fortified cities, and folds for sheep.
37 And the children of Reuben built Heshbon and Elealeh and Kirjathaim,
38 Nebo and Baal Meon (their names being changed) and Shibmah; and they gave other names to the cities which they built.
39 And the children of Machir the son of Manasseh went to Gilead and took it, and dispossessed the Amorites who were in it.
40 So Moses gave Gilead to Machir the son of Manasseh, and he dwelt in it.
41 Also Jair the son of Manasseh went and took its small towns, and called them Havoth Jair.
42 Then Nobah went and took Kenath and its villages, and he called it Nobah, after his own name.
Numbers 33 (NKJV™)
1 These are the journeys of the children of Israel, who went out of the land of Egypt by their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron.
2 Now Moses wrote down the starting points of their journeys at the command of the LORD. And these are their journeys according to their starting points:
3 They departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the day after the Passover the children of Israel went out with boldness in the sight of all the Egyptians.
4 For the Egyptians were burying all their firstborn, whom the LORD had killed among them. Also on their gods the LORD had executed judgments.
5 Then the children of Israel moved from Rameses and camped at Succoth.
6 They departed from Succoth and camped at Etham, which is on the edge of the wilderness.
7 They moved from Etham and turned back to Pi Hahiroth, which is east of Baal Zephon; and they camped near Migdol.
8 They departed from before Hahiroth and passed through the midst of the sea into the wilderness, went three days' journey in the Wilderness of Etham, and camped at Marah.
9 They moved from Marah and came to Elim. At Elim were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there.
10 They moved from Elim and camped by the Red Sea.
11 They moved from the Red Sea and camped in the Wilderness of Sin.
12 They journeyed from the Wilderness of Sin and camped at Dophkah.
13 They departed from Dophkah and camped at Alush.
14 They moved from Alush and camped at Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink.
15 They departed from Rephidim and camped in the Wilderness of Sinai.
16 They moved from the Wilderness of Sinai and camped at Kibroth Hattaavah.
17 They departed from Kibroth Hattaavah and camped at Hazeroth.
18 They departed from Hazeroth and camped at Rithmah.
19 They departed from Rithmah and camped at Rimmon Perez.
20 They departed from Rimmon Perez and camped at Libnah.
21 They moved from Libnah and camped at Rissah.
22 They journeyed from Rissah and camped at Kehelathah.
23 They went from Kehelathah and camped at Mount Shepher.
24 They moved from Mount Shepher and camped at Haradah.
25 They moved from Haradah and camped at Makheloth.
26 They moved from Makheloth and camped at Tahath.
27 They departed from Tahath and camped at Terah.
28 They moved from Terah and camped at Mithkah.
29 They went from Mithkah and camped at Hashmonah.
30 They departed from Hashmonah and camped at Moseroth.
31 They departed from Moseroth and camped at Bene Jaakan.
32 They moved from Bene Jaakan and camped at Hor Hagidgad.
33 They went from Hor Hagidgad and camped at Jotbathah.
34 They moved from Jotbathah and camped at Abronah.
35 They departed from Abronah and camped at Ezion Geber.
36 They moved from Ezion Geber and camped in the Wilderness of Zin, which is Kadesh.
37 They moved from Kadesh and camped at Mount Hor, on the boundary of the land of Edom.
38 Then Aaron the priest went up to Mount Hor at the command of the LORD, and died there in the fortieth year after the children of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt, on the first day of the fifth month.
39 Aaron was one hundred and twenty-three years old when he died on Mount Hor.
40 Now the king of Arad, the Canaanite, who dwelt in the South in the land of Canaan, heard of the coming of the children of Israel.
41 So they departed from Mount Hor and camped at Zalmonah.
42 They departed from Zalmonah and camped at Punon.
43 They departed from Punon and camped at Oboth.
44 They departed from Oboth and camped at Ije Abarim, at the border of Moab.
45 They departed from Ijim and camped at Dibon Gad.
46 They moved from Dibon Gad and camped at Almon Diblathaim.
47 They moved from Almon Diblathaim and camped in the mountains of Abarim, before Nebo.
48 They departed from the mountains of Abarim and camped in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho.
49 They camped by the Jordan, from Beth Jesimoth as far as the Abel Acacia Grove in the plains of Moab.
50 Now the LORD spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho, saying,
51 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
52 'then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their engraved stones, destroy all their molded images, and demolish all their high places;
53 'you shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land and dwell in it, for I have given you the land to possess.
54 'And you shall divide the land by lot as an inheritance among your families; to the larger you shall give a larger inheritance, and to the smaller you shall give a smaller inheritance; there everyone's inheritance shall be whatever falls to him by lot. You shall inherit according to the tribes of your fathers.
55 'But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell.
56 'Moreover it shall be that I will do to you as I thought to do to them.'"
Numbers 34 (NKJV™)
1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
2 "Command the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land of Canaan, this is the land that shall fall to you as an inheritance--the land of Canaan to its boundaries.
3 'Your southern border shall be from the Wilderness of Zin along the border of Edom; then your southern border shall extend eastward to the end of the Salt Sea;
4 'your border shall turn from the southern side of the Ascent of Akrabbim, continue to Zin, and be on the south of Kadesh Barnea; then it shall go on to Hazar Addar, and continue to Azmon;
5 'the border shall turn from Azmon to the Brook of Egypt, and it shall end at the Sea.
6 'As for the western border, you shall have the Great Sea for a border; this shall be your western border.
7 'And this shall be your northern border: From the Great Sea you shall mark out your border line to Mount Hor;
8 'from Mount Hor you shall mark out your border to the entrance of Hamath; then the direction of the border shall be toward Zedad;
9 'the border shall proceed to Ziphron, and it shall end at Hazar Enan. This shall be your northern border.
10 'You shall mark out your eastern border from Hazar Enan to Shepham;
11 'the border shall go down from Shepham to Riblah on the east side of Ain; the border shall go down and reach to the eastern side of the Sea of Chinnereth;
12 'the border shall go down along the Jordan, and it shall end at the Salt Sea. This shall be your land with its surrounding boundaries.'"
13 Then Moses commanded the children of Israel, saying: "This is the land which you shall inherit by lot, which the LORD has commanded to give to the nine tribes and to the half-tribe.
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 the half-tribe of Manasseh has received its inheritance.
15 "The two tribes and the half-tribe have received their inheritance on this side of the Jordan, across from Jericho eastward, toward the sunrise."
16 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
17 "These are the names of the men who shall divide the land among you as an inheritance: Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun.
18 "And you shall take one leader of every tribe to divide the land for the inheritance.
19 "These are the names of the men: from the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh;
20 "from the tribe of the children of Simeon, Shemuel the son of Ammihud;
21 "from the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad the son of Chislon;
22 "a leader from the tribe of the children of Dan, Bukki the son of Jogli;
23 "from the sons of Joseph: a leader from the tribe of the children of Manasseh, Hanniel the son of Ephod,
24 "and a leader from the tribe of the children of Ephraim, Kemuel the son of Shiphtan;
25 "a leader from the tribe of the children of Zebulun, Elizaphan the son of Parnach;
26 "a leader from the tribe of the children of Issachar, Paltiel the son of Azzan;
27 "a leader from the tribe of the children of Asher, Ahihud the son of Shelomi;
28 "and a leader from the tribe of the children of Naphtali, Pedahel the son of Ammihud."
29 These are the ones the LORD commanded to divide the inheritance among the children of Israel in the land of Canaan.
Numbers 35 (NKJV™)
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho, saying:
2 "Command the children of Israel that they give the Levites cities to dwell in from the inheritance of their possession, and you shall also give the Levites common-land around the cities.
3 "They shall have the cities to dwell in; and their common-land shall be for their cattle, for their herds, and for all their animals.
4 "The common-land of the cities which you shall give the Levites shall extend from the wall of the city outward a thousand cubits all around.
5 "And you shall measure outside the city on the east side two thousand cubits, on the south side two thousand cubits, on the west side two thousand cubits, and on the north side two thousand cubits. The city shall be in the middle. This shall belong to them as common-land for the cities.
6 "Now among the cities which you will give to the Levites you shall appoint six cities of refuge, to which a manslayer may flee. And to these you shall add forty-two cities.
7 "So all the cities you will give to the Levites shall be forty-eight; these you shall give with their common-land.
8 "And the cities which you will give shall be from the possession of the children of Israel; from the larger tribe you shall give many, from the smaller you shall give few. Each shall give some of its cities to the Levites, in proportion to the inheritance that each receives."
9 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
10 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
11 'then you shall appoint cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person accidentally may flee there.
12 'They shall be cities of refuge for you from the avenger, that the manslayer may not die until he stands before the congregation in judgment.
13 'And of the cities which you give, you shall have six cities of refuge.
14 'You shall appoint three cities on this side of the Jordan, and three cities you shall appoint in the land of Canaan, which will be cities of refuge.
15 'These six cities shall be for refuge for the children of Israel, for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them, that anyone who kills a person accidentally may flee there.
16 'But if he strikes him with an iron implement, so that he dies, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.
17 'And if he strikes him with a stone in the hand, by which one could die, and he does die, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.
18 'Or if he strikes him with a wooden hand weapon, by which one could die, and he does die, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.
19 'The avenger of blood himself shall put the murderer to death; when he meets him, he shall put him to death.
20 'If he pushes him out of hatred or, while lying in wait, hurls something at him so that he dies,
21 'or in enmity he strikes him with his hand so that he dies, the one who struck him shall surely be put to death. He is a murderer. The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death when he meets him.
22 'However, if he pushes him suddenly without enmity, or throws anything at him without lying in wait,
23 'or uses a stone, by which a man could die, throwing it at him without seeing him, so that he dies, while he was not his enemy or seeking his harm,
24 'then the congregation shall judge between the manslayer and the avenger of blood according to these judgments.
25 'So the congregation shall deliver the manslayer from the hand of the avenger of blood, and the congregation shall return him to the city of refuge where he had fled, and he shall remain there until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil.
26 'But if the manslayer at any time goes outside the limits of the city of refuge where he fled,
27 'and the avenger of blood finds him outside the limits of his city of refuge, and the avenger of blood kills the manslayer, he shall not be guilty of blood,
28 'because he should have remained in his city of refuge until the death of the high priest. But after the death of the high priest the manslayer may return to the land of his possession.
29 'And these things shall be a statute of judgment to you throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
30 'Whoever kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the testimony of witnesses; but one witness is not sufficient testimony against a person for the death penalty.
31 'Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death.
32 'And you shall take no ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to dwell in the land before the death of the priest.
33 'So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.
34 'Therefore do not defile the land which you inhabit, in the midst of which I dwell; for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.'"
Numbers 36 (NKJV™)
1 Now 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 spoke before Moses and before the leaders, the chief fathers of the children of Israel.
2 And they said: "The LORD commanded my lord Moses to give the land as an inheritance by lot to the children of Israel, and my lord was commanded by the LORD to give the inheritance of our brother Zelophehad to his daughters.
3 "Now if they are married to any of the sons of the other tribes of the children of Israel, then their inheritance will be taken from the inheritance of our fathers, and it will be added to the inheritance of the tribe into which they marry; so it will be taken from the lot of our inheritance.
4 "And when the Jubilee of the children of Israel comes, then their inheritance will be added to the inheritance of the tribe into which they marry; so their inheritance will be taken away from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers."
5 Then Moses commanded the children of Israel according to the word of the LORD, saying: "What the tribe of the sons of Joseph speaks is right.
6 "This is what the LORD commands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, 'Let them marry whom they think best, but they may marry only within the family of their father's tribe.'
7 "So the inheritance of the children of Israel shall not change hands from tribe to tribe, for every one of the children of Israel shall keep the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers.
8 "And every daughter who possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the children of Israel shall be the wife of one of the family of her father's tribe, so that the children of Israel each may possess the inheritance of his fathers.
9 "Thus no inheritance shall change hands from one tribe to another, but every tribe of the children of Israel shall keep its own inheritance."
10 Just as the LORD commanded Moses, so did the daughters of Zelophehad;
11 for Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married to the sons of their father's brothers.
12 They were married into the families of the children of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of their father's family.
13 These are the commandments and the judgments which the LORD commanded the children of Israel by the hand of Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho.

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In our eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give us a tour of Numbers chapters 15-36. We'll see that the second section of Numbers covers the failure of one generation to enter the Promised Land and the reorganization of a new generation that enters into the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, and 27.

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Numbers is named for the census of the Exodus generation taken at Mount Sinai (Num 1) and for the census of the generation born in the wilderness taken on the plains of Moab (Num 26). This book is of special historical interest as it furnishes us with details as to the route of the Israelites in the wilderness and their principal encampments.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

c. 1527 B.C.
Moses Is Born

c. 1487 B.C.
Moses Flees Egypt For Midian

c. 1446 B.C.
The Israelites Cross The Red Sea And Arrive At Mt. Sinai

c. 1445 B.C.
The Law Is Given At Mount Sinai

c. 1445-1405 B.C.
Events In Numbers

c. 1407 B.C.
Return To The Wilderness Of Sin And The Instructions Of Deuteronomy

c. 1406 B.C.
Forty Years Of Wandering In The Wilderness

c. 1405 B.C.
Israel Enters The Promised Land Under Joshua


TRIP PLANNER:
The Book Of Numbers can be divided into two sections. The second section covers the failure of one generation to enter the Promised Land. It also covers the reorganization of a new generation that enters into the Promised Land.

1. Failure In the wilderness - Numbers 15-19
2. Failure on the way to Moab - Numbers 20-25
3. Israel reorganized and renumbered - Numbers 26-27
4. Seasonal offerings to be kept - Numbers 28-30
5. Land apportioned on both sides of Jordan - Numbers 31-36

NOTE: Another way to look at the book of Numbers is by the generations. Part 1 deals with the first generation in the wilderness (1-25) and Part 2 deals with the second generation entering the Promised Land (26-36).

PLACES OF INTEREST:
Cities of Refuge - In Middle Eastern culture, the taking of a life, even by accident, was to be avenged by a member of the victim's family. God established six (6) Levitical cities to be set-aside as cities of refuge. A person guilty of unintentional manslaughter could escape blood revenge by fleeing to one of these cities.

Edom - The country of Edom began at a line from the south end of the Dead Sea stretched to the Arabian Desert areas to the east. From this line, Edom claimed all the land south to the Red Sea, and farther along the east coast of the Red Sea. Today this area is called Negev, south Israel, and among the driest regions in Israel. The King of Edom refused passage through this land.

Heshbon - The city of Sihon king of the Amorites. It was here that Sihon was defeated because he declared war on Israel and refused to let them pass through his land. Later this city became a Levitical city.

Hormah - Located in the extreme South of ancient Palestine, earlier called Zephath. Here the invading Israelites were defeated by the Canaanites. Later the Israelites defeated the Canaanite king Arad.

King's Highway - In the ancient world, the King's Highway was a major trade route running from Egypt across the central Sinai Peninsula, north through what is now western Jordan, and into Syria.

Meribah - In the wilderness of Sin at Kadesh (the place where Miriam - Moses' sister - was buried). It was here that Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to the rock as God had commanded - thus misrepresenting God to the people. As a result, Moses and Aaron were not allowed to go into the Promised Land.

Mount Hor - the scene in the Bible of Aaron's death, situated "in the edge of the land of Edom." Since the time of Josephus it has been identified with the Jebel Nebi Ijarun ("Mountain of the Prophet Aaron"), a twin-peaked mountain 4780 feet above the sea-level (6072 feet above the Dead Sea) in the Edomite Mountains on the east side of the Jordan-Arabah valley.

PEOPLE OF INTEREST:
Baal of Peor - The Moabite god who appears both as a male sun-god and a female moon-goddess. His name means "lord of Peor," referring to Mount Peor on the left bank of the river Jordan, the center of his cult. Baal is mentioned widely in the Old Testament as the primary pagan idol of the Phoenicians, which was often associated with the heathen goddess Ashtaroth. The worship of Baal was accompanied with lascivious rites (1 Kings 14:24), the sacrifice of children in the fire by parents (Jer. 19:5), and kissing the image (1 Kings 19:18; Hos 13:2).

Balaam - Balaam of Mesopotamia was an internationally known soothsayer and prophet who specialized in animal divination. It was believed that these prophets could manipulate the will of the gods. He was hired by Balak to influence the will of the God of Israel. God would not allow Balaam to speak against Israel and used a donkey to speak to him, mocking his ability to communicate with the gods.

Balak - King of the Moabites who hired Balaam the prophet to destroy Israel through spiritual means. He knew that Israel had defeated his friend Sihon at Heshbon and was afraid.

Dathan and Abiram - Sons of Eliab. Levite who, with his brother Abiram and with Korah, was consumed by fire from heaven.

Joshua -There were two possible candidates: Caleb and Joshua. God himself choose Joshua to succeed Moses. The qualification for the job was the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Korah - Son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi. Levite leader, with Dathan and Abiram, of the unsuccessful revolt in the desert against the exclusive priesthood of the Aaronic family and against the leadership of Moses; the rebels were consumed by fire and earthquake, and perhaps had duties as doorkeepers and singers in the Temple.

The Daughters of Zelophehad - Hebrew law passed on the inheritance of the father through the sons. Because Zelophehad had no sons, his daughters made a case to have the inheritance given to them. Moses took their case to the Lord and the Lord honored their request.

Zimri - A Hebrew man who became involved with a Midianite woman named Cozbi (possibly a priestess of Baal.) Their offense (possibly their marriage ceremony) was committed at the door of the tabernacle in full view of the congregation. They were killed by Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, with a javelin.

FUN FACTS:
Book of Wars of The Lord - An early collection of songs and writings known today only by it's mention in Numbers 21:14, 15. The fact that numbers draws from other early Hebrew writings shows that the ancient Hebrew people had other literature in addition to Scripture.

Bronze Serpent - Today, this is known as the symbol of the medical profession. It was a symbol of the cross. When God sent venomous snakes into the camp of Israel, anyone who looked upon the Bronze Serpent would live.

High Places of Baal - Sacred areas on hilltops, where sacrifices and rituals were held, these rural 'temples' were simple, open spaces, without idols but with a pile of stones serving as an altar. A sacred tree was not uncommon. A local priest would attend to the altar, and be supported by the locals. Some of these 'high areas' became quite popular, and the number of priests then increased.

Levite Cities - The Levites were to be separate from the rest of the population for the holy service of God. They had their own separate allotment of land and their own cities (48 total). The cities were distributed throughout the land as a symbol that God was present among His people.

Sabbath - Sabbath is derived from the Hebrew word meaning "to cease" or "to rest." The Sabbath is the seventh day in the Hebrew calendar or Saturday.

Vow - A vow to God is a voluntary commitment to do something that pleases Him or to abstain from certain practices to demonstrate devotion to Him. A vow made to the Lord is binding and must be fulfilled. The Nazarite vow is an example of this.

MAPS
The Levitical Cities
Journey from Kadesh to Moab

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It was Mark Twain who said, "Don't complain about problems that you might have." Thank you Lord. He said, "Don't complain about problems you may have because 80 percent of the people that you tell your problems to don't care and the other 20 percent think you're finally getting what you have coming to you."
The whole group of the Children of Israel murmured and complained. I heard about a cowboy who was driving on a dirt road out in the middle of nowhere in the west in a pickup truck. In the back of the pickup was his dog and behind the truck, he was towing a trailer with his faithful horse in it. As they were on the dirt road, he was driving through the turns and the twists and he failed to navigate the curb and got into a terrible accident that overturned the truck and the trailer. The highway patrolman came by and saw that it was a pretty bad accident and being an animal lover himself, he went over to the horse and saw that the horse was beyond any kind of medical help and would die naturally. To put it out of its misery, he took a revolver out of his holster and decided to save the horse from a miserable several hours and he shot the horse. He walked around the accident and saw that the dog was whining and had broken several parts of his anatomy and so he decided to also put the dog out of his misery. Then he walked over to the driver and he looked down as a policeman ought to and said, "Are you okay?" The driver looking up and though he had several broken bones, saw the smoking revolver and said, "I've never felt better in all my life!"
We started to see a group of people who complained against Moses and the Lord. We've been outlining this book in this manner. The book is divided up into three parts: there is the organization of the camps of Israel; then there is the disorganization through unbelief and disobedience; and then there is reorganization. Chapters 1 through 13 are the organization and chapters 14 through 25 are the disorganization of the Children of Israel. Beginning in chapter 26 to the end of the book, chapter 36, we have the reorganization, meaning the first generation all die in the wilderness and the new generation, their sons and daughters, are the ones that enter the land. Last week the twelve had been sent out into the Promise Land to spy out the land and they came back. Ten of them had a bad report, "Don't go - there are giants; we're dead meat if we try to take this land." Only two of them, Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh said, "God has given us the land; we're well able to take it." The Children of Israel listened to whom? The ten - the majority - thinking that the majority can't be wrong; so they sided with the majority and they did not believe and they murmured and complained. They said to Moses, "We should have died in Egypt. I wish we would have died there and not even come out to the wilderness." Big mistake! God heard that and basically said, "Alright, you'll have your wish." That entire generation, except for Nun and Caleb, will all die in the wilderness and never make it to the Promise Land. So as we finish out the disorganization and the reorganization, we want to think about the failure and the future. The failure in the wilderness of the old generation (and it all speaks of death and they will all die in the wilderness) but then the future in the new land and the new generation that comes in.
We begin in Chapter 15 and it's wonderful because it begins in hope. Chapters 15 through 29 are really the failure in the wilderness. "And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 'Speak to the Children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you have come into the land you are to inhabit, which I am giving to you.'" Isn't that a wonderful thing to say? It's wonderful because God doesn’t say, "If you come into the land," but He assures them that they will, even in spite of their complaints, their unbelief, and their failure. "When you get into the land." They may not all make it individually, but they will eventually make in corporately as a nation. So, not "if" but "when"; and that's very encouraging. It reminds me a little bit of Peter when he was in prison in Acts chapter 12. Herod the King saw that killing James, the brother of John, pleased some of the people, so he was going to kill Peter the next morning and he had him in prison. We find Peter chained between two guards sleeping in prison. Do you find it odd that a man, the night before he's going to be executed, is getting a good night sleep? You know why? Because Jesus Christ had told him something that a lot of us skip over. Remember when Peter was with Jesus at the Sea of Galilee and Jesus said to him in John chapter 21: "'Peter when you were young you girded yourself and you went wherever you want to, but when you are old you will stretch out your hand,'" (speaking of his crucifixion in Rome), "'others will gird you and carry you where you don't want to go.'" Did you hear what Jesus said? "When you are old." So here's Peter, a few weeks later in prison and sentenced to die the next day, but he knows he's not going to die because Jesus promised him that he would grow old, so he gets a good night sleep. Here God is saying to them, "When you get into the land," implying and stating, "You'll make it." Verse 3: "'And you make an offering by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering or a sacrifice, to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering or in your appointed feasts, to make a sweet aroma to the Lord, from the herd or the flock.'" Verse 22: "'If you sin unintentionally, and do not observe all these commandments which the Lord has spoken to Moses.'" (God is giving them provision for their sin.) Verse 30: "'But the person who does anything presumptuously, whether he is native-born or a stranger, that one brings reproach on the Lord, and he shall be cut off from among his people.'" So the way of dealing with sin is once again spoken about. Sin is certainly not a popular concept or subject in our modern era. It's regarded as outdated, medieval, and primitive and a lot of people will say, "Well you're not supposed to feel guilty because when you feel guilt over something you've done wrong, all it does is mar your self esteem and your self worth goes down." That's interesting to me because our culture will tolerate sin with no problem but we won't tolerate the guilt that comes as a result from sin. Our culture has basically declared war on guilt. If you go to the average psychologist or therapist they'll say, "Stop blaming yourself, it's not your fault." Well it might be your fault and maybe that's the place to begin: to call it what it is, to ask forgiveness for it, and to confess it because the Bible says that, "He who conceals his sin will not prosper but whoever confesses and forsakes them will find mercy." We live in a culture where everybody is the victim; it's the victimization of the western world; everybody is the adult child of something - alcoholic, workaholic, left-handed poker player, whatever; so we can all say, "I am the way I am not because of any choice that I've made but solely and totally - it's somebody else's fault." It might be partly somebody else's fault, but there comes a point at which we must all take ownership and the Lord knows that here.
I don't know if you remember the story of Bernard Cummings. He went out in New York City and mugged and beat an elderly New York man out in the streets of the city. In fleeing the scene after beating the old guy up, Bernard Cummings was shot and the result of the shot was that he was paralyzed. He sued the New York Transit Authority for 4.8 million dollars and won! What's wrong with this picture? The old guy that he beat up is still paying doctor bills (and by the way he's a cancer survivor) from the accident and the guy who did it is a millionaire. The Lord knew what the real problem was and said, "Here's how to deal with it."
The next four chapters form a block. Chapters 16, 17, 18, and 19 deal with the priesthood. Why? Because in chapter 16 there's a problem and it will all be fixed in these chapters. Remember that the Children of Israel are complaining and they continue to do so. There are eight different murmurings that are recorded in the book of Numbers. In chapter 16, there's a guy by the name of Korah who is in the ministry and he is a prominent Levite. He, along with 250 other leaders, rebel against Moses' leadership and authority. By the way, 1st Corinthians chapter 10 is the corollary to the book of Numbers. Paul will say over and over again in that chapter, "Don't do what they did in the wilderness." Some of the very stories we're going to look at are talked about in 1st Corinthians chapter 10 and one of them is this one. They complained a lot; it sort of became their national anthem - the whine. We have here the fifth murmuring and by the end of the chapter we'll have the sixth murmuring.
Verse 1: "Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and on the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men; and they rose up before Moses with some of the Children of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, representatives of the congregation, men of renown. They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, 'You take too much upon yourselves.'" In other words, "Moses, you have way too much power for one guy." "'For all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?'" What did Moses do? He took the rebels and said, "We're going to have a showdown." Verse 23: "So the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 'Speak to the congregation, saying, 'Get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.'" You know that this is a set up for some big thing that God is going to do. The complaining started with the mixed multitude, made its way through the crowds and now we have a group of prominent leaders rebelling against Moses in the wilderness.
I heard about a boy who named his new puppy, Uncle Joe. His family asked him, "Why are you calling him Uncle Joe?" The little boy said, "Because he reminds me so much of Uncle Joe; this puppy growls at everything and wants to fight everyone he sees." You all know an Uncle Joe! You might be an Uncle Joe! The Bible would take this kind of behavior in the context of an assembly very seriously. You say, "Oh, but it's just Old Testament and we don't have to worry about that." These examples are translated into the New Testament. Here is one verse in the book of Jude, verse 11: "Woe to them," those who have fallen away in the congregation, "For they have gone the way of Cain, run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit and perished in the rebellion of Korah." God says, "Tell everybody to get way back from the tents of these guys." Then Moses comes in and he says to them, "Look, here's the deal, here's the showdown, let's have a contest. If Korah, Dathan, Abiram and all these other 250 guys die of natural causes, they just get old and die, then the Lord isn't speaking through me. But if the earth opens up and swallows them alive, then I'm the guy that God sent." Let's see what happens. Verse 31: "Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground split apart under them, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods. So they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the assembly." What an interesting way to go. The sin of this group of 250 was dividing the congregation of Israel so the fitting judgment of God was to have the earth divide and swallow them up. Paul will say in Galatians, "Don't be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows that also shall he reap." Korah the complainer but I'm also going to call him Korah the poser. He's a poser, meaning he thought that he could use this opportunity, this wave of complaint, to exalt himself and push himself into higher leadership. He was a Kohafite, a Levite, but he wanted to be in the priesthood and perform more functions and have a role of more prominent leadership. He really was a poser because God hadn't called him to that office. God had already laid down the callings previous to this.
Several years ago when Merv Griffen was alive and was interviewing people, one of the groups of people he was interviewing one night was a small group of body builders. They had big muscles, were oiled down, and were standing up there on his show flexing their muscles. Merv asked them a very simple and profound question. "What do you do with all those muscles?" One guy flexed his muscles in answer to his question and Merv said, "Well that's impressive, but let me ask you that question again; what do you do with all those well developed muscles?" Once again the answer was a pose - he asked them three times and each time he got "the pose." They were posers. That's all they did it for - not to do anything great or to find accidents and to take cars off of people who were in them - just a pose. That's Korah, he was a poser.
In chapter 17 the poser is dead and like chapter 16, God is confirming the priesthood through Aaron and his sons. God furthers the thing and says, "Let everyone of the tribes of Israel, all twelve tribes, with the name of the father's house - put that on a stick and take twelve sticks and for the tribe of Levi put the name of Aaron on a dry dead stick. Get these twelve sticks and place them before the Ark in the tabernacle." So they did that. Verse 8: "Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds." This is a picture of a resurrection; something dead comes to life. Aaron is validated; the priesthood is validated through Aaron and his lineage by a dead stick coming to life and blossoming.
Underneath the mercy seat in the Ark of the Covenant there were three things: one of them was a copy of the Law (the Ten Commandments), there was a golden pot with manna in it, and there was Aaron's rod that budded. According to Hebrews 9, these three things were kept in the Ark of the Covenant as a memorial throughout the generations of the Children of Israel to remind them of those lessons: that God provided bread, the Law that was broken, the blood that covered it, and also the fact that Aaron and his sons were called by God to be priests. Do you know where the real Ark of the Covenant is? Nobody knows. There're a lot of guesses and there're people who claim to know and there's even a church that claims to have it over in Ethiopia and I think there's another one in Egypt. But, we don't know where it is; it hasn't been found; it would be an exciting discovery to find the Ark of the Covenant but I have to tell you, seriously and honestly, I'm glad nobody has discovered it. If somebody did, it would turn into another relic that is worshiped. I'm sure that there would be vendors outside of where the Ark was selling little stone tablets or pieces of the original stone tablets or pieces of Aaron's rod that budded. Even if they sold 10,000 of them and ran out, they would have the miracle of the perpetuation of Aaron's rod that budded and they would make a lot of money off of it - so I'm glad it has never been discovered because people have a tendency to worship such things.
Chapters 18 and 19, like chapter 17, confirm the priesthood. In chapter 17, God just plainly says, "Look, this is whom I've chosen. The tribe of Levi, the house of Aaron, the Levites and the Levites alone are the ones who are to perform the ministry in the tabernacle. You might be a well meaning person from the Tribe of Issachar, or Zebulun, or Benjamin, but this is a genetic thing. You have to have "Levi genes" in order to serve in the tabernacle.
Chapter 19 details a strange ritual for cleansing those who have become defiled especially by touching a dead person. Here's the ritual: they were to find a red heifer - a heifer is a young female cow who has never given birth; a red one, that is, reddish in hue, is considered a biological anomaly. According to Jewish tradition, there have only been nine red heifers from the time of Moses to the destruction of the second Temple. The red heifer was taken, burned, the ashes collected and then kept for generations because there would be a lot of ashes. A few of the ashes would be put into a vessel, running spring water would be put into the vessel and if someone was defiled ceremonially, especially by touching a dead corpse, the priest would take a hyssop branch, dip it in the water and sprinkle the people and that would cleans them - it was the cleansing of this red heifer. It is interesting that the oral law, the Mishna, has several sections, tractates, all about the red heifer. If you were to go to Israel today you can check out the Temple Institute and ask them about the red heifer. They will tell you that in the last couple of years they have discovered two that they have declared Kosher, because they're all about rebuilding the next Temple. One has recently been declared as unfit but there's at least one that they say is declared fit and would serve for a long time in ceremonial cleansing. They are getting ready in the building of that Temple. What I want you to notice about this is that there are overtones throughout this chapter as well as other chapters. Here's the overtone, it's a theme that runs throughout the whole five books of Moses - sacrifice, offering, death of a victim, blood that has to be shed in order to atone for defilement or for sin. Blood must be shed for sin to be cleansed. That concept bothers a lot of people. Keep in mind what Paul said, "The preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing." Listen to a statement by a feminist theologian named Dolores Williams. "I don't think we need a theory of atonement at all. I don't think we need folks hanging on crosses and blood dripping and weird stuff like that." Theologian? What kind of a theologian is that? Not a Biblical one. Why would she say that? Anybody would say that because they don't realize the reality and the seriousness of inward sin. It's the only reason you'd say something that lame. You would make that statement if you don't realize or believe in the concept of inward sin that people have. The cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. That's why people have problems with the doctrine of an eternal hell; because most people don't realize that sin could be that bad to warrant that kind of punishment. They don't understand the doctrine of sin and God's holiness - that is the problem.
There was a little boy who volunteered to wash windows for his mom. "Mom, can I help you wash windows?" She said, "Sure." She gave him a bucket and a sponge and he went outside and scrubbed as hard as he could until his arms were sore. He didn't seem to be cleaning the windows at all and he was frustrated and said, "Mom, what am I doing wrong?" The mom looked and said, "Why are you wasting all of your time outside? The dirt is all on the inside." What a lot of people do is try to clean the outside of their lives. "I'll work on this habit, on this issue, on that problem," but the real problem is on the inside and that's why so much detail is given in the Bible for cleansing, sacrifice, and atonement.
That's the failure in the wilderness. Now look at chapters 20 and 21; this is the failure on the way to Moab. We believe that between chapter 19 and chapter 20 is a gap of 37 years. This takes us into chapter 20 which is the seventh murmuring. The chapter begins with death and ends with death. It begins with the death of Miriam, Moses' sister, and ends with the death of Aaron; so the bookends of this chapter are death. Verse 1: "Then the Children of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month and the people stayed at Kadesh; and Miriam died there and was buried there." Miriam was that great lady with the tambourine who led the worship when they crossed over through the Red Sea and the Egyptians watched them, Exodus chapter 15. She also recently lead a rebellion against Moses and she represents this whole generation who's about to die in the wilderness; she dies. It says they were at Kadesh; that's déjà vu; they were there 37 years ago. I think Moses was going, "Oh my goodness, déjà vu, I was here almost 40 years ago with those 12 spies who I sent out;" and they came back and low and behold they had gone in a big circle for over 37 years; wandering in the wilderness.
Verse 2: "Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron. And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: 'If only we had died when our brethren died before the Lord!'" That's pretty harsh; they're thinking of Korah and the 250 that died when the earth swallowed them up. They are saying, "I wish we would have died with them." I'm thinking Moses is thinking, "I do too." "'Why have you brought up the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink.' So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the Lord appeared to them." Thirty seven years ago they were there and they wandered and wandered and they came back to the entrance of the Promise Land. It will be a total of 40 years that they will wander. How many days did the twelve spies examine the land? Forty days; so you might look at it this way, the 40 year sentence was one year for every day that they had spied out the land and brought back a bad report. Deuteronomy chapter 1 will tell us that it's only an eleven day trip from Mount Hor to Kadesh. Thirty seven years later, after the first wanderings, they are there again.
Verse 7: "Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 'Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.'" That sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? "Hey, Moses, come here. See that rock? Go talk to it!" "Okay. Hey rock." That's what he was supposed to do. Do you remember the pet rocks that came out in 1975? Here's what's sad; I had one and I talked to it. I didn't have a pet and I thought, "These are pretty easy to maintain." When I came home, there was a rock smiling at me on my desk; I think I gave it a name and I talked to it but then I realized that it was lame. Then I read this Scripture and Moses was told to talk to the rock! "And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them;" (wait a minute, Moses, don't talk to them, talk to the rock!) He gets them all together and he says something to them, so you know there's a problem, "'Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?' Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, 'Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the Children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.' This was the water of Meribah," which means quarrel, strife or contention, "Because the Children of Israel contended with the Lord, and He was hallowed among them." Think all the way back to Exodus chapter 17, in the wilderness not of Zin but the wilderness of sin and they encamped at Rephidim and there God said to Moses, "Take your rod and strike the rock." It's the only time God told him to do it and now he says, "Don't hit the rock, don't hit them, just talk to the rock and it will bring forth water." Instead he talks to them and beats the rock and then God says, "You're not going into the Promise Land." I know some of you are thinking, "That's not fair, I mean think about poor Moses. He was being trained for leadership for 40 years in Egypt, 40 more years in the back side of the Medianite Desert and altogether 40 years of listening to their complaints. Give the guy a break; this is unfair." God didn't let them go in. Why? Number one: plainly and simply, he disobeyed God; he let his emotions get out of control which led to disobedience. Any emotion that you let get out of control can lead you to disobedience. He just disobeyed. Number two: he failed to represent God correctly. Moses was a representative of God. If you're a representative of the Lord, you need to represent Him correctly. God wasn't mad at that point but the way Moses represented God, would indicate to the people that God was really mad. Number three: Moses exalted himself in this situation. Notice what he says, "Must we bring water from the rock?" Who's we? You have no power to bring water out of a rock Moses. It's a miracle and only God can do that. He took too much on himself in this story. Number four: (I'm going to add this because I have a New Testament perspective) he dishonored Christ. How? Again, 1st Corinthians chapter 10, verse 4 says: "And they all drank from the same spiritual drink from the rock and the rock that followed them was Christ." Now he's speaking idiomatically. It's not like a rock was following them to different places. The idea is that idiomatically, analogously, and parabolically speaking the rock was Christ. If Moses would have obeyed God, he would have given a beautiful model of the first and second comings of Christ. At the first coming Jesus was struck and out of His death flowed life. At the second coming, you don't have to strike Him twice, you now have a relationship with Him, you speak to Him and have fellowship with Him. If he would have just spoken after the first smiting years before, it would be a beautiful picture of the rock that followed them who was Christ in the first and second coming.
Verse 29: "Now when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead," (so Miriam dies at the beginning and Aaron at the end of the chapter), "all the house of Israel mourned for Aaron thirty days." Grief is normal and there is such a thing as good grief just like there's bad grief. Bad grief is when you stuff it all in and refuse to cry because you're a man. "I'll get over it; leave me alone; I won't deal with it." Or too long or prolonged and never getting over it. There is good grief where for a period of time you mourn and you're in grief and you allow yourself to do such. In ancient cultures it was a period of one month, 30 days. They really gave full vent to their emotions and dealing with family issues.
Chapter 21 takes us to the eighth murmuring which is the last murmuring that is recorded and by now Israel had complained and murmured so much that they'd refined the art of griping. They were like Picassos at griping; they were like valued artisans; and they complained against God and Moses again. Verse 5: "And the people spoke against God and against Moses: 'Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.'" What worthless bread was that? The Krispy Kreme donuts? They got sick of it. "So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, 'We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.' So Moses prayed for the people." They got spiritual really quick, didn't they? Here they were complaining and grumbling against the food and against God and against Moses and then snakes bite them and they die and they go, "We have to pray; we have to have a prayer meeting." There is nothing like a little affliction to get people on their knees. I don't believe God is cruel or masochistic but sometimes I just wonder if I can't hear Him even in my own life when I haven't been seeking the Lord and all of sudden a period of affliction hits and I'm on my knees; and God is whispering saying, "Great to hear from you, it's been a while." David even said, "Before I was afflicted I went astray but now I seek the Lord." Why does God send this? Because He loved them. Remember when you used to spank your kids, or still do? They said to you, "You don't love me." Was that true? No, you spanked them because you did love them and you were worried at that time, "Oh my child, what does he think about me?" The issue isn't what he thinks about you when he's four or five as much as what he'll think about you when he's 18, 19, or 20 and out of the house because you gave him a loving and disciplined home. God loved them and wanted them to turn back to Him. Verse 8: "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.' So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived." I imagine some people in the camp of Israel must have thought, "This is stupid." There they are and they've been bitten by a snake and dying and somebody goes, "Hey look, I just looked at that brass serpent on a pole and I feel better. Just look this way at that brass serpent." "I don't believe in that hocus pocus stuff. You can't get me to buy into that." "Yeah, but you're dying, just look at it!" "No, not me, I'm a rationalist; I'm an empiricist; there's no logical reason for me to just look at a brass snake on a pole and think that I'm going to be healed." Here's the kicker, it worked. You know why? Because it was a look of faith. It was foolish; by the foolishness of preaching the Gospel, people today are saved. It's that simple look of faith that made all of the difference. Why? Jesus will explain it to Nicodemus in John Chapter 3; that it illustrates His crucifixion. The pole was a banner pole; like an agent flag pole but it had a vertical and horizontal stay like a cross. That's why banners were put on for the emblems of Israel. To have a brass serpent on a cross-like pole was indicative of what would happen when Jesus Christ would come. That's what Jesus said: "'For as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so the Son of man will be lifted up that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.'" That's verse 15 which is a prelude to the most famous verse in the Bible, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son," (not a serpent, a son), "That whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life." Why a brass serpent? Brass is the metal of judgment. The altar outside in the big courtyard for sacrifices was made out of brass and that's where sin was judged. The serpent was an emblem or symbol of Satan; Genesis chapter 3. It was then a symbol of sin being judged on a cross. It's a symbol of 2nd Corinthians 5:21: "God made Him who knew no sin to become sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." Look by faith and you will be saved. Wait until we get to 2nd Kings and you see what Hezekiah does because they are going to save this brass pole with a serpent for generations. By the time King Hezekiah is there in 2nd Kings they will have been burning incense to this sacred icon like they would if they found the Ark. King Hezekiah broke it into pieces because people called it Nehushtan and they burned incense to it.
Chapters 22 through 25 lead us to a very weird and bizarre guy named Balaam. He's an enigma, a puzzle, a puzzlement. First of all there's more written about Balaam than the Virgin Mary in the Bible. There's more written about Balaam than any of the apostles. His name is mentioned 59 times in Scripture and he shows up here for several chapters. I'm going to sum some of them up. Chapter 22, verse 1: "Then the Children of Israel moved, and camped in the plains of Moab on the side of the Jordan across from Jericho. Now Balak the son of Zippor," (here's the king now), "Saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. And Moab was exceedingly afraid of the people because they were many, and Moab was sick with dread because of the Children of Israel." A king named Balak hires Balaam to do something. Verse 5: "Then he sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor at Pethor," (that's down by the Euphrates), "which is near the River in the land of the sons of his people, to call him, saying: 'Look, a people has come from Egypt. See, they cover the face of the earth,'" (there's about three million of them), "'And are settling next to me! Therefore please come at once, curse this people for me, for they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.'" Boy, was Balak wrong! There's only one person that fits the description of and that's God. Whoever God blesses is blessed and whoever God curses is cursed. God said to Israel, "I'll bless those who bless you and I'll curse those who curse you." What was Balaam? Balaam was a Mesopotamian Baru, which is an Acadian word that means he was an Oracle priest; a priest who would give out statements, oracles, or omens, and words from the gods, based upon things like the entrails of animals which was one of their practices. They would take the liver out of a dead corpse and they would look at the way it shines and wiggles and they would make a prediction based on the wiggle of liver, or they would read drops of oil, kind of like how people read tea leaves and they see patterns in them - it was sort of like that and they would do it with the stars and the planets, etc. He was a pagan guy but God somehow supernaturally spoke through him because God put His words in this prophet's mouth so that nobody could curse Israel and that they would be blessed because that was God's covenant with them. Verse 21: "So Balaam rose in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the princes of Moab. Then God's anger was aroused because he went, and the Angel of the Lord took His stand in the way as an adversary against him. And he was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him."
I remember as a boy seeing a sitcom on television growing up called Mr. Ed. What you are about to read is the Mr. Ed of the Old Testament, the donkey of Balaam is about to talk. It's a fun story and it reminds us that all of us who speak for the Lord shouldn't get too prideful. If God can use a donkey and speak through a donkey, don't get too puffed up and prideful, just be thankful that He uses you or me. Verse 23: "Now the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand, and the donkey turned aside out of the way and went into the field. So Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back onto the road." That's the first time. The second time they are by a vineyard and there're walls and it's very narrow the donkey sees the angel of the Lord and the donkey turns aside and crushes Balaam's foot. The third time, the angel of the Lord stands in a very narrow place and they can't turn around. Verse 27: "And when the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam; so Balaam's anger was aroused, and he struck the donkey with his staff. Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, 'What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?'" The donkey asks a very good question. "And Balaam said to the donkey, 'Because you have abused me. I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now I would kill you!' So the donkey said to Balaam, 'Am I not your donkey on which you have ridden, ever since I became yours, to this day? Was I ever disposed to do this to you?' And he said, 'No.'" First of all I'm impressed that a donkey knows the word disposed! This is an amazing story; a donkey is talking. What's more amazing is that Balaam talks back to it! He doesn't stop and go, "Wait a minute, donkeys can't talk. Are you Mr. Ed?" He didn't do any of that. He has a conversation with it. The end of the story is that the donkey finally takes him to King Balak. Verse 41: "Balak took Balaam and brought him up to the high places of Baal, that from there he might observe the extent of the people." The story goes like this. The King takes Balaam to a few different look out points to look at the Children of Israel and pronounce a curse on them and in each of the three occasions, there are beautiful prophecies that God puts in his mouth to bless the Children of Israel. As he looked down from whatever mountaintop and he saw the camp of Israel he sees all the camps of Israel laid out around the tabernacle in the form of a cross. God had made a covenant with these people.
Chapter 23, verse 8: "'How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?'" This whole story continues in chapter 24. Here's part of the prophecy. Verse 5: "'How lovely are your tents, O Jacob! Your dwellings, O Israel! Like valleys that stretch out, like gardens by the riverside, like aloes planted by the Lord, like cedars beside the waters.'" Now, look at this, chapter 25, verse 1: "Now Israel remained in the Acacia Grove, and the people began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab. They invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. So Israel was joined to Baal," a false pagan god, "of Peor," they worshiped there, "and the anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel." It's not until we get to chapter 31 around verse 16 that Moses will tell us what happened. Balaam did not curse the people of Israel but secretly brought Balak aside and said, "Look buddy boy, I can't curse whom God has blessed but we don't have to curse them, their God will curse them because, you see, their God is such a jealous God and doesn't like idolatry. Therefore, if you can get your pretty little ladies to walk through their camp and get these men to have a little affair with them, then they'll bring out their little gods during this little escapade, thus idol worship and because of that idolatry, God Himself will have to judge them." So that was the counsel of Balaam to them.
In chapters 26 through 36 we now have the third and final division. Remember, organization, disorganization, and this is now reorganization. This is a new generation and they're preparing to enter into the Promise Land. So this is the future. We've seen the failure of the old generation that brought death and this is now the future that brings life. Chapter 26, verse 1: "And it came to pass, after the plague." What plague? There're been a lot of them but this one is in the previous chapter. In chapter 25, 24,000 people died in a single day because of sexual immorality with this Baal worship. "That the Lord spoke to Moses and Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, saying: 'Take a census of all the congregation of the Children of Israel from twenty years old and above, by their fathers' houses, all who are able to go to war in Israel.'" Kind of like déjà vu; kind of like chapter 1? It is. Chapter 1 was the first census taken of the older generation and they'll all die off; 603,550 fighting men above 20 years of age. Now they recomputed with the next generation and there are 601,730. So there's been a zero population increase, in fact there's been a loss of 1,820 in 38 years. That number is given in Chapter 26, verse 51: "Six hundred and one thousand seven hundred and thirty." So there's been a loss, a zero population growth.
We won't read chapter 27 but it's about inheritance laws and if your name is Zelophehad, you may want to read this chapter because it has everything to with the offspring of a guy named Zelophehad who had no sons but had daughters and a law was formulated because of them.
Chapters 28 through 30 are all of those offerings we've already covered; all of those seasonal offerings and sacrifices. You say, "Why are they repeated again?" It's a new generation, that's why. The old ones are dying off and they are bringing that into remembrance.
Chapters 31 through 36 are the land that is apportioned on both sides of the Jordan River. They crossed the Red Sea, went through the wilderness and crossed the Jordan River to get into the Promise Land. Not everybody did. There were two and a half tribes that saw how beautiful some parts of the Eastern area of the Jordan River were and they said, "Can we just stay here? We don't really want to go into the land God promised you guys. We'll stay here on this side." Their tribal names were: Reuben, Gad, and half of the Tribe of Manasseh. The other half will go west of the Jordan. You would have to see the area to appreciate it. The area up by the Golan Heights is still the favorite area of the Bedwin Tribes in that area to this day. It's where the oaks grow; the grass grows; there's more rainfall; pistachio orchards grow wild; it's just beautiful and verdant. They didn't want to go any further, so they strike a deal. Chapter 32, verse 5: "Therefore they said, 'If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession. Do not take us over the Jordan.'" In verse 18 they strike a deal: "'We will not return to our homes until every one of the Children of Israel has received his inheritance. For we will not inherit with them on the other side of the Jordan and beyond, because our inheritance has fallen to us on this eastern side of the Jordan.'" So, they cross over and fight and then they'll go back, that's the deal.
Chapter 33 is a journal and a log of all the places they camped and a summary of their routing as they made it through the wilderness.
In chapter 34 the boundaries of the land are given: south, west, north and the east. Verse 12: "Then Moses commanded the Children of Israel, saying: 'This is the land which you shall inherit by lot, which the Lord has commanded to give to the nine tribes and to the half-tribe.'" The land is given; the cities are given including the cities of refuge, the Levitical cities which ends the book. So we're done with the book, but here's the tragedy, if you go back and you pencil out all of the land God promised them to inherit, it's about 300 thousand square miles of land. If you go back to Genesis 15 and other places where the allotment is given it comes to 300 thousand square miles. Israel, at their peak of history only occupied and enjoyed 30,000 square miles of land. God promised them this and they enjoyed one tenth of it. I just wonder if there isn't a corollary with some of us? "We're saved!" Great, are you enjoying all of your riches in Christ Jesus in heavenly places; are you grabbing a hold of all of the promises; or are you content with less? "I just want to barely make it to heaven." I don't, I want a red carpet entrance. I want to live my life to the full; save as many people as I can; have a lot of fun on the way; and do it right. I think you do to. Charles Spurgeon said this, "Most Christians, as to the river of experience, are only up to the ankles; some have waded up to their knees; a few find it breast high; but a few, and oh how few find it a river to swim in the bottom of which they cannot touch."
Moses didn't make it into the land but he will later. You'll read in the Gospels that Jesus appears on a mountain in Israel with Moses and Elijah talking about the Kingdom. He made it in a glorified state. I believe you'll also read about him in Revelation chapter 11 as one of the two witnesses because the signs of one of the two witnesses is that he calls fire down from heaven - that would be Elijah. Another one has the power to strike the waters and make them blood, like Moses, and call plagues down from heaven like Moses. Many believe (myself included) that one of the two witnesses in the future tribulation for Israel will be Moses. Are you wandering or are you walking? I pray that it's the second.

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7/11/2007
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Destination: Genesis 1-11
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We begin The Bible from 30,000 Feet with a tour of Genesis Chapters 1-11. On this flight we'll travel all the way back to the very beginning - The Creation. We'll meet the first man and woman and their deceiver - the Serpent. We'll fly over God's new creation and meet a man named Noah, who God saved from His judgment - the Flood. We'll also take a look at "beginnings," the first time things are mentioned in the Bible a special significance should be given to them. The word Genesis itself is a Greek word that means "origin," the book describes the origins of creation.
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7/18/2007
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Destination: Genesis 12-50
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This week's flight is going to take us over the second section of Genesis, which is biographical in nature and focuses on the lives of four key people. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. We'll travel through the time era known as the Age of the Patriarchs. If you look at your window, we'll be passing over Canaan and Egypt, Canaan is modern day Israel.
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7/25/2007
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Destination: Exodus 1-18
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In our third tour, we'll be visiting the book of Exodus chapters 1-18. We'll get an overview of the central historical event contained in the book, the redemption of God's people from the bondage of Egypt. The setting for our journey is the nation of Egypt and Israel's wanderings through the wilderness. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 1, 2, 3, 5, 11, 12 and 14.
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Destination: Exodus 19-40
Exodus 19-40
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In our fourth tour, we'll again visit the book of Exodus, visiting chapters 19-40. The setting for this week's journey is the Sinai Peninsula where God reveals the Ten Commandments to the nation of Israel and gives specific instructions on how He is to be worshiped. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 20, 25, 26, 27, 29 and 32.
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Destination: Leviticus 1-17
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In our fifth flight from 30,000 Feet, we fly over the first seventeen chapters of the book of Leviticus. This is a book on worship and describes the worship life of the nation of Israel. In this first tour of Leviticus, we'll see how the first part of the book focuses on the way to God through sacrifice and lays down the law - literally - on how man was designed to live and how man can be atoned for his sins. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus: 1-5, 10, 16, 17.
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8/15/2007
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Destination: Leviticus 18-27
Leviticus 18-27
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This week's study will take us through Leviticus chapters 18-27. The theme of Leviticus could be summed up in one word - holiness. The second section of Leviticus focuses on our walk with God through sanctification. Sanctification is the process by which we become holy or set apart for God's purposes. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus 18-20, 22, 23, and 25.
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8/22/2007
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Destination: Numbers 1-14
Numbers 1-14
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Our seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through Numbers chapters 1-14. Numbers is the fourth of the Pentateuch. In the Hebrew it is called ba-midbar, "in the wilderness." In the Septuagint version it is called Arithmoi or "numbers," and this name is now the usual title of the book. It is so called because it contains a record of the numbering of the people in the wilderness of Sinai (1-4), and of their numbering afterwards on the plain of Moab (26). The key chapters to review in advance are: Numbers 3, 6, 9, 11, 13 & 14.
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9/5/2007
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Destination: Deuteronomy 1-34
Deuteronomy 1-34
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In our ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us on a tour through the entire book of Deuteronomy. The Hebrews called it "Elleh Haddevarim," "These are the Words," or "Devarim," (words). Deuteronomy can be organized around three messages given by Moses while the Israelites were on the plains east of the Jordan River. It occurs after the 40 years of wandering and the Israelites are now ready to enter the Promised Land. The key word of this book is covenant and speaks of the special relationship that God has established with His people. Key chapters for this flight are: 6, 7, 31, 32, 33 and 34.
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9/12/2007
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Destination: Joshua 1-12
Joshua 1-12
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Pastor Skip Heitzig will be our tour guide during our tenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week's journey will take us through Joshua 1-12. We'll get to know Joshua, son of Nun, who shared in all the events of the Exodus, and held the place of commander of the host of the Israelites. The book of Joshua describes Israel's conquest of Canaan and the first section describe how Joshua conquered the land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10.
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9/26/2007
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Destination: Joshua 13-24
Joshua 13-24
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In our eleventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the Promised Land. We will see how Joshua divides the land "as an inheritance to Israel," and we'll see different tribes and where they settle, both in and out of the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 13 and 20-24.
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10/3/2007
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Destination: Judges 1-10
Judges 1-10
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In our twelfth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will once again be our tour guide as we take our first look at the book of Judges. We'll see on this tour how the nation of Israel is caught in the cycle of sin and how each cycle results in ever worsening conditions for them. We'll meet some of the characters that God divinely appointed to the office of Judge. The key chapters to review for this flight are Judges 1–3 and 6–8.
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10/10/2007
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Destination: Judges 11-21
Judges 11-21
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Flight thirteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over Judges chapters 11-21. Pastor Skip Heitzig will guide us as we complete this overview of Judges. We will see that the second part of Judges shows the fragile nature of these Judges and a people who, "did what was right in their own eyes," that kept them in their sin cycle.
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10/24/2007
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Destination: Ruth 1-4
Ruth 1-4
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In our fourteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the little romantic book of Ruth. We'll see how the book of Ruth shows the godly courage and love of two very different women from very different backgrounds. We'll meet some amazing characters on this flight who become key people in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
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11/7/2007
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Destination: 1 Samuel 1-15
1 Samuel 1-15
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The fifteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on journey through 1 Samuel chapters 1-15. Join our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig for this exciting tour on which we'll meet a man who would be become King. This man's good looks, physical size and success in war made him an obvious choice from a human perspective, but the book of 1 Samuel highlights his tragic flaw - he disobeyed God's commands. From the ashes of Saul's tragedy God raises up another man who would become King, a man after His own heart, King David. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 8-10 and 15.
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11/14/2007
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Destination: 1 Samuel 16-31
1 Samuel 16-31
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will complete our tour of the book of 1 Samuel, covering chapters 16-31. On this flight we'll meet the man who God calls, "a man after my own heart (Acts 13:22)," David son of Jesse. We'll see David as a young shepherd boy who defeats Goliath and rises to national prominence overnight. His instant popularity arouses the jealousy of King Saul and forces David into hiding.
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11/21/2007
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Destination: 2 Samuel 1-10
2 Samuel 1-10
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Flight Seventeen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over 2 Samuel chapters 1-10. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will show us David's triumphs as King over Israel, after the death of Saul. Join us as we see how David's faith in God leads him to be victorious politically and militarily as one by one he defeats his enemies. We will also see how David's obedience leads to a new promise from God. The key chapters to review for this flight are 1-3, 5, 7 and 9.
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12/5/2007
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Destination: 2 Samuel 11-24
2 Samuel 11-24
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In our eighteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us to our next destination, 2 Samuel 11-24. On this flight we'll see David's transgressions and the troubles that resulted from them. By presenting both the strengths and weaknesses of David, we see a complete picture of a very real person who was described as being "a man after God's own heart." The key chapters to review are 2 Samuel 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 23, and 24.
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1/9/2008
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Destination: 1 Kings 1-22
1 Kings 1-22
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Get your travel planner out for flight nineteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over 1 Kings 1-22. On this flight we will see the transition that Israel undertakes as it moves from the rule of King David to the rule of his son King Solomon after his death. After Solomon turns from the Lord, we will see how Israel is divided and moved in and out of the power of many kings such as Ahab, Jehoshaphat, and Ahaziah. These chapters will reveal a story of true loyalty and disobedience to God. The key chapters to review are 1 Kings 1-3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 18, and 19.
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1/16/2008
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Destination: 2 Kings 1-25
2 Kings 1-25
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Flight twenty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of 2 Kings. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will continue to lead us through the history of the divided nation of Israel, and how in spite of the many kings who took control of the land, we will still see a nation without true leadership. As we soar over this book, we will see first how Israel comes into captivity by Assyria, and then the triumph of Babylon over Judah. The key chapters to review are 2 Kings 1-4, and 18-21.
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Destination: 1 Chronicles 1-29
1 Chronicles 1-29
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of 1 Chronicles. On this flight we look back once again at God's promise that He would establish His reign on earth through King David. Chapters 1-9 of 1 Chronicles will look in-depth at the the royal line of David and then we will see again the reign of David in chapters 10-29. Join us as we fly at an altitude of 30,000 feet and see how God fulfilled His promises to David and how that presents a witness of His faithfulness to us as well. The key chapters to review are 1 Chronicles 17-18, 21-22, 25, and 28-29
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1/30/2008
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Destination: 2 Chronicles 1-36
2 Chronicles 1-36
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Get ready for our twenty-second departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us soaring over the entire book of 2 Chronicles to see the beginning of the reign of King Solomon all the way to the spiritual roller coaster after Solomon's death and the separation of the kingdoms. From the building of the temple (2 Chronicles 1-9), to the decline of the temple (2 Chronicles 10-36:16), to the destruction of the temple (2 Chronicles 36:17-23), we see a parallel to 1 and 2 Kings from a spiritual viewpoint. The key chapters to review are 2 Chronicles 17-20, and 29-32.
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Destination: Ezra 1-10
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Flight twenty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Ezra. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will point out two very important sections of this book; the restoration of the temple (chapters 1-6), and the reformation of the people (chapters 7-10). This book will continue the narrative of 2 Chronicles by showing God's faithfulness to keep His promises by returning His people to their homeland. The key chapters to review are Ezra 1-10.
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Destination: Nehemiah 1-13
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Get ready for our twenty-fourth departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the entire book of Nehemiah with our pilot, Pastor Skip Heitzig. In this book, Nehemiah, the king's cupbearer, is given permission to lead third and final return to Jerusalem to repair and rebuild the city's walls. This book will show us a political construction (chapters 1-7), and a spiritual instruction (chapters 8-13). Join us as we see how Nehemiah gathers his spiritual strength from God during a time of great opposition.
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2/27/2008
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Destination: Esther 1-10
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-five over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of Esther. The flight will be divided into two highly important sections: the threat to the Jews (chapters 1-4), in which we will see Haman's attempt to completely eradicate the Jewish people from Persia, and the triumph of the Jews (chapters 5-10), where we will see a young girl's godly strength and fight to save her people. This flight will show us a whole new set of villains, heroes, and ultimately the ever abounding faithfulness of God towards those who follow Him. The key chapters to review are Esther 1-10.
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Destination: Job 1-42
Job 1-42
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Our twenty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us over the entire book of Job, the first book in the section of poetical books. This is a powerful story of a man who has everything taken from him; his health, wealth, and even his beloved family. Yet as we see God allowing Satan to test Job, God's faithfulness to those he loves is clear and Job's steadfast faith prevails. Join us this week as we see Job's dilemma (ch.1-2), the debate with his four friends (ch. 3-37), and his final deliverance (ch. 38-42). The key chapters to review are Job1-4, 8,11-12, and 29.
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3/12/2008
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Destination: Psalms 1-72
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Psalms 1-72. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us through the first seventy-two chapters of Psalms, which is divided into five books of songs, prayers, and poetry. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 1, 14, 23, 40, and 63.
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3/19/2008
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Destination: Psalms 73-150
Psalms 73-150
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Get ready for our twenty-eighth departure of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the last three books in Psalms as we read through chapters 73-150. We will see beautiful writings of gladness and grief, pleading and prayers, and reverence and worship. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 119, and 146-150.
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Destination: Proverbs 1-31
Proverbs 1-31
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Flight twenty-nine over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Proverbs. Known for the wisdom it contains, Proverbs reveals to us how to deal with every day situations; be it love and lust, life and death, friends and enemies, and what our God loves and hates. On this flight, Pastor Skip will point out some of the most noted chapters and verses of one of the most read books of the Old Testament. The key chapters to review are Proverbs 1-2, 5, 14, 22, and 31.
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Destination: Ecclesiastes 1-12
Ecclesiastes 1-12
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Join us as we continue The Bible From 30,000 Feet, taking our thirtieth flight high above the book of Ecclesiastes. This book reveals some startling truths about how King Solomon felt about finding meaning and fulfillment in life through the things of this world, and ultimately his conclusion that "all is vanity" in a life lived without God. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 5, 8, and 12.
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Destination: Song of Solomon 1-8
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Song of Solomon. This poetic book gives us a glimpse into the true love that Solomon has for a shepherdess, and the love and fulfillment they share in a marriage relationship. At an altitude of 30,000 feet we will be able to see the strong tie into the fulfillment and joy seen in the love of God for His people. The key chapters to review are Song of Solomon 1-8.
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Destination: Isaiah 1-39
Isaiah 1-39
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Our thirty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us soaring over the entire book of Isaiah. Thought to be the greatest of all the Prophets of the Old Testament, Isaiah's ministry lasted around fifty years, and his prophecies are quoted in the New Testament more often than any other Prophet. This book shows us a mix of both prophecies of condemnation (chapters 1-39), as well as prophecies of comfort (chapters 40-66). The key chapters to review are Isaiah 1-2, 6, 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Isaiah 40-66
Isaiah 40-66
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In our thirty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the second half of Isaiah. As we look through chapters 40-66, we will see the continued work of Isaiah, and how God used his gift of prophecy, both comforting and condemning, to generate change in the individuals he encountered. The key chapters to review are Isaiah 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Jeremiah 1-52
Jeremiah 1-52
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-four over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the entire book of Jeremiah. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us at an altitude of 30,000 feet to see the three writings of the book of Jeremiah. From the warning of judgment, to the promise of restoration, and finally the protective hand of God over those He loves, we will catch a glimpse of a man who openly allowed God to speak through him in unusual and sometimes bizarre ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Jeremiah 13, 18-20, 25, 31, and 52.
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Destination: Lamentations 1-5
Lamentations 1-5
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-five over the Bible From 30,000 Feet. On this departure, we will look once again at Jeremiah in the book of Lamentations. We will learn why Jeremiah is referred to as "the weeping prophet," as we see him lament over the destruction of Jerusalem. This poetic book begins by revealing a man who is distressed for a nation under the consequences of its own sin, and ends with a prayer for the restoration of the nation from captivity. The key chapters to review are Lamentations 1-5.
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Destination: Ezekiel 1-48
Ezekiel 1-48
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In our thirty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the book of Ezekiel. We will witness prophecies we've seen in past books being fulfilled as we see Jerusalem at the time of the Second Babylonian Deportation. As Ezekiel the Priest is deported alongside his people, we see God continue to offer promises of restoration through him, bringing the people a sense of hope in spite of their current tribulations. The key chapters to review are Ezekiel 1-3, 7, 33-34, and 38-39.
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Destination: Daniel 1-6
Daniel 1-6
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Flight thirty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on a tour of Daniel 1-6. In these chapters, we will see the first of the deportations of the Israelites to Babylon, and witness both the prophetic history of the book, as well as the four prophetic visions of Daniel. Ultimately, the powerful stories in Daniel reveal a man of God; unwilling to compromise and full of faith. The key chapters to review are Daniel 1-2.
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Destination: Daniel 7-12
Daniel 7-12
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Our thirty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through the second part of Daniel. As we look at chapters 7-12, we will see the four prophetic visions of Daniel, and observe how his faith in God's fulfillment of prophecies led him to fervent prayer for the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Daniel 9-12.
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Destination: Hosea 1-14
Hosea 1-14
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our thirty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the entire book of Hosea, a man called to prophesy to the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam. As Hosea addresses the sins of the nation, we will see how God used the graphic parallel between his adulterous wife and the unfaithfulness of Israel. The key chapters to review are Hosea 1-4, 6, 9, and 11.
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Destination: Joel; Amos; Obadiah
Joel 1-3; Amos 1-9; Obadiah
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Get ready for flight forty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us soaring over Joel, Amos, and Obadiah. In these three books, we take a look at the strong warnings that God gives His people against greed, injustice, false worship, and self-righteousness. We'll see God's use of these ordinary men to give extraordinary messages; we'll witness His patience, and at the end, we'll see how He stands ready to forgive and restore all who turn away from their sin. The key chapters to review are Joel 1-3, Amos 1, 3 and 7, and Obadiah 1.
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7/23/2008
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Destination: Jonah 1-4
Jonah 1-4
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Our forty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us to the well known book of Jonah. In this book, we will see what God can do in the life of a prophet, even one who is blatantly disobedient. Despite Jonah's defiance, God strongly redirects his path and brings him to repentance through a very unique situation. By the end of the book, we will see Jonah right back where he started and bringing God glory by doing exactly what He had originally asked of him. The key chapters to review are Jonah 1-4.
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8/6/2008
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Destination: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk
Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our forty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk, three prophets used by God to criticize, comfort, and encourage the people of Judah. Through these prophets, God's people confess their sins and are confident in the salvation of God's mighty acts. The key chapters to review are Micah 1-7, Nahum 1-3, and Habakkuk 1-3.
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8/13/2008
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Destination: Zephaniah & Haggai
Zephaniah; Haggai
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Prepare yourself for our forty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This flight will take us soaring over the entirety of both Zephaniah and Haggai. The two books cover five chapters which speak of the coming Day of the Lord, His wrath upon Judah and her neighbors, and an encouragement after their return from exile to rejoice and rebuild the Temple. The key chapters to review are Zephaniah 1-3 and Haggai 1-2.
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8/20/2008
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Destination: Zechariah and Malachi
Zechariah; Malachi
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We are about to take our forty-forth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, journeying over the final two books of the Old Testament. In ending the Minor Prophets, we'll first look at the expanded message of rebuilding the temple as Zechariah encourages the people to look to the future reign of the Messiah. We will then speed forward 100 years after the temple was rebuilt to the book of Malachi, where God's chosen people had once again slid back into their sinful practices. After 400 years of prophetic silence, Malachi brings a message of exhortation to the people who had resettled in Jerusalem. The key chapters to review are Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi 1-4.
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9/3/2008
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Destination: Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Matthew, Mark; Luke
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Get your travel planner out for our opening tour of the New Testament and flight forty-five of the Bible from 30,000 Feet! This flight will take us on a sky-high tour over the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke. These three synoptic gospels give us our first glimpses of Jesus' life and death here on earth. We'll see the service, sermons, sacrifices, and sovereignty of our King as we witness the fulfillment of many of the Old Testament prophecies we have previously studied. The key chapters to review are Matthew 1-5 and 17, Mark, and Luke.
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9/10/2008
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Destination: John
John
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of John, written by the Apostle John from Ephesus between A.D. 80-90. The spiritual depth of this book and its presentation of the incarnation through the God-man Jesus Christ sets it apart from the other gospels.
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9/17/2008
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Destination: Acts
Acts
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On our forty-seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give a tour of the entire book of Acts. Acts is the history of how Christianity was founded and organized and solved its problems. The gospel writer Luke tells the story of how the community of believers began by faith in the risen Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, the promised Counselor and Guide, who enabled them to witness, to love, and to serve.
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9/24/2008
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Destination: Romans
Romans
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We are about to take our forty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Join us as we soar over the entire book of Romans, Paul's letter to the church in Rome. This letter primarily focuses on the basic gospel message along with God's plan of salvation and righteousness for all humankind, Jew and Gentile alike. In our broad overview, we'll take a look at Paul's strong emphasis of Christian doctrine and his concern for Israel. The key chapters to review are 1, 3, 4, and 9-11.
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10/8/2008
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Destination: 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! As we look at 1 Corinthians, we'll see Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. His letters to the influential church confront their "religious" and arrogant mindsets and defend his ability to be an apostle of Christ. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the turnaround and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 1 Corinthians 2-3 & 12-13.
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10/15/2008
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Destination: 2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
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Our fiftieth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us on a flight over the second of Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. Between 1 & 2 Corinthians, the congregation was influenced by false teachers who spread opposition to Paul. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the repentance of the people to God and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 2 Corinthians 4 & 12.
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10/22/2008
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Destination: Galatians
Galatians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of Galatians, a clear letter to the church in Galatia about the importance of remembering grace through faith and not the law. Paul's forceful letter addresses issues of legalism in the church and the false gospel of works. The key chapters to review are Galatians 1-6.
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11/5/2008
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Destination: Ephesians
Ephesians
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Who are we in Christ? Grab your travel planner for flight fifty-two as we look at the book of Ephesians, Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus. In this book, Paul explains how we are the bride of Christ, a temple, and a soldier for the gospel. The unity that Paul emphasizes is described as a body working together for a common goal. The key chapters to review are Ephesians 1-6.
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11/19/2008
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Destination: Philippians
Philippians
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In our fifty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us through the book of Philippians, another of Paul's letters to the church. Referred to as "the epistle of joy," the message contained in these pages is one of long suffering and joy in the midst of Paul's time in prison. Despite his trials, we will see Paul rejoice over the church in Philippi and encourage them in unity, humility, and prayer. The key chapters to review are Philippians 1-4.
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Destination: Colossians
Colossians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-fourth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! On this flight, we will take a look at the young church in Colosse, and how they became the target of a heretical attack. The main theme in the book of Colossians is the complete adequacy of Christ as contrasted with the emptiness of mere human philosophy. The key chapters to review are Colossians 1-4.
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1/14/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Thessalonians
1 Thessalonians 1-5;2 Thessalonians 1-3:18
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In our fifty-fifth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Both books are written as an encouragement to the church in Thessalonica, exhorting them in the word, warning them against pagan immorality, and urging them to remain steadfast in the truth of the Lord. The key chapters to review are 1 Thessalonians 1-5 and 2 Thessalonians 1-3.
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Destination: 1 and 2 Timothy
1 Timothy 1-6;2 Timothy 1-4:22
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Join us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Timothy as we take our fifty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. These loving letters to Timothy, a young pastor in Ephesus, reveal Paul's true love for his brother in Christ and desire to encourage him in the Word and warn against false teachings. In these letters, Paul exhorts Timothy to stand strong and "preach the word" (2 Timothy 4:2). The key chapters to review are 1 Timothy 1-6 and 2 Timothy 1-4.
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1/28/2009
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Destination: Titus and Philemon
Titus 1-3:15;Philemon 1:1-25
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Get your travel planner out for flight fifty-seven of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the books of Titus and Philemon. While the letter to Titus focuses on the importance of sound doctrine and the elements of the church order, Philemon takes a more personal approach and speaks on the application of the great principles of Christian brotherhood to social life. The key chapters to review are Titus 1-3 and Philemon 1.
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Destination: Hebrews
Hebrews
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In our fifty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the book of Hebrews. Although the author of the book is not fully known, this well written letter reveals a man with a great desire to encourage Jewish believers to continue in the grace of Jesus Christ, instead of trying to escape persecution by bowing to the rites and rituals of Judaism. The key chapters to review are Hebrews 1-2, 6, 11, and 13.
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2/11/2009
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Destination: James
James
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Our fifty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the distinctive book of James. Although grace through faith in the cross was vital for Jewish believer to understand, James addresses the issue of faith without a consistent lifestyle. This epistle adamantly declares that, "Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead, also." (James 2:26) The key chapters to review are James 1-5.
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2/18/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Peter
1 Peter 1-5; 2 Peter 1-3
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us on a tour of the books of 1 & 2 Peter. Peter's first letter to the church exhorts Christians to remain steadfast in their faith when under persecution, and his second letter tackles the issue of false teachers and a need for discernment against the spreading apostasy. Both books contain a level of warmth in Peter's expressions, making them a great source of encouragement. The key chapters to review are 1 Peter 1-5 and 2 Peter 1-3.
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2/25/2009
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Destination: 1 John
1 John
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In our sixty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the book of 1 John. John writes to define and defend the nature of the person of Christ against heretical teachings affecting the early church. As John addresses the heretical teachings of the time, he also addresses the preeminence of God's love for us, and our duty to love others in return. The key chapters to review are 1 John 1-5.
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3/25/2009
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Destination: 2, 3 John and Jude
2 John, 3 John; Jude
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Flight sixty-two over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will give a sky high view over three small but concise books, 2 & 3 John and Jude. While all three books have a different primary focus, all are written with the purpose to encourage the church to keep a strong biblical foundation. This study will take us through the importance of biblical discernment, the need to be in fellowship with other believers, as well as the vital need to keep strong in the faith. The key chapters to review are 2 & 3 John, and Jude.
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Destination: Revelation 1-11
Revelation 1-11
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With only two more flights to go, we welcome you to get your travel planner ready for the first half of the book of Revelation and flight sixty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Considered to be one of the most powerful books in Scripture, Revelation is a direct vision from God, to John, which he was asked to record for future generations. Revelation 1:19, "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later." As the final warning to the world of the tribulation to come, it also serves as a source of hope for the Church. The key chapters to review are 1-4, 7, and 11.
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Destination: Revelation 12-22
Revelation 12-22
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Flight sixty-four brings us to the end of the scriptures and the second and final part of the book of Revelation. Chapters 12-22 lead us into some of the most thrilling text in the entire Bible, giving us a glimpse into the seven bowl judgments, the Beast, and the future tribulation, but also bringing us great hope for God's Church. The key chapters to review are Revelation 12-14, 18, and 20-22.
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4/15/2009
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Bible from 30k Final Q&A
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We have landed our flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. As we touch down and head to pick up the final baggage from our 65 flight series, our last sky-high view of the scriptures will includes this final Q&A Celebration. Pastor Skip and others answer questions from the last year, as well as on the spot questions from the audience.
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There are 64 additional messages in this series.