Numbers 8-10

Numbers 8:1-9:14 Observance of the Passover

  1. Chapter 8 is a re-assertion of the ‘separatedness’ of the Levites. How was this made clear to Israel? What is a wave offering? Cf. Lev. 10:15; 23:20; a probable meaning is ‘contributrion’. What was the relationship of the Levites to God, priests and people respectively?
  2. 9:1-14. How is the importance of the Passover shown here? Cf. Exod.12:24-27. What are we to learn from this?
  3. What do we see here of Moses’ way of exercising leadership? How did he deal with practical problems when individuals brought them to him?

Numbers 9:15-10:36 The Journeying Begins Again

  1. Israel were made very sure of God’s guidance. Without the actual symbols of cloud and fire, can we claim the same assurance? Cf. Acts 16:6-10; Rom. 8:14. Why the repetition of the world ‘at the Lord’s command’?
  2. Notice the correspondences and the differences between 10:14-28 and 2:3-31. What is there in chapter 10 to show that, although God led and protected the children of Israel, he did not expect them to be utterly passive and to do nothing for themselves?
  3. What was the significance of the trumpets (10:1-10)? Cf. Lev. 23:24; Num. 29:1.It has been said, ‘When God remembers, he acts’. Cf. Gen. 8:1; 19:29; 30:22.

Note. 10:35, 36. These were the words uttered publicly by Moses at the beginning and end of each day’s journey. Note their expression of dependence on God’s protection and desire for his abiding presence.


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