Numbers 23 & 24
- Two studies are to be given to these chapters. On this occasion concentrate attention on Balaam’s oracles. Mark a list of the statements in them which indicate God’s special purpose for, and care of, the people of Israel.
- Seek to appreciate the full significance of each one of these statements. What were the grounds of Balaam’s assurance of Israel’s victory and success? What similar grounds have we for thankfulness and wonder? Cf. e.g., 1 Pet. 2:9, 10.
Note. 23:10. ‘The righteous’: the word is plural, and refers here to the Israelites.
Numbers 23 & 24 (Second study)
- What can we learn from balaam about the demands of being a spokesman for God, and a steward of minister of his Word? Note carefully the answers which Balaam gives to Balak’s suggestions. Cf. 1 Cor. 9:16, 17.
- 23:19.What is said here to make God’s words different in character from those of men? When God given us his word, of what else can we be sure? Cf. 1 Thess. 5:24.
Numbers 25 & 26
- Chapter 25. Why was God’s anger so fierce against the sins of his people? Cf. 1 Cor. 10:6-12. In this situation what two complementary concerns stirred Phinehas to action? Who likewise was moved to action on our account by similar concerns?
- Chapter 26. Compare the numbering in chapter 1. This is a new generation. See verses 64, 65. Notice which tribes had increased and which decreased. What explains the survival of Caleb and Joshua?
Note. 25:1-5. Num. 31:16 and Rev. 2:14 reveal that these developments were due to Balaam’s activities. The Israelites were seduced into idolatry and immorality.