Numbers 15

  1. What do verses 1-21 teach us about making offerings which are pleasing to God?
  2. Why was there no way of atonement for the person who sinned ‘defiantly’?
    What does this mean?
    Cf. Mark 3:28, 29; Heb. 10:26-31, 39; Ps. 19:13.
  3. Notice by whom the deliberate law-breaker had to be dealt with and in what way.
    Cf. Matt. 18:15-17; 1 Cor. 5; Heb. 12:15.
    Why is such church discipline so little is practiced?

Note. Verse 38. ‘Tassels’: these were made of twisted thread and attached by a blue ribbon to the robe, to remind the wearer of the commandments of the Lord, and of his obligation to keep them.

Numbers 14

  1. Notice how few believed, and the frequent occurrence of the word ‘all’ in 14:1-10. Cf. Heb. 4:1, 2.
  2. What can we learn from Moses’ prayer, especially concerning governing motives and grounds of appeal to God?
  3. Although forgiven, the people suffered the consequences of their sin.
    How?
    In what way do they show themselves throughout this story (Num. 13 and 14) to be typical of us?

Numbers 13

  1. To what places in Canaan did the spies go?
    Look up Hebron and the Valley of Eshcol on a map.
    What were they commissioned to discover, and what report did they give?
  2. What lay behind the opposing views expressed in 13:30 and 31?
    Were Caleb and Joshua being unrealistically optimistic and refusing to face facts?
    What was the outcome of the people’s fear and unbelief?
    Note. 13:32. ‘The Land we explored devours those living in it’: this probably refers to the constant wars between its people, and their ferocity in internecine strife.

Numbers 12

  1. How did God ‘deal’ with the various complaints made?
    Note. 12:3 ‘Humble’: not concerned for their own interests or prestige, and so able to pay no attention to the unfair attacks on themselves

Numbers 10 (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.

Numbers 9

  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’?