From slaves to Soldiers

Preface

In the beginning Yahweh created the heavens and the earth and the Word – that Word that later became flesh and dwelt among us – was with Yahweh – and he was Yahweh. Yahweh is the third person of the verb heyah “To Be”. Whether in the first or third person the word expresses our God as THE (one and only) Self-existent One responsible for all existence including his own –the great I AM.

“All things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made[1].”

Exodus covered a year; Leviticus only a month – but Numbers covers more than 38 years.

The book of Numbers is more than a book of census. It demonstrates the importance of holiness, faithfulness and trust and is the climax of the story of the exodus of Yahweh’s chosen people from slavery in Egypt and their preparation to take possession of The Promised Land. The Hebrew name of the book – בְּמִדְבַּר‎, Bəmiḏbar, means “in the desert” – or in the wilderness – Yahweh’s proving ground for his people on the way to The Promised Land.

“Promised Land people are very different from slave people. Israel emerged from Egypt a slave people, basically unsuited for the Promised Land.”[2]

As you read, remember that Moses’ personality was reflected through what he wrote but what he said was through the power of the Holy Spirit of Yahweh.

The purpose of this book is for us to understand more about the character of our God, Yahweh, and fall deeper in love with him so we can do what is just, love what is merciful, and walk humbly with our God.

 

 

Things to think about

  1. Who is our God, Yahweh? Why do you think it is important to remember his name?
  2. Why do you think the book of Numbers covered so much more time than Exodus and Leviticus – the two books before Numbers that told of the nation of Israel’s life as freemen?
  3. What is the book of Numbers all about?
  4. What is a “proving ground”?
  5. Why would Israel’s life as slaves render them unsuited for The Promised Land?

6 Why do you think it is important to remember both that Moses’ personality was reflected in his writings and that what he wrote was directed by the Holy Spirit of Yahweh?

  1. What do you think should be our purpose in studying the Scriptures?

 

 

[1] John 1:3 KJV

[2]https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/guz/numbers-1.html

 

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