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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Summary of the Book of Numbers

By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs

  1. Introduction
    1. Written by Moses
    2. Covers 40 years of Israelís wandering in the wilderness
    3. Preparatory to entering the promised land
  2. Forty Years of Wandering (1:1 to 4:49)
    1. Counting the people (1:1-54)
      1. Only males over 20 were counted (1:3)
      2. Levites not included in the count (1:47)
      3. The total was 603,550 males over 20, not including the tribe of Levi
      4. The total number of people would be about three times that number, or almost two million people, and could have been greater
      5. The problem of moving this large number of people from Goshen in Egypt to Sinai and then into Canaan was enormous
    2. Arrangement of the tribes (2:1 to 4:49)
      1. The tabernacle and its attendants were in the center (2:2,17)
      2. On the East side were Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun (2:3-9)
      3. On the South side were Reuben, Simeon, and Gad (2:10-16)
      4. On the West side were Ephraim, Manaseh, Benjamim(2:17-24)
      5. On the North side were Dan, Asher, and Naphtali
      6. Each tribe had its own standard and leader, or prince (1:5-16; 2:2)
      7. Priestly offices and functions (3:1-39)
        1. Generations of Aaron and Moses (3:1)
        2. Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron, died before the Lord (3:4)
        3. Aaronís sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, took the priestís office (3:4)
        4. Duties of Levites (3:5-9)
        5. The Levites counted and assigned their duties (3:10-39)
      8. Numbering of the firstborn males from a month old, Levites exempted (3:40-45)
      9. Firstborn redeemed by payment of five shekels each (3:46-51)
      10. Duties assigned to Levites (4:1-49)
    3. Purification of the camp (5:1 to 10:10)
      1. Defiled person (ceremonially unclean) excluded from the camp (5:1-4)
      2. Confession and restitution in trespass (5:5-10)
      3. The trial of jealously (5:11-31)
      4. Law of the Nazarites (6:1-21)
      5. Priestly blessing of Israel (6:22-27)
      6. Offering of tribal leaders (princes) to the Levites (7:1-89)
      7. Lighting of the lamps (8:1-4)
      8. Consecration of the Levites (8:5-26)
      9. Passover stipulations (9:1-14)
      10. The Pillar of cloud to guide the Israelites (9:15-23)
      11. The silver trumpets (10:1-10)
    4. Sins on the journey from Sinai to Kadesh (10:11-12:16)
      1. Departure from Mount Sinai (10:11-36)
      2. People complained; burning at Taberah (11:1-3)
      3. Manna from Jehovah (11:4-9)
      4. People long for flesh to eat (11:10-15)
      5. Seventy elders established (11:6-30)
      6. The Israelites fed quails (11:31-35)
      7. Sin of Miriam and Aaron in rebelling against Moses (12:1-16)
    5. Failure at Kadesh (13:1 to 14:14:45)
      1. Spying out the promised land (13:1-33)
      2. Israel rebels (14:1-10)
      3. Moses intercedes (14:11-19)
      4. God condemns Israel to die in the wilderness (14:20-45)
    6. Wandering in the wilderness (15:1 to 19:22)
      1. Sacrifices of animals and wine (15:1-31)
      2. Sabbath breaker stoned (15:32-36)
      3. Fringes on garments (15:37-41)
      4. Sin of Korah (16:1-50)
      5. Aaronís rod that budded (17:1-13)
      6. Function and place of the priests (18:1 to 19:22)
    7. Sins on the way to Moab (20:1 to 25:18)
      1. Death of Miriam (20:1)
      2. Sin of Moses and Aaron in striking the rock to bring water (20:2-13)
      3. Edom refuses to let the Israelites pass through (20:14-21)
      4. Death of Aaron (20:22-29)
      5. Defeat of the king of Arad (21:1-3)
      6. The burning, fiery serpents and the brazen serpent (21:4-9)
      7. Journey to Moab (21:10-20)
      8. Victory over Sihon (21:21-32)
      9. Victory over Bashan (21:33-35)
      10. Moab, Balak, and Balaam (22:1 to 24:25)
      11. Sin of Baal-Peor (25:1-18)
  3. Reorganization of Israel (26:1 to 27:23)
    1. A second counting of the people (26:1 to 27:23)
      1. Total number of males over 20 was 601,730 (26:1-51)
      2. Inheritance in the land (26:52-65)
    2. Inheritance of daughters (27:1-11)
    3. Israelís new leader Ė Joshua (27:12-23)
    4. Regulations and vows (28:1 to 30:16)
      1. Offerings to be observed (28:1-8)
      2. Continual burnt offerings on the sabbath (28:9-10)
      3. Sacrifices at new moons (28:11-25)
      4. Sacrifices on the day of firstfruits (28:26-31)
      5. Sacrifice at the feat of trumpets (29:1-6)
      6. Sacrifice at the afflicting of souls (29:7-11)
    5. Sacrifice of holy convocation at feast of tabernacles (29:12-40)
    6. Regulation of vows (30:1-16)
    7. Conquest and division of Canaan (31:1 to 36:13)
      1. Midianites defeated (31:1-54)
      2. Ruben and Gad inherit on the East side of the Jordan (32:1-42)
      3. Summary of journeys from Rameses to the plain of Moab (33:1-49)
      4. The Canaanites and their idols to be destroyed (33:50-56)
      5. Borders of the land (34:1-16)
      6. Men which shall divide the land (34:17-29)
      7. Cities given to the Levites (35:1-8)
      8. Avenger of wrath and cities of refuge (35:9-34)
      9. Inheritance of daughters, and marrying within the tribe (36:1-13)

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email: had@worldnet.att.net
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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