Notes on Numbers 18-20

For the ninth time in the book of Numbers, the children of Israel gathered around again and complained about their situation. This time they were so thirsty that they were wishing the God killed them like he killed the thousands of their friends and family. There are some interesting things to consider in this passage, especially the prophetic “type” of Christ’s crucifixion about 1500 years before it happened.

God instructed Moses and Aaron to “speak ye unto the rock before their eyes, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock” (Num. 20:8).

Moses did not follow these instructions, and instead spoke to the congregation rather than the rock, and “with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly” (Num. 20:10-11).

The rock in this passage is a “type” of Christ. When speaking of Moses and the children of Israel wandering in the wilderness, 1 Corinthians 10:4 says “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”

Furthermore, when talking to the Samaritan woman by the well, Jesus Christ told her “whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).

When Christ was being beaten (smote) before his crucifixion, his blood poured from his wounds. Water is a “type” of blood. Thus, when the rock (Christ) was smote (beaten and killed) by Moses, water (blood) poured out giving the congregation life (everlasting life).

Notice that Moses struck the rock not once, but twice. Jesus Christ died on the cross ONE TIME for our sins. That’s all that it took. Moses smote the rock TWO TIMES out of anger.

Not only did Moses disobey God by not speaking to the rock (Christ), he went overboard in smiting it two times. The punishment for doing so was that Moses and Aaron would never enter the Promised Land (Num. 20:12).

When the children of Israel (Jacob) arrived at the border of Edom (Esau), the Edomites refused to allow the Israelites passage through the land. Once again we see the ongoing struggle between the children of Israel (Christ) and the children of Esau (Antichrist).

Shortly after the Israelites turned away from Edom, Aaron died and his son, Eleazar, was named the new High Priest.

Like Moses, we often ignore the instruction of God (speak to the rock) and do things our own way (smote the rock). We go overboard in our rebellion (smote the rock TWICE), and take others down with us (Aaron did not smite the rock, yet he was given the same penalty as Moses). When we sin, we affect those around us.

You might enjoy having some drinks at a party, but that can lead to physical or sexual abuse of someone you truly care about. You may enjoy being a “model” and posting sexual photographs to Instagram, but non-Christians will see the behavior of a “Christian” being the same as what they do.

We ALL know someone who rejects Christ because of the actions of “Christians.” Our actions contribute to other people paying the price; in this case, the ultimate price of eternal death and suffering.

Christ wants all of us to drink the water he gives us; the “well of water springing up into everlasting life.” Have you had your thirst quenched? Have you offered Christ’s gift to others?

Notes on Numbers 16-17

One fascinating story in the book of Numbers that rarely gets discussed in church is that of Korah leading a rebellion with the sons of Levi. As usual, the children of Israel were murmuring (complaining) about wandering through the desert. They once again longed for the days of being slaves in Egypt. Despite having watched God kill their friends and family with a plague, the Levites decided to take their shot at standing against the LORD.

Moses told Korah and 250 of his followers to light incense before God. Aaron and his followers were told to do the same. Korah managed to wrangle up even more people, but God allowed Moses and Aaron to convince all those extra people to leave.

Moses told them “If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me. But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up. . .ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD” (Num. 16:29-30).

The earth did open and swallow Korah and his family before closing in around them. He then sent a fire to burn up the other 250 men. God once again showed his favor for Moses and his intolerance for insubordination.

Immediately following this spectacular spectacle, the children of Israel complained AGAIN, this time blaming Moses and Aaron for the deaths of Korah and his followers.

This is a picture of what happens to us today. When God passes judgment, rather than acknowledge the power of God, skeptics blame human beings for what should otherwise be considered a supernatural event. When an opportunity doesn’t work out, it’s because of “karma” or having negative thoughts.

The power of “positive thinking” can only take us so far, it is GOD who gets us the rest of the way!

As punishment for this murmuring, God sent another plague that killed 14,700 more people.

In chapter 17, God shows the Israelites that Aaron would be the spiritual leader of the people. He was God’s final authority among the tribes. Now that the children of Israel were finally scared for their lives, would they actually begin to show Moses and Aaron some respect? Would they stop murmuring against God who continually judged them by sending miraculous ways of killing anyone who openly opposed him?

I suppose we will see.

Notes on Numbers 14-15

Once again, the children of Israel are complaining about their situation (Numbers 14). Their lack of patience is exactly what we deal with on a day to day basis. God promised them something, and it did not happen on THEIR time, so THEY are unhappy. This is what we all do. We want something NOW and we give no consideration to God’s divine timing.

These guys even discussed going back to Egypt where they were slaves (v. 4). Could you imagine a group of people giving up their sovereignty and freedom to RETURN to slavery? I can, because it happens to all of us every single day. It seems to me that at least half of our country would be happy to sacrifice freedom for forced servitude.

These ungrateful children of Israel would rather die in bondage than live free, because freedom is incredibly difficult. That is why we take it for granted.

God wants to kill all the Israelites and start fresh with Moses and Aaron’s offspring (v. 11-12). Moses, once again interceding for his people, is able to talk God into being merciful. Instead of outright killing all the children of Israel, God killed those who murmured against him (v. 32), and cursed the remaining Israelites to wander in the wilderness for FORTY YEARS (v. 33)!

One of the worst teachings in a modern church is that “God is love” without putting that into context. God gets angry. God gets so angry that he’s willing to commit genocide against the people that he chose to be blessed among all the nations.

This is the God that atheists and anti-Christians mock relentlessly. When stand-up comedians make jokes on stage or when your co-workers call you a fool for your beliefs, they are “murmuring” against the God that killed his own people and forced their children to wander a desert for half a lifetime.

A man violated the Sabbath by picking up some sticks (Num. 15:32), so God commanded that the Israelites stone him to death (v. 35-36). He was killed for we would consider a simple violation of the law given by the God whom our media mocks every day.

When we, as a nation, turn our backs on God, he will leave us (Num. 14:43). This is a side of the God of love that our churches want to pretend doesn’t exist.

Jesus Christ, like Moses in these passages, stands before God the Father and pleads for our lives. Rather than accept his mercy, we continue to murmur. Those of us to turn down the free gift of salvation will die and wander in Hell for all eternity. Those who accept Christ as Savior will have the God who defeated the gods, the giants, and Satan himself on our side.

Notes on Numbers 11-13

One of the things that always astounds me is the frequency with which the children of Israel take God for granted. They walked across the dry land when the Red Sea parted for them. They literally see the presence of God as a massive cloud and pillar of fire that surrounds their tabernacle every day. They experienced their friends and family be killed by God after worshiping a false idol. Yet they find time to complain once again about their living arrangements in Numbers 11:1

This upset God so much that he sent a burning fire into their camp and burned those on the fringes. They cried and began begging for fish (v. 5). They had livestock with them, but they complained that they didn’t have the one meat that they lacked access to.

God was providing plenty of food in the form of manna. This meal fell from Heaven requiring no cultivation at all. The Israelites only had to pick it up. There was nothing to feed, nothing to kill, nothing to sow or reap, yet they were not satisfied.

Is this not what we do? The human condition is consumption. We are never satisfied, no matter how much wealth and success we have. We constantly tell ourselves that if we just get the newest tv, or the latest fashion, then we will be happy. All we have to do is get the hot new car and our lives will be complete. However, once we obtain these things, we want the next model.

Our needs can be completely met, but in our sick, twisted minds, we are suffering some sort of loss.

Moses started going a little insane with having to deal with all the crying. He asked God “have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?” (v. 11). He could not handle the burden, so he asked for help.

God decided that he would provide so much meat that the Israelites would get sick of eating it . He said they would eat “until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you:” (v. 20).

He sent dozens of quails to the children of Israel. The ones who lusted for meat and complained were given a plague from the quails and died.

Be careful what you wish for, Christian. When you go to God with a heart of lust and ask for something you desire, you may receive so much that you may lose your life.

The children of Israel finally arrived near Canaan in chapter 13. Spies were sent out into the land to investigate the situation. What they found was a fertile land filled with grapes, milk, and honey; and giants.

Remember the Law of First Mention. Giants in Genesis 6 were the half-human offspring of fallen angels, therefore, these giants were more than likely of the same ilk. These beings were, in my opinion, some of the descendants of Nimrod who were worshiped as gods in many ancient cultures.

Notes on Numbers 7-10

The construction of the tabernacle, altar, and the sacrificial tools was finished and the blessing of these instruments commenced in Numbers 7.

The amount of detail God keeps record of in the book of Numbers is astounding. The number of people, sacrificed animals, weight of the tools, etc. are all written down for us to study. The beauty of the sacrificing ritual down to the placement of oil and sifting of fine flour is stunning. I don’t think we take enough time to reflect on the precision that it took for the Israelites to appease God, and appreciate that all we Gentiles have to do is believe on Christ and accept him as our Savior.

Like Christ, the Levites acted as scapegoats for the firstborn of the children of Israel (ch. 8:18) who were required to do service and be an atonement (v. 19) for the Israelites.

I also love the image of the cloud of God surrounding the tabernacle in chapter 9:15-16. Imagine a cloud hovering around your church auditorium during the day, and a pillar of fire surrounding it at night. Would there be any way to mistake your church for one lacking the spirit of God?

In the end of chapter 10, something strange and supernatural occurs. In verse 33, it says “the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them” as if it is somehow autonomous. It says nothing about anyone carrying the ark in this verse. Then in verse 35, “when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered;” and in 36, “when it rested, he said, Return, O LORD, unto the many thousands of Israel.”

It appears that the ark is flying around ahead of Moses looking for a resting place (v. 33) being followed by the “cloud of the LORD” (v. 34). No one seems to be directing its movements. On the contrary, the children of Israel are following the direction of the ark. This is an Identified Flying Object (IFO) that if seen by a shepherd in the countryside would be unidentified (UFO).

Just because a flying object is unidentified to us, does not make it extraterrestrial.

Notes on Numbers 5-6

CHAPTER 5

God, whose name is Jealous (Exodus 34:14), has some pretty strong laws against adultery. If a man becomes jealous of his wife (as God is jealous when we go astray), he should take her before the priest and make an offering.

The priest is to take an “earthen vessel” and fill it with a mixture of holy water and dirt from the tabernacle floor. The woman must drink the bitter water. If she is innocent, then she is free. If she is guilty of cheating on her husband, then she will be cursed by God causing “thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell. And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen” (Numbers 5:21-22).

This is a brutal punishment that leads to major pain, suffering, and death.

The message that I get from this is a picture of our relationship with Christ. Christians are the “bride of Christ” so we are represented by the woman in this passage. Christ, or God, is jealous of our love. This is why the first commandment is to have no other gods.

When we defile the relationship we have with Christ, God’s jealous nature arises and we earn this curse. However, the blood of Jesus Christ washes us of our sins. We SHOULD have our bellies rot when we choose to worship Facebook or sports over God, but Christ saved us from such a punishment. Hallelujah!

CHAPTER 6

Samson and John the Baptist are the most famous Nazarites in the Bible, though Samuel was one as well. The vow of a Nazarite consists of not drinking wine or strong drink, not eating grapes of any kind, not cutting his hair, and not touching a dead body. If any of these rules were violated, they were to shave their heads. This was not a lifelong vow, and when the period was over, they were to offer a lamb, ewe, and ram as a burnt offering, as well as shave and burn their hair.

I believe that there is a strong hint that the “forbidden fruit” was not an apple, but a grape. Numbers 6:4 says “vine tree,” not just vine. Thus, grapes grow on a type of tree. Grape juice or wine is also a type of blood (Christ turns water into wine in John 2, and wine becomes a type of his blood at the last supper). Blood is the life of the flesh (Gen. 9:3), and is full of sin. I believe what Dr. Peter Ruckman says about blood; that Adam and Eve were created with a water system that turned to blood when they ate the fruit and sinned for the first time (this would mirror Christ’s first miracle). Thus, it makes sense that the forbidden fruit in Eden is the same fruit that is forbidden to a Nazarite; grapes.

In verses 24-26, we see a picture of the trinity together for the first time.

24: “The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:” this is God the Father who blesses us.

25: “The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:” the part of God whose face we can physically see is Jesus Christ. It is by His grace we are saved.

26: “The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” The Holy Spirit gives us peace, and peace is one of the “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22-25).

The “trinity” is not mentioned explicitly in the Bible, though all three parts are referred to throughout. This passages shows us that all three parts are “The LORD,” thus, they are co-equal. All three parts are God, and God is not just one part; just as human beings are body (Christ), soul (Father), and spirit (Holy Spirit). We are clearly more than a mound of flesh and bone, but would not be fully human without a body. We leave this body when we die, but are given a new one in Heaven (1 Cor. 15:35-54).

My physical body breaks down more and more. Each day becomes more painful than the last. I cannot wait to receive my perfect body in Heaven; one that never rots or gets sore. I believe we are less than a decade from the Rapture and the beginning of the tribulation period.

If you are unsaved and reading this, I suggest talking with a Christian you trust or contact me. You need the truth!

Notes on Numbers 3-4

Numbers 3 and 4 are various lists concerning the Levite priests and their specific roles. Three sons of Levi, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari were responsible for moving and maintaining the components of the tabernacle.

They were not to be soldiers. The firstborn of the Levites especially belonged to God. Their priesthood was to begin at age 30 and end at 50. Notice that Joseph came to power in Egypt at age 30, David became king at 30, and Jesus Christ began his ministry on Earth at 30 years old.

Once again, the prophetic knowledge from God is shown through the writings of Moses. Unfortunately, there really is not much else that jumps out at me in these passages.