Numbers

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 7

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 7

After our Bible meeting finished, we were still puzzled over Numbers 7. We didn’t understand some of the questions in this chapter. For example, the twelve tribes of Israel offered the same gifts twelve times. Each time, they were exactly the same. Yet, they are described repeatedly. We know that one written word of the Bible is worth a thousand pieces of gold. The Holy Spirit would surely not record unnecessary words in the Bible. However, from the perspective of efficiency, it seems a bit wasteful to repeat the sacrifices offered by the twelve tribes. This was a question that everyone had during our meeting.

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 10

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 10

One question that disturbs us in Numbers 10 is, what is the name of Moses’ father-in-law? Numbers 10:29 (ESV) says, “Moses said to Hobab the son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law…” This section is very confusing. The meaning in the Recovery Version that we are reading is “Hobab, the father-in-law of Moses, is the son of Reuel the Midianite,” because Judges 4:11 mentions “Hobab, the father-in-law of Moses.” But when I first read it, I felt like “Moses’ father-in-law is Reuel, and he has a son named Hobab.” One person at the meeting said that this understanding was not consistent with Judges 4:11. It seems to her that the father of Hobab, Moses’ father-in-law, was called Reuel. But I said that when Exodus 2:18 was talking about Moses had helped to water the flock of the daughters of a Midianite priest in the wilderness, it was mentioned that their father’s name was “Reuel”. This proves that Reuel is not Moses’ grandfather, but rather Moses’ father-in-law himself. When Exodus 3:1 mentions Moses’ father-in-law, the name used is “Jethro”.

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 9

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 9

Numbers 9 tells two stories. In the first story, the Lord was telling Moses to let the Israelites celebrate the Passover, and He answered Moses’ question about whether the Israelites could still celebrate the Passover since they were ceremonially unclean because of a dead body, and were away on a journey (Numbers 9:1-14, NIV). The Lord said that even if they were unclean because of a dead body or were away on a trip, they could still celebrate the Passover (Numbers 9:10, NIV). But if a man who was ceremonially clean and not on a journey failed to celebrate the Passover, that person must be cut off from his people (Numbers 9:13, NIV). A foreigner residing among the Israelites could also voluntarily celebrate the Passover.

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 5

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 5

Numbers 5 contains three stories. The first story is about Jehovah instructing Moses to send away all people with leprosy from the camp. In the next story, Jehovah is instructing Moses to let the Israelites offer up sacrifices for their sins and offenses. The third story is about Jehovah telling Moses how to deal with the problem of a husband suspecting that his wife was unfaithful.

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 6

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 6

Numbers 6 tells two stories. The first is about how the Nazirites dedicated themselves; the second story is God speaking a blessing over Israel. Is there any connection between these two? We felt that Jesus Christ, dedicated Himself to God as a sacrifice, satisfying the requirements of God’s righteousness, holiness, and glory. So the Nazarite here is a type of Jesus Christ. Since He became a channel of blessing, God could then give us all the blessings in Christ. We must follow the example of Jesus Christ and become Nazirites who dedicate ourselves to God and become a channel for God’s blessings

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 3

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 3

The Holy Spirit illuminated verses 44-46 to us in Numbers chapter 3. Let's look at those three verses.  3:44 (NIV) The Lord also said to Moses, 3:45 (NIV) "Take the Levites in place of all the firstborn of Israel, and the livestock of the Levites in...

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 2

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 2

Numbers 2 records Jehovah’s arrangement of the encampment of the 12 tribes of Israel around the tent of meeting in the following order: Judah takes the lead in the east, next to Judah is the tribe of Issachar and Zebulun.  To the south is the tribe of Reuben;...

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 1

Bible Study with Jairus – Numbers 1

Bible Study with Jairus- Numbers 1The first chapter of the book of Numbers seems to be very boring and difficult to read because it is the list of names of the different tribes of Israel and the number of Israelites they counted. But behind these boring numbers, there...