Chapter 33: Journey from Egypt to Canaan
Chapter 33, outlines the trip from Egypt to Canaan. Israel left Egypt under the hand of Moses and Aaron, they departed from Rameses in the first month, in the fifteenth day.
From here, the chapter lists off the different places where the Israelites camped and places they saw during their journey.
At the end of the chapter, the children of Israel make it to the plains of Moab where the Lord gives them instructions. The Lord instructs them by saying:
“…ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places: And ye shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it. And ye shall divide the land by lot for an inheritance among your families: and to the more ye shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer ye shall give the less inheritance: every man’s inheritance shall be in the place where his lot falleth; according to the tribes of your fathers ye shall inherit.” (Numbers 33:52-56)
He warns them that if they don’t drive out the inhabitants of the land, then they will be smitten themselves. He commands them to do this and divide up the land as their inheritance. Here is a map of the journey and route the Israelites took. As you can see, the Lord had them wandering in circles.
Chapter 34: Borders of Israel
Moses specifies borders of Israel and the inheritances that they will receive in Canaan. Moses names the leader or princes from each tribe that will make this division of land possible.