Numbers 17-18

Numbers 17-18

Chapter 17: Almonds= Token Against Rebels

The Lord speaks to Moses and tells him to take a rod (to represent each of the tribes of Israel) and place them in the tabernacle, writing the name of the princes of each tribe on the rod. The next day Moses goes into the tabernacle to find that, one of the rods had budded and was blooming almonds. They are commanded to keep it as a token against the rebels.

Chapter 18: Levites are called to Service

The Levites are called to minister in the priest’s office, and in the service of the tabernacle. Levites do not receive land inheritance like the rest of the congregation of Israel, but are supported by the tithes of the people. See verse 21 and 26.

Numbers 15-16

Numbers 15-16

Chapter 15: Garments

There are various sacrificial ordinances, as we have discusses throughout the books of Leviticus and the earlier chapters in Numbers to receive a forgiveness of your sins, or that of the congregation through Atonement.

Those who sin, with the knowledge of their sin, are shut out from among the congregation. Those however, who sin ignorantly are not and can be forgiven of their sins. But if they were to repeat them a second time, then they could be shut off from the people, because they would now be willfully sinning.

A group of Israelites go out into the wilderness and find a man who was gathering sticks on the Sabbath day, they take the man to Moses and Aaron to decide what should happen to the man. Aaron and Moses consult with the Lord, and are commanded to have the man stoned to death. So the entire congregation gathers stones and throws them at the man, until he dies.  This, although severe, reminds us of the importance of keeping the Lord’s commandments. He puts those commandments in place, for us to follow them.

The Lord, then speaks to Moses and commands him to make garments or fringes around their garments, so that they might remember the Lord and his commandments always.  The Lord commands the Israelites to not follow after their own heart and eyes, to go a whoring.

These garments are similar to sacred garments used, by worthy members of the LDS church throughout the world. Although the media and anti-Mormon groups go about telling the world about “the secret Mormon underwear”, the truth of the matter is… that the garments (which are just underwear) are to remind the person wearing them to keep the commandments of God.

Chapter 16: Israel Murmurs

Koran the son of Ishar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi and Dethan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben took 250 men (who were princes and leaders) to rise up against Moses, because they sought after priesthood offices.

The Earth opens and swallows up three of the rebels and their families. Fire comes down and consumes the 250 other rebels. The congregation of Israel then murmurs to Moses and Aaron, because of their deaths. The Lord doesn’t appreciate the murmurings and sends a plague that kills 14,700! The Moral of the Story… STOP MURMURING!

Numbers 13-14

Numbers 13-14

Chapter 13: Twelve Spies to the Land of Canaan

The Lord commands Moses to gather the strongest warrior from each of the Twelve Tribes of Israel to go out and seek the Land of Canaan.

These are the Twelve:

  1. The Tribe of Reuben: Shammua the son of Zaccur
  2. The Tribe of Simeon: Shaphat the son of Hori
  3. The Tribe of Judah: Caleb the son of Jephunneh
  4. The Tribe of Issachar: Igal the son of Joseph
  5. The Tribe of Ephraim: Oshea the son of Nun
  6. The Tribe of Benjamin: Palti the son of Raphu
  7. The Tribe of Zebulun: Gaddiel the son of Sodi
  8. The Tribe of Joseph, namely the Tribe of Manasseh: Gaddi the son of Susi
  9. The Tribe of Dan: Ammiel the son of Gemalli
  10. The Tribe of Asher: Sethur the son of Michael
  11. The Tribe of Naphtali: Nahbi the son of Vophsi
  12. The Tribe of Gad: Geuel the son of Machi

These are the men who went in search for the Land of Canaan. Moses calls Oshea the son of Nun, Jehoshua. They are commanded to go southward toward the Mountain.

The twelve travel to the land of Hebron and find only a people of great number and power. There the sons of Anak dwelt, whose names were: Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai. Hebron was built 7 years be Zoan in Egypt. The twelve travels back home (after 40 days of searching) with the news, but exclaim that they are stronger, because in comparison they were as grasshoppers, because of the giant size of these humans.

Chapter 14: Israel Murmurs against Moses

Israel begins to Murmur, AGAIN. This time they claim that it would be better for them to turn around and head back into Egypt. Joshua and Caleb, however give a good report of the land of Canaan, unlike the “evil” report given in Chapter 13. Moses tells them, that the adults of the congregation of Israel shall not enter the Promised Land (insinuating that they will not go to the land of Canaan right away). Some rebels in the group, try to go by themselves and are slain by Canaanites and Amalekites

Numbers 11-12

Numbers 11-12

                I learned two major things through today’s reading:

  1. God HEARS and ANSWERS Prayer.
    1. When Moses was in probably one of his darkest hours, pleading with God to send him help, or kill him. The Lord responded with the help he needed. I think that sometimes the Lord will try us, until we can no longer take it anymore. I know in my own life that it is in those darkest hours, the time when you think nothing can go right, when everything that normally makes you happy, just makes you sad. We as humans, have all experienced this loneliness or a feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed out. But if we remember to put God first and pray to him. Talk to him. Then he will listen and answer.
    2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the ONLY true church on the EARTH!
      1. There are many reasons why the LDS church (more commonly known as the Mormons) is the only true church on earth. But from just two simple verses (6 and 8) we read that the Lord can manifest himself to people through dreams and visions, but through the Prophet (appointed by God himself), God will actually speak to him, “mouth to mouth” or in person. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints is that same church that existed in the time of Moses, only restored in these latter (end) days. In 1820 the Lord answered a young boys prayer about which church he should join. This boy, was Joseph Smith and through him, Jesus RESTORED HIS CHURCH! Today the church has a Modern Prophet and a Quorum of the Seventy. Just as in the days of Moses.

Chapter 11: The 70 Elders of Israel

We learn that the Lord can get very angry with those who chose to disobey him. It says that when people complained, the Lord would cause a fire to burn among them, but when the people complained to Moses and Moses prayed for them, the fire was quenched.

After some time though, the congregation of Israel gets upset with only eating Manna. They start complaining about not having meat and demanding it. Moses prays to God and asks for help, saying that he is unable to “…bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy…” (Numbers 11:14) for him, even asking God to kill him, if he did not send help. (See Numbers 11:15)

But the Lord sends help to Moses, he asks Moses to gather 70 men of the Elders of Israel to be Elders and Officers over the people.

The first Quorum of the Seventy is organized in the church of Jesus Christ, the Lord appoints these men and gives them authority so that Moses (who acts as the Prophet and President of the Church) can have people to delegate some of the tasks that the Lord would have him complete.

The Lord tells Moses that he will let the children of Israel eat meat, even providing a whole month of meat. A wind brings in quails from the sea, the Israelites gather them and begin to eat. The Lord however is displeased.

Chapter 12: Speaking to Moses; Mouth to Mouth

Miriam and Aaron speak to Moses, with discontent over the fact that the Lord only usually speaks to Moses. The Lord hears this and immediately calls all three of them to come to the front of the tabernacle for a talk. The Lord tells them that if he calls a prophet, he will make himself known to them through dreams and visions. This goes for most of his children, but he says with Moses (the prophet) it is different, with him he says, he speaks to Moses MOUTH TO MOUTH. In other words, person to person just like a father speaks to his children and vice versa.

Numbers 9-10

Numbers 9-10

Chapter 9: Commanded to Keep the Passover

Israel is again commanded to keep the Passover. We also learn again, that the congregation of Israel moved when the cloud descended upon them and they journeyed every time the cloud went up.  (Numbers 9:17-21)

Chapter 10: Ark of the Covenant

The Lord speaks to Moses and commands him to make two trumpets, for the purpose of calling the assembly for the journeying of the camps of Israel. The trumpets will be used not only for assembly but for calling the princes of each tribe to gather together and to sound the alarm for war.

In the 20th day of the second year the cloud lifted up and the children of Israel took their journeys out of the wilderness of Sinai and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Paran.

Each tribe with their standard was lifted as they marched forth in a prescribed order. The Ark of the Covenant, however always went before them.

Numbers 7-8

Numbers 7-8

Chapter 7: The Lord Speaks to Moses

At the dedication of the Tabernacle, the Princes of Israel bring offerings to the dedication of the temple.

  1. On the first day; Nashon the son of Amminadab for the Tribe of Judah
  2. On the second day; Nethaneel the son of Zuar, prince of Issachar
  3. On the fourth day; Elizur the son of Shedeur, prince of the children of Reuben
  4. On the fifth day; Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai, prince of the children of Simeon
  5. On the sixth day; Eliasaph the son of Deuel, prince of the children of Gad
  6. On the seventh day; Eliashma the son of Ammihud, prince of the children of Ephraim
  7. On the eighth day; Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur, prince of the children of Manasseh
  8. On the ninth day; Abidan the son of Gideoni, prince of the children of Benjamin
  9. On the tenth day; Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai, the prince of the children of Dan
  10. On the eleventh day; Pagiel the son of Ocran, prince of the children of Asher
  11. On the twelth day; Ahira the son of Enan, prince of the children of Naphtali

Each one of them bringing these offerings:

  • one silver charger (130 shekels)
  • one silver bowl (70 shekels)
  • one gold spoon (10 shekels)
    • For a Burnt Offering:
      • one young bullock
      • one ram
      • one lamb
      • For a Sin Offering:
        • one goat
      • Peace Offering
        • two oxen
        • five rams
        • five goats
        • five lambs

All of the offerings were filled with fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering. When Moses went into the Tabernacle he heard a voice come from the Mercy Seat, that was upon the ark of the testimony, from between the two cheribums and the Lord spoke to him.

Chapter 8: Washed and Consecrated

The Levites are washed, consecrated and set apart by the laying on of hands. They are the Lord’s and are in place of the first born of every family. They are a gift to Aaron and his sons to do the service of the Temple.

Numbers 5-6

Numbers 5-6

Chapter 5: Sinners

Everyone who is a Leper is considered unclean and must be “put out” of the camp. This includes male and female, so that they might not “defile” the camp or the rest of the congregation of Israel. If a man or woman is to sin, they must confess of their sins and make a restitution of that sin.

If a woman was unfaithful to her husband or had been presumed to have been unfaithful to her husband, she was to be brought before a priest. The priest will charge her by oath and by that he can decide whether this was true, through the Jealous Offering, which is like a trial.

Chapter 6: No Wine of Strong Drink

The Law of the Nazarite is set forth. Those who want to live the law, must separate themselves unto the Lord. They are not to drink wine or strong drink. Those who live this law and take the vow to live the law, by separating themselves unto the Lord must shave their heads if they become defiled.

Numbers 3-4

Numbers 3-4

Chapter 3: Aaron and his sons administer

Generations of Aaron:

  • Nadab
  • Abihu
  • Eleazer
  • Ithamar

The Tribe of Levi is commanded to come towards the Tabernacle, so that Aaron could take charge of them, and they are numbered.

The Tribe of Levi (the sons of):

  • Gershon – The Gershonites are commanded to pitch their tents behind the Tabernacle westward, Eliasaph the son of Lael is appointed chief over the Gershonites.
    • Libni
    • Shimei
    • Kohath – Was the family of the Amramites, Izeharites, Hebronites and the Uzzielites. The family of Kohath and all of their sons are commanded to pitch their tents on the side of the Tabernacle southward, Elizaphan the son of Uzziel is appointed chief over the tribes of Kohath. These tribes are in charge of the ark, the table, the candlestick, the altars, the vessels of the sanctuary and all the service within.
      • Amram
      • Izehar
      • Hebron
      • Shimei
    • Merari – Was the family of the Mahlites, and the Mushites; Zuriel the son of Abihail is appointed chief over the family of Merari. – The Family of Merari are put in charge of the boards, bars, pillars, sockets and all the vessels of the tabernacle. Also they are in charge of the courtyards of the tabernacle.
      • Mahli
      • Mushi

Eleazer the son of Aaron is appointed chief over the Levites.

Moses is commanded by the Lord to number all the males of the congregation of Israel from one month old and up.

Chapter 4: 30+ Years

Several times in this chapter it mentions 30+ years old to 50 years old. Verses: 3,23, 30, 35, 39, 43 and 47. Levitie Law required teachers and/or priests to be 30+ years old. Jesus was baptized at the age of 30 and began his ministry in the same year. He was following this Levite Law. See Luke 3:23.

When the camp of Israel moves, because at this point the Israelites had fled from Egypt and were still wandering in the wilderness. This meant that the Tabernacle was mobile. As we learned in the last chapter each family within the tribe of the Levites were in charge of one particular part of the tabernacle. The Levite Families of Kohath, Gershon, and Merari carry the burden of carry all of the tabernacle (in its mobile form) as they travel.

Numbers 1-2

Numbers 1-2

Chapter 1: Each Tribe is Numbered

The Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they had departed from Israel. There, the Lord instructs that the members of each tribe, all males from the age of 20 up, should gather together. The total gathering together was 603,550 men. These men would be prepared for war. The only tribe not included in these numbers, is the tribe of Levi. The Levites are commanded to watch over and protect the tabernacle and its testimony from all outsiders and strangers.

  • Tribe of Reuben: Elizur son of Shedeur
  • Tribe of Simeon: Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai
  • Tribe of Judah: Nashon son of Amminadab
  • Tribe of Issachar: Nethaneel the son of Zuar
  • Tribe of Zebulun: Eliab the son of Helon
  • Tribe of Joseph:
    • of Ephraim: Elishama the son of Amihud
    • of Manasseh: Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur
  • Tribe of Benjamin: Abidan son of Gideon
  • Tribe of Dan: Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai
  • Tribe of Asher: Pagiel son of Ocran
  • Tribe of Gad: Eliasaph son of Deuel
  • Tribe of Naphtali: Ahira son of Enan

Chapter 2: Order and Leaders are established

The Lord speaks again to Moses and Aaron, commanding them to have every man and his children (in the tribes of Israel) to place an Ensign (flag of standard and truth) to fly above their camp.

  • On the east side, the camp of Judah is to pitch their tents on the east side toward the rising sun far off from the tabernacle. Nahshon the son of Amminadab is appointed the captain over the children of Judah.
    • The camp of Issachar; Nathaneel the son of Zuar is appointed captain over the children of Issachar.
    • The camp of Zebulun; Eliab the son of Helon is appointed captain over the children of Zebulun.
  • On the south side shall be the camp of Reuben; the captain of the children of Reuben is appointed to Elizur the son of Shedeur.
    • Pitching tents alongside the camp of Reuben, is the tribe of Simeon; Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai is appointed captain of the children of Simeon.
    • The camp of Gad; Eliasaph the son of Reuel is appointed captain over the children of Gad.
  • On the west side shall be the standard of the camp of Ephraim; Elishama the son of Ammihud is appointed captain over the children of Ephraim.
    • Next to the tribe of Ephraim shall reside the tribe of Manasseh; Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur is appointed captain of the tribe of Manasseh.
    • The camp of Benjamin; Abidan the son of Gideoni is appointed captain over the children of Benjamin.
  • On the north side; shall encamp the tribe of Dan; Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai is appointed captain over the children of Dan.
  • Next to the children of Dan, resides the tribe of Asher; Pagiel the son of Ocran is appointed captain over the children of Asher.
  • The tribe of Naphtali; Ahira the son of Enan is appointed captain over the children of Naphtali.

The total number of these camps were 63,550 these numbers excluding the tribe of Levi. Each tribe set a standard over their camps and harkened unto the commandments of the Lord.