BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENT – MARCH 7, 2012

READING THE WHOLE BIBLE IN 52 WEEKS –NUMBERS CHAPTERS 15-38

On March 7, 2012, we review Numbers Chapters 15 thru 38. Remember: THREE-A-DAY IS THE EASIET WAY! There are 1,189 Chapters in the Bible and to read the whole Bible in 52 Weeks, one must read an average of 3.25 Chapters every day!
In week nine, we see the final march of the Israelites to the Promised Land. We also see the repeated disobedience to the LORD of the Israelites and their constant challenging and hurting of Moses, the Man of God whom the LORD had chosen to lead them.
Finally, we learn about the deaths of Miriam and Aaron and the punishment of Moses by the LORD. Numbers is critically important to our understanding of God’s relationship with his covenant people and how it affects our relationship with His only begotten son, our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.
Please read prayerfully and carefully the assigned chapters and answer these questions that we will discuss in our ninth session next Wednesday:
1. In Chapter 15, did the LORD make a distinction between unintentional and intentional sins? What was the distinction between unintentional and intentional sins?
2. What color cord did the LORD tell Moses to tell the Israelites to put on the tassels on their robes? What was the purpose of the tassels?
3. In Chapter 16 who was Korah and how was he related to Moses? How did he lead a serious challenge to Moses and Aaron?
4. What do you think motivated Korah, Dathan, Abiram and the other younger Israelites and 250 of their top leaders to lead an uprising against Moses and Aaron? Which tribe did Dathan and Abiram come from?
5. What do you think this rebellion and God’s response teaches us about God’s chosen leaders, their followers, and obedience?
6. What did the LORD do in response to the rebellion by Korah, Dathan and Abiram against Moses and Aaron?
7. How did Moses say the contest would be resolved? What did God do to show the Israelites who were his chosen leaders?
8. Amazingly what did the Israelites do even after the LORD’s wrath was shown toward those who rebelled against Moses and Aaron?
9. In which chapter did the LORD give instructions on who would be responsible for the Tabernacle?
10. When did Moses’ sister Miriam die? Where did she die? How did her place of death show that the Israelites had wandered for years in a circle?
11. Can you calculate how long the Israelites had been wandering when Miriam died? See Chapter 33:38.
12. In Chapter 20 the Israelites attacked Moses again by accusing him of leading them out of the Egypt to die of in the desert. This time Moses really lost his temper and the consequences were tragic. How did Moses disobey God?
13. How much did Moses’ disobedience to God cost him?
14. What was God’s penalty for Moses and Aaron for their disobedience?
15. When and where did Aaron die? How old was Aaron when he died?
16. Who became the new high priest upon the death of Aaron?
17. What did Moses ask the king of Edom? How did the king of Edom respond?
18. What were the names of the three kings that the Israelites defeated as they marched to the Promised Land?
19. Who were Balak and Balaam? What happened between them and how did it affect the Israelites?
20. What happened with Balaam’s donkey?
21. Why was it necessary to take another census of the eleven tribes before they went into the Promised Land of Canaan?
22. Although he would not be allowed to go into the Promised Land, in Chapter 27 God allowed Moses to go up on the mountain to see the Promised Land. How did this scene remind of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last sermon?
23. How was Joshua chosen as Moses’ successor? Why was Joshua chosen?
24. Why is Chapter 33 so important to our understanding of how long the Israelites wandered before going into the Promised Land?
25. What were Moses final instructions to the Israelites as they prepared to enter the Promised Land?
26. What was the inheritance of Levi? What was law of inheritance for the Israelite daughters who got married to men from other tribes? What would such a law be called today?

REFLECTIONS
Since Moses was such a faithful, humble and courageous servant of the LORD, and the greatest leader Israel ever had, how do you feel about the LORD not allowing him to enter the Promised Land?
What was so unique about how Joshua became the new leader of Israel compared to how leaders in the church are often chosen today?
FOR NEXT WEEK START READING TOMORROW
DEUTERONOMY CHAPTERS 1-27