Numbers 26-27

5 more days (counting today) and we are done with Numbers already.

Chapter 26:

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A new census is necessary because the generation counted in Chapter 1 is now gone.  Well, except Joshua and Caleb.  H.W.- why are Joshua and Caleb the only 2 that are on both Census? Write in comments without looking at another answer. 

64 Not one of them was among those counted by Moses and Aaron the priest when they counted the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai. 65 For the Lord had told those Israelites they would surely die in the wilderness, and not one of them was left except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.

The census is after the plague which reduced the number by 24,000.  The census was only slightly down from the earlier census.  This census incluses a few notes about the past such as:

The son of Pallu was Eliab, and the sons of Eliab were Nemuel, Dathan and Abiram. The same Dathan and Abiram were the community officials who rebelled against Moses and Aaron and were among Korah’s followers when they rebelled against the Lord. 10 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them along with Korah, whose followers died when the fire devoured the 250 men. And they served as a warning sign. 11 The line of Korah, however, did not die out.

I want you to stop and think about how awesome it is to read that scripture about Korah and recall “If I opened my Bible 3 months ago and read that would I have a clue what it was talking about”  And here you are!  Anyway, Korah’s line did not die out, actually, they become the author of 11 Psalms.

Zelophehad- I love these women.  I think if I was in a woman in the OT, they would be my second choice.  (Deborah the Judge is by far my first)

Moses named a successor: The last 4 paragraphs.  Click here for a reread.

Para 1- A great reminder to honor God.  The story I talked about the other day (the one where I cursed like a truck driver and threw my Bible because I thought it was unfair), is now one of my favorites.  Read John 15:4

Para 2-Rather than argue about politics,  wouldn’t it be great if we just quietly prayed paragraph 2.

Para 3- Super cool.  Joshua and Eleazar are going to be like Batman and Robin.  (Sorry, I am feeling crazy, one of my daughters has a Sweet 16 party tonight!!!) Verse 21:

21 He is to stand before Eleazar the priest, who will obtain decisions for him by inquiring of the Urim before the Lord. At his command he and the entire community of the Israelites will go out, and at his command they will come in.”

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So who is in charge??  God is.  Eleazar will use the Urim and Thummim and tell Joshua the decisions the Lord makes.  If you jumped in and out of the read-through and do not know what these are just put a note in comments and we will cover.

Para 4…..and Moses did as God commanded. ❤


8 thoughts on “Numbers 26-27

  1. Reading the end of chapter 27 gives me a lump in my throat for Moses. His humility and obedience to God inspires me. I am amazed that there is no mention of him complaining that he won’t enter the promised land, yet he has concern and care for who the next leader will be.

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  2. Joshua and Caleb being the only two who get to go into the Promised Land because they were the only 2 of the spies who believed it could be done and encouraged the whole crowd to believe and trust God–good reminder that when we stand for the Lord it may not always be well received but God rewards obedience and faith and eventually we will experience what a stand for faith can do…happy sweet 16 to Charlie!!! another driver in the family so Trish will be in even more prayer …

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  3. Joshua and Caleb were the only 2 out of the 10 spies that entered into the land and came back and said..lets go!! the other 8 said..No go!…the peopled voted and it was a no go! they wondered and all died but them.

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  4. Will you revisit what the Urim and Thummim are? I’ve been here since day 1 but get confused sometimes!
    Also- I’ve loved this! Thank you for teaching us so well.


    1. Here is a better description than mine.
      The High priest would consult these like a magic eight ball (but they were stones, like dice), but God controlled the answer so it was always correct. As we keep reading you will hear the term “cast lots”, that means that God gave the answers to the question. The blog post was Exodus 28-29


  5. Joshua and Caleb are on both census because when they went to spy out the land of Canaan they were the only two that wanted to go and take possession of the land.

    And I love how you pointed out that we should pray Numbers 27:15 instead of arguing about politics! I totally agree!

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