February 25, 2021

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Numbers 26–30

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Census of the New Generation

After the plague, the LORD said to Moses and to Eleazar the son of Aaron, the priest, “Take a census of all the congregation of the people of Israel, from twenty years old...

Census of the New Generation

After the plague, the LORD said to Moses and to Eleazar the son of Aaron, the priest, “Take a census of all the congregation of the people of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, by their fathers’ houses, all in Israel who are able to go to war.” And Moses and Eleazar the priest spoke with them in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying, “Take a census of the people,1 from twenty years old and upward,” as the LORD commanded Moses. The people of Israel who came out of the land of Egypt were:

Reuben, the firstborn of Israel; the sons of Reuben: of Hanoch, the clan of the Hanochites; of Pallu, the clan of the Palluites; of Hezron, the clan of the Hezronites; of Carmi, the clan of the Carmites. These are the clans of the Reubenites, and those listed were 43,730. And the sons of Pallu: Eliab. The sons of Eliab: Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram. These are the Dathan and Abiram, chosen from the congregation, who contended against Moses and Aaron in the company of Korah, when they contended against the LORD 10 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died, when the fire devoured 250 men, and they became a warning. 11 But the sons of Korah did not die.

12 The sons of Simeon according to their clans: of Nemuel, the clan of the Nemuelites; of Jamin, the clan of the Jaminites; of Jachin, the clan of the Jachinites; 13 of Zerah, the clan of the Zerahites; of Shaul, the clan of the Shaulites. 14 These are the clans of the Simeonites, 22,200.

15 The sons of Gad according to their clans: of Zephon, the clan of the Zephonites; of Haggi, the clan of the Haggites; of Shuni, the clan of the Shunites; 16 of Ozni, the clan of the Oznites; of Eri, the clan of the Erites; 17 of Arod, the clan of the Arodites; of Areli, the clan of the Arelites. 18 These are the clans of the sons of Gad as they were listed, 40,500.

19 The sons of Judah were Er and Onan; and Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. 20 And the sons of Judah according to their clans were: of Shelah, the clan of the Shelanites; of Perez, the clan of the Perezites; of Zerah, the clan of the Zerahites. 21 And the sons of Perez were: of Hezron, the clan of the Hezronites; of Hamul, the clan of the Hamulites. 22 These are the clans of Judah as they were listed, 76,500.

23 The sons of Issachar according to their clans: of Tola, the clan of the Tolaites; of Puvah, the clan of the Punites; 24 of Jashub, the clan of the Jashubites; of Shimron, the clan of the Shimronites. 25 These are the clans of Issachar as they were listed, 64,300.

26 The sons of Zebulun, according to their clans: of Sered, the clan of the Seredites; of Elon, the clan of the Elonites; of Jahleel, the clan of the Jahleelites. 27 These are the clans of the Zebulunites as they were listed, 60,500.

28 The sons of Joseph according to their clans: Manasseh and Ephraim. 29 The sons of Manasseh: of Machir, the clan of the Machirites; and Machir was the father of Gilead; of Gilead, the clan of the Gileadites. 30 These are the sons of Gilead: of Iezer, the clan of the Iezerites; of Helek, the clan of the Helekites; 31 and of Asriel, the clan of the Asrielites; and of Shechem, the clan of the Shechemites; 32 and of Shemida, the clan of the Shemidaites; and of Hepher, the clan of the Hepherites. 33 Now Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters. And the names of the daughters of Zelophehad were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 34 These are the clans of Manasseh, and those listed were 52,700.

35 These are the sons of Ephraim according to their clans: of Shuthelah, the clan of the Shuthelahites; of Becher, the clan of the Becherites; of Tahan, the clan of the Tahanites. 36 And these are the sons of Shuthelah: of Eran, the clan of the Eranites. 37 These are the clans of the sons of Ephraim as they were listed, 32,500. These are the sons of Joseph according to their clans.

38 The sons of Benjamin according to their clans: of Bela, the clan of the Belaites; of Ashbel, the clan of the Ashbelites; of Ahiram, the clan of the Ahiramites; 39 of Shephupham, the clan of the Shuphamites; of Hupham, the clan of the Huphamites. 40 And the sons of Bela were Ard and Naaman: of Ard, the clan of the Ardites; of Naaman, the clan of the Naamites. 41 These are the sons of Benjamin according to their clans, and those listed were 45,600.

42 These are the sons of Dan according to their clans: of Shuham, the clan of the Shuhamites. These are the clans of Dan according to their clans. 43 All the clans of the Shuhamites, as they were listed, were 64,400.

44 The sons of Asher according to their clans: of Imnah, the clan of the Imnites; of Ishvi, the clan of the Ishvites; of Beriah, the clan of the Beriites. 45 Of the sons of Beriah: of Heber, the clan of the Heberites; of Malchiel, the clan of the Malchielites. 46 And the name of the daughter of Asher was Serah. 47 These are the clans of the sons of Asher as they were listed, 53,400.

48 The sons of Naphtali according to their clans: of Jahzeel, the clan of the Jahzeelites; of Guni, the clan of the Gunites; 49 of Jezer, the clan of the Jezerites; of Shillem, the clan of the Shillemites. 50 These are the clans of Naphtali according to their clans, and those listed were 45,400.

51 This was the list of the people of Israel, 601,730.

52 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 53 “Among these the land shall be divided for inheritance according to the number of names. 54 To a large tribe you shall give a large inheritance, and to a small tribe you shall give a small inheritance; every tribe shall be given its inheritance in proportion to its list. 55 But the land shall be divided by lot. According to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit. 56 Their inheritance shall be divided according to lot between the larger and the smaller.”

57 This was the list of the Levites according to their clans: of Gershon, the clan of the Gershonites; of Kohath, the clan of the Kohathites; of Merari, the clan of the Merarites. 58 These are the clans of Levi: the clan of the Libnites, the clan of the Hebronites, the clan of the Mahlites, the clan of the Mushites, the clan of the Korahites. And Kohath was the father of Amram. 59 The name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed the daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi in Egypt. And she bore to Amram Aaron and Moses and Miriam their sister. 60 And to Aaron were born Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 61 But Nadab and Abihu died when they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD. 62 And those listed were 23,000, every male from a month old and upward. For they were not listed among the people of Israel, because there was no inheritance given to them among the people of Israel.

63 These were those listed by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who listed the people of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho. 64 But among these there was not one of those listed by Moses and Aaron the priest, who had listed the people of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai. 65 For the LORD had said of them, “They shall die in the wilderness.” Not one of them was left, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.

The Daughters of Zelophehad

Then drew near the daughters of Zelophehad the son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, from the clans of Manasseh the son of Joseph. The names of his daughters were: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. And they stood before Moses and before Eleazar the priest and before the chiefs and all the congregation, at the entrance of the tent of meeting, saying, “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah, but died for his own sin. And he had no sons. Why should the name of our father be taken away from his clan because he had no son? Give to us a possession among our father’s brothers.”

Moses brought their case before the LORD. And the LORD said to Moses, “The daughters of Zelophehad are right. You shall give them possession of an inheritance among their father’s brothers and transfer the inheritance of their father to them. And you shall speak to the people of Israel, saying, ‘If a man dies and has no son, then you shall transfer his inheritance to his daughter. And if he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 And if he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father’s brothers. 11 And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to the nearest kinsman of his clan, and he shall possess it. And it shall be for the people of Israel a statute and rule, as the LORD commanded Moses.’”

Joshua to Succeed Moses

12 The LORD said to Moses, “Go up into this mountain of Abarim and see the land that I have given to the people of Israel. 13 When you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, 14 because you rebelled against my word in the wilderness of Zin when the congregation quarreled, failing to uphold me as holy at the waters before their eyes.” (These are the waters of Meribah of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.) 15 Moses spoke to the LORD, saying, 16 “Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation 17 who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the LORD may not be as sheep that have no shepherd.” 18 So the LORD said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him. 19 Make him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation, and you shall commission him in their sight. 20 You shall invest him with some of your authority, that all the congregation of the people of Israel may obey. 21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the LORD. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he and all the people of Israel with him, the whole congregation.” 22 And Moses did as the LORD commanded him. He took Joshua and made him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation, 23 and he laid his hands on him and commissioned him as the LORD directed through Moses.

Daily Offerings

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the people of Israel and say to them, ‘My offering, my food for my food offerings, my pleasing aroma, you shall be careful to offer to me at its appointed time.’ And you shall say to them, This is the food offering that you shall offer to the LORD: two male lambs a year old without blemish, day by day, as a regular offering. The one lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight; also a tenth of an ephah2 of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with a quarter of a hin3 of beaten oil. It is a regular burnt offering, which was ordained at Mount Sinai for a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the LORD. Its drink offering shall be a quarter of a hin for each lamb. In the Holy Place you shall pour out a drink offering of strong drink to the LORD. The other lamb you shall offer at twilight. Like the grain offering of the morning, and like its drink offering, you shall offer it as a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

Sabbath Offerings

“On the Sabbath day, two male lambs a year old without blemish, and two tenths of an ephah of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with oil, and its drink offering: 10 this is the burnt offering of every Sabbath, besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.

Monthly Offerings

11 “At the beginnings of your months, you shall offer a burnt offering to the LORD: two bulls from the herd, one ram, seven male lambs a year old without blemish; 12 also three tenths of an ephah of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with oil, for each bull, and two tenths of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with oil, for the one ram; 13 and a tenth of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering for every lamb; for a burnt offering with a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the LORD. 14 Their drink offerings shall be half a hin of wine for a bull, a third of a hin for a ram, and a quarter of a hin for a lamb. This is the burnt offering of each month throughout the months of the year. 15 Also one male goat for a sin offering to the LORD; it shall be offered besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.

Passover Offerings

16 “On the fourteenth day of the first month is the LORD’s Passover, 17 and on the fifteenth day of this month is a feast. Seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten. 18 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work, 19 but offer a food offering, a burnt offering to the LORD: two bulls from the herd, one ram, and seven male lambs a year old; see that they are without blemish; 20 also their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil; three tenths of an ephah shall you offer for a bull, and two tenths for a ram; 21 a tenth shall you offer for each of the seven lambs; 22 also one male goat for a sin offering, to make atonement for you. 23 You shall offer these besides the burnt offering of the morning, which is for a regular burnt offering. 24 In the same way you shall offer daily, for seven days, the food of a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD. It shall be offered besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering. 25 And on the seventh day you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work.

Offerings for the Feast of Weeks

26 “On the day of the firstfruits, when you offer a grain offering of new grain to the LORD at your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work, 27 but offer a burnt offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD: two bulls from the herd, one ram, seven male lambs a year old; 28 also their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah for each bull, two tenths for one ram, 29 a tenth for each of the seven lambs; 30 with one male goat, to make atonement for you. 31 Besides the regular burnt offering and its grain offering, you shall offer them and their drink offering. See that they are without blemish.

Offerings for the Feast of Trumpets

“On the first day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work. It is a day for you to blow the trumpets, and you shall offer a burnt offering, for a pleasing aroma to the LORD: one bull from the herd, one ram, seven male lambs a year old without blemish; also their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah4 for the bull, two tenths for the ram, and one tenth for each of the seven lambs; with one male goat for a sin offering, to make atonement for you; besides the burnt offering of the new moon, and its grain offering, and the regular burnt offering and its grain offering, and their drink offering, according to the rule for them, for a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the LORD.

Offerings for the Day of Atonement

“On the tenth day of this seventh month you shall have a holy convocation and afflict yourselves.5 You shall do no work, but you shall offer a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma: one bull from the herd, one ram, seven male lambs a year old: see that they are without blemish. And their grain offering shall be of fine flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah for the bull, two tenths for the one ram, 10 a tenth for each of the seven lambs: 11 also one male goat for a sin offering, besides the sin offering of atonement, and the regular burnt offering and its grain offering, and their drink offerings.

Offerings for the Feast of Booths

12 “On the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work, and you shall keep a feast to the LORD seven days. 13 And you shall offer a burnt offering, a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD, thirteen bulls from the herd, two rams, fourteen male lambs a year old; they shall be without blemish; 14 and their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah for each of the thirteen bulls, two tenths for each of the two rams, 15 and a tenth for each of the fourteen lambs; 16 also one male goat for a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering and its drink offering.

17 “On the second day twelve bulls from the herd, two rams, fourteen male lambs a year old without blemish, 18 with the grain offering and the drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, in the prescribed quantities; 19 also one male goat for a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering and its grain offering, and their drink offerings.

20 “On the third day eleven bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs a year old without blemish, 21 with the grain offering and the drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, in the prescribed quantities; 22 also one male goat for a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering and its grain offering and its drink offering.

23 “On the fourth day ten bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs a year old without blemish, 24 with the grain offering and the drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, in the prescribed quantities; 25 also one male goat for a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering and its drink offering.

26 “On the fifth day nine bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs a year old without blemish, 27 with the grain offering and the drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, in the prescribed quantities; 28 also one male goat for a sin offering; besides the regular burnt offering and its grain offering and its drink offering.

29 “On the sixth day eight bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs a year old without blemish, 30 with the grain offering and the drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, in the prescribed quantities; 31 also one male goat for a sin offering; besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offerings.

32 “On the seventh day seven bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs a year old without blemish, 33 with the grain offering and the drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, in the prescribed quantities; 34 also one male goat for a sin offering; besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.

35 “On the eighth day you shall have a solemn assembly. You shall not do any ordinary work, 36 but you shall offer a burnt offering, a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD: one bull, one ram, seven male lambs a year old without blemish, 37 and the grain offering and the drink offerings for the bull, for the ram, and for the lambs, in the prescribed quantities; 38 also one male goat for a sin offering; besides the regular burnt offering and its grain offering and its drink offering.

39 “These you shall offer to the LORD at your appointed feasts, in addition to your vow offerings and your freewill offerings, for your burnt offerings, and for your grain offerings, and for your drink offerings, and for your peace offerings.”

40 6 So Moses told the people of Israel everything just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Men and Vows

Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the people of Israel, saying, “This is what the LORD has commanded. If a man vows a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

Women and Vows

“If a woman vows a vow to the LORD and binds herself by a pledge, while within her father’s house in her youth, and her father hears of her vow and of her pledge by which she has bound herself and says nothing to her, then all her vows shall stand, and every pledge by which she has bound herself shall stand. But if her father opposes her on the day that he hears of it, no vow of hers, no pledge by which she has bound herself shall stand. And the LORD will forgive her, because her father opposed her.

“If she marries a husband, while under her vows or any thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she has bound herself, and her husband hears of it and says nothing to her on the day that he hears, then her vows shall stand, and her pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand. But if, on the day that her husband comes to hear of it, he opposes her, then he makes void her vow that was on her, and the thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she bound herself. And the LORD will forgive her. (But any vow of a widow or of a divorced woman, anything by which she has bound herself, shall stand against her.) 10 And if she vowed in her husband’s house or bound herself by a pledge with an oath, 11 and her husband heard of it and said nothing to her and did not oppose her, then all her vows shall stand, and every pledge by which she bound herself shall stand. 12 But if her husband makes them null and void on the day that he hears them, then whatever proceeds out of her lips concerning her vows or concerning her pledge of herself shall not stand. Her husband has made them void, and the LORD will forgive her. 13 Any vow and any binding oath to afflict herself,7 her husband may establish,8 or her husband may make void. 14 But if her husband says nothing to her from day to day, then he establishes all her vows or all her pledges that are upon her. He has established them, because he said nothing to her on the day that he heard of them. 15 But if he makes them null and void after he has heard of them, then he shall bear her iniquity.”

16 These are the statutes that the LORD commanded Moses about a man and his wife and about a father and his daughter while she is in her youth within her father’s house.

Footnotes

[1] 26:4 Take a census of the people is implied (compare verse 2)
[2] 28:5 An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters
[3] 28:5 A hin was about 4 quarts or 3.5 liters
[4] 29:3 An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters
[5] 29:7 Or and fast
[6] 29:40 Ch 30:1 in Hebrew
[7] 30:13 Or to fast
[8] 30:13 Or may allow to stand

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Key Verse | Numbers 30:2

If a man vows a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. 

Bio | Emma Dotter

Hello, friends! My name is Emma Dotter, and I serve on staff here at Watermark as the Young Adult Resources Coordinator. But when I'm not at Watermark, you can find me camped out at a local coffee shop, writing curricula and Bible studies with a large vanilla latte in hand. I'm pretty much down for anything, anytime and will never say no to a dare or a new Adidas sweatshirt. 

Central Truth

God remains faithful even when we aren't. 

Devotional | Numbers 26–30

Whenever we read passages like Numbers 26-30, it can start to feel like we're reading something the teacher from Charlie Brown wrote. You know, when Lucy falls asleep in class?

While we'll never know...

Whenever we read passages like Numbers 26-30, it can start to feel like we're reading something the teacher from Charlie Brown wrote. You know, when Lucy falls asleep in class?

While we'll never know what the teacher from Charlie Brown was actually saying, one thing is true: God doesn't waste His words. So whenever we find ourselves dozing off, we have to ask why the words on the page aren't wasted—why shouldn't we just skip over them?

Numbers 26 is like a quick pulse check. It's kind of like God is saying to Moses, "Hey, you just got over that plague. How are the guys doing?" And then we get a list . . . a rather long one at that.

At first it seems like just another long list of (you guessed it) numbers! But if we skimmed right over it, we'd miss two important details. That list highlights two specific stories: The sins of Korah (Numbers 16:1-35; 26:9-11) and the sins of Er and Onan (Genesis 38:1-10; Numbers 26:19). In the midst of a long list of numbers, we get some seemingly out-of-place references to some of Israel's lowest moments. 

Back in Genesis 12, 15, and 17, God promised Abraham three things: land, grandkids, and blessing. He basically said, "Hey, Abe. I'm going to give you a ton of descendants. I'm going to give you a specific area of land. It'll be a great place for your great-great-great-great grandchildren to live." So then we fast forward to Numbers 26. Abraham's great-great-(a lot of greats)-grandchildren have definitely messed up. AND YET, God has still multiplied them (as He said He would). Their numbers are many—and in the midst of the reminder that God's promises haven't failed, we're reminded that Israel has. 

Israel will continue to fail, but God will continue to be faithful. Sometimes we need to take the time to read carefully and be reminded of that reality. When life gets busy (or the chapter seems too long), we miss the details God wants us to take note of. 

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Discussion Questions

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2. Where in your life do you need to slow down and be reminded of God's faithfulness? 

3. The beauty of the gospel is that God delights in saving broken failures. Just like Israel, we fail over and over. Whom can you share your personal story of grace with today? 

12 Comments available

Sue Bohlin 2 months ago

Thanks, Emma!

I’m God’s Party Girl. I loved loved loved that God commanded to people to PARTY HARD several times a year! He knew that celebrating together is important, and His gift to us. I just love that!

Looking forward to the Really Big Celebration at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb!

Linda Green 2 months ago

Emma, loved your extra thoughts about women in the comments! We are all created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27) and are valuable to Him.

You didn’t mention submission in marriage, but that is a personal struggle for me. I love Tony Evans’ definition of submission. Roughly quoting him, he said he knew women didn’t like the idea. But ladies, he said, “Submission is: you duck, so God can hit your husband!”

Thought of him with Numbers 30:15! It says if a wife made a legitimate vow to God and her husband made her break it, the sin fell on him, not her.

Praying I could see things the way God does- would be easier to obey.

emma dotter 2 months ago

(3/3) For this passage specifically, I’d remember that women had a pretty low “rank” in society, so even the fact that they could go to Moses in the first place (nevertheless actually receive the inheritance) further supports the idea that God is pro-women. And, even the men had to go to Moses too, it wasn’t just the girls. Moses went on behalf of all of the people to the Lord—not just on behalf of the women.

Keep asking good questions, my friend!

emma dotter 2 months ago

(2/3) As you continue to faithfully walk alongside your friend, I’d remind her to make sure to look at how believers, and, ultimately, God respond to these injustices! One thing that really helped me wrap my mind around how the God of the Bible views women was when I first studied Jesus’ lineage and interactions with women! Rahab, a prostitute, is in his family tree! And when Jesus stepped on the scene, his interactions with women, like letting them learn, were REVOLUTIONARY and so counter cultural!

emma dotter 2 months ago

(1/3)Hey Peyton,

GREAT question! When we read the Old Testament we see multiple examples of sin leading to, really, what’d we’d all agree is a tragically appalling treatment of women (2 Sam 13, Gen. 34, Judges 19-20, etc.) But here’s the thing: The broken world oppresses women, and broken people oppress women, but the Bible (and the God of it) doesn’t—nor does he take pleasure in the poor treatment of us. It hurts his heart (Ps. 5:4).

So when we read our Bibles, we have to remember that the stories we read are written by God through broken people, to broken people, who are all trying to navigate a broken world (just like us!). These stories are descriptive, not prescriptive. They aren’t instructing readers to oppress women, but are acknowledging a real reality of living in a sinful world.

Michael Scaman 2 months ago

The first legal challenge in the Bible and a successful one at that. The Daughters of Zelophehad approach Moses over property rights and God says the gals are correct and they should inherit if there are no brothers.

This law will be further refined as another person prevails in a claim that such ‘brotherless’ gals must marry in their tribe to keep the land inheritance from moving to other tribes.

Peyton Martin 2 months ago

Voided**

Michael Scaman 2 months ago

A father or husband gets to set aside a daughter or wife promise but only on the day he hears of it.

I wonder if this came into play in Samuel being promised where his mom says he will be dedicated to God (and probably a Nazarite for life). Her husband would have to veto the promise the day he heard, speaking or forever holding his peace.

Linda Green 2 months ago

Loved your central truth, Emma; His faithfulness does not depend on me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rwk3Fe_458

Love the pockets of mercy in the hard truths of God’s word. This second census said it was time for the next generation to claim God’s promises.

Numbers 26:11- the sons of Korah did not die for their dad’s horrible rebellion, but God even preserved their words of praise to Him- Psalm 84:1-12 is a favorite.

Numbers 27:7- Zelophad’s five daughters asked for and were given their father’s share of land, though they had no male heirs. And God gave this as a rule, not a one-time thing. Hope Jane Austen knew about this!

Numbers 27:16-18 God chose Joshua, who I’m thinking must have been an unlikely person to fulfill the role, since Moses doesn’t seem to consider him. Joshua 1:9 is God, Joshua 1:18 are the people.

Like Hugh, am so thankful for God’s mercy!

Peyton Martin 2 months ago

Hi emma! Thank you for this reminder that all of Gods word is important. I often find myself not reading the Old Testament unless it was a ‘bible story’ I knew of… but I was missing out!

I do have a question. A lot of times my friends cite not believing because the Bible seems to oppress women. I saw in this verse that God makes the daughters an inheritance, but at the end woman’s wishes are voiced by the man. How can I explain this to my friends that God is always righteous?

Greg Jones 2 months ago

Number25 census allotment of land, post plague, by Yahweh’s direction.

2Samuel24 another census, prior to a plague, by Yahweh’s direction.

Just me, reading the account of the census beginning to end feels singing “99 bottles of beer on the wall.” The offerings and festivals feel like the live uncut album version of “the 12 days of Christmas”. Its a sin I’ve confessed.

Because 2Samuel23 begins this way:

Because it’s added after 2Samuel23 “David’s last words” 2Samuel24 feels sort of like graffiti, a message tagged to a wall.

The Chronicler includes David’s census(1Chronicles21)but shifts, “Israelites incited Yahweh” to “Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.”

From Numbers Yahweh,Joshua,Caleb,Israelites, to 1Samuel23,Yahweh,David,David’s men, same general Yahweh/people “feel”

1Samuel23 to 1Samuel24 David misunderstands Yahweh, that’s different.

1Chronicles21 communicating a major shift of view in the Israelite relationship with Yahweh.

Hugh Stephenson 3 months ago

GM Emma! Love the link back to Ur, Onan and Korah.

Among the greatest joys in my journey has been to more fully understand the nature and character of God. Linking to Tozer and Lewis; https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/tozer-vs-lewis-whats-the-most-important-thing-about-us/

Awhile back I was talking to a devout and Godly friend. He asked me what the rest of my Sunday looked like. I ran down the usual list. I asked him the same. He got quiet and seemed to look far off. He said, “I am going to spend the afternoon thinking about the mercy of God”.

Drop the mic.

Justice is getting what I deserve.

Mercy is not getting what I deserve.

Grace is getting what I don’t deserve.

In Numbers 26:64-65 we see that only Caleb and Joshua saw the Promised Land. 603,550 start out. Two make it. 2/603550 = 0.0003314%

They knew God, trusted and were obedient.

Great example.

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