What is a “grain offering of jealousy”? This was part of a ritual to determine the guilt or innocence of a woman accused of adultery (5:11–31). Oil and frankincense were not poured over this offering, as they were with other grain offerings. The lack of these elements showed that this was not a joyful occasion.
Symbols of holiness are found all throughout Numbers. The tabernacle objects that were farther from the presence of God in the Most Holy Place could be made of ordinary materials like bronze. Within the Most Holy Place, everything was overlaid with pure gold.
Guard duty. It was the Levites’ job to put to death anyone other than Aaron and his sons who attempted to enter the holy ground of the tabernacle. This included Israelites and not just outsiders. Only those whom God had chosen could be appointed to serve as priests.
The arrangement of the Israelites’ camp symbolized the Lord’s prominence. It was arranged in a square, with the east side of the camp considered the prime position. This pattern is still followed by tent-dwellers today in the Middle East. In a Bedouin camp the chieftain’s tent occupies a central position. The families are then assigned […]
Where do the events in Numbers take place? Chapters 1–9 take place near Mount Sinai. In chs. 10–12 the people travel to Kadesh, where they will spend the next 40 years (chs. 13–19). Next they journey toward Canaan (chs. 20–21), and in the final chapters of Numbers (22–36) they camp in the plains of Moab, […]