The Bible Book by Book
Name. It is named from the two enumerations of the people, at Sinai, Ch. 1. and at Moab, Ch. 26.

Connection with Former Books. Genesis tells of Creation, Exodus of redemption, Leviticus of worship and fellowship, and Numbers of service and work. In Leviticus Israel is assigned a lesson and in Numbers she is getting that lesson. In this book as in Exodus and Leviticus Moses is the central figure.

Central Thought. Service which involves journeying, which in turn implies walk as a secondary thought. All the types of the books bear upon this two-fold idea of service and walk.

Key-Phrase. "All that are able to go forth to war" occurs fourteen times in the first chapter. There was fighting ahead and all who could fight must muster in.

The History Covered is a period of a little more than thirty-eight years (Num. 1:1; Deut. 1:3) and is a record (1) of how Israel marched to the border of Canaan, (2) wandered thirty-eight years in the wilderness while the old nation died and a new nation was trained in obedience to God, (3) then returned to the border of the promised land.


I. The Preparation at Sinai, 1:1-10:10.

1. The number and arrangement of the tribes, Chs. 1-2.

2. The choice and assignment of the Levites, Chs. 3-4.

3. Laws for the purity of the camp, Chs. 5-6.

4. Laws concerning the offerings for worship, Chs. 7-8.

5. Laws concerning the passover and cloud, 9:1-14.

6. Signals for marching and assembling 9:15-10:10.

II. The Journey to Moab, 10:11-22:1.

1. From Sinai to Kadesh, 10:11-14 end.

2. From Kadesh to Kadesh (the wilderness wanderings), 19:1-20:21.

3. From Kadesh to Moab, 20:22-22:1.

III. The Sojourn at Moab, 22:2-36 end.

1. Balak and Balaam, 22:2-25 end.

2. The sum of the people, Ch. 26.

3. Joshua. Moses' successor, Ch. 27.

4. Feasts and offerings, Chs. 28-30.

5. Triumph over Midian, Ch. 31.

6. Two and half tribes given land east of Jordan, Ch. 32.

7. Wilderness journeys enumerated, Ch. 33.

8. Divisions of Canaan and the cities of Refuge, Chs. 34-36.

For Study and Discussion. (1) Make a list of the different times when God came to the relief of Israel, by providing guidance, protection, food, etc. and from them study God's wonderful resources in caring for his people. (2) Make a list of the different times and occasions when Israel or any individual sinned or rebelled against God or His leaders, and study the result in each case. (3) Make a list of the miracles of the book and give the facts about each. Show which were miracles of judgment and which were miracles of mercy. (4) The story of the spies and the results of the mistake made as seen in all the future history of Israel. (5) The story of Balak and Balaam. (6) God's punishment of disobedient and sinful nations. (7) Doubt as a source of complaint and discontent. (8) The types of Christ and Christian experience: (a) The Nazarite; (b) Aaron's Budding Rod, 17:8; Heb 9:4; (c) The Blue Ribband, 15:38; (d) The Red Heifer, 19:2; (e) The Brazen Serpent, 21:9; (f) The cities of refuge, 35:13.

For the Outline Study of the Bible by Books by J.B. TIDELL, A.M., D.D. Professor of Biblical Literature in Baylor University, Waco, Texas

1. The Census of Israel Totals 603,550, Exempting Levites

2. Arrangement of the Tribal Camps

3. Levites Designated as Priests

4. Duties of the Kohathites, Gershonites, Merahites

5. Purity of the Camp; the Adultery Test

6. The Vow of the Nazirite and the Priestly Blessing

7. Offerings at the Tabernacle Dedication

8. The Seven Lamps; Levites Set Apart; Retirement at Fifty

9. The Passover and Cloud above the Tabernacle

10. The Silver Trumpets; Israelites Leave Sinai

11. Complaints of the People and Moses; Quail from the Lord; Plague

12. Miriam and Aaron Complain against Moses

13. The Twelve Spies Explore and Report on Canaan

14. The People Rebel; Moses Pleads; Pardon and Rebuke

15. More Offerings; Sabbath-Breaker Stoned; Tassels on Garments

16. Rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram

17. Aaron's Staff Buds

18. Duties and Offerings for Priests

19. The Red Heifer and Water of Cleansing

20. The Water of Meribah; Edom Denies Passage; Deaths of Miriam and Aaron

21. Defeats of Arad, Sihon and Og; The Bronze Snake

22. Balak Sends for Balaam; Balaam and the Angel

23. The Prophecies of Balaam

24. The Prophecy from Peor

25. Israelites Sin in Moab; Phinehas Intervenes

26. The Second Census Totals 601,730

27. The Daughters of Zelophehad; Joshua to Succeed Moses

28. Daily, Sabbath and Monthly Offerings; Passover and Feast of Weeks

29. Offerings of the Seventh Month

30. The Law of Vows

31. The Slaughter of the Midianites and Division of the Spoils

32. Reubenites and Gadites Settle in Gilead

33. Summary of Israel's Journey

34. Borders of Canaan

35. Designation of Cities for the Levites and Refuge

36. Zelophehad's Daughters Marry

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