Consequences of Rebellion – Numbers

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Pastor Scott L. Harris

Grace Bible Church, NY

November 4, 2007

Consequences of Rebellion

The Book of Numbers

 

Introduction

 

Over the last couple of weeks we have examined the book of Leviticus and the
laws God gave to the sons of Israel concerning sacrifices, ceremonial purity and
the moral standards by which they were to live. God was now dwelling in the
Tabernacle in the midst of their camp. This placed the sons of Israel in danger
of being destroyed if they did not approach the Lord properly or lived in a
manner of continuing sin. The sacrificial system and purity laws allowed them to
approach the Lord properly, and the morality laws defined for them God’s
standards for their behavior as well as the penalties for various sins. God is
loving, merciful, kind, gracious, patient and longsuffering, but He is also
holy, righteous and just. Sin cannot continue in His presence without His
judgement coming upon the unrepentant sinner. That is still true today. (See:

The Sacrificial System
and

God’s Moral Standards
)

When Moses had presented God’s laws to the people they had said, “All that
the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient!”
(Exodus 19:8;
24:3,7). Those words would ring in their ears when they failed to keep them. The
book of Numbers records incident after incident of the people continuing to
grumble, complain and rebel against the Lord. There would be consequences for
their willful and continued sin, yet even in the God’s judgements we will see
that there was also mercy and grace extended. It seems that people want to
believe that God is either one extreme or the other – either all judgement and
wrath or all love and forgiveness. The reality is that His character is made up
of all those attributes and always applied in perfect righteousness and justice.
His love, mercy, grace, forgiveness as well as his righteousness, justice and
judgement are always in perfect balance and harmony with each other. Perfect
love demands perfect justice to accompany it.

 

Overview

 

The book of Numbers is broken down into three basic sections. The first 22
chapters cover a period of nearly 39 years as the generation that came out of
Egypt is replaced by their children who will go into the promised land. The
second section covers the prophecies of Balaam which confirmed that the
descendants of Israel were a people that God would bless because of the Lord’s
promises made to their foregathers. The third section is the preparation of that
second generation for entering into the promised land.

The first section of the book begins with a census of those that came out of
Egypt. The third section of the book begins with a census of their children in
preparation for entering the lands God had promised to them. These censuses are
the reason the book was given the title, “Numbers.” A comparison of the two
censuses shows that after 40 years in the wildernesses, though there was
variation within the various tribes from a gain of 64% to a loss of 62%, the
total change in population was only a loss of 0.3 %. That is a demonstration of
God’s faithfulness to them.

The second chapter of Numbers gives the arrangement of the camp which is as
follows.

On the East side of the Tabernacle, the side of the entrance, were the
families of Moses and Aaron and then the tribe of Judah with the tribes of
Zebulun and Issachar on either side. On the North side were the families of
Merari and then the tribe of Asher with the tribes of Dan and Naphtali on either
side. On the South side were the families of Gershon and then the tribe of
Manasseh with the tribes Ephraim and Benajmin on either side. On the West side
were the families of Kohath and then the tribe of Simeon with the tribes of
Reuben and Gad on either side. (See illustration below).

When the camp would set out to move they would be in the following order.
Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Reuben, Simeon, Gad. These would have been a total
army of 388,750 fighting men. After them would come the camp of the Levites with
tabernacle and all of its objects and implements. They would be followed by
Ephraim, Manasseh, Benjamin, Dan, Asher and Naphatali with a total army of
265,700 fighting men in that group. (See Illustration below).

Numbers 3 & 4 also explain the duties of the Levites. Aaron and his sons
would serve as the high priests and minister inside the Tent of Meeting. When
the camp was to move they were responsible to take down and set up the Tent of
Meeting, and they had to carefully wrap all the objects and utensils used in it
for anyone else that touched them would die. After everything had been wrapped,
the Kohathites were responsible for moving it and everything in it. These were
all holy objects and so had to be carried on their shoulders. The Gershonites
were responsible for the all curtains for both the court of the Tabernacle and
the Tent of Meeting itself. The Merarites were responsible for boards of the
tabernacle along with their pillars and sockets and also for the pillars and
sockets for the court along with their pegs and cords.The Gershonites had two ox
carts and the Merarites had four ox carts to help transport all of the things
for which they were responsible. In the years to come these would be used a lot
as they traveled from place to place.

The book of Numbers also contains laws concerning defilement (Numbers 5:1-1),
a law and test for dealing with a jealous husband (Numbers 5:12-31), the laws
concerning Nazirites, (these were people who made special vows of dedication to
the Lord – Numbers 6:1-21), the details of the offerings made for the dedication
of the Tabernacle (Numbers 7:1-89), and the cleansing of the Levites for service
(Numbers 8:5-26). By the fourteenth of that month the Tabernacle had been
dedicated and they celebrated their first Passover in the wilderness. The rest
of the book of Numbers chronicles some of the events that occurred while they
were traveling in the wilderness. When the cloud of God’s presence over the
Tabernacle would move, they would move to where the cloud would lead. When the
cloud remained over the Tabernacle, they would stay in camp. At night the cloud
would have the appearance of fire. That was the way God led them all the years
they were in the wilderness.

 

Wilderness Wanderings

 

To TaberahNumbers 10:11-11:3

After staying at Sinai for 11 months they resumed their journey. It was now
the 20th day of the 2nd month of the 2nd year
since leaving Egypt. They formed in the order the Lord had directed them and set
out. Then it came about when the ark set out that Moses said, “Rise up, O
Lord! And let Thine enemies be scattered, And let those who hate Thee flee
before Thee.” And when it came to rest, he said, “Return Thou, O Lord, To the
myriad thousands of Israel”
(Numbers 10:35-36).

After three days journey they came to a place of rest, but the people “became
like those who complain of adversity” and the grumbling that had existed before
they arrived at Sinai resumed. This kindled the anger of the Lord and He sent
fire among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp until the people
cried out and Moses interceded. So they named that place Taberah (burning)
because of it.

To Kibroth-hattaavah (Numbers 11:4-35)

After this they traveled a little farther, but the complaints arose again.
This time the greedy among them wept saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? 5
“We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the
melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, 6 but now our appetite is
gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna.”
This again
kindled the anger of the Lord and it also got to Moses who became despondent for
he clearly recognized that he could not satisfy these people. He in turn brought
his own complaint to the Lord which was basically that it was too much of a
burden upon him and he could not provide the meat the people were demanding. He
then said to the Lord, “So if Thou art going to deal thus with me, please
kill me at once, if I have found favor in Thy sight, and do not let me see my
wretchedness”
(Numbers 11:15). At the heart of Moses’ complaint was the
recognition of his own inadequacies and not that the Lord had done something
wrong.

The Lord directed Moses to first gather 70 of the elders of the people to the
Tent of Meeting. God would place His spirit upon them so that they would share
the burden with Moses. Next, Moses was to have the people consecrate themselves
for the Lord had heard their complaints and was going to give them meat.
However, the Lord said that it would be for “a whole month, until it comes
out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you; because you have rejected the
Lord who is among you and have wept before Him, saying, “Why did we ever leave
Egypt?”
(Numbers 11:20). This surprised Moses because he did not know how
such a thing could be done. The Lord reminded Moses that the Lord’s power was
not limited (vs. 21-22).

An insight into Moses character is seen in Numbers 11:24-30. After the elders
had gathered at the Tent of Meeting the Lord placed His spirit upon them and
each of them prophesied. However, two of the elders had remained in camp and
they also prophesied. Joshua found out about it and came and told Moses that
Eldad and Medad were prophesying in the camp and he asked Moses to restrain
them. Moses’ answer reveals his humility. Moses said to him, “Are you jealous
for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would
put His Spirit upon them!”
Moses’ interest was the glory of the Lord and not
his own prestige. That characteristic is still the way to distinguish a truly
godly leader from everyone else.

The Lord did provide meat. He sent a wind that brought quail that dropped
around the camp for a distance of about a days journey and about 3 feet deep.
The people then spent the next couple of days just gathering the quail. Even
those who gathered the least had 60 bushels. However, Numbers 11:33,34 tells us
While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of
the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a
very severe plague. So the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah,

(which means “graves of the greedy”) because there they buried the people who
had been greedy
.

To Hazeroth – (Numbers 11:35-16)

After this they moved to Hazeroth where Miriam and Aaron began to murmur
against Moses. The cause of it was their bias against Moses’ wife who was a
Cushite woman. Miriam spoke out and said the Lord had spoken through them as
well as Moses. She was seeking to assert herself and Aaron as Moses’ equal.
However, as verse 3 points out, Moses was very humble, more than anyone else
living at that time. The Lord suddenly called all three of them to the Tent of
Meeting where He told them, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among
you, I, the Lord, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with
him in a dream. 7 “Not so, with My servant Moses, He is faithful in all My
household; 8 With him I speak mouth to mouth, Even openly, and not in dark
sayings, And he beholds the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid To
speak against My servant, against Moses?”

When the Lord departed, Miriam was left leprous. Aaron intervened with Moses
confessing his own sin and begging for mercy on Miriam. Moses in turn interceded
with the Lord who extended mercy to heal her after she had suffered her shame
outside the camp for seven days.

When murmuring and grumbling become dominant within any group, then even the
leaders can start to succumb to it resulting in divisions in what should be a
unified body. Why? Simply because at the heart of grumbling is selfishness and
the quest to get what you desire. This is always compounded by the fact that
selfish human desires will never be satisfied. There will always be something
else to gain while the things that were gained become ordinary and lose their
satisfaction so that something new is sought. The first few days of eating a new
food is great, but if you have the same thing every day for a month, it does
become loathsome to you. The cure for grumbling is contentment in what God
provides and in seeking His will and His glory instead of your own. This does
not occur naturally. It takes a conscious effort of training yourself to submit
to the Lord.

To Kadesh-Barnea (Numbers 12:16 – 14:45)

From Hazeroth they journeyed north into the wilderness of Paran and to
Kadesh-Barnea which is just south of the lands of Canaan. From there they were
in a good position to begin the conquest of the lands God had promised to give
to them as the heirs of Abraham. The first step in that conquest was to
reconnoiter the land and prepare a plan for invasion. One man from each tribe
was sent into spy out the land to see what is was like, the condition of the
people living there, what fortifications they might face and to bring back some
of the fruit of the land (Numbers 13:1-21).

The men went up and spent forty days going through the land. The time of year
was early fall when the fruit was ready for harvest. They brought back a branch
with a single cluster of grapes that they had to carry on a pole between two
men. They also brought back pomegranates and figs (Numbers 13:21-24).

When they returned they reported the land was good for it did “flow with milk
and honey” and the examples of the fruit proved their words. However, they had a
different kind of report concerning the people. They reported that they were
strong people living in fortified cities and that the descendants of Anak, who
were very large, also lived there. Caleb, one of the men who has spied out the
land, immediately encouraged the people saying, “We should by all means go up
and take possession of it, for we shall surely overcome it.”
However, ten of
the other spies argued against him saying “We are not able to go up against
the people, for they are too strong for us,”
and that it was a “land that
devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great
size. “There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim);
and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight”

(Numbers 13:25-33).

This report discouraged the people so that they began to complain again that
they should have stayed in Egypt and that their “little ones will become
plunder.”
They then started saying to one another that they should appoint a
new leader that would take them back to Egypt (Numbers 14:1-4). Moses and Aaron
fell on their faces before the assembly while Joshua and Caleb, who has spied
out the land, tore their clothes and began to argue against the rebellion that
was taking place, and that they should go up for Lord would bring them into it
and give it to them for the Lord was with them and had removed the protection of
the people of the land (vs. 5-9). But the congregation continued in their
rebellion and began to call for them to be stoned. At this point the Lord
appeared at the Tent of Meeting.

For the second time the Lord stated His intention to smite the people because
of their disbelief and spurning Him and to make of Moses a nation greater and
mightier than they (vs. 11-12). For the second time Moses interceded for them
and argued that the Lord’s glory would not be served in slaying all the people,
for the Egyptians and Canaanites would conclude the Lord was unable to bring the
Israelites into the promised land. Moses pleaded for the Lord to pardon the
iniquity of the people based on the very attributes that the Lord had declared
to Moses when He had shown him His glory in the cleft of the rock on Mount Sinai
(Exodus 33:18 – 34:7  See:

Consequences of False Worship
). “The Lord is slow to anger and
abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by
no means clear [the guilty,] visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the
children to the third and the fourth generations”
(Numbers 14:13-19).

The Lord did pardon them from the penalty due, but there would be severe
consequences. They would wander in the wilderness over the next forty years All
those twenty and older that had seen the Lord’s miracles in Egypt and in the
wilderness but still grumbled against Him would not see the promised land.
Instead, until they would die in the wilderness. The only two exceptions would
be Joshua and Caleb because they had trusted the Lord and had argued to enter
into the land. It would be their children, the very ones they had feared would
become plunder, that would enter into the land and conquer it. In addition, the
ten spies that had brought the bad report died by a plague before the Lord
(Numbers 14:20-38).

To this point the Lord’s judgements on them had been limited to just those
that had rebelled or a small portion of them. This was the most serious of all
His judgements because it was applied to all of them except Joshua and Caleb. It
did not have to be that way, but the people chose to believe the ten with the
bad report instead of the two with the good report. If any of them had made the
choice to believe Joshua and Caleb and place their trust in the Lord they would
also have been excluded from the judgement.

How often have you gone with the majority opinion simply because it was
easier than carefully thinking through the issue and then possibly being the
only one to do what was right before God. The Christian is to carefully consider
the Lord’s will as revealed in the Scriptures in every area of life and in
everything they do. This includes school, work, recreation, hobbies, family,
friends and adversaries, and in light of Tuesday’s election, politics too. What
the majority of people think should have little influence on the Christian, for
the only opinion that should really matter for the Christian is the Lord’s
opinion.

You would think that after this they would have taken the lesson to heart,
but immediately they decided to do things their own way again. Since the Lord
was angry because they refused to go up, they decided to do so as their means of
repentance. Moses warned them not to do it because the Lord was no longer among
them, but they did it anyway and ended up being defeated by the Amalekites and
Canaanites (Numbers 14:39-45).

In the Wilderness Numbers 15-19

In the years that followed while they were wandering in the wilderness there
were continued incidences of rebellion. Numbers 15:32-36 records the story of
the man that was caught gathering wood on the Sabbath and was judged by the Lord
according to the law He already given them (Exodus 31:14-15), and so he was
stoned to death.

Numbers 16 records the rebellion of Korah and some of his relatives. They
were Levites that were part of the families of Kohath. In short, they decided
that they were equal to Moses and Aaron and accused them of exalting themselves
over the congregation. They claimed the Lord was with every one in the
congregation and so each one was holy. The Lord set up a test to distinguish who
was His and who was holy through an incense offering. The Lord choose Moses and
Aaron and he told the congregation to get back from around the dwellings of
Korah, Dathan and Abiram who were the leaders of the rebellion. Moses then
warned that they would know the Lord had sent him if the Lord would bring about
an entirely new thing and the ground opened its mouth and swallowed them to
descend alive into Sheol. As soon as Moses stopped speaking that is exactly what
happened. The earth opened up and swallowed the rebels and then closed. In
addition, the other 250 men that were part of the rebellion were consumed by
fire that came forth from their incense pans.

This should have been enough warning for the rest of the congregation, but
the very next day they were grumbling against Moses and Aaron blaming them for
the death of Korah and those who had aligned themselves with him. When the
congregation had assembled before the Tent of Meeting, the glory of the Lord
appeared and He sent a plague among the people. Moses directed Aaron to quickly
take his incense pan and run into the midst of the assembly as an atonement for
them, and Aaron checked the plague and became the division between the living
and the 14,700 that died from the plague.

God judged severely those who sought to exalt themselves against the servants
He had chosen and against those who then falsely blamed His servants for the
deaths of those whom God killed as a direct result of their own rebellion. Be
very wary of those that seek to exalt themselves and those who try to transfer
the blame for the consequences of sin.

The Lord then set up another test to put an end to the grumbling against
Moses and Aaron. The leader of each tribe was to bring an almond rod with their
name written on it to the Tabernacle. The rod that sprouted would indicate who
the Lord had chosen. The next morning Aaron’s rod had not only sprouted, but it
also had buds, flowers and ripe almonds.

Return to Kadesh-Barnea (Numbers 20)

The 40 years of the wilderness wanderings were now nearly complete. They had
returned to Kadesh-Barnea and it was there that Miriam died and was buried. It
was there that they once again faced the problem of a lack of water and once
again they grumbled and complained about it. Once again the Lord gave Moses
directions on how He wanted the need to be met. This time Moses was to take his
rod and then assemble the congregation and then speak to the rock at Meribah and
water would then come out. However, this time Moses did not carefully follow the
Lord’s commands and instead of speaking to the rock, he hit it with his rod
saying, “Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of
this rock?”
The Lord still graciously provided the water, but in that action
Moses did not believe the Lord or treat Him as holy, and so he lost the
privilege of going into the promised land. He would only be able to see it from
a distance.

To Mount Hor and around Edom (Numbers 20:22-21:3).

From Kadesh they went to Mount Hor because the nation of Edom refused to let
them pass through their territory. It was at Mount Hor that Aaron died and was
buried, and his son, Eleazer, took his place as the High Priest. After mourning
for 30 days they resumed their journey around Edom by way of Ezion-Geber at the
tip of the Red Sea.

Again the people complained about the lack of water and how much they loathed
the manna. This time the Lord sent in fiery serpents among them so that many
died. The people finally repented and confessed and asked Moses to intercede for
them to remove the snakes. But instead of removing the snakes the Lord
instructed Moses to make a bronze serpent and set it on a standard so that
anyone that was bitten could look on the bronze serpent and live.

Jesus later used this incident to point to His own ministry saying in John
3:14,15, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must
the Son of Man be lifted up; that whoever believes may in Him have eternal
life.”
The people were saved from death by the serpent only by believing
God’s promise and acting upon it. If they did anything other than go look upon
the bronze serpent they would die from their snake bite. There was no other cure
possible for there was no medicine, no therapy, no act of righteousness, or
other act of repentance that could substitute. Looking upon the serpent could
provide no physical means of a cure. Looking was only a demonstration of their
belief in God’s promise, and it was God that cured them. (See:

You Must Be Born Again
)

In the same way it is our belief in God’s promises through Jesus Christ’s
substitutionary death that provides salvation from sin and hell. There is no
work of righteousness or substitute act of repentance by which we can save
ourselves from sin and its consequences. We come to God according to His plan or
He will not accept us. All we can do is believe God’s promises and cast
ourselves on His mercy and grace. We are saved by God’s grace through faith in
Jesus Christ.

To the Plains of Moab (Numbers 21-36)

The book of Numbers ends with the sons of Israel on the plains of Moab
directly across from Jericho. The tribes of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh had settled
in the lands on the east side of the Jordan river. They were ready to cross the
Jordan and conquer the rest of the lands promised to them. Along the way they
defeated and destroyed the Canaanite king of Arad (Numbers 21:1-3), Sihon the
king of the Amorites (Numbers 21:21-32), Og the king of Bashan (Numbers
21:33-35), and the kings of Midian (Numbers 31). There were also the prophecies
of Balaam by which the Lord confirmed His blessings on the sons of Israel
(Numbers 22-24). There were also other acts of sin on their part for which God
judged them. At Peor they played the harlot with the daughters of Moab that had
invited them to the sacrifices of their gods. The resulting plague killed a
total of 24,000.

 

Conclusions

 

1 Corinthians 10 specifically points to the years of Israel in the wilderness
and some of the specific incidents that occurred during that time as examples
that were written down for our instruction that we should not crave evil things
as they had. We are not to be idolaters, nor act immorally, nor grumble. The
children of Israel suffered God’s judgements because of their sins in these very
areas. We also could suffer the Lord’s judgements if we continue in willful sin
as they did. God will chastize those that belong to Him (Hebrews 12:6f) and that
may include even sickness and death (1 Corinthians 11:30).

The Lord had declared to Moses that He would “by no means clear [the
guilty,] visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and
the fourth generations.”
God will judge all those who sin defiantly and that
includes Christians. It adds to the just condemnation of the non-Christian, and
the Christian will suffer loss. The Christian is still saved from the ultimate
condemnation of Hell, but it will be a salvation as if through fire (1
Corinthians 3:15).

The Lord also declared to Moses at the same time that He was “slow to
anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression.”

The hope of the non-Christian and Christian alike for forgiveness is in the in
character of God in these areas which are extended to them as they repent and
place their faith in Jesus Christ, and we receive God’s blessings as we walk in
obedience to Him.

There are three types of people found among the children of Israel in the
book of Numbers. There are those who defiantly sin and suffer God’s judgement.
There are those who sin and then repent whose lives are spared. There is also
Moses and Aaron who intercede with God to spare the lives of those in sin. Which
category are you in? I pray that repentance marks your life and that you are
progressing on in your walk with God to become an intercessor on behalf of
others.

Sermon Study
Sheets

 

KIDS CORNER

 

Parents, you are responsible to apply God’s Word to your children’s lives.
Here is some help.

Young Children – draw a picture about something you hear during the
sermon. Explain your picture(s) to your parents at lunch. Older Children –
Do one or more of the following: 1) Write down all the verses mentioned in the
sermon and look them up later. 2) Count how many times God had to judge the
Israelites for their rebellion. Talk with your parents about how God uses them
in your life when you rebel.

 

THINK ABOUT IT!

 

Questions to consider in discussing the sermon with others. What does it mean
that “perfect love demands perfect justice to accompany it”? What was the
physical arrangement of the Levites and Tribes when in camp? When moving? What
were the duties of each of three major families of Levites? Why did the people
grumble at what was God’s judgement at each of the following places: Taberah
(Numbers 10:11-11:3); Kibroth-hattaavah (Numbers 11:4-35); Hazeroth
(Numbers 11:35-16); Kadesh-Barnea (Numbers 12:16 – 14:45). What was the
reason for Korah’s rebellion and what were the consequences (Numbers 15-19)? Why
did God restrict Moses from entering the promised land? Why did God send fiery
snakes among the people? What was the cure for being snake bitten? How did Jesus
compare that to Himself (John 3)? What happened at Peor? What were the
consequences? How do you respond when people grumble? How does understanding
Numbers help you understand the application of 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 in your own
life? What characterizes your life? Defiant sin, repentance for sin, or
intercession for those who sin?

 

Sermon Notes – November 4, 2007

 

Consequences of Rebellion – Numbers

 

Introduction

The sons of Israel had committed themselves to be
______________ to the Lord’s commands.

Perfect love demands perfect ___________ to accompany it.

 

Overview

 

1) _____________ the First Generation in the Wilderness
(1-21)

2) Prophecies and Peril of _______________ (22-25)

3) _______________ of the Second Generation (26-36)

After 40 years in the wilderness, the net change in
population was _________ less.

On the East side were the families of Moses and Aaron and
the tribes of __________, Zebulun & Issachar

On the North side were the families of Merari and the
tribes of ___________, Dan & Naphtali

On the South side were the families of Gershon and the
tribe of ______________, Ephraim and Benajmin

On the West side were the families of Kohath and the tribe
of ____________, Reuben & Gad

Aaron and his sons took down the Tabernacle and __________
the holy objects

The _______________ moved the Tent of Meeting and the Holy
Objects

The Gershonites moved all the __________________

The ________________ moved the boards, pillars, sockets,
pegs and cords.

The moved with the ____________ moved and stayed when it
stayed.

 

Wilderness Wanderings

 

    To TaberahNumbers 10:11-11:3

They grumbled because of adversity
and the Lord consumed some by ____________

    To Kibroth-hattaavah (Numbers 11:4-35)

They grumbled because of
___________________________

The Lord sent ___________ to last
for 30 days and _______________ to judge the greedy.

    To Hazeroth – (Numbers 11:35-16)

Miriam and Aaron grumbled against
Moses because of his wife who was a _______________

The Lord struck Miram with
______________ for seven days

The cure for grumbling is
________________ in God and seeking His will

    To Kadesh-Barnea (Numbers 12:16 – 14:45)

The spies spent ______________
days in the land and brought back grapes, pomegranates & figs

Ten of the spies gave a bad report
because they were ______________ of people who were of great size.

Caleb & Joshua gave a good report
because they _______________ God to bring them into the land.

The people sided with the ten and
wanted to ___________ Joshua & Caleb

Moses interceded citing the Lord’s
_________________, so God did not destroy them.

They would wander in the
wilderness for _________ years and all ________ and older would die there.

The only exceptions to the
judgement were __________ & ______________

Christians are to make their
decisions based on the ____________ & not the majority opinion of others.

    In the Wilderness Numbers 15-19

The man who gathered on the
Sabbath was ______________

Korah & some of his relatives
accused Moses & Aaron of _________ themselves over the congregation

Korah & those with him were
swallowed by _____________

The other 250 who rebelled were
consumed by ___________ from their incense pans

The people blamed ___________ for
the death of Korah and the other rebels.

God sent a plague that killed
_____________, but it was stayed by Aaron’s incense offering.

Aaron’s rod was the only one that
sprouted, and it also had buds, blossoms and _______________

    Return to Kadesh-Barnea (Numbers 20)

Miriam died and was buried, then
the people grumbled because of ____________________

Moses did not obey the Lord.
Instead of _____________ to the rock, he ___________ it to get water

To Mount Hor and around Edom (Numbers 20:22-21:3).

The people complained about a lack
of water and that they loathed the _______________

God sent ______________________.
They would live if they _____________ at the bronze serpent.

People are saved from their sin if
they will _____________________________________________

    To the Plains of Moab (Numbers 21-36)

They defeated __________ king of
Ammon, __________ king of Bashan and the kings of _________

Balaam’s prophecies centered on
God’s _____________ on Israel

___________ died at Peor because
they went with the daughters of Moab and _________ to their gods.

 

Conclusions

 

1 Corinthians 10 cites these incidents to instruct us to
not be idolaters, _____________ or grumblers

God judges those who ______________, but ____________
those who repent.


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