Week 12: Numbers 22-36

Prepare these questions for Sunday, May 19, 2013.

The second half of Numbers has just as many details as the first and is also rather violent.  Try to imagine what it would have been like to be part of this mass of millions of people and how organization and record keeping could have improved life for the people.

1.  Who was Balaam and what unusual events happened to him?

2.  A lot of these chapters detail conflicts between the Israelites and those they encounter (Moab and the Midianites, for example).  There are also very specific stages of their journey chronicled in Chapter 33.  What use could these records have for future generations of Israelites?

3.  How did the Israelites divide up Canaan among themselves when they finally reached that land?  What problems or benefits might this have caused?

4.  Why was the accuracy of the census so important to the Israelites in these chapters?

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