by Dennis Miller

Several years ago my wife and I spent a day with an Israeli guide who lived in the desert.  They were Bedouins who lived in tents. He even invited us to spend an evening meal and an overnight in the family tents.  Karin declined!  She’s not into camping!

What was amazing is how he was able to show us some HOPE in the desert.  We “learned” how to find water, to eat small flowers, how to ride a camel, and to be efficient with what we carried.  What I learned was that I don’t want to ever have to live in the desert. 

I think that my teacher was a bit disappointed in me!

For the next 8 weeks we will study the Book of Numbers, which in Hebrew is called, “In the Desert”. We will see what the children of Israel learned about themselves, about God, and about sin. I think it will be very helpful as we are reminded that people deal with the same things today as they did thousands of years ago.

Pastor Denny

We begin a series called IN THE DESERT.  In this first study, we will look do an overview of the Book of Numbers as we prepare to study in depth in the following weeks.  I think you will find this introduction very helpful in your understanding of the book.

Num. 1:1 The LORD spoke to Moses in the tent of meeting in the Desert of Sinai on the first day of the second month of the second year after the Israelites came out of Egypt. He said: 2 “Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one. 3 You and Aaron are to count according to their divisions all the men in Israel who are twenty years old or more and able to serve in the army. 4 One man from each tribe, each of them the head of his family, is to help you. 5 These are the names of the men who are to assist you: . . . 

Num. 1:16 These were the men appointed from the community, the leaders of their ancestral tribes. They were the heads of the clans of Israel.  17 Moses and Aaron took these men whose names had been specified, 18 and they called the whole community together on the first day of the second month. The people registered their ancestry by their clans and families, and the men twenty years old or more were listed by name, one by one, 19 as the LORD commanded Moses. And so he counted them in the Desert of Sinai:

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