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Amorites. The Amorites inhabited the land west of the Euphrates River, which included Canaan. In fact, the name “Amorite” means “westerner.” They spoke a dialect similar to both the Canaanites and the Hebrews and were often considered to be a… Read More »Amorites

Sharing the plunder

Sharing the plunder. Soldiers in ancient times were regularly paid through the spoils of war. Contracts were often signed to guarantee that commanders would not interfere when it came time for their soldiers to “claim their pay.” In 31:25–47, Israelite… Read More »Sharing the plunder

Feast of Booths

During the Feast of Booths, the Israelites were to live in temporary dwellings (“booths”) as a reminder of their life in the wilderness. The large number of sacrifices offered during the eight days shows the importance of this feast. The… Read More »Feast of Booths

Wild oxen

Wild oxen (24:8) are believed to be the ancestors of domestic cattle. In the OT, the wild ox was a symbol of strength.


Aram. The pagan prophet Balaam described himself as being from Aram. Aram was a confederation of small towns in present-day Syria. It was named for Aram, the son of Shem and grandson of Noah. It was in this region that… Read More »Aram

Balaam remembered

Balaam remembered. Evidence for Balaam’s existence can be seen on an eighth-century b.c. inscription found in Jordan. It begins with, “Inscription of Balaam the son of Beor, the man who was seer of the gods.”

The bronze serpent

The bronze serpent. When the people of Israel looked upon the serpent in order to live (21:9), it was a prophetic picture of the day when believers would look to the crucified Christ for salvation (John 3:14–15).

The King’s Highway

The King’s Highway (20:17) is the main trade route from Damascus to Arabia. It runs north to south, east of the Jordan River and Dead Sea. The King’s Highway has been in continuous use for more than 3,000 years.


Tithing. Various nations in ancient times practiced limited kinds of tithing, but Israel led the way in expecting the entire nation to support the priesthood in this way. Though Christians are no longer bound by this law, many today voluntarily… Read More »Tithing

What is a censer?

What is a censer? A censer (16:17) was a vessel used for burning incense before the Lord. Censers were usually made of stone, but portable ones could be made of bronze. They held live coals for burning the incense.


God’s glory (14:21) refers to his measureless power and splendour.

Exaggerated claims?

Exaggerated claims? The spies’ reports about the size of the people of Canaan were exaggerations calculated to scare the people. However, their report about the size of the cities was true. Canaanite cities of that time were large and heavily… Read More »Exaggerated claims?


Bdellium (11:7) has been described as a precious stone similar to a pearl. It has also been described as a pale, yellow tree resin. Ancient history books tell of its being used to make perfumes, which means it was probably… Read More »Bdellium

Ark of the covenant

The ark of the covenant traveled in front of the Israelites as they marched to Kadesh (10:33); like the cloud (11:25), it symbolized God’s presence and his guidance of the people.

The delayed Passover

The delayed Passover (9:6–14) took place one month after the official Passover. It was for those who could not attend the regular Passover due to ceremonial uncleanness. Sharing in the Passover was a high privilege. Not participating in the Passover… Read More »The delayed Passover

Laying on of hands

Laying on of hands in the OT was used primarily in dealing with sacrificial offerings, usually animals. This act identified the animal as belonging to a particular person. The animal was seen to be taking that person’s place as a… Read More »Laying on of hands


Nazirites were dedicated laypersons. Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist were lifelong Nazirites.

Symbols of holiness

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… Read More »Symbols of holiness

Guard duty

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… Read More »Guard duty