Outline Of Numbers

I. Last Days at Sinai (1—10:10).

        A. Census and arrangement of tribes (1, 2).

        B. Service of the Levites (3, 4).

        C. Miscellaneous laws (5—10:10).

II. Journey from Sinai to Plains of Moab (10:11—22:1).

        A. From Sinai to Kadesh Barnea (10:11—12:18).

        B. The expedition of the spies (13:1—14:45).

        C. The wilderness wandering (15—19).

          1. Miscellaneous legislation (15).

          2. Rebellion of Korafa (16, 17).

          3. Instructions to Levites (18, 19).

        D. Events from Kadesh to Plains of Moab (20:1—22:1).

          1. Sin of Moses (20:1-13).

          2. The death of Aaron (20:14-29).

          3. Brazen serpent (21:1—22:1).

III. Events at the Plains of Moab (22:2—38:13).

        A. Balaam the prophet (22:2—25:18).

        B. Second census (26:1—27:11).

        C. Joshua succeeds Moses (27:12-23).

        D. Offerings and vows (28—30).

        E. Destruction of the Midianites (31),

        F. The inheritance of Reuben, Gad, and one-half Manasseh (32).

        G. Review of journeys of Israelites (33).

        H. Borders of Land of Promise (34).

        I. Cities of Levites and cities of refuge (35:1-8).

        J. Miscellaneous legislation (35:9—36:13).

Old Testament (Genesis-Deuteronomy)

Lesson 1: Creation
Genesis 1:1-31
Golden Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17

      I. Creation; V. 1.

1. The Time, “Beginning;” Cp. John 1:1-3; Proverbs 8.

2. The Person—God. Cp. Colossians 1:16-18.

3. The Act—“Created.” Hebrews wd. “Bara” = to create out of nothing. This word is used three times in Genesis 1 and marks the introduction of three great spheres of existence, (1) Of matter, v. 1; (2) of animal life, v. 21; (3) of spirit, v. 21.

II. Chaos; V. 2. The earth not created so. Isaiah 45:18 (“Vain” = without form). It became without form and void—perhaps thru fall of Satan. Isaiah 14:12-17. Note the condition of the earth—typical of state of the unsaved today.

1. Formless. No aim, no object in life, no definiteness. Job 14:4; Eccl. 9:3; Jeremiah 16:12; Romans 8:5-8; Philippians 2:21; Isaiah 57:20.

2. Void—empty, dissatisfied. Cp. Psalm 94:11; Ecc. 1:13; 2:11; Acts 14:15-17; Galatians 6:7-8; Jeremiah 2:13.

3. Dark. Cp. John 1:5; 3:19, 20; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 1: 13; Acts 26:18; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4.

III. Restoration; Vs. 2-31. The stages of restoration illustrative of stages in new creation, or regeneration. John 3:3.

1. Chaos; V. 2. Cp. Psalms 14:2, 3; Isaiah 57:20; John 3:18-20; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10-19.

2. The Spirit’s moving; V. 2. Conviction. Cp. John 16:8-11; Acts 2:18, 37, etc.

3. Light; V. 3. Cp. John 8:12; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 5:8; 1 Peter 2:9; Psalm 119:130.

4. Division; Vs. 4-7. Cp. John 3:36; 7:43; 9:16; 10:19; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Leviticus 11:44-47.

From the Editor’s Notebook: Pointers on the Pentateuch, Numbers

From the Editor’s Notebook

W. Ross Rainey

Pointers on the Pentateuch

Numbers: The Book of Pilgrimage and Service

Key Word: Journeys.

Message: Discipline in the desert.

Key Verse: 33:1 — “These are the journeys of the children of Israel, which went forth out of the land of Egypt with their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron.”


The title “Numbers,” stemming from the Greek, is given to this book because of the two separate “numberings” of Israel, the first one in the second year of their journey (1-4), and the second on the borders of Canaan, some 38 years afterward (26). Its title in the Hebrew Bible is “b’midbar,” meaning “in the desert,” an accurate and appropriate designation since the book records the journeyings of the Israelites from Sinai until they arrived in the Plains of Moab. As already indicated, Numbers covers a period of 38 years and of the 27 chapters which tell of the events which took place after the people left Mount Sinai (10-36), 17 are occupied with the history of the last year (20-36). Chapters 15-19 represent a period of almost 37 years, but no itinerary is given because these years represent their wanderings as distinguished from their journeyings. As W. Graham Scroggie has said: “The movements of God’s people out of His will are not on His calendar.”1


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