Numbers: The Second Cleansing

Bible Studies, Messages, Papers

A mural of Moses lifting the bronze serpent (in Numbers 21) from All Saints Church in London, England.  Photo credit: Lawrence OP, Creative Commons.


bible studies and messages from the anastasis center: numbers

Below are small group leader notes, sermons, and exegetical notes on the Book of Numbers.

We make the best of modern biblical scholarship, along with early Christian exegesis, relevant and practical.

Small Group Leader Notes on Numbers

Numbers 1:1 - 4:49 God Organizes His People

Numbers 5:1 - 31 Renewal: The Purity of People and Marriage

Numbers 6:1 - 21 Renewal: The Symbolism of Hair and Head

Numbers 7:1 - 10:36 Renewal: Worship at the Portable Eden

Numbers 11:1 - 35 Unlearning the Fall: A Lesson in the Appetite

Numbers 12:1 - 16 Unlearning the Fall: A Lesson in Sisterhood

Numbers 13:1 - 15:45 Faith to Enter the New Garden Land

Numbers 16:1 - 17:13 You Will Eat with God in the Garden Land

Numbers 18:1 - 19:22 Cleansing the Sin-Bearers and Death-Touchers

Numbers 20:1 - 29 The Error of Moses

Numbers 21:1 - 35 The Cleansing from Snake Venom

Numbers 22:1 - 24:25 The Coming King Who Will Conquer the Serpent

Numbers 25:1 - 27:23 Egypt Redux: The Midianite Attack

Numbers 28:1 - 30:16 Holy Days and Human Word-Bearing Renewed

Numbers 31:1 - 32:42 Exodus Redux: Victory Over the Midianites

Numbers 33:1 - 36:13 Inheriting the New Garden Land

Notes and Essays on Numbers

The Chiastic Structure of Numbers and the Recapitulation of Exodus 1 - 18 

Why Did God Choose a "Chosen People"? Why Not Just Skip Right to Jesus? 

The Troubling Acts of God: Noah's Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Egyptian Firstborn, and the Canaanites

The Troubling Acts of God: The Destruction of the Canaanites (ppt part 1 and part 2)

Helpful Practical Tools for Teaching Numbers

Theology of Work Project, What the Bible Says About Sustainability (Theology of Work Project, Apr 6, 2015) a reflection on Numbers 35 

The Bible Project, Read Scripture: The Book of Numbers (The Bible Project, Feb 5, 2016) a 7 minute video

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