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Friday, June 21st, 2024
the Week of Proper 6 / Ordinary 11
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Bible Commentaries
Numbers 15

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole BibleMorgan's Exposition

Verses 1-41

Once more we have the repetition and enforcement of certain laws already given. Occurring here, this appears somewhat strange. The explanation, I think, is to be found in the opening declaration, "When ye are come into the land" The people were about to turn their faces from the land which they ought at once to have possessed, and in this reiteration of certain provisions for dwelling within it there was at once a prophecy of the ultimate fulfillment of divine intention and a provision for preserving in their minds the principles of the law by which they were to be governed.

What follows illustrates the fact that the people were not perfectly clear whether the laws were to be enforced in the wilderness. One of their number was found gathering sticks on the Sabbath. They did not know what to do with him and put him inward until they found the will of God. They were immediately instructed that the law of the land obtained at once and that a violator of the law was to be visited with the full penalty for his crime.

Immediately following this a provision was made for wearing fringes on the borders of their garments, on which was to be bound a cord of blue. The purpose was distinctly declared. That cord of blue was a symbol of the deepest truth in their national life, that they were under the direct government of heaven. Every time the eye rested on that simple sign the heart was to be reminded of the sublime truth.

Bibliographical Information
Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Numbers 15". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gcm/numbers-15.html. 1857-84.
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