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Chapter 1 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5
Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9
Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13
Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17
Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21
Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24 Chapter 25
Chapter 27 Chapter 28 Chapter 29 Chapter 31
Chapter 32 Chapter 33 Chapter 35

Book Overview - Numbers

by C.I. Scofield

Book Introduction - Numbers

The book derives its name from the fact that it records the enumeration of Israel. Historically, NUMBERS takes up the story where EXODUS left it, and is the book of the wilderness wanderings of the redeemed people consequent upon their failure to enter the land at Kadesh-barnea.

Typically, it is the book of service and walk, and thus completes, with the preceding books, a beautiful moral order: GENESIS, the book of the creation and fall; EXODUS, of redemption; LEVITICUS, of worship and fellowship; and NUMBERS, of that which should follow--service and walk.

It is important to see that nothing was left to self-will. Every servant was numbered, knew his place in the family, and had his own definitely assigned service. The N.T. parallel is 1 Corinthians 12.

The second typical lesson is that, tested by wilderness circumstances, Israel utterly failed.

NUMBERS is in five chief divisions:

1. The Order of the Host, Numbers 1:1 to Numbers 10:10.

2. From Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, Numbers 10:11 to Numbers 12:16,

3. Israel at Kadesh-barnea, Numbers 13:1 to Numbers 19:22,

4. The Wilderness Wanderings, Numbers 20:1 to Numbers 33:49,

5. Closing Instructions, Numbers 33:50 to Numbers 36:13.

The events covered in NUMBERS cover a period of 39 years (Ussher).

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