Roadmap to the Bible - Week 5

Book of Numbers

The book of Numbers completes the Revelation at Mt. Sinai story arc and records the Israelites journeying from Mt. Sinai to the Plains of Moab near the Jordan River, just outside the Canaanite city of Jericho. The book begins preparation for Israel’s journey to Canaan as God commands Moses to conduct a census, organize a camp formation surrounding the tabernacle, and give procedures for how the camp should travel to Canaan. After celebrating the Passover, the Israelites depart toward Kadesh (near the location where the Hagar met an angel in Genesis) from there, they send 12 spies to scope out Canaan. Once they return, the Israelites lack enough to believe they will overtake the land from the natives. For this, they are punished with 40 years wandering in the desert. After the Exodus generation dies off, their children will conquer the Transjordan, defeating two Amorite kings named Sihon & Og. The Transjordan land is appropriated to the tribes of Reuben, Gad & Manasseh. The book ends with Israelites camping on the steppes of Moab directly across the river from Jericho.