Day 199 - Num. 1, Verses 1-16

Today we start our fourth book of the Old Testament, (and another step as believers). Genesis and Romans the beginnings; Exodus and Acts coming out (redemption) Leviticus and Hebrews, worship: now Numbers. On our side... trials, tests, difficulties. Israel was in a wilderness, we are in a world that is against God, and we can find nothing here that satisfied our now life. On God's side... His never ending patience with complaining Israel ... and with us believers who often complain about our circumstances. Right? Had they believed and trusted God, eleven days would have been enough to take them to the land Deut. 1:22(There are eleven days' journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadesh-barnea.) (Deuteronomy 1:2). 1 Cor. 10:1-121Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (1 Corinthians 10:1‑12) shows a few of the serious events which happened to Israel during this journey.
V. 1 The Lord speaks to Moses "in the wilderness". They, in type, were redeemed by the blood of the lambs; we, in reality, by the blood of Christ.
V. 5-16 Each tribe is named separately and the head man of each tribe is given.