a. Light of lampstand, Num_8:1-4
(Walking in the Light)
b. Levites cleansed, Num_8:5-26
The Christian’s cleansing is by the Word.
II. Forward March!, Chapters 9, 10
A. Passover and covering cloud, Chapter 9
1. Passover observed by all on wilderness march, Num_9:1-14
2. Pillar of cloud by day; pillar of fire by night, Num_9:15-23
B. Silver trumpets, Num_10:1-10 (Used for moving Israel on wilderness march and calling an assembly)
C. Forward March! Order of march, Num_10:11-32 (See chart.)
D. Halt!, Num_10:33-36
III. From Sinai to Kadesh, Chapters 11, 12
A. Complaining and murmuring of people displeasing to the Lord, Chapter 11
Complaining is initiated by the “mixed multitude” (Num_11:4-6).
God provides quail because of dissatisfaction with manna (Num_11:31).
When Moses complains, God permits the appointment of elders (Num_11:16).
B. Jealousy of Miriam and Aaron; judgment of Miriam, Chapter 12
(Rebellion in high places, an infection which delays the march)
IV. Failure at Kadesh, Chapters 13, 14
(Place of decision; great breach of the covenant)
A. Spies chosen and sent into land of Canaan; return and report, Chapter 13
1. Cause for sending spies (cf. Deu_1:22), Num_13:1-3
2. Choice of spies, Num_13:4-16
3. Commission of spies, Num_13:17-20
4. Conduct of spies, Num_13:21-25
(Did a thorough job)
5. Confirmation of facts, Num 13:26-27
6. Misinterpretation of facts, Num_13:28-29; Num_13:31-33
(Majority report: giants vs. grasshoppers)
7. Right interpretation of facts, Num_13:30
(Minority report: reliance upon God)
B. Israel refuses to enter because of unbelief, Chapter 14
“So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief” (Heb_3:19).
V. Faltering, fumbling and fussing through the wilderness, Chapters 15 — 25
(Silent years — only 4 incidents recorded — no connected history:  log, Num_33:19-37;  did not circumcise children, Jos_5:5-6;  did not offer sacrifices to God, Amo_5:25-26;  worshiped idols, Act_7:42-43.)
A. Delay God’s blessing; do not destroy God’s purpose,
God goes forward; the people go backward. He gives rules for the land. God said they would enter — it was as good as done. Thirty-eight years later, Israel, in new generation, enters land. These are the children that the fathers thought might perish (Num_14:31). (Death penalty for breaking sabbath, Num_15:32-36. Do all commandments carry death penalty?)
B. Incidents relating to the priesthood, Chapters 16 —19
1. Gainsaying of Korah, Chapter 16
5th murmuring, Num_16:1-3
Rebellion against divinely constituted authority. Korah, a man of great authority, has his place in the camp; Moses has his. Rebellion must be dealt with.
6th murmuring, Num_16:41
Judgment is stayed by Moses.
2. Aaron’s rod that budded, Chapter 17
Office of Aaron is attested by resurrection (Num_17:8).
Christ is priest after order of Melchizedec, established as priest after His resurrection from the dead.
3. Confirmation of priesthood, Chapter 18
(Charge and position of Aaron and Levites)
Levites receive tithes and give tithes (Num_18:26).
4. Offering and ashes of red heifer, Chapter 19
(Purpose: cleansing the redeemed, cf. Gal_6:1)
5. Deaths of Miriam and Aaron; water from the rock, Chapter 20
a. At Kadesh again (after 37 years), Num_20:1
b. 7th murmuring, Num_20:2-6
c. Water from rock; disobedience of Moses, Num_20:7-13
d. Edom refuses Israel passage through their land, Num_20:14-21
e. Death of Aaron, Num_20:22-29