- Genre: History
- Written: 1440-1400 B.C.
- Author: Moses
Regardless of its mundane title, the book of Numbers is full of explosive Israelite history. Covering the forty years the Israelites spent in the desert between their time at Mt. Sinai and their entrance into the Promised Land, it is a powerful book. With the older generation of Israelites failing to follow God over and over – hence their forty years in the desert, and a new generation of committed followers rising up, there is a lot for young people to learn and be challenged by in Numbers.
Numbers is the fourth book in the Pentateuch (the five books of Moses). Tradition holds that Moses wrote it, or at the very least, it was written under his authority. Originally titled in Hebrew, “In the Desert,” It was not until centuries later that it was renamed “Numbers” by those who translated it into Greek. It is a mix of census data, laws, details about sacrifices, as well as wild stories of betrayal, false gods, rebellions against Moses’ leadership and more. Through it all, God’s commitment to loving His chosen people rings true and challenges modern day readers to both learn from the Israelites’ mistakes as well as grow in faith.
- Week 1, In the Desert (Numbers 1, 13 & 14)
A challenge to grow in faith and demonstrate faith.
- Week 2, Mutiny! (Numbers 12 & 16)
A challenge to avoid pride and grow in humility.
- Week 3, Thangry (Numbers 20)
A challenge to both control anger as well as use anger to honor God.
- Week 4, Daughters of Zelophehad (Numbers 27 & 36)
A challenge to boldness for God’s glory and honor.
About this Series
Why is this series called “The First Testament”? Words often communicate unintentional messages. While we have called the testaments “Old” and “New” for centuries, these labels have had an unfortunate consequence: for many, the word “old” conveys the ideas of irrelevance and being outdated. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Paul wrote, “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” Romans 15:4 (NLT). When he wrote this, he was speaking of the Old Testament! Perhaps a better set of titles would be the “First” and “Second” testaments; together they give us the message of hope! The First Testament, two-thirds of the Bible, gives us the foundation from which Christ fulfills God’s will!