Bible Stories for Adults
God Leads His People to the Promised Land
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Next Week - The Fall of Jericho and The Conquest (Joshua)
Bible Words to Remember:
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. John 3:14-15
At Mount Sinai (Numbers 1-10)
What was God's basic message for the Israelites on Mount Sinai?
Exodus 19:3-6 = Obey me & keep my covenant, be my kingdom of priests & holy nation
What three types of Law did God give Israel at Mount Sinai?
Exodus 20 = Moral Law (Ten Commandments)
Exodus 21-23 = Civil Law (Governmental)
Exodus 24-40, Lev., Numbers 1-9, Deut. = Ceremonial Laws
How long had Israel traveled when they reached Mount Sinai?
Exodus 19:1 = Three months to the day
How long did Israel stay at Sinai?
Numbers 10:11 = Almost 2 years (1 week shy); Left 2/20/2
How did Israel know it was time to go and where to stop?
Numbers 10:12-13 = God's command, Cloud led them to Desert of Paran
Had God's miraculous signs before & at Sinai made Israel TRUST IN THE LORD?
Numbers 11:1-3 = People complained about hardships, God sent fire
Miriam & Aaron (Numbers 12)
Who were Miriam and Aaron?
Numbers 26:59 = Moses' sister and brother
What prompted Miriam & Aaron to oppose Moses and what did they claim?
Exodus 15:20 = Miriam was a prophetess
Leviticus 8:1-3, 12 = Aaron was first high priest of Israel
Numbers 12:1-2 = Married an Ethiopian (Cushite); They also talk to God
Was this a result of Moses being arrogant because of his position?
Numbers 12:3 = Moses was the most humble man around
How did God respond to Miriam and Aaron's opposition?
Numbers 12:4-9 = Moses is more than a prophet, We speak face-to-face
How did God punish this rejection of His selection?
Numbers 12:10-12 = Gave Miriam leprosy, Aaron asked for forgiveness
How did Moses and God respond to Aaron's request?
Numbers 12:13-15 = Healed her leprosy, Prescribed 7 days cleansing
Spies Sent to Canaan (Numbers 13-14)
What did God command when Israel reached Kadesh (southern edge of Canaan)?
Numbers 13:1-3 = Send men to explore the Promised Land, one leader from each tribe
How far did the spies travel and how long were they gone?
Numbers 13:21-25 = To northern edge (Hamath), 40 days
What kind of report did the spies give upon their return?
Numbers 13:26-28 = Flowing with milk & honey, fruitful, people prosperous & powerful
Were the spies ready for God to lead them into the Promised Land?
Numbers 13:31-33 = Didn't trust God, People of the land are too strong
How did the Israelites respond to this report?
Numbers 14:1-4 = Grumbled & decided to pick a leader to take them back to Egypt
Did any of the spies disagree with the others and trust God to lead them?
Numbers 14:5-9 = Joshua & Caleb, God is more powerful than the people
Did Joshua and Caleb's speech turn the Israelites back to God?
Numbers 14:10 = No. The people planned to stone Joshua & Caleb
What was God's punishment for this lack of faith? = Wander 40 years
Numbers 14:26-30, 33-34 = All over 20 to die in desert, except Joshua & Caleb
What was God's punishment for the spies who had said not to go?
Numbers 14:37-38 = God killed them with a plague
Did Israel recognize their sin? How did they plan to correct their evil?
Numbers 14:39-40 = We have sinned, We will go into the Promised Land
Did Moses agree with their plan?
Numbers 14:41-42 = No. This is against God's command. You will lose.
Did Israel carry out their plan?
Numbers 14:44-45 = Yes. They were defeated
The Korah Rebellion (Numbers 16)
What did the 250 men with Korah say about Moses' leadership?
Numbers 16:2-3 = The whole community is holy...Why do you set yourself above?
How did Moses respond to this rebellion?
Numbers 16:28-30 (4-5) = God will show us who is His & who is holy
How did God show His support for Moses and Aaron?
Numbers 16:31-33 = An earthquake swallowed the rebels & households
Did the Israelites then trust God and accept Moses & Aaron?
Numbers 16:41 = No. They blamed Moses & Aaron for killing God's people
How did God respond?
Numbers 16:43-45 = Began to kill off the assembly for lack of faith
How did Moses and Aaron turn God's wrath from the people?
Numbers 16:47-49 = Aaron made atonement for the people, plague stopped
Aaron's Staff (Numbers 17)
What was God's plan to show His choice of leaders?
Numbers 17:1-5 = Take staffs from all 12 leaders, one that sprouts belongs to my chosen
Which staff sprouted?
Numbers 17:8-9 = Aaron's staff sprouted, budded, blossomed & grew almonds overnight
Water From the Rock (Numbers 20)
Did the people finally stop grumbling and trust God, Moses & Aaron?
Numbers 20:2 = People opposed M & A because there was no water
How did God solve this crisis?
Numbers 20:7-8 = Told Moses to speak to rock and it will produce water
Did Moses follow God's instructions?
Numbers 20:10-11 = No. He struck the rock twice, water gushed out
How did God punish Moses for disobeying Him?
Numbers 20:12 = Moses would not enter the Promised Land with the people
The Bronze Snake (Numbers 21)
Did the people finally stop grumbling and Trust God?
Numbers 21:4-5 = Spoke against God & Moses. No bread or water, crummy food
How did God punish Israel for their lack of faith?
Numbers 21:6-7 = Sent poisonous snakes, many Israelites died
How did God solve this crisis when the people confessed?
Numbers 21:8-9 = Had Moses make snake on a pole for people to look at and live
How does God solve our crisis of death when we confess?
John 3:14-15 = Just as Moses lifted the snake, the Son of Man must be lifted...
What are some similarities between the bronze snake and Christ's death?
Bronze snake lifted on a pole = Jesus lifted up on a cross
Bronze snake looked like real snake = Jesus was true man but without sin
Israel looked to snake in faith = We look in faith to Jesus
Snake saved Israelites from death = Jesus saved us from eternal death
Passing Through Edom (Numbers 20)
How did Israel decide it was time to head north?
Deuteronomy 2:1-3 = God told them to
Why did God protect the Edomites from conquest by the Israelites?
Deuteronomy 2:4-5 = I have given Esau the hill country of Seir
How did Edom respond to Israel's request to pass thru on the King's Highway?
Numbers 20:14, 17-21 = Wouldn't let them through, They went around
God Protects Moab and Ammon (Numbers 21)
Why did God protect the Moabites from conquest by the Israelites?
Deuteronomy 2:9 = I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot
Why did God protect the Ammonites from conquest by the Israelites?
Deuteronomy 2:19 = I have given it to the descendants of Lot
How long had passed when Israel reached Moab (Zered Brook)?
Deuteronomy 2:14-15 = 38 years since Kadesh, Entire generation had died
Moses Dies (Deuteronomy 34)
What did God need to take care of before Moses died?
Deuteronomy 31:14 = Commission Joshua as His chosen replacement for Moses
Where did God bring Moses to die and why?
Deuteronomy 34:1-5 = To Mount Nebo so he could see the Promised Land
Did the Israelites accept Joshua as their new leader?
Deuteronomy 34:9 = Joshua filled with spirit of wisdom, Israel listened to him
How exceptional was Moses?
Deuteronomy 34:10-12 = No one else knew God face-to-face or performed awesome deeds
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