Numbers 9-15 Questions and Answers
Bible Questions and Answers on Numbers 9-15
- In Numbers 9:6 how did they become defiled by a dead body? They were defiled because they touched a dead body. Perhaps they were doctors trying to help the person and he died, or he was killed, or they were burying the person, or it was their loved one that they were touching as they mourned.
- In Numbers 9 why did they follow the cloud? God was in the cloud and He was leading His people. They did not know the way, so they followed His moving cloud.
- In Numbers 10, why did they have to blow their trumpets? The trumpets were to get the attention of the entire mass of people and they were signaling devices. They were also blown on the first of the month, over the burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of peace offerings. Many times in Scripture the voice of God is described as that of a trumpet so perhaps the blowing of the trumpets was a reminder of God’s voice.
- In Numbers 10:12 where is Paran? This could be in the modern-day Saudi Arabia area.
- Of all the names you cannot say how did Dan get his name in Numbers 10:25? Dan was one of the tribes of Israel. He was one of Leah’s sons and his name means “to judge”. She named him Dan because she felt that God had given judgment to her since she was not her husband’s favorite and His judgment was to rewards her with a son.
- In Numbers 11:7 What color is bdellium? Bdellium is pale brown.
- In Numbers 11:15 What does “wretchedness” mean? This is an adjective describing a person in a very unhappy or miserable state.
- In Numbers 11:25 What does “prophesied” mean? I am not sure. What they were doing was unusual behavior and it did bring glory to God. Perhaps they were singing or expounding or quoting Scripture or encouraging the congregation to follow or simply praising God.
- In Numbers 11:27 What does “prophesy” mean? Prophesy means in this context whatever unusual but God-honoring words or actions these two men were doing or saying. They were under direct influence of God’s Spirit and it showed.
- In Numbers 11:29 what does “prophets” mean? In this context it means that God would put His Spirit on all of His people. It is interesting to know that during this dispensation that all Christians are sealed with God’s Spirit so in a sense, all Christians today are prophets since we have God’s Spirit.
- In Number 11:30 what does “gat” mean? This is an archaic past tense of “get”. Moses took or got Joshua into the camp along with himself.
- In Numbers 11:33 what plague are they talking about? I am not sure, but whatever it was, it was deadly since God killed the people who lusted.
- In Numbers 12 was Miriam cured? Yes, she was shut out of the camp for seven days and then after seven days, she was healed and brought again into the camp. If she had not been healed, she would not have been allowed back into the camp.
- In Numbers 13 is this where David killed the giants? No, David did not exist until hundreds of years later.
- In Numbers 14 were the people to walk through the land for 40 years? Yes, those that didn’t trust God to bring them into the Promised land, ages 20 years old and older, were to wander outside of the Promised Land for 40 years. Then all those that were 20 years old and older would pass away and the next generation would be able to enter into God’s Promised Land.
- In Numbers 15:5 what is a “hin”? A hin was a unit of liquid measurement that is approximately 5.5 quarts.
- In Numbers 15: 1-12 why were all of the offerings given? These were the sacrifices and offerings that God told them to do in the book of Leviticus. Once they were in the land of Canaan and they brought their sacrifices, they were to add oil or wine with them.
- In Numbers 15 why is there one law for the children of Israel and another law for the stranger? No, there was one law that applied both to the children of Israel to those who were not of Israel’s descendants but were living with them. Numbers 15:16 “One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.” And Numbers 15:29 “Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.”
- In Numbers 15: 20 what does “threshing floor” mean? In the time of the Bible, after cutting the grain stalks, the grain was separated from the straw and husks by manually beating it or stamping heavily with the feet of either humans or oxen on a hard surface called a “threshing floor”.
- Why were the priests back then called Rabbi? What are they called today? The term “Rabbi” means a Jewish scholar or teacher, not a priest. The priests were different from the Rabbis. The tittle “rabbi” did not exist until about the first century. Since the Jews cannot perform services on the Temple Mount, there are no High Priests. There are some men called priests that have very limited local roles in their synagogues and community but not in the position of the High Priest in the time of the Old Testament.
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