Numbers 30-36 Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers on Numbers Chapters 30-36
In Numbers 30 if a wife vows a vow to the LORD and her husbands hears her vow and doesn’t tell her not to do it, she is to fulfil her vow. If he tells her that she should not do the vow, then she is free before the LORD of her vow. This same principle is true also with a daughter who lives in her father’s house. If the father hears the vow and tells her not to do it, she is released from her vow to God. If he hears her vow and doesn’t tell her not to do it, she has to fulfill her vow. Do I understand this correctly? Yes, you are absolutely right!
In Numbers 31 who were the Midianites and what did the LORD have against the Midianites? The Midianites, who were descendants of Abraham and his second wife Keturah, joined forces with the Moabites to hire Balaam to curse Israel. The Midianites helped to seduce the Israelites into worshipping idols and rebel against God.
In Numbers 31:9 what happened to the Midianitish women and children that the Israelites took captive? In verse 17, Moses commands that every non-virgin female and every boy child was to be killed. That only left young girls alive. The reasoning is that it was the women who seduced the Israelite men into both having sex and worshipping Baal (sexual practices was a large part of idolatry). And the boys were killed because they did not want the males to grow up and retaliate against those who killed their families.
In Numbers 32:10 is the LORD swearing? Not cursing, like we would think of swearing. Rather, he made an oath or vowed. Unlike men who can break vows, God cannot. And in this instance, none of the men of war from age 20 to 50 ever entered the promised land. God kept his word.
In Numbers 32:16 what are sheepfolds? They are structures to protect the sheep, like barns or corrals.
In Numbers 32 The people of Gad and Reuben got the land that they wanted, but it was not the land the LORD gave to Israel? Yes, you are right. The people of Gad, Reuben and part of the tribe of Manasseh did not want to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land and God granted their request even though it was not the land that God wanted to give to them.
In Numbers 33:11 was there a town named Sin? No, there was a wilderness of Sin which the children of Israel encamped in after they left the Red Sea area.
In Numbers 33:52 what are pictures? These were images, paintings, artwork that probably glorified the idolatry and sensual practices of the Canaanites.
In Numbers 33 it talks about he travels of the children of Israel in their 40 years. Yes, Moses is reminding them since those that he is addressing are those that were 19 years or younger when the people refused to enter the Promised land. All of the other older people died off and this was the second generation.
In Numbers 34, is this the land that is present day Israel? Yes and no. For the most part, yes. However, some of ancient Israel extended further north into what is today the country of Lebanon. Also, and more clearly marked, is that the Jordan River is the eastern boundary of modern Israel, whereas in ancient times the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh pushed the boundary further east past the Jordan River into what is today the country of Jordan. Ancient Israel was given the right by God to go as far east as the Euphrates River in present-day Iraq, but this never happened. However, in the future kingdom age it will.
In Numbers 34:13 who is the half tribe? Half of the tribe of Manasseh wanted their portion of land on this side of Jordan with the tribes of Reuben and Gad.
In Numbers 35 they gave cities to the Levites and made cities of refuge. The laws were given to know how to judge murderers. Yes, the cities of refuge were to protect the one who involuntary killed a person. The laws were given also that if someone intentionally murdered someone else, they were to be killed.
I thought Moses never saw the Promised Land? He only was able to see it. He did not enter into it before he died.
In Numbers 36 it was told who they could and could not marry so they would not lose their inheritance. This was for the daughters of Zelophehad. They were only to marry in their tribe since they would be taking their inheritance with them after they got married, so they could not marry outside their tribe or else they would lose their inheritance.
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