Book of Numbers (Part 3) – Balak, Balaam, and Boundaries

The key events of chapters 20 -35, as listed below, include some very important events, as well as some defining moments. In chapter 20, both Miriam and Aaron die.  This chapter is also where Moses strikes the rock for the second time – this time not following God’s command – the event for which neither Moses nor Aaron will be allowed to enter the Promised Land. Other key events in the following chapters include that of the bronze snake, apostasy at Peor (see this previous post for comments on those two events), victories over Canaan, prescription of the land boundaries, and much more.

The Move From Kadesh to the Plains of Moab

Balak and Balaam

  • Messengers from King Balak of Moab offer riches to the prophet Balaam to come to Moab and curse the Israelites (Numbers 22:1-20).

    Messengers from King Balak of Moab offer riches to the prophet Balaam to come to Moab and curse the Israelites (Numbers 22:1-20).

    Balaam rejects Balak’s first summons – Numbers 22:7-14

  • Balaam and the donkey – Numbers 22:22-35
  • Balak meets with Balaam – Numbers 22:36-40

Balaam blesses Israel

Baal worship at Peor – Numbers 25:1-18

The Second Census – Numbers 26

Laws for the land

Schedule of feasts and sacrifices

The serious commitment of vows

Vengeance on Midian – Numbers 31

Settlement in TransJordan – Numbers 32

Locating events in the Book of Numbers

Locating events in the Book of Numbers

Summary of Journey  (Egypt to Canaan) – Numbers 33

Boundaries ordained for Canaan

/Bob’s boy
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