Numbers 17 Bible Study


Numbers 17 Outline


– Moses collected 12 staffs from the tribal leaders (Numbers 17:1-7)

– Aaron’s staff budded and produced almonds (Numbers 17:8-9)

– God commanded Moses to put Aaron’s staff in front of the Testimony as a reminder to the rebellious (Numbers 17:10-12)



Numbers 17 Summary


God commanded Moses to get the staffs of the 12 tribal leaders. The name of each man is to be written on his staff. The staff of Levi should be written with Aaron’s name.


God commanded Moses to put the staffs in the Tent of Meeting in front of the Testimony. The staff that belonged to the man he chose as leader will sprout. Moses did as God commanded and he collected 12 staffs from each of the leaders of the ancestral tribes.


The next day, Moses found the staff of Aaron budded, blossomed and produced almonds. After that, Moses brought out all the staffs for the Israelites to see. They looked and took their own staff. God commanded Moses to put back Aaron’s staff in front of the Testimony as a reminder to the rebellious.


Numbers 17 Bible Study


1. Different members of Christ’s body

God commanded Moses to collect 12 staffs, one staff from each of the tribal leader. The purpose is to show them that he had chosen Aaron to be the priest but the Levites are chosen to take care of the tabernacle. All of us are different members of Christ’s body. Each of us has a different role to play at the church. If everyone is doing the same work, the whole church won’t be able to run smoothly. Each of us must take on his role and contribute to the church so that the church can be edified. In Romans 12:4-8, for as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.