Numbers 33 Outline
– Stages of the Israelites’ journey (Numbers 33:1-54)
– God commanded the Israelites to get rid of all the idolatries and high places in Canaan (Numbers 33:55-56)
Numbers 33 Summary
Numbers 33 is a record of the stages of the Israelites’ journey. Moses kept a record of the stages of the Israelites’ journey by God’s command.
The Israelites left Rameses on the 15th of the first month, the day after the Passover. Next, the Israelites camped at Succoth, Etham, Pihahiroth, passed the Red Sea on dry land, Desert of Etham, Marah, Elim, Desert of Sin, Dophkah, Alush, Rephidim, Desert of Sinai, Kibroth Hattaavah, Hazeroth, Rithmah, Rimmon Perez, Libnah, Rissah, Kehelathah, Mount Shepher, Haradah, Makheloth, Tahath, Terah, Mithcah, Hashmonah, Moseroth, Jaakan, Hor Haggidgad, Jotbathah, Ezion Geber, Kadesh, Mount Hor, Zalmonah, Punon, Oboth, Iye Abarim, Dibon Gad, Almon Diblathaim, mountains of Abarim, and finally the plains of Moab.
God commanded Moses to destroy all the images and idols in the land otherwise the people there will lead them astray into sin and God will punished them just like how he planed to do to them now. God commanded Moses to allot a larger portion of land to a larger tribe of Israelites and a smaller portion of land to a smaller tribe of Israelites.
Numbers 33 Bible Study
1. God is our provider
One reason why God asked Moses to keep a record of the stages of the journey is to remind the Israelites and the Christians that he is our provider. The stages of the Israelites’ journey show how God consistently provided all the necessities of the Israelites including water, food, and clothes while they wander around the desert for 40 years before reaching Canaan. We must trust in God as our refuge and helper in no matter what problem we face (Psalm 54:4; Isaiah 41:10; Hebrews 13:6; Romans 8:31; Isaiah 50:7-9; Psalm 118:13; Psalm 118:6-7; Psalm 41:12l 1 Chronicles 12:18).
2. Don’t go near to things that tempt you
In Numbers 33:50-56, God commanded the Israelites to get rid of the images, idols, and high places of the Canaanites after they entered into the land lest they be tempted into sin just like them. You should avoid going near things that tempt you. For example, if you just quit smoking, you should avoid mixing with peers that smoke cigarettes otherwise you will relapse again (2 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Corinthians 15:33; James 4:4; Ephesians 5:6-14; Psalm 139:21-22; 1 Peter 4:2-4; 1 Peter 2:9-10; 1 Corinthians 10:21).