Numbers 5 Outline
– Anyone ceremonially unclean was to be sent outside the camp (Numbers 5:1-4)
– Restitution for wronging another person (Numbers 5:5-10)
– The bitter water that brings a curse that test whether a wife is unfaithful to her husband (Numbers 5:11-31)
Numbers 5 Summary
God commanded Moses to send every leper or anyone with an issue or anyone ceremonially unclean because of being defiled by a dead body outside the camp. The Israelites did this and everyone who was ceremonially unclean was sent outside the camp.
When a person wrong another person, he is to confess the sin he has committed and make restitution by adding 1/5 of the value to the person he wronged. If the person has no close relative, the restitution will belong to the priest as well as the ram that is used for making atonement for him.
If a husband suspect his wife cheated him, he can bring her to the priest along with 1/10 of an ephah of barley meal. No oil or incense is to be put on the barley meal. The priest will take some holy water in a clay jar. Then, he will put in some dust from the tabernacle floor into the holy water in a clay jar. Next, the priest will put the woman under oath that if she is pure, the bitter water that brings a curse will not harm her. But if she is impure, the bitter water that brings a curse will cause her thigh to waste away and her abdomen to swell so that she can no longer bear children. The woman shall say, ‘Amen, amen.’ after the priest had put her under oath.
The priest will write the curses on a book and wash them away into the water. After that, the woman is to drink the water. If the woman did not gone astray or sleep with other men during marriage, nothing will happen to her. If the woman did gone astray or sleep with other men during marriage, her thigh to waste away and her abdomen to swell so that she can no longer bear children
Numbers 5 Bible Study
1. Confess your sins to God
In Numbers 5:5-10, restitution of 1/5 of the value must be made if anyone wrong another person. Every now and then, you should examine yourself to see if you have sin against God in any area of your life. If you have sin, you must tell God how you sin against him and ask for his forgiveness. In 1 John 1:9, if you confess your sin, God who is faithful and just will forgive you and purify you from all unrighteousness. In James 5:16, confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. In Proverbs 28:13, he that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
2. Marital Unfaithfulness
Numbers 5:11-31 is about the using of the bitter water that bring a curse to test the faithfulness of a wife to her husband. Adultery is a sin. Looking at a person with lust is also considered adultery. It is a sin to divorce your spouse unless of marital unfaithfulness. In Matthew 5:32, but I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. In Matthew 5:28, but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.