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Having A Basic Understanding of Some Old Testament Truths

Part 334 – A Brief Recap Of Some Events From Genesis Through Numbers

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*Note: In the book of Genesis it should be noted that the Law of Moses was not given and thus was not in effect. This is important for a reason (Romans 3:19-20, Romans 4:15, Romans 5:12-13, and I John 3:4). While they had some sense of right and wrong (cf. Romans 2:14-15), the Law did not come until the days of Moses (John 1:17). The Law was added for a reason (Galatians 3:19 and I Timothy 1:8-9).

1. In the beginning, how many days did God use to create the heavens and the earth?

He used six days, and rested on the seventh (Genesis 1:1-2:3).

2. Did the first family on earth function properly?

No. The helpmeet [Eve] (Genesis 2:18-25) caused her husband to err and brought death into this world while being tossed from the garden (Genesis 3:1-24 and I Timothy 2:11-15). Then, their son Cain killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4:1-8). When Cain was called into question he made the famous statement: “Am I my brother's keeper?” (Genesis 4:9). God punished Cain by making him a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, yet made sure no one killed him. Thus, he lived out his punishment (Genesis 4:10-16).

3. Did people in the earlier days of the world live longer than today?

Yes, such as 969 years (Genesis 5:27), 962 years (Genesis 5:20), 950 years (Genesis 9:29), or 777 years (Genesis 5:31). Shem lived long too later on (Genesis 11:10-11).

4. What caused God to bring the flood upon the earth and destroy all but eight people?

The wickedness of man on the earth and the thoughts were only evil continually with the exception of Noah who did what God commanded him (Genesis 6:1-22).

5. Were all of the creatures taken onto the ark in numbers of two?

No, (Genesis 7:1-9).

6. Did God literally drown people and beasts by the flood?

Yes, (Genesis 7:20-23).

7. Why do rainbows exist?

For God’s remembrance and a sign of His covenant with man not to destroy the earth by water again (Genesis 9:11-17).

8. How did Babel come into existence?

Man was one with one language and a desire to build a city and tower to reach unto Heaven. So, God divided man, languages, and spread them upon the earth (Genesis 11:1-9).

9. How significant is Abram [Abraham] regarding the salvation of all humanity?

It was through the promise made to him, through his seed, that salvation came to all of humanity (Genesis 12:1-22:18).

10. How did Jacob get Esau’s birthright?

He got his brother to sell it to him for food (Genesis 25:19-34), then conspired with his mother and tricked his father in giving him his blessing (Genesis 27:1-40).

11. Who was named Israel and how did the “tribes of Israel” get their names?

Jacob was called Israel (Genesis 32:28). His children were the formation of the tribes of Israel (Genesis 49:1-28). Joseph’s sons [Manasseh and Ephraim]were given his namesake, with some debate over favoritism again (Genesis 48:1-22).

12. Who was given a coat of many colors and what did that cause?

Joseph was given the coat of many colors because he was favored by his father (Genesis 37:1-3). Joseph being favored and the visions he had caused his brothers to envy him, desire to kill him, sell him, and then be delivered from famine by him through God’s miraculous assistance (Genesis 37:4-47:31).

13. What caused Israel to be put into Egyptian bondage?

After the death of Joseph, there arose a Pharaoh that did not know him. The children of Israel had multiplied and became a threat in the eyes of this Egyptian king. So, the commands of bondage and throwing every son into the river while keeping alive the daughters was given (Exodus 1:1-22).

14. How did Moses escape being put to death as a male child?

He was hidden 3 months, then hidden in the river bank. He was then found by the daughter of Pharaoh and taken into her house (Exodus 2:1-10; cf. Acts 7:21).

15. After Moses fled Egypt and married (Exodus 2:11-22), why did God call upon him and was Moses readily willing to do what the Lord asked of him?

God heard the cry of His people and called Moses to go and deliver them. He was not jumping at the opportunity to do so (Exodus 2:23-4:17).

16. What did God do to set Israel free from Egypt through Moses and Aaron?

God had to harden Pharaoh’s heart and bring about punishment on his firstborn (Exodus 3:8 and Exodus 4:20-23), to set Israel free. He did that through plagues, leading them out of Egypt, and defending them when Pharaoh changed his mind (Exodus 5:1-14:31).

17. Why were the children of Israel to remember the Passover?

As an annual remembrance that the Lord delivered Israel from Egypt (Exodus 13:1-10; cf. Numbers 9:1-14).

18. What did the Lord do for Israel when they were pursued by Pharaoh and his army?

God opened the Red Sea and the children of Israel crossed on dry ground after which when the Egyptians pursued they were drowned by God (Exodus 14:1-31).

19. Were the children of Israel satisfied for long with being set free from Egyptian bondage?

No, they soon murmured and complained (Exodus 15:23-26, Exodus 16:1-3, and Exodus 17:1-4). This continues throughout the O.T.

20. If you read Exodus 19-23, would you conclude there were only ten commandments?

No. There were many given from how to build altars, an eye for an eye, restitution, etc. (Exodus 19:1-23:33). As you read through the remainder of the Old Testament there are hundreds more…

21. Who was separated from the children of Israel and made priests unto them?

Aaron and his sons (Exodus 28:1-29:46).

22. When Moses delayed coming down from the mount, what did Israel do and why didn’t God destroy them all?

They made a golden calf and were not destroyed because Moses interceded for them (Exodus 32:1-35). The children of Levi killed the idolaters (Exodus 32:25-29).

23. Did the Lord give general or detailed instructions concerning the building of the tabernacle?

They gave offerings and were specifically, with details, instructed on how to construct the tabernacle according to God’s design (Exodus 25:1-27:21 and Exodus 35:4-40:33).

24. As the children of Israel journeyed, how did they know when to go onward in their journey?

When the Lord filled the tabernacle and the cloud or fire was upon it they stayed, when the cloud was taken up they journeyed (Exodus 40:34-38).

25. Were the offerings for sin simple as you read through the beginning of Leviticus?

Not nearly. They are detailed for nine chapters (Leviticus 1:1-9:24) and then more throughout the OT (Leviticus 16:1-11, etc.).

26. What caused Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, to die?

They offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not (Leviticus 10:1-3; cf. Exodus 30:9, Numbers 3:3-4, and Numbers 26:61).

27. What would have happened had a priest drank wine and then entered the tabernacle?

He would die (Leviticus 10:9; cf. Ezekiel 44:21).

28. Were physical impurities of the flesh of significance under the Law of Moses?

Yes, leprosy, boils, unclean garments, semen issues, menstrual cycles, etc. all made a person unclean (Leviticus 12:1-15:33).

29. When studying through Leviticus, do you find that the children of Israel were expected to punish some sins with a physical death penalty?

Yes, (Leviticus 19:20, Leviticus 20:2, Leviticus 20:9-10, Leviticus 20:13-27, Leviticus 24:14, Leviticus 24:16-23, Leviticus 27:29, etc.)

30. Could a priest have gotten married? Was he expected to be pure?

Yes, and Yes, (Leviticus 21:1-22:28).

31. What was pentecost?

A feast that was to occur the fiftieth day after the Passover (Leviticus 23:15-22).

32. Were the children of Israel, in the book of Leviticus, clearly warned of disobedience as well as told that God would remember His covenant with their fathers?

Yes, (Leviticus 26:1-46). Such will be restated over and over again too.

33. What criteria was used in the numbering of Israel?

(1) And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, (2) Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls; (3) From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies. (4) And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers” (Numbers 1:1-4).

34. Who did God take from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn?

The Levites (Numbers 3:11-16).

35. What occurred during the vow of a Nazarite?

Separation, consecration to the Lord, followed by a sacrifice and shaving of his head (Numbers 6:1-21).

36. Were there only a couple of occasions wherein Israel was to blow trumpets?

No, there were many: “Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God” (Numbers 10:10).

37. When Moses got overwhelmed, who was appointed to help him?

Seventy men of the elders of the land whom were given the Spirit (Numbers 11:1-30).

*More will be added to this study each week (with exception to the last Sunday of each month).

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