Bible Time Period: Desert Wanderings
You taught Israel to walk in faith through 40 years’ wandering in the desert: Help me to trust in you today, O God.
Disappointingly, immediately after the blessings of Balaam comes news that the people are drawn into sexual sin and idol worship of the Baal of Peor. It is interesting to note that the animals Israel was commanded to sacrifice were animals revered by the surrounding nations. It has been suggested that one reason for the commands was to help free Israel from the tendency to idol worship that had taken hold of them in Egypt, that is in evidence here in chapter 25, and that will be a continual temptation to them in Canaan.
A second census is taken as the people prepare to enter the Promised land and divide it among the tribes. The twelve tribes do not exactly correspond to the 12 sons of Jacob/Israel: Instead of a single tribe of Joseph, there are two tribes named after his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. The tribe of Levi has no allotment of the land. Instead, they will be given cities in every tribe so they can perform their duties among all the tribes of Israel.
Who is designated to succeed Moses, and what is he appointed to do?
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