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.
Three feasts are announced in Numbers 29. The first will later become Rosh Hashanah, a celebration of the new year. The “holy convocation” described next is the “Day of Atonement” or Yom Kippur, an annual day set aside to atone for sins. Finally comes the “Feast of Tabernacles” (Heb. Sukkot), a joyful festival commemorating the 40 years of wandering and the harvest. “Tabernacles” refers not the Tabernacle God had them build, but to the temporary booths the people lived in during that time.
The tribes of Reuben and Gad, along with half of Manasseh, were given land in the “Transjordan,” an area to the east of the Jordan River. They will leave their families there while the men continue across the river with the other tribes to help conquer Canaan.
From chapter 32: who among those who came out of Egypt were granted passage into the Promised Land, and why?
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