Thursday, May 2, 2013

Numbers 33:1-34:29


After 40 years of nomadic travels through the wilderness, the Israelites have arrived at the borders of Canaan. Camped on the banks of the Jordan river, they are poised to enter the land of Promise. But before the invasion (for that is what it is) and conquest begin, there is a long pause in the action. Most of that pause is filled with Moses' farewell speeches in the book of Deuteronomy.

Here in Numbers 33 we have a recounting of the Israelites' travels told in stages.

Chapter 34 gives describes the boundaries of the territory the Israelites are to possess and a list of the tribal leaders appointed to assist Joshua and Eleazer in the work of divvying up the land.

Next: Numbers 35-36

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