In Exodus 4:13,14, after God has reassured Moses that He will be with him, Moses makes one final attempt to get out of the job God has ordained for him. In verse 14 we read that God's anger burned against Moses, as if God were about to perhaps kill him.
But instead of doing so, God apparently restrains His anger and then, with no apparent residual anger, ...
Psalm 106 sheds some light on this:
32 By the waters of Meribah they angered the Lord,
and trouble came to Moses because of them;
33 for they rebelled against the Spirit of God,
and rash words came from Moses’ lips.
The psalmist distinguished Moses from the rest of the Israelites. Because of them, Moses acted carelessly and hastily. It was a one-time thing ...
Moses didn’t want the ‘job’ in the first place. At the end of a long exchange that reflected Moses’s reluctance we read …
EXODUS 4:13 But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”
Then having to endure years in the wilderness with this ‘stiff necked people’, and multiple issues, including numerous examples of the people ...
God gave Moses instruction to strike the rock on the first occasion that water was provided in this manner.
Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and
thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that
the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of
Israel. (Exodus 17:6, KJV)
But this was the ...
“When you approach a city to fight against it, you shall offer it
terms of peace. If it agrees to make peace with you and opens to you,
then all the people who are found in it shall become your forced labor
and shall serve you. However, if it does not make peace with you, but
makes war against you, then you shall besiege it. When the Lord your
God gives it ...
Do the Canaan spies carry large-sized grapes or a large size cluster of grapes?
A large size cluster.
Moses gave the spies instructions in Numbers 13:
20How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees in it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.” (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)
These were the last words ...
The cluster of grapes itself is so large as to require two men carrying it. It may not have been so much the problem with its weight as with its size and the awkwardness of trying to carry a floppy cluster of grapes. A cluster so large would be difficult to handle alone, even if one could lift it.
However, the weight may well have been a factor, too. ...
The various commentaries differ on this. Some cite ancient authorities who say the grapes of the region were themselves large, others cite the weight of large clusters of grapes people have seen.
Several mention that the weight need not even have been the main reason for carrying it on a pole, but the need not to crush the grapes as you'd do trying to carry ...
23 He said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the Lord. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’ ”
24 So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. 25 “Eat it ...
How to reconcile Matthew 5:19 and Matthew 5:34 and Numbers 30:2 on the issue of swearing oaths?
Matthew chapter 5 is the beginning of Jesus' well-known Sermon on the Mount. Near the beginning of this Sermon, he clearly states in verse 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.&...
Was Jesus setting Number 30:2 aside to promote Matthew 5:34?
No Jesus was not setting Number 30:2 aside.
Yes, Jesus was promoting Matthew 5:34.
2 Corinthians 1:23
I call God as my witness that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth.
The reason they were not sure what to do with him was because even though the death penalty had been clearly defined for his act, it had not been told them which kind of death he should die. Different crimes involved different forms of capital punishment. They could hang him, stone him, behead him, burn him with fire, thrust him through with a sword, etc., ...
The following Bible scholars summarize Matt. 5:33-37 as based on perjury. That makes sense of v37 to simply say yes or no truthfully.
Kaiser, W. C., Jr., Davids, P. H., Bruce, F. F., & Brauch, M. T. (1996). Hard sayings of the Bible (pp. 361–362). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity.
5:34 Do Not Swear at All?
The first related commandment was to not take ...
Was Jesus setting Numbers 30:2 aside to promote Matthew 5:34?
This question relates directly to the distinction between the Law of Moses (which has been "set aside") and the Law of Christ. We can know this when we consider the Letter to the Hebrews:
Hebrews 7:11-12: "Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on ...
Father: If you borrow money, make sure you repay it as soon as you can.
Mother: Don't borrow money.
The second advice doesn't set aside the first, negate it, or even imply that it isn't good advice.
It simply encourages one to be in a position where the "if" condition won't apply.
Similarly "Don't lust in your heart" doesn't ...
Numbers 27:18 the Spirit already in Joshua before Moses laid his hand on him?
Yes, the same thing happens at the Pentecost.
1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there ...
Like oldhermit, I also think that this is a manuscript/scribe copying problem.
it is quite possible that one letter may have been substituted by the scribe for another.
Others consider the difference due to an error in the Hebrew text.
It may, therefore, have arisen from an error ...
Watch the parallelism in Numbers 5:14
And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled:
or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:
Regardless of whether the wife had committed the adulterous act or not, it was the same spirit of jealousy that came upon the ...
The Bible does not directly address a woman's jealousy in terms of giving instructions for dealing with it. There are cases where her jealousy is part of the narrative, however.
Prominent Examples of Jealous Wives
Sarah and Hagar (Genesis 16:1-6; ch. 21)
Hannah and Peninnah (1 Samuel 1:1-8)
Rachel and Leah (Genesis chaps. 29 - 33)
Michal and Bathsheba (2 ...
The total number of the Levite male population according to verse 39, was 22,000 from one month old and upward. The total number of the firstborn males among Israel 22,273. There is apparently, some discrepancy with the number of Levites which is probably the result of some textual error in one or more of the numbers representing the three separate family ...
The passage leads to the conclusion that indeed the spirit is already in Joshua when God calls Moses to lay hands on him. Also, the "in whom is the spirit" is a proper translation of the original text.
Support for the Translation from Hebrew
In Hebrew, the actual preposition בּ֑וֹ for "in" is present, following "spirit" and the ...
Work that kept people from dying wasn't restricted on the sabbath. The Pharisees criticized Jesus for healing on the sabbath because people he healed had been sick for years, so it was not life-threatening to wait.
12:9 Healing was not allowed on the Sabbath except when there was danger to life. Even then, measures could be taken only to prevent the ...
Jesus answered this question on several occasions:
Luke 13:14-16 - But the synagogue leader was indignant that Jesus had
healed on the Sabbath. “There are six days for work,” he told the
crowd. “So come and be healed on those days and not on the Sabbath.”
“You hypocrites!” the Lord replied. “Does not each of you on the
Sabbath untie his ox or ...
Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin.
Let's see the broader outline of Deut 19–26:
iii. Civil Laws and Social Justice ( 19:1–26:19 )
Cities of Refuge ( 19:1–14 )
The Testimony of Two or Three Witnesses ( 19:15–21 )
The Laws of ...
How do you reconcile Deuteronomy 24:16 and Numbers 14:18?
Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children
put to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin.
The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and
rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes
The passage in Deuteronomy is part of a set of laws for us to follow, and is therefore referring to a human court. We don't punish anyone but the sinner himself.
The passage in Numbers is referring to Heavenly judgement, which is omniscient and multi-generational.
(To anyone concerned about a parent's sins - a child will only be punished for his parents' ...
We have the same "problem" in the 10 commandments as recorded on Ex 20:
4 You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in the heavens above, on the earth below, or in the waters beneath.
5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on
Let's see the context, Deuteronomy 23:
3 No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, not even in the tenth generation. 4For they did not come to meet you with bread and water on your way when you came out of Egypt, and they hired Balaam son of Beor from Pethor in Aram Naharaim to pronounce a curse on you.