Epistles of Thomas

March 13, 2009

Numbers 25-27

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 22:22
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The Moabites couldn’t defeat the Israelites militarily so they did the next best thing. They seduced the Jewish men and enticed them to bow before the idols of Baal Peor. God’s anger burned against the people and a plague began which killed 24,000 people before Phinehas stopped it by acting vigilantly and eliminating the source of idol worship.

After the deaths of the 24,000 people God ordered that they take another census. The total number of men decreased slightly during the wilderness years from 603,550 to 601,730. The number of Levite men increased by a thousand during the period. This section concludes with “Not one of them was among those counted by Moses and Aaron the priest when they counted the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai. For the Lord had told those Israelites they would surely die in the wilderness” (26:64-65). Once they entered the promised land they were to divide it among the families as counted in the census. Numbers 27 begins with a complaint brought by the daughters of a man who had no sons. God commands that they be given the land of their father’s inheritance. A line of succession is then established for all occasions ( 27:8-11). The chapter ends with Moses passing on the leadership to Joshua knowing that he cannot enter the promised land due to his sin. This demonstrates a great difference between Moses and Mohammad. Both are seen as close to God but Moses is clearly portrayed as an ordinary human in relation to an Almighty God. Mohammad is portrayed as “just a prophet” but seems to have been given licence by Allah to do whatever he wants. In other words the rules always favour him.

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