STUDY GUIDE: MODULE 3
As you read this week’s textbook reading assignments, take notes in response to these
questions and statements.
This study guide will help you to prepare for your quiz.
Why does the book of Numbers begin with a census?
It served not only to count
the people but also to organize them – the figures given are supposed to be the number of
men who were able to go to war, and they reflect major military fighting units + the
census would also provide a basis on which to divide the land (organized around 12
tribes) + the census also helped impress the original audience with the great work of
God’s sustenance + another purpose of the census was to validate God’s sustaining for
the entire forty-year period of wandering / (Numbered the tribe of Levi – tribe of priests +
divided into family groups for purposes of assigning the jobs of ministry)
What is a Nazirite?
Samson would be a lifelong Nazirite - ***this is an exception
*** / the Nazirite normally made a vow or promise associated with a request from God.
There is no reason given for the specific requirements on the part of the Nazirite. While
most vows lasted for a limited period of time, some Nazirites were under lifetime vows,
including Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist – a noted NT example of a person taking
short-term vows is the apostle Paul – a Nazirite was a person who consecrated himself or
herself for a particular purpose, that is, a special period of faithfulness – normally this
was for a short period of time and was accompanied by a vow or promise to God –
associated with this promise were 3 obligations (1) the Nazirite could not cut his hair for
the period of the vow, 2) had to refrain from drinking wine and from eating anything
made from grapes, and 3) was to avoid becoming unclean through touching dead bodies)
Why did the people refuse to go into the land after they reached Kadesh
As the people moved on north, Moses sent out an advance reconnaissance party
consisting of 12 men – the men reported “it does flow with milk and honey,” but report
that they also saw a problem: the land was already occupied with strong people, and the
cities were large and well fortified – the majority saw no way to go up against the
inhabitants of the land (except Joshua and Caleb) – the people listened to the majority
report and began to lament their terrible situation – abandoning all hope, they cried to
elect a new leader who would take them back to Egypt – Moses pleads to God for the
people – With this judgment, the nation was to turn south and begin wandering (thought
about continuing the conquest without God, but the Amalekites and Canaanites drove
What was Korah’s revolt?
Sometime after this, there was another rebellion. This
time it was headed by Korah, one of the Levites, along with several members of the tribe
of Reuben and 250 others. As is often the case, there was a degree of truth in their case as