Summary: A Bible study on Numbers 35
As a child, did you ever run away from home? Where did you go?
Thesis: 3 Things From This Chapter
The Levitical Towns- ““You are the salt of the earth.” Matthew 5:13, NIV.
They were scattered widely throughout Israel.
It is not good for Christians to gather in the holy huddle.
“And Saul was there, giving approval to his death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.” Acts 8:1-4.
Some Christians have a hard time in a workplace with few other Christians. Put there for a reason, to be salt. Need Christians in all places, in all walks of life to be salt.
Even though scattered they lived together in towns.
There is strength in numbers. Went out 2 by 2.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no-one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NIV.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17, NIV.
The Levites properties were meager but sufficient for their needs.
Total amount of actual land given them amounted to one tenth of 1 percent of land of Canaan
“It is the Levites who are to do the work at the Tent of Meeting and bear the responsibility for offenses against it. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. They will receive no inheritance among the Israelites.” Numbers 18:23, NIV.
They were to be focused on ministry of Lord in the tabernacle and to their fellow Israelites. “having nothing, and yet possessing everything” 2 Corinthians 6:10
The Israelites in each area of the country were to provide for the Levites.
“For it is written in the Law of Moses: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” Is it about oxen that God is concerned? Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because when the ploughman ploughs and the thresher threshes, they ought to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? Don’t you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.” 1 Corinthians 9:9-14, NIV.
The Cities of Refuge
This is a type or metaphor of the salvation of people through Jesus Christ.