I am currently reading the Book of Numbers. I invite you to join me!
The Book tells one of the greatest of the stories in the Bible – the forty year journey through the desert from Mount Sinai to the edge of the Promised Land.
The Book begins with a census – God commands Moses to count the people. This is why the book is called the Book of Numbers: it contains two censuses. This is a book about counting – about discovering that, together and individually, we count to God.
This series of around a dozen Bible Studies take place 8.30pm till 9.30pm on Mondays via Zoom. You’re welcome to arrive early from 8.00pm for chat before we open our Bibles. Absolutely no prior knowledge of experience of Bible study is expected. These Bible Studies are accessible for novices, though I hope they’ll also give food for thought for those who are more experienced.
You’re welcome to turn up regularly each Monday, or occasionally. The only stipulation is that I ask you to read in advance the passage we’ll be thinking about that week.
To join the Bible Studies, email firstname.lastname@example.org each Monday before 8.00pm, and ask for the Zoom access code. We’ll email it back to you.
Week Six: January 11th – we’re taking a look at Numbers 16:1 to 18:32
Every one is welcome! Simply read the passage, and ask us for the Zoom access code.
Week Five: December 14th – we’re took a second look at Numbers 13:1 to 15:41
We dig a little below the surface. As the spies return and report on the Promised Land, God’s People would have been inescapably reminded of an earlier consequential story in their history – but which one? With them, we listen as God reaffirms in a beautiful way that their years of slavery are over.
Week Four: November 30th – we read Numbers 13:1 to 15:41
They’ve arrived! The People of God reach the edge of the Promised Land and God tells Moses to send out scouts to spy out the land. They return with news that this is beautiful and rich land, but they also tell God’s People that they will never take the land from its inhabitants. But… what are they really frightened of?
Week Three: November 23rd – we read Numbers 8:1 to 12:16
A year after they arrive at Mount Sinai, the People of God set off on their journey to the Promised Land! This week we ask… What can we learn from Moses’ experience of leadership? Are our own spiritual lives teenage or adult? And why does Jesus teach that the humble are ushered into the kingdom of heaven?
Week Two: November 16th – we read Numbers 4:21 to 7:89
God gives his People new laws dealing with theft, perjury and suspected adultery. We also read a long text labouring the point that all the tribes gave the same gifts when the Tabernacle was completed. But why is all of this so important just before God’s People set off together for the Promised Land?
Week One: November 9th – we read Numbers 1:1 to 4:20
The journey hasn’t started yet… God’s People are still encamped around Mount Sinai. We read a description of the census which God takes. The Levites get a special job. The camp is formed. There’s a law about redeeming the firstborn. It all seems a bit random! – but these four chapters have hidden depths.