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Numbers 1

Why did God instructed Moses to take a census of the Israelite?
To count how many Israelites are able to go to war (v. 45).

Why aren’t the Levites included in the census?
The Levites are assigned to do the work at the tabernacle (v. 50-51).

Numbers 2

How were the camps of the Israelite arranged?
The camps of the Israelite are to be set up by divisions in 4 groups. In each group, there are 3 tribes. The tribes of Judah, Issachar and Zebulun camped on the east (v. 3-9). The tribes of Reuben, Simeon and Gad camped on the south (v. 10-16). The tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh and Benjamin camped on the west (v. 18-24).The tribes of Asher, Dan and Naphtali camped in the north (v. 25-31).

Numbers 3

What are the three tribes of Levi?
Gershon, Kohath and Merari (v. 17).

Which tribe is taken in place of the firstborn of Israel?
Levi (v. 3).

What are the works assigned to each of the Levite tribes?
The Gershonites took care of the tabernacle, and the tent, the covering thereof, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, hangings of the court, the curtain for the door of the court, and the cords of it (v. 25-26).

The Kohathites took care of the ark, table, candlestick, altars,  vessels of the sanctuary, curtains and other things related to their use (v. 31-32).

The Merarites took care of the  boards of the tabernacle, bars, and the pillars, sockets, vessels, pillars of the court, sockets, and their pins, and their cords (v. 36-37).

What is the numbered difference between the firstborns of the Levites and Israelites? What is the consequence of this difference?
273. Each of the Israelite has to pay 5 shekels to Aaron and his sons (v. 48).

Numbers 4

Why do all the articles of the tabernacle have to be covered?
The articles of the tabernacle are holy so no one can go near or touch them. Anyone who go near those sacred objects will be put to death ()v. 17-20).

Which part of the taberncle do the Kohathites carry?
The sacred objects and furnishings of the sacred tent including the sacred chest, table, sacred bread, gold incense altar and its utensils, lampstand and the associated articles, and bronze altar and its utensils.

Which part of the taberncle do the Gershonites carry?
Curtains and its two outer coverings, curtains of the sacred tent, curtains hanging around the courtyard, and curtains and ropes for entrance to the courtyard (v. 24-26).

Which part of the taberncle do the Merarites carry?
Frames of the tent and the other pieces including bars, posts, stands, posts that support the courtyard, tent pegs and ropes (v. 31-32).

Numbers 5

What is to be done to a person with defiling skin disease or disharge?
They must be put out of the camp (v. 2-3).

What can a jealous husband do to test his unfaithful wife?
The jealous husband can bring his wife to the proest who will let her drink the bitter water. The woman will stand at the altar. The bitter water is made from sacred water and some dust from the tent in it. Before it is given to the woman to drink, curses written on a special paper is washed into the bitter water. If the woman is guilty of adultery, she will not be able to have children anymore. If the woman is not guilty, she will still be able to have children (v. 11-31).

Numbers 6

What should a Nazirite abstain from?
A Nazirite is to abstain from wine, beer, vinegar, grape juice, grapes, and raisins (v. 1-4). He must not go near a dead body (v. 6). He must never cut his hair (v. 5).

What is the symbol of a Nazirite?
The hair on the had is the sign that the person is dedicated to God so it should never be cut (v. 7).

What is the job of a Nazirite?
The Nazirites vow to dedicate themselves to God by living holy life (v. 5).

Numbers 7

How many leaders bring offerings during the dedication of the tabernacle?
12 leaders including Nahshon the son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah (v. 12), Nethaneel the son of Zuar, prince of Issachar (v. 18), Elizur the son of Shedeur, prince of the children of Reuben (v. 30), Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai, prince of the children of Simeon (v. 36), Eliasaph the son of Deuel, prince of the children of Gad (v. 42), Elishama the son of Ammihud, prince of the children of Ephraim (v. 48), Abidan the son of Gideoni, prince of the children of Benjamin (v. 60), Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai, prince of the children of Dan (v. 66), Pagiel the son of Ocran, prince of the children of Asher (v. 72), and Ahira the son of Enan, prince of the children of Naphtali (v. 78).

What offerings did each leader brougt at the dedication of the tabernacle?
One silver charger, the weight thereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them were full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering: One spoon of ten shekels of gold, full of incense: One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering: One kid of the goats for a sin offering: And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year (v. 13-17).

Numbers 8

What is the age range for the Levites to enter into the service at the tabernacle?
25 years old or more (v. 24).

Numbers 9

How are those who are unclean to celebrate the passover?
Those that are unclean are to celebrate the passover on the 14th day at twilight by following all the regulations (v. 11-12).

How is a foreigner to celebrate the passover?
The foreigner must celebrate the passover in accordance with all the rules and regulations (v. 14)

What did the cloud above the tabernacle look like at night?
Fire (v. 15).

How did the Israelite know it is time to lift the tabernacle and set out?
When the cloud is lifted from the tabernacle (v. 22).

Numbers 10

What are the two silver trumpets for?
To assemble the community and leaders at the entrance to the tent of meeting and to gather the assembly to set out (v. 1-7)

When did the Israelite leave Mount Sinai?
20th day of the 2nd month of the 2nd year (v. 11).

Numbers 11

Why did God sent fire among the people?
God was angry with the people complaining to him and not having faith in his providence.

Why did the people complained?
Because they have no meat to eat (v. 4).

What did God sent as meat for the Israelite?
God sent a wind to blow the quail from the sea to the area arond the camp so that the people can gather and cook them (v. 31).

What happened to those who complained that they are better off in Egypt?
God killed them with a plague (v. 33).

Numbers 12

What did Miriam and Aaron complained about Moses?
They argued why Moses could be leader as if he is the only one that God speaks to. They confronted Moses because they want to be leader in the Israelite community.

Why did God’s anger burned against Miriam and Aaron?
God was angry with Miriam and Aaron because Moses is his chosen leader and they should not argue with him about that.

What is the punishment that Miriam received?
God struck Miriam with leprosy (v. 10).

Who interceded for Miriam?
Moses prayed for God to heal Miriam’s leprosy. God had mercy on her and said she will be healed after she is put outside the camp for 7 days (. 13-15).

Numbers 13

How many leaders were sent to explore Canaan?
12 leaders, one from each tribe (v. 4-15).

What did the spies brought back from Canaan?
The 12 spies brought back a branch of a cluster of grapes, some pomegranates and figs (v. 23).

Did the spies bring good report on Canaan?
There were 10 spies that brought bad report on Canaan. They complained that the people who lived in Cnaan are powerful, their cities are fortified and very large, and they look like grasshoppers to the Nephilim. However, Caleb tried to calm down th epeople by telling them that to trust in God and God will surely keep his promise and help them conquer the enemies in Canaan (v. 30).

Numbers 14

What is God’s punishment for the Israelite because they grumbled against him?
Everyone above 20 years old will die in the wilderness (v. 29).

How did God punished the 10 spies who spreaded a bad repor about Canaan?
God killed the 10 spies by striking them with a plague (v. 37).

What happened to the Israelites who ventured to fight with the Canaanites by themselves?
They were attacked and chased by the Amalekites and Canaanites all the way to Hormah (v. 44-45).

Numbers 15

Why did the man who was gathering wood be stoned to death?
He desecrated the Sabbath by doing work.

Numbers 16

Why did Korah and his followers came to oppose Moses and Aaron?
They argued that everyone in the community is holy and fit to become leader. They wanted to argue why Moses is set apart and only he can be leader.

Why is Korah and his followers wrong in opposing Moses and Aaron?
Because Moses is God chosen leader.

What happened to Korah and his followers for their rebellions?
God opened up the ground and swallow up Korah and his followers, their households and possessions (v. 32).

How did Aaron prevented God from putting to death more Israelites through a plague?
Aaron took his censer and put incense in it, along with burning coals from the altar and carried to the people in the assembly to make atonement for them (v. 46).

Numbers 17

Why did God commanded Moses to bring the staffs of the 12 tribal leaders into the tabernacle in front of the ark of covenant?
So that the people will not argue and quarrel about Aaron as God’s chosen priest.

What happened to Aaron’s staff?
Aaron’s staff budded, blossomed and produced almonds (v. 8).

Numbers 18

Do the Levites required to give a tithe?
Yes, the Levites are to present a tithe from the tithe of the Israelite  to Aaron, the priest (v. 28).

What do the Levites required to tithe?
The best of everything they received from the Israelite. (v. 32).

Numbers 19

What is used to make the water of cleansing?
ashes of the red heifer (v. 9).

What is the water of cleansing use for?
It is used to cleanse an unclean person. .

Where is the water of cleansing kept?
The water of cleansing is put in a ceremonially clean place outside the camp (v. 9).

Numbers 20

Where did Miriam died?
Kadesh (v. 1).

Why did the people complained to Moses?
They had no water to drink (v. 5).

What did God commanded Moses to do to get water?
He instructed him to speak to the rock and it will pour out water (v. 8).

What wrong did Moses do that God was angry with him?
He did not give glory to God about the miracle of the rock that pour out water. Instead of saying God is the one that bring them water out of the rock, he said that “we” bring them water from the rock (v. 10),

What is the stream named as? Why it was given that name?
The stream was named Meribah because the Israelite quarelled with the Lord for water (v. 13).

Where did Aaron died?
Mount Hor (v. 22).

Who took the place of Aaron as the high priest?

Aaron’s eldest son, Eleazar (v. 28).

Numbers 21

How did God punish the Israelite for grumbling while in the wilderness?
He sent venomous snakes to bite and poisoned the people (v. 6).

What did God command Moses to do to save the people?
God commanded Moses to make a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Anyone who see the bronze snake can be saved (v. 8-9).

Which 2 kings that Israel defeat? Why did they went into war?
King Sihon and King Og of Bashan (v. 21-35).

Numbers 22

Why was Balak afraid of the Israelite?
He saw what the Israelites had done to the Amorites (v. 2).

What did Balak want Balaam to do?
Balak wanted Balaam to put a curse on the Israelite so that he can defeat and drive them out from the land (v. 6).

Did Balaam agreed to Balak’s requests?
He didn’t agreed to Balak’s requests at first because God didn’t allow him. When Balak sent his messengers for the second time, he finally agreed as God allowed him to go this time (v. 7-20).

Why did the donkey refuse to move? What is Balaam’s reaction?
The donkey can see that there is an angel blocking the way. Balaam thought the donkey was lazy and he beat it again and again.

Why was the angel angry with Balaam?
Balaam set out for the journey without waiting for the messengers Balak sent. This showed his motive, that he hoped God will allow him to curse the Israelite, so that he can make a profit from Balak.

Numbers 23

Did Balaam curse the Israelite?

Numbers 24

Where did Balaam do wrong in seeking God?
Balaam repeatedly requested Balak to set up 7 altars here, and prepare 7 bulls and 7 rams. He hoped that by doing to he can please God to let him put a curse on the Israelite. He tried to test God.

Numbers 25

Why is God angry with the Israelite?
They prostitutes themselves with Moabie women, offered sacrifices to their gods, eat the sacrificial meal nd bowed down to their gods (v. 2).

How did Phinehas stopped the plague from the Israelite?
Phinehas drove a spear into the Israelite man and Midianite woman’s stomach (v.7-8).

Why did God want the Israelite to treat the Midianites as enemy?
The Midianites deceived them into worshiping Peor (v. 17),

Numbers 26

What is the difference between the first and second census?
Those that are 20 years old and above in the first generation has completely died, just as God had promised so that they would not enter into the land of Canaan but their offspring from the second genration will conquer and settle in the land of Canaan (v. 64).

How is the land divided among the 12 tribes?
The land is to be alloted to the Israelite according to the size of their tribe. More land will be given to a larger group while lesser land will be given to a smaller group (v. 52-56).

Numbers 27

What is Zelophehad’s daughters request from Moses?
Zelophehad’s daughters’ fathers died in  wilderness, leaving no son. He also did not have any close male relative to inherit land. Therefore, Zelophehad requested Moses to give them a piece of property (v. 2-3)

What law was enforce as a result of Zelophehad’s daughters request?
Women can also inherit land, provided that the father had no son and no close male relative (v. 8-10).

Numbers 28

What are the daily offerings?

2 lambs a year old without defect.
One lamb in the morning and the other at twiligh.
A grain offering made from 1/10 of an ephah made from the finest flour mixed with 1/4 of a hinb of oil from pressed olives.
1/4 of a hin of fermented drink with each lamb.

What are the Sabbath offerings?
2 lambs a year old without defect, together with its drink offering
A grain offering of 2/10 of an ephah made from the finest flour mixed with olive oil.

What are the monthly offerings?
2 young bulls, 1 ram and 7 male lambs a year old, all without defect. Each bull is to be accompanied with 3/10 of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with oil. The drink offering is 1/2 a hin of wine (v. 4-8).
With the ram, a grain offering of 2/10 of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with oil. The drink offering is 1/3 a hin of wine (v. 9).
With each lamb, a grain offering of 1/10 of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with oil. The drink offering is 1/4 a hin of wine (v. 12-14).

How is the passover celebrated?
The Israelite is to eat bread made without yeast.for 7 days starting from the 15th of the first month (v. 17)

What is the festival of weeks?
The festival of week, also known as Pentecost in Greek is celebrated on the 6th of the Hebrew month o Sivan. It celebrates the day when God gave the Torah to Israel.

Numbers 29

What is the Festival of Trumpets?
The Festival of Trumpets, also known as Rosh Hashanah, is a Jewish New Year celebrated on the 1st of the Hebrew month Tishri. It is celebrated with the blowing of shofar.

What is the Day of Atonement?
The Day of Atonement, also known as Yom Kippur is the holiest day for the Jews. It is celebrated on the 10th of Tishri. On this day, the priest will make the sin offering for atoning his sin and the sins of the Israelite.

What is the Festival of Tabernacles?
The Festival of Tabernacles, also known as Sukkot, is celebrated on the 15th of Tishri. The celebration lasts for 7 days. On this days, the Jewish families will build small huts, where meals are to be eaten throughout the celebration of the festival. It is celebrated to commemorate the 40 years wanderings of the Israelite in the desert.

Numbers 30

Can a man break his word on the vow he made?

Can a young woman not keep the vow she made?
Yes, if her father hears about the vow and forbids her.

Can a widow or divorced woman not keep the vow she made?

Can a married woman not keep the vow she made?
Yes, if her husband hears about vow and forbids her.

Numbers 31

Why was Moses angry with the Israelite after they came back from war?
They did not kill all the people as they allowed the women and children to live (v. 15-18)

What did Moses instructed the Israelite to do?
He instructed them to kill all the non virgin women and the boys (v. 17-18).

How was the spoil divided among the Israelite?
They were divided between the soldiers who took part in the battle and the rest of the community (v. 27).

Why did the soldiers offer gold articles as offering to God?
Because not one soldier is missing from the war (v. 49-50).

Numbers 32

Which tribes wanted their inheritance early?
Gadites, the Reubenites and the half-tribe of Manasseh (v. 33).

What do these tribes promised to do after settling in their inheritance?
The Gadites, the Reubenites and the half-tribe of Manasseh promised to arm themselves for battle and help the other Israelite tribes to fight the Canaanites. They will not receive any inheritance in the other side of the Jordan since they have already received their inheritance on the east side of Jordan (v. 16-19).

Numbers 33

What did God instructed the Israelite to do after they crossed over into the land of Canaan?
They are to destroy all their idolatries including carved images, cast idols, high places. In addition, they are to drive out all the inhabitants of the land. If they don’t drive out all the inhabitants of the land, they will become thorns to them and give them trouble in the land (v. 51-55).

Numbers 34

Who was responsible for assigning the land to the nine and a half tribes?
Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun and a leader from each tribe (v. 17-18).

Numbers 35

What are the Israelite to give the Levites?
They are to give towns and the pasterlands around the towns to the Levites. In this way, the Levites will have towns to live and pasture for their cattle (v. 2-3).

How many towns should the Israelite give to the Levites?
48 (v. 7).

Who can escape to the city of refuge?
A person who has killed someone accidentally may flee (v. 11).

How many towns will become the cities of refuge?
6 (v. 6)

Numbers 36

What other problem did Zelophehad’s daughters faced?
They want the inheritance to remain within their own clan even if they marry someone else from another clan. This is because they don’t have any male relative in their clan. God solved this problem by forbiding inheritance from passing from one tribe to another as long as they marry within their father;s tribal clan (v. 6-9).


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