Verses 11-28 Jealousy in the family. Much jealousy prevails between wife and husband. If the husband
suspects his wife, he takes her to the priest and puts her through the test. He (priest) takes some water and
some dust from the floor of the tabernacle together and asks the woman to drink it (if the wife denies
having extramarital activities—this procedure is the test). If she lies, her stomach will swell and her
thighs will rot as a result of her sin. Then the husband.
In India, the woman is brought before everybody. She is asked to cup her hands. Then hot coals are
heaped in her hands. If she did not sin, the coals, it was believed, would not burn her. If she did sin, it
would burn her hands. In the United States, if a woman is found guilty of infidelity, she gets divorced. In
the East, they would destroy the sin itself by doing what they do. In the East, there are social laws that
keep the community in mind. Every person minds his own business, but they also mind someone else's
business if that someone is wrong. It is detrimental to the whole community. The same thing with the
church: if someone is wrong, it should be brought before the elders. They should check us, warn us, pray
with us and correct us. If we do not listen, we should be thrown out as a heathen. These are the cultural
laws of the East. This man is then thrown into jail and is treated as though he were dead.
Verse 21 If a man is jealous of his wife, he goes to the priest and tells him that she hasn't been fair and
faithful, etc. Then they don't follow her to see if she is wrong, but they test her right away. They take
some holy water and dust from the altar and mix it up and they call it bitter water. If she is guilty, she
will make a face when she drinks the water. Thigh should be "waist." The bitter water is the dust that is
on the floor of the temple.
Verse 1 The Jews are a brown race. They are brown because of the heat they live in. They got angry at
Moses because he married a Negro woman.
Verses 1-14 Culture. Child rearing. There was a squabble between Moses, Miriam and Aaron. Moses
was a Jew (brown in color) and his wife was an Ethiopian woman, African (black). The prejudice was
not on color. It was one of culture. The Jews want their children brought up in their Eastern culture, not
in the black, African culture. They said to Moses, "Do you think God only speaks through you?" They
were endeavoring to be equal to Moses in responsibility. God heard this, and scolded Miriam and Aaron.
As a result, Miriam received leprosy.
Verses 12-14 Spit in face. Verse 10: Miriam was leprous. Verse 13: "spit in face"—if girl
misbehaved and father reported to elders of gate (if she was not stoned), she would be treated as if dead
and would feel that way. Secluded from family in last room of house. Same seclusion as when on
menstrual period—defiled and outcast for seven days. Same thing happens on whom the father spits.
God said this treatment must happen to Miriam and then she could be received again. (People who have
leprosy must remain outcast—Miriam would be healed.)
Verse 14 The girls are kept in very strict obedience in the East. They are given liberty only to the extent
of good behavior. If they come late or do some other wrong thing, they punish them by the father spitting
in their face in front of everyone else. If she speaks, then she is defiled and is shut out seven days. She
eats inside the house alone and on the seventh day she goes to the temple and receives a blessing.
"Spit in her face" means that an unruly or uncontrollable girl is punished by going into seclusion for
seven days (as the menstrual period) — this she does to repent and to reform—this is a figure of speech,
not literally spitting in the face.
"Spit in her face." Eastern custom: If a father spits in the face of his daughter, she is ashamed for
seven days and she is secluded like a menstrous woman.
Verses 31-33 Grasshoppers, negative confessions. Because the enemy was larger, the children of Israel
compared themselves to grasshoppers. They overestimated the enemy and underestimated themselves.
They only looked like grasshoppers in their own minds. That is where the Devil works. That happens to
the believer all of the time. He has a constant fight with his mind and flesh, simply because he hasn't
learned to renew his mind. We have one actual enemy, and he works through our head. But we must
realize that we have power to keep him out. He is a defeated foe. Christians are legally not under his
power. We don't blame the Devil. We are more than conquerors.
We confess what the Word says (Job 22:28). We are like judges who make decrees—tell the Devil
to get lost. We hold the reins to our minds. We are the drivers of the chariots of our minds. Ask God for
which direction we should go. We know what direction the Word gives first.
Verse 32 "The land eats up people" means it is an unhealthy, unwelcome place (not cannibalistic), very
uncongenial toward us.
"Land that eateth up the inhabitants." This refers to an unhealthy place.
Verses 32ff (14:4) Renewed mind; milk and honey. Two aspects of sin: against God, against society.
God forgives all sins but the consequences of sin are still reaped. Because Abraham went against what
God told him and he had a son by Haggai, many generations have suffered the consequences of that sin to
this day, although God forgave him. Bad seed is reaped when it is sown.
God gave His people a land flowing with milk and honey which means a land of abundance,
goodness and prosperity. Moses, as instructed by God, sent two men to search out the land. They
brought back a beautiful branch of grapes, but told Moses also that giants lived in the land. They
overestimated the power of these people and underestimated the power of God.
We are God's sons and it does not matter what the odds are—our Father makes us more than
conquerors. But even with the greater power, if we believe that we will be defeated, we will be because
we think so. We must think powerful thoughts, think largely, ask largely, think nobly.
The scouts that returned from the land had all the people frightened and crying from the stories they
told. God was grieved with Israel at this point. He had led them out of the wilderness that they had
traveled in for forty years. God supplied all their needs and healed them. He performed miracles for
them and they did not trust Him enough to lead them into their promised land. They despaired.
Do not look at the problem or it will increase. Keep eyes on God. God empowers His people as they
trust Him. If you keep eyes on problem, you will sink; if you keep eyes on God, you will be lifted up!
The flesh brings fearful thinking, but the spirit is power. Sitting in the driver's seat and crying is no
solution—must step on the gas. Claim your rights in Christ. Challenge the Devil. Look brave and bold.
Only through Christ is there spiritual freedom. He has brought us into the land of milk and honey and out
of the land of darkness.
Verses 1-4ff See Numbers 13:32ff.
Verse 9 The word "defense" means "shadow" and it is so translated in the Eastern versions of the
scriptures. When the shadow has departed or disappeared refers to the light or presence of God being
gone so that one no more can see a shadow. "Their shadow is departed from them." The shadow is gone
when there is no light; without the light they are in darkness and their defense is gone.
Verses 38-40 In the border of their garments there is a ribbon of blue. Almost all the Jews have them,
but the priests and religious men have them especially. Some of the people look at it and by looking at it
they remember how the Lord blessed and healed them before. When they touch it, they are supposed to
get some kind of virtue from the person. But it is not from the person at all, but from faith in God.
Verses 2-8 Aaron's rod. There was grumbling going on among the people as to why God only spoke to
Moses and why Aaron was a chosen leader. God wanted to prove the priesthood of Aaron. He was of the
Levite family. Each of the 12 tribes brought an almond tree rod on which was written the tribe name.
The rods were placed in "tabernacle of witness"—one part of the tabernacle. All rods just alike. The
following morning only Aaron's rod had budded and it even bore almonds. That way God proved the
authority of the priesthood of Aaron.
Verses 6-13 Gray hair. A person who is wholly gray headed is referred to as an "almond tree." The
almond tree has peculiar characteristics. It brings forth fruit before any other fruit-bearing tree. When it
begins to bud, blossom and bear fruit—it does it all at the same time. So at this time of year, it is totally
white; so white that a leaf cannot be seen. (Aaron's rod—12 dead almond rods were put in the
tabernacle—on which the names of the 12 tribes of Israel were written. All the dead rods were dead, but
Aaron's rod. Aaron's rod budded, blossomed and brought forth almonds all in one night (Numbers 17:6-
13). This is typical of the almond tree's production. Jeremiah 1:11. As almond tree hastens to bring forth
fruit before any other fruit-bearing tree, in its season, so God will hasten to perform His promise to us.
Before man can fulfill his promise, God hastens, as an almond tree, to fulfill His.)
Verse 8 "Rod of Aaron." Buds, flowers and almonds all at the same time like no other tree. This is
when God picked Aaron and the House of Levi to be the priest class.
Verse 13 "Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead...." "Cut off" is separated.
"Water of separation"—you kill a heifer, burn, make ash, put in vessel and fill with running water. That's
water of separation—cleansing power. Paul: if ashes of heifer can cleanse you from sin, how much more
the blood of Jesus Christ. In India: Must do if go to a funeral, or go to a funeral home—you are defiled.
Touch or go near body must be cleansed—in this fashion: Ashes of heifer and water. Suppose I touch an
untouchable (now outlawed by government for anyone to be called an untouchable), sprinkle you with
ashes of heifer or horse, but if didn't have or couldn't find, would use the urine of a cow, say that that is
God's second best.
Verses 5-8 Fiery serpent. Verse 8: after the children of Israel sinned and serpents were plaguing them,
they asked for God's help. A fiery serpent was made and raised up on a pole so that whoever looked on it
should live. Likewise, Jesus Christ was made sin for us and was raised up for us to look on. We are
healed and saved by looking on Christ who is life. There is liberty wherever the spirit of Christ is. The
truth sets people free. That's spiritual freedom as opposed to religious freedom.
Punishment. People were grumbling against God. Not satisfied with manna— "light bread." Did not
want to depend on God but wanted own food. It was like an idol to them because they were so distracted
by it.
Pillai said God punished them with fiery serpents to bite them. If He punished us for every
grumbling and negative thought that we have, we would be constantly plagued, but He does not do that.
Ecclesiastes 8:11. God does not execute a sentence, speedily in this age.
Verses 6-8 Fiery serpents. "Fiery serpents" are vicious.
Verses 8 and 9 The serpent of Moses has a comparison in Madras, India today where a large brass pole
has a serpent hanging on top. People bitten by a serpent walk around this pole three times and are
supposed to be healed.
"Serpent of brass." The Bishop says that this serpent is a type of the Lord Jesus Christ placed in the
wilderness for the children of Israel.
Verse 28 Balaam's ass. What is so strange about the ass speaking? God can do anything.
Verse 2 Vow. The law is that you must do what you say.
Verse 55 Thorns in your sides, pricks in your eyes. If we don't get rid of the unbelievers, the people
will irritate you constantly.
"...pricks in your eyes, thorns in your side...." Talking about people.
Verse 6 See also: Psalm 20:5.
Verses 8 and 9 Giving—family of God. Tribe—same as "caste" in India, "denomination" in America.
When marry in tribe, wealth stays in that tribe. Then the tribe would never be poor—always
economically well-off. If one member becomes poor because of some calamity such as theft, sickness
among cattle, fire, etc., all members of tribe pitch in of their wealth and build the man up again, asking
and expecting nothing in return. It is a free gift. Widows are taken care of in this way also. At funeral of
husband they bring gifts rather than just words. These examples are excellent for the Christians to follow
after. We are also a family. What we have belongs to God. It is for service of others also. We are just
stewards over what we have. Hindus practice this giving. Pagans practice it. How about us Christians?