Numbers 9–11: On Ten Homer Simpsons Worth of Quail Judgment (Bible Talk, Ep. 45)

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Finally, Israel leaves Mount Sinai. They march toward the Promised Land and, for a while, things go well! They take the Passover, the LORD dwells among them, and the people are marching according to the word of the Lord.

And then . . . the people start to grumble.

In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Sam Emadi and Jim Hamilton about Numbers 9–11.


1:28 / Where is Israel on the move to? 

2:04 / Why does Israel take the Passover before beginning their journey?

4:22 / Since when can unclean Israelites and sojourning non-Israelites take the Passover?

8:35 / Jim summarizes Numbers 9:15-23. What do we take home?

11:48 / Sam explains what’s significant about Israel’s use of trumpets.

13:02 / Who is Hobab? Where did he come from?

16:55 / Jim makes observations about Moses’ prayer at the end of Numbers 10.

19:11 / What should we learn from how David interprets Moses’ prayer in Psalm 68?

20:21 / What is Israel complaining about this time in Numbers 11?

23:29 / What should we make of Moses’ prayer-complaint about Israel’s complaint?

25:39 / How does the Lord respond to Moses’ complaint?

27:39 / Everybody gets excited about Numbers 11:25, “Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.”

34:12 / How does the Lord deal with the people of Israel for their complaint?

35:17 / Jim says this episode should inform our thinking on how “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 1:7, 9:10).

36:37 / How much is a homer?

37:59 / How would you preach Christ from this passage?

Image Credit: Rudolf von Ems, Israelites Catching Quail. About 1250, Austria. Getty Museum.

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