Numbers 26-27

Chapter 26

In v 11 there’s an interesting contradiction with chapter 16:2-33. Did god bury alive all of Korah’s children? Depends on which version you read. And speaking of contradictions, the names of the sons of Benjamin are different depending on whether you read the list in Genesis, Numbers, or 1 Chronicles.

In chapter 1, the total census of males over 20 was 603,550. Now in chapter 26, it’s 601,730. Not bad, considering the massive killings in the last few chapters, and especially since NONE of the same men were alive for both censuses (except the leading men – Moses, Joshua, and Caleb). The rest of this chapter is a snooze……

Numbers 27

This chapter contains the first instance of women being granted any property rights – sort of. Five daughters are granted their father’s property ONLY because they have no brothers……

urim_thummimIn verse 21 we run across those Urim and Thummim again – “When direction from the Lord is needed, Joshua will stand before Eleazar the priest, who will use the Urim—one of the sacred lots cast before the Lord—to determine his will. This is how Joshua and the rest of the community of Israel will determine everything they should do.” (NLT) What a friggin’ joke! Might as well flip a coin and say ‘hocus pocus’.

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