Boring Numbers? What About Those Offerings of the Princes?

II Timothy 3:16-17

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Some people think Numbers is boring and has some things that are of no value to believers today.  In an earlier article, I looked at the numbering of the people, in chapters 1 and 26, and pointed out some valuable lessons to learn from the account.  I’d like to turn our attention now to Numbers 7 and the offerings of the princes.  If THAT chapter is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and/or instruction in righteousness, maybe II Timothy 3:16 is true after all!

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The Verse That Divides — One Way of Salvation

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.

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Boring Numbers? Maybe Not

II Timothy 3:16-17

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

In Numbers, we have two accounts of the number of the children of Israel — the first in chapter 1, and the second in chapter 26.  Why?  And what’s the value to us of knowing how many men of fighting age there were in the tribes of Israel?  How is this “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness?”  Isn’t it just a bunch of boring numbers?

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The Verse That Divides — the Moral Imperative

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.

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The Verse That Divides

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.

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A Marred Inheritance

Ruth 4:6

And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.

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‘Absolute Hell’?

Last week, in Westminster, the opposition parties took the Prime Minister to task for using the word ‘surrender’ to refer to legislation which Parliament had passed over his objection.  They said it was irresponsible and could result in violence.

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