A little gem from the book of Numbers chapters 1 and 2.
Reading these chapters can be a little like reading genealogies, a little tiresome and a tendency to rush through or even skip over them. However, the numbers listed here reveal an interesting image.
Rather than go through a wordy explanation, and draw a diagram that would have to be scanned and uploaded, I’ve opted to let Chuck Missler explain all in this short video. Chuck does mumble a bit in places, but the important information is clear enough.
You will have heard that Hamas recently fired a missile into Israel, causing damage to a civilian house and some minor injuries. Israel retaliated in her usual fashion with significant air strikes into Gaza. Fortunately, due to advance warning and precision strikes, there was no loss of life. This has been followed by a show of force at the border involving heavy artillery. It seems that neither side want an escalation at this time. In Israel’s case, this is considered to be political because of upcoming elections; not a good time for Israel to suffer any loss of life in combat.
Many are critical of what is considered to be Israel’s over reaction to any action against her, with some wondering if these really are God’s chosen people who are the subject of God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Ezekiel 36:22-38 speaks of Israel’s restoration. The first says “Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.”
Note: “I do not do this for your sakes”.
Before the Israelites entered the Promised Land, Moses said to them “Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” [Deu 9:5].
Note: “Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart,”
Different times; similar sentiments.
Many times Israel have not kept God’s ordinances and commandments. However, we need to remember that at the End Times, God will keep His promise and His people will be restored. At which time God says:
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
“And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
“And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.”
[Ezekiel 36:26-28, KJV]
I don’t think my coming to faith was by any of the usual means, prompted, as it was, by the realisation that Genesis had a structure to it supported by archaeology. There’s nothing new in this – I came across it many years ago – but I thought it would be of interest as few people seem to know about it.
There are a number of phrases in Genesis known as toledoth statements, or colophons, which are ‘title’ sentences to the toledoths. The Hebrew term toledoth is generally translated generations in the King James Bible. We come across this several times in Genesis, marking major divisions in the Genesis record.
Here is a full list from the King James:
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created…. (Gen. 2:4a)
This is the book of the generations of Adam.…. (Gen. 5:1a)
These are the generations of Noah: (Gen. 6:9a)
Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. (Gen. 10:1)
These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: (Gen. 10:32a)
These are the generations of Shem: (Gen. 11:10a)
Now these are the generations of Terah: (Gen. 11:27a)
Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bare unto Abraham: (Gen. 25:12)
And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: (Gen. 25:19a)
Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom. (Gen. 36:1)
And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir: (Gen. 36:9)
These are the generations of Jacob. (Gen. 37:2a)
There is some discussion over the placing of some of the colophons, but there is no doubt there is a structure in Genesis supporting the fact that Moses compiled Genesis from records in his possession.
More information is readily available on the Internet by searching ‘toledoth’.