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(Num 1) Before God’s people enter the Promised Land they are portrayed as the army of the LORD. The same pattern occurs in Revelation 7.

(Num 2) The People of God in the wilderness orientate themselves around the Presence of God. Like New Jerusalem in the earthly wilderness.

(Num 3) Substitution of Levites in place of firstborn illustrate that one person may substitute for another even asChrist substitutes for us

(Num 5:1-4) The exclusion of unclean people from the presence of God indicates God’s removing sinners from his presence.

(Num 5:11-31) For suspected adulteress an offering brings sin to remembrance as well as bring a curse. Christ’s sacrifice does opposite.

(Num 6:1-21) The temporary holiness of the Nazarite dedicated to God foreshadows the non-ending holiness & dedication of Jesus’ whole life.

(Num 6:22-27) The priests ask for God’s blessing, keeping, shining face, grace, lifted countenance and peace. Ultimately come through Jesus.

(Num 7) Chiefs of Israel present offerings to the LORD even as one day the chiefs of all nations will present gifts to the Lord Jesus.

(Num 8:11-13,17-18) Due to God’s redemptive activity in saving Israel from Egypt the Levites become living sacrifices. Same pattern in NT.

(Num 9:23) As God leads Israel in pillar of cloud & fire through wilderness so Jesus goes before his people as archegos c.f. Heb 2:10; 12:2.

(Num 10) Trumpets are used to gather God’s people and to signal victory over enemies. Same occurs with rapture and in Revelation.

(Num 11:1) Judgment by fire issuing from God’s presence also occurs multiple times in Revelation.

(Num 11:16-17,24-30) OT Pentecost experience. Moses longs for a giving of Spirit on all God’s people that they might all speak God’s words.

(Num 12:7-8) Moses is faithful in God’s house as a servant and has direct speaking with God. Jesus more so as a son.

(Num 13-14) Israel are unable to enter the land through unbelief c.f Num 14:11; Heb 3:19. God”s people enter new earth by faith.

(Num 14:13-20) Moses’ intercession saves the people from death. Foreshadows Jesus.

(Num 15:2,18) The promise of entering into God’s rest remains despite sin.

(Num 14:14-16,26) Provision for sacrifice for sin is made for the Gentiles living with Israel. Foreshadows Jesus’ atonement for Gentiles.

(Num 15:30-31) The Law makes no provision for high handed sin unlike the atonement brought by Jesus.

(Num 16) The earth opening its mouth & swallowing Korah’s rebellion foreshadows final judgment. They perished from midst of the assembly.

(Num 16:43-50) Aaron made atonement with his censer and stood between the dead and the living. Shadow of the Christ.

(Num 17:8) Rod of God’s chosen priest, sprouted, budded, flowered and produced almonds. Jesus is the chosen savior who brings life.

(Num 18:7) In the OT the priesthood was restricted to sons of Aaron in the NT the priesthood is extended to all believers.

(Num 18:12-13) God’s gracious generosity illustrated by his giving the best of oil, wine, grain, firstfruits. The richness of his grace.

(Num 19) Water of cleansing containing ashes of red heifer is limited in cleansing effectiveness but points to work of Christ. c.f. Heb 9:13

(Num 19:10) The water of cleansing is available to Gentiles too as will be the cleansing work of Christ.

(Num 20:11) c.f. 1Co 10:4 They drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.

(Num 20:24-29) The imperfection of Aaron’s priesthood is evident in his dying unlike Christ’s. c.f. Heb 7:23.

(Num 21:5) The murmuring & grumbling of God’s son, Israel, over food in the wilderness contrasts with the perfect trust of God’s son, Jesus.

(Num 21:6-9) Israel bitten by fiery serpents in God’s judgment but he who looked to snake on a pole did not die but live. Foreshadows Christ

(Num 21:23-35) Defeat of Sihon and Og are the first expressions of ultimate victory of God’s people over the nations & possessing the earth.

(Num 23:21) Baalam foresees a future king in Israel who will be victorious. Initially David but ultimately Christ.

(Num 24:5-8,14,17) Promised land described in Eden like terms, conquest of nations, last days, the coming of a future king – eschatological.

(Num 25) The death of sinners prevents God’s wrath on the nation.Jesus’ death on behalf of sinners removes wrath. Phinehas’ zeal like Jesus.

(Num 26) Passage specifically names those who did not inherit & emphasizes the importance of faith in order to receive one’s inheritance.

(Num 27:15-23) Moses desires a shepherd leader for God’s people. Ultimately Jesus. C.f ‘sheep without a shepherd’ Mat 9:36;Mar 6:34;1Pe 2:25

(Num 28-29) The Israelite symbol of perpetual public adoration – evening, morning, sabbaths, months, special feasts – …

(Num 28-29) … intended to depict the perpetual worship of the God of heaven in the Kingdom of Christ.

(Num 30:2) Jesus kept his vows completely. He lived a perfectly truthful life before God.

(Num 31) A share of the plunder is always given to God indicating that it is the work of God that brings victory. c.f. Mat 12:29.

(Num 33) God’s leading his people through wilderness is a picture of Jesus’ leading his people through wilderness of the world. c.f. Rev 12.

(Num 34) The limited borders of Canaan as an inheritance is but the first beginning of God’s people inheriting the whole earth. c.f Rom 4:13

(Num 35) Cities of refuge are God provided means of safety & grace in face of judgment. In this way the cities of refuge point to Christ.

(Num 36) Zelophehad’s daughters are obedient by faith in their certain hope of a future inheritance. Same pattern is true for NT believers.

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