Resources from Numbers

A Generous Proposal

THESE ancient words, so simple, yet so sweet, fascinate us with a potent hallowed charm. They ring out their melody like a familiar air; the language of a heart instinct with kindness, inspired with faith, and inspirited with the enthusiasm of a hope so much divine, that the lapse of ages impairs not their force, or diminishes aught from their natural spontaneous freshness. This story of Hobab one can hardly...

Numbers 10:29

A Generous Proposal

THESE ancient words, so simple, yet so sweet, fascinate us with a potent hallowed charm. They ring out their melody like a familiar air; the language of a heart instinct with kindness, inspired with faith, and inspirited with the enthusiasm of a hope so much divine, that the lapse of ages impairs not their force, or diminishes aught from their natural spontaneous freshness. This story of Hobab one can hardly...

Numbers 10:29

The Numbered People

ISRAEL in the wilderness is admitted in some respects to have been a type of the church in its present condition. The tribe of Levi was in a peculiar and inner sense the type of that peculiar people who under the great high-priest are set apart for the service of the Lord and his church, To them the carriage of the holy vessels from place to place was committed, each...

Numbers 4:49

The First Setting Up of the Brazen Serpent

May 10 I HAVE frequently expounded to you the type of the brazen serpent as our Lord interprets it in the third of John. I thought it meet to-night to take that type in its connection and look at the original circumstances which led to the setting of it up; for while the general doctrine of looking for salvation to Christ as the brazen serpent is always to be preached, and is...

Numbers 21:4-9

The Best War-Cry

Mar 4 IT was a singular spectacle to see the king of Moab and his lords climbing to the tops of the craggy rocks, accompanied by that strange being, the Eastern prophet Balaam. They are seeking to look upon Israel with the evil eye, and flash down curses upon her tents in the plain beneath. You see them gazing down from the mountains upon the encampment in the wilderness below, even as...

Numbers 23:21

Number 1,500, or Lifting Up the Brazen Serpent

Oct 19 THIS discourse when it shall he printed will make fifteen hundred of my sermons which have been published regularly week by week. This is certainly a remarkable fact. I do not know of any instance in modern times in which fifteen hundred sermons have thus followed each other from the press from one person, and have continued to command a large circle of readers. I desire to utter most hearty...

Numbers 21:9

Mistrust of God Deplored and Denounced

Oct 5 THE children of Israel were very prone to unbelief. They wanted something visible to worship and to trust: they could not learn the lesson of faith in the One great Invisible, and hence they were one day bowing before an idol, and the next they were murmuring against the true God. Their life was according to the flesh, after the sight of the eyes and the hearing of the ears,...

Numbers 14:11

A Song at the Well-Head

Oct 9 WE have remarked in our reading that the children of Israel were continually changing their places, and that there was usually a great difference between one station and the next. So, also, we are constantly varying in our experience, and the variations are sometimes exceedingly remarkable.      You observe, in the neighbourhood of the text, that the people pitched their tents at one time by the brooks of Amon. There...

Numbers 21:16-18

The End of the Righteous Desired

Apr 21 CARLYLE, in his “History of the French Revolution,” tells us of a Duke of Orleans who did not believe in death; so that when his secretary stumbled on the words, “The late King of Spain,” he angrily demanded what he meant by it. The obsequious attendant replied, “My Lord, it is a title which some of the kings of Spain have taken.” In all this assembly I have not such...

Numbers 23:10

Caleb- The Man For the Times

Nov 1      It is a rough name that—"Caleb." Most translators say it signifies "a dog." But what mattereth a man's name? Possibly the man himself was somewhat rough: many of the heartiest of men are so. As the unpolished oyster yet beareth within itself the priceless pearl, so ofttimes ruggedness of exterior covereth worth. A dog, moreover, is not all badness, though "Without are dogs and sorcerers." It hath this...

Numbers 14:24