The book of Numbers describes 40 years of disobedience by the Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness. If you want to be a disobedient nomad, here is what it looks like – idolatry, complaining, fear and disobedience. Numbers also includes two numberings of this disobedient people across two generations in chapters 1 and 26 and two sets of instructions in chapters 5–9 and 21–36.
You will also notice the centrality of the presence of God, as God places the Tabernacle, the place of His presence, in the middle of all the tribes. This served as the central focus of the people in the wilderness and made it clear that God would never leave or forsake His people.
Scott T. Brown is the President of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches and pastor at Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Scott graduated from California State University in Fullerton with a degree in History and received a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology. He gives his time to expository preaching and local pastoral ministry, as well as conferences on Biblical doctrine and church and family reformation. He and his wife Deborah have four grown children. Scott helps people think through the two greatest evangelistic and discipleship institutions God has provided — the church and the family.