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Numbers 20

Chapter 20

20:1  Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there.

first month

i.e. April.

20:5  And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.

water

(See Scofield "Numbers 20:8") .

20:8  Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.

speak ye unto the rock before their eyes

See Exodus 17:5 . (See Scofield "Exodus 17:5") .

The rock (Christ) 1 Corinthians 10:4 once smitten, needs not to be smitten (crucified) again. Moses' act exalted himself Numbers 20:10 and implied (in type) that the one sacrifice was ineffectual, thus denying the eternal efficacy of the blood ; Hebrews 9:25 Hebrews 9:26 ; Hebrews 10:3 Hebrews 10:11 Hebrews 10:12 . The abundant water (grace reaching the need of the people, despite the error of their leader) tells of refreshing and power through the Spirit.

20:16  And when we cried unto the LORD, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt: and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of thy border:

angel

(See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4") .

20:28  And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount.

died

The death of Aaron marks the end of the wanderings. Henceforth Israel marches or halts, but does not wander.

(See Scofield "Numbers 15:1") .

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