A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary
The book of Numbers is a misunderstood book of the Bible. It is about a lot more than just numbers. Rather, it is about the people’s journey with God in the desert. The Hebrew title of the book, Bammidbar, means “In the Desert” indicating that the setting is the most important part of the story. The God who delivered his people from Egypt is the same God who will lead them through the wilderness and give them the Promised Land. But as the book of Numbers shows us, often it is through the experience of being in a desert that God fulfils his purpose. It is the same thing for God’s people today. This commentary opens up the value of this often overlooked Old Testament book to those who find themselves or their churches in a barren place but with the presence of the Lord alongside them.
The Asia Bible Commentary Series empowers Christian believers in Asia to read the Bible from within their respective contexts. Holistic in its approach to the text, each exposition of the biblical books combines exegesis and application. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the Body of Christ in Asia by providing pastoral and contextual exposition of every book of the Bible.
The book of Numbers must be one of the least read books in the Bible simply because the title “Numbers” unfortunately sounds rather boring. Dr Modine’s detailed knowledge of the Old Testament is demonstrated in this helpful commentary. He helps to bring this book alive and brings out lessons which we can apply to discipleship today.
Neville Bartle, DMiss
Former missionary to Papua New Guinea
Mitchel Modine brings out the dynamic spirit of the book of Numbers to challenge readers to pause and think deeper in order to capture its truths and their current relevance.
Jason Valeriano Hallig, PhD
Professor, Asia Graduate School of Theology
Table of Contents
- Series Preface
- Author’s Preface
- List of Abbreviations
- Commentary on Numbers 1–36
- The Importance of Symbols in Christianity: Reflections from the Philippine Context
- Sacred Fire in Papua New Guinea
- Blessing and Cursing in Tribal Societies
- Can God Speak through the Buddha?
- Sabbath Observance
- The Red Heifer and Eschatology
- Balaam the Shaman
- Can God Speak through a Pig?
- Marriage of Daughters in Nagaland, India