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2014-08-05

Numbers 33 is little more than a recap of every single location the Israelites camped from the beginning of the Exodus until now. However, as you’ll soon find out, the locations and times don’t really mesh with what we already read in Exodus, Leviticus, and the previous parts of Numbers.

But even if it did perfectly match the earlier books, why is it even here to begin with? We already read all of the bits of the Exodus that were important enough to actually be written about, so why do we have to read the names of every location at which they stopped? It’s not even possible to recreate the trail since most of the places no longer exist (if they ever did), and even if you could recreate the trail, who would want to? It took the Israelites 40 years to cover a stretch of land that’s less than 150 miles in length! Even if they were only making five miles of progress a day, they still should have reached their goal in a month, not four-decades!

But as the narrator says, nevertheless, we shall cover it, mercifully fast-forwarded!

 

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Oh the irony!