Homeward Bound: Reading Numbers Today

Homeward Bound: Reading Numbers Today

Martin Pakula
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True to the inspired text and very readable, this commentary is perfect for personal devotions and study preparation.

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Jesus is the Messiah, and the book of Numbers is all about him. But it is very much about us too. As Israel were pilgrims on the way to the promised land, so are we pilgrims on the way to God's promised inheritance for us. As such, the book of Numbers has much to teach us.

True to the inspired text and very readable, this commentary is perfect for personal devotions and homegroup preparation.

Martin Pakula was brought up as an orthodox Jew and became a Christian at university. He is an Anglican minister and has completed a Mth in Biblical Theology. He has been involved in parish work, university student work and in outreach to Jews. Martin has a longing for people to come to know the forgiveness Jesus has won for them. His passion for the book of Numbers comes from the fact that it is a foundational biblical book which is often overlooked but has much to teach us about our walk with God.

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Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • 1. Why read the book of Numbers?
  • 2. Reading the Old Testament
  • 3. Reading the book of Numbers
  • 4. The army camp of God's people (1-2)
  • 5. The Levites: God's servants in the camp (3-4)
  • 6. The tabernacle in the camp: Part 1 (5-6)
  • 7. The tabernacle in the camp: Part 2 (7-8)
  • 8. Final preparation before moving to the land (9:1-10:10)
  • 9. Israel travels to the promised land (10-12)
  • 10. Israel refuses to enter the promised land (13-14)
  • 11. Obedience and sacrifice in the land (15)
  • 12. God vindicates the priesthood (16-18)
  • 13. Cleansing from the pollution of death (19)
  • 14. Travelling back to the border of the promised land (20-21)
  • 15. Israel is blessed by God and will be victorious (22-24)
  • 16. The new generation is seduced away from God (25)
  • 17. Preparing to inherit the promised land (26-30)
  • 18. Unfinished business east of the Jordan (31-32)
  • 19. Preparing to inherit the promised land (33-36)
  • 20. The themes of the book of Numbers

Specification

Author Martin Pakula
ISBN 9781920935443
Format Paperback
First published November 2006
Dimensions 138mm x 215mm x 9mm
Language English
Pages 166
Publisher Aquila Press
Customer reviews

“A fine piece of work on a much neglected book of the Bible.”

Martin Pakula is to be congratulated for this fine piece of work on a much neglected book of the Bible.

On the plus side "Numbers- Homeward Bound" gives a clear and fast paced overview (who wants to spend 10 pages looking at the Hebrew verbs used to describe the tassels on the priests garments?) of this crucial period in Israel’s history. The consistent Christ centredness is a major and essential theme. Continually, what is read is related to how it is fulfilled in Jesus. The shadows and types are consistently pointed to the reality as it is in Christ. What Pakula says of festivals can be said of just about everything in Numbers; "All the festivals are fulfilled in Christ". The end result is a living Christianity founded on an OT foundation rather than a "Christianised Judaism". It is edifying to read; "It saddens me greatly to see fellow Jewish Christians who think they are keeping these festivals, or worse, Gentile Christians who think that we should be".

On the negative side, Pakula does seem to struggle to give a good outline of Numbers. I was sometimes left wondering just why a particular section was where it was. In his introduction we are told on P12; "Clearly the tabernacle and its sacrifices are of central importance." However by P163 we are informed that "Clearly Numbers as a book focuses on the promise of the Land". I think the second clearly is closer to the mark! The latter remark is made in the last chapter The themes of the book of Numbers. I do feel that it is a pity that this section doesn’t appear at the beginning of the book as it is only here that we receive a good idea as to how the jigsaw fits together. Certainly I would have found this helpful to have read earlier on.

All in all a good book!


04/09/2007

“Good introduction on a much neglected book”

Martin Pakula is to be congratulated for this fine piece of work on a much neglected book of the Bible.
On the plus side “Numbers- Homeward Bound” gives a clear and fast paced overview (who wants to spend 10 pages looking at the Hebrew verbs used to describe the tassels on the priests garments?) of this crucial period in Israel’s history. The consistent Christ centredness is a major and essential theme. Continually, what is read is related to how it is fulfilled in Jesus. The shadows and types are consistently pointed to the reality as it is in Christ. What Pakula says of festivals can be said of just about everything in Numbers; "All the festivals are fulfilled in Christ”. The end result is a living Christianity founded on an OT foundation rather than a “Christianised Judaism”. It is edifying to read; “It saddens me greatly to see fellow Jewish Christians who think they are keeping these festivals, or worse, Gentile Christians who think that we should be”.
On the negative side, Pakula does seem to struggle to give a good outline of Numbers. I was sometimes left wondering just why a particular section was where it was. In his introduction we are told on P12; “Clearly the tabernacle and its sacrifices are of central importance.” However by P163 we are informed that “Clearly Numbers as a book focuses on the promise of the Land”. I think the second clearly is closer to the mark! The latter remark is made in the last chapter The themes of the book of Numbers. I do feel that it is a pity that this section doesn’t appear at the beginning of the book as it is only here that we receive a good idea as to how the jigsaw fits together. Certainly I would have found this helpful to have read earlier on.
All in all a good book!


23/08/2007

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