As you read the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers please remember what Paul told us in Corinthians about the experiences of the Israelites in the wilderness after Moses led them out of Egypt. And we include Deuteronomy, the final discourse of Moses given on the plains of Moab, opposite Palestine, shortly before his death. We also include Joshua and the conquering of Palestine, the promised land.

1 Corinthians 10:1  Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
2  And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
3  And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
4  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
5  But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
7  Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9  Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10  Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
1 Corinthians 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

It is critical that you keep in mind that these examples are for our physical admonition, if the end times referenced is prior to Christ's return while we are still in our physical bodies.  Or, for our spiritual admonition if the times referenced is after His return when we are born back into our spiritual bodies.

1 Corinthians 15:40  There are also celestial bodies (heavenly bodies,i.e. spiritual bodies), and bodies terrestrial (physical bodies,i.e. flesh and blood bodies): but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

1 Corinthians 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

1 Corinthians 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump (the seventh trump): for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Remember Satan comes to earth first, at the sixth trump, and sits in the temple claiming that he is Christ returned, but Christ does not return until the seventh trump. Don't be fooled into worshipping Satan, thinking he is Jesus.  Your eternal life is in jeopardy if you do!

2 Thessalonians 2:1  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Now, as to the examples Paul told us about: please read Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers.


Exodus is a word meaning exit, departure ---a fitting title for that which describes the going out of the chosen people from the land where they had suffered helplessly as slaves for generations.

This redemption from Egypt was accomplished by divine, miraculous intervention and required, on the part of the Israelites, only faith in the efficiency of shad blood Ex.12:1-13.  As in the new N.T., redemption is for the purpose of making possible fellowship of a redeemed people with God.  After the accomplishment of redemption from Egypt the law was given, followed by a revelation of the great truths of worship acceptable to God as set forth in the Tabernacle, with its accompanying sacrifices and attending priesthood.

In Exodus, God, hitherto connected with the Israelitish people only through His covenant with Abraham (see Gen.12:2), brings them to Himself nationally through redemption, puts them under the Mosaic Covenant, and dwells among them in a cloud of glory.  Galatians explains the relations of the law to the Abrahamic Covenant.  In the commandments God taught Israel His just demands.  Experience under the commandments convicted Israel of sin; and the provision of priesthood and sacrifice (filled with precious types of Christ) gave a guilty people a way of forgiveness, cleansing, restoration to fellowship, and worship.

Exodus presents many types of rich meaning; the passover; the rock; the Tabernacle; on oil; and the priesthood.

Exodus may be divided into three major sections:
1. Israel in Egypt: Oppression and conflict with Pharaoh, 1:1-12:36.
2. The Exodus from Egypt and Journey to Sinai, 12:37-18:27.
3. At Sinai: the Giving of the Law and the Construction of the Tabernacle, 19:1-40:38.


Leviticus is devoted to the worship of the redeemed people of God, as shown by the frequent occurrence of words related to holiness and sacrifice.  The vocabulary of sacrifice pervades the book: the words "priest," "sacrifice," "blood," and "offering" occur very frequently; and "godesh," rendered "holiness" or "holy," appears more than 150 times. Observe also the repeated command: "Ye shall be holy, for I am holy" (11:44,45: 19:2; 20:7,26).

Leviticus may be divided as follows:
1. The Offerings, 1-7.
2. Consecration of Aaron and His Sons, 8-10.
3. Laws Regulating the Personal Relationships of the Redeemed People, 18-20.
4. Laws Regulating the Priesthood and the Seven Great Feasts of the Hebrew Calendar, 21-23.
5. Additional Laws, Promises, and Warnings, 24-27.


The first part of Numbers concludes the divine record of the experiences of the Israelites at Sinai and points back to Exodus. The major part of Numbers recounts the years of wondering, from the time they departed from Sinai until, as a new generation, they reached the Jordan River. The first year and a half (approximately) of Israel's forty years' wandering is recorded in Ex. 12:37-Num. 14:45; and the last few months, in Num. 20:14 to the end of the book. Between 14:45 and 20:14 there is a period of about thirty-eight years.

Redeemed from Egypt possessing the law, led by Moses, daily looking upon the Tabernacle, and supernaturally guided by cloud and pillar of fire, Israel should have walked triumphantly in the perfect will of God. Instead they failed repeatedly, as this book records.

As in in Israel each person had his definitely assigned place and task for the welfare of the whole nation, so in the Church each member of the body of Christ has his particular place and function "for the edifying of the body of Christ" (1 Cor. 12: Eph. 4:1-16).

Numbers may be divided into four major sections:
1. Preparations for Departure from Sinai, 1:1-10:10.
2. From Sinai to the Plains of Moab, 10:11-21:35
3. The Prophecies of Balaam, 22:1-25:18.
4. The Preparations for Entering the Promised Land, 26:1-36:13.


Deuteronomy begins with a survey of the history of Israel, then enlarges upon some of the basic laws of the preceding books, and concludes with a series of prophecies carrying the history of Israel down to their final return to Palestine.

Deuteronomy may be divided as follows:
1. First Discourse: Review of Israel's History after the Exodus, and Its Lessons, 1-4.
2. Second Discourse: Rehearsal of the Sinaitic laws, with warnings and Exhortations, 5-26.
3. Third Discourse: Blessings and Curses for Obedience and Disobedience, 27-28.
4. Fourth Discourse: The Palestinian Covenant; Its Warnings and Promised Blessings, 29-30.
5. Conclusion: Final Words and Acts of Moses, and His Death, 31-34.


Joshua records in part the military campaigns waged by Jushua in conquering the promised land and concludes with detailed instructions for the division of the land among the tribes.

Joshua may be divided as follows:
1. Preparation for Entering Palestine, 1-5.
2. The Conquest of the Land, 6-12.
3. The Allocation of Territories to the Tribes, 13-22.
4. Joshua's Final Message  and Death, 23-24