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“These are the journeys of the children of Israel who left the land of Egypt in their legions, under the charge of Moses and Aaron. Moses recorded their starting points for their journeys according to the word of God, and these were their journeys with their starting points.” (Numbers 33:1–2)

Questions: The Bible recounts the forty-two places that the people of Israel encamped during their exodus from Egypt to the land of Israel. Some of the stops are described in detail; others are just mentioned by name. Some make sense geographically; many make no sense at all. Why is this long recounting necessary at all? Is there value in remembering and recounting a journey that you took? What can it help you do?

Ideas: Energy bars, granola bars, ready-made trail mix, any other type of food items meant for traveling like dried fruit and nuts. You can also create a trail with raisins, chocolates, nuts, or fruit and recount every step of your journey as you eat.

candy trail

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“We wish to bring an offering to God. Every man who found a gold article – an anklet, a bracelet, a ring, an earring or a body ornament – to atone for our souls before God.” (Numbers 31:50)

Questions: Why do you think gold was chosen as the gift of choice? Why do you think that the Israelites thought that giving a piece of jewelry would atone for their souls? Would you have given something? Why and why not? What would you have given? What do you think is the proper way to atone for something?

Ideas: Decorate your table with gold – a gold tablecloth, gold napkins, gold paper goods and cutlery. You can also serve other golden foods: golden grahams, golden syrup, golden raisins, golden delicious apples, Rold Gold pretzels, Yukon Gold potatoes, honey, gold wrapped chocolates, Goldschlager, etc.

gold candy

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“This is the service of the Gershonite families to serve and to carry. They shall carry the curtains of the Tabernacle and the tent of meeting, its covering and the goatskin covering overlaid upon it, and the screen for the entrance to the tent of meeting.” (Numbers 4:24–25)

Questions: Why was each tribe assigned a different task? Why was anyone required to carry anything at all? What do you thing the various parts of the Tabernacle represented? Do people in your family all have different tasks and chores? Why?

Ideas: Dress your table with a lace tablecloth or lacy fabrics, decorate with curtains, decide to make Bible study a part of your meal once a week, and carry some heavy wooden objects around, just to get a feel for all the different levels of spirituality.

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“Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of their names, every male by a head count.” (Numbers 1:2)

Questions: Why does God feel a need to count his people? Why do any of us count anything? What does the process of counting do for us? For others?

Ideas: Serve any vegetable or fruit that can be sliced into rounds and then halved to represent a half-shekel (cucumber, zucchini, kiwi), serve round cookies (halved), or serve some type of food that can be counted and play counting games – with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, candy or breakfast cereal.

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