So far, Numbers is not a book of the Bible that stirs my soul. You might say I'm numb(ers). I'm trying to get pumped up about some of these chapters, but not every verse is going to speak to me, right? Maybe I'll glean more from chapter 7 next time around.
When I purchased my Bible study workbook, the bookstore was giving away free booklets entitled (get this!) How To Study the Bible by Robert M. West. It was very interesting. Here are a blurbs I especially liked and found useful:
"Over a period of fifteen hundred years, the Holy Spirit directed forty holy men of God, living on three continents, to write His words into sixty-six books. These writings were preserved and collected into the single volume we know as the Bible." (p. 9)
"The thirty-nine Old Testament books can be divided into five categories:
- Genesis through Deuteronomy, the first five books are known as the Law or the Pentateuch (meaning five volumes).
- Joshua through Esther are the twelve historical books.
- Job through Song of Solomon of the five poetic books.
- Isaiah through Daniel are the five major prophets.
- Hosea through Malachi are the five minor prophets." (p.61)
- The four Gospels and Acts are the historical books.
- Romans through Philemon, the next thirteen books, are letters of the apostle Paul to churches or individuals.
- Hebrews through Jude, the next eight books, are called the general letters.
- Revelation, a prophetic book, appropriately ends the New Testament." (p. 62)