Saturday, March 23, 2013

Haiku Summary of the Book of Numbers



A short way to read through the book of Numbers.

Numbers 3
Nadab, Abihu.
Offered wicked, evil fire.
Died in the Presence.

Numbers 5
Confess wrong doings.
Pay back, return, restore, plus.
God’s social justice.

Numbers 6
May the Lord Bless You.
May the Lord show you favor,
Receive it. Take it.

Numbers 9
“They did whatever
The Lord told them through Moses.”
Is this true for you?

Numbers  10
When the trumpets sound
All the people assemble.
Listen for the call.

Numbers 11
God asked a question.
“Has my arm lost its power?”
How do you answer?

Numbers 11B
The Lord brought Quail wind.
Fifty bushels each person.
How much do you need?

Numbers 12
Miriam, Aaron.
Criticized Moses big time.
Why be critical?

Numbers 13
Explore Canaan Land.
Wonderful, abundant land.
Fear, doubt, kept them out.

Numbers 14
 Joshua, Caleb.
Faith life is a loyal life.
A royal priesthood.

Numbers 15
Gather wood? Hard work!
Violated the Sabbath.
He was put to rest.

Numbers 16
Conspired rebellion.
Korah came against Moses.
Church fights are not new.

Numbers 17
Aaron’s rod blossomed.
Old, dead stick produced almonds.
With God, the dead rise.

Numbers 18
Grain, sin, guilt offerings.
Grains, meats “will be most holy.”
God’s blessings! Eat meat.

Numbers 19
Bring a red heifer.
Perfect heifer, no defects.
Offer up the best.

Numbers 20
Miriam died. Sad.
More rebellion. Moses mad .
Anger! Worse than bad.

Numbers 22
Balaam’s Donkey asked.
Asked discovery questions.
Why tell? Why not ask?

Numbers 23
God is not human.
Not lied, failed to act, changed mind.
We are! Save us, Lord.

Numbers 24
If bless Israel.
Blessed will the person be.
Opposite  true, too.

Numbers 25
Seduction, sex, lies.
Turned some away from the Lord.
Except for God’s grace.

Numbers 26
Warriors were men.
Twenty Years old, minimum.
War? Over women!

Numbers 26 B
Unbelievers died.
Joshua and Caleb lived.
Choice! What do you want?

Numbers 27
Daughters claim correct.
The rights of women upheld.
What rights need claiming?

Numbers 28
God’s food? Offerings!
No defect, diseased or dirty.
What is your offer?

Numbers 29
Special sacrifice.
Plus regular offerings.
Cannot outgive God!

Numbers 30
A man and his wife.
Relation regulation.
Why is this so hard?

Numbers 31
God owns his people.
Sacrifice offerings, tithe.
Idolatry cure.

Numbers 32
Why? Gad and Reuben.
Cross over Jordan with us.
Why not be a team?

Numbers 33
Rameses’ City.
Israel left, defiant.
Who’s holding you back?

Numbers 34
Bukki.  Jogli’s son.
Leader of the tribe of Dan.
Bukki? Bukki who?

Numbers 35
Cities of refuge.
Heaven on earth.  A safe place.
Where is your safe place?

Numbers 36
Marry within tribe.
Makes it less complicated.
Why make it so hard?

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