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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

Numbers Chapter 20

Numbers 20:1

num 20:1

first month

That is, April.

Numbers 20:5

num 20:5


(See Scofield) - (Num 20:8).

Numbers 20:8

num 20:8

speak ye unto the rock before their eyes

See (Exo 17:5).

(See Scofield) - (Exo 17:5).

The rock (Christ) (Co1 10:4) once smitten, needs not to be smitten (crucified) again. Moses' act exalted himself (Num 20:10) and implied (in type) that the one sacrifice was ineffectual, thus denying the eternal efficacy of the blood; (Heb 9:25); (Heb 9:26); (Heb 10:3); (Heb 10:11); (Heb 10:12). The abundant water (grace reaching the need of the people, despite the error of their leader) tells of refreshing and power through the Spirit.

Numbers 20:16

num 20:16


(See Scofield) - (Heb 1:4).

Numbers 20:28

num 20:28


The death of Aaron marks the end of the wanderings. Henceforth, Israel marches or halts, but does not wander.

(See Scofield) - (Num 15:1).

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