Old Testament


Numbers, three-six chapters, is named for the numb'ring
Of the Israelites by tribe and fathers therein.
About to enter the promised land, their faith altered:
Hearing their spies speak of giants, they faltered.
Wilderness-trapped 40 years, having turned aside,
Save faithful Joshua and Caleb, doubters died.
We see Jesus foreshadowed oft in subterfuge:
In Aaron's High Priesthood, the cities of refuge,
The brass serpent placed on pole, that looked on gave life
When the people murmured 'gainst God: all these show Christ.
When Balak, Moab's King, the prophet Balaam pressed
To curse Israel, he foresaw Christ, and thrice blessed!

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