1. Balaam blesses Israel.
- "Blessed is everyone who blesses you, O Israel, and cursed is everyone who curses you.”
- "Alas, who can survive unless God has willed it?"
2. Moab seduces Israel
- Some of the Israelite men have sexual relations with Moabite women.
- They also joined in worship to another god, Baal. God commands that these men be killed.
- 24,000 more people are lost in the plague.
- Eleazar makes atonement for the Israelites. This earns him and his descendants permanent priesthood.
- God demands that the Midianites be destroyed. Remember the Midianites from the story of Joseph.
3. The census causes Joseph to take his family to Bethlehem.
- Mary gives birth to Jesus.
- The angel of the Lord appears to shepherds.
- At 8 days of age Jesus is circumcised.
4. Jesus is presented at the Temple.
- Simeon blesses them and make a prophecy about Jesus' future.
5. "You are my strength"
6. "For you have been my refuge"
7. "Without wise leadership, a nation falls"
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