The book of Numbers actually has little to do with numbers at all.
A Problematic Title
Many people avoid reading the book of Numbers because they look at the first couple chapters and think that the book is all about boring statistics. This is actually far from the truth.
The following are a few reasons why the book of Numbers is relevant for us today.
A Historical Reason
Without the book of Numbers, we would not know why the Israelites took forty years to get to the land of Canaan.
Two Theological Reasons
The book of Numbers teaches us very clearly about the holiness of God and the Old Covenant.
A Pragmatic Reason
The book of Numbers shows us how God takes a group of slaves, sets them free, and changes their mentality about themselves. This is pragmatic because it foreshadows what Christ has done for us by liberating us from our captivity to Satan, sin, and hell.
A Teaching Reason
The book of Numbers warns future generations against making the same mistakes that this generation of Israelites had. We are included as being one of those future generations.
Two Popular Verses from the Book of Numbers
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” – Numbers 6:24-26
“God is not a human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” – Numbers 23:19