The book of Numbers, in Hebrew "baMidbar" (which means, "In the Wilderness" may be the most important Text for the Christian Church today. Not because the New Testament, the Gospels, the Acts and Epistles are in any way less significant; but because we have grown so comfortable, settled, in the state of our condition. We have forgotten that we are living in the wilderness: awaiting the return of our Messiah to lead us into the Promised Land.
Instead of wandering in the wilderness, following the Pillar of Cloud by day and the Fire by night, instead of feasting on the quail and manna that comes directly from the Hand of our Provider. We've, instead, contented ourselves to set up refugee camps: microcosms of our ideal, utopian society, pretending to exist in this land as conquerors, rather than sojourners (changing our interpretation of holiness, rather than recognizing the condition of this fallen world).
God did not give His Torah, His Divine Word, to the Jewish people to keep as their own. He gave the Light of His Word, as Paul would put it, the oracles of truth, for a living example for all the world to see. He provided a standard of righteousness, a beacon of honor and dignity, that invites anyone from anywhere, to taste the goodness of His love.
It is disappointing to hear the scoffs of Christian leaders, "the Law is for the Jew and grace is for the gentile." The ignorance that is promoted by such rhetoric defies the imagination: that God would be such a respecter of persons to hold one people to an impossible standard, while everyone else He places no standard upon at all. While at the same time, these same Christian leaders will condemn anyone that doesn't hold up to their own standard of righteousness... you can't have it both ways.
The first thing that we need to realize is that we are in the wilderness. We are surrounded by the wilds of chaos and destruction. We have no hope of survival outside of Christ. This, by itself, is the first teaching that has been abandoned by modern Christianity. "Come unto us, all who are weary and heavy laden and we will give you rest," they say. Forget the troubles that all the world faces around you and sing about God's love: they sell a false and empty peace, crowding out reality with warm and friendly faces.
The second thing we need to realize is that there is a beacon of hope. We will not find truth by huddling in amidst ourselves and whispering how everything is okay. It is by standing tall and following the Light of Truth, through a dry and weary land.
These analogies paint the picture of BaMidbar, wandering through the wilderness of life. The struggles and conflicts that were faced by the Children of Israel are exactly the same as what we experience today. If we don't learn from the lessons preserved for us in these words, we will certainly perish, just as they did.