162 results for author: Mark Hathaway


170 – Numbers Chapter 10 – Two trumpets

I can’t say I remember much about my grade school education, but I do remember an English teacher talking about setting. If my memory serves, it was in the context of an author describing a scene where a particular event occurs in a story. Details about a playground where the school bully is picking on the smallest boy in the class would be the author creating the setting or the backdrop for the encounter. It seems to me, the setting for the tenth chapter of Numbers is actually found later in the chapter. Verses eleven through thirteen is the setting. Numbers 10:11-13           11 Now it came to pass on the twentieth day of ...

169 – Number Chapter 9 – Command of the LORD

If I were asked to succinctly summarize chapter nine, I would not hesitate in my response. To me, it is clearly about the presence of Yahweh (the LORD). The chapter is divided neatly, but not evenly into two sections. The first fourteen verses of the chapter are about what Jesus has done to make his presence among Israel and all of mankind possible. Without Jesus as the Passover in the first section of the chapter, there would be no cloud/pillar in the second section. Verses fifteen through the end of the chapter (verse 23) are about what Israel must do to enjoy the continuous presence of God. Simply put, they must obey the command of the LORD. ...

168 – Numbers – Chapter 9 – Passover

Last time we talked about how the events chronicled in Numbers chapter nine actually happened before the events in Numbers chapter one. We arrived at that conclusion by comparing Numbers 1:1 to Numbers 9:1. Numbers 1:1 clearly states, “...on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt…” And Numbers 9:1 says, “...in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt...”. I don’t want to cause confusion with my comments, however, I think it is important to point out that Numbers nine is not the only chapter out of order. It would take me a little ...

167 – Numbers – Chapter 9 – Out of order

I can hardly believe it! We are starting into Numbers chapter nine. Only twenty-seven more chapters to go! I keep thinking we’ll pick up the pace, gain momentum, and cruise through the book. Then I find some little detail that I think deserves exploration, and we’re back to crawling along slowly. Then I remember, “wait! The point isn’t to speed through the Bible, but to hopefully grasp God’s word a little better each time we crack it open, by noticing the details.” After all, our Christian experience is replete with summaries, flyovers, and thirty thousand foot highlights of the Scriptures. I Believe there is value in both the ...

166 – Numbers – Chapter 8 – In Service

As I write about the Bible I sometimes feel like I don’t really spend enough time really digging into the text. Although this is the 38th devotional I’ve written in the book of Numbers, we are just now going to finish chapter eight, and yet there is so very much fruit still left on the tree! However, I am not discouraged, quite to the contrary I am very encouraged! This is just one more evidence to me that no matter how much time we spend in the Word of God we will never fully realize all that it contains. In our trek through chapter 8, let’s look at the last four verses. Numbers 8:23-26 23 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,  ...

165 – Numbers – Chapter 8 – Wave Offering

I was thinking about it as I was preparing to write today’s article, sometimes when I read the Bible I feel like I spend too much time in the details. I seem to get easily distracted by some literary nuance, or lesser detail, and like a dog that suddenly encounters a rabbit, I dart off on some rabbit trail - who knows if I’ll ever return. Then when I’m done I often look back on the time I spent and feel like I didn’t glean enough of the important details from the passage. Do you ever feel that way? Or maybe you are constantly reading past the details saying to yourself, “I’ll come back and look that up later”, but you never seem to ...

164 – Numbers 8 – Houston we have a problem

The 2019 Estimated Census for Houston Texas expects the population to be 2,320,268 people. The land area of Houston is 637.5 square miles (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_population). Can you imagine all 2,320,268 people in the big city entering into a covenant relationship with Yahweh God? Now imagine all 2.3 million people camping in 12 square miles! Can you imagine the entire city of Huston breaking camp and going where God told them to go. How do you think that would affect Houston, how about the state of Texas? Would 2.3 million nomadic people located in a single city and moving as one attract the attention of ...

163 – Numbers 8 – Sanctified!

My natural inclination is to go verse by verse through the text and chew all the flavor out before moving on. In other words, I want to make as many observations of the text as I can, consult the source language lexicon, understand all the finer details of a passage, write about it all, then go on to word number two of the verse! It’s just not practical for the devotional nature of these articles, nor do I have the training to be successful in such a pursuit. So, unfortunately, I must skip some stuff to keep moving along.    Even if I could study and write about the Bible in such fine minutia, the text would still be inexhaustible. ...

162- Numbers 8 – Thus

If these devotional posts are at all helpful to you I hope they do three things. One, I hope to inspire you to see that you too can study the Bible more deeply. Two, I hope the devotional posts help us all to slow our Bible reading down enough to notice details we may otherwise read past. Three, most importantly I hope the devotional posts cause you and I to appreciate Yahweh for who He is and cause us to glorify Him!   We don’t have to camp very long, but in our trek through Numbers chapter eight let’s consider verse fourteen.    Numbers 8:14 Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the children of Israel, and ...

161 – Numbers 8 – Lord God or Lord man

We are back in Numbers chapter eight after a six week detour into Psalm 91. I want to quote one of the last paragraphs from the last Numbers article before we explored Psalms 91. I said: It doesn’t always happen that I end up writing about what I want to write about, so I make this next statement tentatively. Next time, I hope to discuss Numbers 8:10. The children of Israel “Lay their hands on” the Levites. Many have suggested this was a type of ordination if you will. The Israelites saying something like, “we recognize the Levites as our priests before the LORD”. I don’t believe that is a correct understanding and hope to talk ...