In the third paragraph of my post titled “Numbers 1 - Chronology”, I made a statement that is untrue, however, my readers let me get away with it. Maybe some readers didn’t really think about what I was saying and read past it. Maybe someone knew I misspoke, but out of kindness didn’t feel the need to point it out in the comments. In any case, I would like to call me out on this untruth - you know, hold myself accountable. And then I want to defend the untrue statement! Sound confusing? Stick with me, it will all become clear.
I’m glad my little factual ...
In the first chapter of Numbers YHWH tells Moses to count all of the men able to go to war from eleven of the twelve tribes. The Levites were specifically excluded from the census because God had a different and specific purpose for them. Numbers 1:46 reveals 603,550 warriors identified for combat.
Why exactly were the Levites exempted from war? Let’s consult the word of God.
49 “Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number, nor take a census of them among the children of Israel;
If you’ve been reading the Bible for any length of time you know that it stands out as the most unique book in all of human history. It is the only book on the planet authored by God Himself and penned by about forty different human authors, spanning around one thousand six hundred years. From the first chapter of Genesis through the last chapter of Revelation, the Holy Bible is God’s complete message to mankind. The book and its message are as relevant today as it was when the original ink was still drying on parchment.
Unless you are picking up a Bible for the ...
There are forty chapters in the book of Numbers, so you’ll have to forgive me for not going verse by verse. As I work through the book I will, however, make comments on different verses or chunks of verses. I hope you will take the time to read whole chapters as you read these devotions.
This is the third devotion I’ve written in Numbers, so it might seem strange to be starting this time with verse one again, but I think there are some things worth noticing that we have not previously considered. Let’s take a look.
I went for a walk today,
Down the street I drive each day.
Nothing really looked the same,
On my trek down familiar lane.
Same houses, yard and sidewalk,
But now the details can talk.
They speak of sight, sound, and smell
Is this all new? I can't really tell.
New things I'm glad I can see,
Blessing and refreshing me.
Now I know I can slow down,
And really notice this town.
I was thinking specifically about the difference between reading the Bible devotionally and doing a detailed studying of a given ...
Walking through the earliest books of the Old Testament we watch the descendants of Jacob grow to become a sizeable nation in Egypt. They entered the land as friends but as God blessed and multiplied them we watch them become slaves under Pharoh’s dictatorship. After a time, God answers their sustained prayers for deliverance and at the right time He miraculously leads them out from under Egypt’s forced labor.
As modern-day readers of the account, I sometimes think it requires effort to remember this is no storybook fiction, but rather an actual Historical ...
Do you ever think about water? I know I do. When I’m thirsty I want a drink of it. When washing the dishes I fill the sink with it. I shower in it, shave with it, rinse my mouth out with it after brushing my teeth. Combined with soap I use it to wash and rinse my clothes, I water the lawn with it. Sometimes I swim in it, complain about it if too much or not enough of it is falling from the sky. These are just a few of the ways I use water. I’m sure you could easily add to the list. But do you ever stop to really think about water? Consider the following excerpt ...
In probably most of the modern day English Bible translations we find section headings called pericopes. It is important to note that these headings were not in the original Hebrew and Greek autographs of the Bible and are not inspired. Pericopes are an invention of the translators or publishers and are designed to give brief summaries of a given Biblical section. At times I don’t agree with a given pericope, which is to say I would not have chosen to summarize that section the same way as the translators. However, there are times I think they are spot on.
I read and consult several different translations of the Bible often, but my preferred Bible seems to be the New King James Bible (NKJV). I don’t know that I made a conscious nor educated decision to use the NKJV it’s just that I keep coming back to it. For this study, however, I will be quoting from the Lexam English Bible (LEB) for a very specific reason. When you see the word lord in our English Bibles you can’t know what the source language (Hebrew) word is unless you get a hint from the translators, or look the word up in a Hebrew Lexicon. If you can’t ...
In our study of the book of Habakkuk, we’ve come to the last three verses of the last chapter. You’ll remember that chapter three is a prayer that Habakkuk offers up in response to hearing the Word of God. It is important to keep in the forefront of our thinking that the prophet has just been told by God that He will punish His people using the Chaldeans, and then will turn around and punish the Chaldeans for being violent against His people. Seem unfair? Well, it’s not at all unfair of God. The Chaldeans had established themselves as enemies of God through pagan ...