We’ve been working our way through the book of Numbers. Last time my wife asked me if I would consider taking a break from Numbers to study, then writing on Psalm 91. I gladly obliged. We discussed whether or not as believers we have a role to play in making the scriptures relevant for today’s Christian. Hopefully, you agree with me that anytime God speaks His Word is not only immediately relevant but because of the eternal nature of it, remains relevant forever.
When reviewing what I wrote last week in preparation for this week a thought occurred to me. Though ...
One of the current churchanity buzzwords of our day is “relevance”. I would like to suggest that the reason relevance has been so emphasized is because the heralds don’t see the scriptures as naturally relevant. They have somehow come to believe that it’s their job to pull the Word of God out of the past and into the present where it can be transformed into something useful for modernity.
Listen. God does not need our help! How arrogant to think that unless man does something to it God’s Word would somehow be stuck in the past where it was once useful, but ...
5 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
I have been so incredibly blessed by my time in the book of Numbers. Quite frankly I’ve been surprised at some of what we’ve discovered already and yet we are only in chapter eight! For this time, I’ve studied Numbers 8:6-16 (while keeping verse 5 in mind of course). There is so much rich content in these verses and yet I feel most of us while reading this passage devotionally, miss much of the details in this colorful forest because of all of the trees.
Let’s listen in to what Yahweh told ...
Part of the Levitical priestly duties were performed out in the open air but within the fence made of cloth and delineating the area dedicated to the tabernacle. The other part of their service was accomplished in the Holy place. The Holy place and the Most Holy place, (or the Holy of Holies) shared the same roof made up of several layers of animal skins and cloth. The two places were separated by a thick curtain. In the larger part, the Priest carried out their daily duties, with the Most Holy Place being reserved for the once a year service assigned to the high ...
Sometimes I am perplexed by the things I read in God’s Holy Book. Sometimes it’s the simple and seemingly straightforward verses that trip me up. For example, Numbers 8:2 seems straight forward enough, however, the longer I think about it the more I realize I don’t understand it. My lack of comprehension acts as a sort of hook grabbing me by the jaws and not allowing me to move on. Let’s look at the verse, and one supporting verse, then I’ll see if I can explain my confusion (or maybe you’ll see it right off).
2 “Speak to Aaron, ...
Numbers chapter 7 ended with the voice of God speaking from above the mercy seat to Moses. It was the first time Moses heard the voice of Yahweh coming from above the Ark of the Covenant. Starting into chapter 8 might seem anti-climatic in comparison if we are not careful with the text.
8:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
2 “Speak to Aaron, and say to him, ‘When you arrange the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.’ ”
I want to spend some time looking at Numbers 7:10-11, but first some context. It would, of course, be beneficial to read all of chapter seven for context, but it would be unwieldy to reproduce it here. We should at very least consider the first verse. Verse one, I believe, is critical to understanding what’s going on in verses ten and eleven.
1 Now it came to pass, when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle, that he anointed it and consecrated it and all its furnishings, and the altar and all its utensils; so he anointed them and consecrated ...
In Numbers, chapter seven Moses finishes setting up the tabernacle according to YHWH’s design. Next, the leaders of Israel brought an offering and in Numbers 7:4 God speaks telling Moses to accept the offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting. So what was this offering and why was it significant?
And they brought their offering before the Lord, six covered carts and twelve oxen, a cart for every two of the leaders, and for each one an ox; and they presented them before the tabernacle.
Carts and oxen were a very practical ...
At the risk of sounding obvious to those of you who regularly encounter God’s divine book, let me say that the Holy Bible is an incredibly interesting and powerful literary collection. One might argue it gives details about two major religions of the world, Judaism and Christianity. Not only so but this ancient book chronicles historic details of various cultures. Additionally, it accurately describes geographical locations so precisely that modern-day archeologists are sometimes amazed to discover locations mentioned within its flawless pages. Written by over forty ...
2 Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of their fathers’ houses, who were the leaders of the tribes and over those who were numbered, made an offering.
Sometimes I feel like I talk about “it” too much. But then I realize it’s important. Don’t important things tend to be discussed much more often than other things? I’m almost hesitant to name “it” for fear those of you who know me will turn away saying, “ok, here we go again!” But I’ll take the risk - it’s just that important.
The “it” I’m ...