Skeptics and Believers

The whole time I’ve been studying in the book of Numbers I’ve had the skeptic in the back of my mind. I’m not sure what definition comes to mind when I say skeptic, but what I mean to say is the non-believer who is looking for every opportunity to discredit the Holy Bible. It has become a sort of mission for this individual to find every supposed contradiction and exploit them as proof that the Bible is a fictional work conjured up in the minds of religious crackpots who don’t live in the real world. They go to great lengths to demonstrate a disparity between ...

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Numbers 3 – Samuel in Numbers?

My Pastor is fond of saying, and I’m fond of hearing, “review is the mother of all learning.” Don’t worry, I’m not going to review our previous discussions in the book of Numbers (didn’t mean to scare you). I agree with my Pastor. He might agree with me (maybe) in saying that principles worth knowing are worth hearing over and over again. Ok, I admit I’m about to repeat myself and maybe I’m just trying to justify it. Because I see it as critically important, I feel the need to once more encourage you to slow your reading of the Bible down and take ...

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Numbers 3 – Redemption

Numbers 3:12-13            12       “Now behold, I Myself have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of every firstborn who opens the womb among the children of Israel. Therefore the Levites shall be Mine,             13       because all the firstborn are Mine. On the day that I struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I sanctified to Myself all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast. They shall be Mine: I am the LORD.”   In order to understand the above two verses, we would, of course, ...

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Numbers 3 – Jesus in Numbers

Do you ever have one of those moments when you are reading the word of God and the words on the page seem to jump out at you? It’s as if the passage is pulsing with life. You respond to the passage you are reading with, “wait, what??” John 5:46-47 was just such a passage for me. We’ve been studying our way through the book of Numbers and find ourselves in chapter three. I’m sure I’ve said it before, but when studying a given passage in the Bible it is important to compare scripture with scripture. We might refer to this Bible study principle as correla...

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Numbers 3 – Family

Let’s review. In the first chapter of Numbers God commands a census to be taken. The census is designed to answer the question, “how big is the army?” Moses is commanded to exclude the Levites from the count because they don’t go to war. In Numbers, chapter two God arranges the camp. A grade school seating chart comes to mind. Every time they set up camp they were in the exact same position in relation to everyone else in the camp and they faced the exact same direction every time.  Because we have recorded for us the exact number of the census we can ...

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Numbers 2 – Details Details

Last time we talked about numbers 2:1. The only thing I want to say about verse 1 now is it clearly indicates to us that the following verses are God’s instructions to Moses and Aaron. What I want us to notice today is the repeating pattern in God’s instructions here. Let’s take a closer look at Numbers 2:2-32. I won’t reprint all of those verses here so you will probably want to have your Bible open as you read this devotional (which is always a good idea anyway). In this chapter God gives specific details outlining how He wants the nation to camp. He calls ...

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Numbers 2 – The Voice

Have you ever wondered what God’s physical voice sounds like? What would it be like to have God start an actual physical conversation with you? Once waking up and getting off the floor after passing out from shock, do you think God would have your undivided attention? Do you think you’d remember the conversation? Don’t you think you’d remember every last word for the rest of your life? Imagine what Moses and Aaron must have experienced when God vocalized His thoughts to them. I’d like to take a detailed (but not exhaustive) look at Numbers 2:1. Numbers ...

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Numbers – Gold, Real Gold!

I wonder if we, as a culture, have done a grave disservice to the contemporary learner. Have we taught them to love learning and knowledge? Or have we taught to the test? In other words, have we taught them simply how to use education to obtain a degree?  Too often the modern-day student learns what he needs to know in order to pass a test, so he can pass the class. Passing enough classes earns him the right to a degree. Now that he has the degree, he can finally get a job in his field of study. Once he starts his job the real learning will begin. But what of the ...

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Numbers – My Mistake?

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 ...

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Numbers 1 – Levite and Lamb

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. Numbers 1:49-51            49       “Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number, nor take a census of them among the children of Israel;             ...

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