Numbers 7 – Meeting Place

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 ...

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Numbers 7 – And…

Numbers 7:2       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 ...

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Numbers – 7 – Anointed and Consecrated

Whatever else the book of Numbers may be it is certainly a narrative demonstrating a sequence of events in the fledgling nation of Israel. Numbers 7:1 is one more evidence of the narrative nature of Numbers.  Numbers 7:1      7:1       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 them.    When encountering Biblical narrative one may be tempted to adopt the perspective that since it ...

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Numbers 6 – Aaronic Blessing

I have a confession to make. For many years I have maintained a perspective on God and His relationship to mankind that was not just wrong, it was unscriptural. Now I’m wondering if “unscriptural” is a strong enough word? No, it definitely is not. This wrong perspective I’m referring to is actually the exact opposite of the picture scripture paints about the relationship between God and mankind, which means it is a lie. I have wrongly believed that God was this perfect and yet perfectly rigid authoritarian establishing a long list of do’s and don’ts and ...

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Numbers 6 – Blessing

I have three children and I was truly honored to be present for the birth of all three of them. Would you believe me if I were to tell you as an eyewitness all three of them were born babies? No, no it’s true! Not one of them was born a mature being in full command of their faculties. All three of them had to learn to talk and learn to control their bodies so they could walk (and run). They all went through a process of learning to control their arms so they could reach the things they wanted. Additionally, all three of our children were guided by my wife and myself ...

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Numbers 6 – Nazarene or Nazirite?

Last time I introduced the Nazirite vow as recorded in Numbers chapter six. We considered what the vow was and the components of the vow. We discovered the person taking the vow must start by a consecrating sacrifice to YHWH. The individual under the vow could not shave his head, drink any type of alcohol nor drink or eat anything from the grapevine. Additionally, the Nazirite must abstain from touching a dead body. The person under the vow could not even bury family members. All these things must be strictly observed for the duration of the vow. Verse eight summarizes ...

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Numbers 6 – Nazirite Vow

Before we peek into Numbers chapter six it might be nice to understand something about the previous five chapters. The sequence of events recorded in chapters one through five is not a random set of events that just happened to play out in a particular order. Everything that has happened from the start of chapter one, up to and including the start of chapter six were indeed orchestrated by the covenant God YHWH. How can we be sure? God does nothing “just because”. Everything He does is for a purpose and is an integral part of His plan. At the beginning of every ...

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Numbers 5 – I dont want to!

If you’ve been around me or have read a number of my devotional posts you’ve probably heard me say something like, “I love to study and write about the Bible”. This, of course, is true however in the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you there are passages I’d rather not study, and there are certainly passages I would rather not write about. The passage confronting me today is one I don’t mind studying, but truthfully, I’d really rather not write about it.  I attempted to justify not writing about this passage by saying, “I’m not writing a ...

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Numbers 5 – Underlayment

I would like to point out something present in the text we are studying in Numbers chapter 5. This “something” is maybe less obvious but nonetheless influences our understanding of the passage. I’m not sure this thing I want to discuss is necessarily a theme, it’s almost more of an underlayment supporting and keeping level the foundation for the passage.  I see this underlaying concept all throughout scripture, both Old and New Testaments. When I mentioned it your response may very well be, “oh yeah, that”. Before I introduce this concept I offer a ...

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Numbers 5 – Restitution

I am thoroughly enjoying our time in the book of Numbers. I should have suspected I would be blessed slowing down and digging a little deeper into this colorful narrative. I suppose it is a bit like digging for Gold. You’re hoping to find gold as you methodically and patiently dig, but you’re a little surprised and excited as each nugget is uncovered. This is exactly how I felt when I encountered the fifth chapter of Numbers. Chapter five is about keeping the camp undefiled as YHWH walks among them, but that summary statement doesn’t really do justice to the ...

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