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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Numbers 1 – Chronology

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 ...

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Numbers 1 – Count When I say Count

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. Numbers 1:1       1:1       ...

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Numbers Chapter 1 – Israel’s Number One

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 ...

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Numbers 1 – From Slave to Warriors

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 ...

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Psalm 33 – Water

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 ...

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