Monday, November 20, 2017

Numbers 12

Moses was very humble, a man with no pride, more so than any man on the earth. Then his patience was tried in his own family, Miriam and Aaron. He had married an Ethiopian woman, and oppositions from them arose. With this situation, his pride probably was hurt, and their envy stirred up. Immediately, God appeared and not only cleared Moses but praised him. This trial shows that Moses was fitted to the work he was called for. When the cloud departed, Miriam became leprous. She was shut out outside the camp seven days. Now, we have the reason to be afraid of saying or doing any thing against the servants of God. If Miriam was punished for speaking against Moses, what will become of those who sin against Jesus Christ? Like Moses, Jesus asked God's forgiveness to those who insulted Him. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." Truly, many things and people oppose us, but nothing can hinder us on the way to heaven, except sin. God bless.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Numbers 11

When the Israelites left Egypt, a mixed multitude (non-Israelites) joined them to go to the promised land. But along the way, they incited God's people to complain and crave for Egypt's food. They were discontent unless they had meat to eat. This provocation was too much for Moses, and he knew that he could not have gone through it in his own strength. Jesus Christ taught His disciples to pray, "lead us not into temptation," because there are people, like the mixed-multitude, that are not helping the ministry but destroying it. God, in His own power and miracles can provide everything that His people need, "Has the Lord's arm been shortened?" Indeed, God is able! When Eldad and Meldad prophesied in the camp, Moses did not forbid them to do so, but wished that all God's people were prophets, that God would put His Spirit upon them all. It means that if all God's people shall be matured and helpful in God's work, it is easier for all to call sinners to repentance and believe in the Lord. God bless.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Numbers 10

The Lord commanded the Israelites to make two trumpets, to call their attention and to direct the movements of the camps. This signifies the preaching of the gospel to sound the alarm to sinners, to call them to repent, to proclaim the liberty to the captives and slaves of sins, to gather the worshippers of God, and to show the Lord's presence for their protection. The sounding of the trumpet is God's ordinance, and demands the attention of all to whom it is sent. Then the Israelites began their journey according to the commandment of the Lord, and as the cloud leads them. Those who will give themselves to the direction of God's command and Spirit shall find their destiny, but those who will remain stubborn and disobedient shall die and  bury in the desert without reaching their final destination. This world is the place of our journey, we shall never be at rest, never at home, till we come to heaven, the place of eternal peace with Christ. God bless.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Numbers 9

On the second year after crossing the Red Sea, God told the Israelites to celebrate the Passover in the wilderness of Sinai. It was being celebrated on the fourteenth of the first month, but those that are ceremonially unclean can celebrate on the fourteenth of the second month. It means that those whose minds and consciences are defiled by sin, are unfit for communion with God, and cannot partake with comfort of the gospel, till they are cleansed by true repentance and faith. Then the cloud was appointed by God to be the visible sign and symbol of His presence with Israel. It is very safe and pleasant going when we see God walking before us, and resting where He appoints us to rest. The gospel tells that Christ's presence will be with us always. All the children of God shall be led by His Spirit to direct the paths, to give light in time of darkness, to protect in time of danger, and to provide wisdom in decision making. Christ will be with us, till we reach our everlasting peace. God bless.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Numbers 8

This chapter tells the direction for the solemn ordination of the Levites. The Levites are God's gift to Aaron, the High Priest, to help him in the ministry of God.  Moses shall dedicate the Levites unto the Lord, and all the congregation of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites. All who are employed for God must be dedicated to Him, according to God's rules. Jesus Christ is our High Priest and we are like Levites, given by the Father to Christ to do the works of the ministry. Christians belong to Christ. They all must be baptized, ministers must be ordained, and all servants must first give themselves unto the Lord, and then to the services. Levites and Christians must be cleansed, for they are the clean vessels of God. As Moses sprinkled the water of purification upon them, the blood of Christ must cleanse and forgive the impurities of the believers by faith. All who expect to share in the privileges of the ministry of God, must resolve to do the service of kingdom of God. All whom God owns, He also employs from here to eternity. God bless.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Numbers 7

The offering of the people in each tribe was not made until they had been prepared and well arranged, and fully set up accordingly.  The heads and leaders of the tribes were the most active in the service of the Lord. This is an example to those in authority, that the Christian leaders ought to use their influence to promote Christianity and the service of God in the places where they live. In this chapter, an occasion to celebrate God's goodness, yet still, in the midst of their sacrifices, we find the importance of sin offering. It tells that we should be conscious that there is sin, and there should be repentance even in the most joyful services. In this kind of service, it was done with order, no  confusion, no delay and without misunderstanding. All things are done in the proper way. All their offerings were the same, all the tribes had an equal share in the altar, and an equal interest in the sacrifices offered upon it. It means we are all equal in the eyes of the Lord. God bless.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Numbers 6

What is a Nazarite vow? The Nazarite vow is taken by individuals who have voluntarily dedicated themselves to God. It was a vow of separation from the world and devotedness to the services of God, for a limited time, and under certain rules. The vow has five features; voluntary, can be done by either men or women, has a specific time frame, has specific requirements and restrictions, and at its conclusion a sacrifice is offered. The Nazarites were to eat nothing that came from the vine; this may teach the utmost care to avoid sin. They must not cut their hair, nor shave their beards. All the days of their separation they must be holy to the Lord. Our acceptance to Christ and commitment to His church is similar, but our loyalty to Him is without end. Then, the priest were solemnly to bless the people in the name of the Lord, called "Priestly Blessing." To be under God's protection, to enjoy His favor and supply our needs, and to grant peace all the days of our live. God bless.