Friday, January 31, 2014

Numbers 16

Korah and the people unjustly accused Moses and Aaron with taking honor to themselves, whereas they were called by God to the priesthood ministry. This is a common problem in the church, where the proud and ambitious people made quarrel with the leaders boasting that they were also holy and called by God. Moses sought instruction from God first, a wise move by a godly leader before making any major decision… Reading: Num. 16, God bless. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Numbers 15

Ignorance of the law is ignorance of God, that's why King David prayed to be cleansed from his faults which he himself not aware of. Sins committed ignorantly shall be forgiven, but if we sin presumptuously, like the man who gathered sticks on Sabbath day (v32), are guilty before God. Tassels on the corner of their garments remind the Jews about God's laws. Christians have the Holy Spirit who reminds them to live a holy living… Num. 15, God bless. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Numbers 14

Caleb and Joshua assured the people that the land is good. Though the Canaanites dwell in walled cities, their defense was nothing compare to the power of their God. Yet the people were not convinced, so they provoked God's anger. Later, those who brought evil report died one by one. Lesson: no one can be safe when we displeased God with our words and actions. But those who faithfully expose themselves for God are sure to be taken under His protection… Reading: Num. 14, God bless.  

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Numbers 13

The ten spies distrusted God's power and promises, thinking that they had a better opinion of their own than God's wisdom. Thus the Israelites ruin themselves by believing bad reports rather than Divine revelation. Serving God requires faith and courage which Joshua and Caleb possessed. The fruits they had brought in   symbolize the fruits that Jesus brought down from heaven, in order to excite His followers to desire to live in heaven… Reading: Num 13, God bless.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Numbers 12

The family of Moses was tested for marrying a foreign wife, and the pride of Aaron and Miriam was hurt, probably because of their brother's superior authority. This type of test will be painful to us if not to be handled with meekness like Moses. In this case God did not only cleared Moses but praised him. Jesus said that the least among the brethren is the great in the kingdom of heaven. If we learn this principle, God will not only bless us, but will also satisfy us… Reading: Num. 12, God bless. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Numbers 10

As they began their journey to Canaan, God told Moses to make 2 trumpets that typifies God's call and direction to the whole assembly. The journey from wilderness to the promised land is similar to our spiritual journey from earth to heaven. It should be guided by God's rules, light, clouds, and leaders, because walking in the wilderness is not easy, and we may lose our way without them. Like Moses we can also encourage our relatives (Hobab) to join us… Reading: Num. 10, God bless. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Numbers 9

Christians must seek God's counsel in difficult cases, not determine according to their own affection, but by the word of God, as Moses did in verse 8. We can do it with humility, prayer, and guidance from the Holy Spirit. About the pillar of cloud, as long as it rested on the tabernacle, the Israelites encamped, but if the cloud was taken up, they would journey. The lesson is, we should know when to move or to wait upon the Lord's direction… Reading: Num. 9, God bless. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Numbers 8

Aaron and his sons were washed with water, to signify that they ought to purify themselves from all sinful things, and to keep themselves pure ever after. Christ washes the Christians from their sins by His own blood that they may be fit into the service of God's kingdom. As the Israelites is the chosen people and Levites is the  chosen tribe, the followers of Christ are chosen generation to the Father, if we continue until the end… Reading: Num 8. God bless. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Numbers 7

The head and great men of Israel were the first on line in the service of God. Here is an example to those in authority and in the highest rank of power that they ought to use their honor and position, even their possessions to promote the interest of God in the places where they live. In our best services to God, we are to be conscious that there is sin, and there should be repentance even in our most joyful moment with God… Reading: Num. 8, God bless. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Number 6

The word Nazarite signifies separation. Samson and John the Baptist are samples of this type of vow, not allowed to drink wine or strong drink. It is a separation from the world and devotedness to the services of God exactly similar to the standard made by Jesus Christ. The priestly blessing in v.24-26 is a pronouncement to bless God's people to be under His protection, enjoy His favor, and prepare them for eternal glory… Reading: Num. 6, God bless.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Numbers 4

It was said that the service of God requires the best of men's strength and the prime portion of their age, from 30 years old to 50, the time when a person is most lively and active. So Moses counted the Levites who entered the service for work in the tabernacle (v43). During the time of Jesus, He began His earthly ministry at 30. In Christian faith, we can serve God even at a very young age, so long as we do our best for Him… Reading: Num. 4, God bless. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Numbers 3

God has taken the Levites instead of the first-born to serve Him in the sanctuary. There were much works belonging to the priesthood ministry, so God appointed the Levites to attend to these works, and each one had to be redeemed by shekels or silver. The church of Jesus Christ is called the church of the first-born, which is redeemed not by silver or gold but by the precious blood of the Son of God who died for our sins… Reading: Num. 3, God bless. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Numbers 2

Moses counted only those that were able go to war, while the Levites had different job assignments. Each tribe was to be encamped around the tabernacle, symbolizing God's presence in the midst of them. The children of Israel put themselves in their posts according to what the Lord required. This is parallel to the Christian's gifts and assignments in the church, that the Holy Spirit puts us in the right place at the right time…. Reading: Num. 2, God bless.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Numbers 1

This book is called Numbers because it contains the numbering of the people who are able to go to war in Israel. It shows that God is faithful to His promises to Abraham that He will increase his seed,  along with the land in each tribe. The census is also a  preview of our names to be written in the book of life in heaven, and that we should be able to withstand the enemies of our lives, both physical and spiritual… Reading: Num. 1, God bless. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Leviticus 27

Devoted persons or things are distinguished from sanctified persons or things. Devoted things are most holy to the Lord, and could neither be taken back nor applied to other purposes. The common example is tithes. 10% of income are devoted to the Lord, while 90% are sanctified, and the true Owner of devoted things is God, and must be used for the glory of God. Christians are devoted to Jesus with sanctified lifestyle… Lev. 27, God bless. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Leviticus 26

This chapter contains a summary of all the laws given by Moses; reward, peace and abundance for obedience to the law, but punishment, poverty and wars for disobedience. These are parts of the covenant's stipulations and all blessings are summed up in the covenant relation between them. Israel will be God's people, and YHWH will be their God, no one else. For Christians, Jesus alone and there is no other name… Reading: Lev. 26, God bless. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Leviticus 25

All labor was to cease in the seventh year, as much as our labor on the seventh day. These teaching was explained by Jesus to "beware of covetousness, for a man's life consists not in the abundance of his possessions" (Luke 12:15). We are to exercise total dependence on God's provision for our needs, to consider ourselves as stewards of all what we have, use these possessions for God's glory, and to live by faith in Christ our Savior… Reading: Lev. 25. God bless.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Leviticus 24

Pure oil is for light as fine flour is for bread. Jesus is the light of the world, and the bread of life. By this Light, we can discern the spiritual food prepared for our souls, and we should do it on daily basis. As the bread remains in the sanctuary, so should we remain with Jesus till He comes. Let us be faithful to Him, and do not follow the evil works of the offender that blasphemed and profaned the name of the Lord… Reading: Lev. 24, God bless. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Leviticus 23

Sabbath has to be observed every week, but there are at least 3 most important feasts that had been instituted by the Lord for His people - Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacle - and God's people  have to come and visit the temple every year. On that day they must withdraw from all business of the world. It is a sabbath of rest, typifying spiritual rest from sin, and rest in God. Jesus fulfilled that  kind of rest at the cross… Reading: Lev. 23. God bless. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Leviticus 22

The Lord requires His people to reverence His holy name and His ordinances. It is not easy to become God's servant, and it is even impossible for the Gentiles. So let us recollect with gratitude that our great High Priest had made all things possible for us to be God's people. Only that we need to beware of our services and offerings by examining our hearts concerning sinful defilements, including pride and self-righteousness… Reading: Lev. 22, God bless.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Leviticus 21

To be priests or God's servants, one must be without defect in all parts of the body, or any sickness, for God requires a higher standard of separation. In the gospels we see the lame, blind, lepers, Gentiles, etc. were forbidden to enter the gate of the temple for they were considered unclean. Through Christ, God had torn the wall that separates the partition, so that anyone who have Christ in his heart can now enter God's presence… Reading: Leviticus 21, God bless. 

Leviticus 20

Before the conquest of Canaanites, it was natural for them to offer their children to their god Molek. It was not cruelty but religious act. So God tells parents to protect their children in the service of Satan. On the other hand, let children remember that he who cursed father or mother was surely put to death. God requires His people to observe His law and  avoid evil practices for the sake of self-preservation. Christianity still exists today because there are good Christians in every generation that are willing to obey Christ... Reading: Lev. 20. God bless.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Leviticus 19

It is required that God's people be a holy people, because their God is a holy God, and only to be worshipped. It means to teach real separation from the surrounding nations and the flesh, and entire devotedness to God. The fear of God includes inward reverence and outward respect and obedience. Be honest and true in all our dealing, and our religious works to others must always be attended with works of love and humility… Reading: Lev. 19. God bless. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Leviticus 18

The religion of ancient Egypt and Canaan includes idol worship with temple servants and prostitutes. Sexual immoralities were common, and all people were ignorant of righteousness, including the Israelites. So God has to enforce the law of sexual morality to protect His people from moral decay. Adherence to God's law is the most effectual preservative from sin. By the grace of God we are secure, as long as we exercise it appropriately… Reading: Lev. 18, God bless.  

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Leviticus 17

It's best to start 2014 with the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ who takes away the sins of the world. The animal sacrifice is to be presented at the door of the tabernacle as peace offering. Blood is to be regarded holy, for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. In Christianity, Christ is our altar, the true tabernacle. Through Him our sacrifices become acceptable to God. His blood gave us eternal life and reconciled us with God… Reading: Lev. 17, God bless.