Salvation belongs to God, & our sacrifices cannot merit salvation. Obedience and faithfulness are evidences that we are partakers of the gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ. Considering how many temptations and trials we are facing with, and the corruption of the world we are living in, we have the great needs to keep our hearts with God diligently. To Moses, those who do not walk aright should take heed of the sin of idolatry… Reading: Deut. 4, God bless.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Important to this chapter is the prayer of Moses if it were God's will for him to go before Israel, over Jordan into Canaan. God's answer to this prayer was a big no. It shows that God sees it good to deny many things we desire not only for our own good, but also for everybody's. He may accept our prayers, yet not grant us the very things we pray for... Reading: Deut. 3, God bless
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
God wanted all the people of Canaan including Amorites be destroyed, but spare the Edomites, Moabites, and Ammonites for they were Esau and Lot's descendant. Though these people didn't show kindness to the Israelites, God taught them to forgive their enemies. Lesson: If we keep from what God forbids, we shall not lose anything by obeying His words. Everything belongs to God, and He gives it to whom He pleases. So let us be contented on what God has given us… Reading: Deut. 2, God bless.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Deutero-nomos (Greek), means second law. This book repeats the story in the wilderness for 40 years, and explains the importance of obedience to God's word. Moses said that doubting God's word is a serious sin against God with severe consequence. The oldies failed to enter the promised land because of this, and therefore the new generation must be careful not to offend God. The Lord will be among them if they will believe in His great power… Reading: Deut. 1, God bless.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Fixed marriage in ancient Israel was determined because of the law of inheritance. They should preserve the Divine appointment of patrimony, so that disputes may be avoided to those who should come afterwards. Today, this pattern of rule still exists to many cultures. In Christianity, the believers in Jesus are also told to be united only to their own people, those who are united to the Lord, and subjected to the will of God… Reading: Num. 36, God bless.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014
The cities of the priests and Levites were located in all areas of the land. Though the tabernacle was in one place only, the preaching of the word of God and the prayers were not thus confined. Each tribe had the benefit of the Levites to teach the Lord, that no part of the country were left to sit in darkness. This is similar to our time that every tribe and tongue should be able to hear the name of Jesus, and this is the Christian's responsibility… Reading: Num. 35. God bless.
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Friday, February 21, 2014
The promise land was of small area, the north is from Great River of Euphrates down to the River of Egypt, the south. This was the country promised to Abraham and his descendants. This was that little spot of ground, in which alone, for many ages, God was known. God here appoints men of Israel to divide the land to them. Those who have their small portion in this world should have reason to be content because they have bigger portion in heaven… Reading: Num. 34, God bless.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014
This is a brief review of the travels of the Israelites through the wilderness, a memorable history. Such kind of movement is our state in this world, moving from one place to another. God leads, feeds, and protects them, yet thousands failed to reach the promised land. Soon our wanderings will be ended, we are blessed if the end of all is eternity in Christ. Unfortunately, many people like the Israelites will be barred to enter heaven… Reading: Num. 33, God bless.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Moses' advice that all men ought to consider the interest of themselves as well as others brought the other tribes of Israel to their duty without disputing. The law of God requires His people to labor with love and sacrifice or suffer for each other as there may be occasion. So Moses grant their request to settle in the east side of Jordan, with the warning that if they fail to fulfill their promise, they sinned against God, and would reckon with them for it… Reading: Num. 32, God bless.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Killing in the name of YHWH! God commanded the Israelites to harass and kill the Midianites, because they seduced the Israelites and caused them to commit harlotry when they entered the land of Moab, with the consent of Balaam (see: Num. 25:17). God knows all things and He is the avenger who carries out wrath on the wrongdoers. Nothing is hidden in the eyes of God, if we are on His side, He is our protector and shield in time of need… Reading: Num. 31, God bless.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Our personal vows and promises are sacred to God. He is taking the vows very seriously, that's why He said that we should not break our words, but do according to all that proceeds out of our mouths. The father has the right to overrule the vow of his young children, on the same way, the husband to reverse his wife's vow. This law shows the good order for the families and society, and fit that avery man should bear rule in his own house… Reading: Numbers 30, God bless.
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Friday, February 14, 2014
A new generation was commanded to offer a sweet aroma on the appointed feasts, and they must be concerned to keep their peace with God when at war with their enemies. Daily sacrifice is parallel to our daily solemn prayers to the Lord, and meditation of the words. The drink offering is a figure of Christ's blood that washes and forgives our sins, the memorial of His sacrifice as we celebrate our gatherings at the church and houses… Reading: Num. 28, God bless.
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Thursday, February 13, 2014
God gives inheritance to His legitimate children, like the case of the daughters of Zelophedad. The Lord had fulfilled His promise, that in due season they would receive them all. In here, God did not only concern on the affairs of the nation, but also of private families, and orders them according to His will. Just as Moses was ready to breath his last, God appoints a successor, Joshua, who had signaled himself by his courage to fight the enemies and face new challenges… Reading: Num. 27, God bless.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The first census was at the wilderness of Sinai (Num. 1), then after 38 years, at the plain of Moab, at the boundary of the promised land, God told Moses to conduct a new census for the new generation. None of the previous old generation remains, except Joshua and Caleb. But, some of the children of Korah did not die, because they were young then and did not join in their father's rebellion. Lesson: If we don't partake at the sins of others, we shall not partake of their judgments… Num. 26, God bless.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The Israelites were enticed by the daughters of Moab and Midian to worship Baal and commit sexual acts. Rev. 2:14 stated that Balaam had taught Balak to encourage the children of Israel to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality. It seemed that Balak made friendship with some people of Israel that aroused God's anger. Be careful with the evil people, their friendship is more dangerous that their enmity… Reading: Num. 25, God bless.
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Monday, February 10, 2014
Balaam confessed that his eyes were open, yet his spirit was closed to God. As Jesus said, confessing with the lip but the heart is far from God. Today, many people had been enlightened by the word of God, but are not sanctified. Their knowledge had puffed them up with pride, and their religiosity had no power to transform other people's lives. We need the "tent of Jacob," the covering of the Messiah, the Star who sits on the Throne… Reading: Num. 24, God bless.
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Saturday, February 8, 2014
Balaam turned the curse into a blessings by the power of God in love to His people. God chose Balaam to serve Him alone, and no other, and therefore met him. If God can open the mouth of the ass and caused this animal to speak, He can also handle the mouth of this "half-baked" prophet just to pronounce the blessings. Jesus said that even in time of the most severe trial, it is not us but the Holy Spirit will speak through us for the glory of our God… Num. 23, God bless.
Friday, February 7, 2014
"You shall not curse the people of Israel, for they are bless," God said to Balaam. His name means "not my people." He was formerly a prophet and servant of God, but he abused the grace that God gave him, using his ministry to gain wealth. This story shows that we should never curse God's people (Jews-Christians), and when we are tempted to do, we are in great danger. Avoid the example of Balaam who was unfaithful to deliver God's words to the people… Reading: Num. 22, God bless.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014
Manna is the bread of life that nourishes God's people till they reach the promised land. Those who despise it would be judged, so that God sent fiery serpents, which bit many to death. Like the Israelites, we sometimes commit sins, and it bites our lives like a serpent. Though painful, let us not stop looking at Jesus because the Lord can relieve us from dangers and pains. If Jesus would be so valued, then all things would be accounted loss for Him… Reading: Num. 21, God bless.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
There was no water for the congregation, and they murmured and spoke the same evil words against Moses. God commanded Moses to speak to the rock so that the water would come out. But Moses acted wrong by striking it 2 times. God charged this mistake upon him and said that he did not glorify His name before the people. As a result, he was forbidden to enter the promised land. Lesson: listen carefully to the voice of the Holy Spirit... Reading: Num. 20. God bless.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The heifer typified the painful sufferings of our Lord Jesus, to satisfy God's justice for man's sin. The ashes are to be laid up as a purification for sin, similar to the blood of Christ as a way to which by faith we may obtain mercy and forgiveness. The dead body defiles a person, and it reminds people that the wages of sin is death. The solution is to take a bath on the 3rd day, a symbol of God's word that cleanses our conscience… Reading: Num. 19, God bless.
Monday, February 3, 2014
The ministry of the priests is special to God, and they should consider the great care that was charged upon them. All believers are spiritual priests, and God had promised to take care of them. They are to be devoted to their ministry, not disturbed by worldly care, because God is our inheritance. The best of all thing such as time, strength, and possessions should be offered unto the Lord. As the Levites is the chosen tribe, so as the Christians are the chosen people in every generation… Reading: Num. 18, God bless.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
The budding of Aaron's rod is a miraculous works of God. When the 12 rods were presented to God at the sanctuary, the 11 old and dry rods remained as they were, but only Aaron's rod became a living branch. This shows that it is the Lord who choose leaders, and He alone has the power to produce fruits in us. Jesus said, "Apart from Me you can do nothing." Our part is to remain faithful to Jesus and the tasks He has assigned for us… Reading: Num. 17, God bless.
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