Day 59

Day 59 reading – Numbers Chapters 11-13

“Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The LORD heard you when you wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the LORD will give you meat, and you will eat it. You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected the LORD, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’”  Numbers 11:18-20 NIV

You want meat.  I’ll give you meat.

Ever wanted something so bad and then after getting it wish you had never had it.

God has grown tired of the complaining coming from the people.

We read the story and think of the Israelites as a bunch of ungrateful brats.

Considering all that God has done for them, what right do they have to complain?

But wait, WE are the Israelites in the story – Not then, but now.

Consider the complaints that we have and then consider all that we have.

We must sound ridiculous to God on most days.

What might happen if we really got all that we asked for . . .

Day 60 reading – Numbers Chapters 14-15 and Psalm 90

Day 58

Day 58 Reading – Numbers Chapters 8-10

Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. At the LORD’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp.
Numbers 9:17-18 NIV
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, once said,
“God generally guides me by presenting reasons to my mind for acting in a certain way.”
The Israelites began their relationship with God with specific directions.
God guided them with a pillar of cloud and fire.
God also gave them specific instructions to follow during their journey.

So often we look for God for direction, but then fail to follow the signs that God provides.

What signs are you following?

What has God asked you to do?

What are you waiting for?

Day 59 Reading – Numbers Chapters 11-13

Day 57

Day 57 Reading – Numbers Chapters 7

When Moses entered the meeting tent to speak with the Lord   Numbers 7:89a

Don’t miss this strange entry at the end of the chapter.

Much has been made in all the rules of the role of the priests.  The Levites are the only ones granted permission to enter the tabernacle/sanctuary.  The penalties are extreme.

And yet here is a provision that allows Moses to enter the sanctuary.

God has always been in the business of making provisions.

I am thankful for the Provision of Jesus and the Holy Spirit … so that I might have access to God when God calls.

Now … I just have to remember to answer when God calls …

I wonder … How did Moses know God was calling?

 

 

Day 58 Reading – Numbers Chapters 8-10

 

Day 56

Day 56 Reading – Numbers Chapters 5-6

The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of dedication to the LORD as a Nazirite, they must . . .” Numbers 6:1-3

This is a good one to ‘dog ear’ for a later reference to the Nazirite Vow.

Why is it important?

Moses and Aaron already had a special relationship with God. For everyone else they interacted with God as a community. This vow allowed for a person to make a choice to have a more individually committed relationship with God. And the vow serves to illustrate the cost of discipleship for the believer today.

For example, the Nazarite could not cut his hair during the time of separation. If his vow was for a long time, his hair would grow long. But in the Biblical Era, long hair on a man indicated shame. Someone who willingly takes upon himself that which causes shame has conquered his pride. The disciple must be willing to take upon himself that which causes the world to scorn and laugh at him.

Sounds a lot like if anyone calls himself my disciple they must be pick up the cross . . .

Our relationship with God is an individual relationship by choice.

What choices have you made to deepen your relationship with God?

Day 57 Reading – Numbers Chapters 7

Day 55

Day 55 Reading – Numbers Chapters 3-4

When it’s time to break camp, Aaron and his sons will enter and take down the screening curtain, and they will cover the chest containing the covenant with it.  Numbers 4:5 CEB

The Israelites have been in this same spot for about a year and now they are ready to start out on their journey to the Promised Land.  Time to Get marching …

But wait … We need to get organized.

The Levites will be in charge of the tabernacle, which is the tent that serves as God’s dwelling place while everyone is travelling to the Promised Land. And God is very specific about how this place is handled.  The penalty for disobedience is death.

But God doesn’t just have guidelines for the tent. God’s got something to say about every aspect of the community and how they will travel.  God has the details of the move planned out for the people.

Gotta love a God that is steps ahead of us … preparing us long before the problem arises.

God’s got us covered.  And once all this is settled, the Israelites begin what will be a long march through the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land.

 

Day 56 Reading – Numbers Chapters 5-6

Day 54

Day 54 reading – Numbers Chapters 1-2
Take a census of the entire Israelite community by their clans and their households, recording the name of every male.  Numbers 1:2 CEB

Really?

What could the point of having pages of names listed in the Bible?

Wouldn’t it be more interesting if you told us something about the people?

What did they do?

What did they look like?

But don’t you get it?

That is the point (or at least I think it is).

God doesn’t care about what you do or what you look like.

God knows you by name and that is all He needs to know.

Day 55 reading – Numbers Chapters 3-4

Day 53

Day 53 Reading – Leviticus Chapters 26-27

These are the commands that the Lord gave Moses on Mount Sinai for the Israelites.             Leviticus 27:34 CEB

You will find this phrase over and over in the books of the law.

It is a phrase we too often ignore.

Most theologians agree that there were 613 specific laws given.

But by the time of Jesus, the Pharisees and added so many laws that each of the laws had by best accounts thousands of more specific rules added to each of the original 613.

It seems from the beginning we have decided to speak for God and add meaning to God’s word.  And the only people benefiting from the additions are the people adding the meaning.

No wonder Jesus tried to simplify it all for us by summarizing the totality of the law into two simple rules …

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.

And yet here we are still trying to add to God’s law rules and restrictions.

And who benefits?

Maybe … just maybe … reading those words in Leviticus do mean something to us.

And perhaps that is why they are the last words …

 

Day 54 Reading – Numbers Chapters 1-4