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Trust and Obey

Numbers 9
May 19, 2022
Day 139
Here is the story of the first Passover remembrance festival. We can see by the dates that this is the month after the tabernacle was completed and set up. We can also see that the census was conducted on that same first day of Passover (while the men were lining up to be counted, the women were cooking!) Notice that the Passover rituals have built-in rules to share with the poor and with resident aliens. How can we make that true in our church and community life?

Dedicating Levites

Numbers 8
May 18, 2022
Day 138
Have you ever been at an ordination where someone was set aside to work for God as a pastor or deacon? That is something like the scene here. The whole tribe of Levi had already been chosen by God—people did not choose them and could not agree or disagree with their call—but now they had a “cleansing” service, in which literally all the people literally presented them as an offering to the Lord (see v. 11). Note at the end that they worked from 25 to 50.

First Offerings

Numbers 7
May 17, 2022
Day 137
We’ve moved slightly back in time, and are going to see the full story of what happened when the tabernacle was first complete and set up. This chapter can be slow reading, but isn’t it interesting to imagine the heads of families eagerly bringing their offerings for the first time to the brand-new tabernacle? In verse 89, how does God show His pleasure?

Blessing

Numbers 6
May 16, 2022
Day 136
The first part of this chapter is about people who want to make a special, temporary vow, dedicating themselves to the Lord in a special way. It is important that even at that time and place, where women were given little power and often thought of as much less important or valued than men, they could make these vows, too. The chapter ends with one of the most beautiful blessings in the Bible. Memorize it and use it and see what happens in your heart.

Restitution

Numbers 5
May 15, 2022
Day 135
The people at this time had no concept of germs or the way disease spreads, so God told them to separate sick people. In other places He gives more detail about how to bring them back when they are well. He also teaches the people about making restitution to one they have wronged. If we can, we are to make restitution directly to the one we have wronged, but if not, then to God.

Laying out Duties

Numbers 4
May 14, 2022
Day 134
Again, we are reminded that God loves order. Moses lays out the specific duties for each family clan within the tribe of Levi. It is so much easier and more enjoyable to do work when we know just what we are to do and how and when to do it. What are some things you are responsible for? Are there ways you could organize them more efficiently and make your work more enjoyable?

The Levites are God’s

Numbers 3
May 13, 2022
Day 133
This is an interesting chapter! Of course, all human beings belong to God, but here He stated that the firstborn are especially His, but that the Levites, as servants of the tabernacle and its services, were especially dedicated to Him in place of the firstborn. Since there were 273 more firstborn than Levites, God asked ransom money, which would go toward the tabernacle and the needs of the Levites. This must have been especially meaningful since it came immediately after their first Passover celebration after the real Passover in Egypt. Are you a firstborn? How does this make you feel?

Organizing the Camp

Numbers 2
May 12, 2022
Day 132
Now we see what God had in mind. All the members of each tribe were to have a particular place on the east, west, north, or south of the sanctuary. Can you think of reasons for this? God loves order, and also, He was seeking to rebuild a sense of tribal and national pride and self-respect in people who had been nothing but slaves for generations. How does it help you to feel healthy self-esteem, when you know who you are and where you belong?

Census

Numbers 1
May 11, 2022
Day 131
After a year of work and prayer, the tabernacle is complete, the priests are dedicated, and the book of law for the priests and Levites is finished. The tabernacle is covered with a visible sign of God’s presence—cloud by day, fire by night (Num 9:15-16). The first thing the people did (though it is not mentioned until Num. 9) was to keep the Passover. Then God told Moses to number the men over 20, able to go to war if necessary. The Levites were not to go to war; only to care for the tabernacle. We may wonder why this census was needed now, since there was no apparent threat, but it will become clear in our next chapter.
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