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Deuteronomy 1:22 And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come. God had promised them the land. He had told them it was good and He would give them the victory. They wanted to know more about the area before they entered. They went to Moses and asked to send spies into the land first. Their excuses weren't that bad. They would go in and consider the plan of attack. They would look at where they should go first and how they should take the land. God had been directing them. God had shown them the way and made provision for the entire journey. Now they needed to check out what “they” were to do. There is the problem. Israel stopped trusting Jesus and started considering how they would accomplish His will and plan for their lives. You know that they will go into the land and find out that they can't take the land. They will see that it is a land of […]
Numbers 35:21 Or in enmity smite him with his hand, that he die: he that smote him shall surely be put to death; for he is a murderer: the revenger of blood shall slay the murderer, when he meeteth him. Moses was giving the laws of first and second-degree murder. An accidental murder or killing didn't deserve the death penalty. The difference was intention or what was in the heart. If there was hatred in the heart of the killer, then it was not an accident even if he made it appear to be one! What is in your heart when you say or do the things that hurt and wound your friend or brother? We might say we didn't mean to hurt, but the truth is that our heart attitude will betray us. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. I love how Moses gave good laws in what we might perceive to be primitive times. They had precise ways to determine if it was an accidental death or if it was murder. They weren't savages that had no idea of right and wrong. The truths that they knew they got from the Lord God who […]
Numbers 32:16 And they came near unto him, and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones: Two and a half tribes wanted to settle on the wrong side of Jordan. They wanted what they saw and to not wait to see what God had for them. They felt like a bird in the hand was better than what they didn't yet have! They wanted to make sure their children would be ok. There is a hint of not trusting God to take care of them if they crossed the river. They wanted a place for their stuff, their cattle. God allowed them to do what they asked. It is not His will. He is kind and will allow them to do this if they will go and fight with their brothers. That is how God will often treat us. He will give us what we want, less than His will. We may put ourselves at more risk. We may be doing our best when we could have His best. Why not try complete abandonment and just leave it all in the hands of our God, our Savior, our Father. He will take […]
Numbers 27:23 And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses. When God was ready to move the leadership from Moses to Joshua, He instructed Moses to lay hands on Joshua. As he laid hands on Joshua, he was also to give him a charge. It was a symbol of transferring power and authority. Moses charged Joshua to honor God and lead the people as God would direct. This is where we see what we do in our special services of ordination. We recognize that God has called someone to His service. We are challenging that person to honor God and lead as pleases the Lord. We are showing the people that we believe in that person and that we realize that God is calling him to this work.
Numbers 21:5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. The people were angry with God and His man, Moses. They had their list of complaints. They wanted their old lives back. They said that God had brought them out into the wilderness to die. God wasn't meeting their needs as they wanted. They were tired of what He was providing. They weren't satisfied with His daily provision. What a horrible picture of selfishness we see here. As bad as it looks when we think about them, Israel, we must admit that we often have the same attitudes. We complain about everything. We are not satisfied. We want what we want when we want it! We feel like God's plan, and leadership isn't working as it should. It is easy to strike out at the spiritual leader because we can say we aren't speaking against God. We want more than we are getting. We are never satisfied. I want to read this and examine myself right now. How […]
Numbers 19:22 And whatsoever the unclean person toucheth shall be unclean; and the soul that toucheth it shall be unclean until even. All the way back in the days of Moses God instructed His people about contamination. If a person touched something unclean, infectious, they would be infected, contaminated, also. They were to separate themselves till the evening. The one who touched the infected item was not to touch others or be near them. I love how God's Word shows that He gave truth to His people long before the scientific world would understand it. If you have doubts about the Bible, this is one of those verses that should make you realize that it is a divine book. God gave truth that man couldn't even understand. There is without a doubt a spiritual application here, but the primary application was that God wanted to stop an infection from spreading among His people. The same can be said about sin but isn't it thrilling to see how Moses knew such a truth when it would be hundreds of years before the medical community would understand these facts. Photo by Lucas Vasques on Unsplash
Numbers 14:23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: A hard truth to learn and accept is that sin has consequences. The people had complained about the will of God for their lives. They were not grateful. They accused God of being hard on them, not blessing them. They saw God's will as a burden, not a blessing. Now God will still love them. He will always meet their every need, but they will not enjoy all He had for them. If you sin, God will not love you any less. He loves you. His love is not based on what you do but on who He is. Grace is a most beautiful truth. You should be fully aware that sin will still rob you. Sin can leave you miserable. You will always be loved, but His love doesn’t mean that sin doesn’t bring devastating consequences on all involved or near the sin. Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash
Numbers 1:20 And the children of Reuben, Israel's eldest son, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; The book of Numbers starts off with a census. They count the men of war, those 20 years of age and above. This is very interesting. They needed to know who was ready to fight and defend their country. They counted them. We have a responsibility to get the gospel to the world. We ought to take that responsibility more seriously. When is the last time we looked over all our number to see who could go to war? This is over spiritualizing this text, for sure. But I still think you can see the application and consider it. God has a people. They have a responsibility. They are counted out and listed. That would make it obvious that they were to be ready for whatever God would have. That is a good place to live. Ready to do whatever He has for me! Photo by Matt Briney on Unsplash
Numbers 6:25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. God told His men to pray over the people of Israel using the words above. What a beautiful prayer they were to pray. They were to ask God to bless His people. They were to ask God to be full of grace and kindness towards them. They were to ask God to give His people peace. I want this heart and attitude towards all the people that God has placed in the ministry where I serve. I want to be asking God to bless. I want to be believing that God will bless. I want to have the right heart towards the people of God. God wanted this prayed over His people. It wasn't the people asking that this be prayed, it was God. Can you imagine how much God loves us! God wants His servants even to pray for His people!
Numbers 11:11 And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me? Moses was the man God called to be the leader of the nation of Israel. I am sure that it was a fantastic job much of the time, but there were times when it wasn't so much fun. At this point in the story, it was a burden. Moses felt like God was punishing him instead of blessing him. The people Moses led were apparently complicated to lead. They were always complaining, whining, rebelling, accusing, fighting among themselves. What a privilege it is to pastor people who love God and His work! I thank God that He has blessed me with this type of people for the most of my ministry. I have been privileged to lead the sweetest and kindest people ever. It is still a burden, however. To love people cost any and all. To be with them in their times of hurt hurts. To be with them in their sadness is sad. Being with them in the high times is terrific too! […]
Leviticus 23:22 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God. God instructed His people to make provision for the poor. They were to leave the corners unharvested. They were not to pick up the harvest they dropped. They were to leave this extra for the poor and the foreigner. This stranger in the verse refers to a person that is not from their people. He is a stranger from a strange land. God's people are constantly asked to take care of the poor. Even today we as God's people should be helping the poor. We should be helping those that are not from here. We are God's people expressing God's love to others. It is not about my earnings, income, or return on investment. It is about honoring God by helping others. That is good insight for all of us that love the Lord Jesus. Photo by Siddhant Soni on Unsplash
Leviticus 17:7 And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations. God's people, those who knew Him, were worshipping demons. They made sacrifices to devils. They had left the God of truth, their God to follow after false gods. God calls on them to stop offering sacrifices to devils. Can you believe that God's people would be this foolish? Actually, they will be all of the Old Testament. They constantly struggle with accepting the world's gods over the true God. Doesn't this happen still today? No, we may not be offering literal sacrifices to literal demons. We do not make offerings to actual idols, but we have placed things of this world in the position only God is to hold. When we worship money, power, position, etc. we are falling into the same trap. We are to worship God alone.
Leviticus 16:22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness. All through the Old Testament, we are learning the same lesson. It is a substitute, a lamb, a goat, another animal, that takes our place. In this verse, the goat is carrying the sin into the wilderness. You know the story, the leadership had placed their hands on the goat's head. They had confessed their sins over the goat. The goat, now all alone, goes away into the wilderness. This is a picture of what happens with us. We confess our sins, our sin, and the Father puts our sins on Jesus. Jesus takes our sins away from us. Jesus pays our sin debt. If I am saved, it is all Jesus. If you have life, it is because He took your death. Thank God that He in mercy wrote a plan of salvation that He, Himself, would do it all. He carried our sins. He died in our place. Photo by Mónica Obando Molina on Unsplash
Leviticus 10:9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: 10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; 11 And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses. God didn't want His men to drink wine or strong drink when they would be going about their ministry. They would need clear heads and hearts. They would have to decide between the holy and the unholy. They would have to discern between the clean and unclean. They would have to teach God's people God's truth. They needed to see the importance of being ready for such an important task. Photo by Yutacar on Unsplash
Leviticus 7:11 And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the LORD. God has made peace with man now, but even back in the Old Testament, it was God that came looking for man. It was God who came to Abraham in the beginning. It was God who gave them a tabernacle where He would dwell with them.

God then prescribed offerings and sacrifices that could be offered. These would atone for sin and make peace with God. Every offering was important, and the way it was offered was very important. God was showing us the coming of the Lord Jesus. Jesus is the true peace offering. Jesus is the sacrifice that makes atonement. 

Each offering was a picture of Jesus dying for us. It was important that they learn how to show this picture correctly. As you read the Old Testament realize that it all points to Jesus! Photo by Lukasz Szmigiel on Unsplash
Exodus 34:6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. Read these verses carefully. Notice what Moses and the children of Israel knew about God all the way back then. When God was giving the ten commandments, they knew this. What did they know? The God of the Old Testament was full of mercy. He was gracious, showing grace, all the way back in the days of the law. He was patient, long-suffering. He was abundant in goodness and truth. That means He had a massive supply of goodness. God was the kind to keep mercy, to forgive blatant sin. He would not just let sin go. He would judge it if they refused to come for forgiveness. But if they would but come for forgiveness He would forgive. Are you hard set on your sin and rebellion? Or are you willing […]
Exodus 40:38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. When they finished construction on the tabernacle, God moved in. He was on the Tabernacle day and night. A cloud by day and fire by night showed His presence. He stayed with them. He had told them that He would dwell with them. He is now doing just what He said and making it very obvious. Today, He lives in us, dwells in us! There is no doubt that this is a biblical truth. His presence can't be seen with the human eye, but you should know that He is there just the same. Remain sensitive to Him. Listen to His still small voice guiding and directing you. He gave us a precedent of what He would do in our lives with the Tabernacle. He is in you just as much as He was in the Tabernacle. He is there. Consider Him. Honor Him. Live thinking about Him, and He will be directing your paths. Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash
Exodus 29:45 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God. Can you imagine the greatness of this news? The great God of Heaven, the Creator, the owner of the entire earth, will dwell among people. He will be their God, their personal God. This had to be the most exciting news they could have imagined. God loved them enough to want to dwell with them, live among them. All this information about the tabernacle is about God loving a people, dwelling among them, having fellowship with them. This was not a god they had made but the God who made them. He deserved all the reverence and honor they could give Him. What is even more exciting is what happens in this dispensation, the New Testament. God dwells, lives in, inhabits us! If you are a born-again Christian, then God lives in you. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. God is not somewhere else. He is not at the church, not in a tent somewhere else, the Tabernacle but dwelling in us. God is so good. He came to us. He saved us. Now He lives in us! Photo by Joss Woodhead […]
Exodus 24:13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God. Moses is the man of God for his day. Joshua is there as his minister, his servant. Joshua will be the next man of God for his generation. It is interesting to me to see that God prepares him by having him work for Moses. He is everywhere with Moses. He is serving him, caring for him. All the while he is with Moses he is also learning. He sees how it works. He is learning how to lead by watching the leader. He is learning how God works in the life of His man by watching what happens in the life of Moses. One day soon Joshua will be the man. But for now, he is simply working, watching, learning, and preparing for the life God has for him. Are you learning all you can where you are? Are you using this time in your life to prepare you for whatever it is that God has for you in the future? Every day is important as God prepares you to serve Him. Listen, learn, and apply all that God is […]
Exodus 14:17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. God wants Egypt and the world to know who He is and what He can do. He is the only God. Egypt has many gods. He has been destroying these gods systematically. Now Egypt surrenders and decides to allow Moses to lead the nation of Israel out of bondage. God tells Moses that He will harden Pharaoh's heart and cause him to follow the Israelites. God will destroy Pharaoh and Egypt. He will not kill them just to destroy an enemy. God's purpose will be to honor Himself. God wants Egypt and the world to know that He alone is God. There is no other. The Egyptians will recognize Him for who He is. The Israelites will know that He is very God. The world will know. God still wants honor today. Our lives and ministries should give Him that honor. We live concerned with Him and His glory. He is the motivating factor in our lives. He is our reason for […]
Exodus 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. They were celebrating the Passover. The Passover was something God was doing for His people. The stranger could participate if he were circumcised. Being circumcised would have meant that he had believed. Circumcision would not be entered into lightly. To take that step would have been that the person was committed. The person was all in. I think you need to consider that there are things that are very important to us as the children of God. We are His. We have given Him our lives. He has given us our lives. We are His, and He is ours. The next time you take the Lord's supper think about that. He did that for you. He saved you. He passed over your sin because of the blood of Jesus. This is a family thing we get to enjoy. We are His family by His grace. Let's now invite […]
Exodus 3:4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. Moses sees the burning bush. He turns aside to see what is happening and God begins to speak to him. Moses responds correctly saying, “Here am I.” We should come to God to hear and respond more than we come asking God to hear us and do what we ask. How often do you say to God that you are in His presence seeking His will and not yours? How often do you open your heart and life and ask God to examine it? Do you ask Him for direction or spend more time telling Him what to do? I want to have the relationship that says, God, here am I. You tell me what to do. I want to do that when I pray. I want to do that when I get into the Scriptures each day. I want God to be the director of my life. What about you?
Genesis 50:25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. Joseph knew that things would not be over when he died. He was going to die. He also knew that God would not leave His people in Egypt. God was coming to take them out of Egypt and give them the promised land. There is a future. There always is a future for the child of God. God's promises will come true. You need to learn to focus above where you are. Focus on what He has said. Find His promises and believe them. Act on them. Even in death, Joseph was confident that God was still at work. I want to learn to be that confident in Him. Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash
Genesis 42:36 And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me. Jacob has lost so much. He is focused on what he had and no longer has. Joseph was gone, then Simeon left, and now they wanted to take Benjamin away. The problem is that Jacob is not trusting God in his circumstances. God was actually at work, but it is hard to see above where you are and see what God is doing. Instead of trusting God we tend to focus on what we are losing. Me and my stuff is what I tend to focus on. Examine yourself right now. Are you focus on your stuff or on Him? Are you focused on what God is doing or on what you are losing? Life is losing. The older we get, the more friends we lose as they die. Our material goods wear out. Our bodies wear out. It is so easy to think that things are bad when you focus on the temporary instead of the eternal. Photo by Arnaud Mesureur on Unsplash
Genesis 35:2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: 3 And let us arise, and go up to Beth-el; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. Jacob was ready to seek God. He had been running from God in many ways. As they prepare to meet with God, he gives his family instructions. The main thing that they are to do is to put away their strange gods. The girls had brought strange gods from their dad's house. It was time to turn from that false worship to the real God. In Bethel, Jacob plans to build an altar. He will worship the God that answered him in the day of his distress. God had been with Jacob, and now he would worship that one and only true God. God is meeting your needs and has been. It is time to turn to Him and dedicate himself to the God that answers prayer. Put away the things […]

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