Week 10

Numbers 4:1-16:40

Num 4:1-3 They are told to list all of the Kohathite men age 30-50 (those who are eligible to serve in the Tabernacle). Is this why Jesus waited until He was 30 to begin His ministry?

Num 5:5 “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Give the following instructions to the people of Israel: If any of the people-men or women-betray the Lord by doing wrong to another person, they are guilty.'” Wrong is sin! Hurting another person is never just between me and that person…it is a betrayal of the Lord!! Makes us look at people and our interactions with them a little differently, huh?!

Num 6:24-26 (God spoke this!) “May the Lord bless and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.” I love this! This should be my parting prayer for everyone in my life!

Num 8:3 “So Aaron did this. He set up the seven lamps so they reflected their light forward, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.” Light does no good if it isn’t reflected forward! My light is given by Jesus…it should reflect Him and be aimed forward…directed toward everyone! I should light the way in darkness…not be hidden or covered up to where people can’t even see it guiding the way!

Num 9:18 “In this way they traveled and camped at the Lord’s command whenever he told them to go.” As they described how the Israelites are to camp and march, it really struck me that the Tabernacle was always located in the center of the people. For me it really made me focus on God being the center of my life no matter what I’m doing. Whether we feel like we’re in a time of rest (“camping”), or a time of wandering (“marching”), or even a time of struggle (“war”), God is always there, the center of our everything! I love that! The struggle for me is to keep Him centered rather than pushing Him to the back by doing things my “own way”.

Vs 21: “…But day or night when the cloud lifted, the people broke camp and moved on.”  I LOVE THIS!!! God has a plan and following Him doesn’t always happen when it’s comfortable for us or the way we’d have it! Day or night!! We have to step out of our comfort zone and be willing to follow His leading…whenever and wherever!!

Num 10:21 We are learning the way the Israelites were to proceed from camp to camp. This verse says, “Next came the Kohathite division of the Levites, carrying the sacred objects from the Tabernacle. Before they arrived at the next camp, the Tabernacle would already be set up at its new location.” Amazing!! God has made them so numerous and has set up the procession in such a way, that by the time those carrying the sacred objects reached the new camp, the Tabernacle was already set up and waiting for them to be put in place. God has a plan!! He sets everything in motion in a way that will complete His purpose! Even if we can’t see it right now, He already knows where we are going and He has already gone before us to pave the way…to set up everything! When I look at this as God being the Tabernacle, I am overwhelmed by the imagery…He is set up and waiting everywhere He will take me in my journey. As long as I follow Him and what He has for me, there will never be a time when I arrive before Him! That’s so reassuring to me. He is with us, He goes before us, and if He calls us to a place, we better believe, He has prepared the way!!! Full heart!!

Vs 25: “Dan’s troops went last, marching behind their banner and serving as the rear guard for all the tribal camps.”  God is my “rear guard” as well. He protects me from attacks on all sides. My “rear”?? What’s behind me…my past! When those attacks come, and try to remind me who I was and draw me back, He is set up to protect me. He doesn’t leave any area of my life unprotected!

Num 11:17 “I will come down and talk to you there. I will take some of the Spirit that is upon you, and I will put the Spirit upon them also. They will bear the burden of the people along with you, so you will not have to carry it alone.”  Thank You, God!!! I see my ladies Bible study group in this! He brings people into our lives to help carry our burdens-people, also filled with His Spirit, to come alongside us and help when we feel overwhelmed! Prayer partners, accountability partners, friends!

Vs 20: As the people complained and God heard them. His response: “You will eat it for a whole month, until you gag and are sick of it.” Be careful what we ask for! Don’t complain…be thankful for God’s provision.

Vs 23: “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Has my arm lost its power? Now you will see whether or not my word comes true!'”  The Believer’s Bible Commentary said this in regards to this verse: “How quickly we forget the Lord’s past mercies when circumstances close in around us!”

Num 13:33 “To the ten unbelieving spies the problem of the giants was insurmountable. To the two believing spies the presence of giants was insignificant.” The Believer’s Bible Commentary    *What are my “giants” in life and how do I view them? Do I believe in God and His ability so I see them as insignificant? Or do I only look at my own ability and cower in the face of my giants? Do I see them as an insurmountable problem or an insignificant presence that God will give me victory over?

Num 14:3 “…Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” Again, the Israelites are looking back on their past with this false fondness. They are choosing to remember their bondage in a way that glorifies what they went through rather than truly seeing it for what it was-slavery! How like me this is! Why do I tend to look back on my bondage with this false sense of reminiscing instead of seeing it as it truly was-slavery, captivity, chains, depravity, destruction…??? Lord, help me! Help me see what You rescued me from with clarity and not through rose-colored glasses. Cleanse me of thoughts that would conspire to lead me right back down the path of destruction that You delivered me from! Help me to see the truth in people, situations and circumstances and not to be deceived by what I want to see in the moment. Show me how to trust in Your strength and to lean on You in each moment and decision.

Vs 39-44: The people realized they were wrong and said, “Oh, hey! No, let’s go do what God wanted us to.” Moses tells them it’s too late…this is the punishment for your rebellion against God. How sad!! How often do we miss out on opportunities or blessings because we complain, rebel, go back to our past, or don’t follow God when He says move?! There are consequences to rebellion. We don’t move and get blessed on our time…it’s only in God’s timing!

Num 15:30-31 “But those who brazenly violate the Lord’s will, whether native-born Israelites or foreigners, have blasphemed the Lord, and they must be cut off from the community. Since they have treated the Lord’s word with contempt and deliberately disobeyed his command, they must be completely cut off and suffer the punishment for their guilt.”  How many times have I “brazenly violated” God’s will?? How many times have I “deliberately disobeyed” and “treated the Lord’s word with contempt”?? Thank You, Father, for Your mercy!! For compassion and forgiveness. Thank You that I no longer live under that law where I would be cut off and doomed for my rebellion but instead have the opportunity to be reconciled even after I have rebelled and hurt You again and again. Forgive me…forgive me for treating Your word with contempt and acting as if You were a footnote in my life rather than the Author and the story.

Vs 38-41: “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel: Throughout the generations to come you must make tassels for the hems of your clothing and attach them with a blue cord. When you see the tassels, you will remember and obey all the commands of the Lord instead of following your own desires and defiling yourselves, as you are prone to do. The tassels will help you remember that you must obey all my commands and be holy to your God. I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt that I  might be your God. I am the Lord your God!” BLUE TASSELS!!! This scripture means so much to me! In my ladies Bible study we really went over this…so much that as a reminder I made blue tassel key chains with the underlined portion of the verse for each of us. I also love how the Bible just all ties in together…if you’ve read much I’ve written, you know by now that my favorite/most touching passage in the Bible is the woman with the issue of blood touching the hem of Jesus (Matt. 9:20). Well, the footnote in my Bible from Numbers talked about the tassels and their significance. It then said, “The woman, who needed healing from a persistent flow of blood, touched the ‘hem’ of the Savior’s garment (Greek word “kraspedon”, literally meaning “tassel”).” How awesome is that?! Love when God ties everything together for me!!

Num 16:26 “Quick!” he told the people. “Get away from the tents of these wicked men, and don’t touch anything that belongs to them. If you do, you will be destroyed for their sins.” God will destroy evil! We are warned time and again throughout the entire Bible to “stay away”, “be separate”, “sanctify yourself”…God warns us so we don’t fall in with evil and get destroyed. Thank You for providing a way out, Lord…for rescuing me from certain and complete destruction! (Read Blog post “The Destruction in the Doubt”)

Vs 35: The Believer’s Bible Commentary: “Israel’s next great prophet, Samuel, was a descendant of Korah (1Chron. 6:22-23).”  How amazing!! Korah’s sons were spared. This shows that our compassionate God still chooses to give second chances! He redeemed this family line, in spite of the blatant rebellion of Korah. Lesson to me? We are not the decisions of our parents…our life is not what they have done! While past decisions can and do effect us, they do not dictate who we can be in Christ! He is greater than the sins of the past!!

Mark 12:18-15:47

Mk 12:24 “Jesus replied, ‘Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.'” Oh, Lord, let that not be said of me! Help me to know and learn Your Word. Help me to recognize You and Your power!

Mk 14:11b “So he began looking for a way to betray Jesus.”  How heartbreaking!!! Help me, Lord, to not be like Judas! Help me…that I wouldn’t seek out opportunities to betray You and Your presence in my life!!

Vs 34: “He told them, ‘My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.'” This hurts my heart! I can’t even imagine…the worst pain/suffering I’ve ever felt is nothing compared to what Jesus took on to be the sacrifice for me!

Mk 15:37-38 “Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. AND THE CURTAIN IN THE SANCTUARY OF THE TEMPLE WAS TORN IN TWO, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.”  Thank You, God!!! Thank You for the Sacrifice that tore the veil in two…that removed the need for a go-between!

Psalms 48:1-54:7

Proverbs 10:26-11:6