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