Apr. 8 – (Num. 5-6) The concept of uncleanness is important in the Bible, and it is not what most people assume the term means. There were different levels of uncleanness, ranging from a mild form caused by marital intercourse (Lev. 15:18), to moderate caused by skin disease (Lev. 13), to severe uncleanness triggered by sins like idolatry, adultery, and homicide.  Severe uncleanness had led to the Canaanites losing their land, and Israel was warned that the same thing could happen to them. (Lev. 20:22-23).  People who were unclean were forbidden to participate in worship.   Their uncleanness could infect the tabernacle, making it impossible for God to dwell there.  The Day of Atonement cleansed the tabernacle once a year (Lev. 16) to ensure God’s continuing presence with His people.  These regulations in these two chapters protect the camp from uncleanness so that the tabernacle will remain pure and God can stay with His people,.  

Apr. 9 – (Num. 7-8) The events in chapter seven took place on or soon after the “first day of the first month” (Ex. 40:2), a month before those described in Num. 1-6, which began on the “the first day of the second month” (1:1).  Placing chapters 1-6 first helps readers see the significance of what is described in this chapter.  Num. 3-4 describes the duties of the priests and Levites: chapter 7 shows how the other tribes supported them.  The Gershonites, who carried the tabernacle, curtains and hangings, and the Merarites, who carried the poles, frames, and bases, were given wagons and oxen.  The Kohathites, who carried the tabernacle furniture on shoulder poles, received none (v.9). Doesn’t this help to explain this chapter?

                Chapter eight illustrates how the Levites took the place of the firstborn Israelites (v. 16-18). Their cleansing made them fit to be offered to God.  The leaders then laid hands on them, symbolizing that the Levites represent the congregation (9-11). Then, like parts of a sacrifice, they are offered as a wave offering (v.11). 

Apr. 10 – (Num. 9-12) It’s amazing to me how God even orchestrated the movement of so many thousands of people.  God is a God of order. It is a reminder to me that He knows everything and has a plan…if we listen and obey! 

                Have you ever complained to the Lord about your life?  We all have.  Let’s take a lesson from chapter 11.  Things we don’t have are for a reason.  Only God knows what we NEED. Only God knows what is for our good and His glory! Pastor Torry spoke on this 3/17/19. It is from the “TRUE-ish” series. Taken from Phil. 4:19, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” You may want to pull up the podcast and have a listen. 😊 

Apr. 11 – (Num. 13-14) What do you focus on when you get a report? Do you dwell on the positive things or just hear the negative things?  I am a problem solver, so I hear what needs to be fixed and then try to figure out how I can fix it.  If I had been an Israelite then, what would I have heard? Would I have died in the wilderness?  Selah. Then I think of Caleb and Joshua. Because of the lack of faith of their followers, they had to spend 40 more years in the desert. Sometimes we have to bear someone else’s consequences.  Lastly, this is the passage that God says the iniquity of the fathers will visit his children to the third and fourth generation.  “God please show us our iniquity and helps us repent so our children won’t have to deal with it!”  

Apr. 12 – (Num. 15-16) What was the down fall of Korah? He was a Levite but not a priest. They camped near the tribe of Reuben from which the other leaders (Dathan, Abiram, and On) came.  These men of Reuben probably listened to Korah’s complaints.  Their reasoning that they were equal to Moses and Aaron came from the claim that “all…are holy” and could be based on the repeated call in the law to be holy (Lev. 11:45; 19:2; Num. 15:40). But the ethical holiness is not identical with priestly holiness, which gave the priest the right to approach God in the offering of sacrifice and incense. When the Kohathites claim that Moses and Aaron exalt themselves, they showed that they did not understand that the priesthood is a matter of God’s choosing (Heb. 5:4). How does this affect me today?  Gossip (listening to others’ complaints whether they are verified or not) changes our attitudes towards someone or something being done.  The Bible says go to your brother if he offends you.  It doesn’t say talk to everyone about a problem. Can you imagine how much better we would be?  

Apr. 13 – (Num. 17-18) It took the miracle of Aaron’s staff to finally convince the people that the priests had a special place in the life of this nation.  Doesn’t that amaze you? People were swallowed up by the earth.  A plague fell on those complainers who were left until a priest brought the censor to stop it. Then, they took a staff from each tribe including Aaron’s staff. When only Aaron’s staff buds, flowers and produces almonds overnight, they were convinced. This was a long, painful, and deadly way out of listening to and believing someone’s complaints.  Can you relate in some way?  “Lord, help us not to be so thick-headed!” 

Apr.14 – (Num. 19-20) Their wilderness wanderings are almost over. But they have to pass through Edom.  Edom was inhabited by Esau’s descendants, and we see yet again the struggle between Esau and Jacob handed down many generations.  You know where I am going here, don’t you?  How we “live” with our blood brothers and sisters can be seen down to many generations.  I am talking about BOTH kinds of “blood” brothers and sisters here!   😊