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Direction

In Numbers 9:1 we see the statement, "The Lord spoke to Moses in the Desert of Sinai in the first month of the second year after they came out of Egypt." The passage goes on to say that the people of Israel were to observe the Passover which was instituted on the last night of their time in Egypt. The day the Lord spoke is not given to us but the day for instituting the Passover was and that was the fourteenth day of the first month.
Then we also note by going back to Numbers 1:1 that, "The Lord spoke to Moses in the Tent of Meeting in the Desert of Sinai on the first day of the second month of the second year after the Israelites came out of Egypt." Here He instructs Moses to number the men twenty years and older which becomes an army of 603,550 men.
What am I getting at by these two passages? These two instructions from God, the observance of the Passover and the numbering of the tribes of Israel to total army personnel are not the only passages where the Lord spea…

Blessing

My father was a minister and often at the end of a service he would "bless the congregation." Now I didn't understand this as a child but as I read through the Bible I see the words he spoke (obviously he was quoting it). Here is that blessing:
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." (Numbers 6:24-26)
In context, the Lord told Moses to tell Aaron and his sons, the priests of Israel, to bless the people in this way. It has for a long time been used by ministers to bless their congregations. So, what is the essence of this blessing? The blessing is three-fold, initiating with a general blessing over all the people and a prayer of protection in the words "keep you." The second part is a request that the Lord turn His face towards them and to be gracious to them whether that involved punishment or positive words of encouragement. And the third part …

Heritage

There is a difference between the way we remember men like Abraham Lincoln who are principled and honor God and the way we remember men like Adolf Hitler who were destroyer and deceivers. Proverbs 10:7 states that, "The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot." Lincoln's memory lives on almost one-hundred and fifty years after his time as President. His memory reminds us of freedom, liberty, reconciliation and honor whereas Hitler's memory reminds us of oppression, pride and destruction.

How do you desire to be remembered? Will you be remembered as a blessing or as a burden? Your actions today will become a part of the heritage you leave. Live your life as one who will be well spoken of when gone. This idea should change the way you live each day.

Buffing Up

Our faith in Christ's sacrifice and resurrection begins a journey which is called a "walk." We are not to change our way of thinking after we become a believer from faith to works but we are to continue to live our life the same way we began our life and that is by faith.
Paul repeated this many times when writing letters to churches, for instance to Colossae he said, "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." The journey is done in Christ not outside of him. His death and resurrection is the seed bursting into life within us. To be "rooted" carries with it the idea of "once and for all being rooted." We are not to be like plants that are transplanted often or like tumbleweeds which have short roots and are uprooted by strong winds.

"Built up" is an architectural term used of the rest of the …

Improving Me

There is a part of the Jewish Priests ordination and the act of the purification of a leprosy patient that is identical. It is done towards the end of their ceremony of sacrifices to God. The priests were being set apart in the Israelite camp to do the work of the Tabernacle but the leprosy patient was being reinstated into the Israelite camp.

In both cases the following is done, Moses in the case of the priest and a priest in the case of the leprosy patient were to "take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot." (Leviticus 8:23; 14:14) This seems like an awful mess and somewhat crazy to do. What could it even signify?
Harrison in his book on Leviticus gives us clarity when he says, "The symbolism was also identical: namely that the cleansed man should hear God's voice, should perform works of righteousness with his hands, and should …