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Numbers 31

Numbers 31 Devotional by Pastor Mark Hudson Let’s begin with the outline that T. Ashley uses “with respect to four aspects of holy war methodology: 1-12                      Battle against the Midianites 13-18                   Inflicting the ban 19-24                   Cleansing the soldiers 25-47                   Dividing the booty 48-54                   Bringing an offering to Yahweh. Who are the Midianites?  Midian was one of the sons of Abraham through his concubine Keturah (Gen…

Numbers 30

Numbers 30 by Pastor David Groendyk Next up as this generation prepares to enter the Promised Land, Moses addresses the topic of vows. This is a topic we probably know a little bit about. A vow is something someone would make in a time of need. It would go along the lines of, “Lord, if you _______, then I will _______.” I’m sure we’ve all filled in those blanks during prayer at some points in…

Numbers 28

Numbers 28 Devotional by Pastor Mark Hudson If this chapter looks familiar, you have been reading the Bible.  You may find it helpful to understand repetitious sections by asking what is different, why is it placed here, and is anything added or removed when compared to previous sections?  You probably already do that when you read the Bible; especially the Old Testament since we do notice considerable repetition. As one reads the secondary literature, commentaries…

Numbers 27

Numbers 27 Devotional by Pastor Lawrence Although each individual will be held accountable for his own sins, sometimes the sins of the fathers can have deleterious effects on their children. Zelophehad was not one of the followers of Korah and his rebellion, but he was one of the first generation who doubted God’s Word and refused to go into the land of Canaan and fight. When he died sonless, he left his five daughters without…

Numbers 26

Numbers 26 Devotional by Pastor Lawrence As long and unexciting as this chapter may seem to be, it is a very pivotal one in the overall framework of the book, for it is showing the Lord’s unchanging purpose in leading His people into the Promised Land. After all the grumbling and complaining, and all the rebellion and challenges to authority, and all the dead bodies lying in the desert, the Lord would keep his promise…

Numbers 25

Numbers 25 by Pastor David Groendyk Balaam finishes his final oracle regarding the star to come from Jacob, the scepter to rise from Israel, Jesus Christ, who would crush the enemies of God’s people, and we see Israel at the very same location turning to idols. The ESV Study Bible puts it this way, “The juxtaposition could not be more stark between the most exuberant visions of Israel’s future and their present blatant infidelity to…

Numbers 24

Numbers 24 Devotional by Pastor Lawrence As the apostle Paul would say later on in Romans 8:38-39 that there are no angels nor rulers, nor powers in the heights or depths that can separate us from the love of God, so there is no curse pronounced by any shaman, magician or witch doctor that can have any effect on us who are blessed in Christ Jesus. Even today, in some third world countries, those familiar…

Numbers 22

Numbers 22 Devotional by Pastor Mark Hudson In Numbers 22, we experience a different perspective.  We “leave” the nation of Israel, Moses’ conversations, and the inner working of God’s people to overhear the machinations of Moab.  We are looking at them through the eyes of Balak, king of Moab and Balaam, the prophet.  Moab is “in great dread of the people” in 22:3.  Moab, learning from the defeat of the Amorites, decides on a power…

Numbers 20

Numbers 20 by Pastor David Groendyk Previously in the book of Numbers, the entirety of the older generation had been condemned to not enter the Promised Land due to their lack of faith in God. Now, in today’s chapter, we see the downfall of the Big Three leaders of the people. In quick succession, Israel loses Miriam, Moses, and Aaron. None of them will enter the Promised Land with the new generation. The first leader…

Numbers 19

Numbers 19 Devotional by Pastor Lawrence Bowlin There are two things in the Israelite camp that are continually at odds with the Lord’s dwelling in the mist of His people: sin and death. Whereas most of the other Levitical rituals prescribed in the Pentateuch are designed to deal with sin, this one is employed exclusively to counter death itself. Not being given any specifics regarding the timing of this ordinance, it is possible that it…

Numbers 18

Numbers 18 Devotional by Pastor Mark Hudson There is quite a bit of material that is repeated from earlier books in the Torah.  But notice that the tribe of Levi is responsible for the sanctuary.  Levi is a gift to Israel (v. 7).   One could also understand verse 7 to read the Levites are a gift to Aaron and the priests.  The priests are assigned certain duties and the rest of the Levites are to…

Numbers 17

Numbers 17 Devotional by Pastor Lawrence Bowlin It’s hard to believe that the Israelites would still be grumbling against Moses and Aaron after the Lord had brought judgment upon the ringleaders by burning some of them alive and having the earth swallow the others whole.  Yet they still did! Consequently, at the end of the previous chapter, the Lord brought a plague upon the people of Israel that could only be stopped through the atonement…

Numbers 16

Numbers 16 Devotional by Pastor Lawrence Bowlin Similar to Miriam and Aaron’s rebellion against Moses, the rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram was ultimately an attack upon the Lord’s sovereign choice of leadership. In both cases, all of these individuals held very privileged positions in the household of God, but they envied those who held even higher positions than they. Korah was not only a Levite but one of the privileged Kohathites, which were the…

Numbers 15

Numbers 15 by Pastor David Groendyk You might wonder why this chapter about various laws and commands is stuck here in the middle of two very long stories. Surely it would make more sense to move this section earlier in Numbers with all the other laws. Why then the placement? Because these laws are a direct comment on what happened in chapter 14. Israel’s failure to believe Joshua’s and Caleb’s report and desire to return…

Numbers 13

Numbers 13 Devotional by Pastor Mark Hudson This chapter explains why the Hebrews wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.  This chapter is a low point in several low points in Numbers.  The Lord is bringing the enslaved Hebrews out of Egypt into the Promised Land so they could serve God.  God, the all-powerful, not only directs their departure, but He also judges Egypt, the Jews get spoil from the Egyptians, they cross the Red…

Numbers 12

Numbers 12 Devotional by Pastor Lawrence After the Lord had taken some of the Spirit that was on Moses and put it on the seventy elders to assist him in leading the people of Israel, it seems that there was some jealousy coming from his sister and brother, Miriam and Aaron, concerning their place in this new spiritual economy. Before this turn of events, they were part of the inner circle having something of the…

Numbers 11

Numbers 11 Devotional by Pastor Mark Hudson We are now in narrative section that you will find easier to read and is more familiar.  This section is not necessarily good, but it is fascinating.  First, I want to thank my discipleship group for their insight into this chapter.  Dave, Holly, and Jacob Hoffman and Lee Thorn were so helpful to me.  And here is a quick plug for our adult Sunday morning classes.  You are…

Numbers 10

Numbers 10 by Pastor David Groendyk This chapter serves as a transition in the book of Numbers. The very last preparations are made for the people at Mount Sinai, and then the whole population moves out to go to the Promised Land. The final preparation for the people of Israel is the making of two silver trumpets (vv. 1–10). Like many of the rules and regulations given to Israel, these trumpets may seem like monotonous…

Numbers 9

Numbers 9 Devotional by Pastor Lawrence Bowlin The Passover meal and the Shekinah Glory cloud were two great signs of God’s relationship with Israel. The Passover was commemorated to remind Israel of the Lord’s strong hand in delivering them out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, and it particularly reminded them of the fact that they had been purchased or redeemed by God through the blood of the sacrifice. Because the Lord had…

Numbers 8

Numbers 8 Devotional by Pastor Mark Hudson Let’s review where we are in the book of Numbers.  The following is a partial outline of the book of Numbers from Wenham: The people of God prepare to enter the promised land (1:1-10:100 Censuses (chapters 1-4) Cleansing the camp (chapters 5-6) Offerings for the altar (chapter 7) Dedication of the Levites (chapter 8) The second Passover (chapter 9) The silver trumpets (10:1-10:10) From Sinai to Kadesh (10:11-12:16)…

Numbers 6

Numbers 6 Devotional by Pastor Lawrence Bowlin The Nazarite vow was a voluntary vow temporarily made by an individual man, or a woman, to separate himself unto the Lord in a special way similar to the pattern required by the priests when they were performing their duties in the temple. There were three requirements in order to keep the vow: one was to abstain from wine and any aspect of the grapevine, to grow one’s…