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Daily Bible Reading for August 25, 2014, with Commentary: Numbers 9-12

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Context: In chapter 9, the Israelites are again instructed to celebrate the Passover, and are also given instructions for celebrating by those who are ceremonially unclean.  Notice that when Moses had a problem, he took it to the Lord.  The Lord would lead the Israelites, by a fire at night or cloud during the day.  We should put the Lord at the head of our lives, to lead us, just as He did for the Israelites.  In chapter 10, the final preparations are made for the Israelites to resume their journey.  The Lord had given detailed instructions on how the Israelites were to march.  Chapter 11 shows the complaints by the people and by Moses.  The people complained about God and His provisions, where as Moses complained to God.  However, Moses was taking on more than God had given him, which is why he was strained.  Nevertheless, God gave him help in the form of 70 elders.  These elders became known as the Sanhedrin, who thousands of years later, met one night and sentenced Jesus Christ to death.  The Lord also provided a significant amount of meat for the Israelites and they were punished for their gluttony.  In chapter 12, Miriam and Aaron speak out against Moses.  Miriam is the instigator and for that she is punished with leprosy.  Moses, like Jesus, is meek and forgiving and prays for her health to be restored.

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