August 30, 2021
DAY 240: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today, we journey back to the desert with Moses and the Israelites. The Lord makes His will known and a dispute arises.
Ask the Lord to grant you wisdom in understanding Numbers 9-12. Read Numbers 9-12. Let’s journey!
Numbers, the fourth book of the Jewish Torah and of the Christians Old Testament, was written by Moses, who was recording events through which he lived. It picks up where Leviticus left off. The Israelites had been delivered from Egypt and had entered into a covenant with the Lord. They were concluding their one year stay at the base of Mt Sinai and were going to begin their journey to the Promised Land. The book of Numbers shows God’s faithfulness to the Israelites, while also delivering judgement on those who choose to walk away from Him.
Numbers 9-12: Our journey today begins with the celebration of the Passover; a remembrance for the Israelites of their salvation from Egypt. The Lord provided for His chosen people – He provided direction and guidance on when and how to move, He provided food, He provided building and worship instructions, He provided for all their needs, yet the people still complained. They wanted more. Moses often interceded for the Israelites, seeking God’s forgiveness and mercy. Aaron and Miriam spoke against Moses, elevating themselves, and were punished. (Numbers 9:1-12:16)
After reading chapters 9 through 12, consider the following: How does God show His faithfulness to the Israelites? Do the Israelites recognized God’s faithfulness? Think back on your own life and to a time when you were faithless to God, or grumbled against Him. Can you see how God remained faithful and continued to help and provide for you? Can you see God’s faithfulness in your life now?
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