October 4, 2021
DAY 275: JOURNEY THROGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today continues our journey through the book of Numbers with reminders of the importance of honoring the Lord.
Before reading Numbers 29-32, pray for understanding of today’s reading. Read Numbers 29-32. 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 29-32: Our journey begins with recounting of several festivals, their purpose, and how they are to be celebrated. Instructions are given on making vows to the Lord. At the Lord’s instruction, the Israelites go to war against the Midianites, seeking vengeance for the Midianites leading them astray. Moses was not pleased that the army officers had allowed the women and children to live. The plundered spoils were purified and divided amongst the tribes. The Reubenites and Gadites sought to have land across the Jordan, away from the land that the Lord had promised to the Israelites. Their request required several conditions. (Numbers 29:1-32:42)
After reading chapters 29 through 32, 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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