By Mark Shields
Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared some thoughts and ideas from the journey through the book of Numbers.
A take away from the post “All People Working Together“ is that all age groups are needed in any church or organization. The wisdom of the experienced and the energy of the young are needed because each can do what they do best to contribute to God’s plan for us.
Brought out in the post “Guided by His Word”, the Lord wanted the Israelites to celebrate their deliverance from Egypt with a Passover meal. He gave instructions on this celebration. As we journey through life, the same is true for us as we pray and listen to the Lord for instructions.
The lesson for us in the post “Setting Out Along the Journey” is the need to get away from the comfort zone and trust God even when we have some apprehension. When He prompts us to get going, trust in the Lord to take us to places beyond our wildest dreams.
The Israelites had witnessed great miracles but it didn’t last long. As pointed out in the post “Praise Always”, they began to complain soon after their journey in the desert. The same can happen to us as we get hit with negative thoughts and this post offers an idea to help.
In the post “Step Ahead Each Day“, pointed out was that Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses. Perhaps some envy was in their thoughts. Envy can result in criticism but remain confident because nothing can stop us along the journey if we are going the way God has set before us.
It’s hard at times to see how some difficulties can be overcome. But friend, as pointed out in the post “Alleviate Doubt by Reaching Out”, God can make the impossible possible. There are giants we face in life like financial, health, and relationship issues that make us doubt. They take away our confidence but God is big enough to overcome these doubts.
The reading plan below will be used to hold me accountable in sharing about God’s word over the next few weeks. As I share about my study, it’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Christ as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with God amazing!
Questions for Reflection
How do most of the people respond to the bad report from those sent to explore Canaan? What does God want to do to the people? What is Moses’ response? What is the basic differences between Caleb and Joshua and the rest of the Israelites?
What does God anticipate for the people in verses 1-2? What three occasions call for a burnt offering to the Lord? How does the Lord give the people reassurance of His love and guidance in verses 37-41? How are you reminded today of the commandments of God?
Who are involved in the two groups demonstrating against Moses? What are their charges? What happens to the rebel groups?
What is God’s purpose in having Aaron’s rod sprout and bear almonds? Why do the people need this evidence now? How can you avoid both extremes of refusing God’s authority and thinking you have no hope at all?
For what are Aaron and his sons responsible? What are the Levites responsible for? What are Aaron and his sons to receive from the people? What are the Levites to receive from the people? What do you feel is the responsibility God has given you in building up the kingdom?
What is the purpose of the procedure in verses 1-10 (relate to 5:1; 16:49)? Project the kind of incidents in which the people will have to make use of this offering (see 13:27-30)? How are we cleansed today?
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
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