By Mark Shields
Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared some thoughts and ideas from the journey through the book of Numbers.
The take away as explained in the post “Trust in Divine Power” is to trust God always. Failing to trust God brings on a greater problem than the original problem.
The thought explained in the post “Keep Focusing on the Destination” is to obey God’s Word and submit to the authority of this Word along with the authority of God’s appointed leaders in government, in the work place, or within a family.
In the post “Focused on the Purpose”, the take away was the need to get everyone pulling in the same direction. Moses had his dissenters as Korah, Dathan, and Abiram along with 250 Israelite leaders rose up to oppose. With courage, we can stand up and be a transformer rather than a conformer.
The encouragement found in “Step Ahead on Solid Ground” is for us to take in God’s Word, receive the indwelling Holy Spirit, and accept the risen Christ who is our interceding Savior in heaven. While we patiently wait for his return, let us keep working hard and give an honest day’s work, give praise with a good attitude, and be optimistic.
The post “Our Responsibility for Kingdom Building” points out the various responsibilities surrounding the tent of meeting. In current times, the Lord doesn’t dwell in the tent of meeting but inside each of us by the Holy Spirit.
We are bound by a common purpose and will stay together along this journey. We will continue to find ways to apply God’s Word in our life by taking in the lessons from posts like “Along the Way with Power to Fulfill our Purpose”. The mission is adventurous and sometimes difficult but it can change the world and we can take comfort in knowing God is with us.
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
What do the Israelites complain about this time? What incurs God’s judgment on Moses and Aaron? What do you learn from this chapter about God’s attitude toward disobedience?
What enemies are encountered in this chapter? What happens to each? What ways does God act on behalf of the Israelites here?
Why does Balak send for Balaam? Where does Balaam go wrong? To what extent do you listen to God day by day?
Imagine Balaam’s feelings as he returns from the barren height? How much encouragement does Balaam give to Balak? To what extent are you consistently truthful even though your statements are opposed to what others want to hear?
What seems to close the case and make Balaam come right out and bless Israel? What is the future for the nations against Israel?
Why is the Lord’s anger so greatly kindled? How does God deal with Israel’s sin? What does God’s response to Phinehas reveal about God’s justice?
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.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print.
“Sermons.” Sermons | FUMC Waco. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://fumcwaco.org/resources/sermons/>.
“Bible.” The Bible – The Word of God – ChristNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 2017. <http://www.christianity.com/bible/>.
Nicholes, Lou. “Recent Commentaries.” Family-Times.net – Devotional Commentary Index. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.family-times.net/commentary/>.
“Bing.” Microsoft. N.p., n.d. Web. Images >.
“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages. N.p., n.d. Web. <https://www.biblegateway.com/>.