By Mark Shields
Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared some thoughts and ideas from the journey through the book of Numbers.
Within the post “Refreshment for the Body and Soul”, we noted that God did something amazing through Moses and Aaron as water gushed out from a rock to supply the need for water to the people as they wandered in the desert. The only problem is that Moses and Aaron took the credit for this miracle rather than giving the credit to God.
Written about in the post “The Outcome of Faith”, was some thoughts on how the Israelites started winning their battles when they rejoiced in God for giving them the necessities of life and they praised Him. They had found a pattern for victory by gaining knowledge about their enemies, following God’s instructions for victory, and carrying out these instruction with faith.
The post “Building Integrity” points out that integrity doesn’t blow in the wind and vary to best meet our own desires. Integrity is there as a standard for us and it sets us free. Either we have it or we don’t. Our aim should be to become aware of mistakes, confess them, learn from them, and make the necessary adjustments so they do not happen again.
A take away from the post “The Future is in His Hands” is the need to be truthful when telling others what they don’t want to hear. We must speak the truth knowing that God holds the future in His hands.
Explained in “Flourish in Blessings” was the bright future for Israel because God was with them. Because of our acceptance of Christ, God is with us today and this changes momentum for our future.
In the post “Keeping Our Eyes on the ONE Who Brings the Son Shine”, brought out was that God was angry because some began to lose their focus and worship idols. Like many organizations, teams, or societies, it’s their lack of focus that has a way of causing havoc and becoming the real enemy. It’s an enemy from within.
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
In the second census which tribes have lost the most men? How has the number been lessened? What is the significance of the small notes of history tucked in the numbering process (See verses 9-11, 60-62, and 64-65)? How has God fulfilled His promise to the people?
What is God’s provision for the inheritance of a man who had died leaving no sons? How is Joshua commissioned? What authority is he given? What is the main qualification (See 11:37-29; 14:4-10, 30)?
What Special days require offerings? Why do you think there is such detail about offerings? What can you offer the Lord today?
What privileges does the woman have in making vows? Where is the limit of these privileges? From this chapter, what is revealed about the Israelites’ concept of vows?
Why are the people of Israel to avenge the Midianites (See Chap 25)? To what extent is there to be vengeance and victory? To what extent do you continually purify the area in your life which snares you most often?
What is the proposition put to Moses and Eleazer by the sons of Reuben and Gad? Why does Moses hesitate? What is the promise to Moses (See Joshua 22:1-6)? How are they committed to the whole nation of Israel? How are you committed to your church and fellowship group?
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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