God had instructed Moses to SPEAK to the rock at Meribah to obtain water. Instead, in his anger for the complaining of the Israelites, he hit the rock. Although water did flow out of the rock, God was greatly displeased by the disobedience of Moses. God’s main objection: “Moses, you did not ‘Sanctify My name’ before the people.
The people gave credit to Moses rather than to God when they saw him touch the rock with his staff.
To sanctify the Lord’s name means to trust Him, to allow Him to do it rather than ourselves.
The key to our power with God is “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” [Col 1:27]
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, we want to hallow and sanctify Thy name by allowing You and Your power to flow through us. You are the treasure we have in these earthen vessels.
READ: Num. 20-23
The priests were challenged to give their very best to God. The congregation was likewise instructed to bring their very best offerings to God.
This standard is not to be for personal gain or glory. It is unto the Lord, whether it be your daily work, the way you sing at church on Sunday, the meals you prepare for your family, or the way you wax your car. A standard of excellence characterizes the earthly demeanor of God’s children who love Him supremely and are so grateful for Him giving His best, His Son Jesus, Who gave His ALL.
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” [Col. 3:23]
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, give me the motivation of grace and Your Word to diligently perform every earthly task as unto You … for Your reward, not the reward of men.
READ: Num. 17-19
In another case of God protecting the leaders He chose, the insolent team of Kora, Dathan, and Abiram were REMOVED from the face of the earth by God’s orchestrated exit … the earth actually opened up and swallowed them.
The clear issue: contempt for God’s leaders is contempt for Him.
“Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.” [1 Chron. 16:22]
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, teach us to honor the leaders You have set among us. Fill them with Your Spirit so that they may lead us into Your ways.
READ: Num. 15,16
Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses, questioning His elevated position of spiritual authority. God defended Moses by striking Miriam with leprosy. Humbly, she had to have Moses pray for her to be recovered.
45 years ago, I had similar thoughts toward a leader. God caused me to have a monster belly ache until I acknowledged my error. I apologized to him … he was my pastor … in front of the entire church. It was a lesson well learned. I will never forget it.
PRAYER: Father, we are so foolish many times in our overestimation of our own selves. We want to be meek and humble like Moses. We don’t want to despise Your leaders as Miriam did. Forgive us.
READ: Num. 12-14
When sin was fully atoned for through the prescribed animal sacrifice, God would reveal His Glory to the priests … earthly men getting a glimpse of a Heavenly Brightness.
John said, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father …”
Isaiah prophesied that “The Gentiles shall come to Thy light, and kings to the brightness of Thy rising.”
Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we can bask in God’s Glory and reflect it to the people around us who are walking in darkness.
PRAYER: Lord, we are humbled to be able to walk in the revelation of Your Glory. We WILL let our light shine.
READ: Num. 9-11
At age 50, the Levites were to retire from their active service as priests who worked in the Tabernacle. They were to no longer do the work, but they could assist.
I will retire at the end of the 2017-8 school year from active service at Trinity Christian School. I don’t have the energy I once did. I can’t do as much as I once did. But, I can assist.
My main focus of influence upon the school will be to assist through prayer. It’s been said, “Prayer is not preparation for the work … prayer IS the work.” I guess I’ll still be working.
PRAYER: Father, we are grateful for the opportunity to bring our prayers before You. This is Your Kingdom. Trinity Christian School is YOUR SCHOOL.
READ: Num. 7, 8
According to the law, if a woman was suspected of adultery, the priest would mix dust from the Tabernacle floor with holy water and have the woman drink it. God directly dealt with the woman with consequences if indeed she was guilty.
God can put His finger upon the impurities of one’s life.
After his sin with Bathsheba, David declared to God, “I have sinned against You, especially You.” [Ps. 51:4]
He sought the Lord’s forgiveness and restitution.
PRAYER: Father, have mercy upon us. You desire truth from our lives.
READ: Num. 5,6