When Moses was asked to judge a situation for God’s people, he would answer “In accordance to the Word of the Lord.” Every decision lined up with God’s express will for the Israelites.
The decisions we make should likewise line up with God’s Word in its entirety. “…No prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion. And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word.” 1 Pet. 1:20 MSG
DAILY PRAYER: Lord, You have given us Your Word to guide us through life. We will consult Your Word when we need direction.
DAILY READING: Num. 33-36
‘Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly, not one of those who were twenty years old or more when they came up out of Egypt will see the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob— not one except Caleb … and Joshua, for they followed the Lord wholeheartedly.’ Num. 32:11,12
The Lord still desires our wholeheartedness. Ananias and Sapphira were prime examples of divided motives, and it cost them their lives. They lied to Peter and to the Holy Ghost by falsely representing themselves about the sale of some land. Acts 5:1-11
DAILY PRAYER: Father in Heaven, here, take our hearts and fill them with Your Spirit. Take the whole thing for Your purposes.
DAILY READING: Num. 30-32
New Covenant Christians should be glad that they are not under the Old Testament system of sacrifices which was nearly as complex as the U.S. IRS code. An ephah of the finest flour here, and an unblemished bullock there, here a dove, there a lamb … it was exhaustive.
Instead, God wants from us a sincere, oral sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. It even pleases him better, because our words are tied directly to our heart. Ps. 69:30,31
Christ paid the entire penalty for our sin. Our part, according to the writer of Hebrews, is to praise “Him … continually … [with the] … sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.” Heb. 13:15
DAILY PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we praise and thank Your holy name. You are our eternal sacrifice for sin. We trust completely in You alone.
DAILY READING: Num. 27-30
24,000 men of Israel died because of a season of immorality with Moabite women who were not their wives. Phinehas took a spear and thrust it through the mid sections of one such man engaging in adultery with a Midianite woman. This act of indignation against this sin stopped the plague and appeased the anger of God.
Similarly, the act of sacrifice Christ made on a cross on Calvary’s hill appeased the wrath of God against the sin of all who would look upon Him as their Lord and Savior.
Hallelujah! What a Savior.
DAILY PRAYER: Lord, Jesus, we are forever indebted to You for Your unselfish act of submitting to death on a tree that we might be made free from sin.
DAILY READING: Num. 24-26
Balak, king of Moab, hired Balaam to curse God’s people. However, the Lord would not permit a curse to touch His people, regardless of how contrary they had become. Balak persisted in his quest to destroy the Israelites, all with no success.
We have an enemy too. The devil constantly tries to destroy us and our faith in the Lord. His efforts bounce off because of God’s protective blessing over us.
We don’t have to walk around in any fear. God’s angels watch over us.
DAILY PRAYER: Father in Heaven, we trust in Your loving protection. We hold our head high and proceed to serve You in the faith You have given to us.
DAILY READING: Num. 21-23
The Levites, the priests to God during the exodus from Egypt, were not to receive an inheritance or share of the lands. God told them that He was their inheritance.
Do you want the house or the One Who owns ALL the houses? Do you want a prosperous future, or the One Who spans all time? Do you want money, or the One Who created the earth and put the gold in the ground?
As New Testament priests unto God, He is offering Himself to us as our share.
Just give me Jesus!
DAILY PRAYER: Lord, there is nothing or no one I need but You. You are my All. You are my Provider. You are my Joy.
DAILY READING: Num. 18-20
Korah, Dathan, and Abiram all led a group of men who rebelled against the authority of Moses and his brother, Aaron. They challenged God’s appointed leaders with these words, “What makes you think you’re the only ones in charge?”
God verified Moses’ leadership by causing the ground to open up and swallow alive the three men and their families. Shortly thereafter, God sent fire from heaven to consume the group of 250 dissidents.
“Obey them that have the oversight of you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give accounts, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” Heb. 13:7
DAILY PRAYER: Father, grace me to be a submissive and respectful follower of You and the leaders You put in my life.
DAILY READING: Num. 15-17