I missed church and I felt so guilty! But I had a discharge from my eyes and nose.
Then I read Numbers 5:2-3 and my guilt evaporated.
Numbers 5:2-3, “…everyone having a discharge… 3) You shall send away both male and female; you shall send them outside the camp so that they will not defile their camp where I dwell in their midst.” NASB
I’m outside the assembly today. But instead of false guilt, God showed me a blessing in chapter 6.
24) “The Lord bless you, and keep you;
25) The Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you;
26) The Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.” NASB
Ithamar was in charge of the oxen and carts used to transport the tabernacle, Numbers 7:8. He went from counting items to directing thousands of men and animals.
Tuesday, an hour before sunrise, it was light outside. It snowed and the lights from the street and houses reflected off of it. It was a peaceful winter scene…when viewed from my couch, in a robe, under a quilt!
I imagine the fire inside the cloud, Numbers 9:15, lit it up. The fire was not noticeable during the day and the cloud was not visible during the night.
I do know there is no man-made light that can compete with God’s light. It penetrates the darkest clouds!
God protects everyone. Many say they have a guardian angel, but it is God. He can remove His protection. That is what He did to the Canaanites, Numbers 14:9. They thought they could win against the Israelites but didn’t know they were already defeated.
Stand Back from Uprisings
Numbers 16:2, “And they rose up before Moses, together with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, chosen in the assembly, men of renown.” NASB
When there is an uprising by the masses, led by men of renown but against God, step back. They will soon disappear, Numbers 16:25-33.
The same day my study verse was Isaiah 52:11, “Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing! Come out from it and be pure, you who carry the articles of the Lord’s house.” NIV
The Kohathites carried the articles of the Lord’s house. Some of the Kohathites rebelled.
Numbers 16:1, “Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took action.” NASB
Levi’s sons were Aaron, Moses, Gershom, Kohath, and Merari. Korah was Moses and Aaron’s great-nephew. Korah wanted to be like Eleazar and Ithamar. But he hung out with the sons of Reuben.
Reuben was the oldest son of Jacob who lost his birthright when he slept with one of his father’s wives, Genesis 35:22; 49:3-4. His descendants also had a problem with wanting what others had.
We need to choose our friends carefully.
God Goes Before Us
It was in the teens Friday with a high of 23 degrees. Bethany and I were going to Hobby Lobby. At midnight, I wondered if it was too cold to go.
I told her that I needed to wake up at four to write. God woke me up at four on the dot!
I looked at my watch and said, “We’re going!”
Then, I studied my verse of the day. Isaiah 52:12, “But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.” NIV
We quoted that verse all day and had a great day! I didn’t even buy anything at Hobby Lobby!
Did you know there are holidays, camping, and weeklong vacations in the Bible?
Leviticus 23:24-25, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, and holy convocation. 25) You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord.'” NASB
This day of rest reminds me of Independence Day. It’s at the beginning of the seventh month. Businesses are closed. Farmers come to town. Trumpets are blown in parades and fireworks light up the night sky.
God commanded the Israelites to rest. We should too.
Leviticus 23:34-35, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fourteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the Lord. 25) On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind.'” NASB
The Feast of Booths, 23:34-43, is like a family vacation. You go to church on Sunday and rest. On Monday, you set up your booth, tent, or unpack in your hotel room, v. 40. You spend the week feasting with your family, v. 41. And end your vacation by worshipping the Lord in church, v. 39.
The Blessing of the Sixth Year
When we visited Israel, we saw some fallow fields because 2021 was the seventh year. Despite the empty fields, food was abundant.
Imagine, planting a garden in 2027 and having such a large harvest that it lasts until 2029! That is the blessing of God!
Leviticus 25:21, “Then I will so order My blessing for you in the sixth year that it will bring forth the crop for three years.” NASB
From Season to Season
Leviticus 26:5, “Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your food to the full and live securely in your land.” NASB
God promises we will not run out of food. Each season we eat the produce He provides and there is always enough to last until the next season.
Numbers Don’t Mean Counting
“Numbers means ‘in the wilderness.’ …In the book of Exodus, it took only forty hours to get the nation of Israel out of Egypt, but in the book of Numbers, it takes forty years to get Egypt out of Israel. …”
Introduction to the Book of Numbers The Founder’s Bible The Origin of the Dream of Freedom
Eleazar was responsible for the transportation of the oil for the light, the fragrant incense, the grain, the anointing oil, and all the furnishings inside the tabernacle. He directed the 2,750 men who carried those items, Numbers 4:16-20, 36.
Ithamar helped Aaron and Eleazar cover the holy things, 4:5-15. Then he directed the 5,830 men who transported the curtain panels, poles, and sockets, 4:28, 33, 40, 44. God put him over twice as many men as his brother, Eleazar.
Aaron had four sons: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. Nadab and Abihu went up to the mountain with Moses, Exodus 24:1. Ithamar and Eleazar were probably too young. But Ithamar loved God and His tabernacle. He was willing to do anything – including counting the inventory, Exodus 38:21.
Nadab and Abihu died after offering strange fire to the Lord, Leviticus 10:1-7. Eleazar became the High Priest after Aaron, Numbers 20:23-29. Ithamar served anonymously.
God is in the details. That is why he had Ithamar count everything in the tabernacle. God is interested in the details of our lives, too.
I am replacing my plastic dishes with glass and ceramic. My dining room table was covered with plasticware to give away. There was glassware that used to be displayed on the bookshelf and an accent lamp from the bathroom.
Thanksgiving is coming soon and I need to clear the table! Imagine my surprise when I read God’s direction to do just that!
Exodus 40:40, “You shall bring in the table and arrange what belongs on it; and you shall bring in the lampstand and mount its lamps.” NASB
I cleaned the accent lamp and put it back in the bathroom. David helped me box up the plasticware and I cleared away everything else. Now I can create a centerpiece for Thanksgiving!
I Have to Keep the Fires Burning
Leviticus 6:8, “…the fire on the altar is to be kept burning…” NASB
What can I do to keep the fire burning in my love for God? For David? For my family? For my friends? For my church?
Why were consecration and circumcision important? Because it was required to see the Glory of the Lord, Leviticus 9:6.
Sin and Guilt Offering
The priests took a portion of the offerings for his family. The family who offered the animal ate the rest. But the sin and guilt offering was given entirely to the priest, Leviticus 14:13. Sin and guilt take everything!
I Learned This Week
I need to be willing to do the most menial tasks anonymously.
I need to have on each surface only what belongs there. (Yes, I’m looking at you, piles of paper!)
I have to keep the fire burning in my love for Jesus, David, my family, my friends, and my church.
Consecration is required to see the Glory of God.
Eczema would not have kept a man from serving as a priest in the tabernacle. He is ritualistically clean, Leviticus 13:38-39.
Obey your guardian angel, [Your conscience], 23:20-21.
Serve God and He will bless your bread, and water; remove sickness; prevent miscarriages or barrenness; and He will fulfill the number of your days, 23:25-26.
God Confirmed My Calling
Exodus 29:1, “Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them to minister as priests to me: …” NASB
I was in my early twenties when our church held a special service to ordain and consecrate the members of the worship team. They anointed us with oil and the congregation prayed over us. Leading worship, with your voice or an instrument, is a ministry and calling.
What a wonderful reminder, on my birthday, of my special position in the church. God’s callings and election cannot be revoked, Romans 11:29.
I Learned More About God
Exodus 33:13, “Now therefore, I pray you, if I have found favor in your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, …” NASB
Exodus 34:6, “Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth.'” NASB
Join me in reading November’s chapters. I would love to hear what you learned in the comments section below!
“A lion’s cub. A symbol of sovereignty, strength, and courage. Judah (or Israel) is often pictured as a lion in later times (see Ezekiel 19:2; Micah 5:8 and especially Numbers 24:9). Judah’s greatest descendant is himself called ‘The Lion of the Tribe of Judah’ (Revelation 5:5).”
“The Biblical account of God miraculously delivering His people and supernaturally guiding them to a place of liberty and plenty was a frequently invoked source of inspiration in early America. Today, that passage continues as a lighthouse for hope for those facing difficulties of any type, for its message is unchanged: God can still deliver His children and convey them to their own place of freedom, safety, and abundance, regardless of the circumstances in which they find themselves.”
“God’s Deliverance: The Birth of a Nation” The Founder’s Bible The Origin of the Dream of Freedom p. 112
Jethro, Moses’ Father-in-law
Exodus 18:21, “Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.” NASB
How to choose a judge:
America’s Political Form of Government
Totalitarianism: a highly centralized government that does not tolerate individualism or differences of opinion. …communistic…socialistic…can also be led by a dictator, czar, sultan, premier, …emperor (Luke 2:1), Caesars (Mark 12:17), or pharaohs (Exodus 1-14).
Monarchy: …headed by a king, queen, or emirate. …limited or constitutional monarchies, where a higher law is above the monarch, such as the Magna Carta with English kings. Israel’s kings…personally wrote out a copy of the laws that God gave to govern Israel (Deuteronomy 17:18-20). …the king and the people would first make a joint covenant with God (2 Samuel 5:3; 2 Kings 11:17).
Republic or Constitutional Republic: …parliamentary systems…representative democracies, in which the representatives elected by the people are the sovereign power and rule until the people select new representatives. A constitutional republic…is one in which the representatives elected by the people are not sovereign but are instead subject to a higher sovereign law – a written constitution. (Exodus 18:21; Deuteronomy 1:15-16; 16:18).
Oligarchy: …power resides in a small elite group …feudal tribal government, aristocracy, and plutocracy. …Sanhedrin (Luke 22:66).
Anarchy or Revolutionary: A government without laws, …each individual, who does what he wishes or has the power to do. …[French Revolution] … “every man did what was right in his own eyes” (Deuteronomy 12:8; Judges 17:6; 21:25).
Democracy: …direct majority votes…an unstable and fluctuating government. …Jesus during His final week…treating Him as a national hero (Matthew 21:9), …the same people ‘all said, “Crucify Him!”‘ (Matthew 27:21). …mob rule…where passions and selfishness often prevail over reason and deliberation.
Theocracy: a government run by immediate representatives of God, claiming to act directly on His commands… (Eli and Samuel) …without separation of Church and State and with no input from the people. Many Islamic nations, …ruled by an ayatollah or imam…
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of Government.” Article IV, Section IV of the U.S. Constitution
“America’s Political Form of Government” The Founder’s Bible The Origin of the Dream of Freedom pp. 146-148
I have some homework to do before I fill out my ballot!
Jacob peeled white stripes on the branches of poplar, almond, and plane trees. When the stronger sheep were mating, he placed the rods in front of them, in the ditches, and inside of the watering troughs. Their lambs were striped, spotted, and speckled. (Genesis 30:37-62.)
He kept the vision in front of them. The result? The strong flocks belonged to Jacob and the weak ones to Laban, v. 42.
He gave away the things that identified him as an Israelite, his signet rings, cord, and staff, v. 18. They were witnesses that he broke the duty of the brother-in-law by not giving Tamar to his third son. And he committed adultery with his son’s wife, 38:24-36.
Tamar Gave Birth to Perez
“Perez. Became the head of the leading clan in Judah and the ancestor of David (see Ruth 4:18-22) and ultimately of Christ (Matthew 1:1-16).”
We are living in the days when good is called evil and evil is called good. Domestic animals are treated like children. Wild animals are protected and great fines are incurred if you damage one of their eggs. But human babies are aborted.
Plants are protected for wild animals to live in. Dogs are offered the best meats, fruits, vegetables, and grains. But humans are supposed to live off of chemical concoctions for protein and plants to replace meat. The dog gets the beef and the kids get pink slime with the feet and beak from a fast food joint. (Guilty. My kids ate chicken nuggets.)
We are on the earth to take care of it. We have a responsibility to wild animals but that doesn’t mean we let them live in our homes.
They establish boundaries in the wild by marking trees and urination. We establish boundaries with doors on the houses, and fences in the backyard.
I’m grateful for the deer who favor my backyard. I love waking up early to see the rabbits feeding on the clover.
We are to care for our domesticated animals, Proverbs 12:10; 27:23. I don’t farm or have pets but I recycle and set out birdseed.
When Jimmy’s family moved away, we happily adopted Vitumbiko. This month we asked Feed the Children to give us a second child. #goals
We support “Cradle of Hope” which helps all mothers, married and unmarried. They are raising funds to buy a mother’s home for girls who find themselves homeless. And a survivor’s home for girls rescued from human trafficking.
These are the things I am doing to remember people, beasts, and cattle.
Genesis 8:4, “In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat.” NASB
It didn’t get stuck on top of a mountain. God directed it to a place where the water receded and it settled on the land. It was a place where the ark would remain level to allow the people and animals to disembark safely, (Genesis 8:14-16).
God moves slowly and safely. I want out of “my ark” right away! He makes small adjustments.
Noah couldn’t leave the ark until the vegetation had grown and produced food for his family and the animals. That took over 6 months! I have to be patient, knowing that God is moving.
Genesis 8:19, “Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by their families from the ark.” NASB
You are not dormant while you are in “your ark.” You are reproducing. The animals went into the ark as a couple and came out as families.
Defender of Life
Genesis 9:5, “Surely, I will require your lifeblood; from every beast, I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother, I will require the life of man.” NASB
God requires the lifeblood of every man or animal that takes a life. God is the defender of preborn babies.
“God himself is the great defender of human life (see 4:9-12), which is precious to him because people were created in his image (v. 6) and because they are the earthly representatives and focal point of God’s kingdom. In the theocracy (kingdom of God) established at Sinai, a domestic animal that had taken human life was to be stoned to death (Exodus 21:28-32).”
New International Version Study Bible Notes on Genesis 9:5
I learned to eat a variety of foods, to help where I can, and to remember that slowly, God is moving.
Join me in reading this month’s chapters. I would love to hear what you learned in the comments section below!
Ragweed has blinded my eyes. Please, open them, Lord!
Psalm 146:8, “The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.” NASB
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
My eyes are still flaring and watering constantly. I struggle to read.
Zechariah 9:1, “… (for the eyes of all …, are toward the Lord.)” NASB
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
I thought my watering eyes were unbearable. I was going for my second cup of coffee when my heart felt like a hand squeezed it and it stopped.
Repenting, I exclaimed, “Jesus, take me home!” (The pain did not stop but I forgot about my eyes!)
Then, I remembered coughing could start your heart again. I coughed a few times and the pain finally eased.
“The books of Kings are the history of Israel from the perspective of the eyewitnesses in the court and the prophets at the time; the books of Chronicles are a recounting of that same history for those who returned from the exile in Babylon drawing spiritual lessons from the heart of the priests. It has been said that those who fail to learn the lessons of history are destined to repeat it. At first glance, 1 Chronicles reads as a condensed recap of the entire Old Testament. From Adam to Abraham to Jacob to King David to the exile and finally, to the return of the Jews to their homeland, it’s all there. It’s the official condensed record of Judah’s history from Genesis to Malachi, and that’s just the first nine chapters.”
Introduction to 1 Chronicles The Founder’s Bible The Origin of the Dream of Freedom
How is history recorded? Through genealogy.
1 Chronicles 1:1, “Adam, Seth, Enosh.” NASB
Father, son, grandson. The story of Adam in the garden of Eden is not recorded here, just his son and grandson’s names. (See Genesis 5:1-8).
These chapters don’t list occupations or titles. Chapter three lists the genealogy of the kings. Yet, only their names are recorded.
1 Chronicles 3:17, “The sons of Jeconiah, the prisoner, ….” NASB
King Jeconiah was captured by Nebuchadnezzar, see 2 Kings 24:6-16. He was a prisoner for 37 years, see 2 Kings 25:27-30. But here he is recorded as Jeconiah the prisoner.
After feeling my heart stop, I evaluated my life. The only things that matter are my children and their children. They are more important than any occupation, title, accomplishments, or ministry.
The chest pain was replaced by the feeling of a steel band around my ribcage. I went to the ER. My EKG and blood tests showed I did not have a heart attack.
X-rays ruled out pneumonia even though the doctor heard crackling. I am in great health on paper. I just can’t breathe. He was perplexed.
“It’s ragweed,” I stated, “I will blow it out with the nebulizer.”
He was surprised that I had a nebulizer. He prescribed Aleve and Baby Aspirin for the “inflammation.” I declined Prednisone. The doctor agreed when he saw I had 14 rounds in the last three years.
Thursday, September 29, 2022
1 Chronicles 4:4, “…These were the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah, the father of Bethlehem.” NASB
Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Ephrathah. The city was named after this man, not the firstborn son, Hur. I’m glad God uses second-born and third-born children. (I’m a middle child!) 😉
1 Chronicles 4:14, “…for they were craftsmen.” NASB
This is the third occupation listed in 1 Chronicles.