GRUMBLING, PROVISION, AND JUDGMENT IN THE DESERT Read Numbers 11 Is the Lord’s arm too short? Numbers 11:23 People who fly frequently complain about the blandness of airline food. Now we know why! Recent research found that the type of white noise heard by airplane passengers affects their sense of taste. Specifically, loud ...
May 10, 2017admin
SETTING OUT FROM SINAI Read Numbers 10 You will be remembered by the Lord your God and rescued from your enemies. Numbers 10:9 Silver spoons have represented status and safety for centuries. In the Korean Joseon Dynasty, silver spoons were used to detect poisons, since silver tarnishes on contact with ...
May 9, 2017admin
THE CELEBRATION OF THE PASSOVER Read Numbers 9 Have the Israelites celebrate the Passover at the appointed time. Numbers 9:2 The Passover story is a gripping drama (see Exodus 11–13). Four centuries of Israelite slavery in Egypt were about to end. The confrontation between Moses and Pharaoh had reached a ...
May 8, 2017admin
THE CONSECRATION OF THE LEVITES Read Numbers 8 Aaron is to present the Levites before the Lord as a wave offering from the Israelites. Numbers 8:11 Expositing Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, New Testament scholar D. A. Carson wrote: “In much contemporary evangelism, there is little concern for whether or ...
May 7, 2017admin
THE DEDICATION OF THE TABERNACLE Read Numbers 7 The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. Numbers 6:25 A groundbreaking ceremony for a new building project is often attended by the leaders of the organization and local community or government officials. Selected dignitaries use special ...
May 6, 2017admin
NAZIRITE VOWS OF SPECIAL DEDICATION Read Numbers 6 Throughout the period of their dedication, they are consecrated to the Lord. Numbers 6:8 One of the most famous Nazirites in the Bible is the prophet and judge Samuel. Before he was even conceived, his mother Hannah vowed to God that if ...
May 5, 2017admin
THE HOLINESS AND PURITY OF GOD’S PEOPLE Read Numbers 5 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. Psalm 73:1 In the classic chorus, “Sanctuary,” by John Thompson and Randy Scruggs, the lyrics are a prayer: “Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and ...
May 4, 2017admin
THE PLAN FOR THE LEVITES Read Numbers 3-4 The Levites are mine, for all the firstborn are mine. Numbers 3:12–13 Calendars and schedules help organize our time. Maps are necessary for trips, syllabi for university courses, flow charts for business processes, and blueprints for new buildings. These days, many people ...
May 3, 2017admin
ISRAEL’S CAMPING AND MARCHING PLANS Read Numbers 2 The Israelites did everything the Lord commanded Moses. Numbers 2:34 The first motorcycle ride across America was completed by champion racer, George Wyman, who rode his motorcycle—basically a bicycle with a 1.25-horsepower motor—eastward from San Francisco to New York City in 1903. When roads ...
May 2, 2017admin
BACKGROUND TO THE BOOK AND THE FIRST CENSUS Read Numbers 1 These things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 1 Corinthians 10:6 In English, we know the fourth book in the Old Testament by the name Numbers, taken from the ...
May 1, 2017admin