Tag: Numbers 17-20

Jesus Christ and Aaron’s Rod!

Scripture Reading for February 15th: Numbers 17-20

Moses wrote about the awful deaths of Korah and his family.  The earth actually opened up and swallowed them all and they went down to Sheol with loud cries. (Numbers 16:31-34) They had rebelled against the leadership of Moses.  It’s easy for people to criticize leadership.  Each person thinks they have a different or better way to do things.  And each leader has his own faults, none are perfect!  Because God chooses leaders and places them in authority,  when we criticize leadership, we are criticizing Him!

God instructed the leaders of each tribe to bring their staffs and lay them before the Lord in the Tent of Meeting.  The next morning, Aaron’s staff had budded, blossomed, and produced ripe almonds! (Numbers 17:8)  The other staffs were still dry sticks of wood!  God demonstrated his choice of authority!  Only Aaron and his sons would be High Priests!  Moses took his rod and placed it in the Tabernacle of Testimony as a reminder. He wanted to stop the grumbling and call the people to faith and godly submission.

This incident is a picture of Jesus Christ!  He meekly followed God’s instructions as he lived and walked on earth. He lived a sinless life and was crucified and laid in a tomb.  Religious Jews had criticized His leadership and servant ministry.  But God raised Him from the dead!  He produces fruit in raising to eternal life all who put their trust in Him.  He is presently God’s “Rod of Authority” seated at God’s right hand.  He is our High Priest forever!  All those who won’t trust will end up like Korah!  The earth will open up and Sheol will swallow them with weeping, crying and gnashing of teeth!

Take some time today and pray for those in authority over you. Give them a call or drop them a note and let them know that you appreciate them. Practice giving honor to God’s chosen authority!

“Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” 1st Peter 2:17

 

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God’s chosen authority!

Scripture Reading for February 16th: Numbers 17-20

Our reading today follows the awful deaths of Korah and his family.  The earth opened up and swallowed them all and they went down to Sheol crying out. (Numbers 16:31-34) They rebelled against the leadership of Moses and, in doing so, against God.

It’s easy for people to criticize leadership.  Each person seems to be able to see a different or better way to do things.  Each leader has his own faults as well– none are perfect!  But we learn from this record that God Himself chooses leaders and places them in authority.  When we rebel or criticize leadership, we are rebelling and criticizing God!

Numbers 17 records God’s mercy towards the people of Israel.  He had the leaders of each tribe bring their staffs and lay them before the Lord in the Tent of Meeting.  The next morning, Aaron’s staff had budded, blossomed, and produced ripe almonds! (Numbers 17:8)  The other staffs were still dry sticks of wood!  In this miraculous way, God  demonstrated His choice of leadership!  Only Aaron and his sons would be High Priests!  Moses was to take this rod and place it in the Tabernacle of Testimony as a reminder of God’s chosen authority. His desire was to stop the grumbling and call the people to faith and godly submission  to His appointed leadership.

This incident is a picture of Jesus Christ as God’s chosen authority!  He meekly and obediently followed God’s instructions as he lived and walked on earth. He lived a sinless life and was crucified and laid in a tomb.  Religious Jews had criticized His leadership and servant ministry.  But like Aaron’s rod, God raised Him from the dead!  He produces fruit in raising to eternal life all who put their trust in Him.  He is God’s “Rod of Authority” seated at God’s right hand.  He is our High Priest!  All those who grumble against Him, will end up like Korah!  The earth will open up and Sheol will swallow them with weeping, crying and gnashing of teeth!

Take some time today and pray for those in authority over you. Give them a call or drop them a note and let them know that you appreciate them. Practice giving honor to God’s chosen authority!  This brings God’s smile and you Honor Him.

“Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” (1st Peter 2:17)

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Sin Shows Up in the Best!

Scripture reading for February 16th: Numbers 17-20

Sin is a malady of the human race that permeates all men.  All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God!  (Romans 3:23)  The wages of sin is death.  (Romans 6:23)  Our reading today records the deaths of brother Aaron and sister Miriam.  Moses also is told that he, too, will not be allowed to enter the promised land, but must be gathered to his people.

The first to pass from the scene was Miriam, the older sister of Moses. (Numbers 20:1)  Miriam was a prophetess who used her tambourine to prophesy and led the Israelite women in a victory celebration after the miracle of God’s deliverance at the Red Sea.  (Exodus 15:20-21)  Miriam got into trouble when she talked about Moses because of his Cushite wife.  She was jealous of her younger brother and evidently wanted to have some of his authority.  (Numbers 12:1-3, 9-12)  She was struck with leprosy and was put out of the camp for a week, then healed as Moses prayed for her.  Miriam was greatly used of God and gifted, but died without entering the promised land.

Aaron and Moses were faced with grumbling yet again because of a lack of water in the Desert of Zin.  Moses and Aaron went before the Lord and again fell face-down.  (Numbers 20:6-8)  God spoke to them and told them to take the staff from the Lord’s presence and speak to the rock and it would gush water for them and their livestock.  However, Moses and Aaron obeyed only partially.  They did take the staff, but in anger Moses ridiculed his brothers and struck the rock twice with the staff.  (Numbers 20: 9-10)

Moses and Aaron were rebuked by the Lord for dishonoring Him before the people.  The penalty would be no entry into the promised land.  Everyone wanted to be the leader and many tried to take Moses’ place over the years.  Now at the end of the journey, Moses is disqualified because of anger and frustration that led to striking the rock twice instead of speaking to it!

In truth, God is merciful!  He is teaching His people that the law, represented by Moses, cannot take anyone into the promised land!  It is only grace through faith that can take us all the way!  Joshua (Jesus) is the one who by faith would lead God’s people into the land to possess it.

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God’s Chosen Authority

Scripture Reading for February 16: Numbers 17-20

Our reading today follows the awful deaths of Korah and his family.  The earth actually opened up and swallowed them all and they went down to Sheol crying out. (Numbers 16:31-34) They rebelled against the leadership of Moses and, in doing so, against God.  It’s so easy for people to criticize leadership.  Each person seems to be able to see a different or better way to do things.  Each leader has his own faults as well– none are perfect!  But we learn from this record that God Himself chooses leaders and places them in authority.  When we rebel or criticize leadership, we are rebelling and criticizing God!  He is not pleased with grumbling and rebellion!

In Numbers 17, we have a record of God’s mercy towards the people of Israel.  He had the leaders of each tribe bring their staffs and lay them before the Lord in the Tent of Meeting.  The next morning, Aaron’s staff had budded, blossomed, and produced ripe almonds! (Numbers 17:8)  The other staffs were still dry sticks of wood!  God had demonstrated his choice of authority!  Only Aaron and his sons would be High Priests!  Moses was to take this rod and place it in the Tabernacle of Testimony as a reminder of his chosen authority. His desire was to stop the grumbling and call the people to faith and godly submission.

This incident is a picture of Jesus Christ as God’s chosen authority!  He meekly and obediently followed God’s instructions as he lived and walked on earth. He lived a sinless life and was crucified and laid in a tomb.  All religious Jews had criticized His leadership and servant ministry.  But God raised Him from the dead!  He produces fruit in raising to eternal life all who put their trust in Him.  He is presently God’s “rod of authority” seated at God’s right hand.  He is our High Priest forever!  He ever lives to make intercession for us!  What a pleasure to trust God’s authority!  All those who won’t trust will end up like Korah!  The earth will open up and Sheol will swallow them with weeping, crying and gnashing of teeth!

Take some time today and pray for those in authority over you. Give them a call or drop them a note and let them know that you appreciate them. Practice giving honor to God’s chosen authority!

“Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” 1st Peter 2:17

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