Tag: Numbers 2:1-2

Longing for the heavenly city!

Scripture reading for March 2nd:  Numbers 1-2, Psalm 64, Hebrews 11

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 11:13-16 “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.  For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.  If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return.  But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.”  

The writer of Hebrews had listed several ancient men and women who had trusted God to fulfill His promise to them to be their God and they would live in His Presence forever.  All these historical figures had died believing but not receiving the promise in its fullness.  They lived as strangers here on earth, knowing God promised them much better with Him.  Noah boarded the ark, following God.  Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, and Jacob had lived in tents in the promised land.  But they were really looking for a heavenly city, prepared specially for them by their God!

Faith Confession and prayer:  I am a stranger here on this earth, just passing through in route to the New Jerusalem and living in God’s glory and light forever.  Help me to never be ashamed of my Lord Jesus.

Numbers 2:1-2 “The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “The people of Israel shall camp each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers’ houses.  They shall camp facing the tent of meeting on every side.”  

Psalm 64:10 “Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in Him!  Let all the upright in heart exult!”

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Jesus is Here!

Scripture reading for February 15th:  Leviticus 27, Numbers 1-3, Mark 6

Key Scriptures: Mark 6:54-56   “And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized Him and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard He was.  And wherever He came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored Him that they might touch even the fringe of His garment.  And as many as touched it were made well.”

Jesus’ reputation as a healer spread rapidly across the region.  Mark records again an incident about touching Jesus’ garment and healing occurring.  In this case, all who touched Him were healed.  People ran and brought the sick to wherever Jesus was and sought Jesus with desperation and purpose.  Their faith was rewarded each time!  The Book of Numbers instructs God’s people to gather around the Tent of Meeting, where God’s holy presence was found.

Numbers 2:1-2  “The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “The people of Israel shall camp each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers’ houses.  They shall camp facing the tent of meeting on every side.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your holy presence that brings blessing and healing to Your people.  Today, I allow You to camp in my heart and touch me with Your healing grace.  Amen.

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Thankful for God’s Order!

Scripture reading for February 7th:  Numbers 2-5

Key Scriptures:  Numbers 2:1-2, 34  “The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: “The Israelites are to camp around the Tent of Meeting some distance from it, each man under his standard with the banners of his family.”  “So the Israelites did everything the Lord commanded Moses; that is the way they encamped under their standards, and that is the way they set out, each with his clan and family.””

God is a God of order.  He had specific instruction for His leaders to set each person in a proper job and place.  Each was assigned a location in relation to the Tent of Meeting, the place where God’s Presence lived in their midst.  Each was to be with their family or clan and move in a particular order when God moved out ahead of them.

Thankful for order:  God’s order brings peace and unity to His people.  “For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. The spirits of the prophets are subject to the control of prophets.  For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”  (1st Corinthians 14:31-33)

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