Archive | October 2015

Numbers 3&4 – Whatever your hands find to do…

Good morning Y’all. Today we are looking at Numbers 3 and 4

I struggled a lot with these two chapters ๐Ÿ˜ฆ to find something that I can apply to my life. with more research and help of the Holy Spirit, I was able to come up with the points below

I pray you are blessed as you read ๐Ÿ™‚

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1) God is a God of order. He has a order in which things need to be done. He gave specific instruction to the Moses, Aaron and the Levites on how to carry out their tasks and in the order it has to be done.

“Then the Lord said to Moses,  โ€œSummon the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron as his assistants. They will follow his instructions and perform the sacred duties at the Tabernacle on behalf of all the people of Israel. For they are assigned to him as representatives of all the people of Israel. They are in charge of all the furnishings and maintenance of the Tabernacle. However, only Aaron and his sons may carry out the duties of the priesthood; anyone else who presumes to assume this office shall be executed.โ€ (Numbers 3: 5-10 TLB)

2) We are set apart for Gods use.  The moment we gave our lives to Christ, we transferred ownership of all that we are or ever hope to be to God. Not that it was ever ours anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ . We are set apart for His use just as the levites were.

Eph 1: 4-5  says “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” (NLT)

1 Peter 2:9 says ” But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (NKJV)

3) Each of us has a part to play in Gods kingdom. Just as the levites each had a task to perform (see Numbers 3: 21 – 37), so also we have individual roles to perform.

“When their names were recorded, as the Lord had commanded through Moses, each man was assigned his task and told what to carry”. Numbers 4:49 NLT

Each of us has been assigned a role to play and we should do it cheerfully no matter how small or big it may be. Notice the Levites weren’t envious or trying to do another persons role. I guess after God made an example of Nadab and Abihu (see Numbers 3:4), they understood the importance of obeying and doing things Gods way.

I found the below commentary by David Guzik regards verse 49 –

“Each according to his service and according to his task: Each of these had a role to play in doing the work of tabernacle, and God made them all dependent on each other to do that work. “It is worthy of note that these Levites, although they were all equally consecrated to God, had not all exactly the same work to perform. God is not the God of all uniformity. There is a wondrous unity of plan and design in all that he does, but there is also an equally marvelous variety.” (Spurgeon)
Paul says the church is to work like a body – many parts, looking different, doing different jobs, meeting different needs, some more visible, some less, but all essential – and all with the same DNA code!
Much trouble is caused in the service of the Lord by those who desire a different calling than they have, or who are jealous of those who have a different calling, or by those who exalt one calling and abase another. Everyone has a place and a job, and all can be about doing it!” (Guzik, David. “Commentary on Numbers 4”. “David Guzik’s Commentaries
on the Bible”. ;. 1997-2003)

In summary, let’s remember that our God is a holy God and delights in our obedience. Let us carry out our roles with gladness and not look down on the task we have been given. if our role is to clean the toilets in Gods house, lets do it cheerfully, if its too lead people in worship, lets do it cheerful and unto God. scripture says whatever your hands finds to do, do it with all your might (Eccl 9: 10, Col 3:23). Scripture also says he who is faithful in little things will also be faithful in much (Luke 16:10)

Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to share your thots on the chapter.

Have a blessed day ๐Ÿ˜‰

***With God all things are possible***

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Numbers 1 & 2 – Obedience: True test of our love

Good morning y’all. Welcome back from our short break ๐Ÿ™‚

Today we will start with the book of Numbers. I’m excited to see what God will teach us from this book.

Today, I will be doing a combined study on chapters 1 and 2.  Be blessed ๐Ÿ™‚

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Reading through chapter 1 and 2, obedience was what kept coming to my mind. I guess it’s because it’s a topic that God has been speaking to me about.

In chapters 1 and 2, God gave instructions to Moses for numbering the people from each tribe and for setting apart the Levites. Moses passed on the instruction to the people and they did all that God asked of them.

“So the Israelites did everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
(Numbers 1:54 NLT)

Also in chapter 2 vs 34, it says they did all the Lord commanded them to do.

“So the people of Israel did everything as the Lord had commanded Moses. Each clan and family set up camp and marched under their banners exactly as the Lord had instructed them”.
(Numbers 2:34 NLT)

Notice they didn’t do some, rather they did ALL. I have come to realise that God doesn’t delight in partial obedience. In the kingdom of God, it’s either you obey or you don’t.  Nothing like I did some but left out a few.

When we refuse to obey God, there are always consequences. Take a look at the life of King Saul; and even Moses. God gave Saul specific instructions to carry out. He only did the bit he wanted and it eventually backfired and led to his family’s loss of the throne as a Kings in Israel. As for Moses, God told him to speak to the rock, but out of anger [and frustration] he struck the rock and in return it cost him the promised land.

When we obey there are also consequences: good ones though. See Isaiah 1:19 and Deut 28: 1-14

Obedience is not for God’s benefit, rather it’s for ours. It doesn’t do anything for Him, and whether we obey or not, it doesn’t diminish who He is as God. However, due to His love for us, and the fact that He wants the best for us, He gives instructions to guide and help us live the abundant life that He has for us. I love me some God though ๐Ÿ™‚ because He just doesn’t dish out instructions to us and leave us to figure out how to obey. No, He always supplies the grace to obey. We have the Holy Spirit, who is our Helper and Teacher. Scripture says, God has given us everything we need to live a godly life, which implies that we have, within us, all that we need to live an obedient life.

As we go about our day, let’s trust God to help us live obedient lives. We can’t obey if we don’t know what we ought to be doing.  So let’s also ask God to reveal His plan for us so we can obey Him; and let’s spend time searching God’s word as well.

Jesus said if you love me you will obey my commands.

Remember our obedience is a reflection of our love for God.

Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to share your thots on the chapter.

Have a blessed day basking in God’s goodness and glory ๐Ÿ™‚

JumBug xxx

***With God all things are possible***