Scripture: Numbers 18-20. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The Lord told Aaron that he and his sons and some fellow Levites from their ancestral tribe were to be responsible for the care of the Tent of Meeting. The Lord gave Moses and Aaron instructions for the Israelites to bring a red heifer without any defects or blemishes to give to Eleazar, the priest, to sacrifice. This ritual purified the unclean person so that they could, once again, offer sacrifices and worship the Lord. The Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin. Miriam passed away and was buried. The Israelites began to complain because there was no water for them to drink. The Lord told Moses to speak to a rock and water would pour out from it. Instead of speaking to the rock, like God had instructed, Moses struck the rock twice, and the water began to flow. By striking the rock instead of speaking to it, Moses had disobeyed God and dishonored Him in front of the people. Moses and Aaron were forbidden from entering the promised land. Moses had sent messengers to the king of Edom, requesting passage through their land, but Edom refused. Israel turned away and did not try to pass through. Aaron’s priestly clothing was removed from him and placed on his son Eleazar right before Aaron passed away.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The Israelites were to treat their income the same by giving a portion to care for the needs of the Levites and of the Tabernacle, as God had instructed. God wants all of His followers to give generously to the needs of others and to the churches to help them grow their communities of faith. The Israelites had brought their problems upon themselves, but they blamed Moses for their inconveniences. Often our troubles in life result from our own disobedience to God or our lack of faith, but we cannot blame God for our sins. We must ask for forgiveness so that we can have peace and develop our spiritual growth. Conflict is sometimes unavoidable, but sometimes it isn’t worth the consequences. We should attempt to follow the example of Moses in the Bible and find other ways to solve our problems, even if we have to take the more difficult route.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for this beautiful day. We pray for protection over our loved ones and ourselves. Please forgive us for our sins, and help us to forgive others. Help us to give to those who need it most and to support our churches as they grow the communities of faith. Help us to be obedient to You always. Please guide us in the right path, helping us to solve our problems along the way in the correct manner. We love You and thank You. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.