Scripture: Numbers 28-30. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The Lord gave exact instructions to Moses on how the Israelites were to present daily offerings, Sabbath offerings, and monthly offerings. God also placed holidays on Israel’s calendar, including the Passover, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. These were holidays that provided time to refresh the minds and bodies of the Israelites and allowed them to renew their commitment to God. Moses reminded the Israelites that their promises to God, as well as to others, must be kept at all times.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The Israelites followed rituals that gave the people the opportunity to prepare their hearts for worship. When our hearts are prepared to worship God, our hearts are filled with the spirit of thankfulness, and we get more from the time spent with Him. The Israelites celebrated different holidays which provided time for them to renew their commitment and relationship with God. We, too, can take time to separate ourselves from our daily routines and concentrate on our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Moses reminded the Israelites that their promises to God, as well as others, must be kept. When we stay true to our words and promises, we build trust with others. Trust is the basis of our relationships with God, as well as with others.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for this beautiful fall weather and harvest. Please let Your love shine through us, and help us to care for and to love others. Help us to prepare our hearts before worshiping You so that we can get more out of our time spent with You. Help us to focus on our relationship with You, taking time out of the busyness of life to rest in Your presence. Please forgive us for the sins that we commit on a daily basis, for we are sinners. Thank You for being such a loving God. We love You and thank You. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.