Scripture: Numbers 35-36. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The Levites were ministers and were supported by the tithes and gifts from the Israelites. Forty-eight cities were given to the Levites, and six of the cities were cities of refuge. These cities of refuge represented God’s concern about justice in a culture where they weren’t always concerned about protecting innocent people. In previous chapters, God told Moses that if a man passed away and had no sons, the inheritance would go to his daughters. Zelophehad’s daughters received their father’s inheritance, and they were to marry within the tribal clan of their father, as well. Zelophehad’s daughters obeyed God.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Since the Levites were ministers, they were supported by gifts from the Israelites. We, too, are responsible to provide for the needs of pastors and missionaries so that they can be free to do the work that God has called them to do. God was concerned about the treatment and justice of people back in a culture where the innocent people weren’t always protected. When someone is accused of a wrongdoing, we should always stand up for justice, protecting those who have not been proven guilty. Instead of being quick to judge, we should always listen to all sides of a story.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for this beautiful day. Please help us to generously give to provide for the needs of our pastors and missionaries who are called to complete their God-ordained work. Please help us to always stand up for what is right, protecting those who have not been proven guilty. Help us not to judge others, Father, for we are all sinners. Thank You for teaching us so many lessons from the examples that You have placed in the Book of Numbers. Please guide and protect us always. We love You and thank You. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.