Friday, February 25, 2011

Recap: Chapter by Chapter in Numbers 3 to 4

Going through Numbers is great. Some say that you can't get much out of reading a census, or a genealogy, but I think these are great opportunities to see what God does with His people and how He works, almost in the background, making things happen in history. It's dry reading, but it's worth it.

Based on's Chronological Bible In a Year schedule. If anyone would like to join in, this blog's comments sections would be a good forum in which to share insights from the text.

Numbers 3 Everyone has their role in God's people. In Numbers 3, those roles include carrying parts of the Tabernacle; in the last chapter some Israeli tribes were to lead the nation on its marches and some were supposed to guard the rear. Now that Jesus has come, and we are no longer just Israelis but Christians, God still has different roles for us: some are speakers, some writers, some evangelists, and some have the gift of hospitality. These talents make us part of a larger whole, in a sense the fingers, eyes, ears, and feet of Christ. We, like the Israelis and the Levites, each have our roles in God's people.

Numbers 4 (1) Except for the lid on the Ark of the Covenant, nothing in the tent-temple was just metal. It was all wood covered with metal. This made it easier to carry for the Israeli nation, who at this point were wanderers in the desert - a nation without a home. (2) The wider Christian Church is also a nation without a home; we are wanderers, dispersed among all the nations of the earth. " For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the City that is to come" -Hebrews 13.14. Like the Israelis in Numbers, we are waiting for a home that will be ours in the future, but for now we have no true home. Let's not settle down.

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