Leaving the System

“As long as you live, you must never promote the welfare and prosperity of the Ammonites or Moabites.” -Deuteronomy 13:6 The Ammonites and Moabites weren’t just different from the people of God, they were hostile.  For generations, they intentionally refused any help or assistance, and in some ages even attacked and oppressed the Israelites.  Because […]

A Tithe and a Party

I’ll be frank: I am pretty sick of the way most teaching about “the tithe” (giving 10% of your income to God) is presented.  Anyone else? It’s usually talked about in one of two ways, and perhaps if you’ve spend any time in church you’ve heard one or both of these: WAY ONE: “God expects […]

Scripture Notes: Numbers 9

“Father, settle my heart so I can hear your Spirit, and settle my pride so I can follow your servants…”

Tears of Eternity

Why do we cry when we face the reality of eternity? Whether the passing of a loved one or an entry into new life in Christ, the heart responds with such surges of emotion that they simply cannot be contained. My grandfather has passed into eternity, and I am not sad, but happy.  I will […]

Scripture Notes: Numbers 7

“Be at peace, O my soul, with the blessings the Lord HAS given you, and do not fret about the ones He hasn’t yet…”

Scripture Notes: Numbers 6

“Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.” -Numbers 6:27 In the nation of Israel, the priests were God’s authorized representatives on earth.  Yahweh gave them the authority to act “in my name”, and as such, they mediated His favor to the people. Now, the […]

Kohathites and Contentment

Numbers 4 tells of the duties of the different clans of Levites regarding the service of the Tabernacle.To the Merarites, the duty given was “to carry loads”. No special assignments to the holy things.  No great honor of sacrifices.  Just carrying stuff. The Kohathites, on the other hand, were different.

Faith and Trust

I am struck by the way the New Living Translation renders Numbers 20:12… “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel…” Somehow in the midst of crisis, Moses and Aaron’s response was to use God’s PRINCIPLES, but neglect His POWER. They took what He said, but applied […]