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3/1/2018 — Numbers Chapters 14-15 and Psalm 90

If you are like me you are probably asking “Why is Psalm 90 included here?”  The Psalm is placed among Chapters 14-15 which describe Israelite again rebelling and the Lord telling them that only Caleb and Joshua will enter the “land I promised on oath to their ancestors.”  As for the rest — “your bodies

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2/28/2018 — Numbers Chapters 11-13

I was struck as I looked at several commentaries on these Chapters by a summary offered by Coffman on the very first verse: Numbers 11:1  — “1 Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord …” Coffman writes: There is hardly any other word that more effectively describes Israel during their wilderness

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2/27/2018 — Numbers Chapters 8-10

As I read these passages I am reminded of just how the Lord cares for His people and their connection to Him.  For example in Chapter 9:9-12   we see the Lord establish conditions for Israelites wh0 are “unclean or on a journey” to still participate in the Passover. And in Chapter 9:15-23 the Lord leads

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2/26/2018 – Numbers Chapter 7

A couple of facts about these verses:  First, we see in verse 1 that the construction and consecration of the Tabernacle is completed — what a time that must have been for the Israelites! Then, we begin to see the offerings brought for the dedication of the alter.  I have always found it interesting that

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2/25/2018 Numbers Chapters 5-6

Among all of the instructions in these Chapters — from maintaining the purity of the “camp,” — to the test for an “unfaithful wife,” — to the instructions on how to be a Nazarite the passage that always captures my thoughts is at the very end —         Chapter 6:22-24 “The Lord bless you     and keep

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2/24/2014 — Numbers Chapters 3-4

In Chapter 3:5 Moses is instructed by the Lord to Bring the tribe of Levi and “present them “to Aaron the priest to assist him. One commentary wrote: The Hebrew word “bring near” is a sacrificial term, denoting the presentation of an offering to God; and the use of the word, therefore, in connection with

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2/23/2018 Numbers Chapter 1-2

The following overview of the Book of Numbers is taken from Matthew Henry’s commentary:  This book is called NUMBERS from the several numberings of the people contained in it. It extends from the giving of the law at Sinai, till their arrival in the plains of Jordan. An account is given of their murmuring and

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02/22/2018 — Leviticus Chapters 26-27

As we read the final two chapters of Leviticus I reflect on three aspects of Chapter 26. (1) The first is God’s blessings for obedience including the promise in Leviticus 26:11-12 11 I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. 12 I will walk among you and be your God, and

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02/21/2018 — Leviticus Chapters 24-25

A couple of Observations: The first:    Have you ever read Leviticus 24:5 and noted that each loaf of bread was to be made from two-tenths of an ephah 0f the finest flour.   When you look at the footnote – that equates to about 7 pounds of flour per loaf.  I never realized that the

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02/20/2018 — Leviticus Chapters 22-23

As you read I am hoping you will “flag” Leviticus Chapter 23.  This chapter summarizes the “festivals of the Lord.”  When we read the New Testament we will see Jesus and the apostles still remembering and participating in these festivals. For example in Luke 2:41-42  41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival

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2/19/2018 — Leviticus Chapters 19-21

As we continue reading the Law given to the Israelites we see the Lord providing specific laws for taking care of the ones we would consider the “downtrodden.” Leviticus 19:9-10 —  9 When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of

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2/18/2018 Leviticus Chapters 16-18

Often as I read I have to go back to basics.  Like — in Leviticus Chapter 16 what is the meaning of the word atonement?  The dictionary definition is: reparation for a wrong or injury. “she wanted to make atonement for her husband’s behavior. (in religious contexts) reparation or expiation for sin.  An annual ceremony

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2/17/2018 — Leviticus Chapters 14-15

As I read through these chapters on cleansing from “skin diseases” I was reminded of a New Testament passage, Matthew 8:3-4 — Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell

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2/16/2018 Leviticus Chapters 11-13

As we read from Chapter 11 until roughly Chapter 15 we will see commandments on how the Nation was to remain “clean” by avoiding the eating or touching of certain animals & performing acts of purification.  Now, I had thought that these commandments were established as “sanitary/dietary” hygiene restrictions to keep the people healthy. But

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2/15/2018 Leviticus Chapters 8-10

Several thoughts entered my mind as I read through these chapters.  First, in Chapter 8 we realize the fulfillment of the instructions given Moses in Exodus 28:3-5 on the details of the clothing that would be used to ordain Aaron.  Moses remained obedient to the Lord’s instructions. Secondly, In Chapter 9:23  “Moses and Aaron then

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2/14/2018 Leviticus Chapters 5-7

An element I see in these verses is that the Lord cares for His people, regardless of income.  Take a look at Chapter 5:6-11.  The initial “sin offering” is stated as being a lamb or goat.  However if they cannot afford a lamb the offering can be two doves or pigeons.  If they cannot afford

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2/13/2018 — Leviticus Chapters 1-4

As we prepare to enter the inspired Word of God as written by Moses and recorded in the book of Leviticus, a couple of quick notes: “The book of Leviticus was the first book studied by a Jewish child; yet is often among the last books of the Bible to be studied by a Christian.”

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2/12/2018 — Exodus Chapters 39-40

What pops-out to me in these verses is the reality that for two Chapters the Israelites did something we have not seen them do very often: Chapter 39:32  So all the work on the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, was completed. The Israelites did everything just as the Lord commanded Moses. Chapter 39:42-43   The Israelites

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2/11/2018 — Exodus Chapters 36-38

The description of the building of the tabernacle and all of the implements for worshiping the Lord is quite detailed, as are the talents and skills of the people leading the project.  Reading back in other chapters we see that the contributions of the people were “free will” offerings i.e., everyone who is willing and

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2/10/2018 — Exodus Chapters 33-35

Like so many of our readings these chapters contain an abundance of significant material — God’s relationship with Moses; God’s glory; Moses’s wisdom; the return of the Ten Commandments.  But as I read Chapter 33 the verse that captured me this time is Exodus 33:14:  The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and

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