Today’s Reading: Leviticus 27:14-Numbers 1:54 (additional reading Psalm 46:1-11 and Proverbs 10:23)
Key Verse: “The Israelites did all this just as the Lord commanded Moses.” Numbers 1:54
So far as we have been journeying through the Old Testament together we have seen that the book of Genesis is a picture of humanity. It portrays what we look like as a result of the fall of man and the consequent need for God in our life. The book of Exodus is a picture of God’s delivering power and we have just completed the book of Leviticus where we learn how to worship, what it is this that God demands, and how a God of such surpassing holiness can dwell with men and women like ourselves.
Now we come to the book of Numbers. In Numbers we have dramatically set forth what is perhaps the hardest lesson a Christian has to learn — to trust God instead of our own reason. This is where we struggle, isn’t it? We think that what we want to do and the way we want to do it is the right way. The hardest struggle we have, even as these Israelites had, is to learn to believe that God knows what He is talking about and that what He tells us is the truth, and is for our good, and to operate on that basis despite what friends and others around are telling us concerning the right way. Proverbs puts it so graphically, “There is a way which seems right to a man, and its end is the way to death.” (Proverbs 14:12) The book of Numbers is a picture of that experience in the believer’s life.
Numbers is a picture of people who have come out of Egypt but who have not yet reached Canaan. They had the faith to follow God out of the bondage and slavery of sin but have not yet come into the place of promise.
Although Number might seem like a hard read at first glance, what we will recognize once more is that it is an exact picture of our need. Just like the Hebrews we are travelling towards the promise which God has prepared for us. These people did not know where to go or what to do. So often we can feel the same way! So it’s vital that we are led by God through His Word. (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17.) We will see in Numbers over and over again God’s provision, guidance and protection for his people.
- Where do you turn for advice?
- How can you listen and trust God’s Word above the advice of the world?
- How can God’s provision, guidance and protection be seen in your life today?
Father, Thank You for Your provision, guidance and protection. Help us to trust you with our whole hearts even when things don’t make sense to us from our limited perspective. Thank You that all Your ways are good. Help us to keep marching on to the place of promise. In Jesus’ name, Amen