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“The Lord said to Moses, `Say to the Israelites: 'Any man or woman who wrongs another in any way & so is unfaithful to the Lord is guilty and must confess the sin they have committed. They must make full restitution for the wrong they have done, add a 5th of the value to it & give it all to the person they have wronged.ʼ” ~Numbers 5:5-7 God makes clear here that we will wrong others. We will wrong Him. We will be held responsible for those wrongs. But He also makes a way out. For the Israelites ...
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“The Lord said to Moses: `Take the Levites from among all the Israelites & make them ceremonially clean. To purify them, do this: Sprinkle the water of cleansing on them; then have them shave their whole bodies & wash their clothes. & so they will purify themselves.ʼ” Num8:5-7Part 1/2 “The same grace of God which brought salvation to us appeared unto them. By grace they were saved thru faith. They were outcalled from among the others as every Christian is. The calling out of the Church of God m...
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“At the Lord's command through Moses, each was assigned his work & told what to carry. Thus they were counted, as the Lord commanded Moses.” ~Numbers 4:49 Each man of the tribe of Levi had a role to play in the ministry & transport God's tabernacle & specific instruction on how to do it. I often find myself wishing he would lay things out that clearly for me. God knows this & so gives His people direction through the Holy Spirit, the Bible, circumstances & sometimes other people. Here are so...
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“The Lord said to Moses: `Make two trumpets of hammered silver, & use them 4 calling the community together & for having the camps set out. When both are sounded, the whole community is 2 assemble before you at the entrance to the tent of meeting. If only 1 is sounded, the leaders, the heads of the clans of Israel, are to assemble before you. When a trumpet blast is sounded, the tribes camping on the east are to set out.At the sounding of a 2nd blast, the camps on the south are to set out. The b...
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“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ...
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"Speak to the Israelites & say to them: 'If anyone makes a special vow to dedicate a person to the Lord by giving the equivalent value, set the value of a male between the ages of 20 & 60 at 50 shekels of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel” ~Levi 27:2-3 A simple explanation paraphrased from Chuck Smith - `Now if you make a vow unto God & say, "God, I"m gonna give You my life," wonderful. "Now I want to take my life back. Lord, I"ve decided not to give You my life." Well hey, He won"t pl...
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“On the day the tabernacle, the tent of the covenant law, was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire... At the Lord's command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp.” ~Num 9:15,18 God's movement was visible in the Israelites life. They knew exactly where He was & what He wanted. Today we can feel like God is hidden from us. Like there is a cl...
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“So the Israelites did everything the Lord commanded Moses; that is the way they encamped under their standards, & that is the way they set out, each of them w/ their clan & family.” ~Numbers 2:34 "In Numbers chapter 2, God gives Moses very specific instructions for how the camp of Israel in the wilderness was to be organized. The 12 tribes were organized into 4 camps, each of which was to be set up on one of the 4 sides of the tabernacle of witness. God was very meticulous w/ regard to how he ...
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"When Moses entered the tent of meeting to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the 2 cherubim above the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant law. In this way the Lord spoke to him." ~Numbers 7:89 This is a long chapter listing the gifts brought to the tabernacle. At the end of it all God affirms that He is w/ His people. “W/ him - i. e. as marginal, "w/ God," not (as some) w/ himself. He heard the voice of 1 speaking - Rather, he heard the voice speaking, ...
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“All the Israelites 20 years old or more who were able to serve in Israel's army were counted according to their families. The total number was 603,550. The ancestral tribe of the Levites, however, was not counted along w/ the others. The Lord had said to Moses: "You must not count the tribe of Levi or include them in the census of the other Israelites. Instead, appoint the Levites to be in charge of the tabernacle of the covenant law—over all its furnishings & everything belonging to it. They a...
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“The Lord replied to Moses, `If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back.ʼ" ~Numbers 12:14 This is a short chapter simply explaining an incident that occurred within Miriam's heart and infecting Aaron's mind. Miriam lost sight of what God called her to do and allowed herself to focus on what others were doing and judging by her own standards. She lost sight of the fact that...
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“The Lord said to Moses, "Bring the tribe of Levi & present them to Aaron the priest to assist him. They are to perform duties for him & for the whole community at the tent of meeting by doing the work of the tabernacle." ~Numbers 3:5-7 “This passage makes the point that not all the Levites were priests but only the members of the family of Aaron. In this context bring near is a sacrificial word, & signifies the presenting of an offering to the Lord, in this case the "offering" being the tribe o...
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