Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared some thoughts and ideas from the journey through the book of Numbers.
The post “Our Duty and Responsibility” pointed out the responsibilities of Moses, Aaron, and his sons. We can all learn from them as we discover our place or function in God’s work.
Things in life can shake us up but God is there to keep us steady. The post “Detailed Instructions” explained the extreme attention given to the Tent of Meeting and its contents to honor God and receive His unlimited steady power to step ahead.
As pointed out in the post “Truth is Our Boarding Pass to Paradise”, God’s presence and defilement can’t co-exist. The nature of God is wisdom, peacefulness, and wholesomeness. He wants to make wrongs right and faith in Christ makes a way for that to happen.
We learned more about the Nazarene vow in the post “Act of Devotion”. Some instructions of this vow included not drinking alcohol or cutting one’s hair. Samson is one that took this vow which inspires disciplined focus on God rather than on worldly pleasures.
Then within the post “Worship and Offering”, the point was made that growing in faith requires discipline just like physical exercise as we build up our faith muscles with God’s principles.
The reading plan below will be used to hold me accountable to sharing about God’s word. As I share about my study over the next few posts, it’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Christ as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with God amazing!
Questions for Reflection
What does God do in verses 5-19? Is one age group more important than the other? In what ways are both age groups needed here? In what ways are different age groups needed with your church or small group?
What particular words or phrases are repeated in this chapter? What does this reveal about God and His concern for these people? How does God guide his people here? How does He guide you?
How are trumpets to be used? How do the Israelites know where to go? What does God give to them for direction? To what extent are you willing to trust God when you can’t see ahead?
What are the complaints and questions from the Israelites? Is there a group you can think of that is full of pessimism? What is done about each complaint or question?
How do you define meek? How does this definition apply to Moses? In what ways is Moses’ relationship with God unique? What do Miriam and Aaron learn about God in this chapter?
For what are the spies to look as they go into Canaan? With what report do they return? What have the ten spies forgotten about the power of God?
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print.
“Sermons.” Sermons | FUMC Waco. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://fumcwaco.org/resources/sermons/>.
“Bible.” The Bible – The Word of God – ChristNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 2017. <http://www.christianity.com/bible/>.
Nicholes, Lou. “Recent Commentaries.” Family-Times.net – Devotional Commentary Index. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.family-times.net/commentary/>.
“Bing.” Microsoft. N.p., n.d. Web. Images >.
“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages. N.p., n.d. Web. <https://www.biblegateway.com/>.