Devotions February

Num 11-13

February 28, 2015

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What does it say?

The previous chapter (Num 10) marked the spiritual high point of Numbers. Moses gets the Law on Sinai, the people build the tabernacle and begin to move forward on the mission. The first thing that happens now is sin (Num 11). This chapter is a description of the common human cycle of […]

Num 8-10

February 27, 2015

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What does it say?

The high priest lights the lampstand and consecrates the Levites for service in the tabernacle (Num 8). The Levites serve God in place of the firstborn of the other tribes, serving in the tabernacle from the ages of 25 to 50, while the age span was 30 to 50 for the transport […]

Num 7

February 26, 2015

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What does it say?

Only one chapter (Num 7) occupies our reading today and it is long and repetitive. One might even say that it is boring and irrelevant. Don’t believe it!

After the tabernacle is assembled and consecrated, the princes (heads) of the 12 tribes bring offerings before the Lord. Together they give six covered wagons […]

Num 5-6

February 25, 2015

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What does it say?

The military formation of the camp (Num 1-4) gives way to five chapters addressing the need for internal discipline. This section (Num 5) instructs the quarantine of lepers outside camp, prohibition of dishonest gain and a fascinating test to determine if a woman is guilty of immorality in a day when a […]

Num 3-4

February 24, 2015

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What does it say?

The story! The mission! Don’t lose your focus in the details that seem so irrelevant. They’re not. The Levites were not counted in the earlier general census, but here (Num 3) is a census specifically of Levites one month and older. God chose the Levites for himself in place of the firstborn […]

Num 1-2

February 23, 2015

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What does it say?

The book’s name comes from the numbering (census) of war-ready males at the beginning (Num 1) and a second census toward the end. Don’t feel like you have to pronounce each name and number, but the information is here when you need it. Just skim this chapter and see the highlights. This […]

Lev 26-27

February 22, 2015

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What does it say?

The law is finished. What follows is a series of consequences for both obedience and disobedience to the Law (Lev 26). With these solemn consequences also comes provision for repentance and restoration.

In a most curious finish after the many obligatory rules and regulations, the final chapter of Leviticus covers voluntary offerings of […]

Lev 24-25

February 21, 2015

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What does it say?

God commands that the lampstand must burn continually and that the bread must be continually refurbished on table in the tabernacle’s holy place (Lev 24). A half-Israeli/half-Egyptian blasphemer is taken outside the camp and stoned to death for blaspheming God’s name.

God’s ceremonial calendar extends beyond a single year (Lev 25). Every seventh […]

Lev 22-23

February 20, 2015

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What does it say?

Instructions concerning the priesthood continue (Lev 22). The previous chapter emphasized physical conditions that disqualify for service in the priesthood, and this chapter focuses on the ceremonial purity necessary for the priesthood and instructions concerning the priests’ offerings.

Seven feasts dominate Israel’s calendar (Lev 23), and they are extensions of the same principle […]

Lev 19-21

February 19, 2015

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What does it say?

Holiness is a key concept here (Lev 19) and in the entire book. Some consider 19:2, to be holy as God is holy, as the key verse of Leviticus. The rest of this chapter shows how holy people relate to God and each other, an expansion of the Ten Commandments.

A series of […]

Lev 16-18

February 18, 2015

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What does it say?

This is the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur (Lev 16). Once each year the High Priest offers sacrifice for the entire nation’s sin. The priest, people and the tabernacle itself are ceremonially cleansed in preparation.

The altar is the center of Hebrew worship (Lev 17). All animals are slaughtered exclusively on the […]

Lev 14-15

February 17, 2015

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What does it say?

The discussion about leprosy continues as the focus shifts to ceremonial cleansing and purification (Lev 14). Remember that leprosy refers to a rather wide range of diseases, and these rituals are designed to re-integrate individuals into society upon being healed of certain conditions. The Law also gives instruction for the quarantine and/or […]

Lev 11-13

February 16, 2015

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What does it say?

The second part of the book (Lev 11-27) details practical applications of the Law. God divides land animals, water creatures, birds, insects and reptiles into categories of clean and unclean, as well as giving precautions for dealing with dead bodies (Lev 11).

Chapter 12 explains a woman’s purification process following childbirth. Chapter 13 […]

Lev 8-10

February 15, 2015

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What does it say?

Dressed in their ceremonial robes and accessories, the priests are consecrated to ministry (Lev 8). The ordination includes ceremonial cleansing, anointing and special sacrifices for purification.

Following the week of consecration, the priests enter into the exercise of their duties of leading in the sacrificial offerings (Lev 9). Fire falls from Heaven, indicating […]

Lev 5-7

February 14, 2015

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What does it say?

The fifth and final offering appears (Lev 5-6:7). This is the trespass or guilt offering, overlapping in many ways with the previous sin offering. Basically, the sin offering treats sin against God while the trespass offering treats guilt of sin committed against others.

God instructs the priests how to carry out these offerings […]

Lev 1-4

February 13, 2015

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What does it say?

Before you begin: Leviticus means things relating to the Levites. All priests were Levites, but not all Levites priests (those descended from Aaron). All Leviticus happens in a month’s time from Exodus 40:17 until Numbers 1:1.

No book has had more impact on Judaism than Leviticus, traditionally the first book taught to children. […]

Exo 39-40

February 12, 2015

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What does it say?

The skilled workers finish making the priests’ clothing (Exo 39). This completes the work on the tabernacle (39:32), and the scripture records that they did everything just as they were supposed to do it. Each of the various parts of the tabernacle and its contents are listed yet again, as though to […]

Exo 36-38

February 11, 2015

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What does it say?

Don’t worry about understanding the details of the hangings, coverings, boards, bars, veils and screens (Exo 36). Bezaleel and Aholiab lead the team of workers in the construction process. The important thing to see is that the people’s offerings were more than enough. Moses even had to command them to stop offering. […]

Exo 33-35

February 10, 2015

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What does it say?

Israel’s rebellion brought the prospect of losing God’s presence (Exo 33). Moses meets with God in an assembly tent or Tabernacle of the Congregation. This is not the Tabernacle, but a temporary spiritual meeting point. Moses asks for and receives a greater understanding of God’s person, and has a limited vision of […]

Exo 30-32

February 9, 2015

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What does it say?

God places the altar of incense before entry into the holiest place as a meeting point (Exo 30). Every man is to ransom his soul with an identical offering of silver, and a cleansing basin separates the outer court and the holy place. The tabernacle is to have special anointing oils and […]