Devotions March

Deu 1-2

March 11, 2015

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What does it say?

Deuteronomy means “second law” in Greek and comes from the title of the Greek translation of the Hebrew. Unlike Numbers and Leviticus that are mostly God’s words to Moses, Deuteronomy records Moses’ words as he explains the law to the people. Specifically, the book contains three discourses by […]

Num 35-36

March 10, 2015

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What does it say?

The Levites are God’s servants and receive no inheritance, as do the other tribes (Num 35). Instead, they receive 48 cities scattered among the tribes, six of which are designated as cities of refuge. Remembering the culture of the times and the fact that there is no police […]

Num 33-34

March 9, 2015

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What does it say?

Moses commits to writing an account of the journey from Egypt to the Jordan River, listing 42 stations along the way, many of which have still not been identified by archeologists (Num 33). This portion concludes with specific instructions to take full possession of the land and includes […]

Num 31-32

March 8, 2015

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What does it say?

Israel is marching toward the land and becomes God’s instrument of judgment on the Midianites for having seduced Israel both sexually and spiritually (Num 31). This story establishes a pattern of how they will conduct war and deal with the spoils of war in future battles.

Num 28-30

March 7, 2015

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What does it say?

On the verge of entering the land, God sets a schedule for the sacrifices that have previously been described in Leviticus (Num 28-29). There are daily, weekly and monthly sacrifices. He also gives the cycle of seven yearly feasts with their corresponding sacrifices. The number seven predominates in […]

Num 26-27

March 6, 2015

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What does it say?

This is the second census (numbering) of Israel and marks the beginning of the new generation that will enter the land (Num 26). Only Joshua and Caleb remain of the previous generation. The people are now gearing up to enter the Promised Land.

The daughters of […]

Num 23-25

March 5, 2015

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What does it say?

The saga of Balak hiring Balaam to curse Israel continues (Num 23-24). Not only does God forbid Balaam to curse the Hebrews, what comes out of Balaam’s mouth amounts to the spiritual highlight of Numbers as God speaks through him some powerful predictions about the future of Israel. […]

Num 21-22

March 4, 2015

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What does it say?

Moving at last and following a God-given victory over the Canaanites, Israel again complains (Num 21). This time God’s judgment is in the form of poisonous (fiery) snakes. The people cry to Moses for deliverance. Moses makes a bronze (brass), puts it on a pole and instructs those bitten by snakes to […]

Num 18-20

March 3, 2015

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What does it say?

God speaks directly to Aaron to confirm the priesthood and instructions previously given to Moses (Num 18). Chapters 16-18 form a single unit showing the priesthood attacked (16), miraculously defended by God (17) and reconfirmed to Aaron (18).

The red heifer sacrifice (Num 19) has been a source of speculation for Jews and […]

Num 16-17

March 2, 2015

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What does it say?

It’s hard to imagine more drama than this, as 250 influential leaders of Korah’s family lead a rebellion against Moses (Num 16). God intervenes directly by opening up the earth to swallow up homes, families and goods of the rebels of Korah who participated in this uprising. With dramatic flare, God sends […]

Num 14-15; Psa 90

March 1, 2015

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What does it say?

The rebellion deepens and the people threaten to replace Moses, stone both Caleb and Joshua, anoint a new leader, and head back to Egypt (Num 14). Moses prays a powerful prayer of intercession to spare the people. God spares the people but decrees that this generation will die in the desert.

Having condemned […]