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Daily Bible Study

Bible Reading: Numbers 25-26

Numbers 25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.
2  And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.
3  And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.

Baalam could not curse Israel because of God’s protection. But if he could get God to judge them the result would be the same. His advice to an angry Balak was to intermingle with the Hebrew people and allow them to acclimate to the practices of Moab and Midian and STOP BEING A SEPARATE PEOPLE and God would judge them and Balak would have his desired outcome. Did it work? Like a charm….

Numbers 25:4  And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel.

When Moses hesitated to do what God said, the LORD Himself began the process of destroying the people. Had it not been for the zealousness of Phinehas, Aaron’s grandson, the people might have been wiped out by God’s judging plague. AS it was 24,000 Israelites died.

Keep in mind when you read the closing verses of Numbers 25 that 1. God uses nations to mete out judgement on other nations. The reason Israel was in bondage to Egypt for 400 years was that God was waiting until the nations of Canaan were at a point where God would judge them Genesis 15:16 . When they reached that point God used Israel to mete out that judgment. And 2. God’s judgement is righteous and complete. There are no favorites when it comes to judgement. He judged Israel as severely as He judged any nation and His judgement is severe and deserved!

Numbers 26 is the census of that day. They had wandered in the desert for almost 40 years and all of those who doubted God because of the faithless report of the 10 spies were dead and gone. It was time to take inventory and prepare to conquer.

Romans 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Bible Reading: Numbers 22-24

Numbers 22:5 He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me:

Israel is on the move and they come up close Moab and the people of the land were getting nervous and rightfully so. God was with these people and nothing has stopped them thus far. So the leadership of the land does what leaders do, they tried to find a way out. Of course they are un-believers so they don’t lean on the Lord, they hire the wicked to stop the righteous. King Balak of the Moabites is no exception. He seeks to hire a soothsayer to curse the children of Israel. Baalam must have been a well-known wizard as Balak sought him to levy a curse on Israel. There is no witch, warlock, wizard or otherwise that can trump the God of heaven!!

Baalam must have had some religion about him as he seeks God’s wisdom concerning Balak’s request. God gives Baalam a short reply; have nothing to do with these people. Baalam give the word to the soldiers who carry it back to Balak. He did not like the news and ups the ante. Deep in his heart, Balaam wanted to go with the messengers because he was greedy of gain. This is “the way of Balaam” (2 Peter 2:15-16), using religion as a means of getting wealth. God permitted Balaam to go with the princes, but He did so only to test him (vv. 20-22). It is here that the well-known episode with the angel and the ass takes place. The angel stood in Balaam’s way, but the prophet did not see him! The ass did see, and acted so strangely that Balaam struck her. This should have been a warning to Balaam, but he was intent on his selfish mission and was not sensitive to God’s will. When his eyes were opened, Balaam saw the angel and realized his mistakes.

At this point Balaam is allowed to pursue his own agenda. He goes to Balak who in tern takes him up Kirjathhuzoth (Mountain) and there Baalam attempts to curse the people but God over-rules and Baalam sees four visions.
1. Balaam makes it clear that he cannot curse Israel because God has blessed Israel. He sees the nation as a special people, called by God and separate from the other nations

2. This time Balaam makes it clear that God speaks and keeps His Word. He is not like men who change their minds or who fail to keep their promises. He announces the amazing fact that God sees no iniquity in Israel. Certainly the Jews had sinned often, but as far as their standing before God was concerned, they were accepted.

3. This time Balaam did not use any of his enchantments; instead, the Spirit of God came upon him and opened his eyes. This vision describes Israel enjoying her blessings in the Promised Land, with the other nations defeated. This vision was more than Balak could bear. He threatened Balaam, hinting that “the Lord” had kept him from receiving wealth and honor (24:10-11).

4. Numbers 24:10 And Balak’s anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times.
At this Balak fires Baalam who then prophesies of coming events.

We see here that God is in complete control and maybe we just don’t trust Him as we want, or He wants or as we should!!

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Bible Reading: Numbers 19-21

The Red Heifer, like the scarlet cord symbolized the necessity of blood for salvation. In this case for forgiveness of sin. It was the provision that was given to the Hebrew people to cover their sin. By doing what was commanded here the people were showing their faith in the Word from God. If it were not for the grace of God there would be no provision. God alone can provide the ONLY thing necessary to cleanse our sin.

Numbers 19:4 And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times:

Instructions on what to do with the provision gave the practice to be followed. God not only shows us the way but He directs our steps. The ashes of the red heifer were for the undefiling of the people. Although the heifer was being used this way it still left those who came in contact with it unclean for seven days provided they purify themselves with the ashes and water; the purification water.

It is sin that brings death and death is the enemy of the child of God, therefore it is a defiling thing for one to come in contact with the dead.

Numbers 20:8  Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.

We have seen this situation before (Ex. 17:1-7) again you would think the people would know that they could trust God to provide if they only ask. But its easier and more pleasing to the flesh to complain and whine but there is always a price! As the people complain and murmur, God in his mercy and grace prepares to provide them the water and us a lesson in listening. Throughout the Bible God, His Word and Jesus His son are likened to a ROCK ( 1-Corinthians 10:4 ). Back in Exodus 17 the rock was smitten due to sin in the camp. The Rock need only be smitten once. In this instance God told Moses to SPEAK to the Rock but he took matters into his own hands and smote the rock AGAIN. This act of self-will resulted in Moses being prevented from entering the land of promise. WHAT A COST

Not that it should surprise us but here we go again. The people are dis-satisfied with the provisions that God has been giving to them freely and they murmur again. God’s judgement falls by way of “fiery serpents” whose bite kills people coming in contact with them. Once again, God in His amazing grace and mercy provides salvation for these ungrateful, stiff-necked people. What a picture of our Savior is this serpent on a pole. Someone says, “But Jesus is not a defeated serpent.” The picture is of a defeated devil and a delivered people.

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Bible Reading: Numbers 16-18

Numbers 16:3  And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

The devil can always find a few discontents and move them to oppose the work of God, Always!!

2 Corinthians 11:13  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

These men and women always portray themselves as “spiritually stronger and wiser” than those in authority. But whom God appoints, He supernaturally protects!! I’ve seen this many times. It’s interesting that two of these rebels wouldn’t even come and discus their discontent with Moses but arrogantly refer to the land of bondage as the land of milk and honey. Oh how soon we forget the things we should remember and how long we remember the things we should forget!

God wanted to make sure the people got the message loud and clear. DO NOT REBEL AGAINST GOD’S AUTHORITY!

Numbers 16:28  And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.
29  If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me.
30  But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.

But they just didn’t get it!! Some people can be so hard-headed and rebellious that nothing short of DEATH can change their HARD HEARTS!!

Numbers 16:41  But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD.

Numbers 16:49  Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.

Again The Lord God showing His mind concerning leadership without question require all of the tribal leaders to bring a “rod” with their name carved on it. This would be similar to a staff that a shepherd would use. It would be a dead branch from a tree. Moses was to lay them before the Lord in the Tabernacle over night. The Lord would show His pick of Spiritual Leadership by having the rod which pertained to his choice, blossom.

Aaron’s rod not only blossomed but bore fruit (almonds) over night!

Numbers 17:10  And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron’s rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not.

Thus was Aaron and his family established as the priests of the nation Israel. As such God clarifies the benefits He will enjoy for faithfully carrying out his office.

If God is the same “Yesterday, today and forever” as the Scripture states ( Hebrews 13:8 ) then rebellion is as bad today as it was then! For someone to rebel against the one “who have spoken unto you the word of God” is a very serious thing and should be considered very carefully before engaging.

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Bible Reading: Numbers 14-15

Numbers 14:2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!

Every time I read these pages I am shocked all over again. That a people would be so blessed and provided for and yet turn against the very one who had given them those blessings and provisions boggles my mind. Of the twelve spies that went into the land to witness it’s wealth only two of them come back excited to possess it. The others lead a rebellion against the Lord actually. While their human target is Moses, it’s really God with Whom they are angry and murmur against.

Numbers 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

Joshua does his best to quell the storm but the people are ready to stone him when the Lord descends to speak with Moses. That God has a limit to His mercy and grace is seen here. He is ready to “disinherit” them and cut them out. Once again Moses pleads on their behalf. He had invested so much time and strength into these people, he wants to see them prosper.

Numbers 14:19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.

And with that prayer the people are spared the wrath of God. The cost however is an extended stay in the wilderness and NEVER getting to enter the land of promise. Caleb and Joshua are the only two exceptions, everyone else is doomed to die in the desert! A small contingent tried to undo what they had done but to no avail. It makes me wonder how many blessings we have forfeited by our rebellious, ungrateful spirits?

Numbers 15 is the directions for some various offerings to the Lord with the exception of an event that happens in the course of giving the directions.

Numbers 15:32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.

This transgression was a known and wilful sin, and it was marked by unblushing boldness in broad daylight, in open defiance of the divine authority. His sentence was set by the King, the LORD Himself. He was to be stoned to death by the people outside the camp. This then was a warning to all who might also consider having their own way instead of God’s way. On the heals of this event the command was made to mark the bottom of their garments with a reminder, a “ribband of blue.” This would be another mark of distinction that they were God’s children. God’s people were not to mark their bodies, so the marks were their clothing.

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