July 15, 2020

Numbers 7-deals with offering the Leaders brought to the LORD after Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle and then consecrated and all its furnishings, the altar, and all its utensils, he anointed them and consecrated them. I will not be able to comment on this because they are offerings specified by God for each of the leaders chosen for each tribe numbered.

Numbers 8-deals with the arrangement of the lamps, and also the cleansing and dedication of the Levites which I found interesting and I will include some of the verses in this writeup. Verse 5-12 says, Then the LORD spoke to Moses saying, “Take the Levites from among the children of Israel and cleanse them ceremonially. Thus you shall do to them to cleanse them: Sprinkle water of purification on them, and let them shave all their body, and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean. Then let them take a young bull with its grain offering of the flour mixed with oil, and you shall take another young bull as a sin offering. And you shall bring the Levites before the tabernacle of meeting, and you shall gather together the whole congregation of the children of Israel. , So you shall bring the Levites before the LORD, and the children of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites, and Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD like a wave offering from the children of Israel, that they may perform the work of the LORD. Then the Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the young bulls, and you shall offer one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering to the LORD, to make atonement for the Levites.”

Being a Levite separated unto God is not a small task, and it is a position that God holds dearly and jealously. Reading through these verses opened me up to what they used to say and that is “cleanliness is next to godliness” Washing externally, shaving all their body, and washing their clothes before they can appear before the LORD, is very close to what Psalms 15 referred to concerning those who can stand before the LORD. He says, “LORD Who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart. He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend, in whose eyes a vile person is despised….”

Therefore leaders of the gospel should constantly measure themselves against the word of God and be sure that they are still standing. This is very important so that we don’t do the work of God in vain. God does not easily overlook the mistakes of the leaders  Therefore the warnings of God or His instructions are always repeated many times so that they will understand that obedience is better than sacrifice. God needs to be feared and we need to study His Word so that we can know Him better. The LORD will pour Himself more into us so that we can have more grace to obey Him as we should. I wish we can all be like Moses who did everything according to God’s leading, and the only mistake he made was when he struck the Rock with his staff instead of speaking to it as he was commanded to do, and you know what, because of this, God did not allow him to step into the promised land (Cannan).  Who can walk before our God and be perfect? We have a lot of work to do to destroy the works of our flesh and manifest fully the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Lord will help us to make it to the promised land (heaven) in Jesus’ Name Amen. Remain blessed!

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