July 30, 2020

Numbers 17:1-13– [a]The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and get twelve staffs from them, one from the leader of each of their ancestral tribes. Write the name of each man on his staff. On the staff of Levi write Aaron’s name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe. Place them in the tent of meeting in front of the ark of the covenant law, where I meet with you. The staff belonging to the man I choose will sprout, and I will rid myself of this constant grumbling against you by the Israelites. So Moses spoke to the Israelites, and their leaders gave him twelve staffs, one for the leader of each of their ancestral tribes, and Aaron’s staff was among them. Moses placed the staffs before the Lord in the tent of the covenant law. The next day Moses entered the tent and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the tribe of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed, and produced almonds. Then Moses brought out all the staffs from the Lord’s presence to all the Israelites. They looked at them, and each of the leaders took his own staff.  10 The Lord said to Moses, “Put back Aaron’s staff in front of the ark of the covenant law, to be kept as a sign to the rebellious. This will put an end to their grumbling against me so that they will not die.” 11 Moses did just as the Lord commanded him. 12 The Israelites said to Moses, “We will die! We are lost, we are all lost! 13 Anyone who even comes near the tabernacle of the Lord will die. Are we all going to die?”

This chapter again demonstrates the agape love of God for His children. He does not have pleasure in the death of His creations. He wants us to live and not die. It is our sins that have caused so much pandemic in the world then and even now. In the scripture above He demonstrated that Aaron is the head of the tribe of Levi whom he had chosen as His priests and the others to serve under him. He asked Moses to collect all the rods or staff of each tribe-twelve tribes in all, and the second day, only Aaron’s rod budded, blossomed, and produced almonds. God has spoken and proved Himself. Why did He do this He says ” This will put an end to their grumbling against me so that they will not die,” I am sure God is tired of the way the children of Israel provoked Him with their complaining and grumbling against Moses and Aaron which is indirectly against Him. What the LORD did must have scared the people of Israel because they said to Moses, “We are all going to die, and anyone who comes near the tabernacle of the LORD will die,” We will see in the next chapter if the fear is genuine and if they will behave themselves again.

But for us today, can we say that we have the Fear of the LORD in all that we do and say?.  Are we conscious of the fact that He is an Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient God?  Do we need any demonstration again as He has been doing much miraculous work among the children of Israel? My prayer is that He will show forth His glory in my life and your life too. The miracle He has not done before, I am praying that He will do it in my life and yours for the world to see the demonstration of His power and glory.in Jesus’ Name.  There is nothing absolutely impossible for Him to do. Just as He has shown forth His glory and beauty in the life of Aaron, I pray that your own life will blossom and fruitful, and be blessed beyond measure in Jesus’ Name, Amen. Shalom!

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