Category Archives: Numbers

Numbers 36 — God’s will

I remember hearing a message on God’s will once.  And the speaker talked about how some people see God’s will as the bull’s eye on a target.  You have to hit the exact center or you’ve missed God’s will.  But … Continue reading

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Numbers 35 — The value of life

“I don’t approve of murder.”  That was one of the credos of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. As I read this chapter, I get the feeling that God feels the same way.  As a result, he devotes a great deal of … Continue reading

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Numbers 33 — Barbs and thorns

I’ve always hated weeding.  When I was a kid, I was occasionally given the chore of weeding our garden.  And we had a pretty big garden too.  The thing my mom taught me was that you had to pull the … Continue reading

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Numbers 32 — Second best?

Sometimes, as I read the Bible, I wonder about how much is God’s perfect will, and God’s permissive will.  God’s perfect will, of course, is when everything is done exactly as he desires.  God’s permissive will is when he allows … Continue reading

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Numbers 31 — Rooting out all temptation

The Old Testament can get pretty bloody sometimes.  And this chapter is no exception.  God told the Israelites to wipe out the Midianites.  Why?  Because they were the ones that led the Israelites to sin.  And when the Israelites spared … Continue reading

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Numbers 28-29 — A pleasing aroma

Chapters 28 and 29 go over in detail the sacrifices that were to be made by the Israelites.  I won’t be reiterating any of them here.  Most of what I have to say on the subject of sacrifices, I’ve already … Continue reading

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Numbers 26-27 — The wages of sin

And so we come to the second reason for the book of Numbers…the numbering of the people after the original generation that came out of Egypt died off. But what’s interesting to me in this numbering is that Moses seems … Continue reading

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Numbers 25 — Led into temptation

Balaam may have prophesied about the Messiah, but as I mentioned before, he was no friend of his, nor was he a friend to Israel.  When God refused to let him curse the Israelites (costing Balaam quite a bit of … Continue reading

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Numbers 24:17 — To know is not enough

It’s officially Christmas in Japan.  Sort of.  As I write this, stores everywhere are starting to put up Christmas decorations and sell them.  And it’s only November 2nd.  Actually, things were being put up two weeks ago.  Yesterday, I went … Continue reading

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Numbers 23-24 — A God who is determined to bless

A very amusing story here.  Balak the king of Moab is desperate to curse the Israelites.  Balaam desperately wants to help him.  But God intervenes each time.  Balak said, “Curse the whole nation!”  Balaam answers, “Sorry, gotta bless them.” Balak … Continue reading

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Numbers 22 — Determined to do wrong

I was reading an a book where an author was talking about an embarrassing situation he once faced.  He went to a video store, to find something for he and his friends to watch.  He picked up one video, and … Continue reading

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Numbers 21:10-20 — A heart of thanksgiving

Grumble, grumble, grumble, complain, complain, complain.  Grumble, grumble, gru….. wait a minute.  The Israelites not complaining?  The Israelites rejoicing?  Amazing! But that’s exactly what you see here.  After multiple complaints about no food or water, here you see God providing … Continue reading

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Numbers 21:4-9 — What’s important to God

Relationships are rewarding things.  But they can also be very fragile.  Easily broken.  And one thing that can destroy a relationship is a lack of trust.  Many marriages fall apart because a husband or wife doesn’t feel like they can … Continue reading

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Numbers 20:14-21 — Respecting boundaries

Everyone has boundaries.  These are things that people will allow and will not allow in their relationships.  It may be certain actions.  It may be certain words.  But whatever they may be, if we want to maintain healthy relationships, we … Continue reading

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Numbers 20 — Rash words, rash actions

Everyone has their breaking point.  Someone continually hurts you.  Someone continually angers you.  And perhaps you hold on to that hurt or anger in your heart, and never let it show.  But the pressure builds, and eventually you explode. That’s … Continue reading

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Numbers 19 — Purified

I’m really glad that I don’t live in the Old Testament days.  All those rituals would probably have driven me crazy.  But God used those rituals as pictures to teach the people about who he is, who we are, and … Continue reading

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Numbers 18 — The gift of priesthood

As God’s people, we are given many gifts.  We are given the gift of salvation.  We are given the gift of eternal life.  We are given the gifts of the Spirit.  But there’s another gift we are given as well. … Continue reading

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Numbers 16-17 — Being careful who you follow

There are some leaders that are worth following, and then there are those that are not.  The problem is that if you choose to follow a bad leader, they’ll drag you down into the pit with them.  I once belonged … Continue reading

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Numbers 15:37-41 — Tassels

In my living room on our cabinet door hangs a tassel.  It’s my graduation tassel from university.  I also have my high school tassel hanging around somewhere, but it’s a bit weather-worn, so I think it’s attached to one of … Continue reading

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Numbers 14-15 — Defiant

I love my two year old daughter Yumi, but she is definitely starting to get more rebellious.  Generally, it’s nothing serious. Me:  “Time to eat!” Yumi:  “I don’t wanna eat.” My wife:  “Time to take a bath.” Yumi:  “I don’t … Continue reading

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Numbers 14:24 — Wholehearted

There’s an old worship song that goes, Lord I give you my heart, I give you my soul. I live for you alone. Every breath that I take. Every moment that I’m awake. Lord have your way in me. It’s … Continue reading

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Numbers 13-14 — Learning to trust

It’s amazing to think of how little faith I can have at times.  Concerning money for instance.  God has always provided for me and my family, and yet I constantly seem to worry about it.  Back when it was easy … Continue reading

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Numbers 11-12 — Jealous

There are times I wish I were different.  Okay, there are many times that I wish I were different.  I wish I weren’t so painfully shy sometimes.  Public speaking, amazingly enough, I have no problems with.  I suppose joining a … Continue reading

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Numbers 11 — A heart of thanksgiving, or a heart of discontent?

I love chili.  Probably because it’s one of the few things I can make.  🙂 I don’t get chili much here in Japan.  Nowadays, I only make it when my wife is visiting her hometown, and I’m left behind because … Continue reading

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Numbers 10:33-36 — Go before us. Be among us.

I love the words of Moses as they set out from Sinai.  He said, Rise up, O LORD! May your enemies be scattered; may your foes flee before you. In other words, Moses was saying, “Lord, please go before us.  … Continue reading

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Numbers 10:29-32 — I love you. I need you.

“I love you.  I need you.” How often do we say these words to the people we care about?  It’s easy sometimes to take people for granted.  To let our relationships with them just kind of drift apart.  In our … Continue reading

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Numbers 10:9-10 — Remembered in the bad times. Remember in the good.

Here in Japan, when people go to a shrine, they’ll often go up to a bell, give a small offering (and we’re talking small — maybe 5-10 cents or so), clap their hands twice, and pray to the god of … Continue reading

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Numbers 9 — Doing things God’s way, and in his timing

I always figured I’d get married in my mid-20s.  I think my brother got married at about age 28, my sister at about age 26, and I figured I’d get married at about age 27.  It didn’t happen that way.  … Continue reading

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Numbers 8 — Purified and presented before God for service

The Levites were chosen by God to serve him after the incident with the golden calf, when the Levites showed their zeal for God by following his command to put to death those who had persisted in their sin, even … Continue reading

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Numbers 7 — How God sees our gifts…and us.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree. On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two turtledoves and a partridge in a pear tree. Or … Continue reading

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Numbers 6:24-27 — A prayer of blessing

This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible, a prayer of blessing that the priests would say over the people of Israel. The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and … Continue reading

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Numbers 6:1-21 — Consecrated to the Lord

Back in Bible times, people would sometimes consecrate their lives to God, usually for a short period of time, but some did so throughout their lives.  And in doing so, they took the vow of the Nazirite.  A Nazirite basically … Continue reading

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Numbers 5:5-31 — Three more points about sin

Back in Leviticus 4-6, I mentioned five points about sin that should be noted.  You can find them here. As I read this passage, I find three more things God would have us learn about sin. First, when we sin … Continue reading

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Numbers 5:1-4 — What cannot come into God’s presence

We talked about the concept of clean and unclean in the book of Leviticus, and we see the same concept rise up here.  One verse that strikes me is verse 3.  God says of those who are unclean, “Send away … Continue reading

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Numbers 1-4 — Ready for battle, ready to serve

We now reach the book of Numbers.  This book was named so because the people were numbered twice in this book. The first two chapters detail the numbering of 11 of the 12 tribes of Israel.  And the purpose of … Continue reading

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