Read Numbers 7
Picture the awesome, overwhelming, parade of animals, tribal leaders, and offerings. Where were they all going? Why such huge offerings? Does God give attention to our individual offerings?
The princes recognized the needs of the Levites and desired to help them carry out their duties. The princes of Israel (the tribes) . . . brought their offering before the Lord, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen; a wagon for two of the princes, and for each one an ox: and they brought them before the Tabernacle. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take it of them . . . and thou shalt give them unto the Levites, to every man according to his service (Num. 7:2-5).
The princes (leaders) of the tribes could not participate in the duties of the Tabernacle; but through their offerings, they were able to assist the Levites in their God-appointed responsibilities. Since the leaders did not have the spiritual position of preeminence, as did the Levites, they could have expressed a spirit of jealousy and given little or nothing. But, rather, they willingly brought generous, sacrificial gifts to supply the needs of the Levites. Their generosity in giving led to the blessing of the continued presence of God among His people (7:89).
When the Levites moved previously, they had to carry upon their shoulders the things belonging to the Tabernacle, but now they would be eased from this burden by these generous gifts.
What a thrilling experience to observe this harmony in the people of God working together and caring for one another. The offering of the princes of the tribes manifested a thoughfulness which only the Spirit of God can create in the hearts of His people when they are dedicated to God. The Levites, no doubt, were encouraged by others willing to share in the burden of their load.
Since the offerings from each of the princes were exactly the same, it may seem monotonous to read all the details that were given for each one. But the repetition reveals the significance God places on every sacrifice given to support His ministry. Our individual offerings may seem small to us, but everyone and every gift is important to God. Those who receive the gifts are to use them for the glory of the Giver.
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves (Phil. 2:3).
Thought for Today:
Greater love hath no man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends. . . . I have called you friends (John 15:13,15).
Through the voluntary offerings of the leaders which were sufficient to meet the needs (Num. 7). Jesus gave His life to meet our very need. My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).
7:13 charger large dish; 7:21 bullock young bull; 7:44 spoon bowl.
Pray for International Radio Broadcasts in memory of Iva Ann McElroy • Country: Tanzania (31.3 million) in eastern Africa • Major languages: Swahili and English • Churches are expected to help implement Marxist policy • 45% Christian; 19% Muslim; .4% Baha'i; .1% Hindu; 35.5% Other • Prayer Suggestion: Ask in the name of Jesus for His glory, and your request will be granted (John 14:13-14).
Optional Reading: Luke 2
Memory Verse for the Week: Exodus 20:4