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Bible Pathways - Feb. 15, 2008


February 15

Numbers 7

Highlights In Today's Reading:

Picture in your mind the awesome, overwhelming, massive, array of animals, tribal leaders, and offerings. Where were they all heading? Why were they bringing these huge offerings? Don't miss reading this chapter.

The princes recognized the needs of the Levites and desired to cooperate with them in the spirit of godly love. 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 (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 could not hold the spiritual position of preeminence, as did the Levites, they could have expressed a spirit of jealousy and given little or nothing to help them. But, instead, they willingly brought generous, sacrificial gifts to supply the needs of the Levites. Their generosity in giving led to the blessing of God's continued presence among His people (7:89).

When they moved previously, the Levites 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. What an encouragement to the Levites to see others who were concerned enough to share the 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. God gives equal recognition not only to the giver but to those who receive them to be used for His glory.

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves (Philippians 2:3).

Thought for Today:

God gives each Christian varying spiritual opportunities and responsibilities. Everyone is equally important in the eyes of God.

Christ Revealed:

Through the voluntary offerings of the leaders which were sufficient to meet the needs (Numbers 7). Jesus gave His life to meet our every need. My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).

Word Studies:

7:13 charger =large dish; meat =grain, meal, cereal.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcasts sponsored by Mrs. Flora Coursey • Staff: Staff: Ilene Wallace • Government Official: Rep. Terry Everett (AL) • Country: Colombia (38.6 million) in northwestern South America • Major language: Spanish • New government has declared religious freedom • 93% Catholic; 4% Protestant; .5% Tibal; .2% Muslim; .1% Baha'i; .1% Jewish; 2.1% non-Religious/Other • Prayer Suggestion: Lift up your heart to God in prayer (Lamentations 3:41).

Optional Reading: Luke 2

Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 118:29

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