February 16, 2006
Read Numbers 7
Cleansing of the Levites; observance of the second Passover; the Lord's guiding presence in the cloud and the fire over the Tabernacle
The Israelites gained their freedom from
Freedom from the cruel slavery of Pharaoh in
The LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year . . . Let the children of
The Passover was a reminder of how the Israelites had gained their freedom. Not only were they to partake of the Passover Feast, but they were also required to bring the Lord's offering: The man that is clean, and is not in a journey, and forbeareth to keep the Passover, even the same soul (person) shall be cut off from among his people; because he brought not the offering of the LORD in his appointed season, that man shall bear his sin (9:13).
Our observance of the Lord's Supper is an acknowledgment of our freedom from sin and that we have become children of God. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us (I Corinthians 5:7). Paul bears witness to Jesus' words (Luke 22:19) by saying: For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord's death till He come (I Corinthians 11:26).
Just as the Lord determined the journey of the Israelite tribes, He has a plan for you as you journey through life. Our supreme aim should be to accomplish His purpose for creating us. When God is our Guide, what is there to fear? He has provided a reliable threefold Guide for direction throughout life — His perfect Word, the indwelling Holy Spirit, and the power of prayer. It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).
8:2 over against = in front of; 8:11 execute = perform; 8:18 for = instead of; 8:26 keep the charge = assisted in the duties; 9:13 forbeareth = neglects.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 12:14