Numbers 13:17-20 Be An Encourager

Numbers 13:17-20 (KJV)
And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:
And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;
And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;
And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.

Moses sent the spies to gather information about the land. It seems to me he had commissioned them to bring back something encouraging, helpful; something that would excite the people with hope. They came back instead with an evil report[1]about the inhabitants. They were appointed to be encouragers. They were instead discouragers. 

It’s happened to me that I have asked someone to do a ministry, thinking they would be a blessing, but they turned that ministry into an opportunity to cause pain and hurt. 

I understand that there are dangers and difficulties that need to be reported but it is seldom a good idea to do that unless it is reported: 

  • At the right time, 
  • To the right persons and 
  • On the right platform

Otherwise use your opportunities of service to be an encouragement rather than a discouragement.


[1]They technically followed Moses’ instructions and brought some of the fruit of the land. There are people to attempt to justify their rebellion by obeying some part of their instructions that appeals to them or does not interfere with their rebellious intent.

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Numbers 10:32 Go With Us

Numbers 10:32 (KJV)
And it shall be, if thou go with us, yea, it shall be, that what goodness the LORD shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.

After having stayed and communed with Israel for some time, when it appeared that Israel was about to set in motion, Hobab, considered returning to Midian to his old life and to his old relationships. Moses urges him to stay and then urged him again saying, “Leave us not, I pray thee…it shall be what goodness the Lord shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.”

There will always be people we have grown to love who, at a time of change, whether in their life or ours, will consider leaving. We can’t really stop them. But we can:

Invite them to join us 
vs 29

Encourage them not to leave us
vs 31 and

Share the goodness of God with those who stay with us
vs 32

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Numbers 6:23-27 The Lord Bless Thee

Numbers 6:23-27 (KJV)
Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,
The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.

Concerning this blessing Albert Barnes writes,
The structure of the blessing is remarkable. It is rhythmical, consists of three distinct parts, and mounts by gradual stages to that peace which forms the last and most consummate gift which God can give His people. From a Christian point of view, and comparing the counterpart benediction of 2 Corinthians 13:14, it is impossible not to see shadowed forth the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. And the three several sets of terms correspond fittingly to the office of the Three Persons in Their gracious work for the redemption of man.”

I am interested in the final verse, “they shall put my name upon the Children of Israel.” 

It seems similar to putting the names of Israel on the garments of the priest. It is symbolic but it is important. The priest bore the burdens of Israel upon them by bearing their names. They kept the memories of Israel close to them. In a like manner, by pronouncing this blessing, the priests were symbolically placing the name of God on the people. 

  • They bore His Commandments 
  • They kept Him close to their hearts
  • The memory of God’s good hand was always with them

I still practice this blessing upon others, making mention of them in prayer. 

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Numbers 3:36-37 Temporary Duty

Numbers 3:36-37 (KJV)
And under the custody and charge of the sons of Merari shall be the boards of the tabernacle, and the bars thereof, and the pillars thereof, and the sockets thereof, and all the vessels thereof, and all that serveth thereto,
And the pillars of the court round about, and their sockets, and their pins, and their cords.

It occurs to me that God knew all along He was giving these men only temporary assignments. The tabernacle only served the children of God 400 years. The sons of Merari could not have known it at the time God’s plan for them was limited. The tabernacle would be replaced with the temple and their job would be no longer required. God had something else for them in the future. 

The same is essentially true of whatever assignment we have today – it is temporary. Whatever part of the plan of God we have charge over today is but limited in time. Whether it is something as simple as a board that needs constant replacing or an ornament of gold, it will one day give way to that temple not made by hands, eternal in glory. 

Take good care of the charge God has given you. But don’t get too concerned about how big or small it is. God’s plan for your eternal future may be vastly different than what you are doing today.

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Leviticus 27:30 The Lord’s Absolutely

Leviticus 27:30 (KJV)
And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD.

When I visit with God each day I use a Bible printed by Local Church Publishers as a tribute to the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. This Bible is essentially a Scofield Reference Bible without the notes. It does include the divisions, titles and introductory notes of the Scofield Bible and the title given for Leviticus 27:26-33 is, “The three things which are the Lord’s absolutely.” Those three things are:

  • The firstlings of the beasts
  • Anything dedicated to the Lord and
  • All the tithe

These things cannot be redeemed. They cannot be purchased for personal use and, in those rare cases where they might be purchased, the price is higher than the value of the thing. 

I am reminded that we must not make light of the things of God. Our culture these days still contains within it that which is Christian in name. We have churches, charities and organizations of all sorts that claim connection to the Christian faith. Unfortunately, many of these are wantonly unchristian in practice. 

Has God removed His blessing because we have taken His possessions cheaply?

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Leviticus 26:28 I, Even I

Leviticus 26:28 (KJV)
Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

This chapter is one of blessings and curses. The Bible teaches there are blessings attached to obedience to the Word of God and alternately, curses for disobedience. A casual observation of life reveals that this is generally true. Obedience to the principles set forth in the Bible tend toward success whereas disobedience tends toward failure. 

But more is involved in this chapter than simple tendencies. 

No amount of Bible obedience can of itself make one man able to defeat one hundred. These promises are supernatural. By the way, the promises were all experienced by David and his mighty men. The hand of God enabled them to do that which is not natural. 

Same is true of the curses. God assured them, “I, even I will chastise you.” Not natural tendencies but supernatural intervention. 

Now this is Old Testament, but it should not be dismissed. Though God deals differently with each of us, and gives spiritual gifts as He wills, we can expect that God, who is the same yesterday, today and forever, still has His immediate hand upon His people. From time to time God goes beyond what is natural and blesses above what we could possibly expect. And from time to time His hand chastens more greatly than we could have thought. 

It makes sense to know and obey the Bible. 

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Leviticus 23:40 A Modern Feast

Leviticus 23:40 (KJV)
And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.

God gave to the Jews both holy days, such as the Sabbath and the Passover, and feasts, such as the feast of tabernacles. This feast was a yearly event when the Jews would make a tabernacle, a rough tent, and “camp” in it for a full week. It was to be a time of rejoicing and it was to remind them of the heritage of their forefathers who tabernacled in the wilderness between Israel and the Promise Land. 

I doubt many of us would think of a modern camping trip as being in any way similar to the Jewish feast, but perhaps it can be in more ways than we imagined; especially if we choose to think of it in this way.

It is a time of rejoicing 
Just getting outside, away from routine duties and pressures can be a celebration. Perhaps there are friends who join you.[1]Sitting around a campfire in fellowship is pleasant to say the least. 

It is a time of reflection 
The Jews used the feast of tabernacles to remind them from where they had come. Getting out of our routine can help us remember things we might otherwise take for granted.

It is a time of thanksgiving 
Whether we camp in a tent, a camper or some other sort of rough shelter, this serves to make us thankful for those things we have at home. Running water, a well-lit and warm house, storage, photos on the walls, etc. 

Modern Christians would do well if they took a week every year to get away, breath in fresh air, and reflect on what God has done for them. 


[1]This would have certainly been true of the Jews who all practiced their feast at the same time.

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Leviticus 18:3 Appropriate Response to Changing Culture

Leviticus 18:3 (KJV)
After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

The follower of Christ is to be moved by neither the culture from which he came nor the culture in which he finds himself. He is to live and move according to the message he finds in the Word of God. 

  • His language
  • His mannerisms 
  • His apparel 
  • His habits 

They are each to be influenced not by those around him but by what he comes to understand from his walk with God and in His Word. 

This is where we have like faith and practice. As believers come to know the Lord, they gravitate towards those who understand Him and his Word similarly. Churches are built using people uniquely fitted to that church according to our understanding of God and the Bible. 

In many ways we might say that the United States, so heavily influenced by the Word of God and a conviction that He is, created a “Christian culture” here. It wasn’t perfect, nothing involving fallen humanity is, but it was informed by God and His Word. That culture is fast dissolving as fewer of our leaders, or those who vote them into office, have a conviction concerning God’s presence or an understanding of His Word. 

The appropriate Christian response to this changing culture has never changed. We do according to what we see in God’s Word and we assemble with those who do likewise. 

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Leviticus 14:21-22 God Provides

Leviticus 14:21-22 (KJV)
And if he be poor, and cannot get so much; then he shall take one lamb for a trespass offering to be waved, to make an atonement for him, and one tenth deal of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering, and a log of oil;
And two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, such as he is able to get; and the one shall be a sin offering, and the other a burnt offering.

This is a long chapter, fifty-seven verses, addressing the subject of the leper’s cleansing.

I notice first of all that God does not promise to rid the world of leprosy, at least not at this time.
The effects of sin have so corrupted this world that both the sinner, and the world in which he dwells, is contaminated. There are diseases alive in this world and our bodies are incapable of fighting off all of them.

I notice too, that God does not promise to rid the world of poverty.
Jesus said, Matthew 26:11 (KJV)
For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

He could obviously have rid the world of poverty. Instead He told us that poverty would continue, at least for the time being. What He did is provide a means for treatment of disease. There was a due process to determine the extent of the disease and then, if the infected were healed, restore them to society. 

And He made provision for the poor to have the very same restoration, only within their means, “such as he is able to get.” Our gracious God demands no more of us than what we are able to get. That which we are not able to do on our own, payment for our sin, God provides for us through His Son, Jesus Christ.

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Leviticus 9:6 Glory Indeed

Leviticus 9:6 (KJV)
And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you.

Here is a promise, do “the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you.”

I doubt that glory ever appears in the manner men expect. We have ideas about: 

  • What God should and shouldn’t do
  • Who God should and shouldn’t be 
  • How God should and shouldn’t behave 
  • What God should and shouldn’t say

The thing is, God is God. He doesn’t play by our rules. We, if we would see His glory, must play by His. 

  • The glory of the Lord is the picture of Christ in the sacrifices
  • The glory of the Lord is the witness of Christ through his children
  • The glory of the Lord is ultimately the salvation of our souls through the gospel of Jesus Christ 

The thing the Lord has commanded we should do is, Acts 16:31
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 

This is glory indeed.

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