Numbers 35:8 God Is Fair

Numbers 35:8 (KJV)
And the cities which ye shall give shall be of the possession of the children of Israel: from them that have many ye shall give many; but from them that have few ye shall give few: every one shall give of his cities unto the Levites according to his inheritance which he inheriteth.

This world is not fair. A person is wise to understand that and deal with it. But God is abundantly fair. He is gracious, bestowing rain on the evil as well as the good.[1] Christ died for all, even those whom He knows will reject Him.[2]While the world’s systems favor those of wealth and power, God is no respecter of persons.[3]

Here is a demonstration of this equality. God required of the children of Israel to provide cities for the Levites. But He specified it ought to be done fairly. Those tribes that had many were to give many. Those tribes with few were to give few. 

Tithing is a formal practice of this principle. If all give ten percent, those with more give more and those with less give less. Still, everyone gives equally in the tithe. 

The offering Paul received for Jerusalem in 2 Corinthians 8-9 is of this same nature. Though he did ask them to give bountifully,[4] it was specified that they give according to their portion.[5]

God is generous, gracious, and no respecter of persons. 


[1] Matthew 5:45 (KJV)
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

[2] Romans 5:8 (KJV)
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
2 Corinthians 5:15 (KJV)
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

[3] Acts 10:34 (KJV)
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

[4] 2 Corinthians 9:6 (KJV)
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

[5] 1 Corinthians 16:2 (KJV)
Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

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Numbers 35:8 God Is Fair

Numbers 31:8 He Failed the Fine Line

Numbers 31:8 (KJV)
And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.

Balaam attempted to walk this very fine line between obeying God and enjoying the rewards of worldliness. Although the Bible never says that he cursed Israel, it does say that he taught Israel to sin in compromise.[1] It also says he lived for reward.[2] Here it says he died with the Midianites. 

To stand with God means to separate from the world. It is not possible to be a friend of this world and a friend of God at the same time.


[1] Revelation 2:14 (KJV)
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

[2] Jude 1:11 (KJV)
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

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Numbers 31:8 He Failed the Fine Line

Numbers 25:12 Ministers of Peace

Numbers 25:12 (KJV)
Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace:

Albert Barnes says, “Phinehas became highpriest after the death of his father Eleazar, and the office, …, was perpetuated in his line; nor indeed is it known to have departed from that line again until the typical priesthood of the sons of Aaron was merged in the actual priesthood of the Saviour”

Gill adds, “the priests had a peculiar nearness to God, and enjoyed his friendship, favour, and peace with him, and because the right administration of their office was the means of peace between God and his people,”
(I note from the context that the very ministry which is able to bring peace between God and man sometimes does not appear peaceful between man and the man of God.)

In like manner we, who are saved by the blood of Christ, serve in the ministry of reconciliation as the means of peace between God and others.

Though the priesthood remained in his family until it was encompassed in the priesthood of Christ, we know that His family struggled being faithful to their promises. We too struggle with faithfulness. 

May our Lord enable us to serve Him more faithfully as ministers of the covenant of peace. 

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Numbers 25:12 Ministers of Peace

Numbers 23:11 Resisting God

Numbers 23:11 (KJV)
And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether.

Balak made a number of mistakes:

  • He held ought against Israel instead of befriending them
  • He assumed God could be bought to do his bidding
  • He misapplied the power at work as belonging to Balaam and not God. 

(This is the common misunderstanding in our world today. The plain fact is, most disregard God, and only see the men who serve Him.)

It was God who blessed Israel. The very same God would have blessed Balak and his people, if only they had turned to Him. Resisting the children of God meant resisting the God of whom they were children. 

Resisting God eventually led to the utter annihilation of Balak’s people. 

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Numbers 23:11 Resisting God

Numbers 22:1 The Strongest Hostility

Numbers 22:1 (KJV)
And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho.

The chapters previous to this describe very rapid, may I say even aggressive, movement on the part of Israel toward their goal. It comes to a crescendo here with them finally pitching their tents across Jordan from Jericho, their point of entry to God’s Promised Land. 

These chapters also describe what I think is the strongest hostility Israel had encountered to date:

  • Edom then
  • Arad then
  • Sihon then
  • Og and then
  • Balak hired Balaam to curse Israel

In the midst of these battles there was also:

  • Moses’ sin at the water of American
  • The death of Miriam and Aaron and
  • The murmuring which led to the fiery serpents

And there will be yet more trouble before Joshua led them into their Promised Land. 

It reminds me of Revelation where, when Satan realizes he has little time left and doubles down on his assault against the people of God. 

Be assured, when you start to make spiritual progress, you will in turn face your fiercest battles.
Be assured as well that God is greater than all of the enemies of this world.

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Numbers 22:1 The Strongest Hostility

Numbers 18:17 So We Could Be Redeemed

Numbers 18:17 (KJV)
But the firstling of a cow, or the firstling of a sheep, or the firstling of a goat, thou shalt not redeem; they are holy: thou shalt sprinkle their blood upon the altar, and shalt burn their fat for an offering made by fire, for a sweet savour unto the LORD.

God was gracious. 

He claimed the firstborn of both men and beasts to be His. They belonged to Him to be used as He saw fit. In grace, He gave parents the law of redemption. He instructed them to redeem their firstborn and keep them to be raised as their own. 

I believe that every Mosaic law, especially those having to do with sacrifices, point to Jesus. The interesting thing is that Jesus, who is the only begotten Son of God and obviously His firstborn, should have been redeemed, but was not. 

Jesus was not redeemed so that we, you and me, claimed by the Devil, could be redeemed from our slavery and set at liberty before the Lord. 

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Numbers 18:17 So We Could Be Redeemed

Numbers 16:1-2 They Were Wrong

Numbers 16:1-2 (KJV)
Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:\
And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:

Of these men, chosen by Korah, Dathan, Abiram, and On, they were:
Many
Two hundred and fifty of them. That’s not a huge amount given the size of the congregation of Israel, but it’s no small number either. 

Leaders
These were princes of the assembly. They were likely not royalty as we commonly think of princes, but they were important people.

Talented
They were men of renown. They were known among the people, probably for some skill or accomplishment.

They were such as believed they deserved some of the prominence of Moses. They had grown restless in the wilderness, weary of waiting for God’s promises and forgetful of their own recent lack of faith. Somehow, they believed they could improve the circumstances of everyone if they took some of what God had given Moses off his hands. 

They were wrong. 

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Numbers 16:1-2 They Were Wrong

Numbers 15:1-2 Pressing Toward Home

Numbers 15:1-2 (KJV)
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land of your habitations, which I give unto you,

My Ancient Hebrew pictographs dictionary says the word habitations comes from the concept of “pressing the tent.” It is meant to represent: 

  • returning home, 
  • repentance, 
  • turning toward home

Canaan represented the land that was their home. Though they had been away over 400 years, they were returning to where they belonged. 

There is a great need today to call souls to return where they belong. Though none of us are born inhabitants of eternity, our blood in Adam was originally designed to dwell there. Sin has captured the whole human race. By turning to the Lord, we press toward our tent, our habitation in heaven. 

As believers we must constantly press ourselves away from this world and toward what is God’s design for us.

Even so come quickly Lord so that we may “come into the land of our habitations.”

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Numbers 15:1-2 Pressing Toward Home

Numbers 13:2-3 Send Thou Men

Numbers 13:2-3 (KJV)
Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.
And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.

“Send thou men.”

Moses chose twelve men as he was called to do. 

  • They were from every tribe
  • They were acknowledged as leaders of their tribes
  • They were willing to go, that is bravery
  • They went throughout all of the land, that is industry 
  • They brought back of the fruits of the land, that is income

What they did not do is to see God in the land.

We tend to think that the marks of manliness are things like:

  • Leadership 
  • Bravery
  • Hard work
  • Prosperity 

I say that the one true mark of manliness is to trust God against giants. If a man will not rest his faith in God, he is no man at all. 

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Numbers 13:2-3 Send Thou Men

Numbers 7:9 The Key to Contentment

Numbers 7:9 (KJV)
But unto the sons of Kohath he gave none: because the service of the sanctuary belonging unto them was that they should bear upon their shoulders.

Moses was given six wagons and teams to pull them. God instructed Moses to use those wagons for the service of the tabernacle and to give them to “every man according to their service.” They were to receive in consideration of the task they had been assigned. The sons of Kohath received no wagons because their mission was to bear their burden upon their shoulders. 

No need to have what you don’t need 
I can imagine some member of the family coveting one of those wagons. 

Why do others get to have them, and I do not?
I can imagine someone calculating that if they could get hold of a wagon, they could bear their burden on a cart instead of their shoulders. We all know how that worked out for David, don’t we?

I can imagine some son of Kohath, feet sore from the walk, begrudging those who were riding those fancy wagons
The thing is the work they were assigned was some of the most significant. They carried the ark of the covenant. They were the ones, I expect, whose feet touched the waters of the Jordan when it stood up before them so the nation could cross on dry ground. 

The key to contentment is to accept the assignment God has given you and trust Him to provide you with all you need to do your mission. You may not have what another has, but he may not have all you think he has. 

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Numbers 7:9 The Key to Contentment