Friday we read Numbers 3-4, 6, 11-14. Here we read about the Levites, the Kohathites, the Gershonites, the Merarites, the numbering of the Levite clans, etc. Also Fire and Quail from the LORD, Miriam and Aaron oppose Moses, the exploring of Canaan and the report, and finally the people rebelling. Today's reading is Here if you'd like to read that.
The first part of this passage is about the different Levite clans and then the numbering of said clans. Wow there sure were a lot of them, is about all I can think to say about this part of the scripture. Next we see the vow of separation as a Nazirite and the requirements to do this. I love the priestly blessing that comes next, where the LORD tells Aaron and his sons how they are to bless the Israelites. If any of you read my blog even somewhat regularly you will know that part of this blessing is very dear to me, and I use it often when commenting or closing a post.
The fire and quail from the LORD is awesome and frightening to say the least. You would think the people of that time would not want to arouse the anger of the LORD, but apparently they were a stubborn people. The fire of the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. Wow! I am pretty sure if I saw that, I would tow the mark, real quick. Also notice how they were not happy with the food they were getting day after day, so the LORD gave them manna every day for every meal. I am sure after that they learned, right? No, they were a very stubborn people indeed.
You know, when I read of Moses complaining to the LORD about how heavy his burden was, I am thinking to myself, what are you thinking Moses? Hello, do you not remember the fire of the LORD earlier in this very passage and also the burning and consuming of Aarons two sons earlier in Leviticus? Why would someone complain to the LORD back then especially? I certainly would not, would I?
Miriam and Aaron oppose Moses next and look at what happens to Miriam. She became leprous and was put outside the camp for seven days until she was healed. Now we see the passage about the exploring of Canaan and the report back, and finally the people rebelling. Once again they are complaining to Moses and Aaron that they should have been allowed to die in Egypt…blah, blah, blah. Why are these people never satisfied? It boggles ones mind, doesn’t it! You would think after all they were rescued from they would be thankful, but no, they are the opposite. It unfortunately reminds me of…well, me to be honest. I am blessed beyond measure and yet I find ways to complain. Like not having the money to pay all my bills on time all the time, or not being able to go shopping for food, and even not being able to buy clothes, shoes, purses, makeup…etc, whenever I want to. Bleeding hearts of the world unite! How much stuff does one person really need? Apparently just a little more.
Today's inspirational quote is..
Don't wait. The time will never be just right.
- Napoleon Hill
Thanks so much for reading and hope you leave me a comment or two letting me know what you gleaned from this passage. May God bless you and may His face shine upon you today and beyond!