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Why was the Feast of Trumpets important

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“And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets”. Numbers 29:1

The Feast of Trumpets began on the first day (at the new moon) of the seventh month.

Why was the Feast of Trumpets important?
*Jewish New Year is called the Feast of Trumpets in the Bible.
*It begins the Jewish High Holy Days and Ten Days of Repentance.
*It starts with the blowing of the ram's horn, calling God's people together to repent from their sins.

These ten days of repentance provide God's people with a time to reflect on their lives, turn away from sin, and do good deeds.

In the New Testament, it is interesting to find that the second coming of Jesus will include the sound of a trumpet.

1Corinthians 15:51-52 states, "Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed."

Now It is time to: 
▪ wake up.
▪ Examine ourselves. 
▪ Repent with a “broken heart and a contrite spirit”, 
▪ Humble ourselves with deep sorrow for our sins, 

Jooley Mathew

The Final Days of Moses 

After the plague the Lord asked Moses and Eleazar the priest to take the census. The first census had been taken 38 years earlier. The first generation of men 20 years and more had nearly all died.

In 5 tribes there was a decline in the number. In 7 tribes there was an increase. The greatest loss was in the tribe of Simeon. Perhaps most of 24,000 who died in the plague of that time were from the tribe of Simeon. The decline was from 59,000 to 22,000.

The decline in Reuben's tribe was 46,500 to 43,730 because certain of them had their part in Korah's rebellion and were swallowed by the earth. In the first census the total was 603,550 and in the second census it was 601,730.

The Lord's words to Moses about his own exclusion from the Promised Land is touching. There was no provision for Moses. His sin at the waters of Meribah in Kadesh was the cause.

 Moses had become old. The true successor of Moses needed to be established. Joshua and Caleb were the two heroes in the darkest hour of Israel's apostasy. It was fitting that the lord selected one of them.

 The Transition for Moses' leadership to that of any successor would be difficult. The change would be smoother by a gradual shift of power while Moses was still alive. God chose Joshua to be the successor.

We may wonder why a detailed account of all the sacrifices festivals and vows are repeated. The reason for these passages at this time is to give continuity to the impending transition from the leadership of Moses to that of Joshua.

 The very touching moment in this passage is when the Lord asked Moses to go up the mountain in the Abarim range and SEE the Promised Land after which he would die. He never could ENTER the Promised Land.

How heavy his heart would have been as he slowly climbed that mountain. Perhaps tears were running down his cheeks to think that after after all the years of leadership he was denied the entry into the Promised Land.

Our God is a Just God who would never tolerate sin. God's holiness was offended by Moses' rash action for he had not honoured God's Holy Presence at the waters of Meribah in Kadesh.

Mrs Caroline Chellappa

Where is your eternity?

Numbers 27:12And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land (New Jerusalem and Zion) which I have given unto the children of Israel.

God said unto Moses, you can only see the Kingdom of God but you cannot enter into it.

John 3: 3
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (New Jerusalem and Zion)

Dear reader have you ever thought where the eternity of the great leader Moses could be?

There are 3 places in the heaven.
1.New Jerusalem and Zion (Rev21:2)
2.New Heaven (Rev21:1)
3.New Earth (Rev21:1)

The dwelling place of Jesus in all His fulness of glory and the most desired place of God in eternity is New Jerusalem and Zion.

Who can inherit this place? John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God (New Jerusalem and Zion)

1.New Jerusalem and Zion 
The basic qualification for a person to enter into the kingdom of God that is NJ and Zion is should receive baptism and should receive the Holy Spirit. 
And finally whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life! (Rev 21:27)

2.New Heaven: For all the old Testament Saints (Heb 11th Chp)

New Earth: Those who accepted Jesus as their savior but not received the Holy Spirit and whose names are written in the book of life. (Rev20:12)

Not everyone that is called and not everyone that is chosen but only that are faithful can enter into the kingdom of God.

In the sight of God, kingdom of God means Jerusalem and Zion. The other 2 places are just for consolation.
Is your name written in the book of life or in the Lamb's book of life?
You belong to which place in heaven?

Stay blessed 
Ravi Bharat

Sheep without a shepherd

This is the 1st time this phrase comes in the Bible, wherein God's people without a true leader are called sheep without a shepherd - Numbers 27:17.

The Lord had just told Moses that his death was eminent. His task was over. He had brought Israel out of Egypt, introduced them to Yahweh, told them how to worship Him in Holiness, trained them for war and given them laws to help them live holy lives in harmony with God and their brothers in the promised land.

But he knew their stubbornness and their innate attitude to rebel at the drop of a hat. He knew they were silly, stubborn sheep. And now, he would no longer be there to guide them and intercede on their behalf. Aaron too was not there. Imagine the feelings twirling in his heart.

So the 1st thing he did, was ask God to choose a capable Shepherd to lead his sheep. This concern not for self but for others, is seen in Mark 6:34 when Jesus was moved with compassion at the magnitude of lost souls coming to Him.

We too have lost sheep around us. Are we willing to nurture them and bring them to Christ? Today, let's ponder on how to be good shepherds wherever we are. Stay blessed.

Adeline Albert

♨ As a special gift to the Lord, a pleasing aroma to him. Numbers 29:6 NLT ♨

“What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?” says the Lord. “I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle. I get no pleasure from the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.

When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.

Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways. Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “ Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool. If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat.  Isaiah 1:11‭, ‬15‭-‬19 NLT

God asked Israelites to offer the Special
Offering as a Special Gift, a Pleasing Aroma to the Lord...

Today Do you think God needs your Special Offerings as a Special Gift, a pleasing aroma to him.

Today God is waiting eagerly for the one Lost Sinner who repents and come back to God.

In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away! Luke 15:6‭-‬7 NLT

“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.  Matthew 7:21 NLT

God has given authority to those who believe in Jesus to do the same work Jesus did. So God may be Glorified

But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.”  Luke 10:20 NLT

Sacrifice of Praise is Praising God and Trusting him in the midst of the Crisis.

Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. Hebrews 13:15‭-‬16 NLT

All Glory to God

Antony Roshan 
Palakkad, Kerala

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