Resting in His Presence
"At the command of the Lord they remained encamped, and at the command of the Lord they journeyed; they kept the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord by the hand of Moses. " - (Numbers 9:23).
Imagine! Within a year of walking out of Egypt, a disorganized nation of slaves had become an organised nation, ready for war. As we read Numbers 10, this images become real. I can hear the silver trumpets calling each tribe to start march with the ark leading them forward.
However, although the tabernacle was dismantled, God's presence was still with His children. Their physical eyes could see the Cloud of His Presence guiding them daily.
It is terrifying that seeing God's mighty works and glory, the Israelites still grumbled and doubted. He promised that His Presence would be with them and He would give them rest (Ex 33:14); they saw His Presence but they still rebelled.
We who know Christ, should not need such physical manifestations of His Presence in our lives for we have His Word and His Spirit to guide us. But yet, our weak human mindset craves a sign. Especially when dark problems comes to overwhelm us.
In such situations, let us cling on to the sign of the cross where Love shed His innocent blood for the atonement of sinful mankind. He broke His body so that our physical bodies become whole. He shed His blood so that our souls are washed clean and we rest in peace in His Presence.
Moses said, Rise up, O Lord! Let Your enemies be scattered, And let those who hate You flee before You (Num 10:35). Today, we know that Christ has risen, His enemies have scattered and those who hate Him are fleeing before us! It is finished. It is done. We just have to accept the peace He offers us and hold onto it.
He has promised to never leave us (Matt 28:20) until the end of time and then He will return to us and stay with us forever. Let us pray that until He returns, we learn to cling on to Him spiritually and rest secure.
Mrs Adeline Albert
25 Years of Service in the Tent of Meeting Numbers 8:23-26
The Lord said, "I have taken the Levites from among the Israelites. . . the Levites are mine". Num 3:11-12
Only the priests-- the descendants of Aaron, could make offerings and serve inside the Tent of Meeting. But they needs the service of other Levites for bringing fire woods, mending the Tent curtains, washing vessels, cleaning the furnishings, organised the Israelites as they bring offerings and stand guard around the tabernacle.
THE RECRUITMENT AGE
The age limit to serve in the Tent of Meeting was fixed 30 to 50 years of age ( Num 4:3, 23, 30). But according to Num 8:24 it is mentioned that 25 years or more are eligible to take part in the work at the Tent of Meeting. Some rabbinical suggestions was that the 5 years was a period of apprenticeships.
25 years of age and 25 years of regular service was the BEST PERIOD to render one's efficiency and commitment. BE THE BEST & GIVE THE BEST
THE RETIREMENT AGE
God's Word to Moses was very specific when he said, ". . . at the age of 50 the Levites must retire from their regular service and work no longer " ✒ Num 8:25
AFTER RETIREMENT WHAT?
The text says that the retired Levites are to assist the young co-workers in performing their duties at the Tent of Meeting. ✒ Num 8:26. This text gives birth to the principle of Mentoring where a mentor and a mentee are to develop a warm relationship to carry on the assigned works ( missions)
Proverbs 16:31 says "Gray hair is a crown of splendour; it is attained by a righteous life.
At this stage ( retired life) your pleasant words will be a honeycomb to the soul and healing to the bones ✒ Prov 16:24
Be faithful and zealous towards God's ministry at your prime age
Give chance to younger Levites ( leaders ) to serve in God's Sanctuary
Ministry will continue till He calls us in the heavenly mansion
There is no retirement in serving God.
Glory to God
Mark Boje, ArP
Israelite's Complaints arouses God's Anger
Num 11:1 Soon the people began to complain about their hardship. . . . . the Lord's anger blazed against them
Israelites complained about their hardships to Moses. They didnot tell/pray to God. Since they complained, God's anger was aroused and He sent a plague of fire to punish them.
Num11:4_16. . . . . Israelites started wailing and said If only we had meat to eat. . . . lord became exceedingly angry. . .
Israelites lusted after meat. They lusted after things they didnot have. Israelites didnot seem to notice what God was doing for them. _ setting them free, making them a nation, taking them to a new land They remembered the delicious Egyptian food they had left behind but forgot the brutal whip of Egyptian slavery. They wailed and said If only we had meat to eat. . They complained to Moses. God gave them what they asked for. He sent them quail. But as the people began to eat, God struck them with a plague that killed many.
Lord help us to be grateful for what. You have given us _life, food, health, work, and friends and family. Lord help us to trust You to care for us and our family.
–Now when the people complained, it displeased the LORD; for the LORD heard it, and His anger was aroused. . . .
This paragraph clearly proves that God is not pleased with our complaints. .
He expects his people to believe that He is "with them and He is capable of providing anything. . . .
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
They forgot The mighty hand of the Lord which opened the Red Sea;
They forgot The mighty hand of the Lord which made the whole mighty army of Pharaoh to be drowned in the depths of the Sea;
Instead of asking him for what they want. . . They complained which made Him angry and W 1. . . . . His anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.
Then the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the LORD, the fire was quenched. (W:2)
Moses can't take it anymore. God tells Moses to gather up seventy elders in the community so he can share His Spirit with them and they can help Moses manage the people.