Friday, 15 November 2019 23:55

God desires His people to be mature enough to fight spiritual battles

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The book of Numbers begins with God asking Moses to number all the males20 years old and upward, who were able to go forth for war in Israel. This shows us that God desires His people to be mature enough to fight spiritual battles, the most basic and important one being one of intercession. He makes a note of all such people who groan and moan over their own sin, the sins of their family members and then the sins in the Churches and the Nations of the world too and marks them out for the specific purpose He has chosen them to fulfill in their generation, Ezekiel 9, the remaining being as good as dead!

Although women don't seem to feature in the list mentioned in the book of Numbers, yet in the New Testament, in Mathew 1, the names of 5 women feature in the records containing the genealogy of Jesus, viz. Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba (mentioned as the wife of Uriah) and Mary. Four out of these 5 woman were those who took strong stands in order to keep a clear conscience before God and do what was right in His sight, even though it could have cost them reproach and death! This goes to show that God does not show partiality! The Levites, on the other hand, were set aside to do duties specially in connection with the tabernacle.

This was so because of the stand they took in Exodus 32:26-29, and at Moses' command slew their brothers, companions and neighbours who refused to repent concerning the sin of worshipping the golden calf! And, even among the Levites, there were 3 divisions, (viz Kohath, Gershon and Merari), who were assigned specific duties within those divisions alone, Numbers 4. So, it seems that the stands we take at the different crossroads in life will determine the position and place that we will hold in the body of Christ! And, as far as, God is concerned, there will be no room for partiality!

In Numbers 2 we see that God has purposefully positioned different tribes at different positions around the tabernacle! In Numbers 3, we are reminded of Nadab and Abihu, who had a very important position, but lost it, because they overstepped their boundary and dared to offer strange fire before the Lord vs 4! Again we see that there is no partiality with God, whose eyes still run to and fro the ends of the earth to strongly support those whose hearts are completely His and vice versa too, 2 Chronicles 16:9. This is both a sobering, as well as, an encouraging thought, depending on where we stand at present!

Numbers 5 teaches us the seriousness of sins like spiritual leprosy (insensitivity to sin) unclean spiritual discharges (different types of deeds of the flesh), intermingling with the spiritually dead so as to be influenced by them and all forms of adultery! In Numbers 6 the two main points mentioned about those who separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite unto the Lord, were that they had to separate themselves from wine and strong drink, vs 3,4 and not defile themselves by their proximity to any 'dead' thing, vs 6,7.

And finally, in Numbers 7, at the time of the anointing and sanctifying of the tabernacle and all it contained, it was the princes of Israel/the heads of the house of their fathers, who were the princes of the tribes, vs 1,2, who brought a very generous offering for the same! So, it was the leaders who led by their example when it came to giving generously for the Lord's work. There is so much we can learn from these 7 Chapters! May we be among them who have eyes to see and hears to hear and hearts the are obedient to do all God's will, and so be partakers of the blessing that Aaron and his sons were to speak over the sons of Israel in Numbers 6:23-27.

Rowena Thomas
Mumbai, India.

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The Lord has Blessed each one of us with His Name, which our is Security...  Numbers 6:27

The most popular benediction used at the end of a Worship service is found in the Book of Numbers chapter 6:24-27. God instructed Aaron and his sons to use the following benediction to bless the Israelites with words of empowerment.....

Say to them, " 'The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; The LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace.’ So they will put My name on the Israelites, and I will bless them, " Numbers 6:23-27

Just as God placed His All-Important Name on His chosen people, God places His all-important NAME on us, His people. What use has an unsigned check without the name of the account holder? Our lives and purposes on earth are “void and worthless” until God places His Name upon us. God has stamped us with His Name. Those who are in Christ Jesus, can use His Name.

With all the turmoil in the world, with uncertainty and instability, God's promise is that He Will KEEP us, Numbers 6:24. We have the greatest protection through the blessing of His Name upon us. We are blessed to bless others with a blessing and the Aaronic blessing is very powerful. We are designed for blessing others. Blessed people blesses. Blessing is an empowerment to be successful.

God was in fact saying to Moses to tell Aaron that, he blessed people in God's Name, God Himself will bless them, Numbers 6:27. God's Word has power, life and the potential to create. Every promise contains the seeds of fulfillment. Those seeds have a season for fulfillment in our lives, when we patiently wait with faith standing on the promises. Once we can grasp this truth, the words, God Bless You becomes loaded when we release it from our mouth. God's blessings can change a person's life.

Let's LooK at once again at the ancient blessing which was the key to success and prosperity....

The LORD promises to  make His face shine upon us and be gracious to us, Numbers 6:25. God gives us undivided attention without any distraction with His looking upon us. We can come boldly to talk to Him, knowing His gaze and shine is upon us.

The LORD promises to  look upon us with favour and give us peace, Numbers 6:26. One day of favour is worth a thousand days of labour. We should be living in the FOG...(Farvour of God). Farvour opens doors of opportunity. Those who has the farvour God will experience His Peace that passes understanding, Philippians 4:7.

My Dear Child of God, God has blessed and has graciously given us His Name, though we didn't deserve it. He has Redeemed us and treats us far better and above and beyond our imagination because of His great love towards us. We should be in the habit of blessing others....Amen

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