Saturday, April 26, 2014

Numbers 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is Numbers 3. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • Aaron and his sons were "anointed" (chosen, set apart as) priests back in Exodus 28:41. Priest basically means "bridge". The priests were like the bridge that connected people and God. As such, the priests were the only ones allowed to approach God or go in the holy places where God's presence was dwelling (see verse 10).
  • The "tabernacle" (verse 7) was the place where God was supposed to dwell, and was portable so the Israelites could bring it with them.
  • In verse 15 we begin … more counting. Remember, this book is called "Numbers" for a reason.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Back in this time, the priests were a distinct group of individuals who were given the right to approach God directly and offer sacrifices to Him. Jesus coming and dying for us changed that. It paved the way so we can all, through Jesus, approach God directly. We learn in the New Testament, in 2 Peter 2:5,"you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" and in 2 Peter 2:9, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."
  • We are chosen, and through Jesus we can go directly to God. And we can offer sacrifices to God. We learn in Romans 12:1 that the main sacrifice God wants from us is our entire life lived for Him.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Think about this. You can go directly to God. You can come into His presence, talk to Him, sing to Him, give to Him. Before Jesus, this was an extremely rare privilege! Thank Jesus for making you a priest so you don't need anyone but Him to connect with God. And don't take this honor lightly. Take advantage of your ability to go directly to God everyday by spending time with Him.