Sunday, April 27, 2014

Numbers 4

Today's reading in our daily plan is Numbers 4. 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?)
  • The care of the "most holy things" was assigned to the Kohathites, but they were not allowed to touch (verse 15) or even look at them (verse 20). Only the priests (Aaron and his sons) were permitted to touch and look at the holy things.
  • The "sea cows" (verse 6, etc.) are believed to be a species of sirenia, possibly dugongs. Several species of dugongs have been hunted to extinction.
  • Eleazar (verse 16) served as the high priest. He went to God on behalf of the people.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Jesus became our high priest (see Hebrews, chapters 4 and 5), which allows us to approach God and have relationship with Him. That is amazing. Unfortunately it can be easy to take for granted. And, because we can approach God, it can be easy to not fully grasp the magnitude and majesty of who He is. But in this chapter we get another reminder of a theme we see throughout the Old Testament, that God is a holy God. We should never take that lightly. As we are told in the New Testament, "worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our 'God is a consuming fire.'" (Hebrews 12:28-29).

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Think about your attitude when you approach God. Whether it's singing or taking communion at a church service, or reading the Bible or praying in your home, are you amazed and grateful that you're allowed to come into the presence of God? And do you approach Him with reverence and awe?
  • Take some time to ask God to give you the right balance of love and affection and intimacy, along with reverence and awe and respect for Him.