If only: Numbers 14.2

“And all the Israelites murmured against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, ‘If only we had died in the land of Egypt, or if only we had perished in this wilderness!'”

Numbers 14.2

The dissatisfaction of Israel found expressive ways to make known the sharp displeasure they felt toward God’s representatives and toward God himself. Their wish would soon come true: they would die in the wilderness.

Grumbling and arguing keep us from being blameless and pure children of God, Phil 2.14-15. Complaining kills spiritual life. Is yours dying?

#votd #complain #Numbers

Unauthorized person: Numbers 1.51

“Whenever the tabernacle is to move, the Levites must take it down, and whenever the tabernacle is to be reassembled, the Levites must set it up. Any unauthorized person who approaches it must be killed.”

Numbers 1.51

God gives definite responsibilities to specific people. He has always done this. The Levites, and they alone, were tasked with taking down and setting up the tabernacle in the wilderness.

Did others have the ability to do what the Levites were supposed to do? Absolutely! But they were not authorized to do it. The same principle applies today for elders, men in worship, support of widows, etc.

#votd #Numbers #responsibility

Will he not do it? Numbers 23.19

“God is not a man, that he should lie,
nor a human being, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not make it happen?”

Numbers 23.19

For all his perfidy, Balaam understood this and insisted with Balak: One must be careful to speak only what the Lord has put in one’s mouth, v. 12. For God will do exactly as he says he will do.

Humans often say one thing and do another, be it parents, children, friends, or work associates. In what area do we pretend that God will not do as he reveals?

#votd #Numbers #God

An Example of Ecclesiological Hypertrophy

I always knew Randal to be smart. I had no idea of the existence of the terminology, much less its meaning, until I grabbed my dictionary.

Where is there exaggerated growth (or emphasis) in the church (at least this is how I understand the terminology)? The only way I would know how to answer this question is in numerical associations. I hear (or have heard) such things as the following:

-Let us build a building, and then people will come.
-Let us meet in homes Sunday evening rather than the building, and then people will come.
-Let us not preach on negative things, and then people will come.
-Let us emphasize love, and then people will come.
-Let us use power point (visual) presentations, and then people will come.

An unfair exaggeration? Probably, but it is something I have noticed. Consequently, I have been putting a great deal of emphasis on the “duty” of the preacher as revealed in Scripture in my own personal reading; am I insecure in doing this? I do not feel that I am, but I sure want to place the right priority on that which the Lord places priority.

In my local effort, I have put emphasis upon the sentiment of Ephesians 4:11-16. As I judge the development of my effort (coupled with that of others), I would like to think progress is being made.

#building-up, #exaggeration, #growth, #hypertrophy, #numbers

I am not sure if I have a favorite proph…

I am not sure if I have a favorite prophet; I just finished reading Isaiah, and now in Jeremiah. Jeremiah has always been an interesting man to me. I think I was encouraged to give thought to him by other preachers who remarked on him. Through the years, I have come to think the same.

He is interesting to me because he was a prophet of God, though somewhat reluctantly. He was a prophet of God who preached and preached and seemed to have little “success,” if we measure success by the numbers. However, from the Lord’s vantage point – he was most successful.

Preachers today measure success, in part, by the numbers who attend the assembly. Perhaps there some warrant to this. OTH, if the result was the same that Jeremiah experienced, would we consider the preacher “successful”? I relate with this sentiment very well; I wonder.

#numbers, #prophet, #success