~~~~~Lesson: Numbers: Chapters 1-2 (reading after lesson)
Chapters 1 and 2 are very straight-forward and really don’t need any explanation. We have a census of everyone, organized by tribe. The tribes were sorted by the sons of Jacob. We also learn that the Levites are the priests. We will learn much more about the Levites at a later time.
Due to the obvious nature of these chapters, and the lack of discussion material, I’m going to simply have some “unrelated” questions to allow for discussion.
Individually too many people substitute materialism for Christianity; live in ignorance, indifference, or rejection of God; and seek fame, power, pleasure, or wealth as the goal of their life.
As a society, this leads to wars, divorce, obscene literature; a basic perversion of human values; and a wide-spread loss of human dignity.
Do you feel the world is more pagan (and further away from God) than it was 20 years ago? Why or why not?
Many people have to hurt, trampled on, or ignored before they turn to God. Is that how you turned to God? If so, tell the story. If not, how did you find God?
At the judgment, God is going to ask one question: "Did you live your life for Me?" What is your answer going to be?
(From "On Fire with Christ" by Frank Holland, Sr.)
~Reading: Numbers: Chapter 2
(2:1-2) The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: “The Israelites shall camp, each in his own division, under the ensigns of their ancestral houses. They shall camp around the meeting tent, but at some distance from it.
In the rest of chapter 2, it goes on to list the actual locations each tribe should live.
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Oh creator of the universe, who has set the stars in the heavens and causes the sun to rise and set, shed the light of your wisdom into the darkness of my mind. Fill my thoughts with a loving knowledge of you, that I may bring you like to others. Just as you can make even babies speak your truth, instruct my tongue and guide my pen to convey the wonderful glory of the Gospel. Make my intellect sharp, my memory clear, and my words eloquent, so that I may faithfully interpret the mysteries what you have revealed.
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