~~~~~Lesson: Numbers: Chapters 8-10
As always, feel free to read the chapters in full...I have quoted the "highlights," but some of you may want to read the entire thing.
We first read of the Lord commanding the Israelites to celebrate Passover. It is a time of remembrance of worship for them. Christianity's two largest celebrations are Christmas and Easter.
Question: What is one thing about each season that you tend to reflect on/pray about/think about?
Chapter 9 takes nine verses to say this: They set out when there was a pillar of fire, and they camped when there was a cloud. So, why would it go into such detail, repeating the story almost three times?
It is underlining the fact that they OBEYED God, even under different circumstances and when it probably didn't make a lot of sense to them. For example, why get up in the middle of the night & move on...couldn't it wait until morning?
Question: Do you think some of the Israelites grumbled over the odd pace of their journey? Why or why not?
There are seven words at the very end of the chapter that could/should be read at least three times:
"Ever heeding the charge of the Lord"
Question: How do you try to "heed the charge of the Lord"?
~Reading: Numbers: Chapters 8-10
Chapter 8 (paraphrased)- the rules the Levites had to follow, such as age limits and proper conduct.
(9:1-5) In the first month of the year following their departure from the land of Egypt, the Lord said to Moses, "Tell the Israelites to celebrate the Passover at the prescribed time. The evening twilight of the fourteenth day of this month is the prescribed time when you shall celebrate it, observing all its rule and regulations." Moses, therefore, told the Israelites to celebrate the Passover. And they did so, celebrating the Passover in the desert of Sinai during the evening twilight of the fourteenth day of the first month, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
(9:15-23) On the day when the Dwelling was erected, the cloud covered the Dwelling, the tent of the commandments; but from evening until morning it took on the appearance of fire over the Dwelling. It was always so: during the day the Dwelling was covered by the cloud, which at night had the appearance of fire. Whenever the cloud rose from the tent, the Israelites would break camp; wherever the cloud came to rest, they would pitch camp. At the bidding of the Lord the Israelites moved on, and at his bidding they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the Dwelling, they remained in camp.
Even when the cloud tarried many days over the Dwelling, the Israelites obeyed the Lord and would not move on; yet sometimes the cloud was over the Dwelling only for a few days. It was at the bidding of the Lord that they stayed in camp, and it was at his bidding that they departed. Sometimes the cloud remained there only from evening until morning; and when it rose in the morning, they would depart. Or if the cloud lifted during the day, or even at night, they would then set out. Whether the cloud tarried over the Dwelling for two days or for a month or longer, the Israelites remained in camp and did not depart; but when it lifted they moved on. Thus, it was always at the bidding of the Lord that they encamped, and at his bidding that they set out; ever heeding the charge of the Lord, as he had bidden them through Moses.
Chapter 10 (paraphrased)- The making of two silver trumpets, which will be used to assemble the community, in breaking camp, announcing festivals & holy days, and during battles.
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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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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2. I will communicate with you respectfully and civilly. These are (rightly) issues which we feel passionate about. But even in disagreements, I will respect you fellow "seekers of truth."
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4. I will pray we will all find the truth and strive to fulfill the two greatest commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)
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