Numbers 7:1-2,4-5,10-12,18,24,30,36,42,48,54,60,66,72,78,89 On the day Moses set up the Tabernacle, he anointed it and set it apart as holy. He also anointed and set apart all its furnishings and the altar with its utensils. Then the leaders of Israel—the tribal leaders who had registered the troops—came and brought their offerings... Then the Lord said to Moses, “Receive their gifts, and use these oxen and wagons for transporting the Tabernacle. Distribute them among the Levites according to the work they have to do”... The leaders also presented dedication gifts for the altar at the time it was anointed. They each placed their gifts before the altar. The Lord said to Moses, “Let one leader bring his gift each day for the dedication of the altar.” On the first day Nahshon son of Amminadab, leader of the tribe of Judah, presented his offering... On the second day Nethanel son of Zuar, leader of the tribe of Issachar, presented his offering... On the third day Eliab son of Helon, leader of the tribe of Zebulun, presented his offering... On the fourth day Elizur son of Shedeur, leader of the tribe of Reuben, presented his offering... On the fifth day Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai, leader of the tribe of Simeon, presented his offering... On the sixth day Eliasaph son of Deuel, leader of the tribe of Gad, presented his offering... On the seventh day Elishama son of Ammihud, leader of the tribe of Ephraim, presented his offering... On the eighth day Gamaliel son of Pedahzur, leader of the tribe of Manasseh, presented his offering... On the ninth day Abidan son of Gideoni, leader of the tribe of Benjamin, presented his offering... On the tenth day Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai, leader of the tribe of Dan, presented his offering... On the eleventh day Pagiel son of Ocran, leader of the tribe of Asher, presented his offering... On the twelfth day Ahira son of Enan, leader of the tribe of Naphtali, presented his offering... Whenever Moses went into the Tabernacle to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—that rests on the Ark of the Covenant. The Lord spoke to him from there.
The snippets of verses from Numbers 7 presented above were to give a flavor of the chapter and I encourage you to read the chapter before you begin.
It seems there was great religiosity among the Israelites and they were successful at doing that which was prescribed rather than act on their own faith. Is that what God calls us to do?
One thing that comes out clear here is that God has an agenda and likes us to obey Him so that the end outcome is His glory alone.
This entire event starting from setting up the Tabernacle to anointing it to receiving the gifts was an extended celebration performed over 12 days and God directed every moment of it.
Everything that was offered was significant in man's eyes and was all given by God to the Israelites.
Reminds me of our offering and tithes that we are called to give God and we tend to penny pinch but when we realize that it was all God's to start with, parting with some of it for His glory seems like the least we can do.
Each name mentioned here might mean little or nothing to you and I but these were the leaders of the 12 tribes that God chose and to note how the best of man is but a servant before God should give us a sense of how awesome and powerful God truly is that He deserves the best of us and nothing less.
Today you and I are called to serve God with all that He has blessed us and what is our response? Is our response that we went to Church or gave an offering or lent a hand to someone in need or is there more?
Does God deserve more of us, our abilities and resources or is God just another aspect of our daily routines?
Lastly, we note that Moses spoke to God inside the Tabernacle and it was a voice that he heard from between the two cherubim above the Ark's cover.
This place of atonement was the place where one could meet and commune with God. Romans 5:8-11 tells us we have received the atonement through the blood of Christ and are reconciled to God and now we can meet with Him and commune with Him at any time.
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. Romans 5:8-11 (NLT)
Jesus Christ sits on the mercy seat and we have the mercy of David on us. David was a murderer and adulterer but when he repented, God forgave him and blessed him. Therefore no sin is so horrible that we cannot be forgiven and cleansed.
“Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David. Isaiah 55:3 (NLT)
“Is not Israel still my son, my darling child?” says the Lord. “I often have to punish him, but I still love him. That’s why I long for him and surely will have mercy on him. Jeremiah 31:20 (NLT)
For God had promised to raise him from the dead, not leaving him to rot in the grave. He said, ‘I will give you the sacred blessings I promised to David.’ Acts 13:34 (NLT)
Moses therefore spoke with Jesus, the second person of the trinity and all communion between God is man is through the Son of God by whom He made the world, rules the church and is the same yesterday, today and forever.
In His Loving Service,
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