I'm on a journey to read through the Bible in chronological order. Taking it one day at a time, I will read based on a list I found on the internet and blog about what happened, thoughts provoked, emotions conjured, etc. Enjoy!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Day fifty-eight: Numbers 8-12

The Levites are ceremonially cleansed and made ready to do their work at them Temple.

They partake in Passover and what I liked is that everyone can participate. Even those who are unclean are still allowed and encouraged to participate. So many times I've read in the past that people are cut off if they are unclean, but I love that God allows and encourages participation in this sacred time.

A trumpet system is established to let the multitudes of people know when it is time to set out to another place. The whole process is described so dryly, but it blows my mind that they had to coordinate the movement of hundreds of thousands of people, all of their stuff and their animals... talk about organization. Its briefly mentioned that some grumblers on the outskirts are consumed by a fire from God... bet that shut up the naysayers! Well, at least for a little bit, we all know they will be back to their ways eventually.

The people start grumbling about not having meat to eat. They have prepared manna in just about every different way one could prepare manna and they are getting tired of it. Moses gets frustrated and asks God why He has brought this burden upon him... even if he wanted to give them meat there wouldn't be enough even if they slaughtered all of the cattle and animals. God's response is basically.."umm... in case you haven't heard, I'm kind of a big deal, and I do what I want". He sends in a flurry of quail for the people but hits them with a plague just to show some spite. It's almost like a "you wanted meat? you got meat, but you're not gonna like it!" kind of thing.

Something really cool is revealed during the whole quail indecent. At one point, 2 men have the Spirit of God fall on them and they begin prophesying. When people become outraged and tell Moses to make them stop, his response is that he wished everyone had the chance to prophesy and are ecstatic that they are having the chance to do so. Later, God makes the distinction between Moses and the others: with the others, He gives them dreams and visions, but with Moses, He speaks face-to-face. He wants to make it very clear that while others may be given the honor to prophesy, Moses is reserved special council for his obedience and faithfulness.

I just gotta say that Moses is pretty BA. I mean he survived a massacre as an infant, stood up to the most powerful man in the land and lived to tell about it, and is now leading and managing 600 thousand people while constantly meeting opposition and grumbling... we truly CAN do all things through Christ who gives us strength!! Have an insanely blessed and safe weekend!

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