Today you should read: Numbers 15:1-21
There are a lot of really cool things to take notice of in our passage today.
- God is giving commands for when the Israelites inherit the Promise Land.
This shows that God will keep the promise that He made to Abraham. Up to this point in Israel’s history, they have been wandering in the wilderness because of their disobedience following the Exodus. They might have been asking, “Will we ever get into the Promise Land?”. But God’s statement shows that they will enter the land and when they do, they are to make sacrifices. This had to be refreshing for the Israelites.
- The Promise Land will be bountiful with supplies.
For each of the sacrifices, there is the accommodations of flour, oil, or wine. Well in order for these items to accommodate the sacrifices, they must first have these items. And so we know that if God commands them to use these items, these items must be available and that God will provide them.
- God commands a little of all that He has given us (v. 17-21).
In these verses, the Israelites are to give the first of their dough to the priests. It was like their way of tithing and giving back to God. God doesn’t ask for it all (which He could have done), instead He asks for a small portion so that they could have the rest to live on. This just shows that God is not greedy, instead, He will provide for His people.
As I read this passage, I am reminded of the goodness of God. God kept His promise to Israel even when they didn’t deserve it. In the same way, God sent His Son to die for your sins and mine and we definitely didn’t deserve it. God is a good God. He provides, protects, and loves His children.
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Associate
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