Today you should read: Numbers 36
Today as we close out the book of Numbers, I want to remind us of one of the main themes of the book: the importance of responding rightly to the commands of God. This can be summarized in by the last verse of the book:
These are the commandments and the rules that the LORD commanded through Moses to the people of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho. (v. 30)
All throughout the book of Numbers (and the Old Testament in general), we see over and over again the importance of obedience. This is not just an Old Testament idea, it is a Biblical one. Allow these verses to encourage you today as you seek to be obedient to the Lord with a pure heart.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 1 John 5:3
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me. Psalm 119:30
Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. 1 John 3:24
But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Luke 11:28
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14:23
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. James 1:22-25
All0w the words of God increase your desire to live out the gospel through obedience. We obey not out of a heart of wanting to earn God’s love or approval, but to honor and glorify God above all things.
By: Graham Withers — Associate Pastor
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