Numbers 7

Vs. 10, “When the altar was anointed, the leaders brought their offerings for its dedication and presented them before the altar.”  For all intense and purposes; this was the equivalent of a house-warming party!  Each tribe came forth with their offerings to present to the Lord at the new Tabernacle.  It’s pretty awesome how God instructed the tribes to give quite a practical gift; six covered carts and twelve oxen (vs. 3) from each tribe to the Levites (vs. 6).  You may recall that the Levite clans were instructed to help transport the items of the tabernacle in our previous chapters, so these gifts would help them tremendously.  This was one of the last events before their departure from Mount Sinai.  Scholars are quick to point out that this particular chapter is not in chronological order, for it should fall in between chapters 8 & 9.  While it may seem redundant, you will notice that each of the gifts from the tribes is the same (vs. 12-84).  Question: Why list all of them out?  The recognition of each gift was important and by this we see the thankfulness.

Regarding application…God Speaks.  Vs. 89, “When Moses entered the tent of meeting to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant law. In this way the Lord spoke to him.”  Question: What enabled Moses to hear the voice of God?  Moses and the Israelites were fellowshipping with the Lord.  They were relying on God.  They were obeying God.  They were giving of themselves to others.  These things enabled them to be able to hear from the Lord.  They were able to hear God speak to them because their relationship was pleasing to Him.  Many of us went to church today to present a sacrifice of praise.  May our ears and heart be open to hear God speak to us not just on Sunday, but each day of this new week!

Ezekiel 39

Vs. 4, “On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals.”  In the spirit of the Marines…Hoo rah~~~  There’s trouble for the enemy when God starts talking smack!  Basically, God is telling the enemy…You’re going down, don’t mess with my people!  I love it!  Though Israel is a small nation, even in our present day…they are known for the military strength.  It’s sort of like David vs. Goliath!  There’s some pretty graphic scenes, but God is not in the business of sugar coating things.  We then see a transition into God’s faithfulness to His people, despite their turning away from Him.  Something that Ezekiel and those who lived in that time would be able to understand because of their captivity in Babylon.

Regarding application…When God Speaks.  Vs. 8, “It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of.”  Don’t make any mistake brothers & sisters…such things will happen!  Recently, an NBA player, Ron Artest who recently changed his official name to “Metta World Peace”, guaranteed that if the NBA season came to fruition for the 2011/2012 season, the Lakers would win the championship.  Opposing teams love posting such fodder on their walls to help motivate them.  And in ways…that what the enemy does too.  God has put His guarantee of victory and the enemy is doing whatever he can to foil our faith in God.  But when God speaks…it would be wise to listen with faith!  Praise God that all of this will sooner than we realize!