The Book of Numbers Part 59 & 60
The Book of Numbers can be described as many things, but not as a math book unless we continue to add up the blessings, multiply that by God’s grace, divide those blessings among the body of believers and subtract sin that limits our growth. Numbers is a big book, the biggest of the 5 Torah books, yet we will not let the number of words impress us. That is not the goal. The goal rather is to see how the Lord takes our personal growth to heart. As big as God is, for the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him, He will use the smallest of things to demonstrate His greatness. Only a handful of flour in a bowl and little oil in the jar amounted to endless provision for a widow and her son. Five barley loaves and two fish fed more than 15 thousand. Yes, small things count for God … we too are small, like sands of the sea, but to God, He has counted us worthy to die for. We praise our great God who counts on even the smallest things, like us, to demonstrate the majesty of His great glory… for we know the Lord is great! Be blessed as you listen in to the Book of Numbers with Messianic leader, Jacques Isaac Gabizon. Shalom.
Chapter 5 of Numbers made open and public internal sin and now, having dealt with that, God continues to stress holiness, offering each person, man or woman the opportunity to be set apart, to become, if you will, a Nazirite and to be dedicated to the service of God. Though not from the Levitical priesthood, here was the opportunity to demonstrate a holy living which would set them apart from the others. In that respect Lord, we want to be pious and separate ourselves from the world; yes to live in it but not to be part of it. Yes, the hair had to left long and yes, you couldn’t eat even the peel of a grape and yes, you couldn’t touch a corpse. We too must be different from the world. Instead of our hair, let’s let our love grow long and strong, let us rejoice in the vineyard of God’s harvest and let us not touch sin because it is the seed of death. Let us now live in the freedom of serving and dedicating our lives to You. We pray you will be blessed as you listen to the New Year's message in the Book of Numbers (our current study series at Beth Ariel Congregation) with Messianic leader, Jacques Isaac Gabizon, shalom.