Numbers 1-4, Psalm 40
It’s easy to skim through all of the numbers and many of the minute details in today’s reading. But hidden within are a number of noteworthy facts. Probably more than we realize. In Numbers 2, you see that the Tabernacle was the center of everything. From Exodus 40:34,36-38, we read,”Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle…Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.” This visible presence of God reminded the Israelites of their constant dependence on God, who was very real. Allowing the cloud to lead them taught them obedience to God. The tribes were placed around the Tabernacle in such a way that the first thing seen every morning would be the smoke of the morning sacrifice. This would remind them of their constant shortcomings and their need for a sacrifice to atone for their sins. God was meant to be at the center of every facet of their lives. We should look at this and realize this is how God wants us to put Him at the center of every facet of our lives, today.
An interesting point to notice is the placement of the tribe of Judah on the east side of the Tabernacle. This ties in well with the many prophecies indicating that Jesus will enter Jerusalem through the East Gate when He returns. Zechariah 14:3-5, Ezekiel 43:1-4, 44:1-3 all point to the future Messiah entering through the east gate of the temple. So seriously do the Muslims take this prophecy that in 1541 Suleiman I actually sealed up the eastern gate in an attempt to block the gate from Messiah. In case that didn’t work, they then built a Muslim cemetery in front of the East Gate to further block Him. Consider how sad it is that the enemies of God actually take the time to read God’s Word and trust it’s accuracy and authenticity enough to act upon it. Many “Christians” never touch their Bibles, and many who do are skeptical and question many aspects of His Word. Scripture is a minefield in which our limited minds only scratch the surface. When we read Scripture and question it’s importance or applicability it is out of ignorance or laziness, not willing to see what message the Holy Spirit is communicating through His Word.
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