[bible1year] Devotional comments on Numbers 7-9

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 11 Feb 2014 12:44:07 -0000
        Today's reading covers the offerings of the 
princes, the dedication of the Tabernacle, consecration 
of the Levites, observance of the Passover, and the 
guiding cloud for the people of Israel. The Book of 
Numbers has a tremendous spiritual lesson for Christians 
today, as explained in Hebrews 3 and 4, and I 
Corinthians 10:1-15. God honors faith and punishes 
unbelief. At the root of all Israel's sin in the 
wilderness was unbelief; they did not trust God's Word. 
At Kadesh-Barnea they doubted God's Word and failed to 
enter into their inheritance. Instead of claiming Canaan 
in faith, they wandered in the wilderness of unbelief.

        Many Christians today are "in between" in their 
spiritual lives. They have been delivered from Egypt by 
the blood of the Lamb, but they have not yet entered 
into their inheritance in Christ Jesus. Canaan is not a 
picture of heaven. Rather, it is an illustration of our 
spiritual inheritance in Christ (Ephesians 1:3), an 
inheritance that must be claimed by faith. Canaan was a 
land of battles and blessings, as is the Christian life 
today. Too many Christians fail to enter into all that 
God has for them. Instead of being conquerors (as 
described in Joshua), they become wanderers (as 
described in Numbers). Many are saved, but fail to 
fulfill God's purpose for their lives.

        As we read the Book of Numbers, it is 
interesting to note that the nation did not grow in 
their wilderness wanderings; in fact, the second census 
showed 1,820 fewer men of war. The nation wasted 38 
years, endured unnecessary afflictions, did not grow 
and, in general, did not honor God while they were 
marching in the wilderness. This is what unbelief does 
to Christians. It produces wasted time, wasted effort, 
and no blessing.