Offerings *Num. 28:1-15

Numbers 28:1-15

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+28%3A1-15&version=NKJV;NIV
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God spoke of three offerings:
1. Daily offeringsChrist said we are to present our bodies as pleasing sacrifices before the Lord God.
2. Sabbath offeringmore is required on the Sabbath. This is more than a giving of ourselves to the Lord God.
3. Monthly offeringsabove and beyond the Sabbath and daily offerings.
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Offerings for usin our generation we don’t give animal offerings nor sacrifices. Jesus Christ is our one and only final Sacrifice – once and for all. However, we should never go to God empty handed. All things come from Him, so what He gives we are to give at least 1/10 back to Him. To name a few offerings and sacrifices that we can give to God: time, money, talents, skills. Notice when God was declaring an offering from the people, He didn’t just ask for one thing. Most people think only money when they hear offering or sacrifice, but money is only one small part of giving.
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Lord God of Israel show us what to give and where to give our sacrifices and offerings to You. Open our ears to hear and our hearts to accept Your Word. Thank You.

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Future Generations *Num. 27:1-11

Numbers 27:1-11

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+27%3A1-11&version=NKJV;NIV
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God is concerned with future generation’s inheritance. He made provisions so that the next generation and the following generations would not be left out of obtaining an inheritance.
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Thank you God that You are faithful not only to past generations and the people of today, but You are concerned for the welfare of future generations. Thank you for making provisions for future generations, so that they won’t be left out of the inheritance that You give Your people.

Nothing can Withstand *Num. 24:12-13

Numbers 24:12-13

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+24%3A12-13&version=NKJV;NIV
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God Almighty; the One true God; the God of Israel is above all. He is sovereign. Nothing can be done unless God allows it. He is supreme; nothing can withstand Him. Everything has to bow before Him; bow to do His will. What an awesome God we serve.
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Thank you God for Your faithfulness to Your people. Even when we do not deserve Your blessings, You stay faithful to Your Word. Help us to bring glory and honor to Your Holy Name; the Name above all names. In the mighty Name of Jesus Messiah, our Lord and Saviour.

Above All *Num. 22

Numbers 22

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+22&version=NKJV;NIV
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God is above all. God’s protective hand is on His people keeping them safe, and they are totally unaware of it. A ruler wants a curse placed on them, but God says, “No! They are a blessed people. What I bless no man can curse.” Even when God’s Word is ignored and man continues on his way God will intervene to keep His people safe. God’s Word is final; nothing and no one can change it.
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The point I want to make is that God is continually watching over and guarding His people. The people were totally oblivious as to what the enemy was trying to do to them. The enemy was trying to intervene and curse God’s people; trying to remove God’s blessing, but God would not allow it to happen. God’s people were living their lives as they normally do. All this was taking place unbeknownst to any of them.
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And so it is with our lives. God is working behind the scene of our lives for our good and benefit.
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Thank you God for Your protective hand and Your faithfulness to Your promises. Be blessed and glorified in our lives.

Serious Service *Num. 18

Numbers 18
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+18&version=NKJV;NIV
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The service of the Lord is serious; it is a serious position to serve the Lord. There is no messing around. God has been very specific as of what to do,  how to do it, and required behavior. God also told them point blank what the consequences would be if they didn’t obey. The requirement was set. The choice is theirs to make. Will they choose life and prosperity by obeying God, or will they choose to disobey and die?
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We, too, have choices in life. Each decision we make has a consequence, whether it is a good one or bad consequence. The choice is ours to make.
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God help us to make wise choices and good decisions in our lives. Thanks You.

Several Times *Num. 16

Numbers 16

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+16&version=NKJV;NIV
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God is not happy with those who rebel against their leaders, especially when God Himself has appointed them over the people. When the people didn’t get their way, they complained, made exaggerated statements of how life was so wonderful and glorious before this leader came into being.
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God chose Moses; Moses did not ask for this position of leadership and authority. When the people complained and revolted against Moses they were really complaining and revolting against God.
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Several times in their past, God had proven His Sovereignty, His provision, His protection, and His displeasure with rebelling against Moses’ leadership. Even so, the people kept rebelling and grumbling against Moses. They did it between themselves and to Moses’ face. Each time Moses became aware of this, he and Aaron (the high priest) immediately fell prostrate – on their faces in intercession for the people and their sin against God. Not once, not twice, but many times they did this: intercede to the Lord God on behalf of the people. This rebellious people deserved to be severely punished, but Moses and Aaron, filled with mercy, for them cried out each time for God’s mercy and forgiveness. The prayers of a righteous man availeth much as Scripture says. God honored Moses and Aaron’s prayers and relented. Though, for some, the wicked (who wouldn’t turn to God) were destroyed.
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The lessons we can take away from this are: don’t rebel and grumble against those whom God has raised up – especially Pastors, Ministers, & Priests; leaders in the church. If you are not happy with what they are doing, do not gossip or complain- Go to God. There is power in prayer. God will reveal what His will and desires are, we just have to ask. If we are not sure of something a leader does and it seems questionable pray about it.
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Lord, forgive us when we grumble, complain, and gossip against those whom You have placed in leadership over us. Forgive us our sins, wash us clean, and lead us in the way everlasting. May our words and deeds find favor before You, our Rock, Redeemer, Deliverer.

How Many Times * Num. 14 – 17:1-11

Numbers 14-17:1-11
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+14&version=NKJV;NIV
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Isn’t it enough! How many times did the people grumble against Moses (God’s leadership). Not just one too many! God did the supernatural through Moses over and over, but the people still lashed out at Moses; blaming him for what was  happening. The people failed to see that each time they rebelled and blamed Moses for their hardship, it was their words and their actions against God that caused havoc and death. The people were stiff-necked and would not take responsibility for their own sinful, prideful, jealous, envious, arrogant behavior. Devastation was the result of their sinful rejection of God’s words and His leadership.
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This happened not once, not twice, not even three times, but ten times! It happened too many times and they just did not seem to learn their lesson.
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How did Moses, a man of God, respond to their threats, and grumbling and complaining? They are suppose to be on the same side; not in opposition to each other. Moses fell on his face before God each time in prayer on behalf of God’s people, because of their words and sinful behavior.  Moses did this every time.
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We are no different from these people. We grumble and complain about the leadership in the church. If we don’t like it we leave and go to a different church. We grumble and complain about the leadership in our towns and states. We grumble and complain against the president. We grumble and complain about our spouses, our children, our bosses, and our co-workers. The list goes on and on. Like Moses, we should fall on our faces before Almighty God and pray for forgiveness and ask God to intervene in the situation.
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Father, forgive us for all the complaining and grumbling we do against those You have raised up in positions of leadership and authority. Forgive us for complaining and grumbling when we do not get our own way, or when someone does something we do not like. Remind us to fall on our knees before You and pray for the person, people, or situation. Help us Lord to be more like Jesus, who said to love others as we love ourselves. Thank you God. Amen