04/29 - Numbers 25, 27, 32, 33, 34, Deuteronomy 4

Numbers 27:15-17, 32, Deuteronomy 4:41-43, Numbers 33:50-56, 25:17-19, 34, 35:1-8

The further I get into my chronological Bible, the more the days readings can jump around a bit. Today is especially scattered.

Num. 27:18 - If only it were this easy today to tell what leader is God's. I'm partly kidding as we have the scriptures to test our leaders against. But some like to compare leadership positions today to these Old Testament times. I don't think it's wise to do that.

Deut. 4:41-43 - God's heart for those caught in an unfortunate situation. Cities of refuge - a place to flee to. God knew that a death at the hand of another, even accidental, brings great anguish and emotions that may lead to further sin and violence. God provided a place for the man to go to escape while the emotions calmed and the truth was discerned. Protection for both the perpetrator and the victim's family.

Num. 33:50-56 - Think about having to carry out this order, to destroy them all or become a target yourself. Surely, there would be times that you'd get to know those people. Could you still carry it out? Rahab the prostitute in Jericho would be an exception that God would approve of (even tracing the line of Jesus through her), but later the people would grow weary and loose their conviction about carrying this out.

Num. 25:17-19 - Interesting that God puts the carrying out of His judgment in the hands of the people.

Num. 35:1-8 - God's heart - "Make sure you tae care of the Levites, their special position gives them no tribal inheritance. Take care of and provide for them."

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