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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

February 27 - Numbers 8-10: God Grants Temporary Extensions to Passover

Today’s Reading: Numbers 8-10

The Message

English Standard Version

Thought to Guide Your Reading

The people are making final arrangement to leave Mount Sinai.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

The Levites purified themselves for service to God. This was to fulfill the firstborn-dedicated-to-the-Lord requirement. Levites could serve in the Tabernacle from the age of 25 until 50.
God told the people to observe the Passover. He allowed those unclean or travelling to wait until the next month to observe.
God directed the Israelites via a cloud that would either indicate which direction to go or settle on the Tabernacle, meaning to stay.
The people were set and left in a certain order to ensure safety. Moses convinced his brother-in-law Hobab to travel with them and be their guide.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

The Levites must be ritually clean to serve God.

God required the Levites to come before God with completely shaved bodies. For a people who were not allowed to trim their beards, this was a dramatic difference. It set them apart as the ones who went between the people and God.

God allows for flexibility to accommodate those who are circumstantially unable to participate.

This is an important point to remember. God does allow for exceptions to the timetable, but these exceptions had to be for unforeseeable reasons. No one inside Israel who was clean could have an exception. God is not so rigid that His Laws cannot change to accommodate those who need change. God is not so flexible that any excuse will change his Law.
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