Obedience For God’s Glory and Our Joy

As a biblical counselor and a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have been thinking quite a bit lately about the 20th chapter of the Old Testament book of Numbers. I really sympathize with Moses in this passage, even though Moses is the one who gets in trouble with the Lord here. Moses … Continue reading Obedience For God’s Glory and Our Joy

Purification From Death

Don't overlook passages in the Old Testament that don't appear at first glance to have anything to do with the gospel or with New Testament Christianity. Case in point - Numbers 19, which has the gospel written all over it! Death (both spiritual and physical) is a big deal in the Bible. It is a … Continue reading Purification From Death

“I Am Your Inheritance”

In my reading of Numbers 18, I was struck by the last sentence in verse 20: "I am your portion and your inheritance among the people of Israel." Read all of Numbers 18 for context. When you come to verse 20, you might want to underline the last sentence, because this is an important promise. … Continue reading “I Am Your Inheritance”

Aaron’s Staff Buds

You don't have to read the Bible for very long before you observe a predictable pattern that continues today. With some variations, the pattern usually progresses something like this: God's people are in trouble in some way. God rescues them in some way (often a miraculous way, to preclude any doubt that God was the … Continue reading Aaron’s Staff Buds

Korah and the Corruption of The Gospel

We love to corrupt the Gospel to suit our own purposes, don't we?  This morning, I read the story of Korah's rebellion in Numbers 16.  Angry that things were not going to their liking in the wilderness, Korah and 250 of his well-respected friends conspire to confront Moses and Aaron over their spiritual leadership of … Continue reading Korah and the Corruption of The Gospel

Inclined to “Whore After” Other Gods

I've been thinking about Numbers 15:39-41, particularly verse 39. I would encourage reading all of Chapter 15 for context. As a biblical counselor who does a lot of work with marriages and families, I often tell couples that God wants to restore their marriage. Often, the fact that one or both partners is "whoring after" … Continue reading Inclined to “Whore After” Other Gods

Moses’ Authority Challenged and Vindicated

In Numbers 12, Aaron (Moses' brother) and Miriam (Moses' sister) challenge his authority on the basis of some apparent racial issues over Moses' choice of a wife. The text makes it clear that, although they cited Moses' wife as the reason for their opposition, they were really questioning Moses' God-given authority to speak for God. We … Continue reading Moses’ Authority Challenged and Vindicated

The Challenges and Opportunities of Leadership

Being a leader is hard. Read Numbers 11. First, people are hard to please. Look at what the people are saying in Numbers 11:4-6. It makes me laugh out loud every time I read about how God's people grumbled and complained after God rescued them out of slavery in Egypt. "We remember the fish we ate in … Continue reading The Challenges and Opportunities of Leadership