May 6, Reading 1 – Numbers 16:41-17:13

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SAA Notes

Aaron (an old man now) running through the camp to the Tabernacle and then back again with his censer – the symbol of intercessory prayer and atoning sacrifice – to stand between the living and the dead is a vivid and powerful picture. Such is the stamp of Christ’s love for His church!

SJA Notes

“But on the next day all the congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and against Aaron, saying, ‘You have killed the people of the LORD.'”

Again with the complaining, the bitterness and envy!

The earth opens and swallows Korah and his people and the rest of the congregation blamed Moses and Aaron.

Two very bad decisions, at the very least.

One – This was clearly a supernatural event that caused the opening and closing of the earth.

Two – Even if it was Moses and Aaron who did it, if they really did have that sort of power, why antagonise that kind of power!

This time Moses and Aaron together in intercession made atonement for the people and saved them rom the wrath of God.

Then the start of chapter 17 puts an end to the arguments about who was God’s chosen priesthood.

It is a wonderful pointer to true theology, and a fruitful godly life. There is only one way to bear fruit. The narrow way, God’s path. His singular purposes for us.

John 15:1-17 tells us that same thing God was telling the Israelites back then. Abide in Him, show your love for Him by doing what He says.

We can be very thankful to the Lord that we all do not perish (v13)! We can now approach Him through Jesus!

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

* Dear Lord God,

Thank You for showing us how to live.

Please help us to do what You tell us to, and to know what it is You want us to do, each day as we walk through this life.

Please Lord God, we want to show our love for You.

Amen.

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