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

* Holy God, it is better to take refuge in You than to trust in man. You are our strength and our song, You have become our salvation.

“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 we see the complaining, the bitterness and envy!

The earth had opened up and swallowed Korah and his people, and so the rest of the congregation blames Moses and Aaron.

God turns His wrath on the people.

Moses and Aaron together make both intercession and then atonement for the people, working a salvation from the wrath of God.

God makes a distinction for the people, choosing Aaron’s staff (budding, producing blossoms).

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

In John 15:1-17 we read the same truth God tells the Israelites here.

Abide in Him, show your love for Him by doing what He says.

Let us resist grumbling (or flee from it), and instead pursue a fruitful life as branches of the true vine, Jesus.

* Dear Lord God,

Thank You for showing us how to live.

Please help us do what You tell us to.

We love You Lord God, thank You!


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