Blessing God’s People

Today’s Bible reading* includes a Blessing prayed over God’s people. For many of us who have been around church for very long, we may be familiar with this Blessing. In The Blessing, Moses gives Aaron and his sons the content of what to pray over the people of God. This is a prayer prayed by…

Duties of the Kohathites

There’s a good reason the book of Numbers is called that: it lists a bunch of numbers. It’s a census of the people of Israel. And there were a lot of people! If you’ve ever seen Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epic film “The Ten Commandments” (shown on network television every year since 1973 during Easter/Passover…

Everyone Gets a Do-Over in the Year of Jubilee

Today’s Bible reading* has a lot to say about the Year of Jubilee: Everyone gets a do-over. A reset. A recalibration. God goes into great detail about what this looks like. Debts are cancelled. Properties are returned to their original owners. Slaves are released. All in one year. The Year of Jubilee occurred every fifty…

Everyone Who Is Willing to Give Gives

We see a lot of details concerning the Tabernacle in today’s Bible reading. In fact, it’s easy to get lost in all of the details. But one thing we shouldn’t miss. It comes at the beginning of today’s reading. The Lord spoke to Moses: ‚ÄúTell the Israelites to take an offering for me. You are…

First-Hand Knowledge of God is Far Better than Hearsay

In today’s Bible reading we see the final word from God and Job. God’s statements involve two mighty creatures, Behemoth (a hippopotamus?) and Leviathan (a fire-breathing dragon-like sea creature that must have become extinct since Job’s story was written). Although both of these are creatures, God reminds Job that he can’t even get his own…