PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Numbers 7-8
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“In this way the Lord spoke to Moses.” (Numbers 7:89)
The tribes bring offerings to dedicate the altar, the meeting place with God.
The priests receive and present the offerings, assisted by the Levites.
The Levites represent those fully devoted to the maintaining the tent of meeting.
And the Lord is in the middle of it all, speaking with Moses.
There is a lot of religion and ritual in these chapters, but relationship is at the center.
God wants to be in relationship with us, devoted and in dialogue together.
Jesus brings an end to the religion and ritual, but not to its meaning and purpose.
He expands the blessing of relationship and speaking to everyone, not just a religious few.
And no longer bound to the temple, we can meet and speak with Jesus anywhere!
As Jesus followers, we can see ourselves symbolically like the people in these chapters.
We’ve been set apart, sprinkled with cleansing water, called to do the work of the Lord.
We offer ourselves and our gifts to the Lord’s service, to help others meet God!
Jesus is the key to of all this: Jesus is the way God speaks to us!
Can you see past the religion and ritual to see God’s heart: to meet and speak with you!
Lord, speak to me when we meet, receive the offering of my heart, and use me for your work. I want to be fully devoted to the work of helping others fellowship with you too!