Numbers 28:16–29:40; Luke 3:23-38; Psalm 62:1-12; Proverbs 11:18-19
God Hath Spoken (the verse that satisfies today)
Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. – Psalm 62:1-2
God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. – Psalms 62:11
How many of us constantly talk to God while we are waiting? We have a hard time sitting alongside Him in silence. I know I have a hard time with it. But I also know that a season of waiting means to do so in body, mind, and spirit. Stop everything. Stop the busyness. Stop overthinking everything. Just be quiet. Just be still.
As in any relationship, times of quiet and contentment, just in who you are together, are vital. Be patient in the waiting and in the quiet. If you find yourself doing anything then let it be listening! If you do not listen, you will never hear what is on the other person’s heart.
This is also true in our relationship with our God. If you are constantly talking (even about good things), you will not hear God when He speaks. You will not hear Him say things like – Power belongs to Him! Power belongs to Him. POWER belongs to HIM!
That one verse satisfies all the needs of my longing heart today. POWER!
and one kid of the goats, to make an atonement for you. – Numbers 28:30
The Israelites had to bring one spotless, male goat to make atonement. What does that mean?
Atonement – satisfaction or reparation for a wrong or injury; amends.
The children of Israel brought a spotless male goat as a sacrifice to make repayment for their sins.
Because Jesus came to this earth as a man and lived a sinless life (the spotless Lamb of God) and died on the old rugged cross when He had done nothing to deserve that, Jesus took the place of our sacrifice to make atonement for each of us. The price for sin was a blood sacrifice. If you didn’t make it with a male goat, you would pay it with your very life. Jesus was our blood sacrifice. When He died, He made payment for our sin. But, Jesus rose out of the grave and is now seated at the Father’s right hand. HALLELUJAH! And what is He doing? Right now, this very minute, He is interceding for YOU and ME.
GLORY to GOD!!! I am thankful that He loved me enough to come and make atonement for me!
Genealogy of Joseph
And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, – Luke 3:23
which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God. – Luke 3:38
The reading today has been full of seemingly repetition, numbers, and names. But it is incredible here in the New Testament that the writer traced Joseph’s lineage back to God Himself. How many times have we skipped over this section while reading? I have. The Bible clearly shows here how Joseph’s bloodline goes back to God. That means God was his Father. And that means God is our Father too! We say we are His children by adoption, but if we could go back through all of our ancestors, we would find, like Joseph found, that truly we are the children of God!!!
Ponder on that and allow that statement to encourage you today. It has me!
Sure Reward or Death – Your Choice
The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death. – Proverbs 11:18-19
Reward or death is a choice we make each day, with every single decision. If I live righteously, I will have a reward – a sure reward – and His name is JESUS!
Help me Lord to chose wisely today and every day!