Numbers 1 to 3 ‘God is a God of Order’
The theme of Leviticus is holiness; the theme of Numbers is obedience. The study note in the NET Bible study tool says: “It provides a record of the experience of the Israelites during the wilderness wanderings, and records the laws for the camp as they traveled from place to place. The book focuses on the difficulties of the Israelites due to their lack of faith, rebellion, and apostasy. It also records God’s protection of his people from opposition from without. The book makes a fitting contribution to the collection of holy writings as it shows the spiritual and physical progression of the company of the redeemed toward the promised land.” And so we begin our journey with them today.
These first three chapters guide us to see the order that God required of the infant nation of Israel because they had just come from servitude in Egypt. Therefore, God instructed Moses to do such and such. The end of each chapter reads: They did all that God commanded Moses; that is what they did.
As Paul wrote to the Corinthians he told them: These things…were written for our instruction, on whom the ends of the ages have come.[ 1Co 10:11] And again he wrote: for God is not characterized by disorder but by peace [1Co 14:33]
The God who is not the author of confusion wants to be your God as well. He wants to guide you and bless you. Do you know Him?
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