Power Struggles

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Numbers 16-18 God had appointed Moses as the leader of Israel. He had appointed his brother Aaron to be high priest. However, people like Korah wanted greater power in the community of God’s people. The people of Israel were confused as they listened to the claims of both groups. It was necessary for God to take drastic action to make it clear whom He had chosen for leadership. Sad to say, in the church today such power struggles …

Forgiven But

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Numbers 14-15 Ten of the spies came back saying that the task of conquering the land was impossible. This showed lack of faith in God. When the people sided with those spies, they also showed their lack of faith. God was ready to destroy them. God is love but this doesn’t mean that He will accept any kind of behavior. Moses now shows his greatness by turning down God’s offer to replace Israel with only the offspring of …

Problems, Problems

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Numbers 11–13 If you haven’t noticed, God’s people have their faults. The people grumbled. Paul writing to the Corinthians urges us to learn a lesson from what happened to them. God was providing their daily bread, and they weren’t satisfied. They remembered the variety of food they had in Egypt, forgetting the bitterness of their slavery there. God gave them what they wanted, but as the psalmist commented, with it “sent leanness into their soul” (Ps. 106:15 KJV). …

Lead On, O King Eternal

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Numbers 8–10 Now it was time to leave Mount Sinai and head for the Promised Land. God kept them constantly aware of his presence by inhabiting a cloud hovering over the tabernacle by day and a pillar of fire by night. We too are on a journey through life on our way to heaven. We travel not alone. We are God’s people together and we are assured of God’s presence. The cloud and fire may have been more …

Blessing and Response

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Numbers 6–7 The Bible moves back and forth from blessings God gives us to ways in which we are to respond to those blessings. It is a blessing to belong to God’s covenant people. Beside the ordinary response of obedience, an Israelite had the opportunity to spend a period especially dedicated to God by taking a Nazirite vow. While all of life is to be dedicated to God, there is real value in making a special response to …