Daily Bible Reading 5/23/2020

Reading #1 – Numbers 3

Reading #2 – Psalms 63

Reading #3 – Proverbs 1

Reading #4 – Malachai 2

Reading #5 – 1 Peter 2

Notes

Reading #1 – Numbers 3

Reading #2 – Psalms 63

Reading #3 – Proverbs 1

Reading #4 – Malachai 2

Reading #5 – 1 Peter 2

Notes

 

Numbers 3 – The Levites. The Levites were appointed to be the priests for the nation. As priests, they were given the responsibility for taking care of the temple. The High priest, Aaron, was the only person that was allowed into the Holy of holies and only once a year (Leviticus 16:2-34). Before the exile, the last plague that fell on Egypt was the “death of the firstborn” (Exodus 12:29). When G_d sent the plague, the nation Israel was not exempt from it. The Levites were the “sacrifice” as the 22000 men 20 years or older were given to G_d in place of the others or “redeemed”. The number of “firstborn” in Israel was 22273 and the number of Levites was 22000 so the additional 273 had to pay a sum of money for their lives. The firstborn animals were sacrificed so that the nation could not use them. The firstborn men of the tribes other than the Levites should have been committed to caring for the Temple or sacrificed so that they could not be used for forced labor. The Levites became the “Sacrificial lamb” for the nation as the firstborn outside of the Levitical tribe would be assured that the matter was closed and they were not free. The problem came in that the number of non-levitical firstborn exceeded the number of Levitical firstborn. So, 273 of them had to pay five shekels of silver each for their life. What is important to note is that all mankind belongs to G_d and that includes Levites and non-Levites, Israel, or Goyim.

Psalms 63 – In the Wilderness of Judah. According to the Amplified Bible Study Notes, this Psalm was most likely written when Saul was chasing David in the wilderness. David knew G_d and always enjoyed the richest of fare in his presence. David had been promised the throne of Israel/Judah so he knew that this trial would end and he would not die. During the dry times, like this one, was also the time when David enjoyed a rich feast because he turned his pain into praise. During the times of rest, he meditated on all that G_d had done in and through his life.  I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy (2-5).

Proverbs 1 – The Proverbs of Solomon. When I read the rich warnings of the writer, I would get the idea that this writer was the “perfect child of G_d” and able to bridle his tongue and passions (James 3:2). Yet, he was the same man who would go on to do the very things he was told not to do. Because Solomon chose to disobey his counsel, it doesn’t negate the call to living “holy before G_d”. In the same way, when we counsel our children for or against a course of action, it doesn’t mean that the parent always did that which was right, it means they learned the hard way and are trying to save their child from the traps that would come. We acquire wisdom by listening to wise counsel but we understand it by putting it to work in our life. Wisdom has two sides or slopes: listen and grow wise or do not listen and fall into the trap that was set in broad daylight or right in front of your face (Jeremiah 29:11 in reflection).

Malachi 2 – Warning to the Priests. As you will remember, the Levites were the “sacrifice for the firstborn” (Leviticus 3). When these men ventured into sin, the nation’s demise was just about complete. When sin was conceived and birth was given to delusion and frustration (Psalms 7:14), the priests cried and wailed because G_d no longer paid attention to their sacrifices (13). When we sin we violate our temple, and by proxy, put another god in place of G_d so G_d will leave. One of the first commandments is, “I am the Lord your G_d who brought you out of slavery, you shall have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3). By all rights, the nation Israel was just as responsible for what happened in Egypt as the Egyptians were and should have paid for their sins with their lives but the firstborn of the Egyptians and the firstborn of the animals died in their place (Exodus 12:39). Dying in place of another person is the highest price that can ever be paid; yet, it was all ignored because “we are the chosen nation”. Didn’t the LORD make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth. 16 “For I hate divorce!” says the LORD, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife (15-16).”

1 Peter 2 – Living Stones for the House of G_d. As Christians, we are called to live by G_d’s laws and commands which have never changed; right is still called “right” and wrong is still called “wrong”. Those who contend with the Devil on the front-lines understand all too well how bad times can get. By suffering for righteous acts, one is assured of rewards in Heaven. The demarcation line of suffering is the point at which we become the culprit of sin (Malachi 2). You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. 6 As the Scriptures say,  “I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced (4-6).

 

Numbers 3 – The Levites. The Levites were appointed to be the priests for the nation. As priests, they were given the responsibility for taking care of the temple. The High priest, Aaron, was the only person that was allowed into the Holy of holies and only once a year (Leviticus 16:2-34). Before the exile, the last plague that fell on Egypt was the “death of the firstborn” (Exodus 12:29). When G_d sent the plague, the nation Israel was not exempt from it. The Levites were the “sacrifice” as the 22000 men 20 years or older were given to G_d in place of the others or “redeemed”. The number of “firstborn” in Israel was 22273 and the number of Levites was 22000 so the additional 273 had to pay a sum of money for their lives. The firstborn animals were sacrificed so that the nation could not use them. The firstborn men of the tribes other than the Levites should have been committed to caring for the Temple or sacrificed so that they could not be used for forced labor. The Levites became the “Sacrificial lamb” for the nation as the firstborn outside of the Levitical tribe would be assured that the matter was closed and they were not free. The problem came in that the number of non-levitical firstborn exceeded the number of Levitical firstborn. So, 273 of them had to pay five shekels of silver each for their life. What is important to note is that all mankind belongs to G_d and that includes Levites and non-Levites, Israel, or Goyim.

Psalms 63 – In the Wilderness of Judah. According to the Amplified Bible Study Notes, this Psalm was most likely written when Saul was chasing David in the wilderness. David knew G_d and always enjoyed the richest of fare in his presence. David had been promised the throne of Israel/Judah so he knew that this trial would end and he would not die. During the dry times, like this one, was also the time when David enjoyed a rich feast because he turned his pain into praise. During the times of rest, he meditated on all that G_d had done in and through his life.  I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy (2-5).

Proverbs 1 – The Proverbs of Solomon. When I read the rich warnings of the writer, I would get the idea that this writer was the “perfect child of G_d” and able to bridle his tongue and passions (James 3:2). Yet, he was the same man who would go on to do the very things he was told not to do. Because Solomon chose to disobey his counsel, it doesn’t negate the call to living “holy before G_d”. In the same way, when we counsel our children for or against a course of action, it doesn’t mean that the parent always did that which was right, it means they learned the hard way and are trying to save their child from the traps that would come. We acquire wisdom by listening to wise counsel but we understand it by putting it to work in our life. Wisdom has two sides or slopes: listen and grow wise or do not listen and fall into the trap that was set in broad daylight or right in front of your face (Jeremiah 29:11 in reflection).

Malachi 2 – Warning to the Priests. As you will remember, the Levites were the “sacrifice for the firstborn” (Leviticus 3). When these men ventured into sin, the nation’s demise was just about complete. When sin was conceived and birth was given to delusion and frustration (Psalms 7:14), the priests cried and wailed because G_d no longer paid attention to their sacrifices (13). When we sin we violate our temple, and by proxy, put another god in place of G_d so G_d will leave. One of the first commandments is, “I am the Lord your G_d who brought you out of slavery, you shall have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3). By all rights, the nation Israel was just as responsible for what happened in Egypt as the Egyptians were and should have paid for their sins with their lives but the firstborn of the Egyptians and the firstborn of the animals died in their place (Exodus 12:39). Dying in place of another person is the highest price that can ever be paid; yet, it was all ignored because “we are the chosen nation”. Didn’t the LORD make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth. 16 “For I hate divorce!” says the LORD, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife (15-16).”

1 Peter 2 – Living Stones for the House of G_d. As Christians, we are called to live by G_d’s laws and commands which have never changed; right is still called “right” and wrong is still called “wrong”. Those who contend with the Devil on the front-lines understand all too well how bad times can get. By suffering for righteous acts, one is assured of rewards in Heaven. The demarcation line of suffering is the point at which we become the culprit of sin (Malachi 2). You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. 6 As the Scriptures say,  “I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced (4-6).

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