Reading #1 – Numbers 26
Reading #2 – Psalms 85
Reading #3 – Proverbs 25
Reading #4 – Matthew 21
Reading #5 – Revelations 8
Numbers 26 – The 2nd Census. After Korah and his colleagues were killed, the Lord called for a census of the fighting men. So what made this census “authorized” and David’s census not (2 Samuel 25)? The answer is “the mindset that went into it”. Every census that is taken, the person being counted had to give some silver as a condition. We are not told what was going through David’s mind, just like we are not told what was going through Balaam’s mind (Numbers 22:28) that almost cost him his life. While the Bible contains Israel’s stories and Mesopotamian stories, it does not delve into the mindset of the speaker unless the speaker wants everything put recorded like the case Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4).
Psalms 85 – A Psalm for the Decendents of Korah. After Korah and his gang were swallowed into the earth, The family line of Korah still had members remaining (Numbers 26). This family needed healing and restoration. The first thing that is brought out is “what G_d did for them although they had sinned”. Now restore us, O God of our salvation. Put aside your anger against us once more. Will you be angry with us always? Will you prolong your wrath to all generations? Won’t you revive us again,
so your people can rejoice in you? Show us your unfailing love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation (4-7). When we sin, it is not the end of the world. How long we stay in the “soup” really depends on how long it takes for us to come to our senses. In the time of David, it took a story from the Prophet that incited his sense of justice only to be told: “you are the man” (2 Samual 12:10). When we confess our sins, he righteous and just to forgive us and then work on healing us (1 John 1:9). We will never be restored to what we once were but what we will be is forgiven and welcomed back in the covenant.
Proverbs 25 – The Privileges of the King. The King is endowed with privileges that are not given to all of the population. What the King wants, he gets. All who come before him to have their cases heard must first do so with great respect. The bad part of being a king is that he is held accountable for his actions just as the priest wears the ephod. If the king falls, the nation falls just like it did when David sinned.
Matthew 21 – Jesus’ Triumphant Entry. In the Old Testament, the prophecy was uttered: “Tell the people of Jerusalem,‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt (5).’” This fulfillment of prophecy is important because if Jesus had chosen to ride in on a white horse with a sword drawn, The prophecy would not have been complete and Jesus was would have been seen as a charlatan; unfortunately, many would have followed him including the SanHedrin.
Revelations 8 – The Lamb Breaks the Seventh Seal and the First Four Trumpet Judgements. When the Lamb broke the seventh seal on the scroll, there was silence throughout heaven for about half an hour (1). Everybody held their breath as the seventh seal was broken. The first four angels blew their trumpets and the earth was decimated by hail, fire, and the seas turning blood red (the color of molten lava). Then the third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from the sky, burning like a torch. It fell on one-third of the rivers and the springs of water. The name of the star was Bitterness. It made one-third of the water bitter, and many people died from drinking the bitter (10-11). The world had its time in the sun and now come the consequences for sin. When we are triumphant or “drunk in our power” we do not always realize the consequences that will come, when they will come, or how long they would pay for it. Rome had flexed its muscle by killing the innocent people in the name of the “Emperor”. In the end, Rome was decimated and would not come back to its former glory.