NUMBERS 17-18, PSALM 55, ISAIAH 7, JAMES 1

Numbers 17-18
"On the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony, and behold, the staff of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds."  Numbers 17:8 

God proved His choice of Aaron, who represented the tribe of Levi, by taking something dead, a dried piece of wood, and causing it to bear fruit.  All those He has chosen experience a similar activity in their lives.  He takes those who are dead in their trespasses and sin and makes them alive bearing the fruit of repentance. 

The people's response to God's miracle was “Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone.  Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of the LORD, shall die. Are we all to perish?”  (Numbers 17:12-13)  What caused you to realize you were undone?  How did God reveal Himself as the only One who could keep you from perishing?  Isaiah knew when he saw the LORD high and lifted up, sitting on a throne.  His response in Isaiah 6:3 is "Woe is me!  For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!"  

Not only does God cause us to see our uncleanness, give us life and fruitfulness, He also provides a unique role for each of us to fulfill, just as He did Aaron.  "I give your priesthood as a gift." (Numbers 18:7)  As believers, we too, have been given the service of the priesthood.  1 Peter 2:5 says "you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."  As a disciple of Christ Jesus, I am a member of a holy priesthood, like Aaron and his sons.  God gave me this role of service to Him as a gift, which He characterizes as "I am your portion and inheritance" in Numbers 18:20.  My responsibility is to offer spiritual sacrifices to God through Christ Jesus.  Peter helps us understand how to fulfill our role as priest 1 Peter 2:9.  "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."

Abba Father, thank You for bringing Your children to the end of themselves.  You alone remove the veil with which Satan blinds us.  You alone bring us to the point of seeing our brokenness and justly deserved punishment.  Your love is unfathomable.  Lord Jesus, thank You for shining the light of Your Gospel into our heart, causing us to see You as our portion and inheritance.  Holy Spirit, please use me to faithfully proclaim the excellencies of Him who called me out of darkness into to HIs marvelous light.  

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