Numbers 5 & 6: Will The LORD Bless And Keep You?
Verse of the Day: (6:24) The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
1. Without (5:1-10)
And the children of Israel did so, and put them out without the camp: as the LORD spake unto Moses, so did the children of Israel. (5:4)
God through Moses commanded Israel to quarantine the lepers and get them out of the camp where Israel stayed so that they would not infect others. Leprosy is the analogy of sins as we must confess and forsake sins otherwise not only we reap the consequences of our sins, even our family members reap the consequences of our sins. As in the case of alcohol addiction, not only the drunkard harms his health, but he becomes violent and abuses his family. God loves sinners but He hates sins, and let us confess and forsake our sins, and believe and trust in Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and Lord. (1 John 1:9)
2. Water (5:11-31)
And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth the curse: (5:18)
Marriage is sacred and it is of and from God. During Moses’ time, when the people of Israel suspected that their wives were unfaithful, they would bring them to the priests, and present to God the offering of jealousy. The priests shall then uncover the woman’s head, put the offering in her hands, charge her with an oath and serve her with the bitter water. God shall then miraculously revealed to them that the belly of the guilty shall swell and her thigh shall rot, while the innocent shall instead conceive her child. Today, we no longer have this practice, nonetheless, it is important for us to keep our marriage honourable, and never be unfaithful, otherwise God shall surely judge us. (Hebrews 13:4)
3. Wine (6:1-27)
He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. (6:3)
During Moses’ time or the Old Testament era, God commanded Israel that those who desired to dedicate their whole lives to God must vow a vow of a Nazarite, and must observed the three requirements; firstly, he must abstain from wine, vinegar of wine or strong drink, liquor of grapes, moist or dried grapes, secondly, he must not cut his hair, and thirdly, he must not come near or touch a corpse. Today, when we believe and trust in Christ, though we are not subject to the Nazarite vows, but by the mercies of God, we must present ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to Him, by trusting and obeying Him, and He shall surely bless and keep us now and forever. (Romans 12:1)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that You richly bless and keep me as I trust and obey You.