15th February: Numbers 7 – Why do we bring our offerings to the Lord? …

Numbers

7:1-47  –  Why do we bring our offerings to the Lord? – ‘that they may be used in doing the service of the tent of meeting’ (5). We give ourselves to the Lord – ‘Love so amazing, so divine, Shall have my soul, my life, my all’ – and we ask Him to put our gift to good use – ‘O use me, Lord, use even me, just as Thou wilt, and when, and where’ (Church Hymnary, 437,485). Why is there so much repetition here? – God does not look only at the total offering. He prizes each separate offering. Each gift expresses the giver’s love for Him. Let us ‘lay up… treasures in heaven’, bringing our offerings in faith, as an expression of our gratitude to God for His abundant grace. Which matters most to you? – ‘earth’ or ‘heaven’: ‘Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also’ (Matthew 6:19-21).

7:48-89  –  At the end of this long chapter, we have Communion with God: ‘When Moses went into the tent of the meeting to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat…’ (89). This is what it’s all about: We ‘draw near to the throne of grace’. We ‘receive mercy and find grace…’ (Hebrews 4:16). Listen for God’s Word. Speak to God in prayer. So often, the most important things get crowded out. We lose sight of God – His love, His grace, His mercy. Religion becomes a burdensome, legalistic thing. There is no joy in it. God comes to us in mercy – ready to forgive. In love, He offers us a new beginning. By His grace, we can live as the people of God. God is speaking. Are you listening to Him? God is listening. Are you speaking to Him? Nothing is more important than this!
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