Numbers 4

This is the service of the sons of Kohath in the tent of meeting: the most holy things (Numbers 4:4). Chapter 4 has both a detailed count of the Levites according to group (Kohathites, Gershon, and Merari) and a listing of their duties, covering how the tabernacle of the Lord...

Numbers 3

Bring the tribe of Levi near, and set them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister to him (Numbers 3:6). The Levites were not counted in chapter 1, nor were they given a campsite in chapter 2 because God had appointed them to a special work. God selected the...

Numbers 2

The people of Israel shall camp each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers’ houses. They shall camp facing the tent of meeting on every side (Numbers 2:2). Chapter 1 of Numbers is a census, and chapter 2 is essentially a map, as God gives the layout...

Numbers 1

Take a census of all the congregation of the people of Israel, by clans, by fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, every male, head by head (Numbers 1:2). This year (2020) the United States will conduct a census. Here in the opening chapter of Numbers we see a...

Matthew 28

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:18b-20a). Faith...

Matthew 27

“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom” (Matt. 27:50, 51a). An enormous, thick curtain separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. Only the high priest was...

Matthew 26

“And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’ … Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, ‘My Father, if this cannot...

Matthew 25

“For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away” (Matt. 25:29). “That’s not fair!” we cry. We know God’s topsy-turvy tendencies, but this appears to have gone too far....

Matthew 24

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only … Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matt. 24:36,44). Does verse 36 seem a...

Matthew 23

“The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matt. 23:11-12). Jesus reminds the crowds and His disciples that God has a noticeable habit of turning things upside down. Under His perfectly just, inverse-ranking system, those like the...