Numbers 29-31, Mark 9

Numbers 29:8
You shall present a burnt offering to the Lord as a sweet aroma: one young bull, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year. Be sure they are without blemish.

I find it interesting and encouraging that this offering on the Day of Atonement, the day of atoning for sin, was a sweet aroma to the Lord. It reminds me of how Jesus takes something that is repulsive to the Lord, our sin, and makes us righteous, a sweet aroma to the Lord. Praise God!

Numbers 30:2
If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

We live in a world where promises mean nothing. They mean something to God and he expects that we we make promises, we keep them. Solomon, the wisest man to have ever lived wrote this: Ecclesiastes 5:4, When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; For He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed.

Numbers 31:2
“Take vengeance on the Midianites for the children of Israel. Afterward you shall be gathered to your people.”

The Midianites were a nomadic people who at this time were associated with the people of Moab. If you remember from Numbers 25:1-2, we read that “the people began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab. They invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.” This is why God told them to go to war and defeat the Midianites.

Numbers 31:8
They killed the kings of Midian with the rest of those who were killed—Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian. Balaam the son of Beor they also killed with the sword.

Balaam the prophet from previous chapters was killed. He was ultimately responsible for leading the Israelites into the sin of harlotry with the Moabite wimen. We read in Jude 1:11, “Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.”

Mark 9:23-24
Jesus said to him, “ If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

This is a powerful verse. To take it for what it says, ‘all things are possible to him who believes’ takes great faith. Hebrews 11:6, But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. The first step to seeing ‘all things’ made possible is believing God is and the second is diligently seeking Him. When we find ourselves struggling with unbelief, we must cry out to the Lord, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

Mark 9:42
42 “ But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.

Woe to those who take advantage of children today. We see so many forms of this, too numerous to mention. Such people are in for a rude awakening when they stand before the Lord. God help us!


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