Numbers 3:36 Responsible For Small Things

The Merarites were appointed to take care of the frames of the tabernacle, its crossbars, posts, bases, all its equipment, and everything related to their use, Numbers 3:36

Every large company or organization has many different types of workers. These workers are the ones who do various jobs in order to make the organization run smoothly and correctly.

Only a few of the positions available are the glamorous looking leadership positions that many desire. Most of the positions are the ‘lower’ positions doing what appear to be menial or unimportant jobs. Though they may seem to be unimportant, all these positions are needed and are important.

God gave the sons of Merari, the son of Aaron, the job of caring for the frames and posts of the tabernacle and everything related to their use.

In the work for the tabernacle, caring for some posts does not appear to be something exciting to do. It is not the lead position of being the high priest or taking care of the sacrifices. Doing this type of work would be the like a person cleaning the toilets or vacuuming the carpet in a church today. These appear to be small jobs of no value.

There have been people in the church who leave the church because they are not allowed to do the big jobs. Pride gets in the way of their heart and does not allow them to do the small, necessary jobs.

Without small jobs being done, the big job cannot be accomplished successfully.

Believers are to do everything that they do as unto God. Every job, whether big or small, is to be focused on building God’s kingdom. In the eyes of God, every job that He hands a person to do is important for the building of His kingdom.

You may have a titled position in your church or you may not have one. Either way you have a job to do in order to assist in building God’s kingdom here on this earth.

Do not allow yourself to be resentful of the position you have or jealous of a position that you do not have. Allow God to work through you in whatever is available for you to accomplish. He will work within your skills and abilities to build His kingdom.

Together with others, you will build His church here on this earth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal to you the work He has for you to do; that you will work as unto God; and that you will see the value in the work you do in building God’s kingdom.

Numbers 2:2 God’s House Should Be In The Center

The Israelites are to camp around the tent of meeting some distance from it, each of them under their standard and holding the banners of their family. Numbers 2:2

Most people and businesses have something that they center on or focus on. It is often what gives them meaning and purpose to their life.

Temporary pleasures and things are what most people will focus on. These can be things or even people, such as family. Immediate pleasure is the desire of the world. A few will focus on longer term things, such as retirement and long-term health.

God told the Israelites to set up the camp around the tent of meeting with their standards and banners.

All of the Israelite families were to have their home tents set up around the tent of meeting. The tent of meeting was the tabernacle where God would meet with the priests and Moses. It was the ‘church’ during the Old Testament period of life.

As the world is focused upon the here and now and temporary pleasures, the believer is to focus his entire life upon God and eternity. The things and pleasures of this world will fail and fade away, but God’s kingdom will never end. Life with God will last for eternity.

Although most believers cannot work full time a church and dedicate their entire life to church, every believer can focus on doing the work of God on this earth.

To know the work of God to be done, each and every believer is to spend time with God, both listening and speaking to Him. This can occur regardless of where he is or what time it is.

The believer has become the temple of God, the place where God dwells. His life is camped near the temple of God to meet with God on a continual basis.

As with every person, you have many things that call for your attention each day. Your first focus should always be upon God and what He desires for your life. Center everything that you say, think and do in this life upon what God wants you to say, think or do.

Do not allow yourself to camp out in this fallen world of sin. All the things of this world are temporary and will fail. God will never fail or go away.

What is at the center of your life?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will center your life upon God and His word; that God will give you strength to overcome the temporary pulls of this fallen world; and that the world will see that you serve God with all of your life.

Leviticus 9:6 What Is God Commanding You To Do?

Then Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded you to do, so that the glory of the Lord may appear to you.” Leviticus 9:6

In order for certain things to occur, other specific things must happen first. Commands or directions are always given with a new item in order that it may work properly and accomplish the desired task.

Some speakers are willing to come and speak at an event if very specific actions are taken prior to arrival to speak. If the commands are not followed, the speaker will not be willing to speak.

After getting the tabernacle set up, Moses tells the people that these are the things God had commanded for them to do so that His glory may appear to them.

It is common for most people in a church to desire to have God’s presence show up in a service or even in their own lives. However, many of those same people are unwilling to listen to what God commands of them and do it. People want God to show up on their own terms as they desire.

The tabernacle and the priesthood that God set up through Moses was just a symbol of what was to come later. Instead of having a few individuals be priests and having to provide animal sacrifices, Jesus made all believers priests that can stand before God and offer sacrifices of the heart before God so that He may appear to them.

Some of the sacrifices that believers can do on a regular basis are prayer, reading God’s word, applying God’s word, sacrifice of time and effort to build His kingdom, turning away and repenting of sin, and more. As the believer follows God’s commands, God will show up in His life and do great works and wonders in and through him.

God wants His glory to appear to you and work in your life. He has given you some general commands as to how this can come about.

There are also some very specific commands to you as to what you must do for God and His kingdom. Seek God and His word to find out what God expects of you and commands you to do. Allow His Holy Spirit to guide you and strengthen you to do what He commands. Then expect His glory to show up in your life.

What is God commanding you to do today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God commands you to do; that you will do what God has told you to do; and that you will see and know God’s glory in your life.

Exodus 40:16 Do Everything As Told By God

Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him. Exodus 40:16

Some gifts that are opened on Christmas morning will have instructions with them to tell how one is to set up the new item. At times these instructions will be very complex, detailed and long.

There are some people out there that feel that they can put the item together without looking at the instructions. While this can occur sometimes, many times something is forgotten, missed, or ignored that was important and the item does not work properly. Afterwards the person must look at the instructions and do as he was told.

Moses did everything just as God commanded him in building everything for the tabernacle and setting it up.

Life is extremely complex and has many different interdependent moving parts that must be put together correctly to work properly. Man feels that he knows the best way to put everything together and tries to do it on his own. Often his thinking is only on the here and now of life on the earth and not on eternity.

In the process of trying to do things on his own and ignoring God’s commands, he makes a mess of everything. Instead of successfully building a life, death and despair is brought about. Failure at putting everything together correctly is guaranteed without reading and heeding to God’s instructions.

Believers will listen to and follow all of God’s instructions, even when the instructions do not make sense and are too long. Just as there is a purpose for every nut and bolt to put an item together, God has a purpose for everything challenge that shows up in the life of the believer.

As the believer trusts in and does what God says, life will move forward with purpose and eternal success.

Your life is made of many very different complex parts. It is more than you can handle on your own.

Rather than try and do it your own way, follow God’s instructions. Read the Bible and see what God has to say on how to live life. Then pray and listen to God’s specific instructions to you.

His instructions may not always make sense and even seem foolish, but know that they are the best and will work all things out for your good in the end.

Are you willing to do everything God has commanded you? Or will you skip some steps?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know all that God commands you to do; that you will trust God’s word to you; that you will do everything God commands you; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life.

Exodus 36:8 Meaningful Colors

All those who were skilled among the workers made the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim woven into them by expert hands. Exodus 36:8

Colors are often used to bring out or reveal meaning to something. Different colors will often maintain various meanings to people nearly around the entire world.

Certain groups will use specific colors so that when people see it, they will know who they are looking at. Holidays are often decked out with specific colors related to that holiday.

As the workers were building the tabernacle, they made the curtains with blue, purple and scarlet yarn that was made of very finely twisted linen.

The color blue is often portrayed as heaven, due to looking up into the heavens above the earth the sky is blue. Purple is usually a sign of royalty or high and powerful position. Scarlet is the color of blood or sacrifice.

The tabernacle that was built was to be a connecting point between heaven and earth, a place of royalty–as God is the great King–and a place of sacrifice for the sins of the people.

Over time God changed the tabernacle to the temple, then Jesus made each believer the new temple of God. Believers, the new temple of God, are to be just like the tabernacle was.

First, they must be a connecting point between heaven and earth, God and this fallen world. They are to be a light of Jesus to this dark world.

Next, they are royalty as a part of the family of God. Believers can walk in the authority and power of Jesus.

Finally, they are to be a living sacrifice unto God. They are to sacrifice their own desires to do the will of God by loving others, loving God and building His kingdom.

As a believer, Jesus has dressed you up with the colors that God has created for the world to see. Allow yourself to be a conduit for God to reach down into the lives of others in this world. Walk with the authority and power that Jesus has given you as a child of God. Sacrifice your life and desires to be the light of the world as Jesus wants you to be.

God used colors to define the tabernacle. Are you dressed in those colors today as the temple of God?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be a connection between heaven and earth; that you will walk in God’s authority given to you; that you will sacrifice your life for God’s will; and that you will be who God created you to be.