Suggested Reading: Numbers 7
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Key Verse: Numbers 7:1-3
Now it came to pass, when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle, that he anointed it and consecrated it and all its furnishings, and the altar and all its utensils; so he anointed them and consecrated them. Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of their fathers’ houses, who were the leaders of the tribes and over those who were numbered, made an offering. And they brought their offering before the Lord, six covered carts and twelve oxen, a cart for every two of the leaders, and for each one an ox; and they presented them before the tabernacle.
Today’s reading may make us wonder as to why it’s here. It is so repetitive. The gifts which the leaders of the tribes present to God at the dedication of the Tabernacle are listed 12 times over. Could a reason be to show generosity? Could another reason be to teach the children what it means to take responsibility as the heads of households? God instructs parents to show leadership, teaching, not only in word, but by example. If we as parents are givers, chances are that our children will also be givers.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Lord Jesus, You are the greatest Giver, and according to Your Word, You live in and through me. Please grant me the grace to channel Your Spirit of giving through me. In Your Name I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Today, Norma-Jean and I, along with 100 others, fly to Israel. For the next two weeks, I hope to connect to the Internet in our hotels in order to continue this daily blog. I might even have more inspiration than usual as we travel every day through the Biblical sites. God willing, I’ll be leading in the reading of Scriptures that relate to our stops. I plan to read my blogs each morning to our brothers and sisters who travel with us. Next year at the same time, if health and strength permit, I would love to have many of you who join me daily on the Internet travel with us to Israel. Norma-Jean and I have done this every year since 1968. It’s not that we need to see the Holy Land again, although we gain new insights every time, it’s that we get to live together for two weeks with wonderful people. We make friends and enjoy each other’s company. We also get to thank, in person, members of our group who give to the support of the ministry of Crossroads. Check out www.crossroads.ca for a fuller understanding of why many give regularly and sacrificially.
Yours for the great joy of giving,