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Friday, February 26, 2016

Chronological Reading Plan for Feb 27, Num 8-10

Today's readings are Num 8-10. Tomorrow's are Num 11-13. 

In Num 8, the Levites, according to the commandments given in Num 3, are consecrated to the Lord for service. They are offered as a "wave" offering, a term we've seen before. A wave offering is the symbolic lifting up of an offering, placing it before the Lord and dedicating it to Him. The clans are to lay their hands on the Levites and the Levites are to lay their hands on the sacrifices, transferring the sins of the people to the sacrifices. The Levites serve the High Priest and stand in as a substitute for the first born of God's people. They, like Aaron and his sons, must be ritually cleansed prior to serving. All of these ceremonies and rituals emphasize the holiness of God. 

God commands the Passover, the remembrance of their deliverance from Egypt. All of His people are to observe it, without exception. God's glory fills the Tabernacle. When God moves, His people will move. When God stays, His people will stay with Him. He is their God and leader, the Great Shepherd and they are His flock. 

Once all the ceremonies and instructions are in place, God leads His people from Sinai. Judah is in front with Dan bringing up the rear. God gives them a set of signals calling for various meetings, functions and governing battle. The signals are sounded through silver trumpets. The trumpets represent the audible presence of God among His people. There is a physical representation of Him as well, the column of fire and smoke that leads them. God will be seen and heard among His people.

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