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Today in Numbers chapter 4 we read about the duties of the Kohathites, Gershonites and the Merarites! Reading this chapter reminded me of the church where I used to work - where we had to set up and tear down the sanctuary each Sunday, because we were holding services in a rented community center building. And truly, most Sundays my days felt like verse 31 and the Merarites: ""Their duties at the Tabernacle will consist of carrying loads." But, even though this task of carrying loads back then and today may seem "menial" at first glance, the task was of utmost importance for the community's worship! So, I hope this chapter can be an encouragement to you if at times you feel like you are simply "carrying loads" at your church - keep in mind it is a holy task that the Merarites faithfully conducted before you in the time of Moses!
Worship God: Today's readings in Numbers 5 reminded me of Jars of Clay's song "Carry Me:"
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Please join us in memorizing and meditating on two verses of Scripture today: "Say to the Israelites: 'Any man or woman who wrongs another in any way and so is unfaithful to the LORD is guilty and must confess the sin they have committed. They must make full restitution for the wrong they have done, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the person they have wronged." Numbers 5:6-7 NIV
Prayer Point: Pray that you do not wrong others and so sin against the LORD. Pray that when you do wrong others, you make full restitution for the wrong you have done.
Comments from You & Questions of the Day: Based on my reflections in the OT, have you ever had volunteer duties at your church that were less than glamorous duties? :) Do you think that maybe these duties were actually very glamorous to God, even if they weren't glamorous to the world? Do you make it a habit of volunteering at your church regularly? What are some volunteer things you do for your church to help "carry the load" of your church's ministry? Also, what verses or insights stand out to you in today's readings? Please post up by clicking on the "Comments" link below!