Daily Encouragement

March 6 – Nazarites, Technology, and Temples!

Numbers 6:1-7:89
Mark 12:38-13:13
Psalm 49:1-20
Proverbs 10:27-28

Numbers 6 — According to John MacArthur, there were three people in the Bible who were lifelong Nazirites: Samuel, Samson, and John the Baptist. So, what is the purpose of the Nazirite vow? John MacArthur preached a great message on this subject:

Now, let’s look at Numbers chapter 6 and I’ll show you that not only the kings and the princes and the priests and the high priests but there were certain people in the congregation of Israel who chose this standard, too.  Anybody could choose to step up to this standard – this was the highest standard.  And you’ll remember in Numbers chapter 6 verse 1, the Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Speak to the children of Israel and say unto them, when either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazirite, to separate themselves unto the Lord.”

Read more from John MacArthur at GTY.org.

Numbers 7:3-5 — God is blessing them with the gift of technology for the use of the ministry, but in vs. 9 we find that there is some technology that can’t be used in ministry. There are times I am unable to be at my church, and I appreciate the livestream that lets me watch it online. But if I can be at church, I shouldn’t use the livestream as an excuse to avoid Hebrews 10:25.

Numbers 7:89 — The inventory of the offering is over, now Moses enters into the tabernacle, and the LORD God of Heaven has chosen to locate His presence in a human creation.

Mark 13:1 — If you’ve been to Jerusalem, you’ve seen the ruins of the Temple’s foundation, but the Temple is no more. All that’s left is a model outside of the Israel Museum.

Psalm 49:3 — The opening structure of this psalm is similar to the Book of Proverbs: the calling for attention to wisdom. Roughly 3,000 years ago, the psalmist had to warn his people that trust in wealth and riches cannot save a soul from death. But God can redeem me! I’ll never be on the Forbes Real-Time List of the Richest People in the World. I may be poor for the next 50 years or so, but I can be rich for the next million years!

Proverbs 10:27-28 — Interesting how this passage matches up with the psalm passage. Long days and gladness are the results of following God.

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