Connect The Testaments


March 1: A Bold God and a Bold People

Numbers 1:1–46; John 11:1–27; Psalms 1:1–6

Imagine a God so bold that He would say, “Take a census of the entire community of the children of Israel according to their clans and their ancestors’ house … from twenty years old and above, everyone in Israel who is able to go to war. You and Aaron must muster them for their wars. A man from each tribe will be with you, each man the head of his family” (Num 1:2–4). It wouldn’t be easy to hear God tell you that you must be ready for war.

Yet our daily decisions to follow God are not so different than the decisions and preparations Moses had to make. Every day we have opportunities to choose God—or not. It’s easy to agree to this as a principle, but living it is an entirely different story. How often do distractions deter us from actually hearing God? Yet if we can’t hear Him, we can’t obey Him.

It’s also easy to be distracted by sin, but following sinful ways will only make us like “the chaff that the wind scatters” (Psa 1:4). We must be a people constantly seeking God instead—a people that makes His law our “delight” (Psa 1:2). We must “meditate” upon it “day and night” (Psa 1:2).

We’re also distracted by wicked people prospering. It’s easy to think, “Why is that person moving up in the world while I seem to be falling back?” But we must remember that this world is not “the dream,” and God will bring justice: “for Yahweh knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish” (Psa 1:6).

What’s distracting you from listening to God and following Him? What are you going to do about it?

JOHN D. BARRY

EZC

  • The Lord spake again unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tabernacle of the Congregation, in the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, Take ye the sum of all the Congregation of the children of Israel, after their families and households of their fathers, with the number of their names: to wit, all the males, man by man: From twenty years old and above, all that go forth to the war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them throughout their armies. And with you shal be men of every tribe, such as are the heads of the house of their fathers. And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you, of the tribe of Reuben, Elizur, the son of Shedeur: Of Simeon, Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai: of Judah, Nahshon the son of Amminadab: Of Issachar, Nethanel the son of Zuar: Of Zebulun, Eliab, the son of Helon: Of the children of Joseph: of Ephraim, Elishama the son of Ammihud: of Manasseh, Gamaliel, the son of pedahzur: Of Benjamin, Abidan the son of Gideoni: of Dan, Ahiezer, the son of Ammishaddai: Of Asher, Pagiel, the son of Ocran: Ofr Gad, Elisaph the son of Deuel: Of Naphtali, Ahira the son of Enan. These were famous in the Congregation, princes of hte tribes of their fathers, and heads over thousands in Israel. Then Moses and Aaron took these men which are expressed by their names. And they called all the congregation together in the first day of the second month, who delared their kindred by their families, and by the houses of their fathers according to the number of their names, man by man, every male from twenty years old and above, as many as went forth to war: The sum of them, I say, of the tribe of Gad was five and forty thousand, and six hundred and fifty. Of the sons of Judah by their generations, by their families, and by the houses of their fathers, according to the number of their names, from twenty years old and above, all that went forth to war: The number of them, I say, of the tribe of Judah, was three score and fourteen thousand, and six hundred. Of the sons of Issachar by their generations, by their families, and by the houses of their fathers, according to the number of their names, from twenty years old and above, all that went forth to war: The number of them also of the tribe of Issachar was four and fifty thousand, and four hundred. Of the sons of Zebulun by their generations, by their families, and by the houses of their fathers, according to the number of their names, from twenty years old and above: all that went forth to war: The number of them also of the tribe of Zebulun was seven and fifty thousand and four hundred. Of the sons of Joseph, namely of the sons of Ephraim by their generations, by their families, and by the houses of their fathers, according to the number of their names, from twenty years old and above, all that went forth to war: The number of them also of the tribe of Ephraim was forty thousand and five hundred. Of the sons of Manasseh by their generations, by their famiilies, and by the houses of their fathers, according to the number of their names, from twenty years old and above, all that went forth to war: The number of them also of the tribe of Manasseh was two and thirty thousand and two hundred. Of the sons of Benjamin by their generations, by their famiilies, and by the houses of their fathers, according to the number of their names, from twenty years old and above, all that went forth to war: The number of them also of the tribe of Manasseh was two and thirty thousand and two hundred. Of the sons of Benjamin by their generations, by their famiilies, and by the houses of their fathers, according to the number of their names, from twenty years old and above, all that went forth to war: The number of them also of the tribe of Benjamin was five and thirty thousand and four hundred. Of the sons of Dan by their generations, by their famiilies, and by the houses of their fathers, according to the number of their names, from twenty years old and above, all that went forth to war: The number of them also of the tribe of Dan was three score and two thousand, and seven hundred. Of the sons of Asher by their generations, by their famiilies, and by the houses of their fathers, according to the number of their names, from twenty years old and above, all that went forth to war: The number of them also of the tribe of Asher was one and forty thousand and five hundred. Of the children of Naphtali, by their famiilies, and by the houses of their fathers, according to the number of their names, from twenty years old and above, all that went forth to war: The number of them also of the tribe of Naphtali was three and fifty thousand, and four hundred. These are the sums which Moses, and Aaron numbered, and the Princes of Israel, the twelve men which were every one of the house of their fathers. So this was all the sum of the sons of Israel, by the houses of their fathers, from twenty years old and above, all that went to the war in Israel. And all they were in number six hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty. Numbers 1:1–46
  • And a certain man was sick, named Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary, and her sister Martha. (And it was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sister sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest, is sick. When Jesus heard it, he said, This sickness if not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister, and Lazarus. And after he had heard that he was sick, yet abode he two days still in the same place where he was. Then after that, said he to his disciples, Let us go into Judea again. The disciples said unto him, Master, the Jews lately sought to stone thee, and dost thou go thither again? Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If a man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. These things spake he, and after, he said unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth: but I go to wake him up. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall be safe. Howbeit, Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of the natural sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes, that I was not there, that ye may believe: but let us go unto him. Then said Thomas (which is called Didymus) unto his fellow disciples, let us also go, that we may die with him. Then came Jesus, and found that he had lain in the grave four days already. (Now Bethany was near unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off.) And may of the Jews were come to Martha and Mary to comfort them for their brother. Then Martha, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not been dead. But now I know also, that whatsoever that thou askest of God, God will give it thee. Jesus said unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha said unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth, and believeth in me, shall never die: Believest thou this? She said unto him, Yea, Lord, I believe that thou art that Christ that Son of God, which should come into the world. And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. John 11:1–27
  • Blessed is the manthat doth not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, an din his law doth he meditate day an dnight, For he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of waters, that will bring forth her fruits in due season: whose leaf shall not fade: so whatsoever he shall do, shall prosper. The wicked are not so, but as the chaff, which the win driveth away. Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous, and the way of the wicked shall perish. Psalms 1:1–6
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About ezekielcountdown

Committed to helping others discover the Lord Jesus Christ, revealed throughout both OT and NT. All saints are called to be Ambassadors of the gospel, may my labor herein result in God drawing others unto His Son that such may rejoice in the forgiveness, liberty, and peace granted by the Good Shepherd. Applied study of scripture blossoms into maturity, spiritual discernment, and replication of ourselves that new disciples go forth and proclaim the Good News! EZC shall challenge any ministers of Satan whose purpose is to attack the infallibility of Holy Writ querying, "Hath God truly said?" hoping to ensnare the immature. We must remain focused on whom the enemy is - wicked spiritual principalities sowing seeds of deception - our enemy is NOT the lost but the spirit behind their false ideologies and isms. Study the Bible praying God the Holy Spirit equip and teach you, for He has promised to do so (Jhn 16:13). Beloved brethren, until united in glory, Sola Deo Gloria!
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