Our teaching will continue in Torah, The Law of Moses.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, REBELLION IN THE WILDERNESS, PART 3.
And with that said, let’s read Numbers 17.1-13 in the Christian Bible, or Numbers 17.16-28 in the Hebrew Bible.
Because of their bitter complaining against Moses and Aaron, the Anointed of GOD, The LORD killed the 250 Jewish rebels who initiated the rebellion, and carried it out. And The LORD also killed 14,700 from the Congregation of the Children of Israel by a plague for joining in the rebellion with the rebels against Moses and against Aaron.
CHRISTIAN BIBLE, NUMBERS 17.1-5, HEBREW BIBLE, NUMBERS 17.16-20 Now The LORD is putting an end to this rebellion by having Moses speak to the People of Israel, and take from each of the chiefs of the twelve tribes one rod. A rod being a tree branch. And inscribe on the rod each tribal leader’s name. And inscribe Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi. And lay the rods up in the Tabernacle of the Congregation before the Testimony where I shall meet with you there, The LORD said.
Thus Moses was commanded by GOD to lay the twelve rods up in the Holy Of Holies by the Ark Of The Covenant inside the Tabernacle.
The Ark Of The Covenant is also called the Testimony or the Ark Of Testimony where GOD met with Moses.
The Ark Of The Covenant at the time contained the two tables of The Law made of stone that had the Ten Commandments written on them by the Finger of GOD.
Later, the entire Book of The Law of Moses containing all GOD’S Laws was placed inside the Ark Of The Covenant along with the two tables of stone having the Ten Commandments written on them.
LISTEN TO THIS. THE ARK OF THE COVENANT CONTAINED GOD’S COVENANT.
GOD’S COVENANT IS HIS WORD WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE, AND HIS LAW, HIS LAW OF MOSES THAT INCLUDES THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
AND GOD’S COVENANT IS AN EVERLASTING COVENANT THAT NEVER CHANGES.
GOD’S COVENANT, HIS WORD AND HIS LAW WERE IN THE ARK OF THE COVENANT.
GOD ALSO CALLS THE ARK OF THE COVENANT, THE ARK OF TESTIMONY, OR THE TESTIMONY BECAUSE GOD’S WORD AND HIS LAW ARE HIS TESTIMONY THAT WERE IN THE ARK.
AND GOD’S WORD AND HIS LAW WERE, AND PERHAPS STILL ARE IN HIS ARK OF TESTIMONY FOR ALL MANKIND TO LIVE BY SEEING GOD IS THE GOD OF THE WHOLE EARTH. EXODUS 25.16, 21-22, EXODUS 31.18, 1 KINGS 8.9, DEUTERONOMY 31.24-26, 1 CHRONICLES 16.15-17, ISAIAH 54.5
(Exodus 25.16) The Testimony is the Ten Commandments written on two tables of stone.
(Deuteronomy 31.26) The witness against the Children of Israel is The Word of GOD, and His Law of Moses that the People will break after Moses dies.
(Isaiah 54.5) GOD is The GOD of the whole earth. Thus GOD’S Word and His Law of Moses are for all mankind everywhere. Not just for the Jewish People.
And GOD said to Moses, continuing in Numbers 17, it shall be that the man’s rod whom I shall choose will blossom, and I will make to cease from ME the complaining of the Children of Israel which are complaining against you.
CHRISTIAN BIBLE, NUMBERS 17.6, HEBREW BIBLE, NUMBERS 17.21 And Moses spoke to the Children of Israel, and every one of the tribal chiefs gave him a rod. And the rod of Aaron was among their rods.
CHRISTIAN BIBLE, NUMBERS 17.7, HEBREW BIBLE, NUMBERS 17.22 And Moses laid up the rods before The LORD in the Holy Of Holies, by the Ark Of The Covenant in the Tabernacle Of Witness.
GOD also called the Tabernacle in the wilderness, the Tabernacle Of Witness, or the Tabernacle Of Testimony for the same reason GOD called the Ark Of The Covenant the Ark Of The Testimony. Because GOD gave His Testimony and Witness to Moses in the Tabernacle.
GOD’S Testimony and Witness that GOD gave to Moses in the Tabernacle was His Word and His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. For all mankind to do them.
GOD’S Testimony and Witness are Law. They are forever. And they never change.
CHRISTIAN BIBLE, NUMBERS 17.8, HEBREW BIBLE, NUMBERS 17.23 And the following day, Moses went into the Tabernacle Of Witness, and the rod of Aaron of the house of Levi blossomed. It was budded, and brought forth buds. And it bloomed blossoms of flowers, and yielded almonds. The other rods were, well, nothing but sticks. And Aaron’s rod blossomed overnight.
CHRISTIAN BIBLE, NUMBERS 17.9, HEBREW BIBLE, NUMBERS 17.24 And Moses brought out all the rods from before The LORD to all the People of Israel. And they looked. And each tribal leader received their rod with his name on it.
Reuben, this is your rod, Moses might have said. Reuben looked at his branch and saw, well, nothing but a stick. Judah, this is your rod, and the same as Reuben. Nothing. And so on as the heads of the tribes received their rods.
But Aaron’s rod of the tribe of Levi blossomed with flowers, and buds, and sprouted almonds overnight.
The Bible is sort of nonchalant about this miracle of GOD, Aaron’s rod budding overnight with flowers and almonds from a bare branch.
Not only did GOD confirm that He had chosen Aaron to continue on being His High Priest, but GOD provided yet another miracle in the sight of His People making a rod, probably just a plain old stick, blossom with flowers, and sprout almonds overnight.
The miraculous, wonderful power of GOD that cannot be explained, or understood except by GOD Himself. My guess is that as GOD spoke the Creation into existence, GOD spoke Aaron’s rod into blooming and blossoming with flowers, and sprouting almonds. And Aaron’s rod bloomed and blossomed with flowers, and sprouted almonds.
GOD IS A GOD OF MIRACLES.
THERE IS NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD.
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE FOR THE LORD OUR GOD, WHO IS THE MIGHTY GOD, THE EVERLASTING FATHER, THE MESSIAH YESHUA. HEBREW BIBLE ISAIAH 9.5, CHRISTIAN BIBLE ISAIAH 9.6
CHRISTIAN BIBLE, NUMBERS 17.10-13, HEBREW BIBLE, NUMBERS 17.25-28. And The LORD said to Moses, bring Aaron’s rod again before the Testimony. That is the Ark Of The Covenant, to be kept as a token. That is to say, a warning to the children of the rebels so that their complaining against Me stops. And they will not die.
And Moses did as The LORD commanded him. And the Children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, See, we’re going to perish. Anyone who so much as ventures near The LORD’S Tabernacle will die. Shall we be consumed to die?
I have a question for you. Do you have any problems? Even major problems? A sickness or worry, or anything that is causing you to complain about someone, or even complain about GOD?
Bring it to The LORD in prayer. And GOD will hear you, and deliver you.
But wait on The LORD and trust Him.
Paul teaches us to do everything without complaining, or arguing, or even being doubtful. PHILIPPIANS 2.14-15
Disputes are arguing, or being doubtful.
Do you have any doubts? Even with GOD? Then ask The LORD in prayer. JOSHUA 7.7
Also, you might search The Scriptures, and perhaps GOD will give you His answer there. I do that often.
Life is not easy. That we all know. It’s a battle almost daily. And life was a battle for Jacob also whom GOD called Israel.
And GOD always delivered Jacob from his troubles.
So be like Jacob. Close to GOD, and obeying GOD.
And GOD will never leave you nor forsake you. And He will always deliver you from all your troubles. GENESIS 47.7-10, GENESIS 28.10-15
When the going gets tough, pray, and praise The LORD. Hebrew Bible PSALM 69. 2-6, 30-37, Christian Bible PSALM 69.1-5, 29-36
The Messiah Yeshua tells us not to worry. MATTHEW 6.25-34
(Matthew 6.33) Pray to GOD. Seek Him first, and His Righteousness.
As GOD is Righteous, living His Life according to His Word, and according to His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses, you also should be Righteous living your life by The Word of GOD, and His Law of Moses.
And everything you need in life will be given to you.
(Matthew 6.34) Don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough evil in it already.
You might feel that GOD has deceived you. He has not. JEREMIAH 20.7-13
(Jeremiah 20.9) I was weary, holding your Word back, speaking in Your Name. But I just could not. I have to speak out. I have to speak Your Word, and Your Name.
Know that GOD lives with the contrite, the crushed and humble spirit, and He will revive you. ISAIAH 57.15
Revive in Hebrew is KHY, Life.
And GOD delivers the Righteous from all their troubles, and all their afflictions. Hebrew Bible PSALM 34.14-23, Christian Bible PSALM 34.13-22, PSALM 37.1-9, 22-40, ISAIAH 26. 3, 12
Those who inherit the earth, inherit eternity.
In conclusion, The One Who delivers is The LORD. So wait on Him, trust Him, and He will deliver you from all your troubles, from all your afflictions, and from all your fears. And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader