“Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners. And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.””
Numbers 15:37-41 NKJV
• The Lord speaks again
• Moses relays the message
• Tassels of blue were to be on the Israelites’ clothing to remind them of the commandments of the Lord, to provoke remembrance that the people not drift into spiritual (and often literal) harlotry.
• Our eyes and heart are not to be trusted. Their vision was minuscule and their heart was wayward.
• The Lord who freed them from bondage was to be their God.
• When the Lord speaks, we are to listen.
• We need to be reminded.
• Our eyes and heart are not to be trusted. We walk by faith not by sight. We are follow the Lord and His will, not our deceitful hearts which are selfish and prideful.
• Building on the previous discussion of willful and unintentional sin, we are reminded that our Lord is Holy. He is separate, perfect, pure.
• We have been bought from the world, from bondage to sin and Satan by the power of the Gospel, ushered through the waters of death unto new life in Christ Jesus symbolized by our baptism. We have been given a new life and have an eternal promised land we look forward to. We, though tempted and tried, are to live for our Lord.
• God’s people are tempted to compromise and look like the world rather than be separate and a witness to it.
Prayer: pray the passage and how the Holy Spirit has convicted you back to the Lord. Ask Him to do in You what His Word teaches.
Hymn: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wand’ring from the face of God;
He, to save my soul from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace, Lord, like a fetter,
Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee.
Teach me, Lord, some rapturous measure,
Meet for me Thy grace to prove,
While I sing the countless treasure
Of my God’s unchanging love.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it;
Prone to leave the God I love:
Take my heart, oh, take and seal it
With Thy Spirit from above.
Rescued thus from sin and danger,
Purchased by the Savior’s blood,
May I walk on earth a stranger,
As a son and heir of God.
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The Genesis 1 to Revelation 22 Project often follows the simple SOAP method to equip you to delve into your Bible and share God’s Word with others.
S cripture – read the Bible
O bservation – observe the context
A pplication – apply to life and worldview
P ray – in line with the Word
Ryan, also has a focus on Expository-Apologetics when teaching Gen1toRev22. This means that there is an undergirding, prayerful motivation that as the message of the Bible is exposed and explained that there is an opportunity to answer questions, defend, and share the Christian Faith.