Be careful to follow the Lord’s instructions 

Old Testament: Num 28.1–2

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 28–29 on March 2, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

When the Lord gave instructions through his spokesmen, such as Moses in the Book of Numbers, did he know what he was doing? It seems some people would answer, No, because they either ignore his instructions or alter them. However, he stressed to Moses: 

Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the children of Israel, and say to them, My offering, My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time.”

– Numbers 28.1–2 

God said what he meant and meant what he said. Therefore, he wanted things done just as he had instructed. 

Yet, people today criticize the Pharisees for following the Law too closely, because they think that is why Jesus condemned them. How can that be after reading this passage from Numbers? The Pharisees did not follow the Law; that was their problem. 

Then there are people who think that grace means you do not have to do precisely as the Lord teaches. If so, why then would he say what he said to Moses? 

Grace does not give freedom to ignore the commands of the Lord. Grace gives the freedom to be forgiven for having violated the commands of the Lord, and grace gives another opportunity to do things as the Lord expects us to do them. 

Questions: 

  • In the passage above, what specifically did the Lord want Israel to observe carefully? 
  • Do you follow the Lord carefully? 

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