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Numbers 7 [Read]
Mark 4:21-41 [Read]
Numbers 7 is an interesting chapter. It is long, and it is very tempting for us to skip much of the content due to its repetitiveness. After all, why can’t the Bible just says “ditto” for all the other tribes after describing the gifts and sacrifices of Judah on the first day (7:12-17)?
I believe the Bible is the Word of God. In my view, there is no unnecessary passage in this holy book (Isa 55:10-11, Lk 1:37). Therefore, I must pray hard for my Lord to shed light on it so that my eyes may see. I imagine the days when this chapter was actually carried out, and I see Moses and Aaron standing there while leader of each tribe brought the same gifts and sacrifices before God. Some tribes are larger than the others according to Numbers 1, but they each brought the same offerings to God. More importantly, they each had the same opportunity to come before God regardless their social status or wealth. Every tribe gets a day before God to show their gifts and their hearts. Before God, everyone is equal. God indeed does not show favoritism (Rom 2:11, Eph 6:9). That brings great comfort to me, knowing my sincere offerings to my Lord, no matter how little they are or how lowly I am, will get a fair chance to be listened and accepted.
I notice another thing. Six carts and twelve oxen were brought to Moses to ease the tasks of Levis (7:3), but the Kohathites received none of those. While others can put the holy things on the carts, Kohathites must carry on their shoulders the holy things, for which they were responsible (7:9). I don’t think it’s because men are more reliable than oxen in carrying items. Instead, I see it as a way for God to show his characters. He wants to be close to his people, not to the oxen. It also shows me how much fear and trembling a servant of God must have, especially those who are given a great responsibility, as we serve the eternal God of Creation. The burden may be heavy sometimes, and the allowable resources may seem limited. But that often, if not always, is the time when we are closest to our Lord. Our shoulders may hurt and our legs may be sore, but what we carry around deserves all our might and endurance.
Serving the Lord is never easy, but not serving is not an option for a true Christian. Jesus says “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mk 10:45). We may not have oxen or horses, but we certain have the Lord on our shoulders. That ought to be enough.
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