The Book of Numbers: Day 13

A Worshipful Journey Through the Book of Numbers

Four hundred years of compromise, sin, suffering and darkness at the hands of evil authorities. Israel’s only way to be healed is to come out of slavery and into the freedom of the Lord’s authority. Picture yourself when reading of Israel. As you follow our study through the often overlooked book of Numbers, you will see how God rehabilitates and frees broken people.

Day 13: A Pleasing Aroma to the Lord

The next scene in Numbers 15:1-31 is penned as a result of the people’s rebellion. Though God had freed them, their slavery mentality continued to surface in fury. The camera lens zooms out after focusing upon Israel’s groaning, and zooms in again upon the work of the temple. As the nostrils of the people flared in hostile dissatisfaction, the billowing fire stacks from the altar’s sacrifices and offerings still rose brilliantly into the sky. The priests still walked around in garb proclaiming God’s story, the Nazarite’s and Leper’s still modeled the lessons to be learned from sin and self-righteousness, and the encampment and tent of meeting itself still proclaimed the LIVE drama of God’s saving authority.

It is as if God picks them up and dusts them off and points his finger back up into the sky to draw their attention back to the scent and the billowing smoke of the fire coming off the sacrificial altars. In pointing to the consistent payment being made continually to reconcile their sins before God, the people needed to see that though they were waging war against God’s perfect ways, his ways were still in fact the only thing that kept them alive. This was the pleasing aroma to the LORD as it wafted up to heaven from the sacrifices being brought.

Consider the gospel of Jesus in this chapter. Consider the sacrifice made by our God. Consider how God graciously reminds us of Jesus’ provisions for rebellion even when we fail to see it.

For Further Study in Scripture go to:

NUM 15, 2 COR 2:14-16, JHN 12:3

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Author: Dave Yauk

Dave Yauk is first a foremost a follower of Jesus. He is Husband to Katie, and Father to 4 wonderful children (Naomi, Jesse, Levi, and Analise). Dave's primary passion is to seek after Gods Glory in all things, and in his contribution you'll find he holds a passion for Theology and all things Beautiful as seen in the Creator, Creativity, Character and Culture. Dave has been privileged to do ministry in over 17 countries. This has been his primary means of education and learning as a follower of Jesus. However, Dave has also had the honor of getting a B.A. from Colorado Christian University in Organizational Management and Christian Leadership, a Master's in Divinity from Liberty University, and a Doctorate in Worship Studies from I.W.S. Dave owns the Garden City Project (an online collaborative marketplace for Christian artists and innovators), Finale School of Music, and teaches online guitar for He is also a Professor of Theology, Worship and Missiology at Visible Music College and Grand Canyon University.

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