February 27-29, 2016 Cover to Cover Weekend Readings

Here are our readings through the weekend as we finish Numbers and begin Deuteronomy. This is leap year so there is no new assignment on Monday, February 29, 2016. See you here again on Tuesday!

Saturday’s reading: Numbers 34:1-36:13

Sunday’s reading: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:11

[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Seize the Day

Today’s reading: Numbers 32:1-33:56

James 4:14b says, “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” Life is brief but not insignificant for God has breathed life into Man and He calls us to account for what He has given us. Seize the day.

[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Special Protection for Women

Today’s reading: Numbers 30:1-31:54

In my comments in Cover to Cover, I mentioned that at first glance it may seem that women are being unfairly limited in their business transactions, but that is not the case. They are actually being protected from unscrupulous men who seek to trick others (men or women) into foolish vows and contracts. The weaknesses of men, such as indecisiveness, are also on display here.

[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Daily Offerings: Then and Now

Today’s reading: Numbers 27:1-29:40

Old Testament sacrifices, repeated as they were every day, pointed to the need for a better sacrifice. That sacrifice was the Lord Himself, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Through Him, we are made acceptable sacrifices to God.

[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Temptation, Sin, and Judgment

Today’s reading: Numbers 24:15-26:65

Satan is a crafty enemy. If a frontal attack won’t work, he will find a weak point and penetrate there. Balaam, as an instrument of Satan, found Israel’s weak point and defeated them. Keep up your guard for he will harass us wherever he can.

[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

God Unchanging/ Unchangeable

Today’s reading: Numbers 22:1-24:14

Balaam was an enigmatic character. He seems to have had some kind of relationship to Yahweh, the God of Israel. He was hired by Balak to bring down a curse upon Israel from their God. He refused to comply, not because he didn’t want to do it but, because God hindered his devious scheme. The story didn’t end there. More on Balaam tomorrow.

[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

February 20-21, 2016 Cover to Cover Weekend Readings

Here are our readings through the weekend. See you here again on Monday!

Saturday’s reading: Numbers 16:1-18:32

Sunday’s reading: Numbers 19:1-21:35

[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

The Place of the Law

Today’s reading: Numbers 14:1-15:41

The Reformers understood the place of the law in the life of the Christian as a guide to our growth in sanctification. The law was not a means of justification (Romans 3:19-20) as the Pharisees wrongly assumed in Jesus’ day. The ceremonial law of the Aaronic priesthood, the temple, etc. was fulfilled in and by Jesus Christ. But the moral law was not and is not irrelevant to the disciple of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:17-20). [See R.C. Sproul’s article on the Three Uses of the Law.]

[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Leadership: Success vs. Obedience

Today’s reading: Numbers 11:1-13:33

Doing God’s will always calls us to obedience and always leads to blessing, even when it does not lead to success from a human viewpoint. Obedience is the best “success.”

[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Traveling Prayers

Today’s reading: Numbers 8:1-10:36

The term “traveling mercies”, though quaint, reflects a dependence on God, similar to that which Moses displays here (Numbers 10:35-36).  It (or a similar term) ought to be a regular part of our prayers.

[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].