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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 48 · 2 years ago

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Read Your Bible Devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds.

Hello and welcome to read Your Bible devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds. We are reading through the Bible in a year. This daily devotional will help keep your heart in mind and God's word. Use your phone to download and listen to Pastor Brad Reynolds Audio podcast. You can find a RSS feedlink on our website, www dot do berry baptist clarksbridgecom. Welcome back. I have my buddy with me. Hey. He reminds me of in a bit that occurred when I was about nine years old. Carnival had come to down and the small town that we lived in and they had all these games that you could play and I had saved up my money and I had five dollars and I win.

I saw this game and I saw stuff down will that I really wanted. I mean I'm really wanted that stuff that and yet could may have three dollars to get a ball to Tasso into this little bastard and the guy was tell me, hey, this is this is easy, you can look at you such a strong young man, you'll be able to do this and and he I paid my dollar. I got three balls and I missed all three times, but I had four more dollars and he was good at this type of talk, and he told me into he said, you know what, you came so close. I'm certain if you do it this time you're going to get it. And I paid another dollar and got three more balls and toss. Didn't get it. He said, wow, to see how close you were. I guarantee if you do it this time you'll get it. Then at that time, didn't get it. Only had two dollars left and...

...he said, you know what, I can't imagine. As close as you've been, the odds the the way the odds are, it's going to go in this time. Paid One more dollar, didn't get it. So I have one dollar left and I started to walk away and he said, Hey, Oh man, I'm I'm sorry you hadn't got it, but I'll tell you what, if you play one more time, whether you get it or not, I'll give it to you. I said okay, and I asked you. I was old enough to know I need to make sure. What I heard is grin and said so if I give you this dollar, even if I missed these three balls, because I've spent five dollars, I'll get that. He said yes, said, okay. So I gave you the dollar, got three balls a toss and after I finished, I said I want that one and he said so you. You've got to make it in...

...the bucket to get those and I knew I'd been had. I didn't have a tape of quarter with me to records conversation. I knew that there was no witnesses around. I knew I'd been and tears welled up in my eyes and I walked away sad, dragging my feet. Saw My dad a few minutes later and he was at the Carnival and he had allowed us to go around. It's all the tears my eyes. He said so, what's wrong and I told him what happened. My Dad's a railroader now. He's strong Christian, loves God, but there's a rough edge to it. And he said wait here. So he asked me which booth it was and I pointed to it and they said all right, just wait here and he went off...

...and I lost him in the crowd, you know, and knew where he was going out side. I wait here. A few minutes later he came back and he had that stuffed animal with him. I don't know what he said to that person, but I'm pretty sure in some very colorful language, he made it very clear. My son and paid for that. You told him it's he is, he paid for it's his. Whatever he said, he made sure that, because I paid for it, it was mine. A beautiful principle we're going to see all the way back in numbers. We're in numbers today and are reading will be numbers chapters one through three, but I want to introduce you to the book of numbers. Moses wrote this round fourteen hundred BC. Chapters one through Tim basically deals with Israelites walking into the...

...preparation to enter into the promised land. Thirteen months had passed since they had left Egypt and numbers picked up where exodus had left off and continues that account, covering that forty year period between the leading of Egypt and the entering into the promised land. And these first ten chapters are devoted to the preparation of the people. God provided orders for the arrangement of the camp, the March and plan of the tribes. The Levites were instructed with respect to setting up, carrying and taking down of the Tabernacle. Chapters Eleven through twenty one deal with Israel's failure and faith. The people began to complain, Grumble Murmur about all their hardships, and God provided the people with quail and a plague to discipline them from rebellion and an ungrateful spirit. But upon approaching the Promised Land...

...of Camem, it was determined that a forty days five mission would provide valuable information on the land and its inhabitants. So twelve s fives were sent him. Tim Return with a positive report but said we can't take the land because there's giants. The other two return with a positive report but said we can take it, God's given it to us. Joshua and Caleb said let's go in the power of God will guide us. Their lack of faith, their lack of belief in God, ended up being a seed for the Israelites. And the Israelites followed the ten spiles, rejecting Moses his leadership, were rejecting Joshua and Caleb, and God judged me, and this is described in chapters...

...eleven through twenty one, and thus the forty years that they would wander around because they didn't believed that God would give them the promise with chapters twenty two through thirty six, since the last section it deals with the preparation of the Israelites to enter, indicating the details further discipline from God because of sin and God's blessings of Israel in spite of her disobedience, as he thwarted Bailik and the Prophet of bailing. Nevertheless, the former generation had died. A new generation now had to be instructed about the ways of God, which is where due to rob becomes in Deuteronomy. will get to that after numbers. But the second DOTERO TO NO MOS law, the second giving of the law. But Joshua was selected at the end of numbers and that kind of concludes that. So we're starting into a whole new book of the Bible Today. Numbers...

...chapters one through three. The numbers chapter three versus forty three forty five. kind of his weird word. Going to read and kind of get this understanding that when someone's paid for something it belongs to them. Verse Forty. The Lord said. Moses Count All the first born is were like males who are a month old or more. Make a list of their names. Take the Levites for me. In place of all the first war and the livestock of the Levites in place of all the first born of the lifestyle. I am the Lord. So Moses scouted all the first Morn of the Israelites as Lord commandity. The total number of the first born males a month older more, listed by name was twenty two thousand two hundred and seventy three. The Lord also said to Mosis, taking the Levites in place of the first board and...

...the life stock of the Levites, in place of their lifestyle. The Levites are to be mine by the Lord Exodus. Space of clears. Were reading through that book. It made it clear that the first born male child was to be ransomed by the Passover. May another word, the first born male child was to be paid for by a Passover lad if you'll remember, God said, I'm going to come through and I'm going to destroy the first morn throughout the entire land. And so the first born of all of the Egyptians die, the first born of all of the lifestock died and the first born of all of Israel would have died had they not been ransom paid for by...

...the Passover land. Thus there was to be shed blood for the payment the ransom of the first born. The idea is that the first born, which represents the entire progenitor follow the first born, was sinful and needed redemption. Thus shed blood for the price of the first bod this was done by the death of an innocent animal, pointing to Jesus Christ, the innocent one who would ransome God's children. After this redemption, the first born belonged to God. They have been ransom that they were to die. They have been ransom they represented everyone, the entire progeny, and so seein was to have a...

...payment. They were to die, but they've been ransomed by an innocent die in their place. Thus, because they had been purchased by the innocent, the first born belonged to God. Therefore, they were to serve God in the Temple as God's indentured servants. They had been bought with a price. So how are the first born free from their life long and D injured service by the Levites? The Levites were to take the place of the first board, who had been redeemed by an innocent lamb, as they resent represented the entire progeny and their sin had to be paid them. So they're scenes paid for. They've been bought with a prize. They belonged to God, there to work for God. The Levites are going to take their place. That's how this occur. God reveals here numbers three, that the levites replace the...

...first one. But why was it necessary to replace the first born through the Levites? Why couldn't the firstborn just be God's Indentu Service? Scripture doesn't tell us, but I believe it had to do with the protection of family use, the first born being protected and staying within the family unit. It also had to do with the fidelity of the Levites, as they were faithful in the golden calf incident, and it had to do with the work the Levites were to do, which were require more formality and unity than could be produced by first borns coming from all over the land. That's why I believe God allowed such, or even require such. With the recoming of Christ, we...

...see in him the redemption of the first story in here. It's where kind of gets good. Follow if you will. The first born male represented all in the baily that were to be born. They were to be redeemed by an innocent animal, representing all the family being redeemed by an innocent and yet with that redemption, they were to serve God for life. They now belong to God. In his providential wisdom, he allowed the Levites to serve in their stead. But the message is still clear. We belong to him. We've been bought with a price. We are he is. Adam was humanities first born. Both he and his progeny were and are sinful and need redemption. This redemption is accomplished by Christ. But with such redemption we belong to God. We've been bought with a price. We are God's indangured serves.

As the Levites were to serve him faithfully day and night, so to are you and I to serve God faithfully. He paid for us. We're is what a great God he saved us, bought us with a price. A lesson he was teaching the Israelites. Don't be a carnival crook. You can't keep as yours what someone else has bought, even if it's you. Carnival Crooks will have to answer to the father, and the father always goods what belongs to him. A wonderful lesson I learned a long time ago. There's no sense in denying the truth. Trust God. Give God what he are.

We should give God ourselves a fresh and une today when our reading for tomorrow it's numbers four through six. But before we close, can we just give ourselves a fresh in and you to God. Let's pray fatherly. Thank you for another opportunity to commit ourselves to thank you for the wonderful lesson that we are yours. We've been bought with the price and a lot of US attempted to take ourselves back like a carnival Crookroolet, but we can't. We're yours and you're a good God. So today we recognize that, confess that, commit ourselves to live for you to day, because we readers and Jesus name would pray. Amen. Thank you for joining us today.

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