Today I’m just going to share some thoughts I had on some verses from Numbers and Mark.

Scorning the Blessing

5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. 6 But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!

Numbers 11:5-6 (NIV)

Although I’ve written about it before, I am always still amazed when I read about how the Israelites saw their time in Egypt as being something great and worthy of pining for. We could consider it nostalgia, but I don’t think so. It’s too soon. I think there’s something more there. A view into the nature of sin? Our flesh and sinful nature can never be satisfied. It always wants more, and as we see here in verse 6, it can even cause us to despise the blessings of God. I’m reminded of what Jesus said about trying to serve two masters in Matthew.

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Matthew 6:24 (NIV)

Jesus wasn’t just talking about money like some might think. Anything we allow to have rule over us becomes a “master.” We could look at the Israelites scornfully and rebuke them for despising the miracle of the manna that appeared every day with the dew (except the Sabbath), but we can be no different if we allow ourselves to be mastered by anything, not of God. Just because our blessings don’t show up with the dew each day doesn’t make them any less a blessing, or miracle from God. 

God Is Here and There, and There…

However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders but did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp.

Numbers 11:26 (NIV)

Earlier in this chapter, Moses was lamenting to God about the burden he carried in supporting the Israelites, so the Lord tells him to gather 70 elders, and bring them to Him so they can share in the burden. However, only 68 of them show up, receive a portion of the Spirit, prophesy, and then stop. These two men, Eldad and Medad, for whatever reason, didn’t go with the other 68 elders, yet the Spirit still came upon them as it did the others.

We know God is omnipresent, but do we believe it? I’m an advocate for going to church. I believe we should assemble together as Christians. I often hear this verse from Hebrews quoted when people aren’t going to church.

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Hebrews 10:25 (KJV)

I also know that some people believe they can “miss” their blessing if they don’t go to church or to any other gathering of Believers. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this in passing before, but it’s worthy of repeating. There are many ways to be blessed. We each have blessings that are just for us from God. If God tells us he’s going to bless us, then he will. In the case of the 70 elders, they were all supposed to meet together, but they didn’t. All were blessed regardless of where they were because God is faithful. I don’t believe we can miss the blessing that God has just for us. 

I don’t see a blessing as something we can earn. It’s God’s favor, mercy, and grace. I do remember Esau, who despised his blessing and sold it to Jacob. Esau’s blessing wasn’t earned. It was a gift for the order of his birth. We could say Esau “missed” his blessing, but I don’t see it like that. 

Another way of being blessed is by being around God and the people of God. Let’s say you don’t go to church on the day that someone gives a great testimony. If you don’t hear that testimony and don’t know of it, then you’re not going to be able to be blessed by it. You are missing a blessing, but not your blessing. The blessing that God has just for you. 

Touching Lepers

Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”

Mark 1:41 (NKJV)

Jesus touched the leper even though people weren’t supposed to. In fact, the leper shouldn’t have even been near Him. This shows us that Jesus is superior to the law. This shows us that the love of God isn’t prohibited by things such as the law, and this tells me we are to love everyone with the love that God bestows upon us. Sometimes we can get caught up labeling people and forget that they need the love of Christ in their lives. 

It’s my hope that today, the day the Lord has made, you find something of worth in this meager offering. Something that has blessed you. Thanks for stopping by!

Do you know God? God knows you, and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away. 

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart, and I receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.