Saturday, February 26, 2011

Convo with Pastor - Numbers 2:3, 10, 18, 25, 17

"The divisions of Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun
are to camp toward the sunrise on the east side
of the Tabernacle, beneath their family banners ...
"The divisions of Reuben, Simeon, and Gad
are to camp on the south side of the Tabernacle,
beneath their family banners ...
"The divisions of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin
are to camp on the west side of the Tabernacle,
beneath their family banners ...
"The divisions of Dan, Asher, and Naphtali
are to camp on the north side of the Tabernacle,
beneath their family banners ...
"Then the Levites will set out from the middle
of the camp with the Tabernacle.
Numbers 2:3,10,18,25,17
Exodus began a long journey toward the Promised Land ... until they halted at Mt. Sinai.
Leviticus was a detailed list of instructions for living in that Promised Land.
Numbers resumes the journey.
And today's lesson tells them how.
Think about this: 3 tribes on the north, 3 on east, 3 on the west, and 3 to the south. What shape does that make? A cross!
We could talk about the logic and efficiency of clustering the tribes into smaller units for communication, administration and disciple ... but ... I think it's much more interesting to think that fifteen hundred years before Christ's crucifixion, God's people were moving about the desert in the sign of a cross!
In Christ's Love,
a guy who loves God's subtle winks 
'God's subtle winks' - I like that.

He planned for the tabernacle to be surrounded in the shape of a cross. There were 12 tribes surrounding and protecting the tabernacle ... Christ had 12 disciples surrounding him and helping care for him.  God is always planning and surrounding us with his love and care. He loves us even more than what was held in the tabernacle.

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