Numbers 4: 1—5: 31
My friend Ginger and I are doing a bible study together and just last week we were praising God because He is the God of order. So, reading through these instructions for moving the tabernacle made me think of how much I love the fact that our God is the God of order. There is no panicked running around trying to figure stuff out. You just do what He says, and you are ok. He even assigned specific people to specific jobs. Everyone knew what they needed to do. I love our God. He will always bring order to a situation.
So I’m sure you were scratching your head like I was at the adulterous women test. Let us remember that the point of these rules and rituals were to make the Israelites unique. They were to be set apart from the people around them. They were to reflect God. In this case, this test is put in place to protect women. In the pagan world, if a woman upset her husband, he could claim she cheated on him and have her killed with no witnesses. In God’s camp there had to be witnesses of adultery for there to be consequences. And if there were no witnesses the husband had to go before the Lord, not just kill her or beat her up or what have you. God takes such a hard stance on adultery because he likens idolatry to adultery. (Spoiler alert: in later books in the OT he will accuse the nation of Israel of adultery with idols. Meaning they cheat on Him by going after idols.)
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