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Numbers 18 – Weight & Wages

YHWH has shown who He has chosen.  He has made it clear that HE has chosen Aaron and his line for the priesthood.  This is the calling of the LORD.

Last chapter so many were seeking it, but only one was chosen.  Verse 1 of chapter 18 says, “So the LORD said to Aaron, ‘You and your sons and your father’s household with you shall bear the guilt in connection with the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you shall bear the guilt in connection with your priesthood.”  Wait a minute?  I thought that the priesthood was supposed to be a blessing!  Yet as soon as it is clear that Aaron’s line is chose, the weight of that choice is laid out.

Oh, to be the chosen of the LORD!  Tevya (Fiddler on the Roof) said,  “I know, I know. We are Your chosen people. But, once in a while, can’t You choose someone else?”  The Levites are the chosen people, but it also means that they have a huge responsibility.  If anything goes wrong, the blame fell squarely on them.  Being chosen is a blessing, but it comes at a price.  Look at anyone chose of YHWH.  The prophets were chosen of God, yet so many of them were rejected and killed for speaking the truth.  Job was chosen to be blessed of the LORD, yet look at the trial he went through.  The disciples were chosen, yet martyrdom became their prize.  The Messiah Himself came and fulfilled His purpose.  The purpose outlined in Isaiah 52-53.  53:7 says,

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth. 

That’s what it means to truly means to be chosen.

That is not the end of the chapter.  That may be the weight, but there are still the wages.  The priests may have had to bear the weight and the responsibility of priesthood, but they were not without the wages.  Many of the sacrifices offered to YHWH were the priests payment.  In vs. 17, it says, “…they are a gift to you, dedicated to the LORD…”  Given to the LORD, yet payment to the priests.

This principle should still exist today.  Those called to be pastors have a HUGE responsibility.  More so than even they realize most times.  However, there should be no one more blessed in all the congregation than the pastor who has been called of God.  It comes at a price.  A price that is overwhelming.  BUT, it should not be without the blessing.  Keep that in mind if / when you are ready to be critical of a pastor.  Chances are, they are holding the responsibility, are you giving them the blessing?

John J. Camiolo Jr.

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Genesis 30 – Overcome

Well, that’s three pens i have gone through now.  I ended up switching from fountain style to ball point style, and i definitely don’t like the difference in quality of the ink.  The fountain style is definitely scratchier on the paper while the ball point writes smoother, but the ink and quality of writing i get with the fountain style definitely makes it a better quality pen overall.

If faith in action is the theme of Abram/Abraham’s life, and blessing the theme of Isaac’s, then wrestling / struggle appears to be a major theme of Jacob’s life.  In chapter 30 we see Jacob’s wives, Leah and Rachael, struggling together to bear sons for Jacob.  They go so far as to follow in his grandparents footsteps and bring their maids into service to bear children for them.  Jacob gets angry at Rachael for her blaming him for her being barren, and finally God opens her womb and she is able to bear.

Meanwhile, Jacob is struggling with his uncle Laban who is expecting Jacob to work for him for basically nothing.  Since Jacob’s arrival, Laban has been blessed more and more.  He appears to be becoming wealthy at Jacob’s expense.  Meanwhile, Laban appears to continue to have an attitude that Leah, Rachael, and their children still belong to him.  With that kind of attitude it’s no wonder that Laban had struggled with being blessed before Jacob’s arrival.

By the end of the chapter progress has been made.  Leah has borne six sons and one daughter, and her maid has borne to Jacob two sons.  Meanwhile Rachael’s maid has borne Jacob two sons for her, and God has finally blessed her by opening her womb and she has borne Joseph.  All have overcome.

Meanwhile, Jacob is finally getting paid for his services to Laban.  He gets the spotted, speckled, and striped sheep and goats, and God is blessing him.  He is overcoming his Uncle Laban’s greedy behaviors.

Do we feel like we are constantly struggling with no success?  I know that i feel that way at times.  So often it seems like i am working so hard, and the success is so limited.  I know that God is taking care of me and blessing me, but it is easy to focus on the struggle and lose sight of the times and ways God has helped me to overcome.  We will have trials, troubles, and tribulations in life.  They can be walls that block our way, or just bumps in the road.  God gives us the strength to succeed and overcome.  What do you have to thank God for today?

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