May 19, 2022

(Numbers 28, Psalm 72; Optional 1 John 5:13-21, Proverbs 23:29-35)

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NUMBERS 28 – Mostly a reiteration of sacrifices already covered. The many sacrifices would have brought up the question, “When will there be enough blood shed to cover sin finally?” And the answer is that the blood of animals would never be enough; it required the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus. Only when He cried “It is finished” would sin be fully paid for on behalf of those who trust in Jesus (see Jn 19:30; Heb 10:1-14).

PSALM 72 – A Psalm likely by Solomon and wonderful prayer for Solomon and his line when they were crowned king. Also filled with great prayer requests that we can apply to our leaders today. Note the balance of justice for the oppressed (v 2-4, 12-14) AND prosperity for all the people (v 3, 16)) AND righteousness flourishing in the land (v 2-3, 5-7).

Ps 72:6 – A beautiful picture of how REFRESHING godly and wise leadership CAN be (also see yesterday’s notes at Num 27:15-17 and 2 Sam 23:3-4). But this (and several times through this Psalm – especially v 8, 11, 17, 19) will only be FULLY fulfilled in Solomon’s much greater Son, King Jesus!

Ps 72:14 – Since Jesus is the only PERFECTLY JUST ruler, this can be turned into a prayer for the lives of those who are in danger: “Lord, may there blood be precious in Your sight.”

Optional 1 John 5:13-21 – Vs 13 is one of the key purposes this book is written – to help have true CONFIDENCE built on a real foundation (with clear evidence) that a believer in Jesus has eternal life. So all the searching your life for evidence is NOT mostly to make you doubt your salvation, but to examine your life and make sure you’re truly in the faith, not simply having a PROFESSION of faith that will surprise you on Judgment Day.

1 Jn 5:21 – This book to Christians closes with a command about staying away from idolatry! Reminding us that even when saved we still are prone to wander, and need to be on guard.

Optional Prov 23:29-35 – A powerful and poetic warning about drunkenness and the pull of alcohol. Sections like this have led many believers to have convictions about abstaining from all alcohol. BUT, also remember Deut 14:22-26 (especially v 26), which CLEARLY says that SOME believers are free in the Lord to enjoy SOME alcohol to God’s glory. In short, we need to carefully think / pray through this, and leave room for one another to glorify God in different ways when it comes to alcohol (see Rom 14). If alcohol has had you in bondage to it (like Prov 23:35b), then you need to leave it alone (1 Cor 6:12, Rom 13:13-14).