So will you share the burden? Will you share the load? Will you reach out to help? Will you ask for help? Will you be humble enough to serve someone else? Will you be humble enough to ask for help and let others know there is a need? You were never meant to do it alone! Everyone has been given gifts and talents that are available to help others too! Everyone has been created on purpose with a purpose for a purpose! We are commanded to be selfless rather than selfish! We are command to put away self-centeredness so that we can have relationships that won’t fall apart!
In the beginning we hear about it this way…
The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” –from Genesis 2:18
We read in John…
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. –from John 13:34
We read in Galatians…
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
–from Galatians 6:2
We read in 1 John…
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. —1 John 4:12
So let’s consider others as we start this day! Let’s consider what they are going through! Let’s be less focused on self and more focused on how we can share the burden, how we can love one another, and how we can go thru this without trying to do it alone!
Remember what God said to us:
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” –from Deuteronomy 31:6
Today’s reading starts with delegating work because we aren’t supposed to do it all on our own! We each have our part to play in the larger plan! Will you answer the call? Will you be obedient to the call? Will you choose to live selfless rather than looking for what’s in it for you? I remember at one of the companies I have worked at being in a workshop and it talked about motivators for people and they had an acronym WIIFM (What’s In It For Me). As I look back now and reflect, it seems like the wrong way to think, however, it does let you know that in many cases people are thinking that when being asked to do something. Do you realize when you give there is something for you? Do you realize when you serve there is something for you? Do you realize when you help there is something for you? Do you realize when you ask there is something in it for them? It’s not all about you!
Preparing the Sanctuary to Move1Adonai spoke to Moses and to Aaron saying, 2“Take a census of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families and by their ancestral households, 3everyone from 30 years of age to 50, all who come to serve doing the work in the Tent of Meeting. 4“This is the task of the sons of Kohath in the Tent of Meeting—the most holy things. 5Whenever the camp is about to move out, Aaron and his sons are to take down the shielding curtain and cover the Ark of the Testimony with it. 6Then they are to cover this with porpoise hide, then spread over it a cloth of solid blue. Then they are to put its poles in place. 7“Then over the table of the Presence they are to spread a solid blue cloth, then lay on it the plates, ladles, bowls, and jars for the drink offering. The bread that is continually there is to remain there. 8Over them they are to spread a solid scarlet cloth, cover it with a covering of porpoise hide, then install its poles. 9“Then they are to take a blue cloth and cover the menorah for light, along with its lamps, tongs, snuffers and oil jars that they use to tend to it. 10They then are to wrap it and all its accessories in a cover of porpoise hide and place it all on a carrying frame. 11“Over the golden altar they are to spread a blue cloth and cover that with a covering of porpoise hide, then put its poles in place. 12“They are to take all the utensils used for the service of the ministry of the Sanctuary, wrap them in a blue cloth, cover them with porpoise hide, and place them on a carrying frame. 13“They are to remove the ashes from the altar, then spread over it a purple cloth. 14They are to put onto it all the utensils with which they tend to the altar, among them the firepans, meat forks, shovels and sprinkling bowls. They are to spread over it a covering of porpoise hide and install its poles. 15“When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the Sanctuary and all its holy implements, and when the camp is ready to move out, after this the sons of Kohath may come to do the carrying. But they must not touch the holy items or they will die. These are the task of the sons of Kohath with regard to the Tent of Meeting. 16“Eleazar son of Aaron the kohen will have charge of the oil for the light, the fragrant incense, the regular grain offering and the anointing oil. He is to have charge of the Tabernacle and all that is in it, including its holy items and all its implements.” 17Adonai spoke to Moses and Aaron saying, 18“You are not to let the families of the tribe of the Kohathites be cut off from among the Levites. 19Do this for them so that they may live and not die whenever they approach the most holy items–-Aaron and his sons are to go into the Sanctuary and assign each man his job and his responsibility. 20But the Kohathites are not to go in to look at what is holy, not even momentarily, or they will die.”
Naso21Again Adonai spoke to Moses saying, 22“Take a census also of the sons of Gershon, by their ancestral households and by their families. 23Count all the males from 30 to 50 years of age, everyone coming to work in the service of the Tent of Meeting. 24This is the task of the Gershonite families in working and carrying burdens. 25They are to carry the curtains of the Tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, its covering, the outer covering of porpoise hide, the curtains for the entrance for the Tent of Meeting, 26the curtains surrounding the courtyard and the altar, the curtain for the entrance, the ropes and all the equipment used in its operations. They are to do all that needs to be done with these things. 27The sons of the Gershonites are to do all their tasks, whether carrying or doing other work, according to the word of Aaron and his sons. You are to assign to them all that is their responsibility to carry. 28This is the duty of the families of the sons of the Gershonites regarding the Tent of Meeting. Their duty will be under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron the kohen. 29Next, count the sons of Merari, according to their families and their ancestral houses, 30sons 30 years old and upward to 50, everyone coming to work in the service of the Tent of Meeting. 31This is their task in the service of the Tent of Meeting: the frames of the Tabernacle, its crossbars, posts and bases, 32as well as the posts of the surrounding courtyard, plus their bases, tent pegs, ropes, and all their paraphernalia with everything related to their operation. Assign to them by name their duties and tasks. 33This is the service of the families of the sons of Merari as they work under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron the kohen.” 34So Moses, Aaron and the princes of the community counted the sons of the Kohathites according to their families and their ancestral households. 35All the men who came to do the service of the Tent of Meeting, from 30 to 50 years of age, 36were counted by families—2,750. 37This was the total of those in the families of the Kohathites, every one serving in the Tent of Meeting—Moses and Aaron counted them according to the mouth of Adonai by Moses’s hand. 38The sons of Gershon were counted according to their families and their ancestral households. 39Males from 30 years old and upward to 50, all those coming into the work of the service of the Tent of Meeting, 40numbered according to their families and ancestral households 2,630. 41These were those counted from the families of the sons of Gershon, each serving in the Tent of Meeting—Moses and Aaron counted according to the mouth of Adonai. 42Those were counted from the families and ancestral households of the sons of Merari, 43from 30 years of age upward to 50, who came to the work of the service of the Tent of Meeting. 44Numbered by their families, they were 3,200. 45These were those numbered from the families of the sons of Merari by Moses and Aaron in accordance with the mouth of Adonai by Moses’s hand. 46Thus Moses, Aaron and the princes of Israel counted all the Levites by their families and by their ancestral houses. 47All the men from 30 to 50 years old who came to do the work of the service and of carrying the Tent of Meeting 48numbered 8,580. 49From the mouth of Adonai by Moses’s hand, each man was assigned his work and his burden to carry. So they were counted, as Adonai commanded Moses.–from Numbers 4
Will you do your part? Will you answer the call? Will you do your part? Will you be a good steward of what God has given you?
Today’s reading continues into Psalms with …
The Victorious King1For the music director, a psalm of David. 2Adonai, the king rejoices in Your strength! How greatly he delights in Your salvation. 3You granted him his heart’s desire, and You did not withhold the request of his lips. Selah 4For You met him with the best blessings. You set on his head a crown of pure gold. 5He asked You for life, You gave it to him, length of days forever and ever. 6His glory is great through Your salvation. Honor and majesty You bestow on him. 7For You bestow on him eternal blessings, gladden him with joy in Your presence. 8For the king trusts in Adonai, and in the lovingkindness of Elyon he will not be shaken. 9Your hand will find all your enemies. Your right hand will overtake those who hate You. 10You will make them like a fiery furnace at the time of your appearing. In His wrath Adonai will swallow them up and fire will consume them. 11You destroy their offspring from earth, their seed from the children of men. 12Though they intended evil against You and devised a plot, they cannot succeed. 13For You make them turn their backs. You aim Your bowstrings at their faces. 14Be exalted, Adonai, in Your strength! We will sing and praise Your might.–from Psalms 21
Will you live to glorify God? Will you live to be a blessing? Will you live trusting Him? Will you do it His way?
Today’s reading concludes with John…
Fish for Breakfast with the Risen One1After these things, Yeshua revealed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. Now here is how He appeared.
2Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in the Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two of the other disciples were together.
3Simon Peter said to them, “I’m going fishing.” “We’re coming with you too,” they said. They went out and got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.
4At dawn, Yeshua stood on the beach; but the disciples didn’t know that it was Yeshua.
5So Yeshua said to them, “Boys, you don’t happen to have any fish, do you?” “No,” they answered Him.
6He said to them, “Throw the net off the right side of the boat, and you’ll find some.” So they threw the net, and they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.
7Therefore the disciple whom Yeshua loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tied his outer garment around himself—for he was stripped down for work—and threw himself into the sea.
8But the other disciples came in the boat from about two hundred cubits offshore, dragging the net full of fish.
9So when they got out onto the land, they saw a charcoal fire with fish placed on it, and bread.
10Yeshua said to them, “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught.”
11Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net to shore. There were 153 fish, many of them big; but the net was not broken.
12Yeshua said to them, “Come, have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing it was the Lord.
13Yeshua comes and takes the bread and gives it to them, and likewise the fish.
14This was now the third time that Yeshua was revealed to the disciples after He was raised from the dead.
Love Restores Peter15When they had finished breakfast, Yeshua said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs!”
16He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Take care of My sheep!”
17He said to him a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him for a third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You!” Yeshua said to him, “Feed My sheep!”
18“Amen, amen I tell you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”
19Now this He said to indicate by what kind of death Peter was going to glorify God. And after this, Yeshua said to him, “Follow Me!”
20Peter, turning around, sees the disciple following. This was the one whom Yeshua loved, who also had reclined against Yeshua’s chest at the seder meal and said, “Master, who is the one who is betraying You?”
21Seeing him, Peter said to Yeshua, “Lord, what about him?”
22Yeshua said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!”
23Therefore this saying went out among the brothers and sisters, that this disciple would not die. Yet Yeshua did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?”
John’s Witness24This is the disciple who is an eyewitness of these things and wrote these things. We know that his testimony is true.
25There are also many other things that Yeshua did. If all of them were to be written one by one, I suppose that not even the world itself will have room for the books being written!–from John 21
Will you be a peacemaker? Will you be someone who helps setup reconciliation? Will you let love be your language? Will you allow love to restore others? Will you allow God to testify through your words, your actions, and your thoughts? Do you love Him?
Did you realize that selfishness is the top reason for relationships falling apart? Do you realize that until you take care of it, no matter where you turn, you are bringing that baggage with you and setting yourself up to repeat it? So what will you do about it?