Sometimes you just need to carry the load


Ever found yourself in a situation where you wish there was another way? A way to automate or to find some other way to do other than manually? Sometimes we just have to carry the load. Not the weight of the world, but there may be a specific load you need to be carrying for the glory of God! If you are feeling like you are carrying the weight of the world, then you need to re-evaluate and seek wisdom and others who can help! The load isn’t just for you to carry – in some cases it is supposed to be a group of people! God won’t give us more than we can handle! So consider your role and your responsibility and how much of the load is yours to carry! Are you carrying your load or are you carrying someone else’s or someone else’s too?

Today’s reading speaks to this when it speaks to the offering of oxen and covered carts. Most were able to take advantage of such a great gift and put all the stuff they were responsible into them, however, others were not given and not allowed to use them. In their case, they were instructed to carry the holy things on their shoulders. There is a reason and a purpose for everything. We see how thanks to God’s generosity people’s hearts were opened and chose to give! He gave first! He gave more! Everything belongs to God! He allows us to be stewards of His gifts to us! He doesn’t need for us to give, it is just the response of our hearts to do so! Consider the story of the 3 servants who were given talents – if we will be good stewards, He will be able to trust us with more! If we aren’t He can take it all away and give it to someone who will!

Offerings of Tribal Princes

1When Moses finished setting up the Tabernacle, he anointed and consecrated it and all its implements, the altar and all its utensils, and he anointed and consecrated them. 2Then the princes of Israel, heads of their ancestral houses—they were tribal princes in charge over those who were numbered—gave offerings. 3They brought as their gift before Adonai six covered carts and twelve oxen. A cart came from every two princes and an ox from each one of them. They presented them before the Tabernacle.
4Adonai spoke to Moses saying, 5“Accept these from them to use in the service of the Tent of Meeting. Give them to the Levites to use as each man’s work requires.” 6So Moses took the carts and the oxen and he gave them to the Levites. 7He gave two carts and four oxen to the sons of Gershon, as their work required, 8and four carts and eight oxen to the sons of Merari, as their work required, under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron the kohen. 9But to the sons of Kohath he did not give any because their responsibility was carrying the holy items on their shoulders.
10When the altar was anointed, the princes brought their dedication offerings and presented them before the altar. 11For Adonai had said to Moses, “Each day one of the princes is to bring his offering for the altar’s dedication.”
12Bringing his offering on the first day was Nahshon son of Amminadab, from the tribe of Judah.
13His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels by the shekel of the Sanctuary, both of them filled with fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering, 14one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 15one young bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old as a burnt offering, 16one male goat as a sin offering, 17and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs one year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Nahshon son of Amminadab.
18On the second day, Nethanel son of Zuar, prince of Issachar, brought his offering.
19The offering he brought was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 20one gold ladle of 10 shekels filled with incense, 21one young bull, one ram and one male lamb one year old for a burnt offering, 22one male goat for a sin offering, 23and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs one year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Nethanel son of Zuar.
24On the third day was the prince of the sons of Zebulun, Eliab son of Helon.
25His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels, both according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 26one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 27one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 28one male goat for a sin offering, 29two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Eliab son of Helon.
30On the fourth day was the prince of the sons of Reuben, Elizur son of Shedeur.
31His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 32one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 33one young bull, one ram, one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 34one male goat for a sin offering, 35and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship ­offering. This was the offering of Elizur son of Shedeur.
36On the fifth day was the prince of the sons of Simeon, Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai.
37His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 38one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 39one young bull, one ram, one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 40one male goat for a sin offering, 41and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai.
42On the sixth day was the prince of the sons of Gad, Eliasaph son of Deuel.
43His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 44one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 45one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 46one male goat for a sin offering, 47and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship ­offering. This was the offering of Eliasaph son of Deuel.
48On the seventh day was the prince of the sons of Ephraim, Elishama son of Ammihud.
49His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 50one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 51one young bull, one ram, one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 52one male goat for a sin offering, 53and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Elishama son of Ammihud.
54On the eighth day was the prince of the sons of Manasseh, Gamaliel son of Pedahzur.
55His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 56one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 57one young bull, one ram, one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 58one male goat for a sin offering, 59and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Gamaliel son of Pedahzur.
60On the ninth day was the prince of the sons of Benjamin, Abidan son of Gideoni.
61His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 62one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 63one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 64one male goat for a sin offering, 65and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Abidan son of Gideoni.
66On the tenth day came the prince of the sons of Dan, Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai.
67His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 68one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 69one young bull, one ram, one male lamb a year old as a burnt offering, 70one male goat for a sin offering, 71and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai.
72On the eleventh day came the prince of the sons of Asher, Pagiel son of Ochran.
73His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 74one ladle of 10 shekels of gold filled with incense, 75one young bull, one ram, one male lamb a year old as a burnt offering, 76one male goat for a sin offering, 77and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Pagiel son of Ochran.
78On the twelfth day came the prince of the sons of Naphtali, Ahira son of Enan.
79His offering was one silver plate weighing 130 shekels, one silver basin weighing 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the Sanctuary, both filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 80one ladle of 10 shekels of gold, filled with incense, 81one young bull, one ram, one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering, 82one male goat for a sin offering, 83and two young bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Ahira son of Enan.
84This was the dedication offering from the princes of Israel for the day when the altar was to be anointed: twelve silver plates, twelve silver basins, twelve gold ladles. 85Each silver plate was of 130 shekels, and each silver basin was of 70 shekels. Altogether, the silver utensils weighed 2,400 shekels according to the shekel of the Sanctuary. 86The twelve gold ladles filled with incense each weighed 10 shekels, by the shekel of the Sanctuary. Altogether, the gold ladles totaled 120 shekels. 87The total of the livestock for the burnt offering was twelve young bulls, twelve rams, and twelve male lambs a year old, along with their grain offering. Twelve male goats were sin offerings.
88The total number of livestock used for sacrifice of fellowship offerings was 24 oxen, 60 rams, 60 male goats and 60 male lambs a year old. These were the dedicatory offerings for the altar after it was anointed.
89When Moses entered the Tent of Meeting to speak with Adonai, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the atonement cover atop the Ark of Testimony between the cheruvim. So he spoke with Him.
–from Numbers 7

So you might find yourself having to shoulder the load, but don’t lose hope and don’t be bitter. Pick it up and press on for the glory of God! And don’t forget either! Later on in the Bible (when David was trying to return the Ark back to Israel), people forgot and tried to put them into a cart and when it almost fell out, someone (Uzzah) reached out to try and save it from falling but since nobody was to touch it, they died. Their is a right way to do things! Their is such thing as right and wrong! So turn to God for wisdom! Turn to God’s Word for direction! And walk it out for the glory of His kingdom!

Need wisdom? Have you asked? We know that God’s Word is true and He tells us “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Today’s reading also speaks to us about wisdom…not manly wisdom, but Godly wisdom…

Wisdom that Rests on God’s Power

1When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come with excellence of speech or wisdom, proclaiming to you the mystery of God. 2For I decided not to know about anything among you except Yeshua the Messiah—and Him crucified. 3I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power— 5so that your faith would not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 6We do speak wisdom, however, among those who are mature—but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7Rather, we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery—a wisdom that has been hidden, which God destined for our glory before the ages. 8None of the rulers of this age understood it—for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9But as it is written, “Things no eye has seen and no ear has heard, that have not entered the heart of mankind— these things God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10But God revealed these things to us through the Ruach. For the Ruach searches all things—even the depths of God. 11For who among men knows the things of a man, except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the things of God except the Ruach Elohim. 12Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God—so we might come to know the things freely given to us by God. 13These things we also speak—not in words taught by human wisdom but in words taught by the Ruach, explaining the spiritual to the spiritual. 14Now a natural man does not accept the things of the Ruach Elohim, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15But the one who is spiritual discerns all things, and he himself is discerned by no one. For 16“who has known the mind of Adonai, that he will instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Messiah.
–from 1 Corinthians 2

 

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