Do you realize the time you are living in? How are you living out the inheritance you have been given? What legacy are you putting into place for the generation to come? Don’t forget how you are to live! Don’t forget the times! Don’t forget the seasons! Don’t forget the things that have already been accomplished in and through your life! Don’t lose hope for what is yet to come! Greater things are yet to come! Greater things are still to be done here! Turn to God! Ask Him for wisdom! Ask Him to help you prophecy to those He has brought into your life so that you can speak wisdom and hope and love into their lives! So today, let’s get started! Today, let’s seek God’s wisdom that we may complete the work He has for us to do, the work He has prepared in advance for us to do, the good work that He wants for us to accomplish.
So let’s reflect on all of this as we read today’s reading from God’s Word…
Inheritance of Daughters
1The daughters of Zelophehad son of Hepher son of Gilead son of Machir son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh son of Joseph (the names of his daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah)
2stood before Moses, Eleazar the kohen and the princes of the entire assembly at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and said,
3“Our father died in the wilderness. But he was not one of the followers banding together against Adonai with Korah, though he died for his own sin. Yet he had no sons.
4Why should our father’s name diminish from his family just because he had no son? Give to us property among our father’s brothers.”
5So Moses brought their issue before Adonai,
6and Adonai spoke to Moses saying,
7“The daughters of Zelophehad are right in saying you should give them property by inheritance among their father’s relatives. You are to turn over the inheritance of their father to them.”
8“Furthermore, you are to speak to Bnei-Yisrael saying: If a man dies without a son, you are to transfer his inheritance to his daughter.
9If he has no daughter, you are to give his inheritance to his brothers.
10If he has no brothers, you are to give it to his father’s brothers.
11If his father had no brothers, you are to give it to the nearest relative in his family that he might possess it. This is to be a legal statute for Bnei-Yisrael, just as Adonai commanded to Moses.”
Commissioning of Joshua
12Then Adonai said to Moses, “Go up this mountain of the Abarim range and look at the land that I have given to Bnei-Yisrael.
13When you have seen it, you will be gathered to your people, just as Aaron your brother was gathered.
14For in the wilderness of Zin during the strife of the community, you both rebelled against My Word instead of honoring Me as holy at the waters before their eyes.” (These were the waters of Meribah at Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.)
15Moses spoke to Adonai saying,
16“May Adonai, God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the community
17to go out and come in before them, who will lead them out and bring them out so that the people of Adonai will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”
18Adonai said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the Ruach, and lay your hand on him.
19You will have him stand before Eleazar the kohen and the entire assembly and commission him before their eyes.
20Give to him some of your authority so that the whole community of Bnei-Yisrael will obey him.
21He will stand before Eleazar the kohen, who will pray and obtain judgments for him by Urim and before Adonai. At his mouth, they will go out and at his mouth they will come in, he and all the community of Bnei-Yisrael with him.”
22Moses did as Adonai commanded him. He took Joshua, stood him before Eleazar the kohen and all the entire assembly.
23Then he laid his hands on him and commissioned him just as Adonai had spoken, by Moses’ hand.
–from Numbers 27
What will you pass on? What will you do with what you have been given? There is a time and a place for everything!
Moadim: Appointed Times
1Adonai spoke to Moses saying,
2“Command Bnei-Yisrael and tell them to be careful to present to Me at the moadim My food offerings by fire as a pleasing aroma.
3Tell them: This is the fire offering which you are to present to Adonai: two male lambs a year old, without flaw, as a daily regular burnt offering.
4Prepare one lamb in the morning and the other lamb you are to prepare at twilight,
5along with a tenth of an ephah of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with a fourth of a hin of oil from pressed olives.
6This is the regular burnt offering initiated at Mount Sinai, as a pleasing aroma, a fire offering to Adonai.
7With each lamb pour out a fourth of a hin of fermented drink at the Sanctuary as a drink offering to Adonai.
8Prepare the second lamb at twilight with the same type of grain and drink offerings you prepared in the morning, a fire offering as a pleasing aroma to Adonai.
Shabbat: Weekly Rest
9“On the Shabbat, you are to present two flawless male lambs a year old, along with two tenths of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering, mixed with oil and its drink offering.
10This is the burnt offering for every Shabbat, besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.
Rosh Chodesh: New Moon
11“On the first of the month you are to present to Adonai a burnt offering of two young bulls, one ram, and seven flawless male lambs a year old,
12with three tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering with each bull, and two tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering with the ram,
13and with each lamb a tenth of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, a burnt offering as a pleasing aroma, an offering by fire to Adonai.
14Their drink offerings shall be: per bull, half a hin of wine, a third of a hin of wine per ram, and, a fourth of a hin per lamb. This will be the monthly burnt offering at each new moon throughout the year.
15Also, one male goat as a sin offering to Adonai beside the regular burnt offering is to be offered with its drink offering.
16“On the fourteenth day of the first month is Adonai’s Passover.
17On the fifteenth day, there is to be a feast. For seven days, matzot will be eaten.
18You are to hold a sacred assembly on the first day. You are not to do any laborious work.
19You are to offer to Adonai burnt offering by fire, two young bulls, one ram and seven male lambs a year old. They are to be flawless.
20You are to offer their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah per bull, two tenths per ram,
21and one tenth per each of the seven lambs,
22plus one goat for a sin offering to atone for yourselves.
23In addition to the morning burnt offering and regular burnt offering, you are to offer these.
24Just like this you are to offer each day, for seven days, the food to be offered by fire for each day as a pleasing aroma to Adonai, beside the regular burnt offering with its drink offering.
25On the seventh day, you are to have a sacred assembly, and you are to do no laborious work.
Shavuot: Feast of Weeks
26“On the Day of Firstfruits, when you offer to Adonai a new grain offering during the Feast of Weeks, you are to have a sacred assembly. You are to do no laborious work.
27You are to offer as a pleasing aroma a burnt offering to Adonai, two young bulls from the herd, one ram and seven male lambs a year old.
28With each bull there is to be a grain offering of three tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, with the ram two tenths,
29and with each lamb, one tenth,
30plus one male goat to make atonement for you.
31In addition, you are to prepare the regular burnt offering with its grain offering and its drink offering. They are to be without defect.
–from Numbers 28
Are people looking to you? Are people turning to you? Are people sharing with you? How will you know what to say and do? How will you know? Turn to God! Ask Jesus to give you wisdom! Ask the Holy Spirit to provide You with a Word of Wisdom for each situation! Speak what God gives you to say! Allow Him to work in their mind and heart and soul! Allow them to hear and understand God’s will for them! And praise God as you serve Him in thought, words, and deed!
Orderly Governing of the Gifts
1Pursue love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
2For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to people but to God—for no one understands, but in the Ruach he speaks mysteries.
3But one who prophesies speaks to people for building up, urging on, and uplifting.
4One who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but one who prophesies builds up the community.
5Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy. One who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues—unless he interprets, so that the community may be built up.
6But now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you—unless I speak to you by way of revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?
7It is the same for lifeless things that make a sound—like a flute or a harp. If they make no distinction in the tones, how will what is played be recognized?
8For if the trumpet makes an unclear sound, who will prepare himself for battle?
9So also with you with your tongue—unless you utter speech that is intelligible, how will what is spoken be understood? For you will be talking to the wind!
10It may be that there are many kinds of languages in the world—and none without meaning.
11If then I do not understand the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker will be a foreigner to me.
12Likewise with you—since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, keep trying to excel for the building up of the community.
13Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.
14For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15What is it then? I will pray in my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing praises with my spirit, and I will also sing praises with my mind.
16Otherwise if you give thanks and praise in the spirit, how will one filling the place of the ungifted say the “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he has no idea what you’re saying?
17For you certainly give thanks well, but the other person is not built up.
18I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19However, in Messiah’s community I would rather speak five words with my mind, so I may also instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20Brothers and sisters, stop being children in your thinking—rather, be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.
21In the Prophets it is written, “By those with strange tongues and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people. And not even then will they listen to me,” says Adonai.
22Therefore tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers—but prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers.
23So if Messiah’s whole community comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and uninstructed or unbelieving people come in, won’t they say that you are crazy?
24But if all are prophesying and some unbelieving or ungifted person comes in, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all.
25The secrets of his heart become known, and so he will fall down on his face and worship God, declaring, “God really is among you!”
26What is it then, brothers and sisters? Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, a teaching, a revelation, a tongue, an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
27If someone speaks in a tongue, let it be by two or at most three, and each in turn; and let one interpret.
28But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the community but speak to himself and to God.
29Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others evaluate.
30But if something is revealed to another sitting nearby, let the first one become silent.
31For you can all prophesy one by one, so all may learn and be encouraged.
32The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets,
33for God is not a God of confusion, but shalom. As in all the communities of the kedoshim,
34let women keep silent in the communities, for it is not permitted for them to speak out. Rather let them be in order, as the Torah also says.
35If they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home—for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak out in the community.
36Did the word of God originate with you? Or did it reach you alone?
37If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that what I write to you is the Lord’s command.
38But if someone does not recognize it, he is not recognized.
39Therefore, brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
40But let everything be done decently and in order.
–from 1 Corinthians 14