You weren’t an accident! You are an accident! You’ve been created on purpose for a purpose! So let’s live up to that calling! Let’s pursue that purpose! Let’s complete the work set in front of us to do!
Do you know where to turn? when you have questions? when you have concerns?
God’s plan is good! God’s plan is great! So let’s live out our lives as living testimonies of His greatness! Let’s allow our goal and purpose to become more like Jesus! Let’s allow grace and forgiveness to flow from our lives! Let’s allow people to be transformed through our encounters because we point them to the one true God! Let’s allow our words and our actions to be the gospel in action! Let’s allow God to be seen through our relationships! So that He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name!
Let’s celebrate, because God’s not dead!
Today’s reading starts with the calling of the Levites and then into praising God and closes with the incredible resurrection of Jesus! He is risen! He is sitting at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us! So let’s choose to live!
The Levite Families and Duties1These are the generations of Aaron and Moses current at the time Adonai spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai. 2These are the names of Aaron’s sons: Nadab the first-born, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 3These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the anointed kohanim whom he consecrated to be priests. 4But Nadab and Abihu died before Adonai for offering unauthorized fire before Adonai in the Sinai wilderness—they had no children. So Eleazar and Ithamar served as kohanim under Aaron their father. 5Then Adonai spoke to Moses saying, 6“Gather the tribe of Levi near, and appoint them to attend to Aaron the kohen. 7They are to keep watch over duties for him and the entire community before the Tent of Meeting while performing the service of the Tabernacle. 8They are to tend to all the implements of the Tent of Meeting and the service of Bnei-Yisrael while performing the service of the Tabernacle. 9You are to give the Levites to Aaron and his sons. Out of Bnei-Yisrael they are dedicated entirely to him. 10You are to appoint Aaron and his sons to maintain the priesthood; any commoner who approaches must be executed.” 11Then Adonai said to Moses saying, 12“See, I have taken the Levites from among Bnei-Yisrael in place of the firstborn who open the womb among Bnei-Yisrael. The Levites will be Mine, 13because all the firstborn are Mine. In the day when I was striking down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I consecrated to Myself every firstborn in Israel—whether man or animal—as Mine. I am Adonai.” 14Adonai spoke in the Sinai wilderness to Moses saying, 15“Count the sons of Levi. According to their ancestral house, by their families, every male a month old and upward you are to number them.” 16So Moses numbered them in accordance with the word of Adonai, just as he was commanded. 17These were the sons of Levi, by their names: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 18These then were the names of the sons of Gershon by their families—Libni and Shimei. 19The sons of Kohath by their families were Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. 20The sons of Merari, by their families, are Mahli and Mushi. These then were the families of the Levites by their ancestral households. 21To Gershon belonged the family of the Libnites and the family of the Shimeites. These were the families of the Gershonites. 22The number of every male one month old and upward who were counted was 7,500. 23The Gershonites were to camp behind the Tabernacle on the west. 24The prince of the ancestral house of the Gershonites was Eliasaph son of Lael. 25The duties of the sons of Gershon in the Tent of Meeting were the Tabernacle, the tent, its coverings, the curtain of the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, 26the curtains of the courtyard, the screen of the entrance of the courtyard around the Tabernacle and altar, its ropes and all related to its use. 27To Kohath belonged the family of the Amramites, the family of the Izharites, the Hebronites and the Uzzielites. These were the Kohathite families. 28The number of every male one month old and upward was 8,600. Their duties were caring for the Sanctuary. 29The Kohathite families were to camp along the side of the Tabernacle on the south. 30The prince of the ancestral household of the Kohathites was Elizaphan son of Uzziel. 31They were responsible for the Ark, the table, the menorah, the altars, and the implements of the Sanctuary used in service with them, the curtain and all involved with its use. 32The chief prince of the Levites was Eleazar son of Aaron the kohen appointed over those whose responsibility was the care of the Sanctuary. 33To Merari belonged the families of the Mahlites and the Mushites. These were the families of Merari. 34Their number by count of every male one month old and upward was 6,200. 35The prince of the household of the father of the Merarites was Zuriel son of Abihail. They were to camp on the north side of the Tabernacle. 36The sons of Merari were appointed over the care of the frames of the Tabernacle, its crossbars, posts, bases, and all equipment for its use, 37the posts of the surrounding courtyard, their bases, pegs and ropes. 38Those camping in front of the Tent of Meeting, on the east, toward the sunrise, were Moses, Aaron, and his sons. They were to care for the Sanctuary on behalf of Bnei-Yisrael. But anyone unauthorized who approached had to be executed. 39All the Levites counted by Moses and Aaron at the word of Adonai, by their families, inclusive of every male one month old and upward, were 22,000.
Redemption of the Firstborn40Adonai said to Moses, “Count every firstborn male of Bnei-Yisrael from one month old and upward and make a list of their names. 41Set the Levites apart for me in place of all the firstborn of Bnei-Yisrael, and, all the livestock of the Levites in place of the firstborn of the livestock of Bnei-Yisrael. I am Adonai.” 42So Moses counted all the firstborn of Bnei-Yisrael as Adonai commanded him. 43The sum total of the firstborn males of Bnei-Yisrael, one month old and upward, listed by name, was 22,273. 44Again Adonai spoke to Moses saying, 45“Take the Levites in place of all the firstborn of Bnei-Yisrael, and the livestock of the Levites in place of their livestock. The Levites will be Mine. I am Adonai. 46To redeem the 273 firstborn of Bnei-Yisrael exceeding the number of the Levites, 47you are to collect five shekels for each, based on the shekel of the Sanctuary, which is 20 gerahs. 48Give the money for the redemption of the extra ones of the firstborn of them to Aaron and his sons.” 49Hence Moses collected the redemption money for those exceeding the number redeemed by the Levites. 50From the firstborn of Bnei-Yisrael he collected silver weighing 1,365 shekels, according to the Sanctuary shekel. 51Moses gave the redemption money to Aaron and his sons, just as Adonai commanded him, in accordance with the mouth of Adonai.–from Numbers 3
God’s got a plan! So let’s live it out! And give Him all the praise!
Let All Peoples Praise You1For the music director, with stringed instruments, a psalm, a song. 2May God be gracious to us and bless us. May He cause His face to shine upon us— Selah 3so that Your way may be known on earth, and Your salvation among all nations. 4Let the peoples praise You, O God. Let all the peoples praise You. 5Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You will judge the peoples fairly, and guide the nations on the earth. Selah 6Let the peoples praise You, O God. Let all the peoples praise You. 7The earth has yielded its harvest— God, our God will bless us. 8God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear Him.–Psalms 67
Wondering why? Wondering how? Wondering where? Wondering who? Wondering what? Wondering when?
The Lamb of God is Resurrected1Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it is still dark, Miriam from Magdala comes to the tomb. She sees that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb. 2So she comes running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Yeshua loved. She tells them, “They’ve taken the Master out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve put Him!” 3Then Peter and the other disciple set out, going to the tomb. 4The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and arrived at the tomb first. 5Leaning in, he sees the linen strips lying there. But he didn’t go in. 6Then Simon Peter comes following him, and he entered the tomb. He looks upon the linen strips lying there, 7and the face cloth that had been on His head. It was not lying with the linen strips, but was rolled up in a place by itself. 8So then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also entered. He saw and believed. 9For they did not yet understand from Scripture that Yeshua must rise from the dead. 10So the disciples went back to their own homes.
Yeshua Appears to Miriam11But Miriam stood outside the tomb weeping. As she was weeping, she bent down to look into the tomb. 12She sees two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where Yeshua’s body had been lying. 13“Woman, why are you crying?” they say to her. She says to them, “Because they took away my Master, and I don’t know where they’ve put Him.” 14After she said these things, she turned around. And she sees Yeshua standing there. Yet she didn’t know that it was Yeshua. 15Yeshua says to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?” Thinking He’s the gardener, she says to Him, “Sir, if You’ve carried Him away, tell me where You’ve put Him, and I will take Him away.” 16Yeshua says to her, “Miriam!” Turning around, she says to Him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17Yeshua says to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet gone up to the Father. Go to My brothers and tell them, ‘I am going up to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.’” 18Miriam from Magdala comes, announcing to the disciples, “I’ve seen the Lord,” and what He had said to her.
Yeshua Appears to the Disciples19It was evening on that day, the first of the week. When the doors were locked where the disciples were, for fear of the Judean leaders, Yeshua came and stood in their midst! And He said to them, “Shalom aleichem!” 20After He said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Yeshua said to them again, “Shalom aleichem! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22And after He said this, He breathed on them. And He said to them, “Receive the Ruach ha-Kodesh! 23If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; but if you hold back, they are held back.” 24One of the Twelve, Thomas called the Twin, was not with them when Yeshua came. 25The other disciples were saying to him, “We’ve seen the Lord!” But he replied to them, “Unless I see the nail prints in His hands, and put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand in His side, I will never believe!” 26Eight days later the disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Yeshua comes, despite the locked doors. He stood in their midst and said, “Shalom aleichem!” 27Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe!” 28Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Yeshua said to Him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed? Blessed are the ones who have not seen and yet have believed!”
The Reason for Signs and Wonders30Yeshua performed many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these things have been written so that you may believe that Yeshua is Mashiach Ben-Elohim, and that by believing you may have life in His name.
–from John 20