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Numbers 9:15-23 (3/20/14)

Follow the Cloud

March 20, 2014 • Benham Brothers

God led the people by using a Cloud - that was a sign of His presence. Today everything is moving to The Cloud. It represents you (everything you have is in it - pics, credit cards, social interaction, etc). Man's cloud is meant to follow / God's cloud is meant to lead. We can't ever let our cloud do the leading. God's Cloud didn't come and rest among them until the Tabernacle was erected. The tabernacle represents us - after Jesus' death our bodies became His temple. The cloud represents the Holy Spirit. We are to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit just as these people followed the leading of the Cloud. The Cloud would not rest on the tabernacle unless it was built properly and fully clean. The Holy Spirit will lead us but we must remain clean.

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Numbers 1-4 (2/21/19)

Moving Forward • February 21, 2019 • Benham Brothers

* Chap 1 -God had already given the people the law and they had built the tabernacle. * Now it was time for them to move into the Promised Land. * What would they do? * How would they be able to go where God wanted them to go and keep His presence among them? * This is what the book of Numbers is all about. * It’s a book that counts the people and makes them accountable so they could be counted on to fight the battles that were coming! * Numbers is a book of organization! * An organism is something that’s alive because of proper organization. * The foundation is RELATIONSHIP - they were in relationship with God and with each other. * The first item of business was the Tabernacle, which represented God’s presence. * It was the fuel for battle. * Chap 2 - Here in these verses we see very clear separation among the people. They had to remain distinct from each other. But the ultimate goal wasn’t separation, it was oneness. They would come back together “as one” under the name of God to fight the enemy. * Chaps 3-4 - These chaps outline the roles and responsibilities of the Levites in dealing with the Tabernacle (the presence of God). * They erect the boundaries for relationship. * So long as they stayed inside these boundaries they would maintain fellowship with each other and with God.

Numbers 6:2 (2/23/17)

Nazarite Vow • February 23, 2017 • Benham Brothers

* A Nazarite vow was a special vow people could take if they wanted to go deeper with God and express deep devotion to Him. * It’s kindof like Hobby Lobby and Chic-Fil-A not being open on Sunday. * It consisted of three things that we can apply to our lives today if we want to go deeper with God: * 1) No wine to drink - even though wine was ok. * This symbolizes saying “no” to our senses and not indulging our appetites. * 2) No cutting of hair. * This symbolizes not being concerned about outward appearance. * A Nazarite was more concerned with what was going on inside than outside. * 3) Stay away from dead bodies. * This symbolizes staying away from places of death (bars, clubs, etc).

Numbers 6:22-27 (2/23/17)

Blessing • February 23, 2017 • Benham Brothers

* Aaron and his sons, who were the priests of the day, were commanded to bless people. * Today we are priests and we must bless others the same way. * The blessing we should pray over others is five fold - that God would: * 1) Protect them. * 2) Smile on them. * 3) Be gracious to them. * 4) Show them His favor. * 5) Grant them peace. * This will keep us from ever getting bitter toward another human being.