This section is one of my favorites from the whole Bible. God is teaching Moses and Aaron to represent Him with self-sacrificing compassion. He Himself is going to die for people that grumble against Him, and here He is doing a little bit of that kind of training on Moses and Aaron.
Here are some cool bits from early in Numbers. People are dedicated to the Lord and being formed into His people. At the same time, Moses and Aaron are being formed into High Priests – the men that will represent God to the people and vice versa.
A couple of years ago, I tried to fill a little notebook with one Bible thought per day. I found it recently and there are some pages empty, so I’m backfilling them. Here is one today from Numbers 31:6 about Phinehas.
Sermon on Numbers 1-10, where God’s grace is already showing up and the order of travel is established for the Hebrews as they head to the promised land.
So here it is, like so many other places in Numbers, where the entire Christian life is laid out.