Numbers 28: Understanding God’s Time

I think that Numbers 28 is particularly interesting because everything is done down to the details.

Num 28:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Num 28:2  Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season.

For me, the fact that God talked about making offerings at the right time is significant. We need to do things in God’s time rather than our own time.

Of course, we don’t need to burn sacrifices like the Israelites did, but I think that this passage should be important to us. We need to understand that God has a plan for everyone, but His time is not necessarily our time.

Joh 21:20  Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?

Joh 21:21  Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?

Joh 21:22  Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

Essentially, Jesus told Peter that he shouldn’t worry about the timing of God. In this passage, I think that he is talking about end times prophecy, but I think that the message is clear for any point in history.

Undoubtedly, we need to make sure that we are on the lookout for God, but the timing of God is different. He fulfills everything for His own purposes at the exact time He wants it done. There are millions of things that we could worry about, but this is really unnecessary. God just says that we need to follow Him just like He told the Israelites that they needed to make those sacrifices.

As much as He cared about that in the Old Testament, He will care about us forever as well. Our responsibility is not to worry about the exact plan. We are supposed to follow God as He leads, and from that, God will display parts of His time to us.

We may not understand all of His “seasons,” but it is a good thing that God does and is willing to guide our path.


Posted on December 14, 2012, in Numbers and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Zak, This is another great reminder for us all the time, as you say. We are not in control but we can take comfort that God is. We can ask as much as we want, like Peter did, but in the end God will decide in His own time not in ours and won’t commit his conduct to our questions or review. It’s very comforting to me that in this context we can know that he cares so much for us that he sent his only Son to die for us. So we don’t need to fear “God’s time”, we can rely on it. Take care. See you tomorrow.

    • I agree, and I actually think that it is a great thing that He doesn’t submit His actions to our review. As much as we mess things up as humans, it is good that we are not ultimately in charge of everything. He does a much better job.

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