Rhythms in (the book of) Numbers and in our lives.

I have been reading and re reading the Book of Numbers to write a post and I have been really enamored of this devotional (that is available on YouVersion). The summary of Numbers will come in a few weeks , but I wanted to share this with you in the meantime.


A new phase in any journey requires new practices, new schedules, new habits and new rhythms. The Greek word translated into English for this idea of rhythms is the word liturgy. Many consider the word liturgy to be a bad word, but ultimately it just refers to the work and rhythms that we do everyday. When it comes down to it, we all have liturgies, and forms to our lives. We have morning routines, church orders; we have a shape to our stadium practices, malls, grocery stores, and even our homes. Everything has a “shape.” Everything on earth aims to shape us toward and around their vision of the “good life.” The only question on the table is, “what are good and poor forms?” Some routines shape us to love, honor, worship, and obey the Lord, and others do not.

Consider, as you walk through these two chapters in Numbers, (Numbers 28- 29)how God orders his people’s life into minutes and days (daily offerings), weeks (Sabbath rest), months (offerings) years (Passover) and annual festivals and feasts. Consider your rhythms and how they are shaping you. Though as New Testament believers we are not bound to all of these Old Testament rhythms any longer, their wisdom is still practical. God shapes his people around his story in order to ensure they remember him in their daily, weekly, monthly and annual rhythms. His discipleship method goes way beyond a “quiet time.” It infiltrates our every moment patterns and habits.

The natural posture of the human heart is to be bent! Bent toward things of lesser value and importance! God in daily, weekly, monthly, annual and yearly rhythms ensures that his people are aimed at the right story. This causes us to arrive at his intended destination. His destination isn’t a wasteland, it is a Promised Land.

From The Book of Numbers (devotional): A journey towards human freedom under God’s authority. (https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/3403-book-numbers-human-freedom-under-gods-authority). This is from http://www.gardencityproject.org

RELATED POST : The Book of Numbers. Part 1.

Until next time,


7 thoughts on “Rhythms in (the book of) Numbers and in our lives.

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  1. Numbers, definitely from this very good post, must be one of the Books of HIS protocol, and your post proves this beyond any reasonable doubt.

    God had to number them for: only the ones who’ll walk the prescribed walk with Him are the ‘saved’ souls. Jesus numbered the twelve & the 70. He will also number 144,000. God’s meticulousness is seen, as you’ve pointed out, in taking them through minutes, hours etc. HE is to be worshipped all the time. Does He not span every space? HE does. Hallelujah!

    Many people get to the Book of Numbers and begin to lose interest in God’s protocol. This post a proof of the fact that God is never verbose. I pray for more grace to your appointed elbows. Thank you for following me. I’m truly full of appreciation, dear christfollower85. (’85, could that be when you got born again?) If we don’t follow Jesus who else is worthy of an availability of following? None! Jesus alone is LORD! Amen!!


  2. Beautifully written Tango… Someone sent me this last week and I thought that this was interesting ..

    Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day.
    Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course?
    Each of us has such a bank. It’s name is TIME.
    Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.
    Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose.
    It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day.
    If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.”
    You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!
    The clock is running!! Make the most of today.

    To realise the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.

    To realise the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

    To realise the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

    To realise the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

    To realise the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who just missed a train.

    To realise the value of ONE SECOND, ask someone who just avoided an accident.

    To realise the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal at the Olympics.

    Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with. And remember time waits for no one.

    Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why its called the present.

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