staying on his good side

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staying on his good side

devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2358

Numbers 31:48-54

Num 31:48 Then the officers who were over the thousands of the army, the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, came near to Moses
Num 31:49 and said to Moses, “Your servants have counted the men of war who are under our command, and there is not a man missing from us.
Num 31:50 And we have brought Yahveh’s offering, what each man found, articles of gold, armlets and bracelets, signet rings, earrings, and beads, to provide reconciliation for our souls in the sight of Yahveh.”
Num 31:51 And Moses and Eleazar the priest received from them the gold, all crafted articles.
Num 31:52 And all the gold of the contribution that they presented to Yahveh, from the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, was 16,750 shekels.
Num 31:53 (The men in the army had each taken plunder for himself.)
Num 31:54 And Moses and Eleazar the priest received the gold from the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the conference tent, as a memorial for the people of Israel in the sight of Yahveh.

staying on his good side

Calvin comments on verse 54: “When it is said, “for a memorial for the children of Israel,” it may be taken either actively or passively; viz., either that the gift may be a monument of their gratitude, or that it might conciliate favor for the people in the eyes of God; as if that offering of expiation brought before God, and represented, all those who thus professed themselves to be preserved by His grace. I prefer the latter sense myself, i.e., that this memorial was set before His eyes, in order that God might hereafter also be favorable to His people.”

Whenever we give anything to the LORD’s work, we can consider it a reminder of all the things and relationships he has given us. We don’t get on God’s good side by doing so, but actively showing our appreciation is one part of staying on his good side.

LORD, make us aware of all your sustaining gifts, and appreciative always.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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