Numbers 28, Psalm 72, Isaiah 19-20, 2 Peter 1

DateVersionReading Plan
@May 19, 2024ESV (2016)M’Cheyne Plan 2024

Numbers 28

Numbers 28:1–2 (ESV) 28 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Command the people of Israel and say to them, ‘My offering, my food for my food offerings, my pleasing aroma, you shall be careful to offer to me at its appointed time.’

Following the commissioning of Joshua, the LORD gave Moses instruction regarding the various offerings required of the people. Particularly notable is the LORD’s clear claim of ownership in the repetition of the word “my” in Num. 28:2 as He gave His directive. There was certainly no question as to why and for whom these offerings were to be performed. What’s more, the people were to be careful to offer them at its appointed time. The people were called to be steadfastly obedient to the offering practices, mindful of His command and honoring Him in their obedience.

Psalm 72

Psalm 72:18–19 (ESV) 18 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. 19 Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!

The psalmist ends this psalm with a prayer of blessing of the LORD. What a model prayer this is for us, to bless our God who alone does wonderful things. Bless Him for His provision, His redemption and our salvation in Christ. Bless Him for the grace He poured out on us in the sacrifice of His Son. May His glorious name be blessed forever and the whole earth be filled with His glory.

Isaiah 19-20

Isaiah 19:24–25 (ESV) 24 In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”

The words “In that day” are repeated several times in this chapter with its last instance here in Is. 19:24. As the FSB Study Notes describes, Egypt and Assyria were “The two competing superpowers of the day will [which will] one day achieve world peace. The imagery presents the world as perfect and ideal after the cleansing judgment of the day of Yahweh.”

2 Peter 1

2 Peter 1:5–8 (ESV) 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The divine power of Christ has granted His followers all things that pertain to life and godliness and, for this reason, we are to supplement this truth with certain qualities. If we are manifesting these qualities, they will prevent us from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is a prescription for diligent and active cultivation of all that has been given to us. As the Believer’s Bible Commentary says, “God does not make us holy against our will or without our involvement. There must be desire, determination, and discipline on our part.”