They came from slavery. Faced a pursuing army. Witnessed miracles. That’s the backstory. Today’s reading: a sprouting, blossoming, fruitful staff as a symbol of God’s authority. His promise to Aaron, provision:
8 Then the Lord said to Aaron, “I myself have put you in charge of the offerings presented to me; all the holy offerings the Israelites give me I give to you and your sons as your portion, your perpetual share. 9 You are to have the part of the most holy offerings that is kept from the fire. From all the gifts they bring me as most holy offerings, whether grain or sin or guilt offerings, that part belongs to you and your sons. 10 Eat it as something most holy; every male shall eat it. You must regard it as holy. (Numbers 18:8-10, NIV, emphasis mine)
I take note that Aaron and his family are to enjoy a perpetual share. The most holy portion of the offerings. Provision.
20 The Lord said to Aaron, “You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any share among them; I am your share and your inheritance among the Israelites. (Numbers 18:20, NIV)
In their thirst, he provides water.
7 The Lord said to Moses, 8 “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.”
9 So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.
12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” (Numbers 20:7-12, NIV, emphasis mine)
Lord, you are with me in all the times. You have provided so richly in my life. You are in the details: a captain’s bell hidden beneath the clematis; dogs that are exactly what we wanted in a pet; a way made in the wait–great grace! And heat in our home. Thank you. All of these stories in the Bible tell me of your authority, trustworthiness, faithfulness, and provision. And I can see it in my own life. Thank you.