Day 65: Revolt Against Moses

Numbers 16:1-35 Groups of Levites and Reubenites rebelled against Moses, and God punished the perpetrators with their lives.

Deuteronomy 15:1-11 During the sabbatical year, already described in Exodus and Leviticus, debts were to be forgiven. Works of charity and concern for the poor were highly valued in the Old Testament, and  a number of laws-such as those detailing fair wages, tithes, loans, and debt forgiveness-addressed this issue. (CCC 2445-2449)

Ch 15:12-18 Slavery was an accepted practice in the Old Testament and even into the Christian era. Although the Mosaic Law did not ban it outright, it did try to protect the interests of slaves and called for humanitarian treatment. (CCC 2446, 2455)

Ch 16:1-17 The Israelites were to celebrate the major feasts “at the place where the Lord will choose.” When the Temple was built in Jerusalem, it became the pilgrimage site for all the people of Israel to gather for religious celebrations. The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread commemorated the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. (CCC 1334)

Psalm 97 The coming of the king is synonymous with victory: the idolaters are shamed and the faithful shout for joy. It is a new day, radiating new light on those who have persevered in faith. This psalm lists the characteristics of those who are faithful, which includes hatred of evil, love for God, commitment to justice and righteousness, and praise and thanksgiving to God. These guidelines have not lost their value and importance in uniting ourselves to God in preparation for the Second Coming. (Cf. St. John Paul II, General Audience, April 3, 2002)

Rejoice!: The encouragement in this psalm reminds us of Mary’s self-revelation to her cousin Elizabeth, known as the Magnificat: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Lk 1:47). The Incarnation is the fulfillment of what was prophesied in the Old Testament about the coming of the Messiah, the Savior of the world. (CCC 30, 2622)

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

Prayer by Fr Mike: “Father in Heaven we thank you, we thank you and we give you praise. We thank you for your justice and you reveal that when you set up the people of Israel and when you gave them a law, when you gave them your law, you revealed your heart. Your heart is true. You are truth, Lord God. You are justice.  You call your people just like you call us to live justice, to do right, to walk humbly, to love goodness, and to care for those who are around us. Lord God, help us to have hearts like yours. Hearts that love justice. Hearts that run away from evil. Hearts that hate evil. Hearts that are open to those around us who are in need.  Lord God, before you we stand in need. So we ask you to send us your Holy Spirit to meet us in every one of our needs. You are the source of all goodness. You are the source of all truth. You are the source of all justice and we need you. So come and be near us now. We make this prayer in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”


Not only has everyone who has spoken for God or ministered to him in the Tabernacle been appointed by God or God's appointed men, but we see what happened to anyone who tried to appoint themselves. That didn't change with the advent of Christ and the New Covenant: Everyone in his Church Heirarchy was chosen by him, his apostles, the church leaders they appointed, onward throughout the history of the Church to today.

Two passages in the New Testament come to mind when reading the instruction to appoint judges in every town; 1) Titus 1:5, where Paul instructs Titus to appoint Elders in every town (elder-presbyter from the greek presbuteros, where the english word "priest" derives from), and 2) Matt 19:28 where Jesus tells his Apostles will sit on twelve thrones as judges over all Israel.