Evening Bible Study
The book of Numbers is the history of Israel during their forty years of
wandering in the wilderness. It is
called “Numbers” because twice Israel is numbered, once at the beginning of the
forty years, and once at the end.
We’ve seen how at the beginning, God is in the process of organizing this
nation of delivered slaves into a lean, mean fighting machine.
7:1-9 Carts for
:1 Now it came to pass, when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle,
that he anointed it and consecrated it and all its furnishings, and the altar
and all its utensils; so he anointed them and consecrated them.
We go back a month earlier, back to when Moses first set up the Tabernacle
:2 Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of their fathers’ houses, who were
the leaders of the tribes and over those who were numbered, made an offering.
:3 And they brought their offering before the LORD, six covered carts and
twelve oxen, a cart for every two of the leaders, and for each one an ox; and
they presented them before the tabernacle.
The leaders of
the tribes of Israel get together and present the Levites with a gift of six
carts and twelve oxen.
These carts will be used to transport the “stuff” of the Tabernacle.
These carts will be divided up among the three Levite families (vs. 4-9)
These families divided up the work of packing, moving, and setting up the
Tabernacle as the Israelites moved through the wilderness.
The family of
Gershon would get two of the carts – they were the ones responsible for all the
cloth of the tent and courtyard fence.
The family of
Merari would get four of the carts – they were responsible for all the heavy
lifting, all the boards, bars, fence posts, etc. of the Tabernacle.
The family of
Kohath won’t get any carts – they were the family responsible for the special
pieces of the Tabernacle like the Ark, the Menorah, the Table, etc. These pieces were not supposed to go on
carts, but were to be carried.
King David will
run into a problem 400 years later when he tries to move the Ark of the
Covenant by placing it on an oxcart (2Sam. 6; 1Chr. 13).
A fellow named Uzziah is walking beside the cart and when the cart begins
to tip a little too much, Uzziah reaches out and holds the Ark to keep it from
falling. He dies immediately.
After much grief and research, David finds out that they should have never
put the Ark on a cart, it was supposed to be carried with poles on the
shoulders of the Levites.
I wonder if God is concerned that some parts of ministry not be left up to
the dumb oxen, but are supposed to be done by people.
:10 Now the leaders offered the dedication offering for the altar when it
was anointed; so the leaders offered their offering before the altar.
:11 For the LORD said to Moses, “They shall offer their offering, one
leader each day, for the dedication of the altar.”
:12 And the one who offered his offering on the first day was Nahshon the
son of Amminadab, from the tribe of Judah.
:13 His offering was one silver platter, the weight of which was one
hundred and thirty shekels, and one silver bowl of seventy shekels, according
to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil
as a grain offering;
:14 one gold pan of ten shekels, full of incense;
:15 one young bull, one ram, and one male lamb in its first year, as a
:16 one kid of the goats as a sin offering;
:17 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings: two oxen, five rams, five
male goats, and five male lambs in their first year. This was the offering of
Nahshon the son of Amminadab.
For twelve days each of the tribes will bring a gift in order to get the
worship of the Tabernacle started.
Each tribe will bring the same identical gift.
There will be
gold and silver bowls, grain, and incense.
There will be
animals for burnt offerings, sin offerings, and sin offerings.
Moses will take the time to record the same identical offerings from each
of the tribes.
7:18-83 Twelve Tribal
Contents of gifts – Each tribe gave the exact same set of gifts
The order of tribes corresponds exactly with the placement of the tribes around
the tabernacle - see chapter 2.
7:84-88 Gift Summary
If you take the gifts of one of the tribes and multiply by twelve, that’s
what you get here.
Everything is noted and recorded.
Why does Moses take time to write down what each of the twelve tribes
brings? Couldn’t he just summarize it
all? Is this their IRS receipt for tax deductions?
Your gifts are precious to God.
I think God has Moses record all this because these gifts are precious to
Him, and He takes note of each gift given to Him.
In reality, sometimes the subject of “giving” at church leaves a bad taste
in our mouths. We think that “giving” is
all about the church trying to get your money.
A guy from
Tyson Foods arranges to visit the Pope. After receiving the papal blessing he
whispers, “Your Eminence, do we have a deal for you. If you change The Lord’s
Prayer from ‘give us this day our daily bread....’ to ‘give us this day our
daily chicken....’ we will donate $500 million dollars to the Church”. The Pope responds saying,
“That is impossible. The Prayer is the Word of the Lord and it must not be
changed”. “Well,” says the Tyson man, “we are prepared to donate $1billion to
the Church if you change the Lord’s Prayer from ‘give us this day our daily
bread....’ to ‘give us this day our daily chicken....” Again the Pope replies
“That is impossible. The Prayer is the Word of the Lord and it must not be
changed”. Finally, the Tyson guy says, “This is our last offer. We will donate
$5 billion to the church if you change the Lord’s Prayer from give us this day
our daily bread....’ to ‘give us this day our daily chicken....’” and he
leaves. Next day the Pope meets with the College of Cardinals to say that he
has good news and bad news. “The good news is that the Church has come into $5
billion”. “The bad news is that we are losing The Wonderbread Account”.
When Paul writes to the poor church in Philippi, he gives us a clue that
God takes note of our giving
(Php 4:14–17 NKJV) —14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my
distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel,
when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and
receiving but you only. 16
For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities.
17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.
(Php 4:17 NLT) —17 I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I
want you to receive a reward for your kindness.
God seems to keep track of our giving and promises to
reward our giving.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians to remind them that learning to “give” is
simply being a reflection of Jesus Christ.
He is the greatest giver.
(2 Co 8:9 NKJV) For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He
was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might
God so loved the world that He GAVE.
Somehow we have to get past the place where we think
“giving” is all about greed in the church instead of looking at how it reflects
our own heart.
7:89 Speaking with God
:89 Now when Moses went into the tabernacle of meeting to speak with Him,
he heard the voice of One speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on
the ark of the Testimony, from between the two cherubim; thus He spoke to him.
We get a peek at how God spoke to Moses.
When Moses went
into the tabernacle (“the tent of meeting”, as in meeting with God), Moses
heard God’s voice coming from a spot above the mercy seat, between the two cherubim.
The ark was to be a picture of God’s throne.
In the box was the Ten Commandments, the lid on the box was called the
Molded on the seat were two gold angels, cherubim, pictures of the very
angels in heaven that surround God’s throne.
:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
:2 “Speak to Aaron, and say to him, ‘When you arrange the lamps, the seven
lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.’ ”
:3 And Aaron did so; he arranged the lamps to face toward the front of the
lampstand, as the LORD commanded Moses.
:4 Now this workmanship of the lampstand was hammered gold; from its shaft
to its flowers it was hammered work. According to the pattern which the LORD
had shown Moses, so he made the lampstand.
The golden lamp stand, the Menorah, was one of the
items inside the first room of the Tabernacle, the “Holy Place”.
We’ve talked about it being a picture of Jesus (the “Light of the World”), but
even more of it being a picture of us being a light in a dark world.
Somehow the lamps were directional in giving off light, they could be
Aaron was to be sure that the lamps were giving off light in front of them.
Let it shine
(Mt 5:14–16 NKJV) “You are the light of the
world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it
under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the
house.16 Let your
light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your
Father in heaven.
We are lights in this world. God
doesn't want us shining our light behind our back, but out in front.
We don’t do our good works in order to be seen by men:
(Mt 6:1 NKJV) —1 “Take heed that you do
not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have
no reward from your Father in heaven.
But we also need to be sure that we don’t do our good works in such a way
that nobody sees anything.
Make sure that when people see your good works, they are
glorifying God, not you.
(Php 2:14–15 NKJV) —14 Do all things
without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and
harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse
generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
My attitude is
also part of shining my light.
I may do good things, but if my life is filled with complaining and
disputing, it kind of defeats the purpose.
Attaway moved in with her boyfriend, Jay, for a life of drugs and partying, she
assumed Jay’s parents would turn their back on them in disgust. So it was a bit
shocking when Jay and Michelle were instead invited over for dinner. She writes
about the events that followed:
I was incredulous because I knew that Jay’s parents were “normal” people,
the type that crossed to the other side of the street when they saw us. Not
only that, Jay had told me that they were religious. Yet sure enough, we were
invited to dinner, and the thought of a good meal eventually convinced me to
To my surprise, Jay’s parents welcomed us warmly into their home. As we sat
down to eat, I was painfully aware that my appearance—torn clothing, tattoos,
and a dozen body piercings—clashed with the elegantly decorated table. Yet his
folks treated us with friendly respect—even asking whether we wanted to play
Scrabble afterward! I was bewildered by their kindness.
Over the next few months, Jay’s mom continued to contact us. Sometimes she
brought a sack of groceries; other times she wrote letters that quoted Bible
verses, saying she was praying for us. We’d read the letters aloud to our
friends and have a good laugh. “Your mom must be crazy!” I’d chuckle. But the
laughter couldn’t mask the emptiness I felt inside, and our lifestyle of
partying and drug use only got worse.
Once, after a weeklong drug party, Jay and I became aware of spiritual
darkness in our lives. We were very scared and called his parents, who
immediately came over with their pastor and some friends. Though we fully
expected to receive criticism and disapproval, these “church people” simply
stepped over the trash on the floor, looked past the ugly death and skull
posters on the wall (we even had a black paper bat hanging from the ceiling),
shoved aside drug paraphernalia, and began counseling us and praying for us.
I was deeply touched by their love and acceptance. I’d been stuck in a
downward spiral of depression and despair, and when I heard that God could give
me a brand new life through Jesus Christ, I bowed my head and turned everything
over to him. Equally moved, Jay prayed as well. From that moment, we knew our
lives needed to change. Realizing it wasn’t right for us to be living together
outside of marriage, Jay proposed to me that very day.
After a “hippie”-style wedding—outdoors and barefooted—Jay and I began
attending my in-laws’ church. I noticed a sharp contrast between our
untrustworthy friends and the reliable love of the church members. That was the
kind of love I wanted to receive, and to show toward others.
I joined the church’s women’s group, but as the only married teenager, I
felt out of place and unable to relate to the other ladies. I couldn’t
understand their excitement over getting out the hot glue gun and making dried
flower arrangements. Nevertheless, they didn’t give up on me. They invited me
to weekly Bible studies and fun times at the park.
Nearly every day Jay and I were gifted with some form of love and
acceptance from our fellow church members. As we struggled financially, we’d
find anonymous checks in the mail or sacks of food on our doorstep. Once, a new
set of soft flannel sheets turned up on our front porch.
We read our Bibles and attended a study group. As my relationship with God
steadily deepened, I began to yearn for the opportunity to share his love with
kids who were as troubled as I’d once been. So Jay and I began to volunteer
with the youth ministry, working with teens living on the streets. Talking with
those lost kids in their dirty, torn clothing reminded me how, at a needy time
in my life, genuine Christian love had looked beyond appearances to a heart
that needed Christ. And it cemented my determination to show that same
unconditional love to others.
Condensed from our sister publication Today's Christian, © 2008
Christianity Today International. For more articles like this, visit Todays-Christian.com
Michelle Attaway (as told to Karen
Strand), "More than Skin Deep," Today's Christian (May/June 2008)
Back in Numbers
4, we saw a transaction take place where God swapped His “ownership” of all the “firstborn” for
ownership of the tribe of Levi.
The Levites would now be set up to be the official workers and helpers in
We’ve already seen some of their duties when it came to transporting the
Now we’re going to see them officially “ordained” for their ministry.
:5 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
:6 “Take the Levites from among the children of Israel and cleanse them
:7 Thus you shall do to them to cleanse them: Sprinkle water of
purification on them, and let them shave all their body, and let them wash
their clothes, and so make themselves clean.
Part of their ordination involved being “cleansed”.
8:7 water of
Could mean taking a bath.
Could refer to the sprinkling
of the ashes of the red heifer (Num.19)
8:7 shave all their
body – literally “pass a razor over” their body.
While some think this means being “de-haired”, it’s possible this just means getting a haircut and
8:7 wash their
clothes – that’s the part that most people see … and smell.
Keep the outside clean too.
Usually we put an emphasis on making sure we’re clean on the inside (Matt
23:25-28), but there’s value to keeping the outside clean as well.
It’s important to God that when people see you and the way you behave, that
they don’t mistake you for a dope dealer or a prostitute.
I think that’s the issue in 1Cor. 11 when Paul talks about women wearing
head coverings – for the people in first century Corinth this was all about
making sure people didn’t mistake the women of the church with the local temple
The outward can be an indication of what’s going on inside.
(Mt 7:15–17 NKJV) —15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s
clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their
fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even
so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
If someone were to try to find out what you were like on
the inside, the only indication they have is what kind of fruit they see coming
out of your life.
:8 Then let
them take a young bull with its grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil,
and you shall take another young bull as a sin offering.
:9 And you shall bring the Levites before the tabernacle of meeting, and
you shall gather together the whole congregation of the children of Israel.
:10 So you shall bring the Levites before the LORD, and the children of
Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites;
Here the laying
on of hands by the elders signified that the nation was bestowing upon the
Levites the power to represent them before God.
Laying hands on someone or an animal carried the idea that you were
investing yourself into that person or animal.
Here the idea is that the Levites were to represent the entire nation when
they stood before the Lord.
You may be representing God before people, as in reaching out to others,
comforting, encouraging, helping.
In prayer, one of our roles in ministry is learning to represent others
On Sunday mornings when I pray at the end of the music, I know that I’m the
only one that’s going to speak at that moment, and I am speaking on behalf of
the whole congregation – to express praise to God as well as lifting up the
hearts and requests of the congregation.
When someone asks you to pray for them, you are going to represent them
(Pr 25:13 NKJV) Like the cold of snow in time of harvest Is a faithful messenger
to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
:11 and Aaron
shall offer the Levites before the LORD like a wave offering from the children
of Israel, that they may perform the work of the LORD.
8:11 wave offering
Do you think the Levites all got together and did “the wave” (a la Angel
“Rutgers’ Wave” video.
The idea of a regular “wave offering” was that you would take the offering
and wave it backward and forward over your head, as if you were tossing it to
The item wasn’t actually “given” to the Lord in the same way that a burnt
offering was totally consumed by the flames.
It was more of a symbolic giving to the Lord, while the item was then
used for some earthly purpose.
In a sense, the Levites were to be a “living sacrifice” to the Lord.
(Ro 12:1 NKJV) —1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that
you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is
your reasonable service.
Our bodies are to belong to God, yet they are still to serve an earthly
purpose, serving God.
8:12-26 The Ritual
Then the actual sin
offerings and burnt offerings are made, and the Levites are presented before
We are also
given age limitations for the Levites who will work with the priests in the
We already saw
that the age limit for hauling the Tabernacle was 30-35.
Now we see that
to work at the Tabernacle, the limit was 25-50.
Why the limits? Levitical work was hard,
9:1-14 The Second Passover
:1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai, in the first
month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying:
:2 “Let the children of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time.
:3 On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you shall keep it at
its appointed time. According to all its rites and ceremonies you shall keep
:4 So Moses told the children of Israel that they should keep the Passover.
:5 And they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month, at
twilight, in the Wilderness of Sinai; according to all that the LORD commanded
Moses, so the children of Israel did.
I would imagine that this second Passover was a pretty emotional one.
The people had seen a lot in this last year.
One year later the memories of that first Passover would still be pretty
Do you remember
911? Do you remember how fresh and
tragic is seemed just one year later? We
are now closing in on the ten year mark, and though it is still a pretty strong
emotional memory, it’s not as strong as that first anniversary.
The memories of the last year were still pretty strong.
remember the cries of their Egyptian neighbors as all the firstborn of Egypt
were killed that night.
They would remember quickly packing their things and heading out together, some two million
They would remember that next crisis as the Egyptian army closed in on them, and God parted
the Red Sea.
When these people arrived at Mount Sinai, they had actually heard the voice of God.
Moses has now received the Laws of God, the Tabernacle has been constructed, and they are
ready to head out on their journey to a Promised Land.
They will celebrate the way they were instructed a year earlier (Ex. 12):
They will slay a lamb
and roast it on a fire.
They will eat it with bitter
They will eat unleavened
bread for the next seven days.
:6 Now there
were certain men who were defiled by a human corpse, so that they could not
keep the Passover on that day; and they came before Moses and Aaron that day.
:7 And those men said to him, “We became defiled by a human corpse. Why are
we kept from presenting the offering of the LORD at its appointed time among
the children of Israel?”
These men knew
that they were not in a state which was acceptable to participate in the things
of the Lord. What were they to do?
:8 And Moses said to them, “Stand still, that I may hear what the LORD will
command concerning you.”
I like the idea that Moses doesn’t just come up with an idea of his
own. He doesn’t try to figure it out on
his own. He doesn’t gather his
counselors together and ask for advice (though that’s not always a bad thing).
He goes to God and asks God to guide Him.
Wait for God’s answer.
Too often we feel like we have to give people quick answers to their
But we need to learn to get our answers from the Lord first. Sometimes that takes time.
(Pr 18:13 NKJV) —13 He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and
shame to him.
We often use this verse to talk about how we need to take time to really
listen to each other before we respond.
But it also applies very well to learning to hear from God before giving an
:9-14 God has an
God provides for those who aren’t able to celebrate the Passover on the
They can simply
do it the next month.
The important thing is that the nation learns to observe the Passover EVERY year.
If an Israelite did not celebrate the Passover, they were removed from the
It was important for God to imbed a picture into the spiritual DNA of the nation.
The picture was a lamb dying for the nation.
When John the Baptist arrived on the scene 1400 years later, the nation
would have no excuse not to recognize the picture.
(Jn 1:29 NKJV) The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold!
The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
9:15-23 Cloud and
:15 Now on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the
tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony; from evening until morning it was above
the tabernacle like the appearance of fire.
The cloud was a symbol for the people of the very presence of God in their
This cloud was
shaped like a pillar, and had actually been with them since the night of the first
Passover, when God delivered Israel from Egypt (Ex. 13:21-22)
As soon as the tabernacle was set up, then the cloud became
"connected" with the tabernacle (Ex. 40:34-35)
:16 So it was always: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of
fire by night.
:17 Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that
the children of Israel would journey; and in the place where the cloud settled,
there the children of Israel would pitch their tents.
:18 At the command of the LORD the children of Israel would journey, and at
the command of the LORD they would camp; as long as the cloud stayed above the
tabernacle they remained encamped.
:19 Even when the cloud continued long, many days above the tabernacle, the
children of Israel kept the charge of the LORD and did not journey.
:20 So it was, when the cloud was above the tabernacle a few days:
according to the command of the LORD they would remain encamped, and according
to the command of the LORD they would journey.
:21 So it was, when the cloud remained only from evening until morning:
when the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they would journey; whether by
day or by night, whenever the cloud was taken up, they would journey.
:22 Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained
above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not
journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey.
:23 At the command of the LORD they remained encamped, and at the command
of the LORD they journeyed; they kept the charge of the LORD, at the command of
the LORD by the hand of Moses.
The cloud became the chief means by which the Lord told the people when it
was time to move on to the next camping spot, where to move, and how long to
As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they people stayed camped
out in that particular spot.
When the cloud moved, it was time to pack up and follow the cloud.
There was no set pattern as to where they would go, or how long they would
It could be just over night that they stayed (vs.21).
They could stay for a month or a year
God wants to lead all of our lives.
We may not have a cloud to follow, but we have the Spirit to follow:
(Jn 3:7–8 NKJV) —7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell
where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the
are kind of like a hot-air balloon.
It goes wherever the wind currents go.
How does God lead our lives? What
does that look like?
1. His Word.
(Ps 119:105 NLT) Your word is a lamp to guide my feetand a light for my path.
God isn't like a human person who says one thing one time,
then changes their mind and says the opposite the next.
When God tells us that something is His will in the Word,
it is always His will.
These are things that God has already declared to be His
will for all of us.
For example, you get mad at someone.
You want to kill them. But the
(Ex 20:13 NLT) “You must not murder.
Another example, you start up a friendship with someone at
work of the opposite sex. But you are
married. The Bible says,
(Ex 20:14 NLT) “You must not commit adultery.
Sometimes you will see principles laid out in Scripture in
the stories you read. These are the
kinds of things I try to point out while I am teaching.
I talked about “Waiting for God’s Answer”.
We saw Moses demonstrate this principle, but we didn’t
have a specific verse that said, “You shall wait for God’s answer”.
There will be times when it is not appropriate to
wait. But generally this is a good thing.
We see examples of others that give us a hint at what
God’s kind of life is all about.
2. His voice.
– peh – mouth
Here in our passage, it literally reads, “At the mouth of
the Lord the sons of Israel would set out...”
You’ve heard people exclaim, “God told me to do this...”
Sometimes it’s not legitimate, sometimes it is.
Sometimes people will say this just to shut you up and let
them do what they want to do.
It may be an audible voice, it may be an inner prompting, a “gut” feeling.
(Jn 10:27 NKJV) My sheep hear My voice, and I
know them, and they follow Me.
Caution: This can be kind of dangerous, if you’re
just flipping through the Bible, waiting to land on a verse that you want to
The extreme example is the man who was flipping through
the Bible and his finger landed on “And Judas went out and hanged himself”,
then flipped again and found “go and do likewise...”
On the other hand don’t discount it either, God can speak
How do I get to recognize His voice better?
Learn what His voice sounds like - read the Word.
If you talk to a friend on the phone long enough, you get acquainted with
the sound of their voice.
They can call you up, not even introduce themselves to
you, and you know who it is.
The more time we spend in the Word, hearing what we know
His voice to sound like, the more familiar we will be with His voice if He
should wish to speak to us outside of His Word.
(Re 3:7 NKJV) “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These
things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He
who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:
The “open doors” that the Lord puts before us are the opportunities
or circumstances that are available to us.
Caution: Some have misused this to think that God’s
will is always the “easiest” way out of things.
They assume that if something gets difficult, that the door must be
An “open door” doesn’t always mean the easiest solution.
(1 Co 16:8–9 NKJV) But I will tarry in
Ephesus until Pentecost. 9 For a great and effective door has opened to me, and
there are many adversaries.
Sometimes “open doors” include lots of hardship and
obstacles, but the opportunity is still there.
(Pr 11:14 NKJV) —14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the
multitude of counselors there is safety.
(Pr 15:22 NKJV) —22 Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of
counselors they are established.
I think there can be wisdom in asking the advice of godly men and women. When you think God is leading you to do
something radical, it’s probably a good idea to check with a few people.
Caution: Make sure you are getting godly counsel
from those you talk to.
Rehoboam talked to two sets of counselors, and went with
one set, creating disaster.