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FOLLOW & OBEY

As we close out the Book of Numbers and begin reading the Book of Deuteronomy, we see how the Lord specifically directs women in the tribes of Israel to marry men within their tribes so that land rights would not be lost (or moved) to another tribe (Num. 36:9). God was preserving His divine allocation of territories for the entire nation in order to keep things in balance.

As Deuteronomy opens, we see Moses giving the Israelites a history lesson. He begins a lengthy reminder of how God had blessed the nation but also reminds them how they had rebelled and suffered a 40-year penalty.  Though God had graciously brought them out of Egypt and led them in the wilderness to the promised land, they refused to enter the land as He had directed.  Consequently, an entire generation (most of the nation) died in the wilderness.

As Christians, it behooves us to learn a lesson from Israel’s mistakes. When God gives us direction, follow it; when He say obey Me, obey Him – otherwise, we will find ourselves under His discipline and there will be consequences.

Hundreds of years after Moses wrote Numbers and Deuteronomy, the Psalmist reiterates the history of Israel: “Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles He does for His people!  He made a dry path through the Red Sea, and His people went across on foot.  Come let us rejoice in who He is.  For by His great power He rules forever.  He watches every movement of the nations; let no rebel rise in defiance.” (Psalm 66:5-7)

Let us rejoice in the awesome and mighty One!

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OUR GOD IS HOLY!

"When you cross over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their figured stones, and destroy all their molten images and demolish all their high places; and you shall take possession of the land and live in it, for I have given the land to you to possess it."  Numbers 33:51b-53

 

At first glance, this command seems extreme.  Drive out ALL the inhabitants?  Destroy ALL their references to their religion?  I'll admit that this (and other similar passages in the Old Testament) are hard for me to understand how a good and loving God can command this.  However, both from what I read in the rest of scripture and how I've seen Him reveal Himself to me in life, I know that He is both perfectly loving and good.  But I also know that He is perfectly holy and just and cannot abide sin.

 

What I take from this passage is that God cannot abide sin in His chosen people.  And as Christians with the Holy Spirit in us, sin cannot dwell in us either.  We have to completely remove it and any traces of it.  ALL of it.  For me, that means removing a lot of seemingly innocuous things from my life that cause me to be tempted.  Sometimes I have to radically remove things so that I can be holy.  And while that may be extreme, God wants extreme things for His people.

 

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