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APPROACHING A HOLY GOD

The New Testament writers speak of a God who wants us to boldly approach His throne in prayer (Hebrews 10:22), but it can be easy for us on this side of the cross to forget what it took to give us that relationship.

 

Today’s reading from Numbers underlines the holiness of the living God in a way that should give us pause. God is serious about sin! In today’s passage we have a sin that required the death penalty (Num. 15:32-36), a sin that had no remedy (Num. 15:30-31), and a catch-all sacrifice for sins that we didn’t even know we committed (Num. 15:22-29)! So when Korah the Levite decided that he was holy enough to approach God without someone to intercede, we can see why God took quick action to answer his presumption (Num. 16:1-40). But we can also understand the people’s fear! 

 

That fear of the Lord should be the beginning of our wisdom as well (Prov. 1:7, 9:10). We serve a Holy God, and we don’t do so by our own merit. As we read through the crucifixion account in Mark 15, we realize that it is Jesus’s sacrificial death that has made us clean and opened the only way for us to enter into the Father’s presence (Hebrews 10:19-25). No one comes to the Father except through Jesus (John 14:6). Praise God that He has given us this salvation!

 

 

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THE REST OF THE STORY

Numbers 10-11:23; Mark 14:1-21; Prov. 10:31-32; Psalm 51

Paul Harvey was a great story teller and journalist. He skillfully grabbed our interest on the radio and then told his journalist’s account of the rest of the story. Then he finished with a poignant pause and “good day.” I loved Paul Harvey’s work.

God is THE great story teller. In Numbers, God remembered His people through silver trumpets where music communicated and celebrated their faith. In Mark, a woman worshiped Jesus as she showed her love by anointing her Savior with perfume in preparation of the Passover. In Proverbs, God even remembers us by giving us wise advice and helpful words. 

But in all there is the “rest of the story.” In Numbers, the people do not want trumpets to celebrate, they want real food and they grumble and rebel. In Mark, they despise the woman’s expression of love and Judas betrays Jesus. We all corrupt God’s wisdom in Proverbs and the “rest of the story” is that we choose deceptive and perverse words.

What now Paul Harvey? We historically never want what God has to offer-- no matter how beautiful.

I think Paul Harvey would land this blog on Psalm 51. In today’s accounts, we might choose the laziness of slavery, or the manipulation of Jesus’ power, or choose to speak with perversity. But instead come as we are to Psalm 51. Recognize in every detail that we are rebellious to God alone. So be honest with Him. Profoundly seek Him to restore us to the joy of our salvation.

Start each day with recognition of our sins to God and be restored to fellowship with Him. Then through Christ we can proclaim as Paul Harvey would say, “Good Day.”

 

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