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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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OUR JOURNEY

Faith Bible hosted an inspiring concert this past Sunday presented by the DeSoto High School Choir. This same choir will be singing at Carnegie Hall in New York City this weekend and Andrew and I will be chaperoning.  Having just returned from a busy week away which was filled with much travel, I am not looking forward to packing and living out of a suitcase again. I always look forward to the destination but the journey can often be hard. Journeys are filled with waiting, TSA screens, taxis, security, lines, delays and more waiting.  

In today’s reading in Numbers, Moses records the word ‘journey’ some 46 times in chapter 33.  Moses gives us the travel path of the Jews out of Egypt into the land God had promised them.  But to get to that destination they had many stops, starts, much packing up and then setting up camp.  I cannot imagine how uncomfortable the journey must have been. They longed for their destination and its security, its ‘settledness’, its permanence and its rest. They looked back during these journeys and even wondered if it would not be better to return to the land they knew and were ‘comfortable’ in?!

How like them we are! Jesus has told us He is preparing a place for us (Jn14:2) and has told us, as we live as sojourners and aliens here (1 Pt 2:11-12), to not love THIS world (1 Jn 2:15) but wait for the new heavens and new earth (2 Pt 3:13). But too often we, as believers, look back and wonder whether the journey is worth it....whether it wouldn’t be better if we returned to our old ways...whether or not He can really be trusted?  You and I are in a journey. And while it is uncomfortable to have to live temporarily in this ‘tent’ and out of a suitcase, always remember that ‘this world is not out home, we’re just a’ passin’ through’!

 

 

 

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