So, we are currently in the book of Numbers, and we will likely finish it up tonight. It is fun and exciting to learn more about God's word! But as I was reviewing and getting ready for tonight's session, I wanted to pass along some thoughts that have come to mind while wrapping up Numbers. And before you say, "But that is Old Testament stuff!", remember that Paul reminds us that "ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,". All includes both the Old and New Testaments! I don't know about you, but I stand in need of a COMPLETE SAVIOR, not just a half of one! We can learn a lot, if we will allow God to teach us.
So Numbers is the account of the "double numbering" of Israel. They were actually fruitful and multiplied in their journey from Sinai to the plains of Moab. But something interesting also happened along the way. A close look finds that while some remained faithful to God, there were many who "murmured and complained" about anything and everything they could. "We don't have anything to eat or drink out here!", so God fed them with manna, quail, and water, all from miraculous sources I might add. Now you would think that being delivered from slavery in Egypt, and seeing a sea split open, whereby they walked across "on dry ground" would have stuck out in their minds that God was more than capable. Then, Moses is on the mountain for 40 days, and there was an issue when he returned with the 10 Commandments. As they moved through the wilderness, they were fed with manna every day, quail came to provide meat, and they saw water come forth from a rock! Not just a trickle of it now, but enough for them to drink, and to water their animals too! It was literally gushing from this rock! Wow! But, still there was these complaints and mummerings, rebellion against God in all that He had done for them. So, in His justness, He punished them for it. They actually wandered in the wilderness for 38 years, while an entire generation of folks died off. The entire distance they were to travel would only have taken a couple of months, if that! But sin crept in, and kept them at bay of the Promised Land for an additional 38 years. I can not help but wonder just how far we as a nation, a state, a city or community, yes, we as a church, are wandering today because we "murmmur and complain" about the least little thing. We rebel against God, yet we expect Him to continue to bless and provide as if nothing has happened! My my, what a stiff neck people we truly are.
The message of Numbers is very clear, and if we would but apply it to our lives today, oh my what blessings from God would flow! When we rebel against God (sin), it sets a course for us that is negative, and leads away from God. Only true repentance can make a course correction for us. There is no other way. The consequences of rebellion can be severe, and you can spend the rest of your life spinning your wheels, and going nowhere. Fortunately, if we can discover the problem, and bring ourselves to true repentance, God will restore us, and bring us back into fellowship with Him! This is true of us as individuals, as churches, as communities, cities, counties, states, and as a nation. Remember folks, God is just. He is not partial when it comes to sin. My prayer is that He will not need to have your donkey tell you that! God, thank you for the thoughts, and please, bless all those who will read this! In His Service... Wayne