April 11, 2013

Today you should read: Numbers 31

Good morning JumpStarters!  Almost through Numbers – hang in there.

Today is chapter 31…  I know what you’re thinking – this doesn’t sound right – a loving God wouldn’t allow  – no, order – such destruction of a people.  This is both a very difficult passage and a very difficult subject…

I really can’t explain this to you, other than to remind you that as much as God is loving – God is just.  He must deal with sin.  Before the cross, the people who committed sin felt the full extent of God’s wrath.  Whether that was offering a lamb from their flock, watching the lamb give it’s life, and be burned for their sin, or paying the price personally through pain or death.  The Midianites were wicked people and God extracted His judgment on them through the His Chosen People.

Why not kill the Israelites when they sinned?  He did!  Many times; through snakes, fever, the earth swallowing them and more… but remember, God made a promise to Abraham that through him the Messiah would come.  God always keeps His promises.  He’s sovereign – He chooses and does what He wills.

Why women and children who seem innocent?  Again, this is very difficult to answer – but the best answer I can give you is they were a part of the sin and were perpetuating it.  Innocent people around us – even our kids – often pay a big price for our sin.  Ask a dad who commits adultery…  Do his kids pay?  His wife?  We need to remember this and think hard before we rush into sin.

Why not now?  Jesus died on the cross and took God’s wrath.

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.  2 Corinthians 5:21

This is why the cross was so gruesome – God’s wrath for our sin was poured out on Jesus.

Are you thankful for the cross today?  Glad Jesus took your sin?

NOTE:  If you’ve never received Jesus – your sin is on YOU not on HIM.  You will take the full hit for your sin forever in hell.  Please consider turning to Jesus today and allowing Him to be your substitute.

Posted by: Tim Parsons

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

4 thoughts on “April 11, 2013”

  1. Tim-
    What about natural disasters and plagues/diseases of today? Are you saying those aren’t from God or ordered by him because of Jesus’ death? I’ve always thought God “allowed” those things to happen or are consequences of our sin. I always think of that huge tsunami a few years back that just wiped out so many people. Was that ordered, allowed, or no one wants to say because then we would be judging? Because of Jesus’ death we no longer have to “pay” for our sin (as in the form of a plague or w sacrifices) so we say God allowed these things to happen?
    Molly

  2. I’d like to know your thoughts on Molly’s question too. I think about Katrina too. The name Katrina means purification. Was that God’s way of dealing with New Orleans and their witchcraft and pagan way of life? I think of all of the aborted babies too. They are conceived under original sin, what does that mean for them? I’ve had that answer explained to me, and I didn’t like what I heard but I had nothing to rebuttle it with. I think of all of those lives lost forever with no hope of ever being redeemed. I want to be angry at GOD but it’s not His fault.

  3. WOW! Thanks for the comments and questions ladies!! First, we must recognize that God is sovereign He’s in control of everything that happens. Second, Nothing comes into the life of believers that God doesn’t approve first (Rom 8:28), but as to whether God sent those disasters as judgments – I can’t say. We’ll have to ask Him. His grace is amazing because of the cross. God certainly allowed them to occur – but I don’t think anyone could say whether He sent them or not to judge sin. That would be a huge assumption. What about the righteous that live where they occurred?
    TIM

    1. Good point Tim. When I ask myself these questions, I just hear my two old grandpas in my head, each side of the family, expressing their views on the matter. Quite the colorful conversation. 🙂

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