Today you should read: Numbers 26
Much of chapter 26 is the record of Moses numbering the people of Israel and dividing the land up for them. God is a God of order – we see this throughout the entire Scriptures. Moses did what God told him to by numbering the people. David did this too – but without God’s consent and out of fear and he paid dearly for it (1 Chronicles 21 and 2 Samuel 24)
Israel’s sexual sin in chapter 25, caused God to bring a plague on the people – 24,000 people died! There’s a price for sin!
God is just and sin must always be punished. Whether the anger of God comes against you, or if you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior, God’s anger against your sin was put on Jesus.
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
Even though we are forgiven of all of our sin in Jesus, sin still often costs us…
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8
For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives. Hebrews 12:6
In Loss of Joy and Effectiveness
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. John 15:10-11
…not to mention the effect on our family and friends (Joshua 7).
We see this illustrated twice in chapter 26…
- We’re reminded of the story of the rebellion of Korah against the God-ordained leadership of Moses and Aaron (see Numbers 16). Verse 9-10 in today’s chapter reminds us how the earth opened up and swallowed them.
- Verses 64-65 tells us that not one person who followed Moses and Aaron and sinned against the Lord by their doubt entered into the Promised Land – only Caleb and Joshua.
God is very serious about our sin – we should be too. What is God convicting you about today and what will you do about it?
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor
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