Numbers 15-16 B

“As for the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the alien who sojourns with you, a perpetual statute throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the alien be before the LORD. There is to be one law and one ordinance for you and for the alien who sojourns with you.” (15:15-16‬)

Also know as Equal Rights. There aren’t two sets of rules. I am very glad this statute was made.

We are in the thick of rebellion, in these chapters. Korah and the people are coming up against Moses and Aaron. At first, Moses responded with, “yeah we’ll see what the LORD says about that.” (16:5) But then it was he who begged the LORD–multiple times–to not wipe them out completely.

What a great leader. While I’m sure there were people in the crowd he didn’t want swept away, Moses states that his primary reason for not letting the LORD kill them and start over with him, is what it would communicate to the Egyptians.

What would the nations think about the LORD if He killed them all now? He couldn’t do it? He isn’t loving? Moses deeply wants the nations to see that the LORD is able and full of steadfast love (14:18).

However, directly after that interception, the LORD has cause to, yet again, strike the rebels down.

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, ‘Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly.’ But they fell on their faces and said, ‘O God, God of the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins, will You be angry with the entire congregation?’ Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the congregation, saying, “Get back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.”‘” (16:20-24)

Whoever doesn’t want to experience their punishment better take a few steps back. I can almost hear the LORD say, “hold my hoops”.

As servants of the LORD, what do we hope to communicate to the world about who He is? Israel was His representatives and we have joined their ranks. Are we cheering for the destruction of power grabbers? Are we grabbing for power? Are we drawing lines in the sand? Are we making distinctions?

What does it mean to you to be His servant? What will it look like today?


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