“And he stood between the dead and the living so the plague was stopped.” Numbers 16:48
Observation: This verse is the culmination of the rebellion by the Isrealites and God’s punishment. They were sentenced to live in the desert because they lacked the faith to overcome the Canaanites. This passage reminds me of the Indiana Jones movie, where the people who opened the ark of the covenant melted before God. Aaron runs through the camp, watching people die before him and live behind him as he carried the holy censor. Rarely do we hear and rarely do we see such an account of God’s holy presence judging the sinful heart of man in such a dramatic way here on earth. It is a scary, sobering thing to witness.
Application: I am so thankful that I live in a time where I am covered in grace, patience, and long suffering thanks to the blood of the cross. Yet, I am reminded in this passage that one day there will be a reckoning for all we have said and done. Our God is a holy God. We need to be careful not to take His amazing grace for granted. It would be wise to live for that one day!
This passage a sober reminder of the holiness of God. It inspires me to be about my Father’s business and leave behind the petty distractions of my human sin nature. Today I will be different because my focus will be on God’s will and His perspectives rather than my own.
Prayer: Lord help me to move past my fleshly judgments, and my own priorities. Lead me according to what You say is important for today. Your awesome majesty overshadows my simple concerns for the day. Help me to have a sensitive heart and sensitive eyes to see the Spirit leading and to follow it wholly devoted to you alone!
Devoted to Him