Promises from God!
Scripture reading for February 20th: Numbers 34-36
The God we serve knows everything! God instructed Moses about the boundaries of the land He was giving them and how to divide it when they took possession of it. (Numbers 34:2) They were to cast lots for their portion in the land. (Numbers 34:13) God would decide by lot who would get what. “The lot is cast into the lap, but it’s every decision is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:33)
As the Israelites entered the land and took possession of it, Moses appointed a leader from each tribe to oversee the assignment of the inheritance. Caleb was the oldest person assigned as a leader! He and Joshua are the only ones left from the generation 20 years old and older who had not perished in the wilderness on the way to the promised land. God was faithful to Caleb as He had promised!
In these last chapters of Numbers, we find provision for cities of refuge. God knew that his people would need mercy. Emotions get out of control and things happen. Revenge instincts are strong and sometimes violence that causes death erupts. The cities of refuge were scattered throughout the land and provided a place where someone who had killed another could flee from the avenger of blood. (Numbers 35:6) The Levites had no inheritance but were given these cities and pastureland throughout the land to as they ministered to the people.
God does know everything and has good plans for us. (Jeremiah 29:11) He wants us to know those plans and walk by faith and claim our inheritance! He has provided a refuge for any who sin. We can flee to Jesus Christ and find grace and help in time of need! (Hebrews 4:14-16) He mediates all our sins and provides refuge and mercy to those who repent! Our God is for us in our fallen world!
“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32