Tag: God warns us
Scripture Reading for February 19th: Numbers 31-33
As our two adopted children were growing up, I had them write scriptures as a discipline for doing wrong. This helped them in several ways. They needed to learn to write English and the Word of God. After writing the verse, they were to explain what it meant to them. Some of the things they did were normal childish things, but some were willful. They obeyed to a point, but always looked for a way to get around true obedience by twisting our instructions. One of the scriptures that we used was Numbers 32:23: “you can be sure your sin will find you out.”
The context for this verse was a warning given by Moses to the tribes of Reuben and Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh. These tribes petitioned Moses to be able to stay on the east side of the Jordan River and not enter the promised land with the rest of the tribes. They were lured by the lush pastures and the potential to make money with their large flocks and herds of sheep and cattle. They were going to have a great life without their rightful inheritance promised by God. They promised to fight and help their brothers take their inheritance, however. Moses warned them against failing to fulfill their promise to fight. That would be a sin that would find them out!
There are people like these tribes of Israel in the church today. They experience the blessings of God’s deliverance from sin and hear the promises of God for authority and a full inheritance. But they are satisfied with what they can have right now. They want the easy life and are not convinced that God’s promises are worth the chance or the effort. They choose to go part way with God’s people, but not all the way!
These two tribes were later unfaithful to God and prostituted themselves to other gods. God gave them over to their enemies and they went into captivity! (1st Chronicles 5:24-26) They were faithful for a time, but in the end going part way was not enough! Their sin found them out! Don’t let this happen to you!