Psalm 130: 7, 8: “O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is lovingkindness, and with Him is abundant redemption. And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.” As we read through Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers we can see a lot of iniquities from Israel. They seem hopeless (don’t we?) But the Lord’s lovingkindness leads to redemption in Jesus Christ; God was, and is, faithful to His promise. No sin is greater than His love.
Numbers 22: 19: “And now please, you also stay here tonight, and I will find out what else the Lord will speak to me.” God had already clearly spoken to Balaam, “Do not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.” (v. 12) Was any more “what else” needed? But we have a way of getting around any of God’s instructions we don’t like, by looking for other words more to our liking. However, God is not Lt. Colombo or Adrian Monk—there’s not always “just one m
Romans 6: 12: “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should you obey its lusts.” Geraldine, the persona of comedian Flip Wilson in the early 70s, had a tag line, “The devil made me do it!” It was good for a laugh, but a lousy excuse. The devil can’t make you do anything, as long as you remember what St. Paul said earlier: “Grace reigns!” (Romans 7: 21) If grace reigns, sin and the devil do not. Be free!
Numbers 20: 14: “From Kadesh Moses then sent messengers to the king of Edom: ‘Thus your brother Israel has said, “You know all the hardship that has befallen us.”’” Our sense of awareness must include not just our own past, present, and future, but the experiences of our brethren, as well. Israel and Edom had a common ancestor, Isaac, from almost five hundred years previous. Yet they were expected to keep up with each other. Edom didn’t. They spurned their brother Israel—and
Psalm 102: 18: “This will be written for the generations to come; that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.” Our focus on the future must not apply only to us. We look toward the lives of our children, and theirs, and theirs; for wherever the future takes mankind, there God will be. As the closing of this psalm puts it, “The children of Your servants will continue, and their descendants will be established before You.