Monday, September 19, 2011

110919 - Numbers 25-28 - let God appoint His own man and means

S: "Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the LORD may not be as sheep that have no shepherd."
(Numbers 27:16-17)

O: Just a simple thought today, although there are lots of profound things to notice in Numbers 25-28. (The provocation at Baal-Peor according to the doctrine of Balaam; the intervention of Phinehas and his reward; the census proving the prophecy of Numbers 14:30; the daughters of Zelophehad; the announcement of Moses' death; the various offerings.) Moses, humbled, does not venture to suggest a name to God (although Joshua was apparent enough as a leader) but asks God to appoint one.

A: When we anticipate, we often get it wrong. (For instance, I may be wrong, but I suspect Matthias [Acts 1:16-26] was a mistaken choice.) Plus, it's just not letting God be God. The best choice for Moses was to let God pick the man He wanted. We also have a beautiful type of Christ here in Yehoshua, as the man He has appointed. (Acts 17:31)

P: Father, remind me to allow you to appoint what you will, not to overstep my bounds. You are the King, not me. And the servant cares only what the King desires.


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