“And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Be hold we die, we perish, we all perish. Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of the Lord shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?” (Num 17:12-13).
I’ve been reading the Book of Numbers in the Bible, and this statement by the Israelites actually sums up my thoughts, as I have read the Book. So much death! In Chapter 15, I was deeply saddened and pained to read that a man was stoned to death by the congregation, according to the word of the Lord, for gathering sticks on the Sabbath Day (verses 32-36)! I told God I didn’t understand it, not in light of Jesus. How can they be One and the same? I prayed that He would help me understand.
The truth is not easy to hear. The truth is that we all deserve death for our sins (Rom 6:23). Immediate consummation by fire, not simply separation from God! That is how vile sin is. Even a little one. Every day we live is by the grace of God. Every day is a precious gift of God, which we are unworthy of.
But we do not understand this…
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