Reading thru the Old Testament pentateuch book of Numbers is difficult but not just because of soooo many laws, regulations, and details of ceremonial and personal holiness. Numbers is a tough read because of the conflict and rebellion of good people, God’s people, who experienced many miraculous experiences of God’s faithfulness (Egyptian plagues, crossing the Red Sea, provision of manna and water, the presence of His glory by fire, and sooo much more). Yet, they grumble, complain, and challenge God and His servants (Moses & Aaron).
In Numbers 16, Korah and 250 men rebelled against the Lord, so they suffered God’s righteous consequences – along with 14,700 who also died as a result of complaining about God’s justice.
So much of the rest of Scripture points back to these numbered days of Israel in the Wilderness because our hearts are also prone to wander and complain when life gets difficult, seems unfair, or when we don’t get our way. Numbers points us to a life of faith, hope, and love in a good, holy God. Numbers points us to Jesus who died on the cross in our place for our rebellion, complaints, and even lack of faith in this wilderness.
Come Thou fount of ev’ry blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount I’m fixed upon it
Mount of Thy redeeming love
Follow me…as I follow Jesus Christ