Day 61

Day 61 reading – Numbers Chapters 16-17

The Israelites said to Moses, “We will die! We are lost, we are all lost!  Numbers 17:12 NIV

This is a fascinating change of language.  The previous chapter tells the story of a group of Israelites —  They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?”

My guess is that THEY were empowered by more a large number of faceless others who all wanted the same rights and privileges that Aaron and Moses had as leaders.

The rebelled because they felt entitled.  They wanted more!  They wanted what THEY had.

I am sure that many sat on the sidelines and quietly cheered them on as they demanded more.

And then in a moment – their quiet cheers of self-entitlement – turned to open cries of utter despair.

That is us.

We quietly cheer for more in our relationship with God and then when faced with the reality of what that might mean (or demand from us) … we realize how totally lost we are.

We can not save ourselves.  We cannot do the work.  We can not directly approach God.

We need a high priest that will intervene for us.

Granting us grace and mercy.

For we are not entitled to either

Be thankful for Jesus today.

He is our High Priest.

He intervenes for you and I with God.

And as a result, I have grace and mercy given to me.

Which is far more than I am entitled to …


Day 62 reading – Numbers Chapters 18-20


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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