Saturday, August 2, 2014

Numbers 31

Today's reading in our daily plan is Numbers 31. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • God commands Moses to destroy the Midianites because they had intentionally corrupted the Jewish men by using the Midianite women to tempt them sexually.  This temptation was designed to get the Jews to worship the false god, Baal.
  • Moses directs 12,000 Jewish men to attack the city of Midian.  They kill every man in the city, capture the women and children, and collect all of the valuables. They set fire to all of the towns and camps of the Midianites so that nothing was left of that city.
  • When the Jews return to their own camp, Moses is upset that they had allowed the women to live (since it was the women of Midian that had seduced the Jews).  Moses commands the soldiers to kill every woman that was not a virgin and to kill all of the male children, which they did.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The Midianites had set out to corrupt the Jews and caused them to sin against God.  Because God is Holy, he cannot tolerate sin.  There had to be atonement (payment for the sin), and that atonement cost the Midianites their lives.
  • Through His death and resurrection, Jesus became our atonement (He paid the penalty for our sins).  In the days of Moses, atonement was required of the sinner.  Someone always pays for sin.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • If you’ve decided to follow Jesus, when was the last time that you thanked him for dying on the cross for you?  Take a moment now to thank Him.