Touches by Ofer Amitai

Aug 25, 2020

Author: Ofer Amitai, Messianic pastor Jerusalem and Director of Israel Prayer Centre

 

 

Numbers 26:11 But the sons of Korah did not die.

Numbers 26 is a record of the census that God ordered Moses and Eleazar to take, as they were poised to enter the Land of Promise.

Though some people would regard this chapter as a boring list of names and numbers, it is an important chapter. (There are no boring parts to the Bible; instead, people are reading it in a boring way because their eyes have not yet been opened to the wonder of the text.)

Here are some of the essential truths found in this chapter.

1. The total number of those over twenty years of age is almost the same as the number of those who left Egypt! You will remember that all but two of that generation died in the desert because of their unbelief and rebellion. What does this show?

“…The census returns develop one of the great themes of the book of Numbers: God’s promises to the patriarchs may be delayed by human sin, but they are not ultimately frustrated by it (cf. Rom. 11:1)

2. The census was taken to determine the number and size of the tribes, in order to give them a fitting portion of the land. In other words, even before the battles begin, God is preparing them to inherit. How encouraging is that! God has no plans for you to fail in receiving your proper portion of the inheritance in Him.

3. Although a whole generation died in the desert, two did not. (verse 65). Why? Because they believed and trusted in the Lord, and were eager to “show up” and follow the Lord into the unknown. Our wisdom, then, would be to, a. Believe God and take Him at His Word. b. Trust Him with our life. c. Show up. That’s all.

But the sweetest to me is found in the verse quoted above.

We read that the sons of Korah did not die with Korah. “Either they were not parties to their father’s crime, or they withdrew from it by timely repentance.”

Perhaps overwhelmed by the Presence and Glory of God (Numbers 16:19), their hearts broke, they humbled themselves and relented in “timely repentance.”

O’ how sweet and wonderful is repentance and brokenness! How rare it is and how to be desired. This brokenness is not a seeing of oneself and one’s failings, but rather it is a sight of God, His holy Greatness and Goodness, in which our actual state without Him is seen.” (See Luke 5:8.)

What did this repentance produce?

Some of the sweetest psalms express : a longing for God, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” Psalm 42:1-2, confidence and trust, Psalm 46:1-2, or a breathtaking sight of the coming Messiah, “You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever. Psalm 45:2

May the Lord open my and your eyes to see wondrous things in His Word, and may the sight of Himself in it, break your heart in deep repentance and brokenness and the fear of God. All that you might truly enjoy God Himself and rejoice in all of who and what He is.

Blessings in Yeshua,

Ofer

 

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1. Gordon J. Wenham, Tyndale Commentary

2. Robert Jaiemson, JFB Commentary

 

Title: Touches by Ofer Amitai
Author: Ofer Amitai, Messianic pastor Jerusalem and Director of Israel Prayer Centre
Date: 25.08.20

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