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Numbers 5

Good Morning “Those who take sin seriously.”  Today we are in Numbers 5.  

God scarcely lets us get through a chapter without the reminder of the seriousness of sin.  ALL sin affects not just the individual we sin against, but God.  Remember it wasn’t just the Romans who put Jesus on The Cross.  OUR sin contributed to the need for a Savior.  We put Him there.

Todays reading may seem harsh to us.  In fact, I’m assuming it absolutely does.  But why?  Why does it seem harsh to us that our Holy God who calls us to be set apart from sin, deals harshly with sin?  Have we become so desensitized by the world around us and its “no holds barred” way of doing life that Gods discipline somehow now seems unjust?  Have we like the church in Rome already, at least in part, conformed to the pattern of this world?  (Romans 12:2)

Since the Garden, the evil one has been determined to blur the lines, minimize sin, and encourage our flesh.

“…Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.””
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭4‬-‭5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Confusion and lies shrouded in a smidge of truth.  It’s true, we now certainly know good and evil, at least in part… for the Holy Spirit inside us wages war with our evil flesh daily (Galatians 5:16-18).  We seek to justify our flesh with Satans arguments.  We are NOT like God in that way for sure.  

Have our consciences become so seared that we in fact are the fish that don’t realize they are wet?  Are we the frog in the pot that doesn’t realize the heat has been turned up?  Take another quick look at Romans 1:18-

Have we become modern day Rome?  

Maybe, just maybe, the manner in which God deals with sin strikes us harsh because we have conformed, and suppressed the Truth more than we dare admit.  God never changes… So, could it be us?

Love you all!  Dig in!  Gotta know it if we’re going to live it.