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Numbers 26

Good Morning “Coheirs With Christ.”  Today we are in Numbers 26.

The nation of Israel is nearing the end of their 40 years of wandering in the desert.  God commands them to take another census.  Count the people.  How many fighting men?  It’s necessary for them to both understand the size of their army, and have an accurate number by which to divide the land.  

The Levites will receive no inheritance of land, for as priests their inheritance is God.  Sound familiar?  None of those that were counted in the original census in the desert of Sinai are still alive.  Remember… as a result of their grumbling God promised none of them would see the promised land.  Instead they would, as they said in their grumbling - “die in the wilderness” (Numbers 14). Furthermore, neither Aaron or Moses will go into the land either,  because Moses struck the rock when he was told to speak to the rock to bring forth water (Numbers 20:7-11)

Gods Word is faithful when it has to do with blessing, and punishment.  

What of us?  What does this have to do with us?  Remember, we too are a Royal Priesthood - like the Levites our inheritance is in Christ (1 Peter 2:9). In fact, through His blood, and the acceptance of His payment made on The Cross for our sins - we are given the right to become “children of God” (John 1:12).  Furthermore as “children of God” we share in Jesus’ inheritance.  There is an expectation however; that we share in the sufferings of Christ so that we may also share in the glory (Romans 8:14-17).

What does that mean?  The expectation is the same as it was for Israel - just different circumstances.  Obedience is seldom easy, it often comes with some struggle and suffering, stretching and challenging. Israel was expected to obey in the midst of suffering, with a good attitude.  It’s the same for us.  We too share in Christs sufferings that we might also share in His glory!  That means we’re obedient even when it’s not preferable, easy, popular, comfortable, or even safe!

Love you all!  Rejoice in Him!  Dig in!