22nd February: Numbers 21-22 – The King’s Highway is ‘the Way of Holiness’ …

Numbers

21:1-35  –  In verses 5-9, there is an illustration of God’s salvation (John 3:14-15). There is sin and death (Romans 5-6; 3:23, 6:23). Christ prays for our forgiveness (7; Luke 23:34). Lifted up on the Cross, He dies that we might have eternal life. In love, He appeals to us, ‘Look to me and be saved’ (John 12:32; Isaiah 45:22). Enter, Destroy Possess (21-24, 33-35): Let Christ enter your heart, destroying Satan’s strongholds and taking possession of your life (2 Corinthians 10: 3-5). If we are to be victorious to the ‘praise and glory and honour… of Jesus Christ’ (1 Peter 1:6-8), we must ‘go by the King’s Highway, not turning aside to the right hand or the left’(22; 20:17). For the Christian, ‘the King’s Highway is ‘the Way of Holiness’: ‘This is the way, walk in it’ (Isaiah 35:8; 30:21).

22:1-41  –  Learn from the past. In 2 Peter 2:15-16, Jude 11 and Revelation 2:14, we are encouraged to learn from the events of this chapter. Each passage contains a warning. (a) 2 Peter 2:15-16  – Don’t leave ‘the straight way’ and follow the crooked way! (b) Jude 11 – Don’t let making a profit become more important than being a prophet! (c)  Revelation 2:14 – Make sure you don’t get drawn away from God into sin! What is God saying to us here? – ‘these things happened… as a warning… they were written down for our instruction… let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall’. With the warning, there is also the promise: ‘…God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide a way of escape…’ (1 Corinthians 10:11-13).
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