Across from Jericho

Today's devotion from Numbers 36.What is the Book of Numbers about? After the last few weeks we are more equipped to answer that question. It is a book that understands the tension in which we live today. We experience an already, but not yet relationship with the promises of God. We are already saved, but have not yet experienced the beauty of seeing Him face to face in His kingdom. We have been promised that He has won, but we have not yet seen His final victory.

Likewise, the conclusion of the Book of Numbers is written about a time in which Israel was led by Moses. It was a time in which they stood on the plains by the Jordan across from Jericho, but it was also a time in which Zelophehad's daughters had married and received their inheritance. It is a book about the commands that God issued through Moses before the promise, but imperative to the promise. Yet, it is curious that these daughters of an inconsequential Israelite should be the last thing we read about in this book. Why? If this is a book about commands and ordinances, why spend these last precious words on these seemingly insignificant women?

I like the fact that we see these women so much because it reminds of a key and central truth concerning the scope of God's plan: it's personal. These are plain, ordinary women seeking to live their plain, ordinary lives. It's easy to forget that everything God is working out corporately affects individuals. The conclusion of the book helps to remind us that there has to be a balance. We can't divorce our story from the grander scope of God's plan, but we can never forget that God's plan is not just for a nation or a church, but a people comprised of individuals. Every person counts. You count.

The promise is to people. The promise is important because the people God made the promise to are important. The commands and regulations are important because they help the promise to be realized by the people. It's truly a beautiful relationship in the grand scheme of things, and you are a wonderful part of it.

So, here we find ourselves looking at our past, from the safety of the present, but longing for the future. Here we are, across from Jericho...