Today's devotion from Numbers 15.In chapter 14, we saw that the Israelites wanted a mulligan. I can totally relate to that. Unfortunately, some decisions carry very real and very hard repercussions. When they refused to trust God and almost stoned Moses and Aaron to death, they had crossed a line. God's decree was merciful in that He allowed them to continue drawing breath. Yet, here they cannot accept that their decision has this incredibly difficult consequence. So what did they do? They tried to force it.
The people launched a failed campaign to claim the Promised Land. People died. All of this happened, but what does chapter 15 say about this event? Nothing. My first thought was that of confusion. Why didn't the account follow up with the survivors licking their wounds? Why was their no discussion on the outcome of the war? Where is the list of the deceased?
Then it hit me. I shouldn't be looking for what's not there, but what is actually in the text. What is in the text of Numbers 15? It's actually quite beautiful when we see it. Read the words, "When you enter the land I am giving you...'" (Numbers 15:2, CSB) God hasn't given up.
There is no scolding. There is no, "I told you so." No lectures from Moses. No condemnation from God. After their bold, audacious, and daring rebellion the first words God speaks to Moses are of promise. When you enter the land I am giving you. It's not a matter of if, but when, because its not a matter of them, but Him. He is giving the land, and there is nothing these hard-hearted, stiff-necked, and rebellious people can do about it. They, the people, WILL worship God in the land of promise. It might not be those specific people, but their children will see it. God's plan of redemption will be propelled not by men, but by divine mercy.