“The Christian is not obedient unless he is doing all
in his power to send the Gospel to the heathen world.”

A. B. Simpson

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 31–32

It’s interesting that Jehovah described Moses’ death as being gathered to “his people” (Num. 31:2). Moses’ tribe was the “church at rest”—the redeemed who preceded him to his heavenly home. Those of us still living as pilgrims, strangers, and aliens here on this earth are not yet with “our people”—let not the prejudices of earth make us forget to what people we permanently belong:

We’re the people of God, called by His name
Called from the dark, and delivered from shame
One holy race, saints everyone
Because of the blood of Christ, Jesus the Son.[1]

We who yet live and follow Jesus are called the church militant; we still war for nations, just not with physical weapons. Longstanding abuse of military power makes us shy away from some of the great hymns of a militant church, hymns we need to sing again with vigor, hymns like:

Stand up, stand up for Jesus!
The trumpet-call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict
In this His glorious day!
Ye that are His, now serve Him
Against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger,
And strength to strength oppose.[2]

In Numbers, physical nations were conquered as a sign that the one, true, holy God would reign in all the earth. The conquest and capture of Midianites (31:9) was a two-fold demonstration and prophecy: God will be glorified in all the earth, and He will indeed capture the hearts of men and women from every nation. That capture will be complete—men and women must come into union with God on His terms (see v. 15). We are to be a multi-cultural people—that is certainly true—but we are also to have united hearts that fear God’s name (Psalm 86:11). Moses gave instruction that only what can be purified by fire or water (Num. 31:24) is what can be brought into the fraternity of the King—a truth also sung about: “Some through the waters, some through the flood, some through the fire, but all through the blood.”[3] We are one people by the blood of Jesus. This people (militant and at rest) is our primary family, and it is a multi-national family worth fighting for.

Reuben and Gad decided to settle in northern Jordan (Gilead, 32:1–5), and Moses checked to make sure that they were not checking out of God’s passion, which would arouse His wrath (v. 10). God will be glorified in every nation, and men who wholly follow the Lord understand that, taking great risks in the endeavor (v. 12). Men who do not pursue the glory of God among every nation are called a brood of sinners (v. 14). It’s wartime, and brothers go to war until all of God’s people are represented in His kingdom (v. 6).

It is in context of going to war for the glory of God among all nations that this oft repeated truth is quoted: “Be sure your sin will find you out” (v. 23). If you do not fight for the glory of Jesus among the nations of the world, you sin and that sin will be exposed and the wrath of God will judge you. Your lot may be on this side of Jordan or that side, you may be assigned to stay in your home country or you may be assigned to go overseas, but all the brothers must fight for God’s glory among the nations, and some of those brothers and sisters must fight in Serbia. To not fight is to sin, and that sin will find us out.

[1] Wayne Watson. “People of God.” Singspiration Music. 1982.

[2] George Duffield. “Stand Up! Stand Up for Jesus!” Public Domain.

[3] George Young. “God Leads Us Along.” Public Domain.

Prayer Focus: Serbia (6 UPGs)

Today’s Unreached People Group: Bosnia
Population: 105,000
Language: Bosnian
Primary Religion: Islam
Evangelical: 0.03%
Estimated Workers Needed: 2

[Source: Joshua Project]

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