overcomers who inherit
devotions by Jefferson Vann # 2346
Num 26:52 Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Num 26:53 “Among these the land will be divided for inheritance according to the number of names.
Num 26:54 To a large tribe you will give a large inheritance, and to a small tribe you will give a small inheritance; every tribe will be given its inheritance in proportion to its list.
Num 26:55 But the land will be divided by lot. According to the names of the tribes of their fathers they will inherit.
Num 26:56 Their inheritance will be divided according to lot between the larger and the smaller.”
Num 26:57 This was the list of the Levites according to their clans: of Gershon, the clan of the Gershonites; of Kohath, the clan of the Kohathites; of Merari, the clan of the Merarites.
Num 26:58 These are the clans of Levi: the clan of the Libnites, the clan of the Hebronites, the clan of the Mahlites, the clan of the Mushites, the clan of the Korahites. And Kohath was the father of Amram.
Num 26:59 The name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed the daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi in Egypt. And she bore to Amram Aaron and Moses and Miriam their sister.
Num 26:60 And to Aaron were born Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
Num 26:61 But Nadab and Abihu died when they offered unauthorized fire in the sight of Yahveh.
Num 26:62 And those listed were 23,000, every male from a month old and upward. Because they were not listed among the people of Israel, because there was no inheritance given to them among the people of Israel.
Num 26:63 These were those listed by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who listed the people of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.
Num 26:64 But among these there was not one of those listed by Moses and Aaron the priest, who had listed the people of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai.
Num 26:65 Because Yahveh had said of them, “They will die in the wilderness.” Not one of them was left, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.
overcomers who inherit
This passage describes the tribes who actually inherited land after the wilderness wanderings, and the descendants of Aaron who entered the land. As I reflect on this, I think about its implication for Christians seeking God’s eternal promised land at Christ’s return. The message to us seems to be that it is more important to finish well than to begin well. Of that generation who saw all those amazing miracles in Egypt, who crossed the Red Sea, only Joshua and Caleb remained. The promised land would be inhabited by those whose lives were marked by trouble and distress, yet they survived it. This helps me because I am often tempted to be discouraged by the difficulties I face as a believer. But suffering should not surprise me. You cannot be an overcomer if you have nothing to overcome.
LORD, thank you for helping us overcome, and inherit.