a nation that turned away

marmsky April 2018 (20)

a nation that turned away

devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2357

Numbers 31:31-47

Num 31:31 And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as Yahveh commanded Moses.
Num 31:32 Now the plunder remaining of the spoil that the army took was 675,000 sheep,
Num 31:33 72,000 animals,
Num 31:34 61,000 donkeys,
Num 31:35 and 32,000 souls in all, women who had not known man by lying with him.
Num 31:36 And the half, the portion of those who had gone out in the army, numbered 337,500 sheep,
Num 31:37 and Yahveh’s tribute of sheep was 675.
Num 31:38 The animals were 36,000, of which Yahveh’s tribute was 72.
Num 31:39 The donkeys were 30,500, of which Yahveh’s tribute was 61.
Num 31:40 The souls were 16,000, of which Yahveh’s tribute was 32 souls.
Num 31:41 And Moses gave the tribute, which was the contribution for Yahveh, to Eleazar the priest, as Yahveh commanded Moses.
Num 31:42 From the people of Israel’s half, which Moses separated from that of the men who had served in the army–
Num 31:43 now the congregation’s half was 337,500 sheep,
Num 31:44 36,000 animals,
Num 31:45 and 30,500 donkeys,
Num 31:46 and 16,000 souls–
Num 31:47 from the people of Israel’s half Moses took one of every 50, both of humans and of animals, and gave them to the Levites who kept guard over the tabernacle of Yahveh, as Yahveh commanded Moses.

a nation that turned away

The Moab Midianite nation had “turned its public morals into a destructive immorality, because it (had) abandoned all reverence for a personal God and personal life, and sunk into the dark, magic sin, the sin of deifying the lust of the flesh, and into death, its fruit” (Lang). For this reason, the LORD commanded the Israelites to take them in war. It is a serious thing for an entire nation to desert God and morality.

LORD, we repent of our turning away from you. We want to turn back before it is too late.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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