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Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis
To God the Almighty we exclaim, “what a mighty God we serve!” Amen.
10 – The Hebrews needed to stop clinging to the archaic system that God had Moses put in place And that is why ch. 10 was written.. The rigors of the Law was a 1400 year long practice run for the perfect sacrifice; Jesus at Calvary. The regular sacrifices had kept their minds on their sin instead of on forgiveness. Christ’s sacrifice, which was done willingly, was what was planned all along. Rev. 13:8 states that the “Lamb of God”; Jesus was slain from the foundation of the world. So the sacrifices were simply teaching a reverence for the blood of the sacrifices. When Christ’s sacrifice occurred, then the final deed had been done. It also taught the relentless need for forgiveness and redemption. And as time went on, there had to be a beleaguering dimension to the whole system – priests wondering if this was ever going to end, ever going to be enough. And by default there would be the lingering thoughts as to if all this slaughter and blood pouring was accomplishing anything at all anyway. (The Bible here says that the blood of bulls and goats can never take away sins!) So the Covenant has switched from being a priestly activity to the Holy Spirit moving and working in the hearts, minds, and souls of those who would commit to Christ; the risen sacrifice of the New Covenant. Hence that same Sacrificed One is now our Great High Priest. And because of this great salvation we have in God offering Himself for us, let’s keep meeting together, serving one another, and let’s have a holy reverence and gratitude for this sacrifice given for us. It is an impetus for service, not a license to lapse into sin. Deliberate lapsing eventually expels those thought to be saved from God’s presence. Scary stuff! Because of our great salvation, let’s stop all vengeance, endure, be joyful, and eagerly look for Christ’s Return. This is faith and faith is what we are called to.
11 – Look at all these wonderful souls who followed God wholeheartedly in faith. From the beginning of the Scriptures to John finishing the Book of Revelation, all those who pleased God did so in faith. Going through this whole list is inspiration of the highest sort in scripture. Look at what they did for God and with God in faith! Faith is how we please God. In faith we press on when common sensibilities or discouragement would stop the next man in his tracks. Faith formed the world, brought about our relationship with God, called us to Him, gave the Chosen a nation, a Covenant, brought victory after victory in routing enemies, expelled the wicked, rescued countless saints from peril, gave courage to press on. And to those who seemingly did not make it or have good fortune, it is because the world was not worthy of them. God was there to swoop them up to another world. God has done such marvels for He always wins. And yet there is still more that God has for us. We’ll continue with that next week.
The Thread Through the Streams
Numbers 31-33 At Moses command they attacked the Midianites who had led them into sin and caused the plague and all the trouble. But they left all the Midianite women alive; the ones who were more or less a squadron of prostitutes [31:16] Why do you leave the women alive that 24,000 of you had a romp with? Moses doesn’t even wait for an answer. He just orders them to be disposed of. Moses wants all distractions gone. The men who lingered wanted…just in case … maybe. We better not talk about what they wanted, huh. Then two of the tribes wanted to stay east of the Jordan where the grasses were plentiful. Moses wants to make sure they don’t simply want to dodge the battles. Lastly, they go over all the places they wandered to. In essence the situation asks, “did you want to walk all around and accomplish so little?” OK, don’t do that again. Do what you’re told from here on. That’s what God wants. What do you want?