PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Numbers 25-27
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“So the Lord’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.” (Numbers 27:17)
In a dangerous situation, good leadership is needed to lead and manage the people.
Sometimes hard decisions need to be made, for the benefit of the people.
Israel was a newborn nation, weak and vulnerable and in need to God’s leadership.
Without good leadership, they would be like sheep without a good shepherd.
There are some brutal events in these stories, like the deaths of Zimri and Kozbi (ch.25).
Yet we need to remember the brutal and dangerous context of these stories.
(Was this an ancient form of ‘social distancing’, but in a war zone?)
The lambs were playing with the bears (Baal of Peor), and were dooming themselves.
We no longer live in that ancient culture, but we face our own risks.
God has raised up a new Joshua (the Hebrew version of the Greek name ‘Jesus’).
We are like sheep too, vulnerable and weak in a morally, spiritually corrupt world.
He prompts and helps us to put to death the sinful impulses within our own hearts.
We are called to follow Jesus in His spiritual battle against pride, lust, greed, abuse, etc.
Our world is just as dangerous, and we need Jesus to lead us through this valley of death.
Lord, help me to see the moral and spiritual dangers within and around me. Humble me like a sheep, help me like a shepherd, and lead me through this wild world to the “table” of goodness and mercy prepared for us.