Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 2:1-3:51
The one word that keeps coming to my mind as we leave Leviticus and move to Numbers is details. It’s actually mind-blowing that the God of the universe cares about every detail of our lives.
Today’s discovery gives me sweet assurance that my Heavenly Father didn’t miss me when He was paying for the sins of the human race.
And the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have chosen the Levites from among the Israelites to serve as substitutes for all the firstborn sons of the people of Israel. The Levites belong to me, for all the firstborn males are mine. On the day I struck down all the firstborn sons of the Egyptians, I set apart for myself all the firstborn in Israel, both of people and of animals. They are mine; I am the Lord. –Numbers 3:11-13
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take the Levites as substitutes for the firstborn sons of the people of Israel. And take the livestock of the Levites as substitutes for the firstborn livestock of the people of Israel. The Levites belong to me; I am the Lord. There are 273 more firstborn sons of Israel than there are Levites. To redeem these extra firstborn sons, collect five pieces of silver for each of them (each piece weighing the same as the sanctuary shekel, which equals twenty gerahs). Give the silver to Aaron and his sons as the redemption price for the extra firstborn sons. –Numbers 3:44-48
Every first-born son was the Lord’s, set apart to be given to the Him at birth, but the Lord made a substitute. He set aside the tribe of Levi to be dedicated to His service. They took the place of all the first-born of Israel.
there was a problem.
There were more first-born Israelites than Levites.
With God being God, it’s easy to think that He would say, “This is a symbolic gesture, we don’t have to have it match p-e-r-f-e-c-t-l-y…”
But not the one and only true God. He did the math. He made sure EVERY first-born male was redeemed.
Friends, fast-forward 2000 years ago. Every person ever born was destined for death because of our sinful nature.
God knew the exact number of past, present, and future humans.
He knew the exact depth of our sin.
He decided to make a way to redeem the human race but He had to find a substitute.
Who could cover that much sin? No one.
Jesus, paid the price of every detail of our sinfulness. Our salvation is sure. God did the math. He paid the price, His first-born son–>Jesus Christ.
There are a few additional details. The only way we can receive this gift of salvation is to…
- Believe that Jesus
- is God
- was born of a virgin, suffered and died for our sins
- defeated sin and death and now is alive in Heaven making intercession for you and I at the Heavenly Father’s right hand
- Believe that we were born with a sinful nature
- Ask Jesus to forgive our sins and be the Lord of our lives
- Accept Him as our Savior
Heavenly Father, thank you for working out the details of my salvation! I know my sins are covered because of the price Jesus paid for me. I’m excited to know You are overseeing every detail of my life. Use me to share the message of redemption with those who don’t know You.
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 4:1-5:31