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Shocked into obedience

Posted by: David Carroll

Numbers 15:32-36 (NKJV)

Now while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation. They put him under guard, because it had not been explained what should be done to him.

Then the Lord said to Moses, "The man must surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp." So, as the Lord commanded Moses, all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him with stones, and he died.

Stoning to death someone who broke the law to keep the Sabbath day holy? As I read this I felt uneasiness in my stomach about my own sin and disobedience. I thank God we are no longer under law but under grace. But still, the message comes across loud and clear. God will not tolerate willful disobedience of his word. It makes me realize the magnitude of God's holiness and the depth to which Jesus went to pay the penalty for my sins and the sins of the whole world. Lord, let me fear you, let me be wholly devoted to you and surrendered to you.

Romans 6:14 (NKJV)

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

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