These are those who were numbered by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho.
This is the second census, the first being in chapter one. Not a lot to be said about this chapter, but if you were able to get through reading all these names…way to go! When I read through chapters like this, I try to look for significant things that I may need to be aware of. I always highlight the heads of the tribes by name, just so I can be familiar with the twelve tribes of Israel.
So Moses brought their case before the Lord.
Everything decision we have to make, should be brought before the Lord to see what he would have us do. I believe the Lord likes it when we bring even the smallest of things before Him.
And the Lord said to Moses: “Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; 19 set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight.
Remember that Moses would not be allowed to enter the promised land because he misrepresented the Lord by striking the rock when the Lord told him to speak to the rock. Here we see that Joshua will be Moses’s successor. Notice what one of his qualifications was, ‘a man in whom is the Spirit’. In Acts 6:3, we read that this same characteristic was to be noted in those who were chosen to serve as deacons. We must seek and pray that we would be men and women full of the Holy Spirit. We will never be who God has designed us to be without the Holy Spirit.
Then He charged them, saying, “ Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”
Throughout the Bible, leaven is used as a ‘type’ of sin. This is why in Exodus, God told the Israelites to get all of the leaven out of the house. Jesus warns the people to stay away from the sin of the Pharisees and Herod. In the same way we are to stay far away from sin.
He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33 But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “ Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
This may seem like a harsh thing for Jesus to have said to Peter. But He wanted it recorded throughout the ages that anything that stands in the way of the cross is a work of Satan. This is as true today as ever!
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
These verses are always sobering to me. My heart breaks at the things that people exchange for their souls. I am so thankful that I came to a place of exchanging my way of doing things, for His way of doing things.