Today’s Bible reading from the Five Day Bible Reading Plan: Numbers 30-33; Psalm 35; Luke 3
Many struggle when reading through several of the stories of the Old Testament. The wiping out of entire peoples (even the women and children) seems like an injustice and an overreach on the part of God’s people–and even God himself. We see one of these episodes in Numbers 31.
Midian seduced Israel to disobey the God of their freedom back in Numbers 25–only Phinehas staved off the plague that took 24,000 Israelites. Now, God called the Israelites to exact His vengeance on the Midianites. Moses grew angry at his officers for leaving the women alive–since they were the ones to seduce Israel to begin with.
You may be like me, reading these stories with a bit of cringe because it seems in our flesh that the justice of God is, well, unjust. The problem for many of us is that we do not understand the gravity of sin. While we lean on grace, that does not remove the attribute of God’s justice from being in play. In Revelation 19, Jesus returns to enact a similar (and final) justice against those who afflicted God’s people and blasphemed God’s way.
So, no, God’s justice is not unjust. We are unjust. We fail to recognize the weight of His glory and the gravity of His holiness. Galatians tells us that God is not mocked–what we sow is what we reap. Let us sow righteousness. Let us sow in the Spirit, not in the flesh. Let us recognize our King Jesus as one worthy of our worship.