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Success is great. Numerical increase is wonderful. Goal-setting is motivational. Celebrating positive achievement is important. Thankfully, we can do all of that without making numbers the central focus.
Moses talks to God’s people at the end of their 40 years of wandering, reminding them of their own story, of God’s provision and God’s promises.
The Law Of Large Numbers shows us that statistics are very helpful for large groups, like denominations, but they’re far less helpful for small groups, like the average church.
This week’s passage has a lot of bizarre stuff, including Korah’s rebellion, Moses’ disobedience, a deadly disease, a bronze snake, a talking donkey, and a well-placed spear.
When someone is weak, we need to offer strength. Not anger. Not mockery. Not even explanations. Lift them up, don’t tear them down.
This week we’ll read the pivotal moment when the people don’t have faith to take the Promised Land, so God sentences them to wander in the desert for 40 years. So many years, and so many lessons – for them and us.