Thursday, December 17, 2009

This week's lesson: Numbers 2-27

In these chapters, Moses is doing what it takes to make his dreams come true. In fact, you can picture him with a clip-board, checking off the last few items that need to be done before his people will be able to enter the Promised Land.
  • Final report from the Census Bureau, complete with a survey of draft-age men? Check.
  • Preliminary report of the ad hoc Commission on the Distribution of Land? Check.
  • Public comments received and incorporated into the revised report of the ad hoc Commission on the Distribution of Land? Check.
Yes, all the tedious paperwork that makes administration so boring is complete; all the wearisome planning that makes it so necessary has been done.

Now just one task remains: finding somebody else to make it all happen.

All the while Moses was doing these things, remember, he did so knowing that somebody else would lead God's people into the Promised Land -- not him. No, he would die before this particular job was done . . .

Yet Moses kept on working. Kept on planning. Kept on following God -- and all this, even though Moses knew he would never live long enough to see his own, personal dreams come true.

Yes, even though he knew that he would never taste their fruit, Moses kept on planting trees.

Does this mean he was a failure?

No, it just means his dreams were too big for one lifetime.

How about yours?

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